This blog is written by our staff who live throughout the State of Maine. They write tips for shopping, cooking, and eating healthy on a budget.

Whether you are from Kittery, Fort Kent, or anywhere in between, we hope that you will find something useful to help you and your family live healthier lifestyles.

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Keep it Simple and Plan Ahead – Keys to Avoid Meal Prep Burnout

Written by Beth Chamberlain. Nutrition Educator, Waldo County. Several years ago Mark Bittman, well known American food journalist and cookbook author, wrote an article for the NY Times called, “Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less,” (find article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/dining/18mini.html). While some of his recipes may not be particularly budget-friendly, the… Read more »

One Pantry Staple, Three Healthy Meals!

By Nicole Gurreri, Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator at Healthy Acadia  In the heat of summertime, it’s hard to feel motivated to create healthy meals all day. Wouldn’t you rather be swimming or hiking than grocery shopping and cooking?! Simplify mealtimes this summer by transforming one pantry staple into three easy meals! Read on to learn… Read more »

Bean me up, Scotty!

Beans are nutritious and delicious and have a very long shelf life. All good attributes! This post will teach you how to make dried beans a regular part of your cooking routine.

Oats, Wonderful Oats!

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Loved by many for being budget-friendly, quick to prepare, and super versatile, oats are also well-known for being one of the healthiest grains on Earth. Benefits of oats Oats are a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. They even have positive effects on blood sugar, heart health, and digestive health. Beyond a simple… Read more »

Cooking Easy Red Beans and Rice

red beans and rice

Watch Nutrition Educators Cheryl and Jessica, from Somerset Public Health make Easy Red Beans and Rice. This simple recipe is made from mostly pantry staples and can be modified to meet your needs. Recipe tips: Swap fresh garlic for garlic powder Use black or pinto beans instead of red beans Fill a whole wheat wrap… Read more »

Growing Gardeners – Sowing the Future of Healthy Eaters

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Growing success with the Growing Gardeners program Kingfield is a small, rural town nestled in the mountains of western Maine. In this small town is a gardening program with a BIG impact. The Growing Gardners program began in 2015 as a six- to eight-week after-school program. Volunteers and community partners worked with a Maine SNAP-Ed… Read more »

Maine kids choose fruit every day. Thank you!

Whether you are a parent, guardian, educator, food service director, or another person who interacts with children in Maine, your influence is working. Data from the 2017 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) indicate that 74% of fifth and sixth graders in Maine choose fruit two or more times daily. Kids are getting the message… Read more »

How to cook and enjoy dried beans

If you are looking for a way to stretch your budget and improve your family’s nutrition, consider adding more beans to your meals. Beans are convenient, versatile, and lend themselves to many tasty dishes. Beans are also a rich source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Basic Beans – How to Cook Dried Beans Ingredients… Read more »

‘Tis The Season For Fresh Produce!

Now, what to do with the extra… The abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables can sometimes be overwhelming during the summer months. We are surrounded by delicious fresh produce – crisp vegetables and juicy fruit. We may accidentally buy more than we can eat and be tempted to throw away (or compost) the excess food…. Read more »