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Healthy Eats and Repeat

Highlighting Food, Recipes, and Ideas for a Healthy Lifestyle

Sweet on Sweet Potatoes

The color scheme of October might be orange: leaves changing color, pumpkins waiting to be picked for carving, and this orange veggie coming into season – the increasingly popular sweet potato. Nutrition One medium fresh sweet potato (about 5 inches long) contains around 100 calories, 25g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 2g protein, and is a source of vitamins...

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Autumn = Apples

Autumn is on its way. Not just a change in the weather, but time for new seasonal food choices. Did apples come to mind? We may not think of apples as seasonal since we find them in stores year-round and since they are the second most consumed fruit among Americans (Iowa State University, 2013). Since they are in-season around this time of year, this is a great opportunity to discuss th...

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Illinois Summer Complete with Corn

You cannot miss it, the fields upon fields of Illinois corn growing tall (and taller). With those packed acres and so many Illinois towns having corn festivals, it is time to talk corn. Vegetable or Grain? Corn is a grown as a cereal grain, like wheat, rice, or barley. The current food guide – the...

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Summer Salute to Pineapple

Sweet, juicy, and refreshing pineapple. Can you imagine yourself sitting under an umbrella on a beach munching pineapple?  Ahhh... While I realize pineapple is in no way part of the local and seasonal foods I normally like to explore (Illinois is certainly not the tropics), this is a great fruit to discuss for summertime. This Educa...

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It's a Berry Good Summer

One tiny berry packs a nutritious and versatile punch as we celebrate the blueberry during National Blueberry Month. Starting in June and throughout the summer, look for subtly sweet blueberries growing locally in Illinois. Nutritionally, blueberries are like many fruits: low in calories, without sodium or fat, and a source of vitamins. A 1/2-cup serving of blueberries contains around 4...

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Sweet Beginnings of Summer with Succulent Strawberries

Does anything seem quite as delicious as the juicy sweetness of a ripe strawberry? With that tempting vision, you will want to know that May is National Strawberry Month and also a month where strawberries are starting to be grown locally in Illinois (maybe even in your own gardens). A favorite fruit of many, strawberries are a classic nutritious fruit. A 1-cup serving of sliced fresh s...

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National Garlic Month

Get ready to make your kitchen smell as we celebrate National Garlic Month in April. Depending on your feelings, this will either be a welcomed smell or an overpowering odor. One of the most common seasonings used in cooking, garlic adds a unique flavor to a variety of savory dishes, often in small amounts. Learn more about garlic below. Garlic is a member of the onion fa...

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