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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

What to do with all that Halloween Candy?

I'm pleased to introduce a guest blogger today!  Ginger Reeser is a dietetic intern and graduate research assistant at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Halloween is right around the corner, which means trick-or-treating, cute costumes, haunted houses, pumpkins and of course, tons of candy! I love Halloween, and in the past few years I have discovered one of my favori...

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Controlling Portion Sizes

Posted by Jenna Smith -

Eating less by controlling portion sizes is not a new concept for those wanting to lose or maintain a healthy weight. But what is the correct portion size, and is it the same for my preschooler or 11 year old? First of all, a portion size may be different than a serving size. A serving size is a set amount, such as the serving sizes on the Nutrition Facts label. But a portion is simply...

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You Can Bring Back Home Ec

In my junior high and high school days, we still had home economics classes. Even at that time, the days of home-ec was starting to become nonexistent in schools. I feel fortunate that I had classes that taught me how to manage a household. I was able to develop skills of self-sufficiency. With schools forced to cut programs in an effort to save money, many children our graduating high school w...

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Controlling Your Sweet Tooth

Some people claim they are either born with a taste for sweet or a taste for salt or savor. I've come to believe that on the day I was born, I was asking for the nurse to squirt  chocolate in my baby bottle. Controlling my sweet tooth isn't always easy, but I've found some tricks that I thought I would share. Eat 3 meals each day - If you are skipping meals or fam...

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Introducing a Quick and Easy Vegetable: The Acorn Squash

Last week, some co-workers and I traveled to Columbus, Ohio for the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. I returned with a lot of wonderful ideas, a collection of knowledge, and an acorn squash. Yes, I went to the North Market in downtown Columbus, home of fabulous fresh produce, baked goods, international foods and more, and eyed an acorn squash that I knew I had to...

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