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Plant-Based Twists to Classic Summer Dishes

(NewsUSA) - With people more focused on wellness and nutrition these days, interest in a plant-based diet is hotter than ever. One easy way to get in on the trend: Pair summer produce with simple ingredients like pecans for a dish the whole family will enjoy.

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Thursday 05/28/2020
Make a Commitment to More Family Meals
Posted: May 28, 2020

(Family Features) Spending moments together with loved ones carries obvious benefits like time to catch up and opportunities to bond, but sharing meals actually provides definitive value for families. With restricted social interactions and confinement at home due to COVID-19, many families are facing meal challenges that have shifted from juggling busy schedules to seeking new ways to mix up the traditional menu or using digital solutions to reconnect at a virtual table.

Simple, Plant-Powered Summer Meals
Posted: May 28, 2020

(Family Features) With more than half of Americans willing to eat more plants and less meat in 2020 (and beyond), according to a study conducted by Yale and Earth Day Network, one thing holds true: Even when food is better for you and the planet, families crave quality taste.

Snack Hacks That Really Pop
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If spending more time at home than usual has you reaching for snacks more often, keep some quick, flavorful options on-hand to help fuel you and your family throughout the day when hunger pangs strike.

Breaking Bread
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

Comfort food consumption is on the rise

Pop a Shareable Snack
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A whole-grain food, popcorn has energy-producing carbohydrates and fiber, which can help keep you satisfied longer when looking for an at-home snack to share with loved ones. With no artificial additives or preservatives, light and airy popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free, making it a sensible option to enjoy one handful at a time or sprinkled with seasonings that satisfy your taste buds in a recipe like Coconut Crunch Chia Clusters.

A Simply Sensational Summer Meal
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whipping up a fresh cooked meal is one of the true joys of summer, especially when grilled grub is paired with tantalizing sides and tempting desserts.

Taste of Summer
Posted: May 28, 2020

A menu made for summer indulgence

Break Bread with a Scrumptious Sandwich
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

As families spend more time at home, Americans are finding comfort in recipes made using bread. In addition to the comforting flavor, this trend provides valuable nutritional benefits. As a part of many healthy eating plans, bread and pasta are nutritionist approved and provide nutrients needed for healthy aging such as B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, iron, folate and fiber.

Fire Up the Grill for Smoked Fruit
Posted: May 28, 2020

(Family Features) As summer grilling season sets in, Americans grab their tongs to take advantage of backyard barbecue opportunities.

Wednesday 05/27/2020
5 Fresh Avocado Recipes to Get Out of the At-Home Snacking Slumps
Posted: May 27, 2020

(BPT) - Weight management goals getting derailed by binging on high calorie foods? Get creative with avocado recipes that add taste, nutrition and satisfaction to your midday munchies. “Planning a checklist before you start shopping is key,” said Malena Perdomo, registered dietitian and spokesperson for Aguacates Frescos - Saborea Uno Hoy. “My expert tip: commit to options that will satisfy your hunger as well as boost energy and provide nutrients.” Mix and match traditional flavors and better-for-you comfort foods. Favorites like fresh avocados, for example, are a good source of fiber. Staying fueled with ingredients with fiber helps slow digestion and helps keep you full and satisfied. Plus, refrigeration slows down ripening so you can confidently stock up. Who can resist a little more avocado in their day?

Lorena Bobbitt Shares Her Story in Lifetime Original Movie
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Although it happened nearly 30 years ago, the story of Lorena Bobbitt and the domestic violence she endured still resonates today in the #MeToo era. Lifetime kicks off Memorial Day with the Ripped from the Headlines feature premiere of "I Was Lorena Bobbitt" on Monday, May 25, at 8pm ET/PT.

Talking to MoonPie’s Virtual Roommate Is Way Better Than Talking to Yourself
Posted: May 27, 2020

Make Room for New Favorites on the Grill
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Whether firing up the grill for a pool party, barbecue or even just a weeknight meal, one thing’s for sure: summertime means grilling season. Grilling takes many forms and flavors from casual favorites like burgers and hot dogs to flame-kissed vegetables and the artistry of a perfectly done steak. However, the possibilities don’t end there.

A Spring Salad Celebration
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Fresh fruits and veggies are often the flavors of spring, and you can bring them all together by celebrating National Salad Month with a homemade masterpiece.

