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October 20, 2020

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Being a Registered Dietitian and daughter of a breast cancer survivor, I understand the importance of using a healthy lifestyle and nutrition to reduce cancer risk. Certain foods high in phytonutrients, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins may reduce cancer risk.


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Gardening Tasks for May

April 28, 2020

With so many Mississippians staying at home more than usual, it’s the perfect time to start planning your summer landscape. 

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Tips for Harvesting Blueberries

April 24, 2020

Blueberries are a nutrient- and antioxidant-rich food. Harvesting them at the peak of ripeness ensures you get the greatest health benefits and the best taste.

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The Food Factor Makeover: French Toast

April 21, 2020

Traditionally, French toast recipes include white bread, eggs, butter and/or oil, and maple syrup. This French toast makeover substitutes whole wheat bread for white bread, mashed banana for the egg, and cooking spray for the oil. As long as you top it with fruit instead of butter and maple syrup, this French toast has a fraction of the calories compared to the traditional option.

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Ideas to Help Avoid Stress Eating

April 17, 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic may have you feeling more stressed than usual. With the amount of time spent at home, all of the food in your kitchen is at your fingertips at any time of the day.

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Keep Hummingbirds Coming Back to Your Yard

April 14, 2020

Hummingbirds are now out in full force. The arrival of these tiny acrobats marks the beginning of spring, and people love to put out feeders for them.

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Tips for Exercising At Home

April 10, 2020

I had a friend challenge me recently to pick up one good habit during this period of social distancing. Use this time to establish good habits for health and exercise!

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Top Six Plants for Shade

April 7, 2020

With some spare time on your hands, now is a great time to think about ways to spruce up your landscape over the next year.

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7 Tips to Help Stretch Food Budgets

April 3, 2020

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.

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Easy Recipes for Cooking from the Freezer

March 31, 2020

As cases of COVID-19 increase around the country, many families are practicing social distancing to protect themselves and others. This likely means you are cooking at home more and are trying to limit your trips to the grocery store. 

So, if you are cooking with more frozen items, check out these tasty recipes that have been featured on the Extension for Real Life blog!

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Gardening Tasks for April

March 27, 2020

Everyone’s normal routine is being flipped upside down. Employees are working from home, kids are out of school, and social gatherings are postponed. Boredom and stress are setting in. Gardening to the rescue! 

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