Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

Personalize your holidays by giving homemade gifts from the kitchen! Gift making doesn’t need to be time consuming or costly, just made with love and thoughtfulness. Mason jars are trendy and make the perfect container for your holiday treat, some of us enjoy more traditional treats with a healthier twist, or for those who are pressed for time take advantage of no-bake treats that everyone can enjoy!

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Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments

To implement the nutrition labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act or ACA), the Food and Drug Administration is requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments. Here’s what this means for consumers and restaurant owners…

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How to Promote Healthy Skin

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has designated November as Healthy Skin Month, providing recommendations to keep that “healthy glow” at any age.

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Celebrating National Apple Month

Gov. Snyder has declared October as Pure Michigan Apple Month. This year, the Michigan apple crop will be one of the largest apple crops Michigan has seen. Last year, Michigan broke records with a 30 million bushel crop. (about 1.26 billion pounds) Michigan is the third largest producer of apples in the United States, behind Washington. (Michigan’s average harvest is about 19.7 million bushels, or 828 million pounds per year!)

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Harvest Season: Potatoes

Whichever way you eat them—baked, mashed, roasted or fried—the potato is an American favorite! Potatoes are harvested in early fall, typically late September to early October. Idaho leads the nation producing about 13 billion pounds of potatoes every year from over 300,000 acres. Michigan is 8th on the list of leading potato growers, producing about 1.6 billion pounds each year.

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Best Foods for Women

Tina Miller 2011A balanced diet, abundant in plant foods, is fundamental to feeling vibrant and staying well. For women, however, there are certain foods that are especially beneficial. Many of the same antioxidants and nutrients, like vitamins A and C found in these health promoting foods also support beautiful skin and a youthful glow! Here they are…

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Get Cooking with Cans

Canned foods are a smart solution for better eating in today’s fast-paced world. The can seals in freshness, flavor and nutrition without sacrificing convenience, enabling you to be confident about creating more, healthy meals. Start cooking today – Canned foods make homemade easy!

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Broccoleaf: The (Not So) Superfood

If it tastes like a sugar snap pea but looks a bit like kale, it must be BroccoLeafs! The leaves of broccoli plants are the newest superfood trend and for good reason. One Broccoleaf serving provides 100% of your daily value requirement for vitamin C, essential for immune health during this cold and flu season and tasty green provides more calcium than a serving of Kale. BroccoLeafs are also an excellent source of vitamins A for healthy skin and vitamin D for mood and bone health.

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Simple Tips for Easy Family Meals

Aim to have at least one family meal each day: breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack shared at home. It’s time together that counts; where and when is not important. Children who eat meals with their families show better school performance, build healthier social skills, choose healthier snack foods and are less likely to be obese.

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Produce for Kids & Meijer Team Up to Help Families

Launching on Aug. 31, Produce for Kids and Meijer will host the third annual Healthy Families, Helping Kids campaign to educate families on the benefits of healthy eating and raise money for nutrition education through Jump with Jill, a music-based health program for kids. Since 2002, Meijer has raised more than $1 million for local children’s organizations.

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