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July 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, 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.

A family eats at a picnic table in the park.
July 2, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Food Safety, Health

During your outdoor outings, you'll want to take some steps to ensure your food doesn't spoil in the cooler.

fruit salad with whipped topping in a clear glass bowl
June 29, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

Fresh, cold fruit and creamy, fat-free topping make this Red, White, & Blue Salad the perfect treat to beat the heat at your next summer gathering. A little bit of lime juice will keep the bananas from browning and adds that zesty citrus flavor I love so much!

Water poured over brown eggs in an electric pressure cooker.
June 25, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

Hard-boiled eggs are a quick, affordable, and protein-filled snack. They are the foundation for egg salad and deviled eggs and are tasty in a variety of salads. So use your electric pressure cooker to make easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs!

A mixture of spices and salt in a clear glass bowl
June 15, 2020 - Filed Under: Food

Making your own mixes is a favorite topic here on The Food Factor. We’ve shared recipes for Ranch Dressing Mix, Taco Seasoning Mix, and Magic Meat Mixes. Today we’ve got a recipe for Italian Dressing Mix!

True confession: I don’t usually make this dressing mix for salads. I put it in the slow cooker with roast beef, onions, and peppers for a delicious alternative to traditional pot roast.

A person off-camera pours water into a glass.
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?

Clear glass parfait cups with lemon pudding layered with graham cracker crumbs topped with manadarin orange slices
May 26, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

Lemon Velvet Supreme is very low in fat and relies on fruit as a primary ingredient. Be sure to choose fresh fruit, such as blueberries, or canned fruit packed in natural juices, not in heavy syrup! To keep the graham crackers crispy, put this together right before you’re going to serve it. The original recipe serves six and calls for assembling the ingredients in a serving dish. If you go this route, I’d use an 8”x8” square pan.

For fun, we decided to make individual servings in pretty dishes! Note: we used 8 whole graham crackers, and that was quite a bit for our individual dishes, but would make a good bottom layer in a serving dish. Also, the graham crackers do not form a crust, so this is not a dessert you cut into squares. You just spoon it into small bowls and enjoy!

Spicy tuna on top of mixed greens, in a bowl as a dip, and in a wrap on a plate.
May 18, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

Do you ever get tired of eating the same old healthy salad? I do! That’s why I was excited to find this recipe for Spicy Tuna that can be used three different ways: as a dip with baked tortilla chips, as a wrap with lettuce leaves or tortillas, or as a topping for a green salad made with lettuce, mixed greens or fresh spinach.

Baked boneless porkchops on sliced sweet potatoes topped with orange slices in a glass baking dish
May 7, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

If you are cooking for just one or two, this recipe is for you! It features one of our favorite ingredients – Mississippi-grown sweet potatoes. You can expand this recipe as needed for a larger crowd.

You’ll want to save this recipe for a weeknight when you have a little extra time or cook it on the weekend, as it requires browning the pork chops first, then baking them.

I love the combination of tangy, sweet, and savory flavors! While the recipe doesn’t specify an order, The Food Factor crew put the sweet potatoes on the bottom of the baking dish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, then we topped the potatoes with the chops. Sprinkle the meat with a bit of salt and pepper before the orange slices.

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.

A pile of blueberries
April 24, 2020 - Filed Under: Fruit, Food

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.

slices of French toast on a colorful plate
April 20, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

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.

A person holding a fork and plate with food on it.
April 16, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Food and Health, Food, Coronavirus

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.

Frozen foods sit in the freezer.
April 15, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Coronavirus

Home freezers provide a great way to keep more perishable items on hand as Mississippians shelter in place to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus.

Frozen foods sit in the freezer.
April 7, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Coronavirus

As families limit trips to the grocery store, they can use their freezers to preserve more than just meat, fruits and vegetables.

Dairy products and eggs also can be frozen.

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.

Three bags of frozen vegetables sit on a counter.
March 31, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Health, Coronavirus

RAYMOND, Miss. -- As workplaces implement social distancing measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, some Mississippians face the frightening reality of lost or reduced income.

Many families will need to stretch their budgets a little more, and cooking at home can help.

A labeled zip-top bag of Orange Teriyaki Chicken in the freezer.
March 31, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

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!

A bowl of various fruits
March 25, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Coronavirus

RAYMOND, Miss. – As people reduce trips to the grocery store to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, older adults should pay special attention to what they put in their pantries. 

“As we age, we don’t need as many calories, but we still need the same amount of nutrients or more of certain nutrients,” said Qula Madkin, an Extension instructor of nutrition in the MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion. “Maintaining a nutritious diet helps our body systems work properly, including our immune system.”

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