Don’t Be a Turkey…Eat Healthier this Thanksgiving!

The holidays are a great time for celebrating and enjoying your favorite foods, but it is often the hardest time of the year to eat right.

By choosing reasonable portion sizes and healthier dishes, your Thanksgiving dinner can still be healthy and delicious!

pepper bowlaHere are 6 easy tips to keep your Thanksgiving meal healthier:

  1. Eat a hearty breakfast before your holiday meal. If you show up starving you are more likely to overeat.
  2. Eat plenty of vegetables. Go the MyPlate way and fill 2/3rds of your plate with a rainbow of vegetables.
  3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate…Drink lots of water before and during your meal. This will help you feel fuller and keep you from overeating.
  4. Limit sweets. Don’t deprive yourself from your favorite desserts, just enjoy smaller portions and eat slowly while savoring the flavor.
  5. Leave the table when finished with your meal. Lingering at the table may tempt you to snack on leftovers.
  6. Get up and move! Grab the family and go for a walk around the block. Enjoy the fresh air and being outside.

On behalf of everyone here at Learning ZoneXpress, we wish you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

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Healthy Holiday Card Sale!

Learning ZoneXpress is excited to announce our Healthy Holiday Card Sale. Available for a limited time only, these fun cards can be purchased in sets of 6 cards for just $5.95.

Spread a message of good health this holiday season with your choice of 3 designs. These food art holiday cards feature a variety of fruits and vegetables to promote good nutrition and healthy eating during the holiday season.  These cards are great for customers, employees, and clients.

From all of us here at Learning ZoneXpress, have a happy and healthy holiday season! 

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Eating the MyPlate Way…On a Budget!

Think it’s impossible to eat healthy on a budget?…Think again! Tasty, affordable foods are within reach for your family. With a few tips and tricks you can make eating the Myplate way on a budget happen.


Here’s How:

  • Buy seasonal! Fruits and vegetables that are in season and grown in your area are easier to get and less expensive.
  • Try your local farmer’s market!
  • Visit the freezer aisle! Did you know frozen vegetables and fruits are just as nutritious and usually cheaper than fresh?
  • Buy in bulk! It’s almost always cheaper to buy in bulk. Smart choices include family packs of chicken, steak or fish and larger bags of potatoes or frozen vegetables.
  • Buy it whole! Pre-washed and cut fruit and vegetables may be more convenient but it is often more expensive too.
  • Go generic! Don’t be fooled by the more attractive brand-name products. Generic food will always be more attractive to your wallet.

More Low-Cost MyPlate Tips:

  • Plan ahead! Before going to the grocery store, plan your meals. Try to include meals that will “stretch” into more portions like stews, casseroles or a stir-fry.
  • Cut coupons! Check online, in the newspaper and at the store for sales and coupons. Watch for specials.
  • Compare! Find the “unit price” on the shelf and use it to compare different brands and sizes to find the most affordable option.
  • Prepare large batches of your favorite recipes and freeze them in individual containers and use them throughout the week instead of ordering take-out meals.
  • “Planned-Overs”! Plan for extra “leftovers” and save some cash. Use your leftovers in creative ways like toppings for omelets, baked potatoes or pasta.

Remember….Get your calcium. Focus on fruits. Vary your veggies. Make at least half your grains whole. Go lean with protein. And don’t forget to make physical activity a part of your plan.

Visit Learning ZoneXpress for MyPlate nutrition education resources.

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Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

For our friends in public health. You deserve some help in getting people to make smart, healthy decisions – and this might be how you get it.

USDA is offering grants to public food program service providers, tribal organizations, and private nonprofit entities through the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program. The program seeks to encourage healthy eating and physical activity at the individual and community levels, focusing on high-risk groups, and promotes healthy diet and physical activity behaviors. Deadline to apply: 11/30/2015. Click here for funding guidelines.

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Child-Centered Garden Programs Funded

From our friends at GrantStation

Child-Centered Garden Programs Funded Youth Garden Grants, a resource of the National Gardening Association (NGA), awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations throughout the United States with child-centered garden programs. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of three and 18 is eligible to apply. Twenty programs will receive award packages valued at over $500. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The application deadline is December 1, 2015. Application guidelines and forms are available on the NGA website at

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