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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

Eating Out

Here is another fabulous entry from University of Illinois dietetic student, Ashley Wheeler! Just today I stopped into one of my favorite chain restaurants to pick up a quick lunch. I usually try to go with one of the lighter options to avoid spending my calories for the whole day on one lunch that I eat by myself. Today, however, I doubled the calories in my "lighter" meal in...

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Cilantro Lime Chicken

Mindful Eating

Posted by Jenna Smith -

I'm pleased to introduce a guest blogger today! Ashley Wheeler is a dietetic intern at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. An average person makes over 200 food-related decisions per day. Some decisions are conscientious. What am I going to make for dinner? Should I have a side of fruit as a side dish or do I want chips? Other decisions are so subtle we don't even rea...

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The Art of Altering Recipes

Posted by Jenna Smith - Holidays

I love trying out new and exciting recipes. Whether searching for recipes online or in cookbooks, I often feel the need to modify them to make them healthier. Most of the modifications I use are simple: use low fat ingredients versus the full fat version or use low sodium or no added salt canned products instead of its original counterparts. But have you ever failed miserably when trying to mak...

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Tired of Turkey? Beef Isn't So Bad Afterall

Posted by Jenna Smith - Holidays

My husband and I hosted our first Thanksgiving dinner as a married couple, and we are proud to say that it went smoother than butter. No doubt it was hard work, but our guests left happy and full. And for us, we had enough turkey leftovers to make a multitude of meals, including turkey sandwiches, turkey soup and turkey casserole. But we grew tired of the white meat bird; for this week's meals...

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