Shocking Statistics on American Eating Habits

Believe it or not, less than one third of all Americans are cooking their own dinner meals from scratch. According to statistics from the Institute of Food Technologists, there has been a seven percent reduction in home-cooked meals over the past two years. While approximately 75% of the country is eating dinner at home, almost half of them are fast-food or take-out.

Last year, sadly enough, Americans spent more on fast-food than on education. What can we do to reverse these negative and unhealthy changes? How can we bring families back to the dinner table to strengthen agricultural sustainability, health, and relationships?

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Reduce your fast food consumption by 1/3
  2. Set a strict monetary budget for eating out and don’t go over it
  3. Plan a regular time for family dinner
  4. Invite friends or another family over once a week
  5. Grow a home vegetable garden
  6. Buy a Crockpot and use it at least once a week

St. Patrick’s Day: Healthy Green Snacks!

If you’re like me, you will use any excuse to eat green foods on St. Patrick’s Day. And if you’re NOT like me . . . well, you should jump on the band wagon, because it makes the holiday much more exciting! While it may be tempting to load up on the green sweets on the holiday, try to substitute the sweets with some of these healthy “green” foods:

 

  • Shamrock Chips
    • Cut spinach tortillas into clover shapes
    • Spray them lightly with olive oil
    • Sprinkle them with salt
    • Bake at 375 degrees for about 7 – 10 minutes
  • Leprechaun Logs
    • Add panko and parmesean to zucchini for a superstar snacks
    • King Arthur has the details!
  • Green Smoothie
    1. Blend together:
      • 1 large orange, peeled and segmented
      • 1/2 of a large banana, cut into chunks
      • 6 large strawberries
      • 2 cups spinach
      • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
      • 1 cup ice
      • Add a little honey for sweetness
  • Pot of Gold
    • Fat free yellow jello
  • Green Eggs & Ham
    • Scramble eggs with ham and add a little green food coloring!

There you have it! Four delicious and healthy snacks to curb your St. Patrick’s Day appetite. Keep up the good work and Drop 30 Pounds!