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How to build healthy habits for the school year and beyond
(BPT) - Bells are ringing across the country as kids settle into classrooms for a year full of fun, friendship and plenty of learning.While exciting, adjusting to new school schedules is a hectic time. Healthy habits are often forgotten as the focus shifts to studies, assignments and extracurricula... More >>


3 things you'll need to throw the ultimate tailgating party
(BPT) - Football season is finally upon us and fans everywhere are getting revved up to cheer on their favorite team. Whether you watch the big game from the comfort of your home or head down to the stadium, it's the perfect time to throw the mother of all football celebrations - a really big tailg... More >>


Top bartenders share their secret for the best summer cocktails
(BPT) - There's nothing quite like having the perfect cocktail in your hand to go with the good vibes of a summer party. If you're searching for something new to make your sun-drenched soirée complete, give this surprising trend a try: Mix up these port-based summer cocktails, serve and enjoy! Yes,... More >>


Age ferociously with this eating game plan
(BPT) - A healthy diet and lifestyle are our best weapons against age-related diseases, and for staying healthy and active throughout life.Becci Twombley is sports dietitian for USC Athletics and Angels Baseball, overseeing the nutrition of 650 collegiate athletes and the 200 MLB and minor league b... More >>


A celebrity chef's secrets to building a better sandwich
(BPT) - A great sandwich is a delicious meal choice, which could be why about 60 percent of American adults eat at least one for lunch every week and 70 percent pack one or more in their children's lunches, according to food industry trend-watching company Datassential. In fact, sandwiches are so p... More >>


8 strawberry recipes that will power your kids through the day
(BPT) - Let's face it, coming up with healthy foods your kids like is hard. The good news is kids often choose strawberries as their favorite fruit and that's a great thing because they're super healthy! A serving of eight California strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange, and only 45 calor... More >>


Diabetes impacts younger people more often: Are you at risk?
(BPT) - Every 17 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. What's even more surprising is diabetes is growing fastest among younger people, outpacing the rate of heart disease, substance abuse and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.A new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield... More >>


5 ways to tame the back-to-school madness
(BPT) - It seems like you just adjusted to managing your children's summer schedules, juggling camps and making sure all that free time doesn't get them in trouble. Now it's time to switch gears. Summer is nearly over and school is about to begin.Back-to-school time might mean new outfits, reconnec... More >>


Five steps to becoming a true pitmaster
(BPT) - When the skies are blue and the sun is hot, some people hit the pool, drive to the nearest beach, kick back with a book on their deck, or fire up the grill.If you're one of those people who sees every summer day as an opportunity for grilling, or if you have your smoker going at the same ti... More >>


Fighting the morning clock? 9 no-fail ways to get out the door on time
(BPT) - As the sun shines through the curtains, you hit the snooze button again. Suddenly you bolt up, realizing you're running late. You skip breakfast, grab your bag and rush out the door. Stress levels skyrocket and your day has barely begun.The race against the clock at the start of the day is ... More >>


7 grape ways to celebrate summer
(BPT) - Summer is here, and with higher temperatures and sun-filled days, people crave foods and snacks that are light, cool, and refreshing. It's no wonder, then, that so many people choose to beat the summer heat with plump, juicy California grapes.Always the perfect snack, there's a lot more you... More >>


7 ways to snack like a pro this football season
(BPT) - Football season is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time for tailgating or watching the big game on TV. For many of us, this time of year is tough on our diet and exercise plans, but it doesn't have to be, according to Bryan Snyder, registered dietitian and director of team ... More >>


Top uses for mayo prove it's more than just a sandwich spread
(BPT) - Mayonnaise is a kitchen staple, and even though the classic condiment has been around for many years, it appears America's love affair with the tasty spread is only getting bigger.From increased use to trying new flavors to testing different recipes, there's a lot more people are doing with... More >>


Simple ways fresh mozzarella can jazz up favorite summer foods
(BPT) - The fresh flavors of summer delight taste buds. Crisp salads, savory grilled meats and iconic dishes passed through generations - food is one of the best parts of the season.One way to add a simple twist to fantastic fare is to reach for fresh mozzarella. This versatile cheese is summer's b... More >>


Coffee runs the Midwest during the summer [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether it's the heat or packed summer schedules, many people experience a productivity slump as summer rolls on. And, while we head into summer with big plans, the season often passes us by with our to-do lists unchecked. But not anymore! A newly released survey on behalf of Folgers(R) Per... More >>


