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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 »

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 »

New Year’s Day Feast

AUBURN, Ala. – As we get ready to head into the new year, most people will be gathering together to eat the traditional New Year’s Day feast of ham, turnip greens and black eyed peas. Ham is eaten to bring good health for the upcoming year. Black eyed peas are eaten in hopes of bringing good luck. Lastly, turnip greens ... Read More »

Hydrating the Body

The Importance of Proper Hydration Auburn, Alabama — Hydrating properly is extremely important in order to keep the body operating at an optimal level. The body depends on water to aid bodily functions including digestion, blood flow, heart activity and the mental process. Proper hydration can improve every body function. “The body benefits head to toe when fluids, which are ... Read More »

Eating less processed food with less effort

Auburn, Alabama —It seems like there is always a new trend in the world of diet and nutrition. It also seems like more often than not, these trends involve avoiding certain foods. There was the low-fat fad of the 90s, the celebrity-endorsed, no-carb diet and trend of avoiding added sugar.  And now there is the latest trend: eating “clean” by ... Read More »

Candy Recipes Prefect for the Holidays

AUBURN, Ala. – The Christmas season is filled with all kinds of treats and goodies. All month long, people spend hours upon hours making their family’s favorite Christmas candies. These candy recipes are sure to add a little extra cheer to your holiday season. Chocolate Fudge  Ingredients 2 cups sugar 1 cup evaporated skimmed milk ¼ teaspoon salt 2 squares ... Read More »

Brown Rice and Quinoa: A Delicious Combination

Auburn, Ala.– Quinoa has spun the health world into a whirlwind. It has been labeled as the latest and trendiest super food for health nuts all around the world. This grain holds numerous benefits for an everyday diet. While it can be delicious, it is also substantial for your body. According to Elizabeth Phillips, a regional agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

Perfect Holiday Cookie Recipes

AUBURN, Ala. – With Christmas right around the corner, some people are looking for easy recipes to finish up their last minute cooking and baking. A simple item that is always a crowd favorite is cookies. Not only will your friends and family love these recipes, Santa Claus will appreciate homemade cookies when he visits you on Christmas Eve. Chocolate ... Read More »

Make Healthy Substitutes in Your Diet


Auburn, Ala.- When it comes to finding healthy substitutes for your cooking and baking, there are many options you probably have never thought about. Trading out some of your typical ingredients for healthier ones does not mean you have to stop eating your favorite foods all together. In fact, you may already have these substitute ingredients in your pantry. Dr. ... Read More »

Alabama Bee Workshop Dec. 12-14 in Auburn

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Auburn, Alabama — Bees are fundamental to ensuring that Alabama’s farms can produce a diversity of food. The Bee Biodiversity Initiative at Auburn University will host an Alabama Bee Workshop Dec. 12-14 on the Auburn campus. Attendees will brainstorm about how to harness the state’s native bees, flies and butterflies to help Alabama farmers produce high quality food along with ... Read More »