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Prairie Fare: Grocery Shopping Options Are Changing

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 15, 2018.

Read food nutrition labels and comparison shop to make the best choices wherever you buy groceries.

Celebrate Heart Health With A Heart-Healthy Breakfast

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 13, 2018.

My daughter spotted a canister with a large, red heart on it as she explored our pantry for an appealing breakfast. She was 9 at the time. “Mom, I’d like oatmeal for breakfast,” she said. “Of course you can have oatmeal,” I said, happy to oblige. I showed her how to make oatmeal quickly in…
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Prairie Fare: Electric Pressure Cookers Can Speed Meal Preparation

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 08, 2018.

Electric pressure cookers let you make everything from main courses to desserts, but don’t use them for canning food.

Do You Know Your Numbers For Heart Health?

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 05, 2018.

Am I the only one that has a difficult time remembering all the sign in information and passwords for everything from personal computers to bank accounts? Even my garage door has a code. We are not supposed to use the same numbers for everything, either.  At work, I need to change my password at least…
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Prairie Fare: Gentlemen, Maintain Your Bodies With New ‘Healthwise for Guys’ Resources

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Feb 01, 2018.

A website includes fact sheets and links to a wide range of research-based health information.

5 Tips To Practice Mindful Eating During February, American Heart Month

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 30, 2018.

You probably have heard that your food and fitness choices affect your heart health. You may have made plans to eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, leaner cuts of meat and low-fat dairy. Temptations are all around us, though. We might be tempted by the treats available at work, sporting events and near the…
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Prairie Fare: Immune System, Put On Your Boxing Gloves

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 25, 2018.

You have several ways to help your immune system resist colds and flu.

Create A Soup During January, National Soup Month

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 24, 2018.

“I made the wild rice soup mix, but I added a few things,” my husband commented one day on our way home. “That sounds good,” I responded. “We had carrots, celery and onions in the fridge, so I chopped them and added them to the soup,” he said. I nodded my head. I knew the…
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Prairie Fare: Is Romaine Lettuce Safe to Eat?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 18, 2018.

To avoid foodborne illness, be aware of food recalls and handle all food safely.

Prairie Fare: 10 Tips to Help Pare Off Some Pounds

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 11, 2018.

An extra 100 calories per day may result in a 10-pound weight gain in a year.

Try These Tips To Stay Healthy And Save Money In 2018

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 09, 2018.

As we start a new year, many of us set goals. We might want to strengthen our muscles and heart with a healthier diet and more physical activity. We might want to lose some weight. Maybe we want to save more money for the long term. These are some ideas to consider. Plan Your Meals…
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Prairie Fare: Be Ready for Extreme Cold This Winter

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 04, 2018.

Here are tips for staying nourished, safe and warm this winter.

8 Tips To Make Cooking At Home A Breeze

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jan 02, 2018.

Is saving some money on your New Year’s resolution list? How about having more healthful meals? Cooking meals at home can help you meet both of those goals. The holidays are memories now, but the bills for all the fun may be rolling in. Is saving some money on your New Year’s resolution list? How…
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Prairie Fare: New Long-term Study Shows More Benefits of Family Mealtimes

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 28, 2017.

Here are tips to help make eating meals as a family a reality.

Prairie Fare: Try This 5-step Strategy for Health Goal Setting

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 21, 2017.

Set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timed.

Prairie Fare: Mrs. Claus Comments on Santa’s Health

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 14, 2017.

A conversation with Mrs. Claus highlights the importance of good eating and health-care habits.

Sing Along To Set Health Goals

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 13, 2017.

“Mom, they just played that song again!” my daughter said. I think she wanted us to change the radio station. “That was a different singer, though. I think everyone likes it, so they play it a lot,” I said as we listened to the radio station that plays all holiday music. Soon one of her…
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Prairie Fare: Do Microwave Ovens Zap Nutrients in Foods?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 07, 2017.

Cooking in a microwave can help preserve nutrients in food.

10 Tips To Fit Your Clothes After The Holidays

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Dec 07, 2017.

Everywhere I go, I see more candy and cookies to taste, and unfortunately, my willpower is not overly strong during the holiday season. In the interest of food science, of course, I need to try these things. I am testing my willpower as a bowl of treats sits about 10 feet from me just outside…
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Prairie Fare: Always Compliment the Cook Who Uses Planned-over Food

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 30, 2017.

Don’t let leftover food go to waste; turn it into planned-overs.

Try An Unusual Fruit This Season

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 29, 2017.

“What is that thing?” my husband asked as he pointed at something in the produce aisle. “I have no idea,” I said as I walked slowly toward the bin of fruits. I reached out timidly to examine the bright pink globular thing with green spines protruding from the sides and top. I was ready to…
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Prairie Fare: How Much Do You Know About Frozen Food Storage?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 22, 2017.

Freezing is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to preserve food if you have the proper equipment.

Try This Thanksgiving Quiz

By Julie Garden-Robinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 21, 2017.

One evening a couple years, I poked around an antique store in West Virginia after a day of being at a conference. I always enjoy seeing the antiques that are available in states that have been in existence longer than those in most of the Midwest. I came upon little candles shaped like pilgrims in…
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Prairie Fare: Make Good Use of Leftovers This Holiday Season

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 16, 2017.

Take steps to avoid food waste.

Prairie Fare: Are You Among the 1 in 3?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Nov 09, 2017.

An estimated 84 million Americans have prediabetes, and most don’t know it.
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