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Extension Launches New Nutrition Website

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AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System recently launched a new website in conjunction with its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) social media initiative, Live Well Alabama. The social media initiative launched in early 2017 to better reach residents across the state with research-based nutrition and physical activity education. Live Well Alabama Initiative “The Live Well Alabama ... Read More »

Everyday Eating: Foods to Add, Keep or Remove

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Auburn, Alabama —The saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be truer when it comes to leading a healthy life. Christina Levert, an Alabama Extension Human, Nutrition, Diet and Health regional agent, says  “the food we eat can have a direct impact on our everyday health, energy levels and risks for chronic diseases. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to strive ... Read More »

Salads: nutritious and delicious

Auburn, Alabama—Salads are one of the best ways to pack many vegetables and nutrients into one meal, but all salads are not equally nutritious. A big bowl of lettuce with creamy dressing probably will not provide the health benefits you are looking for. A nutrient-dense salad depends on how you bulk it up with a variety of greens and toppings. ... Read More »

Collards and Other Nutritious Greens

AUBURN, Alabama – Traditionally recognized as a Southern crop and soul food staple, collards and other leafy greens are nutritious and convenient to grow in Alabama’s climate. Growing Greens Generally, cruciferous plants such as collard greens, turnips, kale and mustard are cool weather vegetables. “We mostly plant greens in the fall, but you can also do an early spring planting ... Read More »

Adding Protein To Your Diet

AUBURN, Ala. – March is national nutrition month. The month is meant to spotlight the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. According to the USDA, all foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts and seeds are considered part of the protein foods group. The amount ... Read More »

Regulating Salt Intake

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AUBURN, Ala.— Choosing to eat smart with a balanced diet is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and lose weight.  One of the most overlooked ways to do this is to reduce your sodium intake. Sheree Taylor, an Alabama Extension regional  agent in Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, said the average American adult consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium ... Read More »

Gluten-Free Lifestyle: Is it Good for our Health?

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Auburn, Alabama — Nowadays, you can’t go anywhere without hearing the words gluten-free. You may feel pressured to jump on the bandwagon diet that celebrities endorse. Every grocery store, restaurant and many convenient stores offer a variety of gluten-free options to satisfy the growing popularity of this lifestyle. To understand what all the buzz is about, Dr. Onikia Brown, an ... Read More »

Growing Local: The World of Wine in Alabama Vineyards

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Auburn, Alabama — You don’t have to travel to the west coast to experience some of the most amazing and tasty vineyards. That’s right, right here in Alabama there are more than 10 fully operating grape vineyards that welcome visitors daily. Most Alabama natives are unaware of how prevalent grape vineyards are in the state until they happen upon one for themselves. ... Read More »

Homemade Baby Food Tips and Tricks

Auburn, Alabama — The foods that we see in stores are designed to have a shelf life of about two years according to fsis.usda.gov. To keep them fresh that long or longer, they have added preservatives and other chemicals. Increased preparation or cooking time is needed to eliminate certain toxins. During that cooking time all valuable vitamins and nutrients may be lost. ... Read More »

Including Fruits in Your Diet

AUBURN, Ala. – March is national nutrition month. The month is meant to spotlight the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. According to the USDA, fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are underconsumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). These recipes are great ways to include ... Read More »