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Food Preparation 

Many of your family’s favorite foods can be made into a healthy dish that everyone will love.  It just takes a little planning and practice. Check out these links to help you start creating healthy meals for the whole family.  

Creating Healthy Meals 

It’s About Eating Right
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has great ideas for healthy snacks, incorporating more fruits and vegetables into meals, eating on the run, and everyday healthy eating tips .

National Institute of Health
The recipes on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website are kid and family friendly. The website also includes healthy eating video clips, cooking how-tos, and family resources. 

Let's Move - Eat Healthy 
Provides tips to help moms, families, schools, and communities eat better.

Ideas for Making Your Favorite Recipe Healthier 

Healthy Cooking Tips and RecipesThe Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is a great resource for tips on how to make delicious and healthy meals. This site also includes weekly meal plans for families. 

Healthy Baking Tips (pdf)
Tips and tricks for creating healthier baked goods.

 Cooking Classes in Ramsey County

Link to Community Education classes at these locations to find a cooking class that is convenient for you and your family. Cooking is a fun and interactive way to learn how to prepare meals at home. Check out the links below to find a programs in your area:

Saint Paul Public Schools
White Bear Lake
North Saint Paul / Maplewood / Oakdale - District 622
Mississippi Market Coop - scroll down to find events in your area
Cooks of Crocus Hill - click on Classes for a list of various classes, dates and locations

Cookbooks From the Public Library

Cookbooks are a great way to get new ideas and inspiration to try new ingredients. Look for the following cookbooks at your local public library.

American Dietetic Association Cooking Healthy Across America
365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association
Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook
The New American Heart Association Cookbook
Simply in Season

Healthy Recipes  

The following sites provide healthy recipe ideas for you and your family. Browse these recipes for ideas on how to create healthy meals that the whole family will enjoy.

Mayo Clinic
USDA Recipe Finder
Healthier You 
University of Minnesota Extension
Heart Healthy Home Cooking African American Style
Eating Well
American Heart Association Recipes

Recipes Using Local and Seasonal Foods

Seasonal Food Guide
Buying produce that is in-season is both cheaper and tastier than buying produce out-of-season.  This site identifies which fruits and vegetables are available each season.

Finding Local Ingredients
Check out the following sites for resources on how to start buying local for yourself, your family, or your business and for places in your area selling locally grown foods.
The University of Minnesota | Local Food Guide
The Minnesota Project | Buying Local Food for Food Service in Minnesota
The Mississippi Market  | Discover Local Guide
Minnesota Food Associations | Resources for Consumers

Food Farm Recipes
These recipes feature local ingredients. 

Minnesota Smart Fish Guide
Provides important information for moms, moms-to-be, and children under 15 regarding safe fish consumption.

Calorie and Nutrition Information on Everyday Foods

Lets you track how much you eat, compare your daily intake to your nutrition needs, and log your physical activity.

Calorie King
A searchable database with nutrition facts for everyday foods. This site includes the amount and type of exercise it would take to burn off the calories in individual foods. Popular restaurant nutrition information can also be found on this site.
Nutrient Data Laboratory
A searchable database for a variety of foods, provides nutrition facts and allows you to enter your serving size.

Portion Distortion
For information on portion sizes and the number of calories found in portions of everyday foods.