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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

Consider Joining HCE!

Posted by Jenna Smith -

I just returned from the Illinois Association for Home and Community Education's Annual Conference (IAHCE) where I serve as the Extension Liaison. What a fabulous time I had! There were all sorts of interesting and educational lessons to choose from, including a lesson on herbs, gluten, photography, flower arranging, energy solutions and more. If you are wondering what or who HCE is let...

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Kid Friendly Healthy Snacks

Have you ever sat and watched a child play? Oh, what we would do to have their energy! These young children are constantly on the move, and therefore, they burn a lot of calories. Kids need snacks to give them the energy they need. Plus, their bodies are still growing and need proper nutrition. But what are some easy, healthy snacks that a parent can offer? Nutritious store-boug...

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Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Jenna Smith - Holidays

When I looked at my calendar this morning I realized that today is Registered Dietitian Day. I'll go ahead and give myself a pat on the back for choosing to become an RD because the truth is, I can't see myself doing anything else. I'm committed to improving the health of our communities and that includes you! Thank you for reading my blog, but mostly for caring about your own health and your f...

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Nutrition Labeling for Meats Now Mandatory

Posted by Jenna Smith -

Looking at food labels and comparing food labels is smart shopping. Food labels can help a person know the nutritional value of food. But food labels haven't been required for meat...until now that is. As of March 1, 2012, nutrition labeling for meats are mandatory. This is great news for us label readers! Before now, the USDA required nutrition labels only on meat and poultry with adde...

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