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Health Blog Posts

A woman stands in a kitchen with a bowl of rice pilaf posing for the camera.

November 21, 2023

Savor the flavors of fall in this rice pilaf dish, made with dried fruit and sage.

A woman standing at a kitchen counter smiles at the camera.

November 14, 2023

Have you have been diagnosed with diabetes? Do you live with or care for someone with diabetes? Or do you just want to learn how to eat healthier? If you answered yes to any of these questions, MSU Extension’s Dining with Diabetes program is for you.

A woman stands in front of the stove with a bowl of Catfish Gumbo.

November 8, 2023

Catfish doesn’t have to be fried to be delicious! Enjoy it simmered in this tasty gumbo to get the protein, vitamins, and minerals without the added fat from frying.

A bowl of peachy green beans sits on the kitchen counter with a woman holding a serving size in a separate bowl.

October 17, 2023

Peachy Green Beans can be made with frozen and canned produce if you’d like to give it a try in the fall or winter.

A woman stands in a kitchen with various root vegetables on the counter.

October 16, 2023

The sun is setting sooner, the nights are getting cooler, and some of our produce looks a little spookier. Don’t be spooked by fall produce, especially root vegetables. Try some of these tasty ways to prepare them!

A woman in a kitchen smiles and holds a forkful of salad up for the camera.

October 3, 2023

It's finally fall, and this healthy, simple salad is a great way to celebrate the new season!

Mighthy Skillet Meal cooking in a skillet on the stove.

September 20, 2023

When you need a hearty meal in a hurry, this Mighty Skillet Meal fits the bill.

A woman stans in a kitchen with fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and other foods on display.

September 12, 2023

Did you know people of all ages can have high cholesterol? High cholesterol can cause heart disease, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. So, it’s important to know your cholesterol levels.

A woman stands in a kitchen with a bowl of Fruit Paradise

September 5, 2023

Fruit Paradise is a quick and easy dish with a delicious tropical sweetness.

Fridge with food in it.

August 23, 2023

Mississippians know how unpredictable the weather can be. One day it’s sunny, and the next there is severe weather in the forecast.

A woman holds a muffin tin full of Peanut Butter Muffins.

August 15, 2023

These Peanut Butter Muffins are a great grab-and-go option to have on hand for busy mornings.

A woman in a kitchen with food products on the counter

August 8, 2023

Energy drinks are popular among many age groups, including adolescents. However, energy drinks can be especially unsafe for adolescents. Get the facts about energy drink consumption among adolescents.

A woman holds a bowl of berries and banana cream.

August 1, 2023

This is the perfect summertime recipe to help you get your fruit servings for the day. Banana cream tops sweet berries for a guilt-free dessert.

A woman stands in a kitchen holding a plate of prepared Baked Tomatoes with Cheese.

July 18, 2023

If you like tomatoes, this is an easy and healthy recipe that is great with eggs or as a side dish.

canned fruits and vegetables

July 14, 2023

Some canning mistakes can be deadly if your products are contaminated by the botulinum toxin, which causes botulism poisoning. You cannot see, smell, or taste this toxin, but the tiniest taste of contaminated food can kill you. You want to avoid these 10 major canninng mistakes.

A girl and boy stand in a kitchen and hold up the popsicles they are eating.

July 11, 2023

With more time at home, summertime is a great time to teach kids new recipes to help them step up their cooking game. Take advantage of this summer season and have some fun in the kitchen with your kids.

A woman stand in a kitchen with prepared food.

June 30, 2023

Try this tasty way to cook those zucchinis from your summer vegetable garden.

A woman in a kitchen holds a glass of strawberry pineapple lemonade.

June 20, 2023

Try this fun twist on the classic lemonade this summer.

A man and woman stand behind a kitchen counter filled with fruits and vegetables.

June 13, 2023

June is National Men’s Health Month! Men’s Health Month is about encouraging men to care for their bodies by exercising, eating right, and taking steps to prevent disease. 

A woman holds a bowl of corn and cucumber salad.

June 6, 2023

This delicious salad is naturally vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free not to mention fresh and easy to assemble. It’s also budget-friendly, especially if you grow some of these vegetables yourself.





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