Food For Thought
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The Labor Day holiday signifies summer winding down and is the last major celebration before school is back in session. Whether your plans are to fire up the grill, hang out by the pool, or take a trip to the beach, joining in on the fun doesn’t mean you have to lose sight of your health goals. If you’re worried about falling into the “anything goes” pitfall, we’ve got great tips to help you stay on track.read more
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month. Obesity is a preventable and treatable health condition that increases the risk for other health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. As a parent, it is important to help your child learn healthy lifestyle habits that can help reduce their risk of childhood obesity.read more
Having a well-stocked pantry is essential for maintaining your health goals. When you have a variety of healthy staples on hand, it’s easy to throw together a flavorful, well-balanced meal for your family. Use our checklist to make sure your pantry is CHEF-Approved!read more
By Jacqueline Weiss, Cornell Nutrition Sciences Intern Reviewed by Katy Bowen, MS, RDN, LD, Director of Community Outreach, CHEF Edited by Andi Champion, Program Coordinator, CHEF Exploring your local Farmer’s Market is the perfect Saturday morning family activity and...read more
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!read more
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.read more
“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?read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more