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Summer pasta-bilities: 5 unique ways to lighten up pasta dishes this season
(BPT) - With warm summer weather in full swing, now is the perfect time to swap out heavier pasta dishes that leave you too full and tired for something lighter and more refreshing. In preparation for your next picnic or dinner party, Three Bridges Vice President of Research and Culinary Innovation... More >>

Crisp + Beer Pairings [Infographic]
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11 grape ideas for summer snacking
(BPT) - Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet is always a good idea. Choosing California grapes as a side or a snack is one of the easiest and most refreshing ways to make this happen. Each serving of grapes is 90 calories, fat-free and a great source of vitamin K. In addition, grapes of all ... More >>

Cooking for a crowd: A quantity guide to food [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether you're cooking for 10 at a small neighborhood gathering or upwards of 50 at the annual family reunion, feeding and hosting large groups can be tricky. That's why the party-savvy experts at the Chinet(R) brand created this handy guide that includes a grocery store checklist, serving ... More >>

5 tips for protecting kids with food allergies at school
(BPT) - If it seems like life-threatening food allergies are more common than they were when you were a kid, you're not imagining it. The number of children with food allergies increased by nearly 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control an... More >>

Why you need vitamin E - and how to get your daily dose
(BPT) - You get your fill of vitamins C and D by eating oranges and soaking in a little sun each day, which is good for your body and mind. Small habits like these can have a big impact on your overall health and help you feel your best each day. However, vitamins C and D aren't the only vitamins y... More >>

Reminisce with a classic cocktail on National Daiquiri Day [Infographic]
(BPT) - On National Daiquiri Day (July 19), take a #DaiquiriTimeOut to reminisce on one of the world's most iconic, classic cocktails - The Original BACARDÍ Daiquiri.Based on the original recipe developed in 1898, the famed cocktail is made with three simple ingredients - check out the infographic ... More >>

3 simple no-bake brunch hacks
(BPT) - In the heat of summer, a homemade brunch can seem like a daunting task, but don't let that stop you from entertaining. Everything from scrambled eggs to pancakes to coffee cake require a hot oven or stove and can weigh heavy in your stomach on a hot day. When the last thing you want to do i... More >>

Switch from beef to turkey with these 5 inspired summer recipes
(BPT) - Even if you're a die-hard lover of summer grilling, by mid-season, you may be tired of the high quantity of calories and fat found in America's beloved burgers and franks. For anyone ready to try better-for-you dining, switching from beef to turkey is the ideal way to keep summer meals fres... More >>

5 sweet and simple summer traditions to start with your kids
(BPT) - In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the summer months are the perfect time to take a step back and create lasting memories with your family. Fortunately, some of the best memories come from simple activities — no lavish vacation or pricey summer camp necessary.These five sweet ... More >>

Enjoy classic milk pairings while helping families in need
(BPT) - Though many trends have come and gone, there’s one food that’s been long loved by young and old alike: that’s milk.With B vitamins for energy, high-quality protein to help build lean muscle, Vitamin A to help support a healthy immune system and calcium and Vitamin D for st... More >>

A+ lunchbox solutions for balanced back-to-school meals
(BPT) - Heading back to school means a ramp up in routine for lots of families. One of the best ways to not only support their learning, but also show kids you care — even when you’re not there — is to pack a wholesome, balanced lunch.These tips and tricks will help any parent whi... More >>

How to master your backyard BBQ [Infographic]
(BPT) - According to a recent survey by Smithfield, more people plan to grill this July 4th than watch fireworks or hit the beach. Just in time for one of the biggest cookout occasions of the year, Smithfield polled nearly 500 Americans and enlisted celebrity pitmasters Moe Cason and Tuffy Stone to... More >>

7 simple, inspired ways to infuse summer fare with Mediterranean flavor
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5 ways Americans unite to help one another
(BPT) - It seems as though there’s a lot of disagreement in our country these days. Political parties not only argue with each other, but they also fight within their ranks. Turn on the news and bickering is everywhere. Click on any internet story and you’ll read through pages of a... More >>

