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Nutrition Facts: Nuts

Go Nuts.

Eating a small handful of nuts several times a week can reduce your risk of heart attack and heart disease by up to 50%!  But keep in mind that nuts are high in good fats. So don’t just add nuts to your snack list or you might gain weight by adding good fats to the bad fats that are in most unhealthy snack foods.  Instead, replace unhealthy snacks with nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews or brazil nuts to reap the benefits of these nutrient-packed foods. Click here for more information…

Read in Under 60 seconds: Check out the nutritional facts of almost 100 different nuts at the USDA National Nutrient Database. Just type “nuts” into the Keyword(s) line and click submit.


TGC News: FAO’s new School Garden Teaching Toolkit!

FAO’s new Teaching Toolkit

The Food and Agriculture Organization has just released a new companion guide to the “Setting Up and Running a School Garden” manual, which features eight comprehensive, step-by-step lessons for teachers to implement in their class-gardens.

The lessons contain information on everything from garden planning and produce marketing to seed sowing and composting. Each lesson is divided into informative sections: teacher’s notes, objectives, technical content, lesson preparation, lesson activities, lesson follow-ups and guides all geared toward a hands-on learning experience.

The goal of the lessons is to try and “engage learners actively and encourage them to observe and experiment. The reflective element of experiential learning – monitoring, reporting, recording, reviewing, discussing, and listening to others – is built into the lessons.”

Above all, the lessons force students to consider the quality of their own diets, but they also enable the students to make healthy changes to their eating habits. This is a must-read for teachers who have or are considering starting a school garden. It will save hours of logistical planning and provide an excellent jumping-off point for teachers’ own lessons in gardening.

Learn more about the guide whose creed is…

“Tell me, and I will forget.
Show me, and I may remember.
Involve me, and I will understand.”

Attributed to Confucius, 450 B.C.

Click here to see an online version of The Teaching Toolkit


Click here to download a PDF file of The Teaching Toolkit

Nutrition Facts: Fiber

What is Fiber?

Fiber, found in all fresh vegetables, fruits and grains, is essentially a carbohydrate, except it cannot be broken down into a single sugar molecule in the digestive system. This means that instead of passing into the bloodstream, like regular carbs, fiber is not absorbed but works its way straight down the digestive tract. Click here to learn more.

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Click here to see a recipe for a fiber-rich meal.

Nutrition Facts: Sodium

Slash your Sodium & Salt Intake
High sodium diets can raise the risk of stroke, hypertension and heart disease. Processed foods are the main culprit behind high-sodium diets so try to eat more fresh produce!
Click here to see an extensive list of tips to slash your sodium intake
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Click here to learn five tips to slash your sodium intake and see if you are in an at-risk group.