Consumers Turning to Turkey More Often

It is well known that when it comes to poultry sales, chicken rules the roost, but as the holidays approach, could it be time for turkey to gobble up a bigger share of the US market?

According to new research from Mintel on the U.S. poultry market, it just might be as sales of turkey, duck, and other specialty birds grew a considerable 6.5 percent in just one year, reaching $7.1 billion (2011–12).

Growing from $6 billion in 2008, other poultry products, largely consisting of turkey, grew the most in this category. Moreover, more than eight in 10 (84 percent) Americans say they eat turkey; chicken is eaten by 94 percent, and other poultry, such as duck, goose, and hen, are consumed by 23 percent of the population.

Today, poultry in the U.S. is valued at $30 billion (2012), with chicken parts accounting for 58 percent of the total poultry market. Worth $17.3 billion in 2011, sales of chicken parts grew 4.5 percent year on year.

Meanwhile, whole chickens weren’t chicken scratch, with sales of $5.5 billion in 2012, an increase of 0.6 percent over 2011.

“The growth of other poultry products over 2011 and 2012 is partly attributed to the increasing popularity of Heritage turkeys, which are bigger, take longer to reach maturity, and sell for more than standard turkeys,” says John N. Frank, category manager for…

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The Joys of Healthy Christmas Eating

Besides jingles, Santa Claus, and presents, what else comes to your mind when you think about Christmas? Probably your answer is “food.” Christmas is an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and sit together as a family to enjoy delicious Christmas dishes. However, you might be thinking right now, how are you going to eat all your favorite food without gaining weight? For that, we have some tips that you can apply to your holiday diet so you can eat without remorse:

Moderation is the Key to Success

It is not about taking out sugary desserts and food high in fat; it is all about eating small portions. To achieve this, some of the things you can do is eat on a smaller plate, eat little portions of all the food choices instead of lots of one, drink several glasses of water, and don’t over serve. These are easy actions you can take that will make you enjoy your favorite dishes without gaining unwanted pounds.

Choose Among Alternatives

If you are in charge of the cooking, pick healthier alternatives regarding ingredients when being at the grocery store. For instance, you can make a sugar-free dessert or use olive oil instead of other oil options. If you are the guest of the party and you have no decision regarding the dishes that will be available, you still can make a healthier decisions in terms of which foods you are going to serve on your plate.

Eat a Late Lunch

Do not starve on Christmas Eve! If you do it, you will be extremely hungry when dinner comes and you will not make a smart decision when reviewing food alternatives and moderating your portions. Instead, have a healthy late lunch so your stomach will be satisfied when dinner comes.

Don’t Forget About Exercising

Christmas day is not an excuse for you to be lazy! Start your morning by doing 30 to 45 minutes of exercise, like running, lifting some weight, or doing any type of cardiovascular activity. This will help you be more alert and energetic for all the things you have to do on that day.

Follow these easy tips during Christmas day and all the festivities that go along with it and you will enjoy all the delicious food that is prepared for the holidays without gaining a single pound!

Healthy Schools

Many children consume at least half of their daily calories at school, and for many children, food served at school may be the only food they regularly eat.

With more than 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 12 million participating in the School Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever. Let’s Move! is committed to providing healthier foods in our nation’s schools, and encourages all schools to provide school breakfast.

In 2012, we accomplished a critical step on the road to deliver healthier food to our nation’s school children when the U.S. Department of Agriculture released new rules that will boost the nutritional quality of the meals eaten by school children every day. The rules represent the first major revision of school meal standards in more than 15 years and make sure our kids’ lunches and breakfasts will have more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and less fat and sodium and set sensible calorie limits based on the age of children being served

Principles, teachers, school nutrition workers and parents can help make schools healthier places to learn by providing quality food and…

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Hot Cocoa in a Jar

Hot Cocoa in a Jar

It is that time of the year in which everything tastes so sweet, so how about drinking hot cocoa during these chilly days? We bet you will love it!

It is winter time and, if you are like most of us, all you can think of is enjoying a nice cup of hot cocoa. From family dinners to grab-and-go breakfasts, hot cocoa has become one of the most popular drinks for Americans during Holidays. With lovely decorations, handmade jars of hot cocoa are also a great gift you can give to the people you love. By doing so, you can certainly save some money and make someone smile. Follow these easy steps and, in less than 10 minutes, you will have a lovely handmade jar of hot cocoa.

  1. Buy the following ingredients: Hot cocoa mix, Mini marshmallows, Chocolate chips, Crushed candy canes (optional), A Mason jar
  2. Put ½ cup of cocoa mix in the bottom of the jar.
  3. Add 4 teaspoons of your favorite chocolate chips over the cocoa mix.
  4. Follow the same process with the mini marshmallows, adding 4 teaspoons of them over the chocolate chips.
  5. Seal the jar with the lid. Decorate with ribbon and include a small handmade card with a creative message.

Voila! You have now a very creative and delicious gift you can give to family, friends, or even your coworkers. A 6 oz. jar of cocoa mix serves for four people.
Once you have finished the jar and you are ready to drink it, follow these easy steps:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix with 1 cup of boiling water.
  2. Serve it in a cup.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.
  4. Enjoy.