The Slow Food Denver program that promotes student gardens and using of the garden produce in school cafeterias has taken off in Colorado and nationwide. Denver Public Schools officials worked with the program to create food safety policies that have become a national model for school districts.
Oatmeal, quinoa, millet and grits are healthy alternatives to traditional breakfast cereals, which can be loaded with sugar, writes Scott Swartz, an assistant professor of culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America. Cook the grains in the oven or rice cooker for 20 to 30 minutes and add spices and fruit for a hearty, nutritious and easy-to-make breakfast.
Canadian researchers have developed an online salt calculator to help people reduce dietary sodium. The calculator estimates sodium intake using a survey about eating habits, and researcher and dietitian JoAnne Arcand says people often are surprised by how much salt they consume.
Fiber is essential if you want to fill up and slim down, but most people get barely half the 25 to 30 grams they need daily, Dr. Marie Savard told ABC's Good Morning America. Good sources of fiber include bran cereals, whole grain products, brown rice, quinoa seeds, almonds, apples, figs, broccoli and black beans.