Summer eating cheat sheet
Katie Carpenter, Interactive Producer for Transforming Health | 06.19.13
Have a delicious summer!
We've rounded up our favorite healthy summer eating stories to help get you motivated and excited about eating fresh! From buying local fruits and veggies on a budget, to recipes and tools to make meals easy- there's something for everyone!
Enjoy, and have a delicious, healthy summer!
With the convenience and variety available in today’s grocery stores it can be easy to overlook the farm stand in favor of the grocery store chain where you do the bulk of your shopping. But, buying locally grown produce has its perks.
The idea of buying and eating locally-produced foods has exploded in recent years. It's especially gained traction in the commonwealth, where agriculture is one of the top two industries. Go local with PA Preferred!
Many Pennsylvanians are changing how and where they buy the food they eat. The reasons they buy local include food safety, taste of the food, the environment, and supporting local farmers. The same could be said about organic food too. In this episode of Radio Smart Talk, we'll look at buying local food and organic foods with guests will be Casey Spacht, Manager of the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative and Casi Babinchak, Chief Operations Officer of the Central Market House in York.
CSA’s all the way! Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a group of people from a community who basically buy stock in a local farm and in return the farmer provides them delicious produce that is harvested.
Prescott's Patch is just one of many CSA's in the area. CSA's are like subscriptions to fresh, locally-grown produce. Members pay a sum of money up-front and then stop by the farm once a week for about twenty-three weeks to pick up their weekly share of what's being harvested at the moment.
It is once again the time of year for picnics, reunions, and events which are held out of doors in the afternoon heat. That also presents the perfect time for increased incidents of food borne illness. These summer food preparation safety tips can help!
Give your kitchen a healthy makeover! From the food you stock in the freezer to the silverware you put on the table, your kitchen is your partner in health. When you fill your kitchen with the right tools and foods, you reap the benefits.
Eating on a budget:
As the prices go up at the grocery store, it is harder and harder to know how to eat healthfully within our budget. It can be daunting, but these tips will help you make healthy choices easier when you're committed to a budget.
Recipes & Grilling tips:
Dr. Chatha recommends this low-cost and easy recipe for Black Bean & Corn Salsa from the American Heart Association, as most Americans fall short on their intake of vegetables and fiber.
Explore our Healthy Kitchen board on Pinterest
Apps & tips to make eating healthy easier:
Are you wondering just how many fruits and vegetables you need each day? Calculate how many fruits and vegetables you need each day with this calculator.
Buying fresh, local produce is easy with the Locavore app. This app provides maps to the closest farmers markets, lets you know what's in season, and even suggests recipes to try!
Need help when dining out or while on a road trip? There’s an app for that! The Restaurant Nutrition app is your tool for making the healthy choice easier when you're out at a restaurant.
Do you want to plan weeknight meals that are quick, healthy and budget friendly? Here are a few suggestions that may make your busy nights a little bit more manageable and feel less stressful!
Tell us: What are you cooking up this summer? What healthy recipes are you trying at home? Participating in a CSA? Which one? Why eat local? Leave a comment below!
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