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Wednesday 07/29/2020
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Tuesday 07/28/2020
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Thursday 07/23/2020
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Updated: July 27, 2020 - 2:30 am

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Wednesday 07/15/2020
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Wednesday 07/01/2020
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Tuesday 06/30/2020
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Tuesday 06/23/2020
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Posted: June 23, 2020

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Thursday 06/18/2020
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Wednesday 06/17/2020
Feeding A Global Need: Youth Hunger And Malnutrition Continue To Grow
Updated: June 19, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in the U.S., more than 12 million children receive free or reduced-price breakfast at school, and more than 29.7 million get lunch through the national school lunch program. For many, school meals are the only consistent food they get in a day and, while many school districts have continued distributing meals during the pandemic shutdown, when the school year ends, so do school meals. But there is hope and help.  

Nationally, companies and non-profit organizations are partnering to help meet the needs in the community. One such partnership between Herbalife Nutrition and Feed the Children, a nonprofit organization, aims at solving the issue of food insecurity. The two organizations have united under the shared commitment to defeat hunger worldwide. 

The Importance of Nutrition 

The most vulnerable members of our society, children, rely on school meals and feeding programs to survive. Families living paycheck to paycheck may not have savings or support systems to help them. When children are guaranteed proper health and sanitation measures, they are able to prevent and fight disease, enabling them to develop both physically and mentally into strong children who become contributing members of their communities. 

“As a nutrition company, we know that without adequate food and nutrition, children are unable to reach their full development potential both physically and mentally,” said Dr. Kent Bradley, Chief Health and Nutrition Officer, Herbalife Nutrition. “In working with Feed the Children, we’ve learned the extent of the issue of food insecurity.” 

Disturbingly, 66 million school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. As the world continues to experience fear and uncertainty, resources become scarcer. The reality is that food-insecure families, especially kids, are going to be affected more than most. 

Dr. Bradley adds, “as a global company providing healthy nutrition to millions of people around the world, we have a responsibility to help those in need of good nutrition.” 

According to the Food Research and Action Center, many of the children who face a nutrition gap when the school year ends also are affected disproportionately by summer learning loss. Also known as the “summer slide,” this refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the summer. This means these children return to school in the fall academically behind their peers and struggling to catch up before classes even begin.  

Partnering Together 

Companies, individual donors and community organizations are coming together to help vulnerable families and communities to ensure that millions who have lost access to food, don’t go hungry. In addition to programmatic support for Feed the Children, the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation has already donated $50,000 to the organization for its pandemic response efforts, through the company’s Nutrition for Zero Hunger initiative.  

“Through our vast network of community and corporate partners, Feed the Children continues to work each day to ensure that no child is hungry. There are a variety of ways our community partners are delivering food and household essentials including door-to-door home delivery and drive-thru product pick-ups (food, water, hygiene items). Some community partners even have a call-in number to ensure those who are homebound or quarantined receive the items they need.” says Travis Arnold, CEO and President of Feed the Children. 

Feed the Children is taking action to ensure communities aren’t forgotten. Eighty percent of their standard domestic work involves supplying community partners (such as food pantries and soup kitchens) with the bulk of the items they need to do their daily work.  

To help Feed the Children in these efforts by donating cash, visit www.feedthechildren.org. Businesses that can donate product (food, hygiene items, and the like) can call (800) 627-4556. 

 

Pop-able Snack Hacks
Updated: June 22, 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.

Family Foods with a Weight Loss Focus
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Losing weight and focusing on a healthful diet may lead you back to the same tried-and-true tricks, however, conventional wisdom doesn’t always pay dividends. Some eating plans may offer up new twists to help you and your family eat meals you enjoy without forgoing your health goals.

Good-for-You Sweet Treats
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While eating healthy and enjoying sweets seldom go hand-in-hand, choosing the right combination of nutritious ingredients can allow for guilt-free indulgences that shirks conventional dieting wisdom. In fact, some eating plans take it a step further by actually encouraging eating big in the evening when you’re naturally hungriest to help achieve your weight loss goals.

Friday 06/12/2020
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Thursday 06/11/2020
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Posted: June 11, 2020

(BPT) - Sweet corn season is here and every summer we can’t wait to sink our teeth into those fresh, juicy kernels. Whether hot on the cob or frozen into ice cream, there’s no better way to celebrate National Corn on the Cob Day (June 11th) than with these twists on classic corn recipes.

