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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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Keep Food Safe This Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and that means millions of Americans will be either be hosting or attending the big holiday dinner. Every person certainly has their turkey day favorites, whether it is the cranberry relish, the mashed potatoes and gravy or the famous pumpkin pie, but it's guaranteed that no one wants foodborne illness!  Here are some tips to keep your holiday weekend a safe and healthy...

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Are You Able to Read the Food Label?

Posted by Jenna Smith -

Let's face it. Food labels are confusing. We're all told to turn that food package over and look at the label, but many times we just don't know what we are looking for. We know we're supposed to "watch" our fat or "watch" our sodium as our doctor has directed, but what does that really mean anyway? Am I supposed to stare at this fatty double bacon cheeseburger and make sure it doesn't move?...

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Lighten Up Those Holiday Meals!

Posted by Jenna Smith - Holidays

The holidays are coming! I'm amazed at how the holidays seem to sneak up on me every year. Many Americans , including myself, will be preparing the big Thanksgiving feast in just two weeks from today. Everyone wants to know what's going to be on the menu (even though it's the same traditional meals served every year!) Turkey, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green be...

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A Vacationer's Diet

Well, I just got back from the most wonderful Caribbean vacation yet, and now my body is trying to get back to the routine of things and the much colder Illinois weather! I was quickly reminded on the first day of arriving to the resort how difficult it was to eat healthy on vacation. An all-inclusive resort meant all the food and drinks you could possibly want. So how do you not blow your heal...

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