Summer Nights Live: 3 ways to get the most out of your summer
(BPT) - Brighter skies. Longer days. Warmer nights. As summer sets in, the time is right to make the most of every sun-kissed day and embrace each sizzling night through no-holds-barred fun and good times all season long.From barbecues and trips to the beach, to hanging out poolside and going on bi... More >>

How to throw a seamless summer gathering
(BPT) - You’ll likely host a party or two this summer, and you want it to be an event guests remember. From dinner parties and backyard barbecues to an easy Sunday morning get-together, the most important thing at the end of the day is that you, along with your guests, have a really grea... More >>

Spices and spirits make summer sips shine
(BPT) - Sweet iced tea and sangria are as much hallmarks of summer as baseball and barbecues. Cocktails are a great way to cool off when temperatures climb, or they can help heat up any celebration. If you’re looking to add some fresh excitement to seasonal beverages, spices, spirits and fun ... More >>

U.S. report: Eggs essential to top 3 healthy diets, but some eggs are better than others
(BPT) - (BPT) - They're considered by many to be among nature's most perfect foods, and nutritionists are increasingly touting their health benefits. That's convenient for the rest of us, since eggs are also among the world's most versatile treats. Think tasty Eggs Benedict, warm hash brown frittat... More >>

10 healthy ways to enjoy the best of summer
(BPT) - Warm weather, long leisurely days and numerous fun holidays make summer a favorite season of young and old alike. However, with summer comes unhealthy temptations like ice cream, chips and the lazy comfort of AC. With these 10 tips, you can enjoy all the flavors and fun of summer while supp... More >>

5 whimsical ways to make wine the star of your summer soirees
(BPT) - Beer and brats, wine coolers and watermelon-are you tired of serving the same old spread for summer entertaining? While traditional favorites have their place in summer get-togethers, you can easily mix things up this season with creative cocktails and treats inspired by some wines that are... More >>

Orange Juice, 3 Ways [Infographic]
(BPT) - Summer is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing glass of OJ? Here are three delicious ways to enjoy this thirst-quenching and nutritious beverage!... More >>

4 Fruit-Filled Recipes to Freshen Up Your Morning Routine
(BPT) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — as overused as that phrase may be, it’s just as true today as it was when you were a child. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eating a well-balanced breakfast helps increase cognitive function and ... More >>

5 ways to grill anything and everything this summer
(BPT) - It's no secret that grilling food adds a special flavor that just can't be replicated with any other cooking method. Celebrate this summer by grilling everything you can get your hands on - it's much easier than you might think. From appetizers to desserts, start thinking outside of the tra... More >>

Tasty twists and terrific tips that add unexpected appeal to summer gatherings
(BPT) - When the sun shines high and the days grow long, it can only mean one thing: more time to spend with family and friends. Summer is the season of entertaining, and nature's fresh bounty paired with classic warm weather flavors are guaranteed to make any gathering great.Being a star enterta... More >>

Summer party themes that sizzle
(BPT) - Patriotic celebrations, neighborhood block parties, graduations, bridal showers and family reunions - whatever your summer soiree, a creative theme can elevate any gathering from fun to fantastic. If you've done the usual - luau, ethnic and red-white-and-blue - and are looking for motifs th... More >>

6 ways to add Hawaiian flair to your everyday meals
(BPT) - We all have our go-to weeknight meals. There’s nothing wrong with them, but you can definitely elevate them to the next level. Now that it is officially grill season, King’s Hawaiian is here to help with several barbecue-themed recipes that are sure to add an unmistakable Hawaii... More >>

Swamped this summer? 7 tips to keep your family healthy
(BPT) - The sunny days of summer are here and school may be out, but your family is still as active and busy as ever. It's easy to get caught up in a hectic schedule of activities, but don't let the summer hustle keep you from a healthy lifestyle. Enjoying the summer is about balance and planning. ... More >>

5 ways to take your grilling to a whole new level
(BPT) - It’s time to grab the tongs and apron because it is officially grilling season. You’ve waited months to reclaim your rightful position behind the grill, and it’s finally time to achieve your goal of making this your best grilling season yet.Now, you need a game plan. To ta... More >>

Respecting the stars and stripes: American flag etiquette
(BPT) - Summers are packed with outdoor activities, barbecues and patriotic celebrations. While the American flag is often an important part of these celebrations, many of us have questions about how to properly care for and display it."Flag etiquette can be confusing," says Mary "Dubbie" Buckler, ... More >>

