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How Can Kids Help in the Kitchen?

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Healthy Eating Food Safety

Kids love to help out in the kitchen! If your child is interested in food, or having trouble trying new foods, having them assist at meals or snacks is a great way to get them involved. We have tried and true tips to get you started with your kids as young as two or three. Keep in mind that these are only suggestions and different children may be ready at different ages for certain skills. A...

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Enjoy Whole Grains for a Burst of Flavor (and Nutrition!) at Meals and Snacks

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Healthy Eating

There are two types of grains in our diet: whole grains and refined grains. A whole grain contains the entire grain kernel and contains a much richer flavor and nutrition. Refined grains have outer layers of the grain removed during processing. Many of us eat plenty of grains (think pasta, bread, cereal, crackers, and tortillas) but are low in intake of whole grains. A great goal is to consume...

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Nutrition Education Works: Success at Home!

Posted by Beth Peralta Success Stories

Many of our nutrition education programs take place in schools around Illinois. We often hear from parents how much of an impact these programs are making for their families!Here's a recent success story that we received from a family in Marion County:"A child and her family approached me at a parent event at their school. She had been receiving the Great Garden Detecti...

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Five Ingredients Or Less: Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Food Budgeting Healthy Eating

A new feature we'd like to highlight each month: tasty, nutritious recipes that only have five ingredients* or less! These recipes are great for families and need fewer items stocked in the kitchen. Our first recipe to highlight is the perfect way to warm up on those cold winter nights: Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup! Try it out and let us know what you think on our...

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Yes, You Can! (Use Canned Fruits & Veggies This Winter)

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Food Budgeting Healthy Eating

Winter in Illinois can mean spending more money at the store for fresh fruits and vegetables. One way to save the budget is to include more canned items in your diet! Canned fruits and vegetables are full of nutrition and flavor and can be used in many of your favorite dishes. You can use them year-round, too, and many of our recipes have both canned and fresh options. - Our Favorite Wa...

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Get a Dose of Nutrition with Greens This Winter

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Healthy Eating

This winter, make your plates green with nutrition from two powerhouse vegetables – kale and collard greens. Both of these greens are members of the cabbage family and are a great addition to your meal as a side dish or as an addition to your favorite soup recipe. Our Greens recipe below is a great side to go along with baked chicken or roasted turkey. Greens Nutrition...

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Time for a Berry Good Summer!

Posted by Beth Peralta Cooking Healthy Eating

Strawberries! Blueberries! Blackberries! (and more) Berries may be available in many stores all year long, but are seasonal to Illinois in the summer months. What does that mean for you? Foods that are in-season may cost less and taste better! On Let's Eat For Health, Illinois!, we've got many berry recipes that taste great for you to try this summer....

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Welcome!

Posted by Beth Peralta

Welcome to our updated recipe website for the Illinois Nutrition Education Programs! The website will be updated periodically with new pictures, recipes, and blog posts. Blog posts will be written by our staff about nutrition questions and timely issues related to nutrition and healthier living. If you have a question you would like answered here, please contact...

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