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Family Dinner // Skillet Mac and Cheese

Dinner's Ready! How often are you eating dinner with your entire family? The benefits of family dinner are well known. Even if you live alone, eating dinner with someone else has been shown to be good for physical and mental health. Additionally, mealtimes can be fun and are a great time to make memories with… Continue reading Family Dinner // Skillet Mac and Cheese

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Meatless Monday with Beans! // Falafel Wraps

Have you heard of Meatless Monday? This trend is actually based on an initiative that started during the First World War. The President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson suggested that Americans refrain from eating meat each Tuesday to ensure that there was enough food to send to soldiers fighting in the war and prevent… Continue reading Meatless Monday with Beans! // Falafel Wraps

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Building Healthy Habits: Enroll in the Create Better Health SNAP-Ed Online Course

In today's fast-paced world, prioritizing our health and well-being can often feel overwhelming. However, with the right knowledge and guidance, creating a healthier lifestyle becomes much more attainable. That's why we are thrilled to share with you the Create Better Health SNAP-Ed Online course. Developed with a focus on practicality, inclusivity, and evidence-based information, this… Continue reading Building Healthy Habits: Enroll in the Create Better Health SNAP-Ed Online Course

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Separate: Don’t Cross Contaminate // Create Safe Food 

Food safety is not something you practice at home alone it starts the moment you enter the grocery store. When grocery shopping separate raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs from other foods by using plastic bags, if available. Once you get to check out try and bag meat, poultry, and seafood separately from other food… Continue reading Separate: Don’t Cross Contaminate // Create Safe Food 

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Fight the Rising Costs of Living with Create Better Health Utah SNAP-Ed Online

Are you struggling to afford healthy food for yourself and your family? You're not alone. Many people are feeling the pinch of increased living costs, including rising food prices. But there's hope. The Create Better Health Utah SNAP-Ed Online course is a free resource that can help you learn how to eat healthy on a… Continue reading Fight the Rising Costs of Living with Create Better Health Utah SNAP-Ed Online

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Every Kid Healthy Week // A Celebration of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Learning

It is Every Kid Healthy Week, a national celebration that highlights the importance of nutrition, physical activity, and learning. If your school or community isn't participating in Every Kid Healthy Week, celebrate at home by promoting emotional wells, healthy food choices, and physical activity. For example: Mindful Monday: Talk to your children about social emotional… Continue reading Every Kid Healthy Week // A Celebration of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Learning

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Save Money // Use Ingredients On-Hand

CREATE Easy Meals with CREATE Guides Have you used our “Create guides” yet? We have TWELVE create guides to help you create meals with ingredients you have on hand and save money. It is frustrating to find a recipe that looks appetizing only to find out it uses ingredients you’ve never heard of and will… Continue reading Save Money // Use Ingredients On-Hand

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Easy Spring Recipe: Strawberry and Spinach Salad With Sunflower Seeds

This salad is perfect as a light and healthy lunch or as a side dish for dinner. The combination of sweet strawberries, crunchy sunflower seeds, and tangy dressing pairs perfectly with the fresh and earthy flavor of baby spinach. Nutritional Benefits This salad is packed with highly nutritious foods that offer a wide range of… Continue reading Easy Spring Recipe: Strawberry and Spinach Salad With Sunflower Seeds

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National Nutrition Month® // Fuel for the Future 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics designates March as National Nutrition Month®. It’s a great time to focus on the basics of a healthy diet and set a few goals to be healthier.   This year, the theme of National Nutrition Month® is “Fuel for the Future”. Our health habits today impact our future. Make some goals this… Continue reading National Nutrition Month® // Fuel for the Future 

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The Benefits of Dry Beans – Bean Burrito Bowl with Elote

You’ve seen the bags of dried beans sitting on the shelves of the grocery store, but have you ever tried cooking with them? It is easier than you would think, it just takes a little planning ahead of time. In this post, you'll find information on the benefits of dry beans, plus some mouthwatering recipes… Continue reading The Benefits of Dry Beans – Bean Burrito Bowl with Elote

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MyPlate vs MyPyramid // Do You Know the Difference? 

In June of 2011 MyPlate was released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It was created to support the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPlate replaced the 1990’s MyPyramid.   Did you know that the Dietary Guidelines are updated every five years? They sure are! Starting in 1980 they have been issued by the… Continue reading MyPlate vs MyPyramid // Do You Know the Difference? 

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Create Better Health Link Guide

What is Create Better Health Utah Create Better Health Newsletter Create Better Health Online Course Blogs Create Better Health Blog Create Better Health en Español Blog Kids Create Blog County and State Social Media Pages Social Media Directory - Create Better Health Utah State University Extension Programs USU Extension Locations USU Extension Nutrition Expanded Food… Continue reading Create Better Health Link Guide

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Happy Hydrating // Hydration Tips

How much water do you drink daily? Often you will hear the 8x8 rule recited, meaning eight 8-ounce glasses or 64 ounces. Or maybe you’ve heard you need an ounce per pound of body weight but how much do you really need?  Well, it depends. Factors such age age, sex, medical conditions, activity level, and… Continue reading Happy Hydrating // Hydration Tips

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Start Smarter // Set SMART Goals

As we ring in the year many of us are setting goals, making plans, and full of motivation. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I’d encourage you to make SMART Goals.   SMART GOALS  SMART is an acronym for:   Specific: Well defined, clear, and unambiguous  Measurable: With specific criteria that measure your progress… Continue reading Start Smarter // Set SMART Goals

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Fighting the Winter Blues // Tips to Stay Physically Active

Winter is always a hard time for me. With the freezing temperatures, less sunlight, and even snowy weather, it can often make it difficult for us to stay active. But that does not have to be the case. Let’s talk about how physical activity can help fight those winter blues and some tips and tricks… Continue reading Fighting the Winter Blues // Tips to Stay Physically Active

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Happy Thanksgiving! // Leftovers

There are so many recipes to avoid wasting any Thanksgiving leftovers – make sure to check them out!   Leftoverpallooza I   Leftoverpallooza II   Mashed Potato Turkey Bites   Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole   Turkey Stew / Estofado de Pavo    Turkey Tostadas / Tostadas de Pavo    Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas / Quesadillas de Frijol Negro y Batata    Broccoli Potato Soup / Sopa de Brócoli y Papa   … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving! // Leftovers

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A Grateful Thanksgiving // What are you grateful for?

Happy Thanksgiving! This time of year always makes me feel so grateful for what I have.    I decided to enlist the help of the wonderful Create Better Health ambassadors, supervisors, and State Office to see what they are thankful for this year, and hope that you will be able to make a list, as well.   … Continue reading A Grateful Thanksgiving // What are you grateful for?

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Cropping Up // Utah Specialty Crop Podcast

Emma Parkhurst, Assistant Professor, Health & Wellness at Utah State University Extension, is teaming up with Utah Public Radio. She'll be hosting a podcast all about Utah specialty crops - products that are unique to our state. Each podcast will feature some of these crops, their health benefits, and the role they play in helping Utahns… Continue reading Cropping Up // Utah Specialty Crop Podcast

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Survive the Ups and Downs with Family Mealtime // Sesame Chicken

Did you know that the communication and relationship skills learned at the dinner table help prepare you and your family for life's ups and downs? The FMI Foundation tells us all about it with their Family Meals Movement. But what if family mealtime feels less like a time of family togetherness and more like a… Continue reading Survive the Ups and Downs with Family Mealtime // Sesame Chicken