5 easy ways to make your summer BBQ a smoking success
(BPT) - Mouthwatering meats, refreshing beverages, a relaxed atmosphere and great company — what better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than with your favorite folks at a summer barbecue? Did you know there are exactly 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day? This means you have&nb... More >>

So good he steals it: Top indulgences that men 'borrow' from women [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new study from Skinny Cow shows that though they may not like to admit it, men steal a great deal from the women in their lives. From snacks to experiences, here's a look at the top indulgences men "borrow" from women.... More >>

Find fun, fresh ways to use your cherished china
(BPT) - Sometimes collecting all the pieces to your cherished wedding china may take more time than you think. It took Jill Rogers four decades.“After 44 years of marriage, I got the soup bowls I wanted; Mama would be so proud to know I finally have exactly what she wanted for me,” says... More >>

A grape way to boost health [Infographic]
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Ice Cream Shop Evolution Not Frozen in Time [Infographic]
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We need the bees [Infographic]
(BPT) - The decline of bees is a serious issue impacting the future of our food system. Dedicated to this issue and a sustainable future, Honey Nut Cheerios, a General Mills brand, is making a commitment to bees as a natural extension of its efforts to continuously improve. The brand’s commit... More >>

Fuel your day with 5 energizing superfoods
(BPT) - With groggy eyes and slow movements, you peel yourself out of bed each day. Between the morning and afternoon slumps, you long for the energy of your youth. Does this sound familiar? Then you’ll be glad to know about five superfoods that can help energize you from the inside out, so y... More >>

Turn up the heat: 5 tips for grilling greatness
(BPT) - Can you smell it in the air? Yes, barbecue season is here and that means millions of people are busy cleaning their grills, stocking their freezers, power washing their decks and landscaping their yards - all to make the most of their backyard grilling experience.Does this sound like you? Y... More >>

10 simple, week-by-week steps for a healthier summer
(BPT) - Summer’s arrival means more time outdoors and partaking in warm weather fun with family and friends. If your New Year’s resolution to be healthier has fallen by the wayside, summer can be a great time to reinvigorate your efforts.Here are 10 simple things you and your family can... More >>

Tips for a creatively crafted cheeseburger bar [Infographic]
(BPT) - Savor the summer with a creatively crafted cheeseburger bar. From grains, meats, cheeses, produce and flavorful toppings, your summer get-togethers have never been more delicious.... More >>

Last minute DIY tips for backyard hosting
(BPT) - Summer means outdoor entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a wedding reception, a family reunion or a birthday party, you’ll want to make the backyard get together memorable. Here are some quick DIY ideas to help you get ready for a fun, stress-free gathering.Lawn prepA healthy g... More >>

5 ways to live easy this summer
(BPT) - Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, as the song goes. From long, lazy days at the beach or pool, to relaxed backyard barbecues with family and friends, lighthearted living is the essence of summer.Keep that summer spirit alive, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with these ideas:* Plan a... More >>

4 ways to make a healthier you right now
(BPT) - Stay healthy this season with these tips.You hear that? It’s a collective sigh of relief that warmer weather is finally here. No more heavy coats, biting winds and mounds of snow. Yes, you’re thankful to leave all that behind, along with the holidays. Because while it was great ... More >>

The U.S. destination that celebrates 'I Love Lucy'
(BPT) - You begin Monday in your usual morning mood — grumpy. The day quickly turns around, however, after hearing a few funny stories from co-workers. Suddenly you find yourself laughing and enjoying the morning. Your outlook is positive and your spirits have been lifted,... More >>

6 game changing grilling tips to transform you into the ultimate grill master [Infographic]
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4 ways to have the spiciest Cinco de Mayo yet
(BPT) - Hola! Cinco de Mayo is a time to celebrate and this year should be no exception. Below are our four fool-proof ways to ensure you have the SPICIEST Cinco de Mayo yet:1. First things first: Food.Spice up your Cinco de Mayo party with NEW TOSTITOS CANTINA Chipotle Thins, TOSTITOS Dip-eti... More >>

