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June 23, 2018

Choline is vital during pregnancy: Here's were to get it
Nutrition is critical to consider when you are pregnant. You want to support your changing body and satisfy your cravings, but you also want to help your growing baby thrive.(BPT) - "Nutrients serve double duty during pregnancy because they support both mom and baby," said Dawn Jackson Blatner, reg... More >>

3 simple ways to create the party deck of the summer
(BPT) - Cookouts, barbecues, family reunions and more are upon us, and as the coolest neighbor on the cul-de-sac, hosting the summer fun is a no-brainer. Throughout the colder seasons it’s easy to forget about your special role of summer party host, and maybe the dirt and grime on your deck i... More >>

Keep entertaining fun and easy with a make-your-own-pizza party
(BPT) - Pizza night is something the whole family can look forward to, especially after a long week of work, school and activities. Fortunately, pizza night doesn't need to be fussy or a lot of work. And for parents of picky eaters, it’s a great way to help kids get a balanced meal by incorpo... More >>

DIY dream: 4 cedar project ideas for your home or cottage
(BPT) - Americans love their do-it-yourself home improvement projects, and the warmer months can be an excellent time to brush up on your construction skills and complete a woodworking project to grace your home or cottage.Do-it-yourself fans in the U.S. are expected to spend some $43.7 billion tow... More >>

Simple, local nutrition: 5 reasons to feel good about the dairy in your diet
(BPT) - When you sip a wholesome smoothie or savor a slice of cheesy pizza, do you ever wonder who’s behind your favorite dairy foods?More than 97 percent of dairy farms in the United States are family-owned and operated – and these families are as passionate about crafting simple, nutr... More >>

Become the hero of your grill this summer
(BPT) - Summer is upon us and that means one thing ... grilling. Gather your friends and family for a barbecue with your favorite recipes, including fresh pork! Chef Ernest Servantes officially kicked-off Grilling Season in Miami doing what he does best: cooking up something special on the grill us... More >>

Movie magic: 5 fun facts about iconic silver screen props through history
(BPT) - Over the history of movie making, certain props have been crucial enough to the story that they could almost be considered additional characters.In some cases those props have been expensive to buy or build, and many have sold for astronomical amounts of money. Consider the $4.4 million som... More >>

4 simple tips for hosting a memorable summer party
(BPT) - From outdoor cookouts to dinner parties on the patio, summer is the ideal season for entertaining guests. According to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet, an overwhelming majority of homeowners (89 percent) plan to host at least one summer gathering this season. To ensure hosts ar... More >>

4 tips for keeping your pet safe this summer
(BPT) - There are thousands of reasons to love the summer, and if you’re a pet owner, you love summer more than most.Summer is the perfect opportunity to get outside and get active with our pets. Between cool swims in the pool and brisk walks in the sunshine, summer is a great bonding time fo... More >>

Chocolate pairings: Innovative entertaining with a sweet twist
(BPT) - Whether a fancy five-course social event, a laid-back barbecue or a progressive dinner party, what separates average from impressive entertaining is innovative and original ideas. One way to surely catch the attention of your guests while tempting their taste buds is to feature chocolate pa... More >>

A healthier, happier summer starts with these tips
(BPT) - In the cold of winter, at the start of the year, people all across the country resolve to live a healthier lifestyle — yet summer is actually the perfect time to start your resolution. Think about it: the weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school and fresh produce is abundant.I... More >>

5 ways to up your summer get-together game
(BPT) - Neighborhood cookouts are quintessentially summer, and totally fun. Because of that, it’s no surprise that you may want to host them as often as possible, even every weekend if you could. But that introduces a new challenge — how do you keep your events fresh and interesting for... More >>

4 Tips to Pull Together a Garden-to-Table Meal This Summer
(BPT) - The summer season is the best time for enjoying the garden you’ve worked so hard on throughout the spring months. As the flowers bloom, the herbs mature, and the vegetables ripen, it’s time to celebrate all your hard work with a garden-to-table meal.Chris Lambton, garden and yar... More >>

4 Traits to Look for When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
(BPT) - Planning a wedding is no small task. In order to enjoy the process (and stay sane), it's important to recognize early on which details can be decided quickly, and which ones deserve more time and care.When it comes to wedding photos, you can't go wrong with a little extra time and thought, ... More >>

Reclaiming the rooftop: Tips for decks with a view
(BPT) - Once reserved for the urban elite, rooftop decks are popping up all over the country as an attractive option that offers a mixture of space savings and an unrivaled view. Rooftop decks take what was formerly unused space — the top of a building or the flat roof over part of a home &md... More >>

