Saving Money Shopping On the Internet

We use the internet for everything these days. And now with smartphones keeping the internet with us at all times, there are plenty of ways we can use the internet to save on our grocery shopping. Here are the top five apps for saving money on groceries.

Shopping On The Internet Works

1. ZipList

We need a list to go grocery shopping, correct? Well, we should have one. That right there is a huge money saver. Getting only what you do need and nothing you don’t, but keeping up with the list or remembering to bring the list with you is always my downfall. I do always have my phone, though. And with ZipList, all of my list making troubles are over.

Not only is this great at keeping your recipes all in one place, but it can help you create a shopping list with the items you need. It can even organize your list based on the layout of your store. What better way to keep those impulse buys at bay?

2. Weekly Ads & Sales

This app is great for more than just your grocery shopping. Really, it’s no wonder that newspapers are struggling so mightily in this information age. This takes away the need for your weekly Sunday paper. You can get all of your local stores weekly sales and deals right there on your phone. This way you can decide where the best place to shop for what you need is right at the touch of your finger.

3. Grocery iQ

This is another grocery list which allows you to check off things as you go. You can completely customize and sort your list. You can even use your phone to scan the barcode to add things to your list. But on top of that you can also find coupons for the items on your list. No more forgetting your coupons when you go shopping.

4. SavingStar

This is more ways to get coupons. SavingStar will take all of your stores loyalty cards and store them and give you exclusive savings on the items you purchase. You can get ecoupons to use. No more coupon clipping with this app at the ready. Beyond that, you get savings when you shop online at places like Groupon, Travelocity,, and ProFlowers.

5. Cellfire

This might be the perfect app for everyone. There’s really nothing for you to do. It will alert you to special savings as soon as you walk into a store and automatically loads coupon savings onto your loyalty card so you no longer have to worry about those coupons. It’s just that easy to save money on the things you buy. This will even work at restaurants, department stores, and entertainment as well.

Grocery shopping has really gotten much easier with all of these great coupon apps you can add to your phone. And you’ll never forget your list again. With your lists stored into these apps, it will make it that much easier to remember all of the ingredients you need to make your favorite recipes.

Saving money using the internet has become so much easier. Aside from using your phone and apps, don’t forget that a Google search will often reveal helpful coupons and where the best sales are. So make the internet a part of your weekly grocery shopping. It will not only save you time, but it will also save you money.

15 healthy tips for getting fit in 2015

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15 healthy tips for getting fit in 2015 – Leatta Byrd
As we enjoy this holiday season and the New Year is quickly approaching it is not too early to be thinking about making some nutrition lifestyle changes for the New Year. Michigan State University Extension recommends that individuals follow healthy lifestyle tips to obtain health benefits. Nutrition experts has recommended 15 healthy tips for 2015 they are:
Forget the willpower – It will only get you so far. Instead set yourself up for success by keeping processed junk foods out of the house completely. The American Heart Association recommends having healthy snacks on hand which are crunchy, munchy, sweet and thirst quenchers that will help you avoid eating foods which are sugary, salty, high fat and full of calories.
Shake it! Dancing not only burns calories but the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention says that regular exercise improves our mental health and mood.
Tailor your workout to your moods; If you’re:
Angry- Try and activity like kickboxing, boxing, etc.
Bored -Spinning class, step aerobics or a new fitness DVD can provide good mood-busting exercises
Lonely- Any group fitness class
Depressed -try outdoor walking, biking or running
Stressed- turn to mind-body exercises like yoga, Pilates or tai chi.
4. Revamp your workout – Try having a session with a personal trainer. Boredom and cold weather tend to make people lazy. Work on something new to keep things fun, ex. swimming since we’re confined indoors during the winter months.
5. Turn everyday chores into a workout- Shoveling snow is a great way to get some fresh air and a quick workout. If you really want a workout, shovel your neighbor’s walks too as a friendly gesture.
6. Start moving first thing-People who exercise in the morning may be more successful at losing weight than those who exercise at the end of the day.
7. Find a reason to re-energize every day – Make a list of your goals, design an inspiration board or find a motivating picture and put it on your mirror. Anything that reminds you why you want to do whatever it is you are trying to do. Finding even one way to avoid backtracking gets you one step closer to your goal.
8. Figure out what your body’s really telling you -It is easy to confuse your body’s signals for thirst and hunger. So if you’re feeling hungry, you might actually just be thirsty. Drink a glass of water, distract yourself with something and see if that ‘hunger’ doesn’t go away.
Before starting any exercise program or engaging in physical activity it is recommended that you first consult a physician.

