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Snack Food Trends: What is the New Norm?

Published on Mar 7, 2017 By: Abbie Walker

As a kid, snacks are a staple in your diet. Whether it is some carrots, fruits, crackers, or pretzels, snack foods have always been a hit with the young crowd. Although, older generations still take advantage of “snack time.” And, why not? Snacks can give a great boost to anyone’s day. They can help with low blood sugars and small hunger cravings, plus provide some health benefits that may have been missed in an earlier meal.

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Tags: food


The Battle Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder

Published on Mar 2, 2017 By: Abbie Walker

Baking soda and Baking powder are two of the most well-known and popular chemical leaveners for at home baking. Recipes normally call for one or the other or both to be used. Why?

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Tags: baking, Featured Post


Happy National Pizza Day!

Published on Feb 9, 2017 By: Blake Powers

It is Friday night, it’s late and it has been one of “those” weeks. Just the thought of getting back up off the couch to make dinner is exhaustive. There is really only one solution when faced with this situation: pizza. For many Americans, having quick access to a pizza pie, whether ordered or frozen, when the thought of cooking an elaborate dinner cannot be born is the cherished tradition.

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It’s National Bagel Day!

Published on Feb 9, 2017 By: Mona Hollums

I bagels I’ll admit it, I don’t need a national holiday as an excuse to have a bagel. Ditch those donuts and keep your crullers; but wave a toasted, sesame-coated ring of crispy, chewy goodness, slathered inside with juuuust-enough thick and melty cream cheese in front of me, and… well, I just may follow you anywhere.  ‘Til I’m done, at least.  Then you’ll probably be on your own again.  (Unless you have another bagel for me.)

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Tags: food, national day


Unique Starches

Published on Aug 24, 2016 By: Abbie Walker

Foods high in starch are a main staple in diets as it provides fibers, proteins, and vitamins. The more common foods high in starch are potatoes, corn (maize), wheat, and rice. However, there are some unique starches that are rising in popularity and may provide different health benefits and substitutions.

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The Sugar Rush-Natural vs. Artificial Part 2

Published on Aug 9, 2016 By: Abbie Walker

In the last post, we discussed the benefits of natural sugars and their qualities. Next, we will look at artificial sugars.

Artificial Sugars, or otherwise known as, artificial sweeteners, are one answer to society’s ever growing problems with obesity and diabetes. These substitutions have been approved to seemingly contribute to weight loss and a low-calorie diet. However, there are a few drawbacks.

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Tags: health, nutrition


The Sugar Rush-Natural Vs. Artificial

Published on Aug 2, 2016 By: Abbie Walker

Sugar, every sweet tooth’s secret desire.  Whether natural or artificial, there are hidden sugars in most of what we eat. Now, more than ever, we have embraced sugars and the different forms they wear.

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Tags: health, nutrition


National Ice Cream Day

Published on Jul 17, 2016 By: Abbie Walker

Happy National Ice Cream Day! What a perfect time and temperature to celebrate the iconic cold treat. Whether you like a scoop or swirl, cone or cup, ice cream is a beloved treat for young and old.

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Going Gluten-Free: Doing the Research

Published on Jul 6, 2016 By: Abbie Walker

As we all know, gluten-free trends and products have become a regular in diets and stores. Those with Celiac’s disease and gluten sensitivity have never had it easier to regulate their diets with what is now available.

I, personally, do not have the disease or sensitivity to gluten. I honestly didn’t know much about what foods to avoid and what foods were safe. So, I delved into the World Wide Web and people’s personal experiences to see how to live a life of gluten-free.

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Tags: health, Premixes


The Secret Guide to Whole Grains

Published on Jul 6, 2016 By: Blake Powers

The 2015 - 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend an increase intake of vitamin D, potassium, and fiber in the diet. The guidelines also encourage a shift in our diets such that at least half of grains consumed should be whole grain. An easy way to consume more vitamin D, potassium, and fiber is through the consumption of whole grains. Whole grains can be fortified with a variety of of vitamins, minerals, and fiber to shape the American diet closer to the guidelines (1).Whole grains naturally contain a variety of essential nutrients. Some of the most common vitamin and minerals in whole grains are iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, potassium, selenium, and B vitamins. Protein and fiber are also an essential component of whole grains (2).

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