Family Fun with Fudgsicles
Updated: June 01, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Planning snacks you can enjoy with your children is a winning parenting strategy for spending more time together while creating tasty treats.

Friday 05/22/2020
Shortages in Meat Inspire More To Try Plant-Based Protein
Posted: May 22, 2020

By Dan Curtin, President 

National Wine Day: 4 Tips for Hosting a Virtual ‘Happier Hour’
Posted: May 22, 2020

(BPT) - With National Wine Day around the corner on Monday, May 25, Milano cookies is encouraging everyone to save a moment for themselves by enjoying happy hour in a fun new way — by pairing Milano cookies with wine. To help achieve the perfect pairings, Milano created a Happier Hour Guide, featuring five expert pairings ideas for how to match Milano cookie flavors with your favorite wine. Below they’ve provided a few tips for how to make the most of this holiday by hosting a virtual “Happier Hour” cookie and wine tasting for 21+ friends or family to join the fun.

Wednesday 05/20/2020
Beat the Heat with a Chilled Beverage
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Culinary.net) Hardly anything beats a cold, refreshing drink on a hot day. This Fizzy Orange Pineapple Punch provides a chilling moment of relaxation with the sweetness of orange and pineapple combined with the cool flavor of orange sherbet.

Ways to Make Hearty Meals at Home with Pantry Staples
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Stocking up on pantry essentials is a productive practice, especially as people across the country spend more time at home. However, having all those ingredients on-hand doesn't do as much good if you aren't sure how to use them or feel as if you're constantly whipping up the same dishes.

Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Easier Mornings
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If you’re juggling a new set of responsibilities right now, you’re not alone. Those busy mornings may still pose challenges even if your commute no longer exists.

Pasta Made Easy with Pantry Essentials
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Constantly seeking out recipe-specific ingredients that may only be used once or twice can be a burden. Instead, keep your home stocked with necessities to simplify dinner prep with dishes made using common household staples.

Stack a Savory Snack
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Culinary.net) Having fun in the kitchen can be an easy way to get kids involved for a family-friendly activity. These Fiesta Snacks call for flavors many kids love stacked up in a way that allows them to aid in the process.

Monday 05/18/2020
History Channel Unlocks the Greatness of Ulysses S. Grant
Posted: May 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Ulysses S. Grant may be one of the most complex and underappreciated generals and presidents in United States history, but he gets his due at last in a six-hour miniseries, "Grant," that premieres on HISTORY over Memorial Day weekend.

Friday 05/15/2020
Check Out these Iconic Commencement Speeches from Seniors who Missed Out on Graduation - Helping Shape the Voices of a Generation
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

Lifetime Celebrates 30 Years of Original Movies
Posted: May 15, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Lifetime celebrates 30 years of its iconic Lifetime Original Movies in 2020 and continues to be a premier entertainment destination for women, offering award-winning movies that viewers love, popular non-fiction series such as "Married at First Sight," and compelling "beyond the headlines" documentaries.

Wednesday 05/13/2020
Shoppers Save Big On Groceries With Healthy Savings® Powered By AARP Foundation
Updated: May 15, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Good nutrition is important at any age. But for older adults on a tight budget, regular access to nutritious foods can be limited—and expensive.

A new program aims to change that by making it easier to get healthy foods at the local grocery store for an affordable price. With Healthy Savings® powered by AARP Foundation, shoppers pay a small fee of $4.99 per calendar year for a card that can save them up to $200 a month on groceries. 

The program is part of AARP Foundation’s work to help people over 50 with limited income eat more nutritious foods, ultimately improving their well-being. Research shows that more than 10 million older adults don’t get enough nutritious food on a daily basis, most often because they can’t afford it.

Eating healthy is about more than affordability, however. Not only does Healthy Savings reduce costs, it also identifies healthy options in the store. All products available through Healthy Savings are scored against the USDA’s Healthy Eating Index to make sure they qualify as nutritious. The index makes it convenient to choose the healthiest foods, which include lean meats, eggs, yogurt, whole grains, and a wide range of other options.

The typical over-50 diet scores low in key food groups like whole grains and dairy. By encouraging the purchase of more of these nutrients through coupon discounts, Healthy Savings can help older adults:

•Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

•Reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. 

•More easily manage a chronic disease.

•Increase or maintain energy levels.

