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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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Coupons = Savings for Busy Moms

Coupons = Savings for Busy Moms

Imagine saving hundreds of dollars at the grocery store every year simply by using coupons. You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save money.

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Colors and Health Benefits

Colors and Health Benefits

I have heard that fruits and vegetables have different health benefits depending on the color. Is that true?

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Canned, Fresh or Frozen: What Kinds of Fruits and Vegetables Do You Choose?

Canned, Fresh or Frozen: What Kinds of Fruits and Vegetables Do You Choose?

During the summer months, we can enjoy delicious, colorful fresh fruits and vegetables from a garden, farmers market or grocery store. When fruits and vegetables are “in season,” they are at their best quality and flavor. On average, kids and adults need 2½ to 3 cups of fruits and vegetables daily.

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Time-saving Steps in the Kitchen

Time-saving Steps in the Kitchen

Cooking takes a lot of time for me, even when I make simple meals. I admit I'm kind of a messy cook! Do you have any tips?

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Dinner's in the Freezer!

Dinner's in the Freezer!

Preparing freezer meals can help you stretch your budget and your time. You can make your own convenience foods with your favorite ingredients that are on sale at the grocery store. If you are on a special diet, you can adjust the recipes to fit your needs. Later, all you do is thaw and cook.

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Deciphering "Sell By" Dates

Deciphering "Sell By" Dates

I'm very confused by the dates on food packages at the grocery store. I was reading the "sell by" dates on an egg carton, milk carton, and yogurt container in my refrigerator. All the dates have passed. What do these dates mean? Do I need to toss the foods?

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Fuel Your Empty Tank With Breakfast

Fuel Your Empty Tank With Breakfast

Do you ever skip breakfast? People have lots of reasons. Maybe they hit the "snooze" button once too many times on their alarm clocks and they didn't have time to grab something. Maybe someone ate the last of the cereal and left the empty box in the cupboard. Maybe they just weren't feeling hungry. Others might be trying to cut some calories out of their diet to lose weight. Some might think that breakfast is only important for kids.

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Snacking on Popcorn

Snacking on Popcorn

My grandchildren come over after school sports practice, and they love popcorn. Is popcorn a healthy snack?

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Stretch Your Food Budget by Trimming Your Food Waste

Stretch Your Food Budget by Trimming Your Food Waste

Have you ever tossed leftover food because it became moldy in your refrigerator? Perhaps you tasted something at the grocery store and bought a large package of it. Then you discovered that your family didn't like it or became tired of eating it.

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How to Get More Food for Your Dollar

How to Get More Food for Your Dollar

I'm always looking for ways to get more for my money at the grocery store. Do you have any ideas for me?

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"Cook Without Looking" Try a Slow Cooker!

"Cook Without Looking" Try a Slow Cooker!

Wouldn't it be nice to be greeted by the aroma of a steaming pot of homemade soup, stew, chili, or chicken fajitas (this month's recipe) at the end of a busy day? You just need to do a little work in advance and use a slow cooker.

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Healthy Snacking Made Easy

Healthy Snacking Made Easy

Having healthy snacks available does not take a lot of time. It just requires a bit of planning for nutritious food options when you’re on the go.

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Holiday Budgeting: Solved!

Holiday Budgeting: Solved!

I get stressed about buying holiday gifts and foods. What can I do?

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Have a Healthy Holiday!

Have a Healthy Holiday!

Spending time with family and friends and enjoying special food is part of most holiday celebrations. However, you may leave the gathering thinking you ate too much. If you are planning any holiday gatherings, try these tips to keep your holidays festive and also focused on good health.

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Here's to Good Health in the New Year

Here's to Good Health in the New Year

Many people set goals for the New Year. Maybe you want to lose weight or get your finances in order. Making lifestyle changes can be challenging. Be sure to focus on simple steps so you have better chances for success.

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Homemade Salad in a Jar

Homemade Salad in a Jar

I would like to have salads more often for lunch, but the prepared ones are kind of expensive. They do not have my favorite ingredients, either. Do you have any ideas for me?

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Save Some Bread With These Tips

Save Some Bread With These Tips

Using day-old bread can help you stretch your food dollars. Some bakeries offer day-old bread at discounted prices. You might buy a few loaves because you found a great deal; unfortunately, you might get tired of it before you use all of it. What can you do with it?

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Tips to Help Children Eat More Veggies

Tips to Help Children Eat More Veggies

My preschool and elementary-age children love fruit, but I have a hard time getting them to eat their vegetables. Do you have any tips?

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Do You Know How to "Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle"?

Do You Know How to "Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle"?

March is National Nutrition Month, and that's a great time to take steps to develop a healthful eating plan as we move toward spring.

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Plant an "Eye-Healthy" Salad Garden

Plant an "Eye-Healthy" Salad Garden

My doctor mentioned that leafy greens are good for my eyes. I have a space for a small garden this spring. Do you have any tips?

