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April 26, 2018

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 >>

Rooftop decks for every style
(BPT) - Fresh air, great views and capitalizing on unused space — it’s no wonder rooftop decks are a hot trend for suburban homes and urban apartment complexes alike.Once reserved for the urban elite, rooftop decks are popping up all over the country as an attractive option that offers ... 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 >>

Are you eating too much salt, or not enough?
(BPT) - New York City already 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. ... 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? This Earth Month, 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 w... 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 >>

Chef Jose Garces focuses on quality and versatility at this year's sold-out South Beach Wine and Food Festival
(BPT) - There are few foods that span a variety of diverse culinary styles more than fresh pork. Fresh pork is known by both leading chefs and home cooks as a flavorful, versatile solution for any night of the week.Smithfield Fresh Pork is proud to partner with the National Pork Board and 20 award-... More >>

5 ways to serve up Hollywood magic at your awards night party
(BPT) - What makes a great party on a big awards night so much fun? It probably has something to do with why we still go to packed movie theaters: We love a shared experience.This March 4, make your red carpet viewing experience one to remember for you and your friends, and host a bash that celebra... More >>

Swap these 4 food fads with nutritious kitchen staples
(BPT) - With new so-called “healthy” food trends popping up all the time, it’s hard to keep track of what’s actually good for your health and what’s just a fad. Luckily, new research continually shows consumers which fads to ditch and which kitchen staples stand the te... More >>

Improve your heart health in 2018 with these tips
(BPT) - When it comes to maintaining and/or improving your heart health, it’s the little things you do day after day that can have a big impact on your immediate and long-term health.A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are naturally the first things you think of when looking at ways to supp... More >>

Eating healthy has never been more delicious
(BPT) - Yoga mats, kale salads, fitness trackers, standing desks and gym memberships. It seems like everywhere you look, people are taking strides to get healthier. And with good reason.In the U.S., 37.9 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from obesity, and heart disease accounts for one out... More >>

New research calls pistachios superfood for people with desk jobs
(BPT) - Recent research is giving the 86 percent of Americans who sit all day at their jobs new reasons to reach for a handful of nuts while at work, and in particular, pistachios. Adding to an increasing volume of research around the health benefits of pistachios, one study and a national survey i... More >>

5 top trends for your kitchen in 2018
(BPT) - It’s your home’s focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining — it’s your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capital... More >>

It's National Pizza Day: What does your pizza say about your personality?
(BPT) - Feb. 9 is National Pizza Day, celebrating the perfection that is crispy crust, sauce and melty cheese. With so many different sauces, crust styles and toppings to choose from, the way you prefer your pizza can say a lot about who you are.No one knows it better than the folks at Cicis, the n... More >>

Top trends to inspire your outdoor living
(BPT) - Outdoor living spaces rank first among special function rooms desired by consumers, according to the American Institute for Architects, and so homeowners are expected to be going all-in for the outdoors in 2018.Trex Company, a maker of premium decking and railing, has gleaned insights from ... More >>

5 tips from a tea expert to brew the perfect cup
(BPT) - For most of us, a little evening downtime is not a luxury — it’s a necessity. After a hectic day of work, commutes, kids and dinner prep, we deserve to take a moment to slow down and enjoy some hard-earned “me time.”Instead of using this time to stream your favorite ... More >>

5 winning tips for entertaining on game day
(BPT) - Nothing brings people together like game day. The food, the fun and, of course, the competition, are always memorable. If you're hosting a game-day gathering at your home, you can be sure to have a winning event by adding a few simple entertaining strategies to your playbook.Keep your team ... More >>

3 formerly misunderstood foods now a part of a well-balanced diet
(BPT) - Throughout history, misconceptions, misinformation and popular culture have influenced Americans' eating habits. Many foods that were previously eaten daily are now considered unhealthy. Conversely, some foods that were thought to be “bad for you,” are now considered nutritious.... More >>

Escape with 2018's top trending color
(BPT) - Whether you’ve been a loyalist to the same shade of green for the last decade or if you’re an evolving follower of trends whose color choices have shifted over the years, the trending color of 2018 is sure to surprise and intrigue you. Indeed, black is back. But how was this cla... More >>

Healthy half-time snacking tips from a pro
(BPT) - Healthy snacking and making good food choices can be difficult any time of the year, but it can be especially tough during the big game. Business Insider reports that only 80 percent of people who start a New Year’s resolution keep that resolution through February. This happens to cor... More >>

5 creative strawberry snacks to start 2018 off right
(BPT) - 2018 is the year of the snack. But when hunger hits, where should you turn? The same old processed foods might satisfy you for a minute, but what if you could grab something sweet that's also loaded with the nutrients you need to fuel you through to your next meal?Strawberries are packed wi... More >>

How the movie-going experience has evolved
(BPT) - "They don’t make movies like they used to."You hear that saying all the time and the truth is, it’s hardly a bad thing.The classics from the early 1900s are just that, classic, representing some of the best love stories, espionage heists and toe-tapping musicals. But we have com... More >>

Your guide to healthier soul food this year
(BPT) - Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS), in collaboration with the Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP), prepared the Healthier Traditions Cookbook: Soul Food with more healthy and nutritious alternatives to traditional recipes. Start the year off right with this guide to cook... More >>

Start the year strong with this high-performance vegetable
(BPT) - Chasing a place on the podium isn’t possible without the proper fuel for your body. Whether you’re going for the gold or just passing the pigskin in honor of the big game, athletes and amateurs alike need the right combination of nutrients to take on their training, and sports n... 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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