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Staying Healthy While Eating Out

Staying Healthy While Eating Out

Whenever I go out to eat, I'm offered extra-large portions of fries or pop for just a little extra money. It this a good value?

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February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

Take care of your heart by going easy on the salt! Too much sodium can play a role in raising our blood pressure.

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Keep Your Child's Lunch Safe

Keep Your Child's Lunch Safe

I pack lunches for my children, but I sometimes worry that the food won't stay at a safe temperature until lunchtime. What can I do?

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Use Coupons Wisely

Use Coupons Wisely

Lately, clipping coupons is the subject of TV shows. Maybe you have seen the shows that feature people with grocery carts full of food and stacks of coupons.

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How Much Do You Know About Eggs?

How Much Do You Know About Eggs?

Learn why eggs are an "egg-ceptional" addition to our diet.

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Are Eggs Good For Your Eyes?

Are Eggs Good For Your Eyes?

I read something that says eggs are good for my eyes. Is that right?

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Perfect Hard-cooked Eggs

Perfect Hard-cooked Eggs

Follow this three-step method for best results.

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Try Container Gardening

Try Container Gardening

Gardening has become very popular, but not everyone has a big backyard to grow a large garden or the time to tend it. If you are short on space, consider container gardening.

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Summer Activity Ideas for Kids

Summer Activity Ideas for Kids

School is almost over, and I’m wondering how to keep my kids busy during the summer without spending a lot of money on activities.

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Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

I have heard about vitamin D and its health benefits. Doesn't our body make it? What foods contain vitamin D?

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Stretch Your Milk Budget

Stretch Your Milk Budget

During June, National Dairy Month, enjoy some dairy products, such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Dairy products are some of our best sources of calcium and many are fortified with vitamin D, which helps build strong bones and teeth.

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Tips to Save Money at the Grocery Store

Tips to Save Money at the Grocery Store

The NDSU Extension Service provides top tips for feeding families, healthy, nourishing food while sticking to a budget.

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Balanced Diet on a Budget

Balanced Diet on a Budget

I have a hard time stretching my food dollars to last all month. How can I feed my family a balanced diet on a budget?

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Stay Hydrated With Smart Beverage Choices

Stay Hydrated With Smart Beverage Choices

In the heat of the summer, don’t forget to keep your body hydrated. What you drink is as important as what you eat. Keep these 10 tips from www.choosemyplate.gov in mind as you beat the summer heat!

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Do kids really need "sports drinks?"

Do kids really need "sports drinks?"

My kids always ask for “sports drinks” even when they are watching TV. Do they really need them?

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Enjoy a Safe and Tasty Picnic!

Enjoy a Safe and Tasty Picnic!

Going out to eat is fun, but it can be expensive. However, going outside to eat is fun, too, and it’s easy on your budget.

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Changes in School Menus

Changes in School Menus

I heard that changes are being made to school menus. What should I know?

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No Time for Breakfast?

No Time for Breakfast?

I know that eating breakfast is important for my family, but we never seem to have enough time in the morning. Do you have any ideas?

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School's In Session: Do Your Grain Food Choices Make the Grade?

School's In Session: Do Your Grain Food Choices Make the Grade?

Children in schools will be having more whole-grain options available in school lunch programs nationwide. Whole grains are healthier options for all of us.

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Comparison Shopping

Comparison Shopping

Tips to compare brands and get the most nutrition for your money.

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Using Spices and Herbs Instead of Salt

Using Spices and Herbs Instead of Salt

I would like to start using more spices and herbs than salt when I cook. Can you help?

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Eat Your Veggies!

Eat Your Veggies!

You probably have noticed the leaves turning color at this time of the year. Let nature’s colors be a cue to add more color to your plate, especially dark green and orange/gold vegetables. Many people do not eat enough of the “autumn-colored” fruits and vegetables.

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Tips for a Holiday Buffet

Tips for a Holiday Buffet

I'm planning to have guests to my house for a holiday buffet. I know that I need to be careful about safe food handling. Do you have any tips for me?

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Turkey Pop-up Thermometers

Turkey Pop-up Thermometers

I bought a turkey with a pop-up thermometer. Do I still need to use a regular thermometer?

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Try These Strategies to Maintain Your Weight During the Holidays

Try These Strategies to Maintain Your Weight During the Holidays

Holidays usually are not the best time to try to lose weight. Often we are greeted by special treats at every turn. Try these steps to reduce the amount of calories in your diet so you can maintain your weight.

