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7 Foods Pregnant Women Should Eat

Auburn, Alabama— Most moms-to-be try and eat as healthy as they can, but how do you know if you’re eating enough of what your baby needs? What you eat directly affects your baby’s growth and development. Eating healthy foods can prevent some birth defects, aid in a baby’s development and keep the mother healthy through the pregnancy. Dr. Onikia Brown, ... Read More »

Expiration dates 101

expiration dates

Auburn, Alabama—Expiration dates are posted on all packaged and/or processed food items found in the grocery store. However, fruits and vegetables are left for us to wonder if they are safe or not to eat. This can cause confusion when trying to remember how long certain produce items will stay fresh and where they can be stored. What are the ... Read More »

Acid Reflux Disease: A Growing Problem in United States

Auburn, Alabama—Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux disease, is a growing problem throughout the United States. However, many people are not aware of what actually triggers acid reflux disease, and that just because you have occasional heartburn, doesn’t mean you necessarily have acid reflux disease. The first thing that has to be understood is the difference between some of these ... Read More »

Grow your Own Herbs

Auburn, Ala. – Stroll to your kitchen instead of the grocery store next time you want that fresh cilantro flavor in your guacamole or mint in your mojito. Growing your own herb garden is a fun and relatively easy way to save money while enhancing your recipes. Which herbs should I grow? Do they grow better indoors or outdoors? Where ... Read More »

Milk vs. Milk Alternatives: Which is the best option for you?

Auburn, Ala.—From skim to soy, there are more milk alternatives available today than many consumers know what to do with. With so many choices, how can anyone know which is the best choice for them? Some of the most popular milk alternatives include almond milk, soymilk and coconut milk. Donna Shanklin, a regional agent in Human Nutrition, Diet and Health ... Read More »

Home canning: A fresh take on fresh foods

Auburn, Alabama—The saying “you are what you eat” has never been more true than in today’s society. In a culture where preservatives and chemicals almost cannot be avoided ingredients in foods, it can be hard to find genuine fresh foods to eat. Canning fruits and vegetables at home is a great way to preserve fresh foods in a safe way ... Read More »

Hive to Home

How the honey you enjoy gets from the hive to your home Auburn, Alabama—Beekeeping is an age-old craft that has changed through the years with new methods and technology. The process of harvesting honey, which is fascinating in itself, is actually not even the most important benefit of honey bees. “Honey bees’ primary purpose is pollinating crops and ornamental flowers ... Read More »

Community gardens offer a sense camaraderie

community gardens

AUBURN, Ala.— There are immeasurable benefits to having community gardens. Fresh and locally grown produce becomes available to those in the local area. Regional Extension Agent Bethany O’Rear, said there is also a sense of camaraderie that is established among the volunteers in the community. The garden can be used as a learning tool for adults and children to gain hands-on ... Read More »

Patio strawberries: Fast food on your doorstep

Auburn, Alabama—If the calendar and weather weren’t reminder enough, the pollen reminds us all that spring has finally begun in the South. With spring comes the chance to recommit to eating healthier. Maybe you forgot about your New Year’s resolution, maybe you just haven’t been incorporating fresh foods into your diet. Roosevelt Robinson has advice on doing just that. “Growing ... Read More »

Getting from Farm to Table: Chilton Food Innovation Center Helps with the Steps In Between

Auburn, Alabama—The Chilton Food Innovation Center, an FDA and ADPH approved facility, assists small fruit and vegetable producers as well as small food businesses with formulation and documentation procedures  to get their products on grocery store shelves. This nonprofit food-processing facility, in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station works to give food processors ... Read More »