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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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Killer Kidney Beans?

Beans are a wonderful source of protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, iron, folate and potassium. Choosing dried beans over canned is generally a healthy idea since canned beans tend to be loaded with sodium. However, certain dried beans can be very harmful if not prepared correctly. Phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) is a natural toxin found in many types of dried beans. When consumed in high con...

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Kicking Off a Healthy Super Bowl

This week's blog post is written by ISU student, Jade Umberger. Whether you're going to be wearing blue and red or blue and green for the Super Bowl, we all know that food is the real MVP of the game. According to Huffington Post, more than 1 billion chicken wings, 11 million pounds of chips, 80 million avocadoes, and 50 million cases of beer will be consumed this Sunday. With all that...

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Making the Perfect Sandwich

Sandwiches can be a quick go-to meal when there's nothing else in the cabinets to fix. They're ideal to pack in lunch bags but can also be the perfect fill-you-up food at a local sandwich shop. Americans are crazy about their sandwiches. But how do we make one of these creations delicious without tightening the waistbands? Ban the big bread. A foot-long bread rol...

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To Peel or Not to Peel?

I recently was asked the question: should I peel my apple to rid any pesticides that may be present, or leave it unpeeled for its potential health benefits? While my answer was ultimately "leave it unpeeled," it's not quite as simple as that. Many of us may already know that leaving the peel on is generally superior in nutrition than if you were to peel it. But does it make that much di...

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Five Foods for Weight Loss

It's a fresh new year, which has many American's looking for a change. For some, it's time to slim down and seek diet advice. However, most advice comes in the form of foods to cut out. For a refreshing change, consider these five foods to add in. Milk : While you may already include milk in the diet, are you drinking enough? A study published in Obe...

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