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Prairie Fare Column and Blog

Drink More Fluids, Eat More Fruits and Vegetables During Warmer Season

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 17, 2015.

Remember when toddlers were the only ones carrying bottles? Carrying a bottle of water to class, to work, on shopping trips, on walks and in cars has become quite chic. That’s a fashion statement with health benefits. How much do … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Grilled Asparagus Adds Variety, Nutrition to Menu

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 16, 2015.

As part of an overall healthful diet, asparagus and other healthful foods may reduce our risk for cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Prairie Fare: Is It Time for An Oil Change in Your Recipes?

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 09, 2015.

We have many oil choices in the grocery store, and some of them are more healthful than others.

‘Grazing’ Can Have Health Benefits

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 09, 2015.

“He eats like a horse.” I think I have described my son’s teenage years in those terms at some point. I have heard other parents of teenagers do the same. Eating like a horse actually is a compliment in some … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Feast Your Eyes on Eggs

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 02, 2015.

Eggs are one of the most versatile, economical and nutritious foods available.

Add Some Culture to Your Menu

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

My family members always enjoyed some fairly unusual foods. As a kid, I’d eat just about anything, with a few exceptions. Liver sausage and lutefisk only briefly touched my plate before being transferred stealthily to a distracted parent’s plate. I usually … Continue reading

Do You Like to “Ham Up” Your Menus?

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

I’ve long been a fan of ham, and pork in general. Whenever I was able to influence the holiday menu at home or at a relatives’ home, I requested ham or pork roast. Sometimes I got my wish. So, several … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Be the Grill Master This Spring

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

Our spring season beckons us to enjoy dining and cooking outdoors.

Prairie Fare: Enjoy Spring With Regular Outdoor Walks

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

Walking can reduce our risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and several other diseases.

Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 19, 2015.

When my older daughter was about 18 months old, she broke her leg in an unfortunate indoor collision with an older child at day care. While her tiny hot-pink cast did make quite a fashion statement, the several weeks of … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Do You Sit Most of the Day?

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

Those who sit most of the day may face a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, obesity and cancer.

How Lucky Are You Related to Health?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 12, 2015.

“Uncle John lived to be 95, and he ate bacon, eggs, butter and cream every day and few fruits or vegetables.” “Aunt Jane never ate a vegetable in her life and she’s 89.” Do these quotes ring a bell? Do … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: How Much Protein Do You Need?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 05, 2015.

Protein in food form is tasty and packed with nutrients.

10 Snacks to Fill Nutrition Gaps

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

“Snacking” often conjures up images of guzzling soda pop, crunching on chips and munching on candy bars while cruising down the highway or lounging in front of a TV. Snack foods are big sellers, and most of us enjoy some type … Continue reading

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
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