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Enjoy Strawberries with a Breakfast Parfait

Seeing pints of strawberries is a welcome sight at farmers' markets! When they are in season, strawberries tend to be easier to find, taste sweeter, and cost less than what we pay during the winter. Eating strawberries fresh as a snack is a great way to enjoy this sweet fruit. They also work great in easy recipes, like our Breakfast Parfait. Strawberries Nutrition : Stra...

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5 Ingredients or Less: Black-Eyed Peas Salad

May's five ingredients or less recipe is a super versatile side dish that you will love! Enjoy it with your favorite sandwich, serve it at a BBQ, and bring it from home as part of your lunch. We love how the different flavors mix together for a savory dish that is perfect for Spring. Black-Eyed Peas Salad Servings per recipe: 8 Ingredients:...

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Five Ingredients or Less: Animal Crackers on a Log

I recall getting small boxes of animal crackers as a treat as a child. I would be so excited to find some of my favorite animals inside - lions, giraffes, and horses! It sure helped that they were delicious, too. We all have fun memories of food as a child. This recipe, Animal Crackers on a Log, takes two popular kid-friendly snacks (animal crackers and ants on a log) and puts them toge...

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Zucchini: A Great Addition to Your March Table!

Though zucchini is officially classified as a summer squash, it is easy to find at the store all year long. Zucchini is a versatile vegetable and tastes great sautéed, baked into a casserole, added to soups, dipped raw into dip or added to top of a salad. And the extra bonus: zucchini's flowers (aka squash blossoms) are also edible! Our recipe below is a fun way to feature this vegetable and is...

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5 Ingredients or Less: Salmon Melts

Our Salmon Melt recipe is perfect for those busy nights where you only have a few minutes to get dinner on the table. And with only five ingredients (not including pepper), you can be sure that it's affordable, too. Salmon Melts Servings: 4 Ingredients: - 1 can (6 ounces) pink salmon, drained - 1/4 cup celery, chopped - 1/...

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Nutrition Education Works: Helping at Home

One of our staff members shares this great story. Getting families together in the kitchen to prepare healthy meals can truly make a difference in eating habits and health! "A child in my class at the local elementary school told me she asked her Mom to buy the ingredients to make a...

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All About Cauliflower

Through my young daughter's eyes, cauliflower is simply "white broccoli" when it shows up at the dinner table. While both of these vegetables are in the same family of plants, cauliflower can truly shine on its own. Plus, cauliflower can be found in purple and orange, too! Cauliflower is also having a trendy moment, and is used in many recipes in place of potatoes or other starchier items (thin...

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5 Ingredients or Less: Stuffed Potatoes!

So many of our favorite recipes here at Illinois Nutrition Education Programs are few in ingredients and big on flavor! Our Stuffed Potatoes recipe definitely falls into this category. It has been a favorite around the office! While the recipe calls for diced ham, you can choose another cooked meat (ground beef, chopped turkey, etc.) or your favorite vegetable instead -- depending on what's availa...

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How Can Kids Help in the Kitchen?

Kids love to help out in the kitchen! If your child is interested in food, or having trouble trying new foods, having them assist at meals or snacks is a great way to get them involved. We have tried and true tips to get you started with your kids as young as two or three. Keep in mind that these are only suggestions and different children may be ready at different ages for certain skills. A...

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Enjoy Whole Grains for a Burst of Flavor (and Nutrition!) at Meals and Snacks

There are two types of grains in our diet: whole grains and refined grains. A whole grain contains the entire grain kernel and contains a much richer flavor and nutrition. Refined grains have outer layers of the grain removed during processing. Many of us eat plenty of grains (think pasta, bread, cereal, crackers, and tortillas) but are low in intake of whole grains. A great goal is to consume...

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Five Ingredients Or Less: Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup

A new feature we'd like to highlight each month: tasty, nutritious recipes that only have five ingredients* or less! These recipes are great for families and need fewer items stocked in the kitchen. Our first recipe to highlight is the perfect way to warm up on those cold winter nights: Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup! Try it out and let us know what you think on our...

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Yes, You Can! (Use Canned Fruits & Veggies This Winter)

Winter in Illinois can mean spending more money at the store for fresh fruits and vegetables. One way to save the budget is to include more canned items in your diet! Canned fruits and vegetables are full of nutrition and flavor and can be used in many of your favorite dishes. You can use them year-round, too, and many of our recipes have both canned and fresh options. - Our Favorite Wa...

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Get a Dose of Nutrition with Greens This Winter

This winter, make your plates green with nutrition from two powerhouse vegetables – kale and collard greens. Both of these greens are members of the cabbage family and are a great addition to your meal as a side dish or as an addition to your favorite soup recipe. Our Greens recipe below is a great side to go along with baked chicken or roasted turkey. Greens Nutrition...

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Time for a Berry Good Summer!

Strawberries! Blueberries! Blackberries! (and more) Berries may be available in many stores all year long, but are seasonal to Illinois in the summer months. What does that mean for you? Foods that are in-season may cost less and taste better! On Let's Eat For Health, Illinois!, we've got many berry recipes that taste great for you to try this summer....

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