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Making Veggies More Kid-Friendly

Kids and vegetables have an historically love-hate relationship. It is not clear why this came to be, but it is clear that many kids claim to dislike vegetables even when they have not even tried them.

There are many reasons children may not have tasted vegetables. Perhaps they are not provided in the home, either …

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Understanding Whole Grains

Many Americans are more aware of whole grain food consumption as part of a healthy meal plan. In fact, the International Food Information Council’s 2015 survey found that 67% of those surveyed reported reading product labels for whole grains when shopping for packaged foods.

So, what is a whole grain? A whole …

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Eat to Thrive

We eat to survive, right? Yes, but when you really think about it, we eat to thrive. Food is more than calories for energy. Food brings family and friends together. It provides comfort. It makes our bodies healthy and can protect us from diseases. The next time you give to a food pantry, think about …

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Building a Healthy Taco Using Local Produce

Tacos are a traditional Mexican dish with a mixture of various fillings on a flat bread tortilla. Having recently visited the Yucatan Peninsula and consumed tacos on a daily basis, it became evident that even in Mexico, different regions make their tacos with local available produce, meats, beans and rice. The American version can consist …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/06/23/building-a-healthy-taco-using-local-produce/

Spring into Gardening

Have you ever imagined planting a small garden and growing vegetables for your family? It may seem like a difficult and daunting project, but I assure you the benefits of growing your own vegetables far outweigh the reservations and roadblocks that may have previously stood in your way.  Among these benefits include increased physical activity, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/04/26/spring-into-gardening/

Freezing: Nature’s Pause Button – March is National Frozen Food Month

Based on information provided by the American Frozen Food Institute, on average, 40% of all food in the United States goes uneaten and wasted, which is an annual loss of $165 million. Fresh fruit and vegetable waste makes up nearly one-third of this number. With these discouraging numbers and financial losses, how can the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/02/26/freezing-natures-pause-button-march-is-national-frozen-food-month/

Get Your (Healthy) Snack On!

Snacks are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet.  But not all snacks are created equal.  All too often, we reach for the salty, sugary, prepackaged snacks like chips, cookies, and other sweets because they’re convenient and easy to grab and go.  But be careful!  Even if the portion size is small, these types …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/01/26/get-your-healthy-snack-on/

Dine In Day Pledge

Dine In Day, December 3rd, is a day to set aside and share a nutritious meal with family, friends, and colleagues and have good conversation. Dining In at home together really does make a difference in the lives of our families – biological or otherwise. Sharing a meal is so fundamental to the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/11/20/dine-in-day-pledge/

Slow Cooking Ideas for the Busy Family

With the weather changing and cooler temperatures on the way, get out the slow cooker for simmering soups and stews that will be waiting for you when you get home. Slow cookers are popular and allow us the convenience of prepping ahead of time and having a hot cooked dish when we get home from …

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Peanut Butter Challenge Champion

So you say you never win anything? Taking the Peanut Butter Challenge is a competition you’re guaranteed to win.

You can help feed the hungry in Florida’s Panhandle this year by donating peanut butter during the annual Peanut Butter Challenge, coordinated by UF/IFAS Extension. Thanks to a partnership between UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Peanut …

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