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July 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Video by Jonathan Parrish

There’s no better time than now to use food to build your body’s natural defenses to boost and help protect your immune system. A healthy immune system helps your body fight illness.

Merriam-Webster defines nutrition as the act or process of nourishing or being nourished. Nourishment focuses on using many nutrients from a variety of foods to give you what you need to be healthy.

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June 9, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Health, Nutrition

Staying hydrated plays a key role in keeping our body systems working. How much water should you drink daily?

Frozen yogurt-dipped grapes sit on a baking sheet.
June 2, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Health, Nutrition

Do you need some quick and healthy snack ideas for the office or to pack the pantry and fridge for the kids this summer?

May 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Coronavirus, Nutrition, SNAP-Ed

As Mississippians continue to practice social distancing, they can learn ways to create shared food and family experiences, prepare meals at home, shop for healthy foods on a budget and be more physically active through the HappyHealthy social campaign.

A bowl of blueberry baked oatmeal.
May 4, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Coronavirus, Nutrition

My husband and I cook dinner at home 99 percent of the time. Now that we are practicing social distancing under the governor’s safer-at-home order, our kitchen is really getting a workout.

Three bags of frozen food sit on a counter.
April 1, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Coronavirus, Nutrition

If your income has been affected by the new coronavirus situation, you may be looking at ways to stretch your budget. 

 

Cooking at home can help.

A close-up of a dish of Quick Taco-Mac.
March 19, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Food Safety, Coronavirus, Nutrition

As cases of COVID-19 grow around the country, many families are practicing social distancing to protect themselves and others.

This likely means people will be making fewer trips to the grocery store, cooking at home and using their freezers.

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February 19, 2020 - Filed Under: Extension Program Priorities, City and County Government, SNAP-Ed, Rural Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Once every decade, Mississippians have the chance to make a difference at the local, state and national levels.

Participating in the U.S. Census has a large impact on daily life. Being underrepresented as a state leads to reduced representation in Congress and less federal funding for education, infrastructure, emergency response and wellness programs. In short, there are long-term negative effects of not participating in the census.

Almonds in a white bowl.
January 2, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Health, Nutrition

The holiday season is finally over and life is slowing down a bit.  Everyone has made their New Year’s resolutions to be the best versions of themselves for 2020. 

December 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food Safety, SNAP-Ed

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has hired two new community wellness planners.

Roasted Brussels sprouts on a serving dish.
November 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Eating seasonal vegetables helps you get the most nutritional bang for your buck. Brussels sprouts are wildly popular right now and are easy to prepare. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/MSU Extension)

Dottie Kenda and Madison Payne.
November 11, 2019 - Filed Under: EFNEP, SNAP-Ed

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service hired two regional registered dietitians to help in the fight against obesity and chronic disease in Mississippi.

Madison Payne and Dottie Kenda have joined the Extension Office of Nutrition Education. In their regions, they oversee curriculums and delivery for the Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, or SNAP-Ed, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, or EFNEP.

A woman holds a smoothie while standing in a kitchen.
October 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

When you need a boost of protein before you dash out the door, try this quick smoothie. You can experiment with different fruits, add ice if you prefer a frozen drink, and swap out peanut butter for an alternative like sunflower seed butter if you have allergies.

 Green lettuce and cooked chicken wrapped in a wheat tortilla.
October 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Fans of The Food Factor know I love rotisserie chicken. I’ve added this quick recipe to my repertoire for using a store-bought rotisserie chicken. You could also use canned chicken breast or even sliced chicken or turkey from the deli.

Cooked noodles, vegetables, and beef.
October 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

I’m always looking for recipes that cook up fast and reheat well. This Asian Beef and Noodles recipe gives me a delicious dinner and fabulous leftovers for my lunch.

A pink blended raspberry dessert in a green cup.
September 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Eating healthy foods doesn’t mean saying no to all desserts. For me, it means finding recipes that satisfy my sweet tooth but also help me meet my goals for daily fruits and vegetables. This recipe for a frozen treat is low in fat and loaded with fruit and fiber.

Spinach dip in a ceramic bowl centered on a plate surrounded by cut celery, baby carrots, and sliced red bell pepper.
September 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

It’s tailgating season, and there’s nothing like a buffet of snacks to rack up the calories. The Food Factor to the rescue! Here is a healthier take on your favorite spinach dip. Instead of chips, serve with cut-up veggies.

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September 6, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

September is National Rice Month! To celebrate, we made this fast and filling Caribbean Casserole. It’s perfect as a quick weeknight entrée served with a side salad and fruit, or as a potluck dish. 

Cauliflower and cheese tots on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.
August 30, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

If you have little helpers in the kitchen, put them to work making these tots. I love how versatile this recipe is – it can be an afterschool snack, an appetizer, or a healthy side dish. Bonus points for making vegetables FUN!

A white bowl of mixed chopped fresh fruits and berries on white background.
August 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition

 Incoming college freshman think of almost every possible new experience they could encounter in their new world; however, some neglect the dreaded “freshman 15.”

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