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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

What to Do With Zucchini?

I'm pleased to introduce guest blogger and Illinois State University, Food, Nutrition and Dietetics student, Tessa Spinelli! Since early spring, you have been patiently waiting for your vegetables to grow. Thanks to your hard work, time, and patience, you now have a garden filled with nutritious homegrown vegetables that are ready to be eaten. Home grown vegetables are not the only gift...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 1:22PM on 8/8/2014
Categories: Fruits and Vegetables

caprese salad

Pass the Cheese, Please

Who doesn't love cheese? Grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, baked lasagna with ooey gooey cheese melted all over it are common cheesy dishes. But with over 2,000 varieties to choose from, it's time to put a little more thought into your cheese choices. Cheese is formed from milk. Milk is curdled by the addition of acid, rennet (enzymes) or bacteria. The mixture separates in...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 8:58AM on 8/1/2014
Categories: Healthy Snacks

Banana Pops

Frozen Pops, Too Good to Stop!

A hot summer day often calls for an icy cold treat. While ice cream and popsicles are both adult and kid favorites, they're typically loaded with added sugars and sometimes fat. Luckily, there are numerous frozen snacks that are kid-friendly, healthy, and so simple to make! Stock your fridge and freezer with a variety of fruits and yogurts, and you'll have about all you need to make a d...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 9:06AM on 7/25/2014
Categories: Healthy Snacks

Baby food

Making Your Own Baby Food

As my son is nearing the age of starting solid foods, I've began to contemplate whether or not to make my own baby food. I want my child to receive fresh food with no additives. However, I'm a little daunted just thinking about the work it may involve! Let's think about this a little moreā€¦ Some commercial baby food has added sugars, salt and starch. Babies and toddlers are at an age whe...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 11:07AM on 7/18/2014
Categories: Food Safety

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

Should You Go Greek?

I'm pleased to introduce guest blogger, Tina Lam! Tina is a graduate student at Illinois State University and is completing her dietetic internship. In the last few years, Greek yogurt has been on the rise in popularity, but what is Greek yogurt? Greek yogurt is strained more intensively than regular yogurt. This removes the sugar called lactose and whey that is found in...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 9:18AM on 7/10/2014
Categories: Breakfast Fruits and Vegetables Healthy Snacks Nutrition at School

Whole Wheat Pancakes

The Best Way to Start Your Day is With Breakfast

I'm pleased to introduce guest blogger and Illinois State University dietetic student, Tessa Spinelli! You've heard it over and over again, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day", and it's true! Although some of us may not feel hungry right after we wake up, our bodies are in need of fuel. After sleeping for a substantial period of time, your body aw...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 11:49AM on 6/26/2014
Categories: Breakfast Fruits and Vegetables Nutrition at School

granola bars

Is Honey Healthier than Sugar?

I get this question all the time: is honey any healthier than granulated sugar? The short answer is no, but there are some differences to make note of. Both honey and sugar are carbohydrates, but each carry different characteristics. While ounce for ounce, the nutrients in honey and table sugar are generally the same, honey weighs more than sugar. Therefore, a teaspoon of honey actually...

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Posted by Jenna Smith at 11:37AM on 6/24/2014
Categories: Breakfast Healthy Snacks Nutrition at School