Healthy Eating Tips

Sample Menus and Recipes

  • Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Veggies - These recipes by EatingWell magazine can help you achieve the goal of making half your plate fruits and vegetables: Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce, Smoky Mustard-Maple Salmon, Sweet & Sour Pork, and Chicken Waldorf Salad.
  • Healthy Lunch Challenge Cookbook - The White House challenged America's junior chefs to create original lunchtime recipes that were healthy, affordable, delicious, and followed the nutritional guidelines of MyPlate. This cookbook contains all 54 winning recipes -- some of which were featured at the Kids' State Dinner at the White House. This event, which was hosted by President and Mrs. Obama, celebrate the ingenuity of the budding young chefs.
  • White House Recipes - First Lady Michelle Obama shared a booklet of healthy recipes to honor the schools that met the HealthierUS School Challenge.
  • Recipes for Healthy Kids - Try out four of the top recipes submitted in a challenge sponsored by the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign and the USDA: Smokin' Powerhouse Chili, Porcupine Sliders, Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap, and Central Valley Harvest Bake.
  • Food Groups Recipes - Fifteen recipes (3 from each food group) show ways to use foods from each food group. They are complete with basic nutritional analyses and food group amounts.
  • Sample Menus at 2000 calorie level - This 7-day menu gives an example of how all of the recommendations for food group and nutrient intake can be integrated into a weekly menu.
  • SNAP-Ed Connection Recipe Finder - Search this database of recipes by various categories, including ingredients, recipe type, or cost per serving. Recipes  include those submitted by nutrition educators in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or from government agencies or other health professionals and organizations.