El Paso County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

El Paso County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Nutrition Education Program in El Paso 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.

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Almonds are a good source of vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium while also providing calcium, protein, potassium, fiber, and many other nutrients. They have been linked to heart health and can be incorporated into your day in many ways - from a snack substitute on the go to a source of protein and healthy fats on a salad.

Try switching out peanut butter for almond butter in our Energy Nuggets!


Calcium is an important nutrient for our body. Its major role is to support the structure and function of healthy bones and teeth throughout the life cycle.


Find grains in many areas of the store, including the bread, cereal, snack, and pasta and rice aisles.

Make half your grains whole grains. Types of whole grains include whole wheat, brown rice, bulgur, buckwheat, oatmeal, whole-grain cornmeal, whole oats, and whole rye.

While shopping, check ingredient lists and pick the items that have a whole grain listed first.
Rice and pasta are budget-friendly grain options.

Choose hot cereals like plain oatmeal or whole-grain dry cereal.

Try new whole-grain snack ideas, like switching to whole-wheat crackers or popping your own popcorn.


Find fruits and vegetables in the produce section, frozen foods, and in the canned and pantry food aisles. Compare prices to find the best buys.

Buy "in season" produce which is usually less expensive and at peak flavor. Buy only what you can use before it spoils. For more info check out the Seasonal Produce Guide from SNAP-Ed Connections.

Choose fruit canned in 100% fruit juice and vegetables with “low-sodium” or “no salt added” on the label. These products are just as nutritious as fresh, and often cost less.

If you have the freezer space, stock up on frozen vegetables without added sauces or butter. Frozen vegetables are as good for you as fresh and may cost less.

Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables last much longer than fresh and are a quick way to add fruits and vegetables to your meal.


In celebration of National Brownie Day, try out these Black Bean Brownies.


Need a Thanksgiving side dish that can be customized for adults and kiddos. Try our Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower.

24-ounces frozen cauliflower
4-ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1 ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
½ teaspoon onion powder
2-3 green onions, diced (optional)
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)

1. Wash your hands and clean your cooking area.

2. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray or use a slow cooker liner.

3. Pour half of the cauliflower in an even layer in the crock. Cut cream cheese into strips or cubes and layer half on the cauliflower. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese, onion powder and bacon bits (optional) over the cauliflower.

4. Repeat by layering cauliflower, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion powder and bacon.

5. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

6. Stir, then sprinkle green onions on top and serve.


We can all play a part in reaching the national food waste reduction goal – to reduce food waste by 50% by the year 2030. Start using these tips today to reduce food waste, save money, and protect the environment.


Are meal kits making your life easier? Be sure you know how to keep those delicious foods in your meal kit safe! Get tips at


Keep a lid on it: When storing whole grains from bulk bins, use containers with tight-fitting lids and keep them in a cool, dry location. A sealed container is important for maintaining freshness and reducing bug infestations


Sip smarter: Soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks contain a lot of sugar and are high in calories. Offer water when kids are thirsty. 🥤


Whether you tried your hand at baking bread, followed a new recipe on Tik Tok, or even thought up some creative dishes “Iron Chef” style, the past 18 months have turned many more of us into home cooks. For Food Safety Education Month (FSEM) in September, we’re sharing advice on another important part of a tasty meal: How to prevent food poisoning when you cook at home.

Meet Food Safety Chef, who will share ways you can handle and keep food safe in your home kitchen. During September, follow along on social media to see these tips and share them with others: Twitter, Facebook, Twitter, Twitter, CDC Facebook, and CDCgov Instagram. Look for the hashtags and .


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Keeping El Paso safe, one mask at a time! 🙏🏼
- We’re incredibly humbled to be donating 25,000 masks between this week and next week. We care for the community and want to make sure everyone is reminded of His love and protection.
This essential item will benefit:
> El Paso Police & Fire Department
> El Paso State Supported Living Center
> Texas Department of Family & Protective Services
> El Paso County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
> El Paso County Juvenile Probation
> Otero County Prison Facility
Church family, we didn’t forget about you! If you’re in need of a mask, a limited supply will be available at our drive-thru food pantry starting this upcoming Tuesday through Thursday, 10 AM - 2 PM. We’re blessed to be a blessing!
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