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Take Care of Your Eyes

Take Care of Your Eyes

Do you look forward to the green grass, red and yellow tulips, and all the other beautiful, blooming colors of spring? In honor of nature's rebirth and the beauty around us, let's consider how to maintain healthy vision. April has two national observances for eye health: Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month and Women's Eye Health and Safety Month.

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"Use by" Dates with Proper Storage

"Use by" Dates with Proper Storage

I noticed that lots of food packages say "use by" and "best if used by" and then list a date. Will I get sick if I eat the food after the date?

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5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

During the spring, many people take steps to clean their closets, garages and kitchens. Have you ever had to throw out food that has become moldy in your fridge? Have any of your packaged foods lost their appealing taste or color because they were "lost" in the back of a cupboard? Have you bought a large package of food because it had a lower "unit price" and you or your family became tired of the food?

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Increase Calcium and Vitamin D

Increase Calcium and Vitamin D

I tracked the food I eat on the SuperTracker (at www.chooseMyPlate.gov) for a week. I learned that I am not getting enough calcium and vitamin D in my diet. I like milk, but I tend to have water instead of milk.

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7 Steps to Creating a Summer Stir-fry

7 Steps to Creating a Summer Stir-fry

Are you looking for a delicious, quick and easy meal idea? Enjoy a delicious stir-fry made with a variety of colorful seasonal summer vegetables. Check out what's available at your grocery store, a farmers market or your own garden. In-season fresh vegetables are at their best quality and, often, best price. When you make a stir-fry, you do not heat up your oven, so your kitchen will stay cooler, too.

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Freezer Meals Save Time & Money

Freezer Meals Save Time & Money

Do you feel like you are constantly running and don't have time to cook?

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June is National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month

Be sure to keep your milk and dairy products safe to eat.

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Stock Your Vehicle with Healthful Snacks

Stock Your Vehicle with Healthful Snacks

We are going on a little road trip this summer. Every time we stop to fuel our car, my kids ask for treats at the convenience store. What can I do?

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Let's Have a Picnic During July, National Picnic Month

Let's Have a Picnic During July, National Picnic Month

Enjoying food in the great outdoors is a fun part of summer and makes memories for family and friends. Make picnics healthful and safe with these tips.

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Preserving Herbs and Vegetables

Preserving Herbs and Vegetables

I have lots of lettuce, fresh herbs and zucchini grown in my backyard. I just bought a stand-alone freezer. What freezes well?

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August is Sandwich Month

August is Sandwich Month

Save some money by bringing a sandwich to work instead of going out to eat.

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Keep Lunch Safe Without a Refrigerator

Keep Lunch Safe Without a Refrigerator

I'm trying to save money by bringing lunch from home more often, but we do not have a large refrigerator at work. I have to wait in a long line to use the microwave oven to reheat foods. Do you have any ideas?

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5 Tips to Building a Healthful Lunch

5 Tips to Building a Healthful Lunch

What's on your lunch menu? Do you buy lunch or make it at home?

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Take Care of Your Immune System

Take Care of Your Immune System

My family tends to get sick with colds and the flu in the fall. What can we do to stay healthy?

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Enjoy the Bountiful Harvest of Fall Vegetables

Enjoy the Bountiful Harvest of Fall Vegetables

Do you enjoy the green leaves turning gold, red and orange? Nature's changing colors can be a cue to add color to your plate. How about some roasted carrots, potatoes, onions, beets, and rutabagas?

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Freezer Friendly Recipes

Freezer Friendly Recipes

NDSU Extension Service provides step-by-step instructions to prepare tasty Oven Baked Chicken Strips and Teriyaki Chicken to save time and money.

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Turkey Leftover Ideas

Turkey Leftover Ideas

We always enjoy a traditional turkey for Thanksgiving, but we get tired of it before we eat it all. Do you have any ideas?

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Test Your Turkey Knowledge

Test Your Turkey Knowledge

The holidays are just around the corner, and often turkey is the main course. How much do you know about turkey food safety and nutrition?

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Don't Toss Out the Pumpkin Seeds

Don't Toss Out the Pumpkin Seeds

Did you know that pumpkin seeds make nutritious snacks?

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Practice Portion Control this Holiday Season

Practice Portion Control this Holiday Season

I tend to overeat during the holidays. Do you have any tips to help me enjoy the special foods but manage my portions and calories?

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10 Tips to Stay Active This Winter

10 Tips to Stay Active This Winter

When cold winter temperatures keep us indoors, what can we do to stay fit?

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Reduce Food Waste

Reduce Food Waste

I always feel bad when I throw away food. Do other people have this issue? What can we do?

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"Souper" Soups Warm a Winter Day

"Souper" Soups Warm a Winter Day

What’s your favorite soup? Do you like vegetable beef, chicken noodle or turkey-wild rice soup, to name a few? Having a bowl of steaming soup can improve our nutrition and be good for our waistlines.

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Potassium for Heart Health

Potassium for Heart Health

I have heard that potassium is important for heart health. Why is it needed and what foods contain it?

