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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 »

Home canning: A fresh take on fresh foods

Auburn, Alabama—The saying “you are what you eat” has never been more true than in today’s society. In a culture where preservatives and chemicals almost cannot be avoided ingredients in foods, it can be hard to find genuine fresh foods to eat. Canning fruits and vegetables at home is a great way to preserve fresh foods in a safe way ... Read More »

Is Juicing Your Produce Worth It?

Is juicing your produce worth it?

Normal, Ala. — One of the latest health crazes is called juicing. Juicing is the process of extracting liquid from fruits and vegetables. Many people do this through the use of an electric or lever pump juicer. The result is a juice with many of the same vitamins and minerals found in the original produce. “Drinking freshly juiced produce can ... Read More »

Cam Newton and Alabama Extension’s NEP Say “Eat More Fruits and Vegetables”

Auburn, Alabama—The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) at Alabama Cooperative Extension System is excited to announce that Auburn’s own Cam Newton will be featured in a social marketing billboard campaign throughout Alabama from Feb. 22-March 25. The campaign will reach all corners of Alabama and is expected to generate almost 35 million impressions on Alabamians, especially those living in underserved communities. ... Read More »

Billboards Say Steph Curry Drains Threes and Eat Peas

Auburn, Ala.—The National Basketball Association’s 2015 Most Valuable Player and Golden State Warriors’ point guard, Steph Curry is featured on billboards throughout Alabama until Feb. 21 that create appeal for eating fruits and vegetables. The billboard campaign will reach all corners of Alabama making an estimated  35 million impressions on Alabamians, especially those living in underserved communities. The campaign 74 ... Read More »

Let’s Taco ‘Bout It

tacos

AUBURN, Ala.—Whether in a hard shell, soft tortilla or salad form, tacos are loved and eaten by millions of people every day. This favorite Tex-Mex food can be prepped with a variety of fillings and all different types of meat to create the perfect taco to fit your craving. Here’s the catch: many tacos can be high calorie! Typical restaurant ... Read More »

Homemade Dips Make Vegetables Shine

Auburn, Ala.—Homemade dips can save money and promote healthy eating! In the middle of many veggie platters lies a bowl of ranch hummus and artichoke dip. Products like this make eating vegetables tasty and exciting, but many store bought dips contain a shocking amount of sugar, fat and sodium. Just a few spoonfuls can add hundreds of calories to a once thought ... Read More »

Fall into Good Eating Habits

AUBURN, AL—As fall becomes more evident with each day, we adjust to the changing season. Going to pumpkin patches, hay rides, playing in leaves, dressing for cooler weather and getting ready for the holidays are all a part of fall routines. When we think of foods that represent fall, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and squash come to mind. Fortunately, these foods not only ... Read More »

Preparing Your Produce Properly

Auburn, Ala.—Essential parts of every balanced diet are vibrant fruits and nutritious vegetables. However, with the discussions concerning pesticides in our produce, it is hard to determine which and when fruits and vegetables are safe to consume. Do you have to buy organically grown produce to avoid pesticide residue? Are conventionally grown fruits and veggies a health risk? The recommended way ... Read More »

Grocery Shopping on a Budget

AUBURN, Ala.-Grocery shopping can be a drag, especially with rising food prices and trying to stay on a budget. With large amounts of food to buy, it’s sometimes hard to save money at the grocery store. With the help of Katie Funderburk, a registered dietitian and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, this list of tips was developed to help you ... Read More »