Dallas County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Nutrition Education Program in Dallas County EFNEP of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is designed to assist limited resource families in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed-behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound eating patterns.

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Photos from Dallas County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program's post 10/07/2021

Joyce Washington received Above & Beyond Service Award at the BLT/EFNEP Conference


Don't invite bacteria to your next meal. Use this website for healthy tips on enjoying your restaurants leftovers. https://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/10-smart-tips-keep-your-restaurant-leftovers-safe


Food safety is a major concern in the United States but so is food waste. Here's a helpful website that gives you tips to avoid wasting food. https://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/maintain-food-safety-while-cutting-food-waste


Tomatillos may be delicious, but they aren’t super nutrient-dense. They do have quite a bit of Vitamin C and are good sources of Vitamin K and niacin, and are good sources of zeaxanthin and lutein, both necessary for eye health. They are also fairly high in fiber and low in calories. Try this recipe: https://www.myplate.gov/recipes/myplate-cnpp/pan-roasted-tilapia-tomatillo-salsa


Keep a lid on it: When storing whole grains from bulk bins, use containers with tight-fitting lids and keep them in a cool, dry location. A sealed container is important for maintaining freshness and reducing bug infestations


Sip smarter: Soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks contain a lot of sugar and are high in calories. Offer water when kids are thirsty. 🥤


Whether you tried your hand at baking bread, followed a new recipe on Tik Tok, or even thought up some creative dishes “Iron Chef” style, the past 18 months have turned many more of us into home cooks. For Food Safety Education Month (FSEM) in September, we’re sharing advice on another important part of a tasty meal: How to prevent food poisoning when you cook at home.

Meet Food Safety Chef, who will share ways you can handle and keep food safe in your home kitchen. During September, follow along on social media to see these tips and share them with others: @Foodsafetygov Twitter, FoodSafety.gov Facebook, @CDCgov Twitter, @CDC_NCEZID Twitter, CDC Facebook, and CDCgov Instagram. Look for the hashtags #FSEM2021 and #CDCFoodSafety.


Eating out restaurants can be expensive. Save money by getting the early bird special, going out for lunch instead of dinner, or looking for “2 for 1” deals. Ask for water instead of ordering other beverages, which add to the bill.


Be on your guard at the salad bar: Most veggies get the green light but limit foods high in fat and sodium such as olives, bacon bits, fried noodles, croutons, and pasta or potato salads that are made with mayo and oil. Stick to fat-free or low-fat dressings on the side.


Go food shopping together: Grocery shopping can teach your child about food and nutrition. Discuss where vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and protein foods come from. Let your children make healthy choices.


Move more at work: Fit more activity into the workday. Stand during phone calls, use a printer farther from your desk, and get up to stretch each hour.



Prickly pear fruit (nopales) is high in Vitamin C, fiber and magnesium. It’s also got a bit of calcium and potassium and is high in antioxidants. The fruit has been used as a hangover preventative, and may help lower cholesterol. The nopales are high in calcium, Vitamin C, manganese and magnesium. Traditionally, the pads were heated and used as a treatment for arthritis and other aches and pains. https://www.superkidsnutrition.com/nopales-and-eggs/


Have a favorite snack mix? Try a homemade version by buying the ingredients individually and mixing it yourself. Combine unsalted nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and popcorn for a tasty and nutritious snack that you can make with your family. https://efnep.tamu.edu/recipe/cereal-mix/


Try making your Almost a MyPlate Sundae


A way to understand and measure the intensity of aerobic activity is by understanding intensity and how physical activity affects heart rate and breathing.

Check out this website for tips: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/measuring/index.html


A refrigerator is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the kitchen for keeping foods safe. These electric units are so commonplace today, we forget a refrigerator was once little more than a box with a block of ice used to supply a rather undependable source of cold air. But we are instantly reminded of its importance to our daily lives when the power goes off or the unit fails, putting our food's safety in jeopardy.



MyPlate is now available as an Alexa skill! Get MyPlate nutrition information straight to your home on your Amazon Alexa smart speaker, or on your phone or tablet via the free Amazon Alexa app.



When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium.



Staying in energy balance can be tough when you and your family go out to eat. But you can still eat healthy and enjoy your meal. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the ingredients and how the food was cooked. You also can ask to leave some items out or replace them with healthier choices.



Regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Moving more and sitting less have tremendous benefits for everyone, regardless of age, s*x, race, ethnicity, or current fitness level.



Okra is fat free, cholesterol free, very low sodium, low calorie, high in vitamin C, and is a good source of folate, magnesium, and fiber .



Find out what amount is healthy for you and your family.



Healthy eating is important at every age. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what protein foods to eat, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium.



An easy way to learn about which foods are lower in fat and calories is to think in terms of GO, SLOW, and WHOA.



Understanding common barriers to physical activity and creating strategies to overcome them may help you make physical activity part of your daily life. To learn more about how to overcome barriers to physical activity, read below and visit: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adding-pa/barriers.html


Food that is mishandled can lead to foodborne illness. While the United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world, preventing foodborne illness remains a major public health challenge. Preventing foodborne illness by following these four easy steps: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/safe-food-handling-and-preparation/food-safety-basics/cleanliness-helps-prevent


Buying healthy foods for your family is easier when you know what types of food to shop for in the store. Take a shopping list with you to stay on track. Look at the Nutrition Facts label to find healthy choices. Find more information here: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/eat-right/smart-food-shopping.htm


Do You Know How Food Portions Have Changed in 20 Years? https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/eat-right/portion-distortion.htm


Engage your children in preparing meals with easy skills that will last a lifetime. Start with basic skills appropriate for their age and interest.


If you have not been physically active in a while, you may wonder how to get started again. Click here for some tips: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/physical_activity/getting_started.html


Healthy decisions start at home. Planning ahead can improve your health while saving you time and money. Get children involved in planning and cooking too and you’ll be surprised by how easy making healthy changes can be.


Parents and caregivers can set a great example for the whole family by creating a healthy environment at home. Any combination of steps-making fruits and vegetables part of every meal, limiting treats, walking and playing, even shopping together—can add up to make a real difference in children’s lives and help build healthy habits for life.





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