Food and Kitchen Tips

Fitting in Summer Treats

There is a place for sweets and desserts in your meal plan. You can still enjoy these treats on special occasions without feeling guilty. You’ll just need to make some adjustments to the other foods you eat.

Plan a Healthy Picnic

Planning a picnic with the fam? Everyone likes summer picnic staples like cheeseburgers, potato salad and frozen treats. You can still enjoy your favorites, but it is important to balance your plate. What’s more – it's easy to incorporate some healthy options that are also tasty and crave-worthy! Here are 10 healthy picnic foods to consider for your menu this summer!

VIDEO: Watermelon – A Summer Treat

No need to make a mess when you cut up fresh watermelon this season. Learn to easily slice and dice this refreshing summer fruit.

VIDEO: Summer Specialty - Eggplant!

Not sure what to do with this seasonal veggie? Here are some meal ideas that showcase nonstarchy eggplant.

VIDEO: All About Summer Squash

Michael Marks shows us the many ways you can prepare and use nonstarchy zucchini or yellow squash.

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Bite into Fresh Summer Meals

This plan is a great example of how you can make balanced choices at your next summer picnic or cookout. Remember – bring a healthy dish to share!

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