Shoppers who sign up for Healthy Savings receive a card in the mail and can download a mobile app, both of which can be used at 22,000 grocery stores across the U.S. for instant savings at checkout. The savings come on top of any from store loyalty cards and manufacturers’ coupons (so long as coupons don’t add up to more than the price of the item). 

Each week, new coupons are automatically loaded onto the card and app—no coupon clipping required. Over the course of a year, Healthy Savings can save shoppers as much as $2,400.

More information, including recipes and tips for shopping smart, is at aarpfoundation.org/save.

Early Treatment Key To Managing Seasonal Diseases In Cattle
Updated: May 15, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Two of the more common production-impacting health issues cattlemen see in their herds this time of year are foot rot and pinkeye. Left untreated, each can lead to more serious, chronic health problems. 

Foot rot, pinkeye and other common cattle ailments are highly dependent on pasture, weather and other conditions. Foot rot is more problematic when cattle are kept in wet, muddy and manure-heavy lots. Caused by the Fusobacterium Necrophorum bacteria, symptoms include swelling and inflammation between the toes, resulting in lameness and reluctance to walk. 

Pinkeye is a highly infectious eye condition that can affect cattle of all ages, often on tall-grass pastures and in environmental situations that can irritate the eye. Flies are a major irritant and vector for the disease, so controlling them and other sources of irritant is critical. Delayed treatment of pinkeye can result in loss of the eye, reduced performance and a less marketable animal.  

Fortunately, with timely surveillance and treatment, these infections, along with other diseases, can be easily and cost-effectively managed by producers with a non-prescription injectable product such as Noromycin 300 LA, a highly concentrated, low-dose, fast-acting formulation of oxytetracycline. Effectively used by cattlemen for many years, it is widely available through most farm and veterinary supply companies. 

Learn more at www.norbrook.com.

 

Cook Once, Eat Twice
Updated: May 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Cook once, eat twice. It’s a kitchen practice as simple as it sounds. Cook a base dish that can be enjoyed today and used for an entirely different meal tomorrow. For example, bake some fish for tonight’s dinner, and enjoy fish tacos for tomorrow’s lunch.

Build Simple Breakfasts to Fuel Your Family
Updated: May 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

5 tips to start your day with nutritious noshes

Tuesday 05/12/2020
Stories And Songs Matter More Than Ever Right Now
Updated: May 14, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a thought that may make you feel like singing: In times like these, when so many people feel like little islands, connecting with other people to share stories and songs takes on a special significance. 

It’s long been popular. For much of human history, the center of people’s light and life was the humble campfire. It was a place to teach, share, connect, and give thanks. It was the hub of culture, where our ancestors gathered nightly to fight back the dark with their myths, stories, and the joy of their voices raised in song.

Stories and songs are basic units of shared culture that remain, even as the source of flickering light changed from fire to screens. These days, many social networks and streaming services are reporting global spikes in member activity. 

For example, on the “stories” side, nearly 16 million new people joined Netflix during the first part of the year, which was twice as many as expected.  Other streaming services have seen rises as well, including Disney+. And underscoring the many benefits of engaging in these libraries of “once upon a time,” watching streaming video has quickly become the #1 leisure activity for people at home.  

On the “songs” side, social singing network Smule has also seen a significant rise in new users joining in from all over the world. Smule is a global online community of music lovers where millions of people from all over come together each day to sing along with millions of popular songs, often with other people—and sometimes with the stars who first sang the songs—plus make new friends, cheer each other on, and simply have fun. Your singing ability doesn’t matter; the thing all the members have in common is a love for singing, and a love for connecting with other people through the shared experience of performing songs together. 

It’s somewhat like Snapchat and YouTube, mashed up with an automated sound and video recording and effects studio. You can sing or record songs on video with new friends, karaoke by yourself, or sing a cappella. Members include people from all walks of life, including real-life superstars, such as Lewis Capaldi, who upload recorded versions of their top hits for other members to sing along with and repost to the network and other social media platforms. Fans can even sing along with Disney characters such as Moana to the hits from popular Disney films. 

Thousands of independent singing communities and teams have sprung up around the world, using Smule as the platform to showcase their singalongs.  

One such community, Apex Team, is a group of 46 young, talented and dynamic voices from all parts of the world who came together as a virtual choir that inspires online audiences with their enjoyable musical performances. Apex produces more than a hundred group collaborations a year, including a phenomenal performance of “Fight Song,” by Rachel Platten and Dave Bassett—edited into a “Thank You” to frontline professionals in the fight against COVID-19.  

