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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... Click to read more


Plan on breakfast: 5 tips to ensure you don't miss the most important meal of the day
(BPT) - Maybe it's because you hit the snooze button too many times. Maybe your toddler decided this was the day they were going to be difficult. Maybe you have a big presentation and need those extra minutes for preparation. No matter what the reason, every day many people tend to skip out on brea... Click to read more


Proper nutrition is key to senior health
(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehyd... Click to read more


Simple ideas to get in shape for summer
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Fresh ways to enjoy pizza night and make a balanced meal
(BPT) - You know a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is best for your health, but achieving that can be a challenge given everything you have to accomplish in a day. Daily meal planning doesn't have to be such a chore if you turn to your freezer for a little help. In fact,... Click to read more


12 surprising facts you want to know about prunes [Infographic]
(BPT) - For over 100 years, Sunsweet has been supporting and inspiring consumers to eat right and enjoy a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. In celebration of its monumental birthday, today Sunsweet launches #Sunsweet100Celebration — a social media-driven content series that will run for 100 days... Click to read more


Vidalia onions are the stars of sweet, surprising side dishes for summer
(BPT) - Ah, the joys of mid-April — tax season wraps up, spring is in full swing and the year’s fresh crop of Vidalia(R) onions arrive in store produce aisles! While onions are a staple in spring and summer cuisine, topping burgers and adding zing to salads, the unique sweetness of Vidalia onions m... Click to read more


Prepare for things that pop up this spring
(BPT) - Spring is known for things that “pop” up, from warm weather to special occasions. To help you make the most of both, Lay’s is offering you two things you absolutely need: the perfect snack and the biggest pop culture dance moves.We know picnics and barbecues are on the rise, and so are casu... Click to read more


Get safer drinking water
(BPT) - Your home plumbing could be making you sick and costing you money. Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, may be directly contributing to the buildup of dangerous bacteria in your household pipes. This is a serious problem across the United States, especially when ... Click to read more


New cookware trend combines pressure cooking and microwaving for tasty, nutritious meals
(BPT) - A Swiss-designed innovation for fast and easy home cooked meals, the Duromatic Micro Microwave Pressure Cooker from Kuhn Rikon, combines pressure cooking and microwaving for a new way to cook. Pressure cooking reduces cooking times by up to 70 percent, and microwaving takes about a half or ... Click to read more


Cover your nutrition bases with this popular vegetable
(BPT) - Whether you're on or off the field, it's important to fuel up wisely. Leading sports nutritionists across the country recommend potatoes as the go-to choice for fueling your body before or after a workout."To perform at your best, put potatoes on your plate," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN,... Click to read more


Spring into warmer months with a picnic spread made from the heart
(BPT) - This time of year, the urge to go outside increases by the day. There's more sunlight, birds are chirping and, in some lucky parts of the nation, flowers might even be in bloom. What better way to welcome spring than with a picnic prepared from the heart, complete with homemade breads and b... Click to read more


How to win with Zin [Infographic]
(BPT) - So you think you know Zinfandel? Devour these interesting facts to learn more about this great California wine and impress a friend or two when you inevitably serve it with some killer barbecue.... Click to read more


Fiber: What it is and why you need more of it in your diet
(BPT) - Eat more fiber.If your doctor didn’t give you this advice at your last checkup, she probably should have: 97 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended daily amount of dietary fiber they need to stay healthy. But what is fiber, and why is it good for you?Dietary fiber, sometimes called ... Click to read more


The truth behind some common, confusing food terms
(BPT) - Organic, GMO-free, local, hormone-free and antibiotic-free: So many terms are attached to our food these days that it can be difficult to know what they really mean. Worldwide, 62 percent of consumers say they care about food and nutrition, and 80 percent read labels, according to a global ... Click to read more


Is seaweed the next superfood?
(BPT) - There’s a new superfood in town. And it’s not kale.Seaweed may be a hot new food trend in the United States, but this leafy green from the sea has been used in Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Not only is seaweed low in calories and fat, it’s also packed with essential nutrients like v... Click to read more


Decoding food labels: Scary additives or gifts from nature?
(BPT) - Food-ingredient labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors, removing what's unessential, and using naturally derived ingr... Click to read more


Cooking essentials: A peek inside a professional chef's kitchen
(BPT) - From spices and oils to gadgets and gizmos, it seems like there are always new, trendy items that you should add to your kitchen. Trying to separate the handy from the hype, however, can be a time-consuming and expensive process.Professional chefs know not everything is worthy of space in t... Click to read more