5 sensational recipes for impressive outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - When the weather warms, it's hard to resist the desire to be outside all the time. Fortunately, your patio space serves as the ideal backdrop for outdoor entertaining. Summer memories flourish when world-class meals are served in the airy outdoor comfort of home.It's easy to impress guest... More >>

3 facts you don't know about fruit and fruit juice
(BPT) - Feeding your family nutritious food and drinks can be tricky, especially when there are so many mixed messages about food out there. Diane Welland, nutritionist and registered dietitian, shares three reasons why 100 percent juice is a great way to help your family get those important fruits... More >>

Country-wide sodium reduction could be harmful
(BPT) - The Federal Government’s push for reduced sodium in American foods will likely affect your favorite foods within the next few months. Food manufacturers will be pushed to change their recipes, which will change the taste and texture of many foods made in the U.S.Government offici... More >>

10 heart-healthy foods that you'll actually want to eat
(BPT) - What does oatmeal, beans and skinless chicken have in common? They are all heart healthy foods, yet don’t do a whole lot to tantalize the taste buds. Fortunately, eating for heart health doesn’t mean a life sentence of bland foods or boring flavors.By thinking beyond the oatmeal... More >>

Unscrambling the dietary guidelines
(BPT) - While 2016 is the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese calendar, in the world of food and nutrition, it’s the Year of the Egg.The recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides key recommendations for healthy eating patterns for the consumption of a variety of prot... More >>

Outsmart your next snack attack: 5 ways to curb cravings
(BPT) - As a nation, let’s face it: we’re snack happy. Whether your favorite go-to food is crunchy, sweet or salty, most of us rely on snacks to get us through the day. A recent report from Mintel, found that 94 percent of Americans snack at least once per day, with the average person c... More >>

3 tips for unbelievably delicious grilled cheese
(BPT) - As a kid, it didn’t get much better than grilled cheese: the buttery toast, the molten cheese and the savory satisfaction from that first bite to the last. Fast-forward to adulthood. Somehow throwing together two pieces of white bread with a slice of processed cheese simply doesn&rsqu... More >>

5 exceptional egg recipes that go beyond breakfast
(BPT) - The sizzle of scrambled eggs and the crackle of cooking bacon may be your favorite sounds on a Sunday morning, but did you know eggs are one of the most versatile foods? "Full of protein and essential vitamins, they're no longer just a breakfast food," says Brooke Williamson, celebrity chef... More >>

4 wine buying tips for weddings
(BPT) - Traditional wedding rules have fallen by the wayside — food trucks are in, having a hashtag is a must, bridesmaids no longer wear the same dress and groomsmen are sometimes in sneakers. Couples are actively seeking ways to differentiate themselves and get creative. All that aside, the... More >>

Start your day with fun: 4 fresh takes on breakfast
(BPT) - A great way to start your day is to add breakfast to your morning routine. But as we all know, routines can get dull fast, especially after you’ve been eating the same breakfast for a few months. If you find your family is in a breakfast rut, it may be time to switch things up and add... More >>

Unleash happiness: Tips for living your happiest life
(BPT) - Are you living your happiest life? How does your mood affect your health? Is happiness contagious? Researchers are finding these questions are worth asking, and multiple studies show happiness dramatically improves health, productivity, family bonds and even life expectancy. So it’s n... More >>

6 summer sides you never knew you could grill
(BPT) - What image does the word “grilling” bring to mind? Do you envision thick, juicy burgers or steaks? What about sauce-slathered chicken breasts sizzling over coals? Cooking out is one of the great joys of warm weather, but if you leave side dishes out of your grilling plans &mdash... More >>

Healthy eating made easy with cans [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Healthy eating does not need to take a lot of time or effort. With a little creativity and a few canned food ingredients as a base, you can pull together delicious and nutritious meals in minutes.When planning meals, a good guide to make sure you are eating a balanced diet is the USDA's M... More >>

Don't miss these must-have snacks that define each season of the year
(BPT) - Snacks, produce, drinks or sweets – if it is a seasonal offering, Americans are anxiously awaiting it. According to Nielsen, Americans spend about $374 billion annually on snack foods. For many of those snack lovers, items that are only available for a limited time are one of the... More >>

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