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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Enjoying Minnesota Berries

By Mary Schroeder, Extension educator and registered dietitian

Summer in Minnesota would not be complete without enjoying delicious berries. Minnesota-grown strawberries are at their peak in June, but are often still available the first part of July. Blueberries and raspberries are at their peak in July.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saving Money on Food This Summer

Ahh, after a long winter, summer is finally here! Children are excited to be on summer vacation and adults are ready to enjoy the warmer temperatures. Even with the summer excitement, parents and childcare providers may be nervous about how their food costs will increase when children are home over the summer months.

Families may see an increase in food expenses during the summer for several reasons:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Canned Food: What to Watch For

By Hannah Jastram Aaberg, registered dietitian

Canned food can be a great way to save money or time on items that are more expensive to buy or labor-intensive to prepare when fresh. The nutritional value of canned foods is often similar to fresh or frozen foods, but there are some things to watch out for.


Canned is a great way to enjoy fruits when they're not in season. Fruit is packed in water, juice, or syrup. Syrup adds a lot of unwanted calories from sugar. A cup of pears in heavy syrup has 33 grams of sugar, even when drained. That's more than two tablespoons of sugar! Compare that to a cup of pears in water, which has 15 grams sugar.

Bottom line: Choose fruits packed in water or juice, and drain fruits packed in syrup.
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