4 decorating tips for the perfect outdoor entertaining space
(BPT) - When it comes to outdoor entertaining, making sure your space is ready is critical for enjoying summer — from its "unofficial" start over Memorial Day weekend all the way through Labor Day.Lowe’s recently partnered with Julia Engel, lifestyle influencer of Gal Meets Glam, to sty... More >>

Great grilling tips and tricks of the pros
(BPT) - Across the country as weather heats up, so do the grills. You don't need to be a pitmaster to enjoy the fresh flavors that only come from grilling. A few simple tips and creative tricks will help you perfectly grill foods so juicy and delicious, you'll impress even the pickiest of palates.K... More >>

Eating right and staying healthy in retirement
(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 >>

An easy start to better eating: Healthy surfaces and simple ingredients
(BPT) - When you become a parent, your child’s health and well-being takes top priority. This is why when it comes to getting dinner on the table, parents these days are less likely to reach for that box of mac and cheese and other heavily processed foods. Instead, parents tend to gravitate t... More >>

5 things you didn't know about Pinot Grigio
(BPT) - A warm summer evening, a cold glass of Pinot Grigio and a light dinner al fresco. Sounds like heaven. This is the season for Pinot Grigio, one of America’s favorite white wines. It pairs perfectly with the lighter dishes of spring and summer — flaky fish, angel hair pasta with l... More >>

Sizzling sips: The summer's hottest wines are made in South Africa
(BPT) - Summertime means weekend adventures, sunsets and toasting with friends and family. With so many wine options on shelves, selecting the perfect summer sip can be daunting. For those looking to impress guests with wine recommendations that extend beyond the the usual suspects, look no further... More >>

5 ways to win the fight against hunger cravings
(BPT) - It’s a sadly familiar situation: You ate a nutritious breakfast, packed a salad and ate a healthy lunch. You’re eating better, cutting out the junk and everything is going well ... until late in the afternoon.Around 3 p.m. is when the cravings always hit. When your stomach tells... More >>

5 ways to get your kids involved at mealtime
(BPT) - When kids are exposed to delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients, they are more likely to make healthier choices away from home.Registered Dietitian Emily Burson and Executive Chef Brandon Neumen, founders of School Nutrition Plus (SNP), are inspiring families to cook together. The ... More >>

4 common mistakes keeping you from a good night's sleep
(BPT) - Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired, even if you went to bed early? Do you struggle to feel well rested? Is it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep all night? You're not alone.Healthy adults generally need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, although sleep quality is just as import... More >>

5 reasons to celebrate shrimp
(BPT) - Want a reason to celebrate? Look no further than America’s favorite seafood! Shrimp knows how to get a party started. Beloved for its great taste, this bite-sized protein is a mouthwatering, flavor-packed option that deserves its moment in the spotlight. Don’t believe us? Here a... More >>

Easy ways to create your personalized garden
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5 essential planning tips to make your outdoor wedding perfect
(BPT) - There’s so much to love about an outdoor wedding. Whether it’s set on the beach, at a winery or even in the backyard of a family member, pledging your eternal commitment to your partner in beautiful natural surroundings makes the day extra memorable.If you’re thinking of h... More >>

5 ways to get the most out of this baseball season
(BPT) - Spring is many things to many people: the smell of freshly cut grass after a long winter; blue skies; warm days; and the crack of the bat, sending a ball far into the outfield.For millions of Americans, the start of the baseball season is the best part of spring. Indeed, as spring settles i... More >>

3 ways to set the stage for the perfect summer soiree
(BPT) - The backyard barbecue is a staple of the American summer. Long days filled with sun, fun, family and friends are what make lifelong memories. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your next barbecue, so you, too, can create memories you won't soon forget.However, before you fire up ... More >>

Chef Michael Voltaggio's kitchen essentials inspire culinary innovation
(BPT) - When award-winning chef and culinary visionary Michael Voltaggio was remodeling his West Hollywood home, he purposefully selected kitchen essentials that facilitate restaurant-level culinary innovation in a residential setting. Chef Voltaggio’s home kitchen couples superior functional... More >>

2018: The year of comfort culture
(BPT) - Are you in touch with your comfort culture? More than just a catchy buzzword, comfort culture is that sense of comfort and pride that comes from who you are, where you’re from and how you do things. It’s the space where you can relax and let the stresses of everyday life melt aw... More >>

Brilliant blooms: 5 smart consumer tips for sending flowers
(BPT) - For Americans, sending flowers to show love, caring and concern is a longstanding tradition appreciated by both givers and receivers. It’s so popular, in fact, that last year we spent some $2.6 billion on flower gifts for the Mother’s Day holiday alone — $26.6 billion on f... More >>