Healthy Diet- I Burned The Biscuits

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When I was a kid, my Grandma liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day. On that evening so long ago, she had placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my Granddad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!

Yet all my Granddad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Grandma and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing… never made a face nor uttered a word about it.

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Grandma apologize to my Granddad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Granddaddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Grandma put in a hard day of work today and she’s real tired. And besides – a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!”

As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I’m not the best at anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults, and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that’s my prayer for you today… that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal-breaker!

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the basis of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.

And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life. Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

7 Common Foods That Are Killing You Quietly

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7 Common Foods That Are Killing You Quietly


Folks ask me just about everyday, “Jamin, which foods do I need to consume to lose fat, get 6 pack abs, and advance my health?” When I ask these people what their diet consists of they usually zealously name off a few “health foods” and various other things that are on my “do not eat list”. They have no idea that the “health foods” they are eating are sabotaging their fat loss efforts and ruining their health.

While most people are usually aware that eating certain types of foods can make them gain weight, they often do not realize that these same foods can also significantly increase their risk of developing degenerative diseases like arthritis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes.

Now you may say to yourself, “but Jamin, there is a huge variety of food in the health food store how will I ever know what to buy?”

Here is a good law to live by when choosing healthier foods to eat. Think of foods that grow as living foods (not man made), and think of foods that do not grow as dead food (man made foods). Living foods will enhance your health and dead foods will take away from your health.

Now don’t get me wrong, food is meant to be enjoyed, but certain foods can definitely take years off your life and cause you to get fatter. Don’t live to eat, eat to live.

The consistent consumption of man-made foods wreaks havoc on the human body. Not only are these foods generally very toxic, but they are almost instantly stored as fat. Your body also views substances like bleaching agents, food additives, preservatives, and chemicals as foreign invaders and processing these foods puts an intense burden on your liver.

If your liver isn’t functioning at its peak…Your fat loss efforts will be in vain. Therefore it is essential to pass up foods that put additional stress on the liver so it can function properly and keep you healthy.

If the stress on your liver wasn’t bad enough, these dead foods contain few if any nutrients, and if your diet contains too much of these food types you are at a high risk of being overfed, overweight, and undernourished.

So be sure to eat foods that are alive and unaltered by man. Your body can use the natural antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, and minerals found in unaltered foods to keep you healthy as well as keep your body functioning at its peak.

Here is a list of foods you should keep away from at all costs:

1. Processed Foods – These top my list of foods to avoid because not only will they make you fat, but they can cause a variety of deadly health problems. Processed foods contain no natural antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, or minerals, and eating them puts a strain on your digestive system. Processed foods are also very high in sugar, salt, food additives, and toxic fats. The human body was not designed to be able to fully process and digest this type of man-made food so avoid processed foods at all costs for a healthy and lean body. Some examples of processed foods are (white bread, breakfast cereal, chips, white rice, etc)

2. Toxic Fats – You don’t have to go far these days to hear people talk about the dangers of killer trans fats and saturated fats. In case you have been on the moon for the past few years I will share a few facts about these deadly fats. Trans fats are basically just chemically altered fats and oils. A few examples of foods laden with toxic fats are: Snack bars, breakfast cereals, rolls, pastries, crackers, and many other packaged and processed foods. While grocery shopping, be sure to shop the perimeter of the store because most of the garbage food is in the aisles.

