Eat Smart Video Podcasts

Easy Ways to Eat More Veggies

A mom and daughter show how easy it is to eat more veggies by making some small and simple changes in their daily lives.

Whole Grains in Your Daily Life

Tips for family-friendly ways shift to eating more whole grains everyone will love.

Carol’s Family Cuts Back on Sodium

Carol, mom of four, makes small changes to lower sodium in her family’s meals. Watch some of the ways they create healthy lunches and enjoy mealtimes together.

Easy Ways to Eat Less Saturated Fats

It is easy to make simple shifts in your normal meals to lower the amount of saturated fat while keeping the food delicious.

Have No Fear, Oil is Here

Learn how cooking with oils is a great heart healthy alternative to solid fats like butter and margarine.

A Simple Switch: Choosing Low-fat Dairy

Low-fat dairy provides the same amounts of calcium and vitamin D and cuts calories so your children can grow up healthy and strong. This video shows simple switches for low-fat dairy snacks and meals that kids love.

Going Out on a Limb: Fruit Three Ways

A young mother describes three ways to incorporate fruits in different forms into her family’s daily routine while including her children in the preparation process.

Sweet Life - Reduced added sugar for a healthier life

Many Americans are surprised to find out just how much sugar is hidden in the foods we love. This video identifies what to look for when reading nutrition labels, and simple ways to cut back on added sugars to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Cooking for Beginners

Think home-cooked meals are a waste of time and energy? Think again. This video shows quick and simple methods for cooking meals, as well as different food options your family can enjoy. 

Cooking with Kids

Cooking with your child can feel like a mess. Watch as this mom learns some helpful tips to make cooking with her daughter fun, simple, and mess free.

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Looking for ways to help your kids eat healthier? This video is a great example of how you can use games to spark your kids interest in better food choices.

Healthy Breakfasts On-the-Go

Mornings are hectic, but your child can still eat a healthy breakfast that will keep them going throughout the day! This video will explain how you can make a healthy grab-and-go breakfast a part of your morning.

Cooking with Kids

Cooking with kids builds life skills for a healthy future. This video gives a basic guide on how to involve your kids in the cooking process. 

Save Time Not Taste: Healthy Lunches for the Working Woman

With a little planning and creativity, you can save time and money by packing healthy lunches.

Making Cooking Fun!

Don't like cooking? Don't know where to start? This video can get you started with some practical ideas and show how it can be fun. Start simple and include your family!

Planning Ahead for Quick Dinners

Are you stressed out about cooking dinner for your children? Here are a few quick, simple tips you can use to cut down your stress and the time it takes to make your meal.

Whole Grains for Your Whole Family 

Watch to figure out what to look for when choosing whole grain bread.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart and moving more. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2012) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less 

Tips for keeping you and your family fuller for longer.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart and moving more. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2012) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Kid Tested and Approved 

Discover fun ways to include fruits and vegetables in your children's meals that they will enjoy!

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart and moving more. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2012) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Community Foods: Local Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food

Have you ever wondered what happens at the farmer's markets? Watch for more information.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart and moving more. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2012) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

You Are What You Eat: Lessons in Labeling 

Learn what to look for on a nutrition label.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart and moving more. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2011) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Making Healthier Choices While Eating Fast Food

Learn what to order when eating at a fast food restaurant.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart and moving more. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2011) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Drink For Your Health 

If you're tired of drinking just plain water, watch this video for ideas on other healthy drink choices.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart and moving more. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2011) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Mom: The Decision Maker 

Watch for tips on how to eat meals as a family and how to connect with your children better.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart and moving more. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2011) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

The Color of Health 

Learn how to get more servings each day.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart and moving more. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2011) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Healthier Choices for Happier Lives

Simple tips for choosing healthier foods on a budget.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart, moving more and slimming down. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2013) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Food Diaries: Get in Control! Food Diaries: Get in Control! 

Managing your health can seem difficult when your life gets a little crazy. Three busy women learn that keeping a food diary can help take the stress out of eating healthy.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart, moving more and slimming down. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2013) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

SMART Goals 

SMART is a tool to guide people when they set goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-specific.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart, moving more and slimming down. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2013) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Making MyPlate Your Plate

Using MyPlate as a portion control guide for you and your family. Portion Control is still enjoying your favorite foods, just eating less of them.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart, moving more and slimming down. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2013) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Tips for Eating Out 

Learn strategies to Eat Smart while eating out at your favorite restaurants.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart, moving more and slimming down. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2013) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.

Trade Up for Healthier Options 

Eating together at home allows you to spend time with your family and gives you the power to choose healthy options to incorporate into your favorite meals.

This video is part of a series showing helpful strategies for eating smart, moving more and slimming down. These videos were created by dietetic students in The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise's Communicating with Food course (Spring 2013) for use in the Family Nutrition Program.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material is partially funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP which provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact your county or city Department of Social Services or to locate your county office call toll-free: 1-800-552-3431 (M-F 8:15-5:00, except holidays). By calling your local DSS office, you can get other useful information about services. This material was partially funded by the Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program, USDA, NIFA.

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