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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
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What to do with all that Halloween Candy?

I'm pleased to introduce a guest blogger today!  Ginger Reeser is a dietetic intern and graduate research assistant at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Halloween is right around the corner, which means trick-or-treating, cute costumes, haunted houses, pumpkins and of course, tons of candy! I love Halloween, and in the past few years I have discovered one of my favori...

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Controlling Portion Sizes

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Eating less by controlling portion sizes is not a new concept for those wanting to lose or maintain a healthy weight. But what is the correct portion size, and is it the same for my preschooler or 11 year old? First of all, a portion size may be different than a serving size. A serving size is a set amount, such as the serving sizes on the Nutrition Facts label. But a portion is simply...

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You Can Bring Back Home Ec

In my junior high and high school days, we still had home economics classes. Even at that time, the days of home-ec was starting to become nonexistent in schools. I feel fortunate that I had classes that taught me how to manage a household. I was able to develop skills of self-sufficiency. With schools forced to cut programs in an effort to save money, many children our graduating high school w...

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Controlling Your Sweet Tooth

Some people claim they are either born with a taste for sweet or a taste for salt or savor. I've come to believe that on the day I was born, I was asking for the nurse to squirt  chocolate in my baby bottle. Controlling my sweet tooth isn't always easy, but I've found some tricks that I thought I would share. Eat 3 meals each day - If you are skipping meals or fam...

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Introducing a Quick and Easy Vegetable: The Acorn Squash

Last week, some co-workers and I traveled to Columbus, Ohio for the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. I returned with a lot of wonderful ideas, a collection of knowledge, and an acorn squash. Yes, I went to the North Market in downtown Columbus, home of fabulous fresh produce, baked goods, international foods and more, and eyed an acorn squash that I knew I had to...

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