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Fun, Healthy Snacks for Children

With childhood obesity rates increasing in the United States, it is important that children eat snacks that will help boost their energy and support growth. Sometimes it’s more appetizing and convenient to grab a candy bar or a bag of chips. Parents can bring a fun new perspective to healthy foods that outshine junk foods. Snack time needs to be ... Read More »

Nutrition in a Nutshell

Nuts are a fun-to-eat and healthy snack that can help meet daily nutrient needs. “Choose fruits, vegetables and a variety of nuts. Be sure to use snacks to compliment meals, not replace them, said Tera Glenn, a regional human nutrition, diet and health agent with the Alabama Extension. Nuts, such as pistachios and almonds, are good sources of minerals such ... Read More »

Healthy Smoothies – Without a Million Calories

                                                                   Photo via Google Public Use Search AUBURN, Ala. – As time goes on, life moves faster and faster. We are constantly on the go, so health can easily become a lesser priority. However, our well-being depends on our health, so it is best to make it a top priority. A great way to do this, while also staying busy, ... Read More »

Favorite Meals Made Healthy

Think about your favorite meals. Are they healthy for you?  If they are not, you don’t have to give them up. There are multiple ways to modify recipes to make your favorite meals healthier–whether that is to lower carbohydrates, fats, or calories. Small changes make a big difference. “When we talk about modifying recipes to make them healthier, we cover ... Read More »

Chia Seeds–The Real Story

chia seeds

Chia seeds have become a new health craze many people have started to utilize. Whether it’s adding Chia seeds to yogurts or smoothies, these seeds are being used everywhere. The real question remains on what the true health benefits are in these seeds. Like any new nutrition trend, there are many rumors surrounding the actual benefits of Chia seeds. After researching the benefits ... Read More »

The Importance of Lunch for Teens

Lunch for teens has become an important issue because with the busy schedules teens face, it’s easy for them to skip lunch during school. What most teens don’t realize is that skipping lunch can impact their health. Recently, school cafeterias have offered healthier food items. Teens can now take advantage of these healthy lunches rather than skipping out on lunch. “Choosing a school lunch instead ... Read More »

Tips for Holiday Season Food Preparation

Multi Generation Family Celebrating With Christmas Meal

It’s that time of year again, where the weather becomes colder, your family gathers to celebrate and delicious food is always around. However, there are times when the food doesn’t turn out so delicious or there may be a bit of a kitchen emergencyTo be sure that doesn’t happen to you, Amelia Mitchell, a regional food safety agent with Alabama ... Read More »

Food Friday: Slow Cooker Food Safety for the Holidays

Slow Cooker

Who doesn’t love a delicious, warm meal during the holidays? Between work and holiday shopping, you may not have the time to prepare and cook a full meal in the evening. A slow cooker or crockpot allows you to prepare a delicious holiday meal while you’re at work, or even asleep! When using a slow cooker, it’s imperative to follow several ... Read More »

Shipping Holiday Food Treats

The holidays are often  spent with friends and family, thriving on traditions, new celebrations and good food. A frequently enjoyed surprise is receiving edible goodies in the mail. Mailing or shipping holiday food is an easy way to share  cheer with friends near and far. There is a proper way to package food. Goods should be packaged in insulated containers to maintain an appropriate ... Read More »

Video Highlights Proper Use of Food Thermometer

Placing a Meat Thermometer in a Turkey

Just in time for the holidays, Dr. Janet Johnson, an Alabama Extension Regional Food Safety Agent, demonstrates several different types of food thermometers and how to use them correctly. Janet also explains proper food cooking temperatures and the variances between the FDA and USDA. For more information,  visit  Alabama Extension’s Food Safety webpage. Read More »