Mangos bring families together around the world
(BPT) - Ayesha Curry was raised by great women who instilled in her a passion for cooking. This passion has helped Ayesha both launch her career and prioritize spending time with her family in the kitchen. But even as a celebrity chef, author and foodie, Ayesha sometimes struggles to think of new, ... More >>


Seedless watermelons: The taste of summer
(BPT) - For many people, seedless watermelons are a symbol of summer. Crisp and refreshing, this beloved red and green striped fruit represents a true slice of Americana.So it may be a surprise to learn this summertime classic hasn't been around very long. Until the 1960s, seedless watermelons were... More >>


4 surprising health benefits of cherries - this summer's superfruit
(BPT) - Have you ever said no to a cherry? Probably not. This summertime treat is simply delicious. And if you're looking for another reason to indulge, you'll be pleased to know that cherries are surprisingly good for you. Recent research indicates that this summer's superfruit offers a variety of... More >>


4 eating trends that are reshaping breakfast, the most important meal of the day
(BPT) - Moms across the country agree: breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. And, while some of the best breakfast foods will always be eternal, like pancakes and eggs, there is a significantly wider range of food choices and flavors for this morning meal than what our parents or ... More >>


Easy ways to lighten up your cookout
(BPT) - The mouthwatering taste of grilled foods, the indulgence of rich desserts and the joy of entertaining with family and friends - a cookout is always a crowd-pleaser, no matter the time of year.The food and fun make for a memorable time, but sometimes all those savory sauces, scrumptious sala... More >>


7 simple steps to a sensational summer cheese plate
(BPT) - From backyard barbecues to sophisticated soirees, summer is sure to pack your social calendar. Whether you're hosting the party or want to help out the host, there's one favorite food option that everyone will adore: a cheese plate.This classic plate offers something for everyone and is as ... More >>


3 things to consider when choosing chocolate
(BPT) - Few things are better in life than unwrapping and biting into a piece of silky smooth chocolate. With so many options in the candy aisle, it's important to know not only where your favorite treat originates, but how it impacts the environment and the farmers who grow cocoa.'Americans are mo... More >>


Do these 5 things for a stress-free summer adventure
(BPT) - The beloved summer season tends to come and go too fast, so there's no time to waste when planning a summer trip with friends or family. Whether it's a bike ride, hiking for the day or a family vacation at the beach, you'll want to make sure you're prepared for the adventures that lie ahead... More >>


5 new brisket recipes you have to try now
(BPT) - The long, lazy days of summer are perfect for making barbecue the old-fashioned way - low and slow, outside on the grill or in the smoker. There's no wrong way to enjoy a smoked barbecue brisket, and there's a whole lot of right ways you probably haven't tried before.Here's the best recipe ... More >>


Diving into Americans' salad habits [Infographic]
(BPT) - Salads are a meal with endless possibilities. Find out how most Americans like to dress theirs. SaveSave... More >>


8 easy summer strawberry recipes
(BPT) - Strawberries are the perfect summertime ingredient, but strawberries are so much more than a sweet treat. Research suggests eating eight strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function.Since California strawberrie... More >>


How much juice should kids drink? What you need to know about juice and serving size
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Create a special day for Dad this Father's Day with a delicious meal
(BPT) - By Yvette Marquez, Vive Mejor spokespersonAs my grandma would always say, 'Panza llena, corazĂłn contento.' The best gift you can give Dad on Father's Day is a full stomach. Sure you could take him to a fancy restaurant, but try surprising Dad with an economical and homemade meal for his spe... More >>


5 bubbly cocktails to celebrate the summer
(BPT) - Summer is many things to many people. There are pools, cookouts and parties on the deck, or you can pack up on a moment's notice to leave town and explore something new. Beyond the long days, the extra sunscreen and the skipping out of work a bit early, the sure way you know summer has arri... More >>


Cracker combos [Infographic]
(BPT) - Americans love snacking on crackers, but not just any old way. They have their favorite toppings from sweet to savory. In a national survey, Dare Foods asked Americans about their favorite cracker toppings, flavor pairings and what claims matter most to them when purchasing crackers.... More >>


5 tips for the best summer ever [Infographic]
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5 essential soft skills for a job interview
(BPT) - Picture this: After months of networking and polishing your resume, you managed to make the necessary connections, get in front of the right people and land an interview.You deserve to be here. After all, you have an impressive background, great experience, fantastic references and are conf... More >>


5 healthier, dad-friendly snack ideas
(BPT) - He may always ensure his kids have access to fresh fruits, lean protein and plenty of water, but Dad's personal snacking habits might not be so healthy. If so, he's not alone; chips are the snack food of choice for 63 percent of Americans, and 91 percent of us snack daily, according to a Ni... More >>


