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A New Look at Snacking

 

Are you aware of how many times a day you snack and/or do you think about what foods you grab as a snack? You may be surprised to learn how Americans’ snack habits have changed.

Snacking Trends
Not only are more people – children, teens, adults, and the elderly – snacking, but they are snacking more often throughout the day than in [...]

Rain and Dairy Farming

It’s raining.

Again.

The weather has a huge impact on dairy farming.  Believe it or not, it can actually make or break a year for us.

Take the summer of 2012, for example. Many of my friends and family who are not farmers loved that summer – hot and dry, with plenty of beach days to enjoy. However, I don’t think I could [...]

Nutrition for Two: Be Sure to Get Your Daily Dairy Dose

As a registered dietitian and a first-time mom-to-be, I definitely understand the importance of proper nutrition during pregnancy, and I can honestly tell you that what I’ve consumed during the last nine months has never felt so important. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve indulged on a sweet treat when the craving struck, in fact I think the local ice cream [...]

Getting Back to School and Back to Breakfast!

For many of you in Michigan, kids have only been back in the classroom for a couple of weeks. But establishing the school routine versus the summer routine can be trying for families, no matter the age of your students.

Here are some tips that will not only help you save time in the morning, but will ensure that you’re sending [...]

What Does it Take to Feed 3,000 People on Your Farm?

The summer of 2014 will go down as one I won’t forget.  With the winter that proved to be the worst in record books, our kids got out of school late on June 17.  We took a quick vacation and came back to only three weeks left before hosting Breakfast on the Farm, a large-scale on-farm event to give consumers [...]

The UP State Fair and the Miracle of Life

One way our family finished a fabulous, fun-filled summer was by attending the Upper Peninsula State Fair.

This year, Levi showed and sold a steer that he raised as a 4-H project.

We also brought cows that were ready to have their calves to the Miracle of Life building. The building had bleachers so fair-goers could watch the animals give birth. Michigan [...]

Food Product Dates: Clearing Up the Confusion

September is National Food Safety Education month. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I receive numerous questions related to dairy food safety from consumers. A frequently asked question is: “If the milk in my refrigerator has a “sell by” date of two days ago, is it still safe to drink or should I toss it?”

As many as two-thirds of Americans look [...]

Summer Food Service At Its Finest: Meet Up and Eat Up!

More than 16 million kids in America live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That’s 1 out of every 5 kids.1

Though you may not realize it or you may think it doesn’t exist in your community, hunger is all around us. Every. Single. Day.

When school is not in session, the summer can be a difficult [...]

Six Ways to Get the Most Out of Yogurt’s Health Benefits

Although “curative properties” were attributed to yogurt in the Middle Ages, it was not until early in the 20th century that yogurt’s health benefits became more accepted. This was as a result of research by the Nobel Prize winning Russian bacteriologist, Elie Metchnikoff, who linked Bulgarians’ long life span to their intake of yogurt.  Since then, accumulating research has shown [...]