Meanwhile, some things haven’t changed. Shared light is better, stories and songs still matter.

To learn more, go to www.smule.com or get the app at Google Play.

 

Monday 05/11/2020
Tips for Advanced Home Cooking [Infographic]
Posted: May 11, 2020

(BPT) - Whether it is dusting off an old cookbook, perfecting a family recipe, mastering the latest recipe to take over social media, or baking cookies with the kids, people are creating new memories in the kitchen. That's why we asked the cooking and baking experts in LG's home appliance consumer insights lab in Chicago to help compile a list of the best tips, tricks and hacks to help get the most out of your time in the kitchen right now.

Friday 05/08/2020
Online Writing Course
Updated: May 10, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—“There are stories yet unwritten,” said Orson Scott Card, author of the acclaimed “Ender’s Game.”

So he and all fiction fans can have a better chance to get to read them, he’s joined the “Rune Lords” series creator David Farland and Tim Powers, author of “On Stranger Tides” and many other books, to offer a free online writing workshop.

It takes aspiring authors through the process of coming up with story ideas, research, outlining, plotting, steps to writing your story, writing description, writing dialogue, writing narration, adding suspense, writing the beginning, middle and end of a story, and productivity. The lessons were originally devised by legendary sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard himself and people who’ve taken the workshop say the information and suggestions are as helpful today as when they were first written. The series of 12 sessions from seven to 40 minutes per installment, include a number of reading and writing assignments. Students learn at their own pace. The course can be good not only for aspiring sci-fi writers, but students, parents and anyone who wants to learn how to devise great short stories. 

Participants are also encouraged to submit their work to the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future contest, the world’s pre-eminent competition for up-and-coming genre authors, noted SciFi editor Jeff Berkwits, that can “help budding speculative fiction storytellers become future Hugo, Nebula, and WOTF award winners.” Past writing winners have published 1,150 novels and nearly 4,500 short stories. 

Already almost 2,000 aspiring authors from over 30 countries have signed up for the workshop. You can join them at www.writersofthefuture.com/register/online-workshop.

 

Thursday 05/07/2020
Make the Backyard a Destination for Family Fun
Posted: May 07, 2020

(StatePoint) With many events canceled and public venues closed, the backyard is likely going to be the new hot spot destination for families nationwide. But staying home doesn’t have to be boring. Using these tips, you can put together an afternoon of sunshine and fun, right in your own backyard.

Backyard Living: Perfecting Your Next Ribeye Steak
Posted: May 07, 2020

(StatePoint) Besides a great looking lawn, nothing showcases the backyard quite like a cookout. But anything worth doing is worth doing right. So when it comes to grilling your next ribeye steak, take a cue from world class chefs who are all turning up the heat.

Deliver Maple Flavor in the Morning
Updated: May 12, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Culinary.net) It’s hard to beat a fresh, oven-baked breakfast to start the day, especially one loaded with sausage and eggs complemented by the sweetness of diced apples and maple syrup. This Maple Breakfast Braid delivers a tempting flavor combination perfect for a weekend morning with loved ones.

Wednesday 05/06/2020
A Go-To Gourmet Breakfast
Updated: May 11, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Culinary.net) Skip the cereal and frozen foods for a spread like these Orange Eggs Benedict with a homemade hollandaise sauce. With six servings, it's perfect for a family breakfast at home.

Healthy, Easy Treats for Kids
Updated: May 11, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Snacks are a way of life for people of all ages, but especially children, who consume about 25% of their daily calories from snacks, according to research published in the “Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.” Providing nutritionally balanced snacks for your children at home can make for a happy and healthy day.

Friday 05/01/2020
How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2020: A Virtual Salsa Class, Favorite Recipes & A Chance to Give Back
Posted: May 01, 2020

(BPT) - At a time when many around the world are practicing social distancing, it’s important not to forget the good stuff this Cinco de Mayo. We’ve compiled the best ways you can celebrate with food, dancing and music — all while giving back to your local community.

Wednesday 04/29/2020
Raise your glass and take a trip around the world with rosé
Posted: April 29, 2020

(BPT) - With travel plans put on hold, your wanderlust is growing daily. Although you may not be able to visit the places on your bucket list, it doesn't mean you can't create moments of joy inspired by these locals through delicious foods and sensational beverages. The trendiest wine of 2020 is rosé, making it easy for you to enjoy the flavors of the world from the comfort of your own home.

