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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Celebrate National School Library Month with a List of Healthy Books

books about nutrition

Have you ever heard that Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli? Or A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds?  Or how to Eat the Alphabet? Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educators have over 60 nutrition-related read-aloud books to help students across the state learn healthy eating habits. The read-aloud books tell stories about food that are fun and engaging. … Read more »

This Easter, Energize at Sunrise!

How does the Easter bunny get hopping so early? With a good breakfast, of course! Without a doubt, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast means, “Break the fast.” For most of us, the body has gone through the night while we are sleeping (eight or more hours), without any fuel (or… Read more »

Easter Baskets: Low-Cost, Non-Food Ideas

Easter basket

With Easter coming up this weekend, many of us are still finalizing Easter plans. If you are still searching for Easter basket ideas, this blog post is here to help with a fresh approach to the tradition. Easter baskets are usually stuffed with sugar-rich chocolates and candy. But we’re hoping to enhance your Easter traditions… Read more »

Colcannon: a Traditional Irish Recipe, Tested


Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a day of celebration of Irish history and culture. As food is a building block of every culture, I felt inspired to try out a traditional Irish recipe I found on the Maine SNAP-Ed website. Colcannon is a dish made from potatoes with either cabbage or kale and other vegetables… Read more »

Make Your Diet a Fruitful One

fruit kabobs

What fits easily into a lunch box, tastes great, quenches your thirst, satisfies a sweet tooth and is low in calories? You guessed it – fruit! Mother Nature has cleverly combined carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals and, best of all, sweetness, into one colorful package.  Fruit consumption is on the rise and now, more than ever, and… Read more »

Kicking off National Nutrition Month

grocery list

When you think of March, what comes to mind? March Madness, College basketball? St. Patrick’s Day, Corned Beef and Cabbage? The Ides of March? Here at Maine SNAP-Ed March is all about National Nutrition Month! This month’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” While we aim for everyone to think about eating healthy and… Read more »

Reducing Food Waste

reduce food waste

Ever ask yourself “I wonder how long that has been in the fridge”? If you can’t remember when you made the meal, then it is time to throw the leftovers out. After a while, this food waste gets discouraging. When we throw food out we not only increase the amount of trash we build up… Read more »

Save money on food

save money on food

In order to save money on food and make new buying habits, you need to be able to identify what your old habits are. Trying to save money on food and save time in the kitchen can seem like a huge task, but if you break it up by changing one thing at a time,… Read more »

We’re here to help you save time and money on food


Not many people get excited about going to the grocery store, especially when it feels like it costs your whole paycheck to feed your family healthy and delicious meals. I know many parents and spouses hate the phrase “what’s for dinner?” And then there is your doctor, telling you to eat better and exercise more…. Read more »