2010 Healthy Homemade Calendar on sale for just $2

Last week I wrote about making food gifts for the holidays. One of my friends asked me why I didn’t mention that our 2010 Healthy and Homemade Nutrition and Fitness Calendar is on sale for only $2 plus shipping and handling from the ISU Extension online store. Good idea—so here are some details about the calendar.

The calendar features a monthly recipe and color photo complete with ingredient list, preparation directions, nutrition facts, and menu ideas. Also, as an extra bonus, the preparation of each recipe can be viewed from the recipes section of the Spend Smart. Eat Smart web site. These videos walk even the most inexperienced cook through the recipe with ease, answering preparation and ingredient substitution questions.

In addition to facts promoting healthy homemade eating, the calendar encourages exercise, movement, and physical activity. A chart at the bottom of the calendar makes it easy to set activity goals; small boxes on each day are designed to track activity numbers. For people who have a hard time getting motivated, there are suggestions each month for building and sustaining physical activity habits. The last two pages of the calendar contain physical activity information—the amount of activity needed each day, how to fit it into your schedule, and ideas for increasing activity.

-pointers from Peggy

How to tell when food has gone bad

One way to save money is to not throw food in the garbage. Adjusted to our 2008 economy, an average family of four tosses out $1,039 annually, regardless of income, ethnicity, education, and other socio-economic factors.

On the other hand, we are all concerned about food safety. No one wants to get sick. The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation has created a series of videos to help you determine when food has gone bad and is no longer safe to eat. The short videos (less than 5 minutes each) feature Christine Bruhn, PhD, Director of the Center for Food Safety Research at the University of California, Davis, CA. 

How to tell if your food has gone bad
Food safety basics
How to tell if your bread has gone bad
How to tell if your lunch meats have gone bad
How to tell if your dairy products have gone bad
How to tell if your leftovers have gone bad
How to tell if your fruits and vegetables have gone bad
How to tell if your frozen foods have gone bad
How to tell if your pantry foods have gone bad
How to properly wash your produce
How to properly store your food in the fridge

-pointers by Peggy

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