5 tips for a memorable, stress-free graduation party
(BPT) - The nation’s high school graduation rate continues to rise. With more than 84 percent of students graduating on time in 2016, it is at a record high, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education.In addition, the National Center for Education Statistics is expecting t... More >>

5 ways to upgrade your grilling game
(BPT) - Upgrading your grilling game is about more than just food, it’s about creating an outdoor living experience in which guests feel comfortable and relaxed — an atmosphere where lasting memories are made. Fortunately, transforming your backyard into BBQ HQ doesn’t have to be ... More >>

Insufficient salt consumption can be dangerous
(BPT) - New York City mandates it and now Philadelphia is considering it. “It” is salt warnings on menu labels for any item considered too high in salt. The average American eats about 3,400 mg./day of sodium and recent studies indicate that’s just about the right amount. Regardle... More >>

5 essentials to get your backyard party-ready
(BPT) - The warm, summery weather is a golden opportunity to take your get-together outside. Whatever the occasion, take advantage of the sun and extra space, and let these tips help you plan and get your outdoor space ready for your guests.1. Cluster the conversation spotsWhen planning your backya... More >>

Make your next brunch bubble over with Prosecco cocktails
(BPT) - Everybody loves brunch, but without the bubbly, it's just breakfast. Add a festive cocktail to the mix, and suddenly you've got a celebration.The next time you're cooking up a weekend morning meal, be it a brunch-in-bed with that sweet someone or a noon-ish feast for friends, add authentic ... More >>

Gut check: Eat the right kinds of whole grains with the right kinds of fiber to cut cancer risk
(BPT) - Can cutting back on whole grains be bad for your gut and deadly to your health? Though some popular diets promote the elimination of grains, a recent report from the American Institute for Cancer Research suggests this may be ill-advised.Researchers say 47 percent of colorectal cancers can ... More >>

The travel warrior's nutrition guide: 5 easy steps to be healthy on the go
(BPT) - U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion trips for leisure purposes in 2016, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and this number will likely grow in 2018. Whether you’re traveling for leisure or business, you shouldn’t lose sight of nutrition. It’s common to think, “H... More >>

Farm to freezer: Farmers and manufacturers working together to bring fresh, delicious food to the freezer section [Video]
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Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home
(BPT) - Farm-fresh eggs. Locally grown tomatoes. Herbs sourced onsite.If you've eaten out recently, you've probably noticed the menus feature locally sourced ingredients. The farm-to-table movement continues to flourish at restaurants throughout the country.In fact, rather than the exception, it's ... More >>

The busy parent's guide to weekday meals
(BPT) - It’s amazing what parents do in a day. You help your kids with homework, drive them to and from practice, whip up a meal everyone will like, make sure they brush their teeth ... the list goes on. Not to mention you have a job to go to. It’s a wonder parents can ever find a few m... More >>

5 great reasons to shop the frozen aisle at your local grocery store
(BPT) - Life moves pretty fast, especially on a weeknight when the commute is long or the kids have their evening homework and activities. On top of it all, everyone is turning to you for a hot meal.For a simple solution to your dinnertime needs, there’s one option that reduces time spent in ... More >>

Mushrooms: Gentle on the Planet, Healthy on the Plate
(BPT) - Want to start making more earth-friendly food choices in the kitchen? Start with mushrooms, a healthy food that requires minimal natural resources to produce.According to a 2017 study titled "The Mushroom Sustainability Story," mushroom production requires relatively low water, energy and l... More >>

Nutrition takes center stage for people with chronic conditions
(BPT) - Nutrition is important for everyone. The proper vitamins and nutrients help the body stay healthy and function well. For people with chronic conditions, the right nutrition is essential in helping to ward off potential health hazards.Depending on your state of health, some nutrients may be ... More >>

4 simple swaps when planning a kitchen refresh
(BPT) - Spring is in full swing, which means it’s time to reinvigorate your kitchen with a new look! When planning your refresh, consider these simple, stylish swaps that don’t require investing tons of time or budget.Upgrade your kitchen fixturesFaucets often serve as the centerpiece o... More >>

Top 5 reasons to visit El Salvador in 2018
(BPT) - El Salvador, Central America's smallest country, attracts a wide array of intrepid travelers who come to experience its vibrant culture and diverse outdoor activities. From its rich Maya history, to its volcanic beauty and generations-old artisan heritage, El Salvador provides plenty for tr... More >>

7 plant-based tips for a healthy weight
(BPT) - Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, it’s important to eat a diet that includes a symphony of minimally processed plant foods, according to Sharon Palmer, an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, plant-based food and nutrition expert, author and blogger. Th... More >>

