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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
Banana-Berry Soft Serve

Guilt Free Ice

I would argue that there isn't much better in life than a cool and refreshing ice cream cone on a hot and humid day. I think everyone can agree that ice cream and summer-time definitely go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, on average a ½ cup serving of vanilla ice cream weighs in at about 15 grams of added sugar, 5 grams of saturated fat, and 150 calories. Once you add in a cone and toppings these n...

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Black Bean Burger Paige

Go Meatless for Your Summer Barbecue

Posted by Jenna Smith -

This week's blog post is guest written by Illinois State University student, Paige Meints. She is an undergraduate student studying Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics at ISU. When I think of summer, I think of the smell of burgers, charbroiled on the grill. Although delicious, hamburger meat patties tend to have a lot of saturated fat and to be high in calories; by the time you top it with...

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Lasagna Day is Coming!

Posted by Jenna Smith - Holidays

This July 29 th we celebrate an Italian classic: Happy National Lasagna Day all you lasagna lovers. A cheesy, gooey pan of carbs is what makes this meal a favorite of all ages. The ingredients are simple, inexpensive, and feeds an army, making the whole family happy. Lasagna begins with the flat-shaped pasta. Of course, nothing can beat homemade pasta, but let's get real; ther...

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California Summer Wrap

Summer is for blueberries!

Plump and juicy blueberries are one of nature's best treats. The blueish purple fruit is grown on bushes and typically in season all summer long from April to late September but peaking in June and July. Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of dietary fiber. They've repeatedly been ranked as having one of the highest amounts of antioxidants, natural substan...

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