3. Sugary Foods & Drinks – Lets face it, sugar tastes great, but it WILL make you fat and unhealthy. I call sugar the most powerful drug in the world because it has the most addicts across the world than most other drugs combined! Here-s the thing. When you eat sugar, your body creates a cycle that constantly demands more and more sugar. Not only that, but sugar also raises insulin levels! If you are not familiar with insulin, it is a very powerful hormone that tells your body to store fat. Over time, if you continue to eat sugary foods, your cells will become resistant to this over-production of insulin and you could end up with type 2 diabetes.

4. Processed Meats – Now I have to admit, I love a great deli sandwich or hot dog at a ball game, but buyer beware. Packaged meats and cold cuts contain nitrates and nitrites which many experts believe cause deadly cancers. Processed meats also contain insanely high amounts of salt and saturated fats, which can lead to hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease. If that wasn-t bad enough, eating these foods is guaranteed to cause you to gain weight. So avoid foods like bacon, hot dogs, sausage, salami, bologna, and any other processed deli meat like the plague and cook your meat yourself.

5. White Flour – White bread and white flour products will make you fat. Plain and simple. Not only do they have no nutritional merit, but they are converted to sugar by your body just as fast as cake and ice cream. Eating foods made with white or refined flour is definitely a sure-fire way to add some quick pounds of blubber! Here is a tip: Be certain to read all bread labels carefully because many clever food manufacturers try to disguise white bread as wheat bread by adding molasses to it so it looks darker. Don-t fall for this trick!

6. Chemically Laden Foods – Do you have any idea how many toxic chemicals are in our food supply? Do you realize that these toxins are keeping you fat and unhealthy? If you are one of the millions of people across the planet eating processed foods, chances are you are also consuming bleaching agents, flavoring agents, chemical preservatives, texturizers, emulsifiers, as well as synthetic dyes. If that isn-t enough to gross you out, get this, most chemical food additives are made from coal tar or petroleum products!

Most foods that are grown non-organically are likely tainted with dangerous toxic chemicals, as well as herbicides and pesticides. These toxins overwhelm the liver, increase your chance of disease, and can make you fat. If you value your health and want to be fit, steer clear of foods containing dangerous chemicals.

7. Artificial Sweeteners – If you are like the rest of us, you see food products everywhere in flashy boxes that read “Sugar Free” and think…”awesome, I can eat this and not gain weight”. Not so fast my friend! Most people don’t realize this because artificial sweeteners generally have zero calories, but artificial sweeteners will make you fat. How is this possible?

First, these fake sweeteners intensify your appetite by sending false signals to the brain that sweet food is on the way. Your brain subsequently becomes confused when sweet food never arrives and so it never gives the signal that you are satisfied. You will develop a nasty sweet tooth, and have sugar cravings throughout the day. Not what you want if your goal is to lose stubborn body fat!

Artificial sweeteners are well…Artificial, so the body typically sees this “food” as a foreign invader and treats it as such, thus overwhelming the liver with an intense workload.

Now the liver is important because it filters and removes dangerous or unnecessary substances from the body, but when the liver is overwhelmed with toxins like artificial sweeteners it can no longer process the essential nutrients that your body needs to function at its peak. An overworked liver can’t correctly break down fats so you will have a very tough time losing any weight at all if your liver is drained. If you want to lose fat, you need to keep your liver to functioning at its peak.

Hopefully this article opened your eyes about the types of foods you need to steer clear of to keep your body, lean, healthy and strong for life. So eliminate toxic processed, man-made foods, fast foods, toxic fats, and sugar from your diet and you will live a long healthy life as well as get the rock hard body and 6 pack abs you deserve in the process.

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Want your kids to eat right? Then walk the talk

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August is “Kids Eat Right Month,” a new initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This campaign spotlights healthy nutrition and active lifestyle choices for children and families.

Everyone has a role in helping to ensure a healthy future for our children. Here are a few suggestions you can try:

  • Shop smart. Start with a plan — yours — and your kids’. While you make your grocery list, let your kids shout out their favorite (healthy) foods in the basic food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Then take the next step. Which foods combine into breakfasts? What about lunches? How about dinners? Ask your kids — their ideas for meals will surprise and energize you.
  • Cook healthy. During the hot days of August, you might not want to turn on the oven. That’s cool. You can use kitchen gadgets to prepare meals instead. A rice cooker will cook multiple servings of rice or quinoa. A microwave is an easy way to prepare potatoes and vegetables. Dig out the slow cooker to prepare lean meats or chicken.
  • Eat right. Involve kids in dishing up a MyPlate meal — one that includes ALL the food groups. Tired of struggling to get your toddler to come to the table? Try a picnic. You can then also combine the picnic with play (and you both will burn off extra calories and stress). Research shows that eating together as a family promotes healthier eating — and builds good relationships.