5 reasons seafood is the No. 1 food for summer
(BPT) - The weather is warm, the grill is ready to be fired up and everyone's hungry for summer-friendly snack and meal ideas. Enter: seafood! Thanks to their great taste, ease of preparation and versatility, fish and shellfish are ideal go-to options for the summer months. From salmon, cod and til... More >>


Simple plant-based swaps for every meal
(BPT) - With fans ranging from Beyoncé to Tom Brady, plant-based eating has become increasingly popular in the U.S. for its multitude of health and environmental benefits. So what's all the hype about? Not only does eating a plant-centric diet help to lower your carbon footprint, it's also great fo... More >>


5 reasons summer is salad season
(BPT) - Summer is the perfect time to turn over a new you. With the arrival of warm weather, a relaxed schedule and summer vacations, this is the moment to invest in a new wardrobe and, of course, a new, healthier menu. When you think of summer cuisine, light and flavorful is the order of the day, ... More >>


Top 10 tips for hosting a stress-free summer BBQ
(BPT) - The party is at your place, but no need to panic! These expert entertaining tips from the Chinet brand will help you plan, prep and enjoy a casual summer gathering - without the stress.1. Be smart during set-upArrange two tables, one for dining and the other for food and drinks. Stack sturd... More >>


5 surprising facts about dairy you should know
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Catch a day on the water with Dad this Father's Day
(BPT) - This Father's Day, add a little adventure and gift Dad a day he will remember by surprising him with a day of fishing. There's nothing like getting in a boat with loved ones and heading out on the water to sink a line and enjoy some of the finer things in life together - like fishing, snack... More >>


Party themes for a summer bash to remember
(BPT) - When summer party season arrives, your guests will be happy to eat the grilled food you serve and down gallons of iced tea, but will they recall your party after Labor Day? Every good host wants to throw a bash guests will talk about all summer and remember long after the first snowfall. A ... More >>


8 Delicious Dishes for National Dairy Month
(BPT) - What do busy moms have in common? They love a time-saving shortcut almost as much as they love that first cup of coffee in the morning. Moms want the best for their families, but some days schedules are tight, sleep is minimal and stress levels can run high. This can seriously get in the wa... More >>


Throw a sizzling summer cocktail party
(BPT) - Raise your glasses high - cocktail parties are the toast of this summer's entertaining. Don't know where to start? Think barware, which is nearly as hot as the rising temperatures. That's why we turned to designer Julie Robbins from Replacements, Ltd., the world's largest retailer of vintag... More >>


5 signs you need a relationship upgrade - with your grill
(BPT) - Do you still feel the heat? Are you allowed the space you need? Are the best years yet to come? If you answered "no" to any of those questions, you may want to dump your current grill and upgrade to a newer model. With grilling season upon us, there's no time to waste being stuck in a grill... More >>


5 ways to make your gluten-free lifestyle more appetizing
(BPT) - Whether you have been gluten free for years or are just starting out, it's a lifestyle rife with challenges. From cardboard-tasting foods to limited choices at social gatherings, a gluten-free lifestyle can make you feel left out and stuck with unappetizing options.'A gluten-free lifestyle ... More >>


5 ways to experiment with bold Asian flavors at home
(BPT) - 'What's for dinner tonight?' It's a question we ask ourselves almost every day. We typically stick to our comfort zone when it comes to cooking, relying on the handful of meals we've mastered at home. But the dinner rut struggle is real.While the thought of cooking Asian food at home can be... More >>


Simplifying baby nutrition: Expert advice for your infant's first foods
(BPT) - Your cooing, curious, incredibly cute baby is now 6 months old and you've got the go-ahead from your pediatrician to start solid foods. You both are excited to begin this new adventure, but when you head to the store you are suddenly confused by a sea of options.Which foods are safe for you... More >>


Alternative white wine pairings for popular summer meals
(BPT) - Summer means long days, bountiful sunshine and fresh fare to tantalize the taste buds. Locally grown produce, grilled meats and seafood, and new takes on classic dishes like pizza and pasta make this the season to raise a glass and toast to family, friends and the sharing of delicious food.... More >>


Cottage cheese reimagined [Video]
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Seasoning tips to help you savor a great grilling season
(BPT) - Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and temperatures are warmer - you can probably recognize all the signs that grilling season has arrived! But do you know how to best season all the fresh foods you'll grill this summer?Sure, a dash of salt and pepper may be all you need for some... More >>


Why 8-a-day? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Eating a serving of 8 strawberries a day has many surprising health benefits you may have never known. ... More >>


