Kids look forward to summer break as a time for fun! But for parents that rely on free or reduced school meals, the break can be a burden on the family’s food budget. Feeding a growing child can be challenging enough, but when the food budget is stretched even further […]
This is the third blog in a series about meal planning. If you haven’t read the other posts, you read these first: Benefits of Meal Planning and Meal Planning in Five Easy Steps. When I began this meal prepping process, it seemed like each week I would find something new […]
This is the second blog in a series about meal planning. If you haven’t read the first post, you should start here to learn about the many benefits of meal planning. Are you ready to start meal planning, but not sure where to begin? This post will help you get started with five easy steps.
Whether you’re a stay at home, or a working parent, figuring out what’s for dinner can be frustrating and stressful. Meal planning is a great way to help relieve not only stress, but also save money and time. In addition, meal planning is a great way to keep you and […]
There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of soup on a cold day. I love making soup all year long, but when the temperatures start to drop, soup becomes a regular part of my meal planning. Soup can be a simple meal, but if you load it up with the […]
The federal government has many food programs that help people of all ages receive adequate nutrition, but several programs are geared specifically to children. Public schools, non-profit private schools, and residential child-care institutions are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. These programs offer healthy meal options to children and aim to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains served at the school.
Grocery shopping on a tight budget can be challenging, especially if you’re trying to eat healthy. But there are many ways to manage your food dollars and still purchase a variety of delicious and healthy foods that your family will love. The MyPlate guidelines recommend that you make half your […]
What is your favorite part of summer? Is it warm weather? Longer days? School vacation? One of the things I look forward to is tomato season! In North Carolina local tomatoes are available from June through October, so you have five months to enjoy the juiciest and most […]
In the U.S., over 37 million tons of food are wasted each year. That’s a lot of food that ends up in landfills instead of on plates! Most people probably don’t realize how much food they are actually wasting. The sliced bread that got moldy before you finished it; the […]
Last week we discussed the impact of a new baby on the amount of money families spend on food for its newest member. The cost to feed a baby adds up quickly, and can range from approximately $100 – $175 per month. Such a big increase to a […]