Harris County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Harris County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program EFNEP of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is designed to assist limited resource families in

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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 fightbac.org/prep-yourself. #prepyourself #mealkits


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. 🥤

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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: @Foodsafetygov Twitter, FoodSafety.gov Facebook, @CDCgov Twitter, @CDC_NCEZID Twitter, CDC Facebook, and CDCgov Instagram. Look for the hashtags #FSEM2021 and #CDCFoodSafety.


Eating out restaurants can be expensive. Save money by getting the early bird special, going out for lunch instead of dinner, or looking for “2 for 1” deals. Ask for water instead of ordering other beverages, which add to the bill.


Be on your guard at the salad bar: Most veggies get the green light but limit foods high in fat and sodium such as olives, bacon bits, fried noodles, croutons, and pasta or potato salads that are made with mayo and oil. Stick to fat-free or low-fat dressings on the side.


Go food shopping together: Grocery shopping can teach your child about food and nutrition. Discuss where vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and protein foods come from. Let your children make healthy choices.


Prickly pear fruit (nopales) is high in Vitamin C, fiber and magnesium. It’s also got a bit of calcium and potassium and is high in antioxidants. The fruit has been used as a hangover preventative, and may help lower cholesterol. The nopales are high in calcium, Vitamin C, manganese and magnesium. Traditionally, the pads were heated and used as a treatment for arthritis and other aches and pains. https://www.superkidsnutrition.com/nopales-and-eggs/


Have a favorite snack mix? Try a homemade version by buying the ingredients individually and mixing it yourself. Combine unsalted nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and popcorn for a tasty and nutritious snack that you can make with your family. https://efnep.tamu.edu/recipe/cereal-mix/


A refrigerator is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the kitchen for keeping foods safe. These electric units are so commonplace today, we forget a refrigerator was once little more than a box with a block of ice used to supply a rather undependable source of cold air. But we are instantly reminded of its importance to our daily lives when the power goes off or the unit fails, putting our food's safety in jeopardy.



MyPlate is now available as an Alexa skill! Get MyPlate nutrition information straight to your home on your Amazon Alexa smart speaker, or on your phone or tablet via the free Amazon Alexa app.



Staying in energy balance can be tough when you and your family go out to eat. But you can still eat healthy and enjoy your meal. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the ingredients and how the food was cooked. You also can ask to leave some items out or replace them with healthier choices.



Regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Moving more and sitting less have tremendous benefits for everyone, regardless of age, s*x, race, ethnicity, or current fitness level.



Find out what amount is healthy for you and your family.



Healthy eating is important at every age. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what protein foods to eat, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium.




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