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Body Quest Text Messaging Helps Parents Make Better Food and Drink Choices for Their Families

AUBURN, ALA—Year after year, thousands of third graders across Alabama take charge of their health while participating in Extension Nutrition Education Program’s obesity prevention initiative Body Quest. The innovative and effective youth initiative brings technology and healthy snacks into low-income schools as part of a 15-week intervention that empowers youth to make better food and drink choices and be more ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Dinner

AUBURN, Ala. – With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many people will be looking for something to do for their special someone. Nothing could be more special than a home cooked romantic dinner. The following recipes are sure to make your Valentine’s Day a special one. Sirloin Steak Ingredients 1 ½ to 2 pound sirloin steak, about 1 inch ... Read More »

Blooming Chocolate Not Harmful

Auburn, Ala.– If you are buying chocolates for someone special on Valentine’s Day and notice some whitish discoloration on the surface of the chocolate, don’t be alarmed. The chocolate is safe to eat. Fat Bloom The whitish discoloration is called “fat bloom” which occurs when cocoa butter separates from the crystallized chocolate mixture and comes to the surface, say Dr. ... Read More »

New Year’s Resolution Recipes

AUBURN, Ala. – With the beginning of each year comes a wave of new year’s resolutions. The one that seems to be on everyone’s list is to eat healthier. Eating healthier doesn’t always mean giving up your favorite foods. It may mean just preparing them a different way. These recipes can help you keep your resolution of eating healthier this ... Read More »

Stress Eating Not Good For You

Auburn, Alabama — In times of a trouble, economic or otherwise, stress becomes a major factor in many people’s lives. News reports tell of the vast increase of people being treated for panic attacks due to stress.  Almost everyone is familiar with the term “stress eating,” which simply means to eat everything in sight without having any control.  It may ... Read More »

Warm Soup Recipes for a Cold Day

AUBURN, Ala. – With winter just getting started, people will be looking for any way to keep warm. One way that always seems to do the trick is making a nice hot pot of soup. These recipes are sure to help keep you warm on those cold winter days. Beef and Vegetable Soup Ingredients 1 quart defatted beef stock 1 ... Read More »

Size Matters in Food Servings

Auburn, Alabama— It can be difficult to not only maintain a healthy diet but understand the correct portion size for each meal. With restaurants serving enormous plates of food, fast food serving a whole day’s worth of calories for one meal, and pizza slices being served in larger portions every year, it has become harder to know how much to ... Read More »

Vitamins and Minerals: How much of each do you really need

Auburn, Alabama — We hear so much about the value of vitamins and minerals in helping to improve our health — but how do we know what kind and how much is the right amount? Sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals are essential because they perform hundreds of functions in the body. They help build strong bones, strengthen your immune system, ... Read More »

Storing Food During or After Emergencies

The first winter storm of 2017 has people concerned about power outages and food safety.  Taking some simple precautions when preparing food for storage is important. These include: Working with well-scrubbed hand Cleaning all utensils, cutting boards, etc. Keeping food hot (above 140 degrees F) or cold (below 40 degrees F) Common bacteria can become dangerous if given an ideal ... Read More »

The Great Debate: Fresh vs. Frozen Vegetables

Auburn, Alabama — The age-old question about the difference in nutritional value between fresh and  frozen vegetables works its way to the forefront of today’s society. So, which is better for you? The answer: fresh is always best. Dr. Michael Greene, assistant professor of nutrition in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University, stated  that it is  not so cut ... Read More »