Back to School Meal Makeovers

Summer flew by and it’s time to get back to the books! Whether prepping for preschool, grade school, high school, or college, a little planning goes a long way. With the right ingredients and equipment, you can make fast and easy take-away meals that are better for you and your family when you’re on the go—whether it’s for school, work or play! Here are three simple ways to make mealtime simpler during the school year.

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The Hidden Cost of Free Food

Think about the last time you encountered unplanned food. Was it a breakfast or lunch at work or a conference? Donuts brought in by a coworker to say thank you? Samples of a food you’ve never had before (and that you would never buy) in a store? These extra, unplanned calories add up and can take a toll on health and weight as they pile up on us. Here are my three tips to navigating free food…

Grocery Shopping on a Budget: Planning Balanced and Tasty Meals « The Dairy Report

What’s it like to live on $35 worth of groceries for the week? We likely all have a budget in mind when we head to the store to buy our groceries, but for the nearly 47 million people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps, shopping on a tight budget is a reality of everyday life, and this is what the average person receives. So this September, for Hunger Action Month, when ABC7 Chicago asked me to take the SNAP Challenge to see if I could make balanced, nutritious meals on $35 for the week, I said yes.

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