TAILGATING

Here are some tailgating tips from BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com:

1. Prep as much as possible at home. This will help you save time and pack less.

2. Check your cooking equipment. Make sure your grill or camp stove is clean and ready. Keep backup propane and stick lighters on hand.

5. Embrace the cast iron skillet. Great for cooking burgers, steaks and one-pan meals. Try a beef stir fry. Cut and marinate meat and veggies at home, toss in the skillet and enjoy!

9. Pack and store everything safely. Raw beef should be at the bottom of the cooler (or in another cooler), packed separately.

10. Serve food in creative, easy-to-hold ways. Use chip bags as a vessel for chili or beef tacos. Skewer steak chunks, veggies and meatballs on short bamboo sticks.

SCHOOL LUNCH

Fruit and veggies an important lunchbox staple

Children need plentiful nutrients to fuel their minds for school days. That’s why it’s important to pack fruits and vegetables in their daily lunch, according to Crispy Fruit.

It’s fun when you put a rainbow in every lunch by packing colorful produce such as green cucumber, cherry tomatoes, purple plums, orange carrots and yellow peppers. You’ll keep things visually stimulating and the various colors of fresh foods mean they are getting a variety of vitamins and minerals.

When fresh fruit isn’t an option, you can try freeze-dried snacks in single-serving varieties like banana, apple, pineapple and pear.

New foods keep lunches interesting and vitamin-packed items are the perfect way to support your child’s learning even when you can’t be there.

SHOPPING

3 common grocery store misconceptions

Registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner and Eggland’s Best reveal the truth about the most common misconceptions of grocery store staples.

Bread: Just because bread is dark brown doesn’t mean it’s whole grain, which can be achieved through caramel coloring. Always look for whole-grain or sprouted-grain options and keep an eye on sugar content.

Eggs: Buy from a producer with quality standards that go above and beyond USDA requirements.

Produce: There is a misconception that misters are there to make items look good and add water weight, so it costs more at checkout. In reality, water helps ensure fruits and vegetables stay fresh.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Boost your fat IQ with these tips

Here are two things that can help you boost your fat IQ and live a healthier life.

— Recognize your hang-ups. Recognize where your weak spots are and take steps to correct them. Consider a meal delivery service that’s both healthy and convenient, pack nutritious snacks in your carry-on or go for a walk when the urge to eat a cookie strikes. Change up your routine once or twice a week.

— Be open and honest with your doctor. If you’re serious about managing your weight, you want a primary care doctor who will help uncover your personal obstacles and work with you on a plan to reach your goals, according to MDVIP.

— Brandpoint