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Pasta Can be a Healthy Dish

AUBURN, AL—Pasta is a simple dish that is a go-to dish for many college students. The cheap, go-to ones are usually mac and cheese and Ramen Noodles. Instead of looking at pasta as the enemy, embrace it as a vital energy source. The trick is to make pasta part of a varied diet. Let’s talk about how to make pasta ... Read More »

The Craze Behind Kale

Auburn, Ala.—The popularity of kale has sky-rocketed the last couple of years. Most people think of kale as a fad. Recently, restaurants have started carrying more kale. For example, Chick Fila switched from selling their classic coleslaw to a new side item called the super food.. The super food side is a blend of chopped kale and broccoli tossed in ... Read More »

Growing Edamame in the Home Garden

Auburn, Ala. —Edamame, pronounced (ay-dah-MAH-may) is the Japanese word for vegetable soybean and literally means “beans on a branch.” Edamame is consumed as a snack, a vegetable dish, used in soups or processed into sweets. As a snack, the pods are typically boiled in salted water for 7-10 minutes, and then the seeds are squeezed directly from the pods into the mouth ... Read More »

What’s all This Gluten Free Talk?

AUBURN, AL- Gluten-free products are becoming increasingly popular as society is becoming more aware of what gluten is and the impact gluten can have on the body. It is becoming more prevalent to see products with gluten-free labeling at not only restaurants but also in grocery stores. To understand what all the hype around gluten free foods is, you have to ... Read More »

Eat Your Green Vegetables–It’s Important

green vegetables

Auburn, Ala.—You are what you eat. Believe it or not, that is one of the truest statements out there. More than any other factor, a person’s diet has a lot to do with determining his or her lifestyle, as well as health. Amelia Mitchell with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said vegetables provide essential nutrients for a person’s diet. Why is it ... Read More »

Reading and Understanding Food Labels

Auburn, Ala.—When it comes to grocery shopping today and maintaining general health, it has become increasingly difficult to navigate the complicated ingredients lists on food labels. The seemingly unlimited amount of ingredients one can encounter on a trip to the store can leave shoppers feeling overwhelmed and confused about how to make healthy decisions. A good place to start is to debunk ... Read More »

Good Choice Program Offers Healthy Snacks at Convenience Stores

Auburn, Alabama—More healthy snacks may soon be coming to convenience stores and small grocery stores near you thanks to Alabama Public Health and Alabama Extension’s Nutrition Education Program (NEP). To encourage Alabamians to make better food choices and improve their access to healthier snacks,  the two agencies are partnering with store owners to get healthy snacks and foods into convenience stores ... Read More »

Savor the Flavor of Eating Right is 2016 Theme of National Nutrition Month

How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Making sure to enjoy the sights, sounds, memories and interactions associated with eating are essential to developing an overall healthy eating plan. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to “Savor the Flavor of Eating ... Read More »

Warm Weather Not Welcome for Peach Growers

peach orchard

CLANTON, Ala.—Sunny, mild days with highs in the 60s and 70s are the last thing Alabama’s peach growers want. A peach expert with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says growers would prefer cooler weather until bloom time. “We are behind on chill hours this year,” said Gary Gray, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent. “Varieties grown in Alabama may ... Read More »

Smart Snacks: Healthy Ways to Beat Hunger

Auburn, Ala.—Each person’s taste buds are different, so how you snack may differ from your peers.  Many people have their traditional go-to snack that they grab when they get hungry, but ask yourself if what you are snacking on is the best option for your body. Here are a few  snack options as well as some healthier, guilt free alternatives to junk food snacks. It’s always a good rule ... Read More »