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Does Your Garden Promote Healthy Eyes?

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

As I admired the various shades of green in my landscape and the bright yellow daffodil blossoms in late May, I couldn’t help but value my eyesight. A rose-breasted grosbeak and a yellow finch flew to our bird feeders. A … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Who Needs Strength Training?

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on May 21, 2015.

Strengthening our muscles, we can reduce body fat and maintain or potentially reduce our blood pressure.

Does Gardening Really Count as Exercise?

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

When I was very young I loved to help with gardening. Squash, pumpkin and bean seeds were easily within my planting capability. I’m not sure I ever graduated to the manual dexterity needed for planting the tiny carrot seeds. I’d … Continue reading

Bees Are Busy Food Producers

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

Some of us claim to be pretty busy. But we’re all slackers compared to honey bees. Imagine yourself as a bee. To make a pound of honey, you’d need to gather all your winged friends, fly more than 50,000 miles … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Leftover Breakfast Cereal? Think Outside the Box

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on May 07, 2015.

We have plenty of ways to use cereal while saving money and reducing waste along the way. We just need to think outside the box a bit.

Bison Are at Home on the Range

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 01, 2015.

Whenever I drive to Jamestown, N.D., I always peer off to the distant hill looking for the famous albino bison. It’s not a mythological creature. White Cloud really exists, and now the herd has an additional younger white bison. Among … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: Safe Food Preservation Advice Comes Early This Year

By rmattern from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 30, 2015.

About 30 botulism cases are reported yearly in the U.S. and most of those cases are associated with food canned improperly at home.

What Are Your Summer Nutrition and Fitness Goals?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 24, 2015.

I recall a conversation I had with my son many years ago. He had just completed first grade. He and I were talking about scheduling some summer activities for him, and I was perusing the city’s summer recreation guide. “What … Continue reading

Prairie Fare: How to Manage Splurges at Big-box Food Stores

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 23, 2015.

Extra calories from any source can lead to weight gain.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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