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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

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

Grab a Spork for Ramen Noodles

Ramen noodles: You are so much more than the rectangular block of noodles and seasoning packet that lay in most college dorm rooms, waiting to be microwaved and eaten. You deserve the accolades that come with being the rich, intricate bowl of goodness that you are. Ramen is a noodle soup that originated in China and replicated in Japan. It consists of Chinese wheat noodles served in a f...

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Cooking with Coconut

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Most people have never cut into a coconut, but have still eaten coconut in at least one of its many forms. The most profitable product of the coconut is coconut oil, which is used in many beauty care products and recently, it has gained momentum as a popular oil to use in cooking. But it's the actual "meat" of the coconut that many people still gravitate towards to get the most coconut flavor....

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frozen strawberry hearts

Have a Sweet Valentine's Day Without the Sugar

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As the bucket of leftover candy still sits in my cabinet from last year's Halloween, I'm secretly hoping that my children do not bring home any more of the sweet stuff for Valentine's Day. Candy is one food that contributes to high intakes of added sugars in children's diets. According to the American Heart Association children, ages 2-18, should have less than 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons...

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Flourless Banana Cookies

Going Bananas for Bananas!

One of the most familiar fruits to children and adults alike is the banana. It's no wonder it winds up on most people's grocery list trip after trip; with a peel that can come off in a matter of seconds, it serves as a convenient and quick snack option for those at home or on the go. Bananas are picked before they are ripe, which means they'll be Kermit the Frog green. Depending upon wh...

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Spiced Beef and Cabbage

Turmeric: A Trendy Spice

Used for more than 5,000 years, turmeric is native to Southern Asia and known as a major ingredient in curry recipes. This spice has been trending from food magazines to talk shows to social media, but what's all the buzz about? Turmeric is a member of the same family as ginger and cardamom. Like ginger, turmeric is grown for it's rhizomes, which are the edible root structure grown unde...

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matcha tea

Experience the Benefits of Matcha Tea

A few months ago, I had the privilege of participating in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It was a unique opportunity to gain new perspectives and an understanding of diverse cultures, but I must say, I particularly enjoyed the moment of quietude. It was here that I had my first sip (and slurps) of matcha tea. Like all teas, excluding herbal teas, matcha comes from the Camellia...

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Is Keto For You?

As the season for weight loss diets is now in full swing, you may be wondering if the ketogenic, or keto, diet is one to embark on. The ketogenic diet is one of the newest weight-loss strategies to surface the media, but it's actually been around since 1920 as an effective treatment for epilepsy in children. While there's slight variances in the many versions of the keto diet, it's basi...

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