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Tips to Save Money at the Grocery Store

Tips to Save Money at the Grocery Store

I’m trying to save money at the grocery store so I have a little extra for gifts for my grandchildren. What do you suggest?

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Don't Let the Holidays Break Your Budget

Don't Let the Holidays Break Your Budget

Holidays often mean special foods and gifts for family and friends. The extra spending can strain your budget.You can gain some budget-stretching ideas by trying this activity. Answer the questions and mark an “X” in the box that applies to you.

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Is Frozen Canned Food Safe?

Is Frozen Canned Food Safe?

After my grocery shopping trip, I accidentally left a can of refried beans and a can of diced chilies in my car and they froze! The cans look swollen now. Is the food safe to eat?

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Have a More Healthful New Year With These 10 Nutrition Tips

Have a More Healthful New Year With These 10 Nutrition Tips

As January begins, many people set goals to improve their health, and often that involves eating a more healthful diet. You can enjoy your meals while making small adjustments to the amounts of food on your plate. Which of these tips will work for you?

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Secrets of Soluble Fiber

Secrets of Soluble Fiber

I have heard that “soluble fiber” helps fight heart disease. What foods contain soluble fiber?

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February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

Your food choices can make a positive difference in your heart health as well as your overall health.

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Think Your Drink During March, National Nutrition Month

Think Your Drink During March, National Nutrition Month

Have you checked the Nutrition Facts label on your favorite beverages? Calories from beverages can add up quickly. Unlike food, beverages usually don’t make people feel “full.” Swapping a can of sweetened soda pop with water every day can trim about 150 calories from your daily diet. That simple swap could add up to a 15-pound weight loss during the course of a year.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Thawing Meat

The Do's and Don'ts of Thawing Meat

When I was at my friend’s house, I noticed she was thawing meat in a pan on her counter top. Is that safe?

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7 Steps to Creating a Casserole

7 Steps to Creating a Casserole

“What’s for dinner?” If you sometimes answer the question, “I have no idea!” then we have some ways you can use ingredients in your cupboard or freezer, or leftovers in your refrigerator. Use your creativity to make a satisfying and economical meal for your family in seven easy steps.

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The Date Dilemma

The Date Dilemma

I bought some yogurt and eggs at the grocery store yesterday. I noticed today is the "sell-by" date. Is the food still OK to eat? I have some other foods in my cupboard with "use-by" and "expiration" dates. What is the difference?

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What Color is Your Food?

What Color is Your Food?

As spring becomes summer, nature begins to burst into color with green grass, and budding gardens and flowers. Let the colors of nature be a guide to choosing foods for a healthful diet.

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Protein Cost Comparison

Protein Cost Comparison

I know that protein foods usually cost the most. What is the difference in cost? My family really likes beef, chicken and pork. How can I stretch my budget and still provide their favorite foods?

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Stretching Your Meat Budget

Stretching Your Meat Budget

My family likes grilled steak, but sometimes my food budget doesn't stretch that far. Do you have any tips?

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Freeze Some Vegetables This Summer

Freeze Some Vegetables This Summer

Freezing is one of the easiest methods of food preservation.

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Tips for Choosing Breakfast Cereal

Tips for Choosing Breakfast Cereal

Buying cereal is kind of confusing. I know some cereals have lots of added sugars. Do you have any tips for choosing breakfast cereal?

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Don't Skip This Meal

Don't Skip This Meal

Quick quiz: What’s the “most important meal of the day”? More than likely you are thinking “breakfast.” If so, give yourself a pat on the back and be sure to enjoy some healthful food for breakfast.

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Fun After School Snacks

Fun After School Snacks

My grandchildren come over after school. Do you have any ideas for fun snacks they might like?

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Try These Ideas to Tame Snack Attacks

Try These Ideas to Tame Snack Attacks

“I’m hungry! What’s to eat?” Most of us have thought or heard this, especially after school or work. Well-chosen snacks can keep kids and adults energized for work and play. Consider these snack tips.

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Prepackaged Fruits and Veggies

Prepackaged Fruits and Veggies

My kids only eat prepackaged fruits and veggies for snacks. Do these snacks need to be washed before my kids eat them?

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Stop Germs in Their Tracks With Proper Hand Washing

Stop Germs in Their Tracks With Proper Hand Washing

When the weather cools, people stay indoors more often. The number of colds and flulike symptoms begin to increase at this time of year. Did you know that proper hand washing is the single most important way to help prevent the spread of illness?