As a grandparent of three children all under the age of four, I’m going to try a few things. I’m going to display a few basic healthy foods on my countertop according to food groups. Then I’ll ask my grandkids to pick one (or two) foods from each group. Then we can figure out how to make them into a simple meal. Maybe we’ll have a picnic. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Post your ideas about what you’ll do in August to help kids eat right.


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Aug. 02, 2014

Healthy Eating For Fair Goers

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Healthy Eating For Fair Goers


Fair season is here and for health consciousCounty fair fair-goers finding healthy food choices are next to impossible. Michigan State University Extension recommends the following tips that can help you make better fair food choices:

  • Don’t arrive hungry. Eat before you go so you can limit your food to a few treats instead of grazing on food all day.
  • Go early in the morning, when you may be less likely to be enticed by the aromas of food.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, especially when the weather is hot.
  • Check out all the offerings first, then choose three items over the course of the day.
  • Ask for an extra plate and share your food choices. This way, you can taste a variety of food without doing too much damage.

According to the Calorie King website, fair food can range from 400 to 1,300 calories and 20 to 60 grams of fat per serving. Fair food is deep fried prepared in high amounts of butter, cheese, whipped cream and too much salt. Iowa State University Extension experts say a 150-pound person must walk one mile to burn off calories from consuming cotton candy; three miles for cheese on a stick; four miles for a corn-dog; five miles for a fried candy bar and 11 miles for a gigantic turkey leg.

There are a few healthier food options among corn dogs, funnel cake, cheese nachos, french fries, etc. Look for grilled foods like chicken, leaner cuts of meats like Philly steaks (without the cheese sauce), sandwich wraps, kebab’s, corn on the cob and sweet treats like fresh fruit, frozen yogurt, bananas, small portions of ice-cream and lemonade. Consider bringing your own healthy snack food as most fairs allow people to bring food. Pack water, unsweetened and low calorie beverages and include fresh fruit and veggies to nibble on. Remember to split and share those extremely large specialty fair items (like elephant ears!) with friends. Planning and having a strategy in place can help you make healthier choices as you walk the fair midway.

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How Can Obesity Be Controlled?


Obesity is a worldwide problem, means it has no geographical favorites and is present everywhere in the world. Lifestyle changes has led to globalization of obesity

Obesity is defined as the excessive body fat, but is difficult to measure directly. For this reason body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of weight, corrected for differences in height, is most commonly used to define obesity. BMI is computed as weight (in kg) divided by height squared (in meters). The WHO has defined BMI of 30 or greater as obesity.

Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9. Although the health risks for being overweight, including diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers, are less than those for obesity, they are still substantial.

Half of all Americans indeed are either overweight or are obese by WHO standards. Obesity rates in children are also raising fast. The health consequences and the costs incurred in treating the complications arising from obesity and excess weight are enormous. In America, excess body fat account for about 90% of adult onset of diabetes, about one-third of heart attacks, contributes to several major cancers, arthritis, cataracts and reduced quality of life in general.

Although genetic factors influence the likelihood of obesity, they can’t explain such massive increase in so short a period of time. Fundamentally, weight gain occurs when physical activity decreases or total calorie intake increases.

How to Control Obesity?

Although many dream of a weight loss pill to cure the problem, alone it can not help you to get rid of it. So instead of looking for a magic pill, you should recognize that obesity is a function of social change. Urbanization, sedentary lives, and the consumption of mass produced high calorie foods.

In principle, if every individual exercised regularly and be careful about calorie intake, obesity would be uncommon. But because low levels of physical activity and over-consumption are deeply imbedded in our lifestyles, individuals acting in isolation face many obstacles. An effective strategy to fight the obesity epidemic will require both individual and institutional initiatives.

