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Whole Grains. Your Healthy Choice.

The US Dietary Guidelines recommend that at least half of your daily grain choices be whole grains. Research has supported that a high intake of whole grains is associated with a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is not always easy to identify what food is truly a whole grain. The majority of fiber and nutrients...

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January is National Soup Month

Nothing goes better than soup on a cold winter’s day. Well, with January being National Soup Month, you’re sure to have plenty of options to help warm you up while satisfying your taste buds. Soup can be very easy to prepare, is budget friendly and nutritious. To help you make healthier choices, when buying pre-prepared soups,...

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Seasonal Food Safety for Cookie Dough and Baked Goods

Making holiday cookies and other yummy desserts are a classic holiday tradition for young and old; yet did you know it could make you sick? Raw eggs can contain salmonella and raw flour can be contaminated with E. coli, both of which can result in food borne illness. Flour is not treated to kill E. coli and other germs....

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Trim Your Treats!

The holidays are upon us now and if you are not careful, added weight gain will be too. Here are a few easy substitutions to help you avoid the additional pounds from becoming a reality. Rather than adding brown sugar, marshmallows and butter to your mashed sweet potatoes, try cinnamon, ginger and orange juice. In place of...

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Pumpkin Facts, Fun and Nutrition

Did You Know? Pumpkins are indigenous to North America. Halloween pumpkins are edible and the key source of canned pumpkin. Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, which includes cucumbers, honey melons, cantaloupe, watermelons and zucchini. Pumpkins are not only used for fall decorations, pumpkins are also nutritious,...

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Holiday Leftovers

Are you trying to figure out what to do with leftover turkey? Try my personal favorite, ­Turkey Casserole. Jazz up leftover turkey using low sodium cream of mushroom soup, low fat cheese and sautéed onion & celery for a hearty casserole dish! Leftover turkey fixings should not be used beyond 3-4 days. Did you know you can...

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Halloween Safety Tips

It is important to remember these tips when going “trick or treating.” Remind children to not eat any candy or other treats until it has been inspected at home. Eat a small, healthy snack before heading out to avoid nibbling on a treat before it has been inspected; or bring 1-2 bite size treats from home to nibble during your...

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National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week October 15-19, 2018 School Lunch: Lots 2 Love Origin President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week in 1962. During this annual weeklong celebration, cafeterias around the country celebrate with decorations, special menus, events, activities, and more. Outcomes Involvement with students...

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