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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

The Best Way to Start Your Day is With Breakfast

  I'm pleased to introduce guest blogger and Illinois State University dietetic student, Tessa Spinelli! You've heard it over and over again, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day", and it's true! Although some of us may not feel hungry right after we wake up, our bodies are in need of fuel. After sleeping for a substantial period of time, your body awakes withou...

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granola bars

Is Honey Healthier than Sugar?

I get this question all the time: is honey any healthier than granulated sugar? The short answer is no, but there are some differences to make note of. Both honey and sugar are carbohydrates, but each carry different characteristics. While ounce for ounce, the nutrients in honey and table sugar are generally the same, honey weighs more than sugar. Therefore, a teaspoon of honey actually...

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Hazelnut Yogurt Spread

A Label Shocker! The Truth About Hazelnut Spread

A couple of weeks ago, I received a coupon in the mail for hazelnut spread. I've always wanted to try it so I sent my husband on a grocery run and instructed him to pick some up. I was shocked when I took a look at the nutrition facts label and found out how unhealthy this stuff actually is! A few years ago, hazelnut spread was something very few people ever heard of or tried before. Nu...

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A Fettuccine Alfredo Makeover

I’ve always been a sucker for fettuccine alfredo. I can distinctly remember my very first taste of the creamy white pasta; I was a long-haired junior high kid on vacation with my cousin, and when she ordered the dish at an Italian restaurant, I had to be just like her, so naturally I ordered the same thing. And it was love at first bite! Of course, back then I didn’t know an...

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