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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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Studies Show Benefits to Eating Meals Together at Home

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How many times have you, your spouse and kids eaten together at home as a whole family this week? Go ahead and count, I'll wait.... Was it twice, four times, ten times? Well, hopefully it was more than just once or twice. Research studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign show some very real benefits to eating family meals at home. Published in the May 2 nd issue...

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Eating Apples and Pears May Help Prevent Stroke

Well, it's official. An apple a day really can keep the doctor away! According to the American Heart Association, eating apples and pears may help prevent stroke. That's good news to me, especially since I've already scheduled my trip to the apple orchard this weekend! While eating a high consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke, a Du...

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A Taste of Pumpkin

Last night was the first time this fall that I seriously contemplated turning on the furnace. Instead, I put on a pair of socks, sweatpants, and my favorite Illini hoodie and covered myself in a warm blanket. Fall is my favorite season, and it's not just because the trees are starting to turn colors (gorgeous!) and the football games are being played (Go Illini!), but because fall foods and fes...

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Packing a Healthy Lunch

When I was growing up, my family would pack many lunches. My mom would occasionally take her lunch to work, my dad, who is a farmer, would pack a lunch and sometimes even a dinner for those long days working in the fields, and my brother and I would pack our school lunches in our latest superhero lunchbox (unless of course, it was chicken patty on bun or pizza day in the school cafeteria).  If...

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The Ban on Soda and Chocolate Milk: But are they nutritionally the same?

As I was sitting in construction traffic on my commute to work today, I heard an interesting news tidbit on the radio that made me squirm in my seat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of Americans drink a soda or sugar beverage each day of the week. What's worse is that one in twenty are consuming the equivalent of more than 4 cans of soda each day with teen...

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