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!)
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
Where did the summer go? With the new school-year just days away, it’s time to start planning for healthier back to school lunches. Make it a family activity by getting your children involved planning and preparing lunches.
On Saturday, August 16th all Meijer stores will host a special Back to School event from 11am to 2pm. Not only will our event feature great nutritious recipe ideas, samples and tips on staying healthy this back to school season, but customers will also get “Brilliant Buys at Bright Prices”. Also, take advantage of the Meijer Back to School Bucks, good through end of day today 8/16/14 to create your own sale on back to school apparel and supplies. You’ll gather great information and tips about healthy back to school lunches, easy family meal ideas, and important immunizations available at Meijer Pharmacy that can help keep your child healthy this school year.
August is National Peach Month! Michigan grown peaches are available mid-late summer and are grown along the east coast of Lake Michigan, known as the fruit belt. While Georgia is known as the “Peach State” the majority of peaches are grown in California (about 50%). Grab a napkin or two! Whether it’s a Michigan, Georgia, or California peach, a ripe peach is incredibly tasty, juicy and nutritious.