Pistachio Coquito: Traditional Christmas from Puerto Rico

Pistachio Coquito: Traditional Christmas from Puerto Rico

Blog post written by University of New Hampshire dietetic intern Kalelys L. Calero.   Puerto Rico has the longest Christmas celebration, it begins Thanksgiving Eve and continues into the middle of January. Puerto Rico festivities are famous for singing carols called “parrandas” where friends gather late in the evening and visit different houses to sing …

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Probiotics, fermented foods, and gut health: What’s the connection?

Probiotics, fermented foods, and gut health: What’s the connection?

Lately, you may have heard terms like “fermented” and “probiotic” used to describe foods that may have a positive impact on our digestive health. Despite the similarities that exist between them, these words do not mean the same thing. In this blog post, we discuss the differences between “fermented” and “probiotic” foods, and how they …

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Dairy and Type 2 Diabetes: What’s the Scoop?

Dairy and Type 2 Diabetes: What’s the Scoop?

Dairy checks a lot of boxes. It’s a protein powerhouse and it is filled with essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium and vitamin D. Adding to dairy’s already stellar health portfolio is emerging research on its contribution to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. About Dairy Foods The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans …

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National School Lunch Week 2018

National School Lunch Week 2018

This year, National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is being celebrated October 15th-19th. This year’s theme, “School Lunch: Lots 2 Love,” encourages students and school nutrition professionals across the country to share what they love most about school lunch programs. Why celebrate? To raise awareness about school lunch and its importance to student success!   Did …

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$10,000 Hometown Grant awarded to Dennis C. Haley Pilot School by New England Patriots!

$10,000 Hometown Grant awarded to Dennis C. Haley Pilot School by New England Patriots!

On Tuesday September 25th, the New England Patriots Foundation and New England Dairy & Food Council showed their continued commitment to child health and wellness by awarding Dennis C. Haley Pilot School with a $10,000 Hometown Grant. The funds will be used towards enhancing the K-8 school’s wellness environment through health focused-initiatives and the Fuel …

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Kicking Off Summer Meals

Kicking Off Summer Meals

Now that school is out, summer meals sites across New England are holding kick-offs to encourage participation throughout their communities. We’ve captured a few of these great events in the photos below. Before reading on, here’s some quick information about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), otherwise known as the Summer Meals Program. What is …

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Staying (Dairy) Cool this Summer

Staying (Dairy) Cool this Summer

Summer is in full swing along with all your favorite outdoor activities. Make way for camping, cookouts, and picnics, oh my! Hmmm… all these activities seem to have two things in common: food and hot weather. What is a Foodborne Illness? While you may be trying to soak up all of summer’s precious sunshine and …

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Trendy Dairy Drinks

Trendy Dairy Drinks

New food and beverage products are added to grocery store shelves constantly. In 2016 alone, over 21,000 new items were introduced into retail outlets. Data from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service shows that roughly 19 percent of all new food and beverage products introduced in 2016 were beverages. This was …

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