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Meet today's organic shopper
The organics category is growing in just about every measurable way: in volume, dollars spent and even in conversations in the media.When consumers dabble in organic produce, they are more likely to purchase organic goods like organic snacks or organic cotton sheets. This means it is important for ... Click to read more


Flavorful fall: 5 meltingly great grilled cheese recipes for autumn
(BPT) - Are you noticing a golden hue to the sunlight, the earthy aroma of bonfires and a slight chill in the evening air?As autumn officially kicks in Sept. 22, we're turning our thoughts to all the good things that come with the season, including football, cozy sweaters, apple orchards, Halloween... Click to read 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,... Click to read more


You need more fruits and veggies: 5 easy ways to get there
(BPT) - Most Americans understand the importance of including a variety of fruits and vegetables into their diets, but finding inspiration and fresh ideas for incorporating them into everyday meals can be challenging.Research shows that only 10 percent of Americans are meeting the MyPlate recommend... Click to read more


Preserve seasonal flavors through the joy of canning
(BPT) - With summer coming to a close, there's more of a desire than ever to hang on to those breezy afternoons and peak flavors from newly picked fruits and vegetables. Canning, a time-honored tradition, makes it simple to not only preserve our favorite garden-fresh flavors, but also share them wi... Click to read more


Winning routines for warding off winter weight gain
(BPT) - With cold weather and short days, it's easy to fall off healthy eating and exercise routines. Here are tips on how to eat right and stay motivated to exercise during the winter months from a leading nutritionist and a top celebrity trainer.EAT RIGHTDr. Michael Roussell holds a degree in bio... Click to read more


Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?
(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you're already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it's time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, ha... Click to read more


5 mouthwatering ways to keep the feeling of summer
(BPT) - Leaves are beginning to change colors, kids are back in school and you're probably wearing more layers than you did a few weeks ago. Like it or not, the signs are all there: autumn is coming. But that does not mean the favorite flavors of summer have to go away. Hold off on covering the gri... Click to read more


5 food trends impacting what, and how, we eat
(BPT) - Today's consumers market view their food choices with a more critical eye than ever before, and this pressure is placing higher expectations on food manufacturers, not only in terms of how consumers' food is made but what it's made from, where it's sourced and how it's delivered.To discuss ... Click to read more


5 fun and inspiring facts about birthdays
(BPT) - What's the one thing every single human being on the planet has in common? Everyone has birthdays! In fact, birthdays are so universal you may think you're already aware of everything there is to know about the annual celebration of your birth. Think again.Flowers, cakes, cards and gift car... Click to read more


Making sense of nutrition labels
(BPT) - You can find them on the side of most every product at your local grocery store. They are plain and kind of boring but nutrition labels were designed to contain vitally important information for good health and wise food choices. These labels tell you the number of servings in a container, ... Click to read more


Selecting, Savoring and Storing Seasonal Salads [Infographic]
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Inspirational tips for autumn outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - The days are shorter, the temperatures are cooler and kids are back in school. You've said goodbye to summer socials, but that doesn't mean it's time to put away your apron and stow the patio furniture. Autumn is one of the best times of the year for outdoor entertaining, and with a few sma... Click to read more


5 tips to make family mealtimes more mindful
(BPT) - The hectic workday is over. As you pull into your driveway, you feel relief because you've finally escaped the cranky co-workers, the deadlines and traffic jams. Now you can spend the next few hours relaxing at home with your family. What better way to enjoy this time than with a delicious ... Click to read more


Want to lose weight? Research proves a big breakfast is the first step
(BPT) - If you want to lose weight, you're not alone. More than half of Americans desire to shed pounds, according to Gallup. This goal inspires people to take action in many ways, from increasing exercise to modifying meals.One thing many people do is skip breakfast in order to lower calorie intak... Click to read more


Parent-approved food ideas for a new school year
(BPT) - Busy parents never really have an 'off-season,' but their days get even more hectic when it's the start of a new school year.Whether you're coordinating school wardrobes, tracking down permission slips, overseeing homework, juggling sports schedules or chauffeuring kids around, it can be ha... Click to read more


5 kitchen upgrades to make your inner host flourish
(BPT) - You love entertaining and treating guests to delectable dishes and fun times. Unfortunately, your kitchen layout, appliances and even the faucet are so downright unappealing that the thought of planning and preparing a party menu is equally unpleasant.What do you do when you're built to ent... Click to read more


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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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 ... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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 ... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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, ... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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 ... Click to read 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... Click to read 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 ... Click to read 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... Click to read 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 ... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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, corazón 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... Click to read more


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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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, ... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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 ... Click to read 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.... Click to read more


5 tips for the best summer ever [Infographic]
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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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read 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... Click to read more




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