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Healthy Eats and Repeat

Highlighting Food, Recipes, and Ideas for a Healthy Lifestyle

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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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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