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Right-Sizing Your Plate Made Easy

In today’s world, we all know how hard it is to find right-sized portions. From fast food chains to upscale dining restaurants, portions have grown out of control. Even at home, it’s hard to get a handle on proper portions because our idea of a proper portion is so skewed. That’s where we can help. Our dedicated, professional staff has developed hundreds of products, designed to educate people of ages about health and nutrition and teach everyone how to live a healthy, happy life!

 

One of the most user-friendly products we carry are our Right-Sized Portion Plates and Tearpads. Both are available for children and adults. Our children’s “Right Sized Portion Plate” tearpad is a colorful plate with fun food characters, designed to teach kids and their families the importance of filling their plates with healthy foods from each food group. The front of the tearpad depicts the difference between the size of the average American plate compared to the typical American plate. Along with tips for staying active and healthy.  The back of the tearpad gets children involved with an interactive chart to help them track their daily food and activity goals.

The right sized portion plate tearpad is also available for adults. This version is geared to teaching adults how to eat healthy and stay physically active.  The front illustrates the recommended American Plate versus the typical American plate. It also provides information on how these difference impact our health and wellness. The back covers portion control, healthy eating tips and the importance of physical activity, all for adults.

Both of these tearpads, and the plates they are designed after, are great resources for parents, teachers and nutrition education professionals. The colorful two-sided handouts are easy to read and understand.  The plates are interactive and make perfect portion control as easy as 1-2-3.

If you have any questions about the products listed above, or any other NCES products, contact us today.

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Bye, Bye Summer… Hello Fall!

Okay, it’s with mixed emotions that we would like to point out that summer is almost over. We just celebrated Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. Hopefully you were able to celebrate poolside with friends and family close by! Our grill was full of summer favorites like hamburgers, grilled chicken and asparagus accompanied by fresh tomatoes and mozzarella.  Now, though, it is time to start looking ahead to fall and the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are soon to be fresh and in-season!

The scents of fall are often centered around pumpkins and flavorful spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s no wonder because fall is notorious for its various types of squash. These vegetables thrive during this time of year. So, take advantage of it. Winter squash, as this variety is commonly known, are a great source of antioxidants, , as well as Vitamins A & C and dietary fiber which is great for our digestive systems.

Another great use for many winter squashes  are their seeds. Baking the seeds with your choice of flavoring makes a great, low-fat snack. Simply baking pumpkin seeds with a light amount of salt provides an inexpensive snack that you can enjoy on-the-go, or send to school with the kids!

Peaches are a great fruit that thrive in the fall. These fruits are freshest, juiciest and just plain yummiest during this time of year. There are many ways to enjoy a peach. However, we still contend that slicing up a fresh peach and savoring the flavor as you bite in to each slice is the best way to enjoy this fruit! You can also whip up some of the traditional peach recipes including peach cobblers and pies, as well as fresh peach preserves. However, it’s always fun to think outside the box. Sweeten up your salad a bit too! Try making your own poppy seed dressing and tossing it with fresh lettuce and diced peaches. This recipe is sure to be a decadent treat for your palette.

So, as disappointed as we are that summer is coming to an end, this bittersweet moment opens up the door for a new season; fall! This fall, take some time to enjoy all the fruits and vegetables the season has to offer! You may be surprised at how much you’ll love what you find! Plus, always remember, according to the new USDA guidelines and MyPlate, half your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. So, why not fill it with fresh, fun seasonal fruits and veggies!

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Hot Off the Press: Cutting Edge Nutrition Education Materials

It’s that time of year again! Yep, that’s right, time for the new NCES catalog… packed full of amazing,  new nutrition education materials to help you teach your clients, or just keep your own family healthy! The Fall/Winter 2011 catalog mailed out bright and early Monday morning. So, it should be hitting your mailbox any day now… if it hasn’t already! We’ve selected some of the hottest products on the market to help you stay fit, active and healthy. Just to get your mouth watering, let’s highlight a few today!

The first is a great choice for anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle! We all know that it’s hard to eat right when you’re constantly running here, there and everywhere! One of our new additions “Eat Right When Time is Tight” is packed with doable, practical, “no-time/no-brainer” meals and snacks that will help woman gain time and lose weight. 

Another new selection, now available in the NCES Catalog, are the Kids ABC Placemats. We all know that it can be a struggle to take the kids out to eat! They get bored very easily. So, how about a healthy distraction that teaches them all about good nutrition habits? With colorful pictures and an alphabet of fruits and vegetables to learn about, these tear-off paper placemats are sure to make learning about food, fun with every meal. 

The last product we’ll highlight today is more for the nutrition professional. However, if you’re struggling to teach your kids the importance of limiting their dessert intake, the Dessert Visuals teaching aid will provide just the motivation they need. These visual aids display the sugar and fat in our favorite desserts, including brownies, chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, ice cream and more. 

So, now that you’ve seen just a few of the great new products featured in the Fall/Winter 2011 NCES catalog, you should really go check out the whole thing.  There are quite a few ways to view all the new products!

1)      Browse, by category, through our website out www.NCEScatalog.com

2)      Flip through the virtual pages of our online catalog here.

3)      Request your very own hard copy of the catalog here.

Plus, don’t forget, you can always connect with us through our traditional contact methods, as well as online on Facebook or Twitter.