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Prairie Fare: Looking Back on Nutrition and Other Trends in the Last 40 Years

By karmbruster from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 18, 2019.

Though nutrition recommendations have changed over the years, moderation is still key.

Prairie Fare: Is Music Good for Your Health?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 11, 2019.

Music can keep our brain active, reduce stress and help us recover from surgery.

Suspicious About Food?

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 08, 2019.

Do you ever find all the nutrition messages you get from various sources a little confusing?  Should you be eating gluten-free, paleo, or on another special diet? Some people definitely need special diets and special foods. Most of us do not. A new campaign to promote healthful eating was launched in mid-March by the U.S. … Continue reading Suspicious About Food?

Prairie Fare: What Would You Do in a Disaster Involving Food?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 04, 2019.

Know what to do if a flood affects your food supply.

Prairie Fare: Try These Questions About Storing Fruits and Vegetables

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Apr 04, 2019.

Fruits and vegetables are among the foods Americans waste the most.

Think About Your Drink Choices

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 29, 2019.

“Somebody doesn’t want us to have a mocha coffee, I guess,” my husband commented as we left a restaurant empty-handed one day. I had coupons for two free special beverages, and the server had told us the machine was not working. “I can save the coupons. Should we go back and buy some regular coffee?” … Continue reading Think About Your Drink Choices

Use Coupons Wisely

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 22, 2019.

“I found my coupon box!” I exclaimed. I began looking through the coupons in the recipe box. I noted that most had expired, although I found a few gems marked “no expiration date.” I must have fallen off the coupon bandwagon because my coupon-clipping time was shortened by family responsibilities. Instead of name brands, I … Continue reading Use Coupons Wisely

Prairie Fare: Exploring the Germans From Russia Foodways

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 21, 2019.

Food is a way to connect with your culture, as well as other cultures.

Prairie Fare: Where’s Your Food Thermometer?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 14, 2019.

If you don’t have a food thermometer, you need to get one.

Are You Fit for Spring or a Winter Couch Potato?

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 14, 2019.

“Mom, it’s time to do Wii Fit!” my daughter announced. She was 5 at the time. “I’m busy making dinner, so I can’t right now,” I said. About 15 minutes later, I felt a poke on my arm as I sat in front of our computer while dinner was in the oven. “We need a … Continue reading Are You Fit for Spring or a Winter Couch Potato?

Prairie Fare: Is Anyone Else Anxious for Spring?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Mar 07, 2019.

Now is a good time to think about what we put on our plate and perhaps growing some of the food we eat.

Watch Any Cooking Shows?

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 28, 2019.

“Mom, I’m so tired. I’ve been cooking! I made fudge and cookies,” my pink-cheeked daughter announced as she entered the family room, rubbing her arms. She was six at the time. I looked up from my newspaper hoping the cooking had occurred in her play kitchen and not in our real kitchen. “You have to … Continue reading Watch Any Cooking Shows?

Prairie Fare: Does Freezing Weather Increase the Calories We Burn?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 28, 2019.

Our environmental conditions can affect our metabolism.

Prairie Fare: How Do Late-night Snacks and Beverages Affect Sleep?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 21, 2019.

Recent evidence shows that having a small bedtime snack might be good for us.

Old Cookbooks Offer Tidbits of Wise Information

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 21, 2019.

One day I decided to consolidate all of my cookbooks into a large set of bookshelves in my dining room. I thought my cookbooks would fit in a couple of shelves. I underestimated the size of my collection. Suddenly, my kids and husband began gathering my “coffee table” cookbooks from the family room and living … Continue reading Old Cookbooks Offer Tidbits of Wise Information

Prairie Fare: Add Some International Flair to Your Menus

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 14, 2019.

Food is a way to connect to your own culture as well as explore other cultures.

Enjoy Heart-healthy Lentil Soup

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 12, 2019.

“What kind of soup are you making?” I asked one of my students who was testing recipes for a project we are completing. “That’s the red lentil soup,” she replied while stirring the aromatic onions. I noticed some freshly juiced lemon juice in a cup and other ingredients simmering in a pot on the stovetop. … Continue reading Enjoy Heart-healthy Lentil Soup

Prairie Fare: Watch Your Sodium Intake During American Heart Month

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 07, 2019.

Americans consume 75 percent of their sodium from processed foods, not from table salt.

7 Questions About Heart Health

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 05, 2019.

When I was shopping the other day, I noticed all the Valentine’s Day cards and heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolate candy. February is a time when we express our affection for our friends, family and/or significant others through these thoughtful gestures. We hope the colorful heart-shaped items serve as reminders to consider heart health, too. … Continue reading 7 Questions About Heart Health

Prairie Fare: Stay on the Pulse of Healthful Eating

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 31, 2019.

Pulse foods are budget-friendly and good for our heart.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside… Can You Answer 7 Questions about Extreme Cold?

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 30, 2019.

Let’s review a few things to stay nourished, safe and warm this winter. The answers, which are based on “Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), follow. Which two age groups are particularly vulnerable to cold weather? Imagine you are snowbound … Continue reading Baby, It’s Cold Outside… Can You Answer 7 Questions about Extreme Cold?

Prairie Fare: Food Recalls and Outbreaks: What’s the Difference?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 24, 2019.

An outbreak means at least two people have the same foodborne illness from the same contaminated food or drink.

Prairie Fare: Avoid Sitting Too Much

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 17, 2019.

Too much sitting can lead to health issues.

Who Needs to Avoid Gluten?

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 16, 2019.

Can you name the disease?  An estimated one in 133 people has this disease, but only 3 percent of them have been diagnosed. Many are of Scandinavian, Irish or English descent. The disease can appear at any age, from infancy to later adulthood, and isn’t necessarily easy for doctors to diagnose. The symptoms vary. Many … Continue reading Who Needs to Avoid Gluten?

Prairie Fare: 6 Dogs Taught Me Some Health Lessons

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 10, 2019.

Pets can offer lessons on companionship, physical activity, sleep and nutrition.
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