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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
South of the Border Dip

Be a Smart Snacker!

Snacking is a daily occurrence for American adults. As reported in the Food Surveys Research Group Dietary Data Brief No. 4 , the average number of snacks consumed each day by American adults nearly doubled over the last 30 years. Not only are we physically eating more, but these snacks are also more calorie dense. Sugar sweetened beverages account for 14% of snack calories for both men...

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What's the Difference between Cajun and Creole?

Gumbo and jambalaya are two signature dishes of southern Louisiana that are both native to Cajun and creole cuisine. While the two cuisines are often used interchangeably, there are notable differences stemming from their cultural roots. Creole refers to the original settlers of New Orleans whose parents were born in France or Spain. By and large, they were from wealthy families who may...

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Root Vegetables

Should You Sneak Vegetables in Your Child's Foods?

Getting your child to eat vegetables can be a challenging task. If you've ever seen them dig a hole in their pile of cooked carrots or shovel some peas underneath their plate to make it look like they've actually eaten them, you may have considered hiding a few veggies in some of their favorite foods. But is this a good practice? According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it c...

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Southwestern Vegetable Soup

It's National Soup Month!

This weeks blog post is written by Illinois State University graduate student-intern, Jeanne Arbuckle. This is a great time of year for soup. After all, it's National Soup Month. Wouldn't it be wonderful to come home to the smell and warmth of a hearty soup cooking on the stove? Soups can be economical, simple to prepare, healthy, and nutritious, as well as warm and comforting. Most sou...

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Southwestern Salad  INEP

Killer Kidney Beans?

Beans are a wonderful source of protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, iron, folate and potassium. Choosing dried beans over canned is generally a healthy idea since canned beans tend to be loaded with sodium. However, certain dried beans can be very harmful if not prepared correctly. Phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) is a natural toxin found in many types of dried beans. When consumed in high con...

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Kicking Off a Healthy Super Bowl

This week's blog post is written by ISU student, Jade Umberger. Whether you're going to be wearing blue and red or blue and green for the Super Bowl, we all know that food is the real MVP of the game. According to Huffington Post, more than 1 billion chicken wings, 11 million pounds of chips, 80 million avocadoes, and 50 million cases of beer will be consumed this Sunday. With all that...

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Veggie Stuffed Pitas  INEP

Making the Perfect Sandwich

Sandwiches can be a quick go-to meal when there's nothing else in the cabinets to fix. They're ideal to pack in lunch bags but can also be the perfect fill-you-up food at a local sandwich shop. Americans are crazy about their sandwiches. But how do we make one of these creations delicious without tightening the waistbands? Ban the big bread. A foot-long bread rol...

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