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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
Fondue

Fondue for Your Valentine

It's been said that fondue originated in the 18 th century in Switzerland as a way to feed hungry families during the winter when fresh foods were scarce. Aged cheese became delicious when heated with wine and herbs, and stale bread would soften when dipped. This method of having a communal pot for dipping, took until the 1960's to become popular in the United States but grew to becom...

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Vegetable Dip with Dill

Healthy Snacking for the New Year

I'm pleased to introduce guest blogger and Illinois State University, Food Nutrition and Dietetics student, Austin Duffell! With the New Year in full swing, many people are excited to try out their New Year Resolutions. When talking with different people about their resolutions, one that seems to come up often is a change in eating habits. Lifestyle changes, such as eating a mo...

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Chai Tea

Hot Tea is a Hot Trend

Move over coffee. According to the Tea Association of the U.S. Inc., total hot tea sales have increased more than 17% over the last five years and are expected to double over the next five. While Americans still drink far more coffee than tea, coffeehouses are offering more varieties of tea. The popular India drink, chai tea, has blended with the latte in many coffee shops, and store managers a...

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Coconut shrimp

Shrimp: No Longer a Cholesterol Worry

Posted by Jenna Smith -
There are so many good things about shrimp that it would be a shame to not include these tiny crustaceans in your diet. Shrimp are very lean with only 90 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving. They're also a good source of vitamin B-12, iron and zinc. And while shrimp have gotten a bad rap for their cholesterol content (a 3-ounce serving has 179 milligrams of cholesterol), researche...

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How to Avoid Buffet Binging

January 2 nd was National Buffet Day. That's day number two in the start of most people's diets. Just who was the malevolent person who determined the need for Buffet Day to be celebrated at the beginning of News Year's resolutions? I guess the more important question is, "why is there a buffet day anyway?" It's nothing new to hear that buffets are most notably diet busters. W...

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We're Raisin Up the Bar!

In the world of cookie flavors, a chocolate chip cookie tends to win the battle of Americas favorite over its competitor, the oatmeal raisin cookie. However, this doesn't mean that the raisin doesn't have its use in our kitchens. Raisins are a versatile food that can be added to stews, sauces, desserts, baked goods, and salads. Raisins are dried grapes that are either sun-dried or dried...

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Snacking After Eight: Is it so Great?

Are you a late night snacker? While "eating after 8 p.m. is bad for your health," is a myth that has long been debunked, it doesn't mean that all foods in a late night kitchen spree should be on the table. However, late night snacking doesn't have to kick the curb as long as you follow these rules: Sleep. Short sleep, defined as less than seven hours, ha...

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