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Healthy Recipes for the New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year, which usually comes with making healthy resolutions.  Many have been cooking at home more than ever, which is the first step to staying on budget.  Let the NV SnapEd website be your resource to find healthy recipes.  Many recipes have a short list of ingredients and be prepared quickly.  Try this 20 minute Creole Chicken or 3 Can Chili to have a hot meal on the table for your family.
https://www.myplate.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/20-minute-chicken-creole

https://www.myplate.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/3-can-chili

The Nutrition Facts label has a lot of information.  It can be confusing to know what you are looking at and how to make the healthiest decision for your family.  When read properly, the Nutrition Facts label found on packaged foods and beverages is your daily tool for making informed food choices that contribute to healthy lifelong eating habits.  

Helping your kids understand how to read the Nutrition Facts label on food packages is important. After all, the label is a tool for making food choices that they’ll be able to use throughout their lives. And the sooner they begin, the sooner they’ll be making healthful choices when comparing foods.

1) Find the serving size and number of servings per container
2) Check calories and calories from fat
3) Look at the Percent (%) Daily Value for each nutrient
4) Look at the list of ingredients

Follow this step-by-step guide to reading the label: https://nvsnap-ed.org/eat-healthy/shop-smart/

Taking time to plan healthy meals can help you stick to a healthy eating style and save money.  If you are new to planning meals, start with one easy tip and then add more as you get comfortable. 

1)  Start by mapping out your meals for the week.  Be sure to include drinks and snacks.

2)  Next, make a grocery list of ingredients using your meal plan.  This will help you not overspend at the grocery store.  Try this grocery list to keep you organized:  https://choosemyplate-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/budget/grocery_list_interactive.pdf

3)  Choose different protein foods throughout the week. If you have chicken one day, try seafood, beans, lean meat or eggs on other days.  

4) Try to find balance in your meals throughout the day.   If you have veggies, dairy and protein at one meal, include fruit and grains in the next to cover all 5 food groups over the course of a day. 

Lastly, learn to love your leftovers.  When you go to so much work to prepare a meal, make sure you have extra for another meal later in the week.  This saves on time and money, which we can all get behind. 

To learn more about meal planning on a budget visit:  https://nvsnap-ed.org/eat-healthy/shop-smart/

The holidays will be upon us soon and they will probably look different this year than any other year.  That doesn’t mean you can’t serve a healthy meal that doesn’t break the bank.  From roasted turkey, to mashed potatoes, green beans, and a pumpkin cheese pie, we have you covered.  These recipes can be prepared at home, save you money, and still create a special meal.  Try them on your family and see how delicious and thrifty they can be.

Healthy Holiday Recipes: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/nutrition-education/healthy-thrifty-holiday-menus

After being on hiatus due to COVID-19 since March, Open Air Markets are back!

On Saturday, September 26th, Lutheran Social Services of Nevada will be holding a special Open Air Market in collaboration with Golden Ages Adult Daycare, located at 5020 Alta Drive, 89107. They will be distributing a variety of wholesome, nutritious food to anyone in need. Distribution begins at 8:00 a.m and will go until 10:00 a.m. while supplies last. No registration necessary– just come on and bring an ID!

Lutheran Social Services of Nevada DigiMart Emergency Distributions are BACK!  If you are in need of food, visit the LSSN headquarters at 4323 Boulder Highway, 89121 between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A drive-through and standing line are available with social distancing precautions taken, and no pre registration is necessary to receive food.

Hunger Action Month is a time when people all over America stand against hunger.  Millions of families are facing hunger – many for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Join us in thanking our hardworking food bank staff and volunteers serving on the frontlines every day to help feed and get Americans back on their feet.  Take action this month by sharing, fundraising, and volunteering.

Learn more: https://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/hunger-action-month

Making meals at home has become the new normal…in a great way!  Cooking at home saves money and always gives you the freedom to choose healthy recipes.  Most of these recipes have a short ingredient list, that makes meal planning and grocery shopping easy.  So let’s start cooking!

Breakfast:  https://food.unl.edu/nep-recipes/breakfast

Main Meals: https://www.azhealthzone.org/recipes?keywords=&category_id=1

Side Dishes: https://cachampionsforchange.cdph.ca.gov/en/recipes/Pages/default.aspx

Snacks:  https://foodhero.org/recipes/categories/50

Desserts: https://eatfresh.org/recipe/filter-meal-type/desserts-1

School will look a little different this Fall.  Many parents are creating school desks and learning spaces in their homes, but let’s not forget about physical activity for our kids.   Physical activity is critical to the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of every child.   Some children are drawn to physical activities naturally, while others need positive reinforcement. Take breaks in school work to get their bodies moving.  These are called ‘Brain Breaks’.  After 30 minutes of sedentary time, take a short physical break.  Simple movements like running, jumping, walking, dancing, or skipping increase blood flow and oxygen, which improves brain function.  Kids will be ready to take on their next lesson.

Here are some fun ‘Brain Breaks’:

Follow the Leader: https://extension.unr.edu/healthykids/pub.aspx?PubID=2933#followtheleader

Red Light, Green Light:  https://extension.unr.edu/healthykids/pub.aspx?PubID=2933#redlightgreenlightgame

Count My Moves:  https://extension.unr.edu/healthykids/pub.aspx?PubID=2933#countmymoves

Treasure Hunt:  https://extension.unr.edu/healthykids/pub.aspx?PubID=2933#treasurehunt

Eating healthy and staying on budget is possible.  Start by mapping out your family’s meals for the week.  Try to include all drinks and snacks. Next, create a grocery list. A great way to save money starts with eating seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Fresh fruits and vegetables will taste better and cost less. Look at it as a challenge to try a new healthy ingredient each week and have your family join in.  It will make meal time exciting and fun!

Check out your local farmer’s market for seasonal produce:   https://nvsnap-ed.org/eat-healthy/farmers-market/

Discover different fruits and vegetables throughout the year using this guide: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide

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