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Healthy Eats and Repeat

Highlighting Food, Recipes, and Ideas for a Healthy Lifestyle

Lovin' Leeks

When was the last time you came across a recipe calling for leeks? In talking with our Small Farm's Educator, these veggies are gaining some popularity among Illinois growers. Expect to start seeing them more often! Leeks are a member of the onion family. Instead of forming a bulb like an onion, leeks develop a long, thick stem that can be cut and used in recipes. While still strong, le...

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Give Peas a Chance

Green is popping up everywhere as spring arrives! This is also about the time of year gardeners can start their pea plants. And on that topic, do little kids still hate peas? With the information and the kid-friendly recipe in this blog post, maybe we can change that. As an old college club t-shirt of mine says, "Give Peas a Chance." (While there are other types of peas, such as...

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Humble Celery

Time to bring in some green for spring! With the white of winter, I enjoy talking about green produce this time of year. Celery is up for the role this month. (It helps, of course, that March is also National Celery Month.) Nutritionally, a large stalk of celery contains 10 calories, 2g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, and small amounts of some vitamins and minerals, including potassium and sodi...

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Cocoa Powder

This winter weather is not lending itself well to writing about fruits and veggies. Alas, nothing seasonal in Illinois right now. So this month, I am going to focus on chocolate, specifically cocoa powder. This seems like a good month to talk about cocoa since February hosts Valentine's Day and American Heart Month, both of which often include chocolate during celebrations. From...

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When Water is Not Just Water

Water makes up about 50-70% of our body weight, aids in digestion, is needed to carry nutrients and oxygen around our bodies, helps remove wastes, cushions and protects organs, tissues, and bones, and regulates body temperature. Bonus, water is: calorie free (no sugar, no carbohydrates, no fat, no protein) low in sodium (most water sources have small amounts of...

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Pretty (Tasty) Pears

Tis the season for pears. This versatile fruit is a great one for your winter plates. Nutrition Pears are a classic fruit in terms of nutrition. A medium fresh pear has around 100 calories, 27g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, and is a source of vitamins and minerals including folate, other B vitamins, and potassium. Pears are not a significant source of fat, protein, o...

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Nuts: Nutritious and Delicious

Are you nuts for nuts? If so, you probably have some favorites. Maybe pecans or walnuts? Peanuts or almonds? Fortunately, no matter your favorite, nuts are a great food choice! Nutrition Nuts pack a lot of nutrients into their little selves. A quarter cup is about a serving size for most nuts and contains around 200 calories, 14-18g fat, 5-7g protein, and 2-4g f...

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