The Trendiest Avocado Techniques For California Avocado Month
Updated: June 13, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Some trends never go out of style, and avocado toast is one that has defined the last decade. Kicking off the month of June, in celebration of California Avocado Month, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) has teamed up with award-winning chefs from California, Arizona and Colorado to predict the avocado trends that will leave a lasting impact—along with unique recipes everyone can recreate right at home for a memorable meal. 

California Avocado Month marks the peak of California avocado season, when the delicious fresh fruit will be at its highest availability.  

Energized by the versatility and dynamic flavors of California avocados, the chefs tapped into their individual expertise, regions and styles to predict the avocado trends that will have staying power: 

•Inside-out avocado toast—Chef Brad Cecchi of Canon in Sacramento 

•Cold smoked avocado—Chef Jordan Kahn of Vespertine in Los Angeles 

•Grilled avocados—Chef Caroline Glover of Annette in Denver 

•Combining balanced but contrasting flavor profiles—Chef Charleen Badman of FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale 

The talented group of chefs are introducing a new repertoire of avocado-focused dishes to those spending more time in the kitchen. For an unseen twist on an all-time favorite, Chef Brad Cecchi turns the avocado toast inside out. “Avocado toast will always be a staple dish, but we really wanted to showcase the shape and texture of the California avocado in its entirety, keeping both avocado halves perfectly intact and stuffing them with breadcrumbs and your favorite toppings,” said Cecchi. Based in Sacramento, Cecchi has a passion for Northern California growers and artisans, making California avocados a consistent pick for his seasonal fare. 

Looking beyond the June celebration, fresh California avocados can last for up to a month when preserved properly in the freezer. The fruit is a nutrition powerhouse and a delicious inclusion for any culinary creation, as California avocados are a heart-healthy superfood and provide nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and naturally good fats to one’s diet. 

Deviled California Avocados  

Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 45 minutes Serves: 4  

Ingredients:  

 

2slices sourdough bread  

4tsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided  

2cloves garlic, peeled  

4hardboiled eggs, de-shelled  

2Tbsp. parsley, chopped 

2Tbsp. chives, minced 

1lemon, zested and juiced 

1tsp. kosher salt, divided 

1tsp. coarse black pepper, divided  

2ripe, Fresh California Avocados, peeled, seeded and halved 

4Tbsp. pepitas or pumpkin seeds, toasted and chopped 

2tsp. nutritional yeast 

1tsp. smoked paprika 

10 leaves watercress or arugula 

Instructions: 

 

1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and brush sourdough bread with 2 tsp. olive oil.  

2.Once oven is heated, toast bread until crunchy, about 15 minutes. 

3.While bread is still warm, rub 1 garlic clove on toasted bread and let cool.   

4.Once cool, add toasted bread to a food processor or smash in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, to create breadcrumbs. Set aside until ready to assemble. 

5.For egg salad, separate the hardboiled egg yolks from the hardboiled egg whites, and chop each coarsely.   

6.In a large mixing bowl, add hardboiled egg yolks and whites, parsley, chives, 2 tsp. olive oil, 1/4 tsp. of lemon zest, 1/2 tsp. of lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper and mix well. 

7.Season avocado halves with 1/2 tsp. of lemon juice and remaining salt and pepper.   

8.Divide the egg salad between each avocado half, filling them where the seed once was.   

9.Top stuffed avocados by sprinkling with breadcrumbs, chopped pepitas, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, and finish with leaves of watercress or arugula. 

**Large avocados are recommended for these recipes. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly. 

At-home chefs and California avocado fans can find these avocado trends, corresponding recipes, preservation tips and more at CaliforniaAvocado.com, and follow along on Facebook at Facebook.com/CaliforniaAvocados, and on Twitter and Instagram at @ca_avocados. 

 

A Creamy Complement for Summer Steaks
Updated: June 18, 2020 - 2:31 am

When it’s time to fire up the grill this summer for an all-American classic, you can take steak to the next level by pairing it with a creamy sauce that delivers a kick. This Horseradish and Chive Sauce is the ideal complement for juicy steak; try making a day in advance to allow the flavors to meld together overnight. Find more ideas for upgrading your grilling experience at OmahaSteaks.com.

Wednesday 06/10/2020
Food waste is bananas – here’s how you can help! [Infographic]
Posted: June 10, 2020

(BPT) - Global warming hurts everyone and we have no time to monkey around about solutions. Luckily, there’s something easy we can all do to help: reduce food waste! Small consumption modifications and changes in habits can make a world of difference.

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