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Homemade Baby Food Tips and Tricks

Auburn, Alabama — The foods that we see in stores are designed to have a shelf life of about two years according to fsis.usda.gov. To keep them fresh that long or longer, they have added preservatives and other chemicals. Increased preparation or cooking time is needed to eliminate certain toxins. During that cooking time all valuable vitamins and nutrients may be lost. ... Read More »

Healthy Fast Food, is this a Myth?

Auburn, Alabama—It’s Tuesday at 6 p.m. you just got off work, you  are hungry, tired and don’t feel like cooking and you are looking for healthy fast food. On your way home you see a McDonald’s. You’re trying to eat healthy. Instead of going home and eating you tell yourself you will order the grilled chicken sandwich, which is healthier, right? ... 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 »

Get Advice and Recipes from Food Hotlines

 Auburn, Alabama—Many food companies have hotlines that offer help with holiday cooking and baking. “If you’re stumped on the best way to thaw, prepare or cook a turkey, have a baking-related question or are concerned about food safety, give the folks below a call,” said Dr. Jean Weese, an Extension food safety scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Many of ... Read More »

The Foods of Thanksgiving

Auburn, Ala.—Thanksgiving is a day that is dedicated to giving thanks and eating. There are many components to a Thanksgiving Day meal such as side dishes, desserts and the main courses. However, no meal is the same in every household. Each family has their own traditions of how to serve dinner on this holiday that make it special. Some families ... Read More »

Serve Healthy Salads

Auburn, Alabama —Daily, the number of people affected by heart disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure rises. Doctors’ warnings about large quantities of carbohydrates lead to changes in daily diets. Many Americans turn to salads as a healthy alternative; however, some salads are healthier than others. Lettuces and Greens Lettuce and other greens remain the foundational building blocks for any salad, ... Read More »

Coconut Oil: What You Should Know

AUBURN, Alabama – Every day it seems like we discover new health benefits where we least expect to. In recent years, coconuts, specifically coconut oil, have sparked interest among dietitians and health enthusiasts.  Articles and ads promoting weight loss, Alzheimer’s disease prevention and cardiovascular health – It’s no wonder people are going coco-nutty. What is Coconut Oil? Coconut oil is a ... Read More »

Themed Family Meals- Italian

AUBURN, Ala. – Home cooks are always looking for ways to make their meals fun while also serving the purpose of feeding the family. A fun way to keep your meals interesting is having theme nights. One night it could be Mexican themed, the next it could be Chinese themed. This is a fun way to keep you family guessing ... Read More »

Expiration dates 101

expiration dates

Auburn, Alabama—Expiration dates are posted on all packaged and/or processed food items found in the grocery store. However, fruits and vegetables are left for us to wonder if they are safe or not to eat. This can cause confusion when trying to remember how long certain produce items will stay fresh and where they can be stored. What are the ... Read More »

Community gardens offer a sense camaraderie

community gardens

AUBURN, Ala.— There are immeasurable benefits to having community gardens. Fresh and locally grown produce becomes available to those in the local area. Regional Extension Agent Bethany O’Rear, said there is also a sense of camaraderie that is established among the volunteers in the community. The garden can be used as a learning tool for adults and children to gain hands-on ... Read More »