• Nutritionists must provide improved dietary advice and make it accessible to all.
• Health experts can do more to counsel patients about the importance of minimizing weight gain as adults.
• You can limit television watching, computer related lazy activities like browsing, etc. and avoid buying soft drinks.

Many individuals, having learned to exercise and avoid excessive calorie intake, are controlling their weight.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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Harmful Effects And Cause Of Obesity

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Obesity refers to the condition of having an excessive amount of body fat. The worst enemy of health today is surplus fat. Obesity aggravates cardiovascular degeneration, diabetes, biliary and renal ailments, arthritis and many other disorders, and increases surgical risks and accident proneness.
Causes of Obesity :

There are numerous causes that are related to the onset of obesity like:

1. Heredity or genetics
2. Hormonal imbalances
3. Environmental factors such as cultural habits, etc.
4. Inadequate physical activity.
5. Eating habits such as overeating or improper diet.

Among the above, the major cause of obesity is improper eating habits.

Eating habits: The once great cause of overweight is overeating – taking in more than your energy output demands. Our appetite is no longer a reliable guide for eating the right amount of food. Mostly now-a-days people are exposed to large amount of rich goods, Under such conditions, it is easy to form incorrect habit of eating. Most of us have our habits fairly stabilized by the time we are twenty-five years old. This includes habits of eating as well. But as we grow older our energy expenditures are lessened, we cannot burn up all the energy value of the food we eat, and excess energy is stored in our bodies. Obesity creeps up when our activity slows down but the appetite of our vigorous year still continues. Thus, improper eating habits are responsible for causing obesity.

A person should learn to make permanent changes in dietary habits in order to remain away from weight problems, like:

1. Go easy on fats and fatty foods, particularly those high in saturates, such as butter, hard margarine, fatty meal and meat products, crisps and fried food. Choose instead lean meat, fish and dairy products with a lower fat contents such as cottage and skimmed or semi skimmed milk.
2. Be sparing with salt and sugar, and with food that contains large quantities of added salt and sugar, Highly salty food includes smoked products, savoury shocks such as peanuts and crisps, processed meat products and some breakfast cereals. Watch out for sugar in drink, breakfast cereals, yoghurt and processed foods, as well as sweets, cakes and biscuits.
3. Reduce total caloric intake by 250 to 500 Kcal per day to accomplish the desired weight-loss goals.
4. Go easy on alcohol.
5. Go out for regular work out to burn extra fat from the body.

Effect of Obesity :

Obesity can be directly related to –

1. Changes in normal body function: Changes in body vary from individual and with degree of obesity.

a) Respiratory problem are quite common among people with obesity.
b) A person become lethargic.
c) Abnormal blood clotting.
d) Enlargement of heart.
e) Congestive heart failure.
f) Lower exercise tolerance.

2. Increased risk for certain diseases: Obesity is also associated with certain chronic degenerative diseases such as

a) Coronary Disease
b) Hypertension
c) Diabetes
d) Arthritis due to extra load on joints because of overweight.

3. Detrimental effects on established disease: Obesity can contribute to further development of certain diseases and medical conditions, and weight reduction is usually prescribed as an integral part of treatment, Conditions that are generally benefit from weight reduction includes –

a) Heart attack.
b) Hypertension.
c) Congestive heart disease
d) Diabetes.
e) Orthopedic Problems.

4. Emotional Effect : Emotional or psychological problems might be caused by obesity. In our society, obesity carries a social stigma that contributes to psychological reactions for the obese people.Our media typically glamorize only people with extremely slim and lean bodies.

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According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), 2 million broken bones occur every year in the United States. However, the majority of patients get the fracture fixed without ever realizing they have osteoporosis or low bone mass.

May is National Osteoporosis Month, and the NOF campaign for 2014 is called “Break Free from Osteoporosis.” The awareness campaign encourages everyone to get to know their risk factors for osteoporosis and change their lifestyle to build and maintain strong bones.

