Dallas County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Dallas County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Nutrition Education Program in Dallas County EFNEP of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is designed to assist limited resource families in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed-behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound eating patterns.

Operating as usual


Starting in August, our Friday posts will be centered around food safety, nutrition, and healthy recipes.


Starting in August, our Thursday posts will be related to saving you money in the kitchen!


Starting in August, our Wednesday post will focus on diet quality and nutrition topics. We will provide you with quick tips for you and your family!


Starting in August, our Tuesday posts will be centered around the family. Keep an eye out for great tips!


Starting in August, our Monday posts will be related to physical activity. We are looking forward to helping you and your family move more!


Did you know that many recipes that use meat and poultry can also be made without? Vegetables, beans, and lentils are all great substitutes packed with nutrients. Try incorporating one meatless meal per week!


Vegetables can come in many forms, including fresh, canned, and frozen. Don’t forget to compare prices – canned and frozen items can sometimes be less expensive than fresh. If you choose a canned item – look for ones with “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label.


Vegetables can come in many forms, including fresh, canned, and frozen. Don’t forget to compare prices – canned and frozen items can sometimes be less expensive than fresh. If you choose a canned item – look for ones with “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label.


Spinach is in season and readily available. For me, spinach is an easy vegetable to throw in any recipe to add a boost of nutrition. This leafy green has some pretty remarkable potential health benefits. From improving bone health to anti-cancer properties, definitely always keep spinach on your grocery list!! Spinach is one of the most nutrient-rich plant foods; it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that each provides its own unique benefits. The vegetable is a good source of vitamin K, known for improving bone health, and holds the distinction of being spinach one of the top “good-for-your-bones” foods.

Read more at: https://lenoir.ces.ncsu.edu/2019/03/spinach-and-its-remarkable-benefits/

And try out our EFNEP Recipe: https://efnep.tamu.edu/recipe/spinach-squares/


Instead of eating on the go, try sitting down and focusing on the food you are about to eat. Taking the time to enjoy the taste and textures of foods can have a positive effect on your food intake.


Before going to the store – take a peek in your cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer. You can save money by using these items in the upcoming week’s meals.


To eat more whole grains, substitute a whole-grain product for a refined one. Try replacing white rice with brown rice or white bread for whole wheat bread. Remember, it is important to substitute the whole grain product instead of adding it!


Peaches are low in calories and contain no saturated fats. Packed with numerous health promoting compounds, minerals, and vitamins. Fresh peaches are a moderate source of antioxidants and vitamin C which is required for the building of connective tissue inside the human body. Consumption of foods that are rich in vitamin C helps a person develop resistance against infections and helps to eliminate harmful free radicals that cause certain cancers. These Peachy Pops make for a delicious summer treat. https://www.myplate.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/peachy-pops


Want to spice up your veggies? Try a dip like hummus, tzatziki, guacamole, or baba ganoush. Remember to choose different colors of veggies, such as carrots, cucumbers, or bell peppers to enjoy your dip with.


Watermelon is a staple at many summertime picnics and gatherings around the country. While most people agree watermelon tastes good, a majority are unaware of the many health benefits this wonderful fruit contains. Did you know watermelon has more lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable? Lycopene is an antioxidant linked to decreased risk of cancer, heart disease, and age-related eye disorders. Try our Red, White, & Blue at your next picnic. 🍉 https://efnep.tamu.edu/recipe/red-white-and-blue-salad/


The final session in our series is The Choice is Yours! - Participants will review concepts learned, celebrate successes, and look to the future. 🥳


Physical activity helps keep your heart and muscles strong and healthy, but did you know it also provides other benefits too? Physical activity can improve mental health, help you focus, reduce stress, and even improve your sleep! Aim for at least 150 minutes of activity a week, and 2 days of muscle-strengthening activities.


Summer squash is a versatile vegetable that can be incorporated in many dishes - from stir-fries to lasagnas! Squash provides many different vitamins and minerals and is a good source of potassium and manganese as well as vitamins C and B6. Try summer squash in our Easy Cheesy Squash recipe!


Expand your range by trying a new food! Next time you go to the store, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable, or whole grain that is new to you or your family. Try to find one that is in season or on sale to save money at the same time. And who knows – maybe you will find a new healthy family favorite!


For more personalized information based on a person’s age, check out MyPlate’s new life stage pages that provide all the latest nutrition information based on a person’s age and tips and resources to help different ages eat healthy. MyPlate #myplateturns10 https://www.myplate.gov/life-stages


Session 7 is Mealtime Miracles - Learn what, when, and how much to serve children, how to set a positive tone at mealtime and prepare healthy snacks. https://efnep.tamu.edu/classoptions/


Green beans are a vegetable that is available in many different forms - including fresh, frozen, and canned. They provide fiber, vitamin A, and potassium - and are a great vegetable to add to your rotation. Try green beans in our Marinated Three Bean Salad recipe! https://efnep.tamu.edu/recipe/marinated-three-bean-salad/


Sharpen your Skills - Participants will learn the importance of consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables for improved diet quality, discuss ways to increase consumption of these foods, learn safe knife handling skills, and ways to prepare a variety of fruits and vegetables. See our class options at: https://efnep.tamu.edu/classoptions/


Cucumbers are a versatile food that falls into the vegetable group on MyPlate. Cucumbers are known for their water content - they are nearly 95% water - and can help you stay hydrated! Try adding cucumbers to your salads, or put a twist on traditional salsa with our Cucumber Salsa recipe. https://efnep.tamu.edu/recipe/cucumber-salsa/


Not only can preparing foods at home save you money, but it can also be a healthy and rewarding activity. Start small by mastering basics, like dicing onions or cooking dried beans, and work your way to becoming a kitchen master! 👩‍🍳https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA63G_ci-N0


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