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With almost 75% of the sodium intake of most Americans coming from processed foods, it is not the salt shaker on the table that is to blame for high salt intake. The Food and Drug Administration released new guidelines asking food service, restaurants, and food manufacturers to voluntarily reduce sodium levels in over 150 categories… Continue reading »

Next time you have overripe bananas lying around, don’t throw them out – make these delicious and healthy muffins instead!  Most muffins are just a step away from cake with lots of added sugar and unhealthy fat. Not these med muffins! These muffins utilize ripe bananas for natural sweetness and nuts for heart-healthy fats. Great… Continue reading »

The non-nutritive sweetener sucralose is found in literally thousands of foods, most diet soft drinks are sweetened this way. The zero calories on the label signals that this food would help with weight loss, especially if it is being swapped for its full calorie version. A recent study published in the Journal of the American… Continue reading »

Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rep – a really bad reputation. Carbs are not all created equal. Sugar and highly refined grains and foods made from white flour should be off the menu or at least consumed infrequently. What should be on your grocery list are whole grains; think brown rice and whole-wheat pasta. I… Continue reading »

While the calendar says Fall, the 80 plus degree highs for most days still says summer. Before we say goodbye until next year. Try these two new salad recipes on www.Medinsteadofmeds.com. Tomato and Pepper Salad with Lime A quick salad that is as beautiful as it is delicious. The addition of black and green olives… Continue reading »

First, it might be helpful to share a little background on sprouted grains. Some experts say that there is an advantage to harvesting the sprout during the germinating process that helps increase the nutrients that are available to the body such as folate, iron, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and protein. These nutrients are also available in whole… Continue reading »

Enjoy this chili recipe from our colleagues at NC EFNEP. Ingredients Non-stick cooking spray  2 cups diced butternut squash (about ½ of a medium squash) 1 medium onion 1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef  1 cup or 1 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans  1 cup or 1 (15-ounce) can black beans 3 cups or 1 (28-ounce)… Continue reading »

I grew up in the south. This means that fried okra was on the menu frequently. In fact, I am not sure I knew that you could eat it any other way until I was an adult. Lucky for me, my mom was a health-conscious southern cook and did not use heavy batter or deep… Continue reading »

With all the fresh corn available you may be tired of just plain corn on the cob. I have been experimenting with using corn to make a cold summer salad. I like cooking the corn in the husk in the microwave. The corn comes out perfectly every time. I like a sherry vinaigrette but you… Continue reading »

Chicken cutlet is a year-round favorite and a simple way to get more bang for your buck. One boneless skinless chicken breast makes for two hefty cutlets when pounded thin. The surprising addition of crackers goes the distance by adding both crunch and flavor. When paired with a simple summer salad – one full of… Continue reading »