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Topic: Eat

Oats, Wonderful Oats!


Loved by many for being budget-friendly, quick to prepare, and super versatile, oats are also well-known for being one of the healthiest grains on Earth. Benefits of oats Oats are a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. They even have positive effects on blood sugar, heart health, and digestive health. Beyond a simple… Read more »

Cooking Easy Red Beans and Rice

red beans and rice

Watch Nutrition Educators Cheryl and Jessica, from Somerset Public Health make Easy Red Beans and Rice. This simple recipe is made from mostly pantry staples and can be modified to meet your needs. Recipe tips: Swap fresh garlic for garlic powder Use black or pinto beans instead of red beans Fill a whole wheat wrap… Read more »

How to cook and enjoy dried beans

If you are looking for a way to stretch your budget and improve your family’s nutrition, consider adding more beans to your meals. Beans are convenient, versatile, and lend themselves to many tasty dishes. Beans are also a rich source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Basic Beans – How to Cook Dried Beans Ingredients… Read more »

Water: The Classic Beverage for Summer

water from the faucet

People cannot live on bread alone – we need water too! Water is a vital nutrient during the summer because it acts as the body’s coolant. So stay hydrated with water! Water should be a top priority because it is needed for temperature control, digestion, bringing energy into the cells and helping waste products out…. Read more »

This Easter, Energize at Sunrise!

How does the Easter bunny get hopping so early? With a good breakfast, of course! Without a doubt, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast means, “Break the fast.” For most of us, the body has gone through the night while we are sleeping (eight or more hours), without any fuel (or… Read more »

Make Your Diet a Fruitful One

fruit kabobs

What fits easily into a lunch box, tastes great, quenches your thirst, satisfies a sweet tooth and is low in calories? You guessed it – fruit! Mother Nature has cleverly combined carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals and, best of all, sweetness, into one colorful package.  Fruit consumption is on the rise and now, more than ever, and… Read more »