Earth Day 101: 6 impactful ways to teach your kids about food waste
(BPT) - America needs to address its food waste problem, and a good place to start is taking steps to teach our children to conserve food.Right now, a staggering 40 percent of all food in the U.S. goes to waste when restaurants, supermarkets and consumers throw it away, costing our national economy... More >>

Fresh, lively dishes for warm weather months
(BPT) - Are you in a cooking rut? If you find yourself making the same things repeatedly, it's time for some inspiration. As seasons turn, you might crave different foods. This is the perfect reason to think beyond the ordinary and experiment with new flavors.Registered dietitian and nutritionist D... More >>

Celebrate spring with 5 foods perfect for warmer weather
(BPT) - Do the warmer weather, sunshine, gentle breezes and beautiful blossoms have you in a spring state of mind? The change of seasons also signals it's time to change things up in the kitchen. Spring is inspirational as fresh flavors complement the season of renewal, awakening taste buds in new ... More >>

Corn, soybeans and nuts: Top U.S. exports feed the economy
(BPT) - Politicians spend a lot of time talking about America-first trade deals. Even though the average person may not think about U.S. trade often, it's a key part of the economy — a topic that’s on everyone’s mind.In 2017 alone, the U.S. exported around $132 billion worth of ag... More >>

Results are clear: BPA is safe
For more than 10 years, U.S. government scientists have been conducting an in-depth research program with the goal of answering key scientific questions and resolving remaining uncertainties about the safety of BPA. This research so far has shown: that human exposure to BPA is low, that people quic... More >>

R&R in the great outdoors: 3 ways to transform your outdoor living space
(BPT) - As Americans increasingly appreciate the therapeutic benefits of nature, they’re putting more thought and effort into creating beautiful, comfortable and functional living areas outside their own homes.These days, such outdoor havens are considered valuable home extensions rather than... More >>

The best nutrition for your backyard chickens
(BPT) - Raising backyard chickens has been a growing trend in the United States over the past several years. Consumers crave choice in their family’s diet, which often includes food they have grown or raised themselves. Raising a backyard flock helps consumers have more control over the eggs ... More >>

Save time in your morning with these kitchen hacks
(BPT) - It happens: You hit the snooze button once, twice, then three times, so when you’re finally showered, dressed and ready to tackle the day, you’re already behind schedule. Oftentimes that causes you to skip breakfast completely.Turns out, your breakfast habit is one time-saving s... More >>

10 easy ways to eat healthier
(BPT) - If you're indulging in too many break room snacks or swinging by the drive-thru after work, you're not alone. With such a busy life, it's easy to grab something quick and unhealthy on the go. But, the good news is, it's also easy to make changes in your diet that will reap powerful health b... More >>

Have 5 minutes? Easy tips for finding moments of Zen
(BPT) - From work to working out, kids' activities to household tasks and so much more, modern life has never been busier. The problem is hectic schedules can lead to unnecessary stress.If you're one of the many people who feel frazzled on a regular basis, you're probably longing for a vacation or ... More >>

Ideas to help you reap big rewards from your garden
(BPT) - Get active outdoors with a hobby more satisfying than binge-watching another television series. As a pastime, gardening can help you eat delicious, more flavorful food while transforming your patio or yard into a colorful hangout for butterflies and bees.Many people don’t realize how ... More >>

How to keep your seafood wild
(BPT) - Every day, consumers are bombarded with buzzwords when selecting groceries — natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and so on. Coupled with news headlines about the environmental impacts of growing, raising and catching food, it’s no wonder many of us are becoming more confused ... More >>

From baby bump to teen: Why eggs are a nutrition necessity [Video]
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How to eat more protein and improve athletic performance
(BPT) - Whether competing recreationally, at an amateur level or professionally in front of the world, proper nutrition is a key component of any athlete’s performance. A variety of nutrients come into consideration, but one seems to get the highest level of attention: protein.Because protein... More >>

These health benefits of salt might surprise you
(BPT) - World Salt Awareness Week is being celebrated this year from March 12 to 18 and is the perfect opportunity to recognize all the many benefits of salt. Salt, or sodium chloride, is essential for life. In fact, no mineral is more essential to human survival than sodium because it allows nerve... More >>

5 helpful tips for sticking to your New Year's resolutions this spring
(BPT) - On average, two-thirds of Americans set New Year’s resolutions to begin the new year with a fresh outlook. Whether it’s changing your diet, saving money or starting a new hobby, it seems almost everyone is trying to accomplish something when January rolls around.With the new yea... More >>

6 smart snacking ideas for busy moms
(BPT) - Whether you have a new baby, toddler, big kid or teen, life is busy when you have kids. From play dates to playoffs, busy moms need to stay fueled to feel their best. However, being so busy can mean forgetting about healthy snacking. Fortunately with a few tips and tricks, eating right on t... 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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