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Family Fun at the Farmer’s Market

Family Fun at the Farmer’s Market

by Jacqueline Weiss, Cornell Nutrition Sciences Intern Reviewed by Katy Bowen, MS, RDN, LD, Community Outreach Director, CHEF Exploring your local Farmer’s Market is the perfect Saturday morning family activity and a fantastic opportunity for your children to learn...

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Back to School Lunches

Back to School Lunches

Summer is winding down and school is almost back in session! Help your children thrive this school year and get them excited about healthy eating habits by providing them with fun, tasty, new lunch ideas. Our better-for-you inspiration is sure to get you an A+ in the lunchroom!

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CHEF Cooking Camps at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

CHEF Cooking Camps at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

At the San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABOT) CHEF Cooking Camps, children learned basic cooking skills while creating healthy recipes using produce found in SABOT’s Culinary Garden! But the children went beyond simply cooking a nutritious meal. Chef Dave Terrazas, the Culinary and Wellness Program Specialist and CHEF Lead at SABOT, encouraged campers to apply all five senses throughout harvesting, cooking, and eating to develop a whole new appreciation for their meals.

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What Type of Fat Should I Cook With?

What Type of Fat Should I Cook With?

“Cook with this fat. Don’t cook with that fat.” With so much information on the internet changing daily, it can be confusing when trying to make better nutrition choices. Fats are an important part of our diet; they keep our cells happy, help us absorb vitamins, and are needed for keeping our body, including our brain and heart, at 100%. So, what fat should you cook with?

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Beating the Texas Heat

Beating the Texas Heat

Summer is upon us and while we think about vacations and spending the day in the sun, hydration is the key to beating the Texas heat! Hydration is a critical component for keeping you and your family healthy and on the go this summer. Water is considered an essential nutrient and is needed for all body functions. It also is sugar-free, caffeine-free, and calorie-free, making it the best choice for hydration.

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The Forever Changing Palate

The Forever Changing Palate

Your taste (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami) preferences are innately preset to prefer sweet, over bitter or sour.  However, these innate tendencies can be modified through repeated exposure, positive and negative experiences, and influential factors that reflect the types of food preferred.  Taste preferences develop before birth and continue to change throughout life.  Understanding how taste preferences develop can help you and your family form healthier eating habits.

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Boost the Veggies!

Boost the Veggies!

Finding it difficult to reach the 6-9 recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Vegetables are rich in the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to stay healthy! Try these delicious combinations to boost the amount of vegetables in your favorite meals.

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Food Exercises for Picky Eaters

Food Exercises for Picky Eaters

Most children have a tendency to dislike food based on its texture, appearance, taste, and smell. If your child is a picky eater, then this is all too familiar. Having healthy meals may be a challenge, but working together with your child can be the start to expanding their palette.

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Fuel Your Family’s Outdoor Adventures

Fuel Your Family’s Outdoor Adventures

Warm, sunny weather means the perfect time to take your family to a nearby park for an afternoon of playing, hiking, and picnicking in the bluebonnets! Packing food to fuel your family that is convenient, healthy, and fun for your picnic can be a little tricky. Check out our tips for some ways to make healthy food a part of your outing!

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Does Eating Seasonally Matter?

Does Eating Seasonally Matter?

What does in-season mean? The seasons (think fall, winter, spring, and summer) essentially determine when a plant can grow its best. Eating certain foods during “their season” have many benefits including, more flavor and better variety.

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