Food for thought: What millennials want to know about their pork products
(BPT) - Pulled pork, ham steaks, chops, tenderloin and everyone's favorite, bacon - Americans love pork, and consume about 64 pounds per person every year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. But Americans' interest in pork goes far beyond what barbecue sauce to use on it, or ho... Click to read more


3 fun Easter baskets everyone will love
(BPT) - It’s hard to imagine celebrating Easter without baskets full of delicious chocolate and special gifts. In fact, filling Easter baskets has been a cherished tradition for centuries. This year Joy Cho, creative director and founder of the popular blog OhJoy.com, created three fun (and simple)... Click to read more


Top gardening trends for 2017
(BPT) - Whether you have a backyard or just a few containers on the patio, sunny days are your cue it's time to garden. Growing your own flowers, herbs and vegetables is a lot of fun, and with some simple tips, it can be pretty easy to make sure your outdoor space is a showstopper.The experts at Ba... Click to read more


Reorganize your kitchen to encourage healthy eating habits, nutritionist says
(BPT) - More than half of Americans say they can judge how healthy a family's lifestyle is by the contents of their refrigerator, and more than a quarter admit that they would eat healthier if they were better organized, according to a new national survey. They're right to associate the state of th... Click to read more


5 unique ways to enjoy chips and dip
(BPT) - The classic chip and dip snack can be found at almost any party or get together, and there’s a good reason why — everyone loves it! National Chip and Dip day is Thursday, March 23, so grab your apron and head to the kitchen with these fun and unique ways to enjoy CHI-CHI’S(R) Brand chips an... Click to read more


Soy sauce: Sodium saving, flavor raising [Infographic]
(BPT) - March is National Nutrition Month and Kikkoman is sharing a tried-and-true secret to healthier cooking. According to research published in the Journal of Food Science, using Traditionally Brewed Kikkoman Soy Sauce in place of table salt can help reduce sodium quantities in your cooking by u... Click to read more


Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes
(BPT) - In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience.Earlier this year, th... Click to read more


4 ways coffee lovers savor spring
(BPT) - Spring is in the air, and with it comes more daylight and longer days to enjoy. To make sure you're living them to the max, here are a few tips on how Café Bustelo can help you live a vibrant life as the clocks spring forward.1. Adventure outsideTake advantage of the warmer weather by headi... Click to read more


Smart food swaps mean more nutrition and less 'giving up'
(BPT) - Does it ever seem like a lot of healthy-eating advice is about 'less,' 'giving up' and 'taking away?' Reducing fat and sodium intake, avoiding high-calorie foods and trimming portion size are commonly heard pieces of advice when you're trying to lose weight or improve your diet. But health ... Click to read more


Sell your great idea with practice, perfection and pitching
(BPT) - In 2015, thousands of people filed more than half a million patent applications for their good ideas, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. That’s a lot of ideas. Sadly, only half received patents, and fewer still made it to market. Anyone can have a great idea, but ho... Click to read more


Culinary goodness for healthy bones [Infographic]
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Hot cooking trends: 5 flavorful ways to prepare pork
(BPT) - Tired of the same old casseroles and pasta dishes? As the seasons transition, you're probably looking for fresh and flavorful ways to prepare satisfying foods for your family and friends.An increasing number of home and professional chefs are using pork to produce mouth-watering, palate-ple... Click to read more


Tips for hosting a better brunch
(BPT) - Love the idea of hosting a brunch, but begin to regret it the moment you're toiling over a pan of bacon grease while your friends are chatting over mimosas? You're not alone. Whether you're planning a simple brunch for a small group or an Easter brunch to wow a crowd, these simple tips and ... Click to read more


Last-minute party tips: Be the 'hostess with the mostest' for the least work and stress
(BPT) - Everyone wants to be the 'hostess with the mostest' when throwing a last-minute party, but how can you wow your guests when you have little prep time and a budget that's more like 'least' than 'most?''With warm weather approaching, impromptu get-togethers can pop up at any time,' notes Aman... Click to read more


Thinking outside the coop: 8 common myths about raising backyard poultry
(BPT) - From fresh egg production to natural garden fertilizer, there is no shortage of benefits in raising backyard poultry. But even as families become more familiar with sustainable living and keeping chickens, several poultry myths still exist.Here to set the record straight for our feathered f... Click to read more


5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night
(BPT) - 'Date night' is an activity people typically look forward to with great anticipation. The good news is, your plans don't have to be elaborate for evenings together to turn out romantic and fun. Sometimes the most-satisfying date nights are the relaxing evenings spent at home with the one yo... Click to read more


