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  • Healthy eating on the run

      You probably eat out a lot; most Americans do. We’re all looking for fast, easy and good tasting foods to fit our busy lifestyles. Whether it’s carryout, food court, office cafeteria or a sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices everywhere, but it does take some work.

    In honor of National Nutrition Month, here are a month full of tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help you eat healthy when eating out.

  • Eating right for older adults

     Each year in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month. The goal of this month-long celebration is to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for this year’s celebration has been “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.”

  • Special snacks for adults

     March is National Nutrition Month. This is the third column in recognition of this celebration. So often we hear ideas for healthy snacks for children, and this list from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips especially designed with adults and teens in mind.

    Make snacks work for you by choosing nutrient-rich foods from the grains, fruit, vegetable, dairy and protein food groups. Snacks can boost your energy between meals and supply essential vitamins and minerals. There is a place for snacks in a healthy eating plan. Just choose wisely.

  • Choosing the right fertilizer for your gardening needs

     By Sam Marshall

     

    Though most homeowners recognize the need to apply fertilizers to optimize plant growth, there are many challenges when selecting the “right” kind of fertilizer for your lawn or garden. However, with a little pre-planning, the appropriate use of fertilizer in the right amounts at the right time can help supplement plants with needed nutrients that may be missing in your soil.

     

    Do I need to fertilize?

  • Vying for spring spotlight

     Azaleas, dogwoods and gardenias vie for the garden spotlight in the spring. It’s almost like watching three starlets in designer garb preening for the camera on Hollywood’s red carpet. These glamorous horticultural superstars certainly deserve the attention. But, like their human counterparts on the catwalk, they can be high maintenance with insect, disease and cultural problems.

  • 16 tips to celebrate nutrition month

     March is National Nutrition Month. Each week this month, I’ll be sharing information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Here are their 16 health tips for 2016 that encourage a healthy lifestyle. Many of these you’ve heard before, but always worth the refresher.

    Eat breakfast: Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruit s and vegetables.

  • Celebrate National Nutrition Month by savoring flavors

     It’s National Nutrition Month. This recognition was started by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics back in 1973. The goal of this month-long celebration is to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

  • Cooling soups safely

     In my opinion, there is only one thing better than a big hot batch of soup on a cold winter day: leftover soup the next day. However, preparing a large batch of soup can present a food safety challenge, especially if you want safe leftovers.

    This challenge: Cooling the soup down fast enough.

  • Fresh greens for the spring salad garden

     By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

    Though spring has seemingly been right around the corner since December, there are still some cold days ahead that will be perfect for growing fresh lettuce and other greens for the garden. Because of their relatively short germination period and excellent performance in cooler weather, leafy greens are not only a delicious, but also nutritious and space-saving addition to any garden. Even if you live in an apartment or have limited space in which you can grow, fresh greens are perfect for those small areas.

  • Valentine’s Day: Time to prune your roses

     By Brunswick County Master Gardeners

     

    In our Zone 8, Valentine’s Day signals the time to prune roses. The Brunswick County Master Gardeners are proud to present their first in a series of informational articles for our neighbors on plant care in the southeastern N.C. coastal region.