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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.

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Celebrate Whole Grains Month!

September is Whole Grains Month and a great time to reinforce the message of the USDA MyPlate and promote healthy choices by making at least 1/2 your grains whole grains!


What are whole grains?

Whole grains are full of health-promoting nutrients and complex carbohydrates.  They contain all parts of the grain, which helps keep your heart healthy and gives you long-lasting energy.

How can you determine if a food is whole grain? 

Look for the word “whole” in the FIRST ingredient listed, such as “100% whole-grain” or “whole wheat”.  An easy way to look for whole grain foods is to look for the Whole Grain stamp from the Whole Grains Council.


Whole Grains Council Stamp


Some popular whole grains include:

  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn
  • Whole-wheat bread, cereals, crackers, pasta

It’s easy to make 1/2 your grains whole grains with so many delicious options!  Celebrate Whole Grains Month with Learning ZoneXpress!  Visit our website to see all of our Whole Grain nutrition education products.




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Stirring up MyPLate to a melting pot of flavors and cultures

international-and-cultural-food-kitRecently Dr. Katie Wilson, Deputy Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services wrote a blog post for the USDA on MyPLate meals with cultural flavor…

The things that make our country so great and special can be found in the diversity of the people, their ideas, and their culture. One of the ways culture is expressed is through the foods we eat. Our nation’s school meals should be no exception. More than 30 million children receive at least one nutritious meal every school day through the USDA’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

My commitment is to make sure these children have access to healthy, nutritious meals while they learn. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) has helped raise the nutritional value of the foods our children eat with meal standards that promote health during the years most critical for growing kids. The meal standards have been developed to not only offer healthy meal options, but to allow schools the flexibility to prepare meals that are familiar to kids from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Recently, I learned of several examples of this while participating in one of the Team Up for School Nutrition Success workshops that USDA provides to assist school food authorities. The goal of this training is to help schools find simple ways to meet the updated meal standards while increasing the number of children enjoying healthy and flavorful school meals. It’s no secret that children and adolescents can be finicky eaters, but there are creative ways school nutrition professionals can prepare meals to be tastier and more appealing for this tough audience.

For instance, I learned that in Puerto Rico it is common for children to eat arroz con habichuelas y carne de cerdo (rice and beans with pork). Schools are finding ways to prepare this same meal in a healthy way that satisfies the palates of children who are used to eating it at home.

We applaud the push to keep healthy and embrace the natural diversity of our country. We can all appreciate a little spice to our lives and our lunches!

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Our FINAL Learning ZoneXpress Summer Sale starts today through Tuesday, August 11th!   For ONE WEEK ONLY all of our Bulletin Board Kits are on sale for only $14.95 each (reg. $24.95)! Now is the time to stock up and save with savings of $10 off each bulletin board kit.



We offer a fantastic variety of over 30 kits featuring topics on: USDA MyPlate, food groups, healthy nutrition, breakfast, physical activity,  plus much more.

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