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Try These Tips to Banish "Mindless" Eating

Try These Tips to Banish "Mindless" Eating

Many people set goals to eat better or lose weight starting on Jan. 1 only to give up on those goals by February. Did you know you can make some simple changes to reach your goals more easily?

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Try Indoor Herb Gardening

Try Indoor Herb Gardening

At this time of year, many of us enjoy seeing something green growing in our homes. How about trying indoor herb gardening?

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Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning with These Tips

Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning with These Tips

I noticed that my microwave oven and refrigerator are in need of a good cleaning. Do you have any tips?

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Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!

Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!

What is the main reason people choose the foods they do? Are you thinking about nutrition, food safety or cost? All of these play a role, but "taste" or "flavor" is the top reason.

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Food Safety in Your Fridge

Food Safety in Your Fridge

I was cleaning my refrigerator and I noticed some food that has been in there for a while. How long can I keep ground beef, eggs, and leftovers? What about mayonnaise?

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Shape Up For Spring

Shape Up For Spring

During the spring, we may feel like refreshing out home by cleaning and organizing closets. Maybe we should do a diet and physical activity checkup to find out if our lifestyle needs to be refreshed.

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Gardening with Children

Gardening with Children

My kids try to avoid vegetables, but I'm working on encouraging them to try some new vegetables. We have a community garden near us. When can we start planning?

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3 Tips to Healthier Spring and Summer Celebrations

3 Tips to Healthier Spring and Summer Celebrations

Celebrations often are exciting and memorable times filled with family, friends, and food.

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Trim Costs for Grilling Out This Summer

Trim Costs for Grilling Out This Summer

We like to grill steaks now and then, but we are on a budget. How can we save money on summertime grilling?

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June is Dairy Month

June is Dairy Month

School's out, so daytime milk breaks have ended for kids. Keep dairy on your menu this summer, but not just for kids. We all need calcium and vitamin D to keep our bones strong, and potassium and protein to keep our heart and muscles working properly.

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Grow Some Veggies in Pots

Grow Some Veggies in Pots

You still have time to plant some containers of vegetables even if you do not have a garden plot.

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Stretch Your Food Budget

Stretch Your Food Budget

I have a hard time stretching my food budget to reach the end of the month. How can I afford to eat healthfully on a budget?

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July is National Picnic Month

July is National Picnic Month

Try this quiz if you are ready to keep your family and friends safe from foodborne illness during hot summer months. "Perishable" means a food will be "go bad" if it is kept out too long at room temperature. We need to keep perishable foods out of the temperature danger zone (40 to 140 F) to keep them safe.

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Choosing Healthy Snack Bars

Choosing Healthy Snack Bars

We have so many different snack bars to choose from. How do I pick one that is a healthful choice for a snack?

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10 Tips for Smart Snacking

10 Tips for Smart Snacking

Whether you are a child or an adult, most of us enjoy snacks. Well-chosen snacks can boost your nutrition and keep you energetic at home, work or school.

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How Long Can You Keep Yogurt?

How Long Can You Keep Yogurt?

I like to have yogurt for breakfast, so I buy many containers when it is on sale. How long can I keep yogurt in my refrigerator?

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Mix Up Your Breakfast Menu

Mix Up Your Breakfast Menu

Do you eat breakfast on most days? If you do, you might notice that when you miss breakfast, you feel less energetic.

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Make Fruits and Vegetables Affordable

Make Fruits and Vegetables Affordable

I feel like I can't afford lots of fruits and vegetables for my family, even though they like them. Do you have any tips for me?

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Eat a Rainbow of Colorful Fruits and Veggies

Eat a Rainbow of Colorful Fruits and Veggies

Did you know that one simple dietary change can save lives and medical costs? The change: Add more colorful fruits and vegetables to your plate.

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New Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin

New Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin

My family enjoys pumpkin-flavored foods, but I keep making pumpkin pie and pumpkin bars. I know those recipes are high in calories. Do you have any new ways to enjoy pumpkin?

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Let Thanksgiving Inspire More Family Meals

Let Thanksgiving Inspire More Family Meals

Sharing a meal can promote a healthful diet and a chance to connect and build relationships.

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Watch Your Weight While Watching TV

Watch Your Weight While Watching TV

When the weather is cold, I just want to stay in my house and watch TV. I usually snack when I watch TV, and I often gain weight during the winter months. Do you have any ideas?

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Don't Stress Out During the Holidays

Don't Stress Out During the Holidays

Holidays are a great time to gather family and friends. Holidays can be stressful times, too, as people try to squeeze in lots of extra activities in the same amount of time.

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Try These Tips to Stay Healthy and Save Money in 2017

Try These Tips to Stay Healthy and Save Money in 2017

As we start a new year, many of us set goals. We might want to strengthen our muscles and heart with a more healthful diet and more physical activity. We might want to lose some weight. Maybe we want to save more money for the long term.

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