Kid-Friendly Creativity in the Kitchen
Updated: May 04, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) While so many families spend more time at home than normal, many may be seeking ways to increase fun and activity, especially for children. One way to increase engagement while teaching lifelong lessons is to head to the kitchen for a learning exercise in creating nutritious snacks and treats.

Perfect Pantry Pastas
Updated: May 04, 2020 - 2:32 am

Meals made easy with household essentials

Serve a Protein-Packed Salad
Updated: May 04, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) A salad can fill an empty stomach for nearly any purpose, from an al fresco snack to a family appetizer. When combined with protein like chicken, a salad can become a full, nutritious meal all on its own.

Tuesday 04/28/2020
The Safety Of Mushrooms: From Harvest To Home
Updated: April 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—With new procedures and protocols from the impact of COVID-19, mushroom farms around the country are building on their strong foundations of safety. 

Consider Maria. Before she begins her shift at the local mushroom farm’s packing facility, she pulls essential items from her locker: facemask, hairnet, gloves and a smock. Now in “uniform,” she takes her place on the processing line, 6 feet apart from colleagues, where she fills tills of the mushrooms that find their way to your grocery store. What may surprise many people to learn is that the items Maria puts on before each shift are nothing new—they have been part of Maria’s uniform since she began packing eight years ago. 

With the advent of COVID-19, all segments of agriculture have had to adapt their business practices. For mushroom farms, that means leaning in and building on their strong foundations of safety, quality and excellence to continue to provide this nutritious “superfood” to the public. 

Mushroom farms and their packing houses, like other commodities, comply strictly, every hour of every day, to food safety and worker protection laws under U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal, state and local regulators. Farms are inspected routinely, often unannounced. So, for Maria, learning new guidelines wasn’t difficult. She was glad to find there’s no connection between the spread of the Coronavirus and the food supply chain—you can’t catch COVID-19 from food. 

With a myriad of safety procedures already in place, mushroom operations quickly incorporated COVID-19 guidelines—including requiring harvesters, packers and shippers to social distance, increase handwashing and increase the frequency of sanitizing processes, among other protocols. While public attention on farm and food worker safety has heightened, today and every day, facilities that grow, harvest and pack mushrooms are continually and steadfastly making the safety of both their workers and their products their top priority. 

That’s good when you think about all the benefits mushrooms bring to consumers. Mushrooms have long been celebrated for their gluten-free, powerful nutrients and low calories, sodium, fat and cholesterol. 

Your immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect you from infection and maintain your overall health. Mushrooms have unique levels of selenium and vitamins D and B that support immune systems. 

So, the next time you’re social distancing in the grocery store, you may want to pick up a till of mushrooms and use them in your favorite dishes. Who knows, maybe they will have been packed by Maria.

 

Wednesday 04/22/2020
Fresh and Flavorful at Home
Updated: April 27, 2020 - 2:30 am

An easy, healthy family meal

Cook Comfort Food Once, Enjoy it Twice
Updated: April 27, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Cook once, eat twice. It’s a kitchen practice as simple as it sounds. Cook a base dish that can be enjoyed today and used for an entirely different meal tomorrow. For example, bake some fish for tonight’s dinner, and enjoy fish tacos for tomorrow’s lunch.

Serve a Sweet Treat
Updated: April 27, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Culinary.net) Surprise your family with a dessert fit for the season. This Carrot Cake recipe is a traditional take on the timeless treat and created using everyday ingredients. 

Wednesday 04/15/2020
Bite-Sized Breakfast
Updated: April 20, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Culinary.net) Appetizer-sized portions and small bites of all sorts are ideal for breakfast spreads, and these Pastry Brunch Cups are perfect for a quick morning snack. Try baking a batch and separating into appropriate serving sizes for a simple way to meal prep heading into a new week.

A Nutritious Family Nibble
Updated: April 20, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Finding a simple solution for your family's dinner can be as easy as reaching in the pantry for ingredients like canned tuna to create Tuna-Carrot Cakes with Garlic Lemon Aioli. With less than half an hour spent in the kitchen, you can have a meal on the table in a hurry that delivers the irreplaceable nutrients of dairy. Find more family dinner ideas at milkmeansmore.org.

Nutritious Eating at Home
Updated: April 20, 2020 - 2:32 am

Better-for-you family foods with satisfying flavor

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