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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

Chocolate: The Good Halloween Candy

Halloween is this Friday, which means sugar-laden children dressed up as princesses and monsters running through the neighborhood. If you're strong willed, you've been able to resist opening and biting into the candy early, but if you bought the good stuff, like chocolate, you may have had a harder time backing off. Chocolate is derived from the seed of the cacao tree (also known as the...

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Tuna Salad

Does an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Help Arthritis?

Much controversy exists about whether the foods you eat or do not eat affect symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. No evidence has shown particular foods will stop rheumatoid arthritis from getting worse. However, some studies have shown short term improvement in symptoms with certain foods. These foods may be described as "anti-inflammatory." Let's first talk about inflammation. Acute infl...

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jalopeno pepper

How Hot is Your Jalapeno?

My husband and I grew jalapeno peppers in our garden this year and made bowl after bowl of fresh salsa. After making a perfectly medium salsa and then a "so fiery hot you want to dip your whole head in a glass of milk" salsa, it made me realize how one type of pepper can have quite a long range in heat. That heat is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). A jalapeno pepper can have a score of 2,...

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Invite Kohlrabi to Dinner

Many of us tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to eating the same vegetables over and over. It's easy to pass up the unfamiliar and sometimes odd looking produce at the market when you have no idea what to do with them. Kohlrabi may be one of those foods, but if so, you're missing out! Kohlrabi is a vegetable closely related to cabbage, Brussel sprouts, kale and broccoli. In fact,...

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