Food For Thought
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Scott Albach, PE Coach at Carroll Bell Elementary School in Harlandale ISD, first learned about CHEF when he attended our 2018 Conference for Educators, Driving Healthy Eating in San Antonio Schools. He had always been interested in health education and wanted to help his students make healthier choices, but wasn’t sure how to introduce nutrition messaging to his students.read more
While leading a healthier lifestyle is a common goal for most people, it can be intimidating when you don’t know where to begin. Follow our simple steps to get motivated and help your family reach your health goals.read more
There are great jobs, and then there are dream jobs. For the last two years, I have been living the dream, serving this great city and its visitors at the San Antonio Botanical Garden as its Culinary and Wellness Program Manager. But dream jobs, like any worthy endeavor in life, come with challenges; some you come across along the way, and some you create for yourself. At the garden, we started out ambitious, launching our culinary and wellness programming before we even had a Teaching Kitchen.read more
Nearly one in five children and youth in the United States are obese, therefore putting them at greater risk of developing diabetes and other chronic disease.1 This National Nutrition Month®, we encourage you to take action by making small, attainable goals to help your family maintain a healthier lifestyle. Channel your inner chef, artist, and scientist to help develop a plan with three simple goals to combat obesity through nutrition…and get acting!read more
By now, you’ve probably heard about probiotics and prebiotics. You can find them as supplements and they’re even added to foods at the super market, but did you know you can also find them naturally in many foods?read more
As we begin the new year and you reflect on your New Year’s resolutions, it is important to keep in mind that smaller goals may be more realistic. It is common to set a weight loss goal or try a new fad diet, but these goals are usually too stressful and unlikely to be continued long-term. No one likes to fail, but goals that are not realistic can make someone feel like a failure and force them to just “give up.” This new year focus on small lifestyle changes you can easily fit into your current daily routine.read more
Cooking with canned or frozen fruits and vegetables is a quick and convenient option for busy weeknight meals. They can even be more nutritious!read more
By now most people know what whole-grains are as they have been highly promoted and praised for their ability to reduce high cholesterol and prevent heart disease–think oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat bread. Ancient grains on the other hand are still mysterious foods with seemingly funny names to the general population. So, what exactly are these little grains sitting next to rice on the shelves at the grocery store?read more
Does the Halloween sugar rush have you spooked? Skip the store bought, pre-packaged treats and include some homemade healthy options in the mix this year. Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party or just bonding with your family in the kitchen, we’ve rounded up some healthy ideas that are scary good!read more
Celebrate the connection between local food and school nutrition during October’s National Farm to School Month! Farm to school programs are becoming increasingly popular across the United States, and for good reason.read more