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How to Maintain a Balanced Diet

Put down the weight-loss pills and step away from the brownies. Making it a daily habit to eat healthy is easier said than done. Every day millions of men and women around the country try to find the secret to being healthy. Well folks, we found it. Maintaing a balanced diet on a daily basis is the key to losing weight and ... Read More »

Use By and Sell By Dates: What They Mean to Consumers

AUBURN, Ala. – As you walk the aisles of a grocery store, nearly every food item you pick up will have either a use by or sell by date. These dates let you as a consumer know when to use an item or when it needs to be sold from the store with the hope that you will heed to ... Read More »

Food Friday: Peachy Peach

Even if it leaves a stain on your shirt, a fresh peach is a Southern summer favorite. How about incorporating this delicious fruit in more places than just cut fruit or breakfast. Stop by the fruit stand on your way home and pick up fresh peaches. Your family will enjoy a delicious peach dessert, using a recipe from the Auburn Cookbook by ... Read More »

Food Friday: Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a staple in every southern garden. In addition to tomato sandwiches and chopped (or cherry) tomatoes in a salad, try a stuffed tomato or a tomato salad for a change. Stuffed Tomatoes 6 medium tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped cucumber 1 tablespoon chopped green pepper 1 tablespoon chopped onion 1 hard-cooked egg 3 hard cooked ... Read More »

Senior Adults: Eat Smart for Good Health

Americans are living longer, so good nutrition and regular physical activity are keys to good health. Smart eating means including a variety of foods in your diet each day. Foods provide the energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water you need for good health. Nutrition is important through all stages of life — from childhood through late adulthood,” said Carolyn ... Read More »

Food Friday: Summer Squash

Many gardeners in central Alabama are already catching a glimpse of cheery yellow squash ripening in the garden. Right now, squash cooked with butter, bacon and onion sounds like a delicious side dish, but as the summer wears on, your tastebuds might like a little deviation from the norm. Since squash plants produce all summer long, try incorporating these recipes ... Read More »

Food Friday: Blueberry Delight

Berries are popping out all over! The sunshine is out, and blueberries are almost ready to eat off of the bush. Whether your tastebuds prefer something tart or something sweet, berries can do the trick. Try adding a little color to your dinner table this weekend. Make something full of delicious blueberries! Blueberry Crisp Butter flavor cooking spray 4 cups ... Read More »

Cool Weather May Extend Strawberry Season

Relentless bands of rain pounded strawberry crops, threatening to leave them underwater and forcing harvest to begin several weeks late. A cold, cloudy wet spring has had strawberry farmers concerned about this spring’s crop, but now sunny, drier and still cooler temperatures may help extend the season. Chilton Research and Experiment Center Director Jim Pitts said the cooler weather folks ... Read More »

Food Friday: Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo week! While today isn’t exactly Cinco de Mayo, it doesn’t mean yummy Mexican food won’t make this weekend’s menu. Spice it up with some dishes from below the border. Mexican Bean Casserole 3 cups cooked dried pinto beans 1 cup canned tomatoes 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper 3/4 cup chopped onion 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon ... Read More »

Understanding Gluten

Every few years, certain words get thrown around so often it creates what some call a “fad.” Recently, gluten has been added to that list. Unfortunately, many people treat gluten free diets like a fad without fully understanding the health benefits and consequences of consuming gluten in a diet. Dr. Tamara C. Warren, a human nutrition, diet and health specialist with the ... Read More »