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A New Twist on Apple Recipes

AUBURN, Ala. – Apples are considered one of the most popular ingredients to cook with during Fall. While the traditional ways to cook apples are delicious, this season you might want to try mixing things up a little bit. These recipes are sure to bring a new twist to this fall favorite ingredient. Apple Walnut Cake Ingredients Nonstick vegetable cooking ... Read More »

Healthy Tailgating

AUBURN, Ala. – Football season is in full swing. Thousands of fans flock to stadiums every Saturday to cheer on their favorite college teams and spend the day tailgating. Traditionally, tailgating means high caloric foods, often fried and loaded with cheese. These can actually make you sluggish and tired. Many people want to enjoy tailgating while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Andrea Morris, a ... Read More »

Selecting and Serving Fresh Produce Safely

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AUBURN, Ala. – Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Local markets carry a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are both nutritious and delicious. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows may come in contact with fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. “Fresh produce may also become ... Read More »

Pickles, Pickles, Pickles

AUBURN, Ala.—Many people enjoy pickles as an addition to a meal or as a refreshing snack. Making homemade pickles may sound difficult or time consuming, but there are quick options available to use at home. Angela Treadaway, an Alabama Extension food safety and quality regional agent, said one process, called quick-pack “is one that anyone who does home food preservation can ... Read More »

Childhood Obesity in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. – Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Studies show that nearly 15 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 are considered overweight and 16 percent are considered obese. Childhood Obesity Problems Dr. Sondra Parmer, an Alabama Extension specialist in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), said obesity can affect a child’s life in ... Read More »

Freezing Vegetables Provide Fresh Garden Taste Year Round

AUBURN, Ala. – One of the best things about summer is eating fresh vegetables. However, summer is not the only time people can enjoy fresh vegetables. You can have fresh vegetables year round by simply freezing them. Janice Hall, an Alabama Extension regional agent in food safety and quality, said freezing vegetables is easy, “When properly selected, prepared and stored, ... Read More »

Milk Provides Much Needed Nutrients

AUBURN, Ala.—For most, milk is usually not the first beverage choice. However, because of the nutrients it offers, you should consider reaching for the milk before anything else. Milk contains nutrients such as calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals—almost every nutrient your body needs. There are many types, including soy, almond, fat-free (skim), low-fat (1%), reduced-fat (2%) and whole milk. No ... Read More »

Growing Herbs Indoors

AUBURN, Ala. – Growing herbs does not have to be a  complicated process. An easy way to get fresh herbs for cooking is to grow herbs indoors. This lets you be an amateur gardener, while eliminating the hassle of the grocery store. Here are a few tips that will help you grow herbs indoors. Although there are numerous types, there are six ... Read More »

Too Much Sugar Means Too Many Calories

 AUBURN, Alabama — Think you’re doing yourself a favor by indulging in fat-free cookies, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cakes and pies? Depending on how many sweets you’re eating, you may be contributing to unwanted pounds with every bite of that fat-free chocolate chip cookie. Karen Softley, a regional nutrition agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says popular low-fat and ... Read More »

Oats: Economical and Healthy

AUBURN, Alabama—Oats are an economical whole grain that can help with improving your overall health. High Fiber Content “Oat products have high soluble fiber content, which aids digestion, said Donna Shanklin, a Human Sciences Extension regional agentl  “They reduce cholesterol levels, which makes them good for heart health.” These whole grains are also high in protein. Shanklin says, to obtain ... Read More »