6 ways to stay cool when entertaining
(BPT) - When the temperature rises, hosts need to stay as cool as can be when entertaining friends and family. The secret is planning ahead to deliver easy ambiance, crowd-pleasing food and plenty of fun. Start with versatile foods that can both stand alone and serve as recipe-enhancing ingredients... More >>


5 nutritionist tips to start eating and living healthier
(BPT) - When you need to fix your car, learn the latest tech or finish a major home improvement, what do you do? You turn to the experts, those with in-depth knowledge on how to accomplish these tasks in the most efficient and effective way. And when you're looking to improve your overall health by... More >>


Small-space gardens: Easy tips for homegrown flavors
(BPT) - The new growing season is upon us. You don't have to be an experienced gardener to enjoy the many benefits of the season, nor do you need large swaths of land and sprawling acreage to grow your favorite greens. In fact, beautiful outdoor spaces - rich with colorful blooms and hearty edibles... More >>


Cook like a pro: Easy restaurant-quality meals to make at home
(BPT) - If your family is tired of the same dishes and menus week after week, it's time to step up your recipe game and make meals exciting again. You can help your family look forward to mealtime by trying new recipes that use favorite ingredients, or replacing over-used ingredients with new premi... More >>


The mess is the best: Cooking with family creates lifelong memories
(BPT) - Preparing a family dinner doesn't have to be a solo chore when there are helping hands nearby. Getting the kids involved in the kitchen not only teaches them valuable lessons, but it's also an opportunity to create fun family memories with a few spills and messes along the way.'The dinner t... More >>


What does your fridge say about you? [Infographic]
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5 ways to make your staycation feel like an actual getaway
(BPT) - No stringent schedule. Eating new, exotic foods. Getting lost in a page-turning novel. Trying a new activity that takes you outside your comfort zone.These are the types of things that make for a memorable vacation. The problem is, you're not traveling this year and instead are opting for t... More >>


The scoop on dips [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether you crave salsa or hummus, spicy or savory, or chunky or smooth, one thing's for certain: you're not alone. Americans have strong preferences on their dips - and hacks to make them their own - as the following statistics reveal.... More >>


Gather the family in the kitchen for a magical Mother's Day
(BPT) - She's your biggest fan and the one you call whenever you need advice. Moms should be celebrated every day of the year, but there's no better time to show her you care than on Mother's Day!This year, rather than going with the tried-and-true gift of flowers and chocolate, surprise Mom with a... More >>


5 ways to take your summer grilling to a whole new level
(BPT) - The bright, sunny days of summer are your favorite time of year and when the season arrives, you spend much of your time outdoors. Your yard becomes your living room and you move your cooking to the grill.Summer is grilling season and there is nowhere you'd rather be than standing in front ... More >>


6 surprising health benefits of strawberries
(BPT) - Eight strawberries, a single serving, delivers on a surprising checklist of benefits for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Strawberries are much more than a sweet and delicious treat - they are a versatile fruit that's great for your health. What better time than National Strawb... More >>


Men and millennials pour it on, salad dressing survey reveals
(BPT) - Summer heat often brings lighter meals, and salads can bring a cool dish to the menu. How Americans dress their salads can vary, from ranch to vinaigrette and from bottles to jars to packets.Consumers purchased salad dressings more often than just two years ago, the Association for Dressing... More >>


Check out this year's top 3 trends in vegetable gardening
(BPT) - Whether you go to a restaurant or stay home and dine in, you want what you eat to be fresh and full of flavor. This movement toward tasty, locally grown food is illustrated by the rise in farmers markets, food subscription boxes, and a renewed joy in growing vegetables at home. As the sprin... More >>


Enjoy the variety, versatility and affordability of Hispanic dairy [Infographic]
(BPT) - Are you an adventurous eater? Need quick and easy family meals? Want healthy snacks for the office or on the go? Hispanic dairy to the rescue!... More >>


5 ways to celebrate with chocolate
(BPT) - There’s truly no sweeter way to celebrate all the occasions in your life than with chocolate. From Mother’s Day to the start of summer, you can always enhance a party with delicious confections. Take a look below for five different ways to celebrate!1. The perfect excuse for chocolate: Nati... More >>


Create some buzz on Free Cone Day [Infographic]
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Think you're eating well? Misconceptions lead to nutrient deficiencies for many
(BPT) - The good news? Americans think they are eating well; in fact, 60 percent say they eat a very healthy diet. The not-so-good news? Perception and reality may not be aligned.Only 6 percent of Americans report eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, reveals recent researc... More >>


5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>


Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world's food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are loca... More >>



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