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Catfish on a plate
Catfish is a great choice when you need a meal on the table quickly. It is low in calories, high in protein and packed with nutrients, making it a great option to add to your meal rotation.
August 25, 2022 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Health, Nutrition and Wellness

August is National Catfish Month! Celebrate by adding some farm-raised, Mississippi catfish to your regular menu plan. Check out some of our previously featured recipes.

A woman and two children slice vegetables
Getting children involved in the cooking process is one way to get them to try new foods.
August 9, 2022 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Most children tend to go through picky eating phases. There are many things that could cause a child to be selective about what they eat. Some of these tips may help entice your picky eater.

A man cooks food on a grill.
Choose meats lower in saturated fats, like seafood, skinless chicken, and lean cuts of beef and pork.
July 19, 2022 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Meat typically comes to mind when we think about backyard barbecues, but you can cook much more than that on the grill. Try adding fruits and vegetables this summer to go along with your protein choices.

Beef brisket.
May 20, 2022 - Filed Under: Beef, Beef Publications, Food, Health, Nutrition and Wellness

Beef is an excellent choice to include in a balanced diet. About half of the recommended daily value of protein is in a 3-ounce serving of beef! 

If you’re like me, you probably don’t know the characteristics of each cut of beef. When you’re at the grocery store, you just make the best guess you can and move on with your food shopping.  

bunches of bananas
Bananas are just one good source of potassium, an important mineral that helps our bodies perform a number of functions, like muscle contractions and fluid regulation.
May 10, 2022 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition

Potassium, like other nutrients, helps our bodies function properly. Potassium is a mineral that helps our bodies perform a number of functions, like muscle contractions, fluid regulation, and mineral balance in cells. It also helps us maintain normal blood pressure by limiting the effect of sodium. But many of us don't get enought of it. You might be surprised at the variety of potassium-rich foods.

Success Stories

Five young adults and two women wearing black aprons and face masks smile for a group photo in a kitchen.
Food and Health, Food, Health, Nutrition and Wellness
Volume 8 Number 2

At Winona Career and Technical Center, students studying culinary arts participated in the Eating Smart, Being Active program, delivered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service in the spring 2022 semester. 

A woman in a grocery store holding a blue basket filled with produce like leafy green lettuce.
Health and Wellness, Food and Health, Food, Health, Nutrition and Wellness, Nutrition
Volume 1 Number 1

Eating Healthier, Living Better

With a business to run and five active children, Alberta Cheval never spent much time in the kitchen.

Three smiling women.
Health and Wellness, Family, Children and Parenting, Food and Health, Nutrition and Wellness
Volume 7 Number 1

Head Start staff completes training to ensure safe, healthy foods

Washington County Opportunities Inc. Head Start/Early Head Start was forced to stop in-person services for much of 2020 because of the pandemic, but that did not stop its staff from feeding the children who are registered in the program.

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Community, Food and Health, Food Safety, Health, AIM for CHangE, Coronavirus, Nutrition and Wellness, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Forestry, Forest Economics, Water, Wildlife
Volume 7 Number 1

Four Extension experts named fellows in their disciplines

Four well-respected Mississippi State University Extension Service experts were recently named fellows in prestigious academic and service organizations.

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