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Welcome to the SNAP Challenge!

Welcome to the SNAP Challenge!

This September for Hunger Action Month many across North Dakota (myself included), from government officials to local church leaders, are pledging to take the SNAP Challenge and live on a food budget of $4.25 per person per day/$29.75 for the week.

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The EFNEP Promotes Positive Change

The EFNEP Promotes Positive Change

Two graduates from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) share their experiences and how the program made an impact.

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White and Brown Rice

White and Brown Rice

What is the difference between white and brown rice besides the color? How do I prepare it?

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Try These Budget-stretching All-stars: Rice and Beans!

Try These Budget-stretching All-stars: Rice and Beans!

Have you ever had beans and rice at a Mexican restaurant? Rice and beans often are paired together on menus because they form a “complete protein” with all the amino acids (protein building blocks) your body needs for good nutrition.

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Grocery Lists and Cooking with Food on Hand

Grocery Lists and Cooking with Food on Hand

I always seem to cook the same meals at home. When I am at the grocery store, I forget what I have at home, and I bring home more of the same foods! Can you help?

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Your Holiday Questions Answered!

Your Holiday Questions Answered!

Helpful advice on how to avoid overeating and overspending this holiday season.

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How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

I know I should eat more fruits and vegetables. I like stir-fried vegetables and fruit kabobs, but fresh produce is so expensive where I live. What can I do?

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Explore Foods From Around the World

Explore Foods From Around the World

What do pizza, lasagna, tacos, kabobs and stir-fried vegetables have in common? They are favorite “American foods” that came from other cultures. In fact, many cultures use more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, compared with the menus we usually have in the U.S. A healthful diet promotes good health! Consider these tips from www.choosemyplate.gov to add variety and flavor to your diet.

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Save at the Grocery Store with  Loss Leaders

Save at the Grocery Store with Loss Leaders

I heard that I should shop for the "loss leaders" at the grocery store. What does that mean?

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February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

Learn what foods are heart-healthy and tips to add them to your everyday diet.

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Understanding Lean Ground Beef Percentages

Understanding Lean Ground Beef Percentages

What do the percentages (such as "90% lean") on ground beef packages mean? How can I use this information?

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Stretch Your Fruit and Vegetable Budget

Stretch Your Fruit and Vegetable Budget

Do you and your family members eat enough fruits and veggies for good health? Most people need 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruits and 2 1/2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day to meet the recommendations. Enjoy the taste of eating right during March, National Nutrition Month. Include a rainbow of fruits and vegetables on your menus. They're rich in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants that promote good health.

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Starting a Garden

Starting a Garden

Some of my friends are talking about gardening. I would like to try gardening with my kids, but I don't know where to begin. Can you help?

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Spring Clean Your Way to a Safer Kitchen

Spring Clean Your Way to a Safer Kitchen

As the green grass begins to pop up outdoors, we often feel energized to do some projects. After a long winter, tackling a "spring cleaning" of our refrigerators and kitchen cupboards might be a good place to start.

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Grill Some Fruits and Veggies This Summer

Grill Some Fruits and Veggies This Summer

I'd like to learn how to grill some other foods besides burgers and chicken. Do you have any tips?

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Cook it Fast in a Microwave Oven

Cook it Fast in a Microwave Oven

Many households have a microwave oven. These small appliances are energy-efficient, take up little space in your kitchen and speed up food preparation. However, food safety experts have found that not everyone follows safe food-handling rules when using the microwave.

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June "in Season" Fruits and Veggies

June "in Season" Fruits and Veggies

Save money by purchasing fruits and veggies that are in season during June.

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Saving Money When Eating Out

Saving Money When Eating Out

My family of five enjoys eating at restaurants now and then, but it really stretches our food budget. Do you have any tips?

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Let's Eat Outside (Safely)!

Let's Eat Outside (Safely)!

As the weather warms, many people enjoy cooking outside on a grill or packing a picnic to eat on a nature hike. Problem is, if we don't pay attention to safe food handling, we could put our family and friends at risk of foodborne illness or "food poisoning." Foodborne illness increases during the summer because the temperatures are warmer, and the bacteria present around us can "hop on" food and grow quickly in the warm temperatures. Summer also tends to be humid, and moist environments increase the chances for bacteria to grow.

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Grilling with a Food Thermometer

Grilling with a Food Thermometer

Meat needs to reach a safe internal temperature to prevent you and your family from getting sick. Although checking the color of the meat is a good start, it does not guarantee it is safe to eat.

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