What factors increase your risk? Some you can’t control include being female, having early menopause, a family history of osteoporosis, having a low body weight and a small frame, and simply being over age 50. Awareness of these factors, however, should at least alert you that you are at risk.

The following are risk factors you can do something about:

  • Not getting enough calcium and vitamin D from foods
  • Not eating enough vegetables and fruits
  • Being inactive
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol in excess

What is recommended?

  • Become aware of your calcium intake. The NOF has simple steps for estimating intake of calcium online.
  • Pay attention to vitamin D. You can increase your level of vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, foods with natural vitamin D and supplements. However too much — as well as too little — can cause unwanted problems. Vitamin D is naturally available in only a few foods (fatty fish like wild-caught mackerel, salmon and tuna). Vitamin D is also added to milk and to some other dairy products, orange juice, soymilk and cereals. Talk with your doctor about sun exposure and before you take any supplemental vitamin D.
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, bone-enhancing compounds. Green leafy vegetables have calcium and vitamin K, peppers and citrus have vitamin C and potassium. Magnesium is found in beans and nuts, tomato products and potatoes.
  • Become more active. Learn how to maintain your balance to avoid falls. Practice good posture when sitting and standing.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • If you drink, drink sensibly. This means that daily consumption is no more than 2 drinks for a man and one drink for a woman.

An alarming number of people have low bone density or osteoporosis — 52 million to be exact. If you are over age 50 your chance for breaking a bone is:

  • 1 in 2 for women
  • 1 in 4 for men

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five hip fracture patients dies within a year of their injury.

You now some things you can do to lower your risk. What are you going to do to break free from osteoporosis?


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May. 22, 2014

Cooking and eating flavorful foods – think home food safety !

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Cooking healthy and flavorful meals and snacks should be the goal for people who cook for themselves

or family members. National Nutrition Month reminds people to enjoy the taste of eating right.

Michigan State University Extension recommends that people follow food safety recommendations

when preparing food. Con Agra- Home food safety program and nutrition expert Beth Thayer

recommend the following food safety tips:


Preparing Foods with Nutrition, Flavor and Safety in Mind

• Whether they are organic or conventionally grown, wash all fresh fruits and vegetables

with cool tap water. Avoid soaking fruits and vegetables as you wash because some

nutrients dissolve in water.

• Leave edible skins on vegetables and fruits such as carrots, potatoes or pears, and trim

away as little skin as possible. Most vitamins and minerals are found in the outer leaves,

skin and areas just below the skin, not in the center. Peels also are natural barriers that

help protect against nutrient loss.

• Cut vegetables that need to be cooked longer into larger pieces. With fewer surfaces

exposed, fewer vitamins are lost.

Cooking for Nutrition, Flavor and Safety

• Overcooking meat can detract from its flavor. Use a food thermometer to determine

when meat has reached a safe minimum internal temperature and to prevent overcooking.

Cooking foods to a safe temperature is the only reliable way to determine the doneness of

cooked meats including poultry, egg dishes and leftovers.

• Cook vegetables or fruits in a small amount of water, or steam them in a vegetable

steamer, covered pot or a microwave oven. Steaming retains nutrients and there’s a flavor

advantage too: Unless they are overcooked, vegetables retain the color and tender-crisp

qualities that make them appealing


Storing Foods for Safety and Flavor

• Keep your refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below to slow bacteria growth that

spoils food and ruins flavor.

• Store opened packages of dry foods, such as rice and pasta, in dry, airtight containers.

This will keep out insects and rodents and keep food from obtaining odors.

• Leave food in its original wrapping unless the package is torn. If you have to rewrap, seal

storage containers well to prevent moisture loss and absorption of other odors. Wrapping

raw meat, poultry and fish in separate plastic bags also keeps raw meat juices from

contaminating other foods.

• When freezing, pack food items in freezer bags or airtight containers. Squeeze air from

bags before sealing and leave some space in containers in case foods expand. If moisture

escapes, frozen food can become dry, tough and tasteless and may develop freezer burn.

Incorporating home food safety when preparing, cooking and storing foods can ensure that the

food you eat and serve are not only flavorful but safe to eat.

This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. For more

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