Being creative in the kitchen

A man reading a cookbook and stirring a pot on the stove.When you buy prepared or packaged foods, you are paying for the preparation as well as the ingredients in the food. You are also paying for any additives or special packaging to help the food stay fresh on the shelf. Cooking at home is a great way save money because you don’t pay for these extra costs. To get started, look online for recipes or at your library for cookbooks. Yard sales are also a good place to find cookbooks as well as cookware. Friends are often a great resource for recipes, too. If you taste something that you like at a friend’s place, ask about the recipe. What seasonings did they use? Was it easy to make? Where did they find the recipe? Copy the recipe so you can go home and try it out. You may discover a hidden chef inside yourself!

Everyday tips for being active

An escalator and a set of stairs side by side.Being active throughout the day may be easier than you think, and it will help you burn calories. Being active for at least 10 minutes at a time helps to decrease stress and gives you more energy. Being active can be as simple as taking the stairs, parking further away, or doing chores like vacuuming. Stretching is a great way to be active and increase your flexibility. Try planning fun activities with friends, like dancing or biking. You can even do stretches or exercises while sitting – at work, watching TV, or using a computer. Keeping sneakers and comfortable clothes in your car or at work will help you be ready to be active anytime. Add activity to your day for a fit and healthy lifestyle!

Buying frozen vegetables

Close-up of frozen green peas.Are frozen vegetables just as nutritious as fresh vegetables? If you guessed yes, then you’re right!  Most frozen vegetables are flash-frozen soon after they are picked to keep their great nutrition. They are quick and easy to use, and they’re often on sale.  Store brands can be an especially good buy. This week, try adding some frozen corn, peas, green beans, spinach, or sugar snap peas to some of your favorite dishes, or enjoy them as a colorful side dish!

National School Breakfast Program

Baskets of apples, oranges, and bananas at a school cafeteria service line.This week is National School Breakfast week. Like the National School Lunch Program, the National School Breakfast Program provides free and reduced-price meals for eligible students. Breakfast is an important meal, especially for school children. Kids who start their day with breakfast pay more attention in class, get better grades, go to the school nurse less often, and are less likely to be overweight than children who don’t eat breakfast. Check with your child’s school to see if it takes part in the School Breakfast Program and to get more information on the school’s policies. Breakfast at school is a great way to give your child the breakfast and nutrition they need to do well in school.