10 delicious ways to use almond milk
(BPT) - As almond milk is America’s favorite dairy alternative, here’s a guide to enjoying it even more, with quick tips and out-of-the-carton recipes for every day. Almond milk is a great choice for people who are looking to avoid lactose, dairy and soy. It’s also great for calorie-watchers, as un... Click to read more


Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins
(BPT) - What's the biggest threat to our health? It isn't cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. This statistic is scary, but the good news is, there... Click to read more


5 fiscally-friendly budgeting tips for your family
(BPT) - Kids grow up so fast. As they do, those bills grow up right along with them - often faster than you can bring more money in, right? Yes, your budget is tighter than ever before, but you certainly don't want to sacrifice the fun things you do as a family just because of money.The good news i... Click to read more


The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice
(BPT) - Healthy eating trends come and go. Sometimes the fads are extreme, over-the-top and hard to maintain, but others offer simple, attainable changes that make them well worth incorporating into your lifestyle. Clean eating, actively seeking out foods that are minimally processed with simple, n... Click to read more


5 ways coffee keeps winter blues at bay
(BPT) - It’s officially winter and, while we love freshly fallen snow, the shorter days and freezing temperatures receive a little less love. Whether used to fuel a busy day at work or adding a bold flavor with a relaxing day at home, Café Bustelo(R) coffee can perk up the winter blues and bring a ... Click to read more


Top 10 tips for hosting a winning big game bash
(BPT) - Gear up for the game day crowd - and those who are just there for the commercials - with these hosting tips, bite-size snack ideas, DIY decorations and party games.1. Don't let easy-to-forget items keep you sidelinedA dead remote is the quickest way to sideline a big game watch party. But, ... Click to read more


Bake some good [Infographic]
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5 Key food plays for the ultimate game-day spread
(BPT) - The biggest game-day celebration of the year is right around the corner, and you've been called upon to host; are you ready? Whether you're a veteran starter or you're coming off the bench for your first hosting gig, throwing a great party for the big game is simple, so long as the right fo... Click to read more


Why eating breakfast boosts your health
(BPT) - Want to make 2017 the year you focus on your health? Wellness goals are admirable throughout the year, but too often well-meaning people make a common mistake that sabotages their efforts: they skip breakfast.It's a daily choice that millions of people shrug off as no big deal, but research... Click to read more


Essential and natural: Why this ingredient belongs in organic food
(BPT) - The 'certified organic' seal is synonymous with healthy living and clean eating. But what exactly does it mean? And who decides what is or is not certified organic?In the United States, food is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. The seal verifies a product has... Click to read more


5 surprising benefits of U.S. farm-raised seafood
(BPT) - You're shopping for tonight's dinner and decide fish sounds delicious. You visit the seafood section of your local market and are suddenly overwhelmed with choices. Salmon, tilapia, clams or shrimp? Imported or U.S. farm raised?It can feel like there are endless options when shopping at the... Click to read more


5 recipes to become your own in-house barista
(BPT) - In the morning, you can’t go without the Joe. Coffee is more than a beverage to you — it’s your pick-me-up, your trusted morning partner, the foundation of a successful day.Yeah, it’s that important.The new Folgers Coffeehouse Blend offers a distinct taste that starts smooth and finishes bo... Click to read more


Enjoy steakhouse-quality soup at your house [Infographic]
(BPT) - Celebrate National Soup Month by bringing the steakhouse experience to your own home. A recent Idahoan survey revealed Americans’ passion for soup and desire for an at-home steakhouse experience. Unlike other dry soups that take more than fifteen minutes to prepare by stove, with Idahoan Pr... Click to read more


Touch down in Houston for the big game
(BPT) - February is fast approaching, and with it the year's largest football event. Fans will come from across the nation to experience the highly anticipated Sunday football game in Houston, Texas.With mild weather, amazing city views, a walkable cultural district and delectable food, visitors wi... Click to read more


5 strategies to lose 48 pounds
(BPT) - You've probably seen all the articles about weight loss, including those that explain how to count calories or what foods you should and shouldn't eat. But if you're still having trouble losing weight, then maybe you just need a better 'strategic plan,' one you can put into action before yo... Click to read more


Ring in the New Year with these Original Hosting Tips
(BPT) - New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, and that means people are finalizing how they plan to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight. This year, the original “Extra Old” Cognac brand, Hennessy, invites you to take advantage of one of life’s luxuries and host an intimate and original New Y... 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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