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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 homema... 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.... More >>


5 tips for the best summer ever [Infographic]
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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... 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, accor... 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 ha... 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 a... 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&rs... 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, ... 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... 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 — l... 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 ... 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... 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&rsqu... More >>


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... More >>


5 ways to make your gluten-free lifestyle more appetizing
(BPT) - Whether you have been gluten free for years or are just starting out, it’s a lifestyle rife with challenges. From cardboard-tasting foods to limited choices at social gatherings, a gluten-free lifestyle can make you feel left out and stuck with unappetizing options.“A gluten-fre... 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 A... More >>


Simplifying baby nutrition: Expert advice for your infant's first foods
(BPT) - Your cooing, curious, incredibly cute baby is now 6 months old and you've got the go-ahead from your pediatrician to start solid foods. You both are excited to begin this new adventure, but when you head to the store you are suddenly confused by a sea of options.Which foods are safe for you... More >>


Alternative white wine pairings for popular summer meals
(BPT) - Summer means long days, bountiful sunshine and fresh fare to tantalize the taste buds. Locally grown produce, grilled meats and seafood, and new takes on classic dishes like pizza and pasta make this the season to raise a glass and toast to family, friends and the sharing of delicious food.... More >>


Cottage cheese reimagined [Video]
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Seasoning tips to help you savor a great grilling season
(BPT) - Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and temperatures are warmer — you can probably recognize all the signs that grilling season has arrived! But do you know how to best season all the fresh foods you’ll grill this summer?Sure, a dash of salt and pepper may be all you n... More >>


6 ways to stay cool during summer entertaining
(BPT) - The thermometer is on the rise but hosts stay as cool as can be when entertaining friends and family. The secret? Planning ahead to deliver easy ambiance, crowd-pleasing food and plenty of fun. Start with versatile foods, such as fresh California grapes, that can both stand alone and serve ... More >>


Why 8-a-day? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Eating a serving of 8 strawberries a day has many surprising health benefits you may have never known. SaveSave... More >>


5 nutritionist tips to start eating and living healthier
(BPT) - When you need to fix your car, learn the latest tech or finish a major home improvement, what do you do? You turn to the experts, those with in-depth knowledge on how to accomplish these tasks in the most efficient and effective way. And when you’re looking to improve your overall hea... More >>


Small-space gardens: Easy tips for homegrown flavors
(BPT) - The new growing season is upon us. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to enjoy the many benefits of the season, nor do you need large swaths of land and sprawling acreage to grow your favorite greens. In fact, beautiful outdoor spaces — rich with colorful blooms and he... More >>


Cook like a pro: Easy restaurant-quality meals to make at home
(BPT) - "Meals are only as good as the ingredients that they’re made with, and some of the best meals are a lot simpler than you would think," says Colby Garrelts, a James Beard Foundation award-winning chef. "When you start with premium, high-quality foods, all you need are a few basic ingre... More >>


The mess is the best: Cooking with family creates lifelong memories
(BPT) - Preparing a family dinner doesn’t have to be a solo chore when there are helping hands nearby. Getting the kids involved in the kitchen not only teaches them valuable lessons, but it’s also an opportunity to create fun family memories with a few spills and messes along the way.&... More >>


What does your fridge say about you? [Infographic]
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5 ways to make your staycation feel like an actual getaway
(BPT) - No stringent schedule. Eating new, exotic foods. Getting lost in a page-turning novel. Trying a new activity that takes you outside your comfort zone.These are the types of things that make for a memorable vacation. The problem is, you're not traveling this year and instead are opting for t... More >>


The scoop on dips [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether you crave salsa or hummus, spicy or savory, or chunky or smooth, one thing's for certain: you're not alone. Americans have strong preferences on their dips — and hacks to make them their own — as the following statistics reveal.SaveSave... More >>


Gather the family in the kitchen for a magical Mother's Day
(BPT) - She's your biggest fan and the one you call whenever you need advice. Moms should be celebrated every day of the year, but there's no better time to show her you care than on Mother's Day!This year, rather than going with the tried-and-true gift of flowers and chocolate, surprise Mom with a... More >>


5 ways to take your summer grilling to a whole new level
(BPT) - The bright, sunny days of summer are your favorite time of year and when the season arrives, you spend much of your time outdoors. Your yard becomes your living room and you move your cooking to the grill.Summer is grilling season and there is nowhere you'd rather be than standing in front ... More >>


6 surprising health benefits of strawberries
(BPT) - Eight strawberries, a single serving, delivers on a surprising checklist of benefits for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Strawberries are much more than a sweet and delicious treat — they are a versatile fruit that's great for your health. What better time than National ... More >>


Men and millennials pour it on, salad dressing survey reveals
(BPT) - Summer heat often brings lighter meals, and salads can bring a cool dish to the menu. How Americans dress their salads can vary, from ranch to vinaigrette and from bottles to jars to packets.Consumers purchased salad dressings more often than just two years ago, the Association for Dressing... More >>


Check out this year's top 3 trends in vegetable gardening
(BPT) - Whether you go to a restaurant or stay home and dine in, you want what you eat to be fresh and full of flavor. This movement toward tasty, locally grown food is illustrated by the rise in farmers markets, food subscription boxes, and a renewed joy in growing vegetables at home. As the sprin... More >>


Enjoy the variety, versatility and affordability of Hispanic dairy [Infographic]
(BPT) - Are you an adventurous eater? Need quick and easy family meals? Want healthy snacks for the office or on the go? Hispanic dairy to the rescue!SaveSave... More >>


5 ways to celebrate with chocolate
(BPT) - There's truly no sweeter way to celebrate all the occasions in your life than with chocolate. From Mother's Day to the start of summer, you can always enhance a party with delicious confections. Take a look below for five different ways to celebrate!1. The perfect excuse for chocolate: Nati... More >>


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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 ... 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 ... 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,... More >>


Welcome warmer weather with a picnic
(BPT) - This time of year, the urge to go outside increases by the day. What better way to welcome warmer months than with a picnic, complete with homemade breads and baked goods made from scratch?Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, looking for a new idea for date night or just want an e... 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.... More >>


Fiber: 3 simple ways to get 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, somet... 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 ... 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 essentia... More >>


Additives or gifts from nature?
(BPT) - Food 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 with naturally derived ingredients.But even though these shorter “c... More >>


A professional chef shares 7 kitchen essentials
(BPT) - From spices and oils to gadgets and gizmos, there are always new, trendy items to 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 their kitchens, but it's not... 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)... 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 t... 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... 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 wea... 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... 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... 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... 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... More >>


Get extra nutrition with these 5 food swaps
(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 sizes are commonly heard pieces of advice when you’re trying to lo... 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... 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... 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, thes... 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... 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... 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 ar... More >>









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