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Lifestyle Choices for Wellness

Timely discussion on topics of health and wellness to encourage action and improvement in personal wellness.

The Dish on Fish

My fondest memories of my childhood summers center around our family vacations. Every year, in early August we would spend a week at my grandparents condo in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. It is here I learned all my open water know how-skiing, how to drive a boat, and most importantly, how to fish! I was an excellent fisherman-baiting and hooking crappie like a pro! And then learning how to fla...

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Recipe Rescue: Chocolate Pudding

I want to let you all in on a little secret: dietitians do not eat perfectly! I really do enjoy fresh, wholesome, colorful foods, but I also include a little bit of "junk." I have a huge sweet tooth-total chocolate addict! All shapes and forms! One being chocolate pudding! A super comfort food and childhood favorite, this dessert has very little nutritive value in it. Try my whimsical healthy t...

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Get Your Salsa On!

It seems as though salsa has become a more popular condiment than ketchup, as I see it accompany so many dishes at restaurants. Is this contributed to Americans' growing love of hot and spicy foods and interest in ethnic foods? Or are we merely trying to make healthier choices when dining? My hope is for the latter! Salsa can help us meet the goal of working more fruits and vegetables i...

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Get the NEW Facts...Nutrition Facts, that is.

Here at University of Illinois Extension, it is our job to keep the public informed of the ever changing advances in the world of agriculture, consumer and environmental sciences. One of the biggest breaking stories on the nutrition front, is the change in the Nutrition Facts label proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has proposed the most significant changes in nutrition label...

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