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Providing the most up-to-date information on health and nutrition is my mission!
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What Does it Mean to Eat Lean?

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The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming a healthy meal pattern with a variety of vegetables, fruits (especially whole fruits), grains (half being whole grains), low fat or fat free dairy, oils, and a variety of protein including seafood, poultry, eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds, soy products, and lean meats. What are "lean" meats? The word lean is often used when referring to healthy ea...

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What is Hominy?

When strolling through the canned foods aisle there is a selection of peas, green beans, spinach, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, corn, and white and golden hominy. Wait. Hominy? What is hominy? Looking at the picture on the can, hominy looks like little teeth. So what is hominy? Appropriately located next to the corn, hominy is field corn (maize) that has been dried and soaked in an alka...

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Gas Station Grabs: Finding Healthier Options at Convenience Stores

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With the weather cooling down and the holidays creeping up, millions of Americans will be back on the road traveling to see family and friends. Finding healthy meal and snacking options while traveling can be tough. Previously I've blogged about packing healthy snacks similar to packing a suitcase, but sometimes there just is not enough time or space to pack a cooler full of healthy options. Wh...

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Making Jams & Jellies with Gelatin

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Homemade jams and jelly recipes typically call for high amounts of added sugar, but what does the sugar do? The purpose of sugar in jams and jellies is to assist with maintaining the texture and shape of the fruit, flavor, stabilizing color, and through a chemical reaction, the water from the fruit is "bound" to the sugar molecules slowing down microbial growth. Roughly...

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First Farmers Market of the Season: Taylorville Farmers Market and Terrific Turnips!

Farmers market season means another season of exploring the local produce in the area, visiting with neighbors, and supporting the local farmers. I made a goal this Summer to attend all the local farmers markets in Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties. My first stop in my adventure was the Taylorville downtown farmers market in Christian county. This farmers market, located on t...

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Ten Quick “Egg”cellent Food Safety Tips

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This time of year is particularly popular for dyeing and decorating hard boiled eggs. Food safety is important to remember when handling eggs to prevent unwanted food borne illness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates 79,000 Americans get sick every year from Salmonella found in eggs. What can be done as consumers to prevent food poisoning? Read ten tips to help protect aga...

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Is there a Catch in Eating Tuna?

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How important is fish in the diet? Is canned tuna in water healthier than in oil? Isn't the mercury harmful? These three questions have come up in conversation during heart health classes over the last few weeks. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish two times a week. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 8 ounces of a variety of seafood per week for both the...

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