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Do You Know How to “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle”?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 27, 2015.

March is designated National Nutrition Month by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and that’s a great time to take steps to develop a healthful eating plan as we move toward spring. Ask yourself these questions and give yourself these … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Where Do You Get Your Recipes?

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 26, 2015.

Half of the people who responded to a national phone survey said they use social media, such as Facebook, to learn about food.

How Do You Find the Truth in a World of Health and Appearance Ads?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 20, 2015.

If you’ve read popular magazines, surfed the Internet or watched an “infomercial” on TV lately, chances are you’ve seen some enticing health-related advertisements. According to the claims, improving your appearance is fairly effortless. You can “melt fat” while you sleep … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Food Preparation Evolves as the Family Nest Empties

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 19, 2015.

Sometimes, when children move away, the incentive to cook leaves along with the family members.

Prairie Fare: Snooze Your Way to Better Health

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 12, 2015.

The latest sleep research making the news suggests that a 30-minute power nap can offset the wide array of effects of a poor night’s sleep.

The Sweet History of Chocolate Will Tempt Your Palate

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 10, 2015.

  If chocolate melts in your hands, you’re eating it too slowly,” according to a popular quote. That works for me. Chocolate has tempted palates for hundreds of years. After his trip to America, Columbus brought cocoa beans to Queen … Continue reading

The Weighty Issue of Maintaining a Healthy Weight

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 05, 2015.

  Some gifts are not necessarily appreciated by your significant other, particularly if she’s female. Several years ago, shortly after I placed him on a cholesterol-lowering diet, my husband bought “us” a present: a bathroom scale. “It’s a good one. … Continue reading

Can This Recipe Ingredient Be Saved?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 30, 2015.

As most of us learned from our parents, be sure to check that you have your ingredients before you start cooking or baking. I’d like to add: Be sure the ingredients are in a usable form, too. I recall a … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Bring on the Leafy Greens This Winter

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 29, 2015.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that we have at least 1 1/2 cups of dark green vegetables per week.

Your Freezer Questions Answered

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 23, 2015.

  I field quite a few consumer calls in an average week. This week someone’s garage freezer stopped working due to the changes in temperature in the garage. Some of her food thawed. The food was still refrigerator-cold and had … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Save Some Bread With These Tips

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 22, 2015.

At some point in our lives, most of us have found a colorful, fuzzy surprise when we opened a bread bag.

Managing the Time, Money Crunch Related to Food

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 16, 2015.

  The cookies have been eaten, wreaths and trees have come down, twinkling lights are now dim and crumpled wrapping paper went out with the trash. Remaining holiday merchandise is marked “clearance.” The bustling holiday season officially is over. For … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Mind Your Portions This Winter

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 15, 2015.

We are surrounded by temptations or “cues” to eat.

Prairie Fare: Celebrate Soup Month With Comforting, Satisfying Soup

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 08, 2015.

Researchers found that having soup before a meal can take the edge off your appetite.

Have Some Chicken Soup to Simmer Down Colds

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 08, 2015.

  If you haven’t had a cold this season, count yourself lucky because we’re surrounded by people with colds. That usually means we’ll get our turn. While many over-the-counter medications help relieve symptoms like sniffling, sneezing and coughing, so far … Continue reading

Is Your Desk Snack-safe?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 02, 2015.

  After taking some vacation days around the holidays, I returned to my desk hungrier than usual. Maybe I was in “snack mode” after being surrounded by holiday goodies at home. At work my desk drawers were bare. I began … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Beware of Weight-loss Promises

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 31, 2014.

Obviously, diet products are big business, especially since two out of three people are overweight.

Heed This All-wet Winter Advice

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 26, 2014.

  “Mom, I have a sore throat. I need some chicken soup,” my daughter informed one day. She coughed to emphasize her point. “My hands are really dry. Do you have some heavy-duty lotion?” my son asked, rubbing the cracked … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Please Stay Home When You Are Sick

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 23, 2014.

Some reports say that cold virus droplets can spread at least five feet and up to 30 feet.

Prairie Fare: Set Goals to Help Improve Fitness

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 18, 2014.

Exercise and food choices go hand in hand for maintaining and improving health.

Prairie Fare: Last-minute Thoughtful Gifts Make the Recipient’s Day

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 11, 2014.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give a thoughtful gift.

Prairie Fare: Limit Your Holiday Stress

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 04, 2014.

Simplifying expectations, eating a healthful diet, getting plenty of exercise and scheduling time for relaxation can help you cope.

Prairie Fare: Put on Your Baking Scientist Hat

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 26, 2014.

Incorrect measurements and mixing can affect your final product.

Prairie Fare: Mix Up Some Quick Bread

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 20, 2014.

Quick breads are mixed and baked immediately.

Prairie Fare: Be Sure Turkey Time Inspires Memories, Not Nightmares

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 13, 2014.

Regardless of how you decide to prepare your bird, ensure a successful and safe turkey dinner by taking some precautions.
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