Skip to main content

Signup to receive email updates

or follow our RSS feed

follow our RSS feed
Blog Banner

Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

All About Almonds

Your recipe calls for almonds but when you get to the store to quickly grab a bag you realize you have to choose between natural, blanched, unblanched, roasted or raw. Who knew there were that many choices for one little nut? More than likely, the only almond you've ever had was produced in California, since it is the only state to commercially produce almonds. Natural and raw almonds a...

Read More >

Apple Spice Hummus

It's the Year of Pulses

Posted by Jenna Smith - Food Safety
The 68 th United Nations General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. What in the world are pulses you ask? Pulses are a subgroup of legumes; legumes refer to the whole fruit enclosed in the pod of the plant, but pulses refer to only the edible seeds within the pods. Common pulses include chickpeas, lentils, black-eyed peas and kidney beans. The benefits of...

Read More >

Overnight Oats

Wake Up to Overnight Oats

We all know that oats are nutritious and good for our health. But for some, a bowl of hot oatmeal in the morning just doesn't sound appealing. Allow me to introduce you to the new craze: overnight oats! These uncooked oats are served cold with endless mix-in possibilities. It's a breakfast that sticks with you, fighting off morning hunger pains with its abundance of fiber and protein. And since...

Read More >

Corn Chowder

Stewing Over Soup

As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, the cravings of a warm bowl of soup get stronger. Of course, the same goes for bisque, chowder or stew. While your taste buds may not care, there is a difference between them. The word "soup" generally refers to ingredients, such as meat and vegetables, cooked in a large amount of liquid like broth or juice. Soups may be clear, like c...

Read More >

Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boat

Zucchini: Many More Uses than Just Bread

This week's blog post was written by our Nutrition and Wellness intern, Paige Meints. She is a student at ISU studying Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics. Zucchini is a popular summer crop in the Midwest because it's a low maintenance plant and is fairly easy to grow. Zucchini plants do not take up too much space in the garden and yield an average of 6 to 10 pounds of delicious zucchini ove...

Read More >

Banana-Berry Soft Serve

Guilt Free Ice

I would argue that there isn't much better in life than a cool and refreshing ice cream cone on a hot and humid day. I think everyone can agree that ice cream and summer-time definitely go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, on average a ½ cup serving of vanilla ice cream weighs in at about 15 grams of added sugar, 5 grams of saturated fat, and 150 calories. Once you add in a cone and toppings these n...

Read More >

Black Bean Burger

Go Meatless for Your Summer Barbecue

Posted by Jenna Smith -
This week's blog post is guest written by Illinois State University student, Paige Meints. She is an undergraduate student studying Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics at ISU. When I think of summer, I think of the smell of burgers, charbroiled on the grill. Although delicious, hamburger meat patties tend to have a lot of saturated fat and to be high in calories; by the time you top it with...

Read More >