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Planned-over Food Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 4: Planned-over Food tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1386

Planning menus, shopping for foods and using your leftovers wisely can pay off in many ways. Your family can enjoy healthy meals with lots of variety, and you can stretch your budget. This is the fourth in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store. It includes sample menus and recipes that you can adapt to meet your family's tastes. It also includes creative ways to make use of your leftovers, which become "planned-overs".

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Make-ahead Meals Save Dinnertime Tonight

Family Meal Times Issue 10: Make-ahead Meals Save Dinnertime Tonight - FN1535

Try something new this week. Start by planning five to seven meals that your family enjoys.

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Eat Better - Eat Together

Family Meals Times Eat Better - Eat Together Issue 3 - FN1528

Research has shown that when children eat with families, their overall nutrition and diets improve.

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Meals with Help from Teens!

Now Serving: Meals with Help from Teens - FN706

More children and teenagers are eating meals and snacks away from their home and family. Encouraging teens to help prepare food and clean up can help busy families manage their time. Teens learn important cooking skills and have fun, too. Cooking promotes creativity and helps teens form good eating behaviors that will last a lifetime.

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Now More Grains!

Now Serving: More Whole Grains - FN695

Children who eat more often with their families eat a healthier diet, including more grains, fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods. Grain foods, such as pasta, bread and rice, provide energy, vitamins and minerals. USDA’s MyPlate recommends that we make at least half our grains whole. The recommendations for grain foods are in “ounce equivalents.” Enjoy 3 or more ounce equivalents of whole-grain foods every day.

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Invite Kids Into the Kitchen

Family Meal Times Invite Kids Into the Kitchen Issue 9 - FN1534

Cooking can be a recipe for building relationships and learning important life skills.

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Make Family Meals a Tradition

Family Meals Times Make Family Meals a Tradition Issue 2 - FN1527

A family tradition has been defined as an activity that is significant and meaningful for family members and is coordinated and repeated through time. Building family traditions that last and have personal meaning for family members helps build strong family relations.

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Meals with Help from Kids!

Now Serving: Meals with Help from Kids - FN705

An increasing number of children and teenagers are eating more meals and snacks away from their home and family. They may be choosing unhealthy ready-to-eat food options rather than spending time preparing a healthy snack or meal – and eating with their families. Encouraging children and teenagers to cook can build healthy lifestyle skills, creativity and healthy food choices. You also are helping them form good eating behaviors that will last a lifetime.

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Basic Cooking Skills Help Keep Family Meals on the Table

Family Meal Times Issue 7:Basic Cooking Skills Help Keep Family Meals on the Table - FN1532

Research shows that families with cooking skills are more likely to make healthier food choices.

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Feeding a Family on Budget

Family Meal Times: Feeding a Family on a Thrifty Budget Issue 8 - FN1533

You can provide your family with nutritious, tasty and simple meals, even when times are tough. The tips here may help you stretch your budget.

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Grocery Shopping Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 2: Grocery Shopping Tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1384

Menu planning can help you serve your family healthier meals and it can help you save money at the grocery store. After Planning your menus, the next step is developing a grocery list so you have all the necessary foods for each meal. This is the second in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store. It includes grocery shopping tips, sample menus and recipes that you can adapt to meet your family's tastes.

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Meal Planning Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 1: Meal Planning Tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1383

Planning menus, buying food and fixing meals your family likes can be challenging tasks. Staying within your food budget can add to the challenge. This is the first in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store. It includes sample menus that you can adapt to meet your family's tastes.

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Well-measured Recipes!

Now Serving: Well-Measured Recipes - FN707

Family meals promote family togetherness. Family meals provide a time to share what is going on in each other’s lives and enjoy a nutritious meal. Families who eat together are more likely to have more balanced meals. Preparing the meal is an important part of mealtime. Have children help in every aspect of the preparation, from choosing the menu to setting the table to making the meal. Including children in the preparation can lead to lifelong knowledge and memories.

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Shopping for Family Meals

Now Serving: Shopping for Family Meals - FN693

Enjoying more family meals takes a little planning, but it’s worth the effort. Children who eat with their families do better in school, are less likely to take part in risky behavior (such as smoking and drinking alcohol) and are less likely to have symptoms of depression. Children who eat more family meals have an overall healthier diet, compared with children who eat fewer family meals. They eat more fruits, vegetables, grains and calcium-rich foods, and they drink fewer soft drinks. Enjoy more family meals by taking some time to plan your menus and your shopping trips. Involve your family in menu planning, shopping, preparation and cleanup. Children can learn valuable life skills, such as cooking and communication skills, when helping in the kitchen. They learn to appreciate a variety of foods as they help plan and shop for meals.

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Family Meals Matter

Family Meals Times Family Meals Matter Issue 1 - FN1526

Making regular family meals a priority is important. Not every meal has to be a sit-down dinner extravaganza. This publication gives you ideas on how you can take back your time.

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What Color Is Your Food?

What Color is Your Food? - FN595

People need different amounts of fruits and vegetables depending on their age, gender and amount of daily physical actiivity. Taste a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for better health.

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Learning to Eat Right at Family Meals

Family Meal Times Learning to Eat Right at Family Meals Issue 6 - FN1531

Family meals help parents teach children healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

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Cost-saving Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 3: Cost-saving Tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1385

You may have established a weekly menu and shopping list, but now you need the food. Going to the grocery store to buy food for your family may be something you do not look forward to doing. Decreasing the amount of time and money you spend there may help change that. This is the third in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store.

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More Fruit and Vegetables!

Now Serving: More Whole Fruits and Vegetables - FN696

Family meals give parents/caregivers a chance to be good nutrition role models for children. Whether you’re sharing a meal at a park, in a car or at the family table, children who eat with their families eat a more nutritious diet. They eat more fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods. Shared meals give families a chance to reconnect and talk about the events of their day. Children can learn communication skills, manners and their families’ values as they share food. Sharing meals also creates memories that will last a lifetime. Keep mealtime pleasant and allow enough time to eat because children eat better in a relaxed setting.

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Time-saving Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 5: Time-saving Tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1387

In today's busy world, cooking a meal completely from scratch may be difficult. However, convenience foods usually cost more and may be higher in calories, fat and sodium. This is the fifth in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store. It includes time-money-saving tips and sample menus with recipes that you can adapt to meet your family's tastes.

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