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Are you looking for easy, budget-friendly meal ideas? Check out the Shop Simple with MyPlate App! As you explore the App – which can be done from a phone, tablet or computer – you have the opportunity to discover budget-friendly recipes, farmer’s markets in your area, local savings opportunities, and specific information on different food items.

Want to find different ways to save money while eating healthily? This App has you covered! When browsing recipes in the App, the cost per serving is displayed, and recipes can be sorted by total cost on a scale from 1-4 in dollar signs. In the savings tab, you will find tips on how to make meal plans, shop smart, understand price tags to get more bang for your buck, and prepare healthy meals with the low-cost ingredients you find from the different MyPlate food groups.

National Nutrition Month 2022 graphic. Celebrate a World of Flavors.

This year, try using the App to find and create a new recipe for National Nutrition Month. The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month is Celebrate a World of Flavors, so it’s a perfect time to try new flavors from around the world that honor different cultural foods and traditions. The App provides many different cultural recipes including Caribbean Casserole, Chicken Mole, Eggs Foo Young, Simple Mexican Salad and Spicy Southern Barbeque Chicken, just to name a few!

If you’re ready to take things a step further, check out the Start Simple with MyPlate App to set personalized healthy eating goals and track your progress and achievements. Although this App is designed for Smart phones, anyone can take the MyPlate quiz available online to set healthy eating goals and find resources to achieve those goals. With all these helpful tools available from MyPlate, you can be on your way to “making every bite count” in no time!     

Sources:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2022). National Nutrition Month. https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month

USDA MyPlate. Shop Simple with MyPlate. https://www.myplate.gov/app/shopsimple

USDA MyPlate. Start Simple with MyPlate App. https://www.myplate.gov/resources/tools/startsimple-myplate-app

Written by Lillian Miller, Dietetics Student, Middle Tennessee State University and Jenny Lobb, MPH, RDN, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, OSU Extension Franklin County

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For many of us in the health or nutrition field, the month of March is a time when we remember how important nutrition – what we eat and drink – is for our health. For me, it is a time when I try to:

  • Explore new foods
  • Ramp up my veggie and fruit intake
  • Make healthier beverage choices (try infused water instead of soda)
  • Try new recipes

What can you do this month to make positive nutrition changes? Have you heard the chatter about “cauliflower rice”? If you are on the internet, you may see recipes for this new food idea.  I love vegetable stir-fry and decided to try this instead of my usual brown rice. I found a bag of cauliflower rice pearls that was cheaper than a head of cauliflower. It was also very convenient.  I sautéed it with garlic and olive oil and used it as the base for my vegetable stir-fry. It was tasty and a way for me to add another vegetable to my day.  Toasted slivered almonds made a nice addition.  This bag featured recipes for cauliflower pearls fixed these ways: mashed, as rice and steamed.

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Cauliflower Pearls

Are you looking for other ways to fix cauliflower? One of my favorite ways is to roast cauliflower.  I use olive oil, garlic and smoked paprika – its sweet smoky taste makes it a family favorite.

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Roasted Cauliflower

 

Need a fun recipe for the kiddos? Check out the hiding rabbit recipe with their snow-white bunny tails peeking out from peanut butter celery.  Another creative, kid-friendly cauliflower recipe is pizza with a cauliflower crust.

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Hiding Rabbits

Why should you eat more vegetables? Most of us know that vegetables are low in fat and calories, and rich in fiber and vitamins and minerals. If you wonder how many you need each day, visit ChooseMyPlate for specifics. Click here for tips to help you get more veggies in your diet.  This great website can also help you plan a healthier lifestyle by exploring the SuperTracker feature.  You can log in and create an account to track your nutrition, physical activity and weight.  This free tool can be helpful in you in your quest for a healthier lifestyle.

What will you do to celebrate National Nutrition Month? Share your ideas in the comments.

Sources:

Danielson, L. (2017). 3 Unique Ways to Enjoy Cauliflower. http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/3-unique-ways-to-enjoy-cauliflower

eatright: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2017). Put Your Best Fork Forward: National Nutrition Month 2017. http://www.eatright.org/resources/national-nutrition-month.

Powers-Barker, P. (2015). Ohio Local Foods Infused Water Experiment. https://u.osu.edu/powers-barker.1/2015/07/06/ohio-local-foods-infused-water-experiment/

Steed, M. (2017). Cauliflower! Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Answer Line. https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/answerline/2017/02/20/cauliflower/

USDA (2016). Tips to help you eat vegetables. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/vegetables-tips

USDA (2017). MyPlate. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/MyPlate

USDA (2017). SuperTracker. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/tools-supertracker

Written by: Michelle Treber, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County, treber.1@osu.edu

Reviewed by: Jenny Lobb, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State Univeristy Extension, Franklin county, lobb.3@osu.edu

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