Sustainability encompasses many meanings, the least of which is the ability for something to be maintained for future generation use. One important aspect of sustainability is food security, which is defined by the United Nations as the availability and access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. The USDA has compiled data over the years reporting 12.7 percent (15.8 million) of U.S. households to be food insecure at some time during 2015. This includes households which are uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, at some time during the year, enough food to meet the needs of all their members due to insufficient money or other resources for food. From 2013 to 2015, the U.S. national average of food insecurity came in just below 14 percent.
up one ounce of flavor. That’s where stir-fried tofu comes in: it picks up flavors like you would not believe, and balanced with the sweet crunch of cabbage and carrot, this taco is a flavor powerhouse…no meat required.
There are three pieces to the “school lunch puzzle” that make it challenging for childcare providers. The first is the “what,” while the second is the “how” and the last is the task of keeping it affordable. In the midst of a busy week that tugs on our time and resources, how do we fit these puzzle pieces into a perfect picture five lunches that work for both your student and you? We start with a plan (and the right tools).
Pork tenderloin is a fantastic choice for sandwiches. It’s cheaper per pound than your average deli meat, cooks up in a jiffy as roasts go, adapts itself beautifully to a huge range of flavors, and tastes great cold. And because you’re cooking it yourself, you can control the flavors and the amount of salt. It’s a win-win-win-win-win sandwich filling, and this is the perfect recipe to start playing with it.
The Guiding Stars team is thrilled to help students at institutions like University of New Hampshire make smarter, healthier choices in their day-to-day eating. The food service leadership at UNH has been very innovative in using our program to highlight their more nutritious offerings. We’ve long seen the positive effects our program makes for grocery shoppers, and we are pleased to see this catch on in even more organizations as consumers begin to demand information that allows them to make the best choices possible. The impact we’re making in our communities is exciting: from supporting more nutritious choices in school and hospital cafeterias, to helping shoppers navigate grocery shelves to offering hundreds of nutritious star-rated recipes on our website. We believe we have a responsibility to provide easy, transparent nutritional guidance, and we’re pleased to share news about independent research that highlights the impact of our work.
Coming off of the summer months into full-swing harvest time, it’s easy to load our diets with fresh fruits and vegetables—and as any good dietitian will tell you, that’s a great thing! Take advantage of the ample supply; pile those plates with fresh, seasonal produce and you’ll reap plenty of vitamins, minerals, health-promoting phytonutrients and fiber as well.
Pan Bagnat means “bathed bread,” and it refers to the fact that this sandwich is designed to soak up all of the oily goodness of the dressing. It doesn’t get soggy from too much liquid, though: the idea is to use just the right amount of liquid and press the sandwich overnight for a tender, moist culinary experience that invalidates mayo’s raison d’être. Because it’s intended to sit for a long span of time, it’s the perfect sandwich to include in any lunchbox. And if you swap the tuna with a vegetarian option like mashed chickpeas, you don’t need to be as concerned about food safety on a warmer day.