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Can eggplant be frozen?

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Q. Can caponata be frozen? I always have so much and would love to be able to save it.


A. According the University of Illinois Extension To freeze eggplants:

  1. Wash, peel if desired, and slice  Read More

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How do you know if fruit is ripe at the store?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Q. I would like to know how to pick good fruits and veggies? For instance, I love avocados and I really do not know how to pick a fresh one.


A. Selecting fruits and vegetables can be tricky. Check out  Read More

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How can I keep myself from getting sick?

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Q. I am healthy and had a diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis last year. What can I do to prevent from getting it again?


A. It is impossible to avoid every disease-causing germ that is out there, but  Read More

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How can I tell if fruits and vegetables are okay to eat?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Q. The slices have a thin grey layer, so no good?


A. For information on fruit and vegetable selection, please check out our nutrition database. Thank you.

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Is it okay to eat fruit from a diseased tree?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Q. Hi, my chokecherry has black knot disease. Is the fruit safe to eat? Thanks.


A. Black knot affects the tree and not the fruit; however I am not an expert in horticulture. It would be wise to inquire  Read More

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Where can I find ‘Smarter Snacking’ brochures?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Q. Hello, I was hoping it is possible to get Smart Snacking brochures for my students and parents because I like to hand it out during home visits?


A. In June of last year,  Read More

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What is the best way to ripen a mango?

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Q. What is the best way to ripen Mangos?


A. A mango is ready to eat when the skin color changes from being all green. As mangos ripen they turn yellow, orange, red and purple or any combination of  Read More

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What is the best vegetable for a flat stomach?

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Q. What is the best vegetable for a flat stomach?


A. Managing body weight is the best approach to control the accumulation of fat around the belly. Consuming recommended  Read More

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Is butter lettuce easy to digest for people with intestenial disorders?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Q. Is Butter lettuce (Bibb or Boston) easier on the digestive tract for people who can’t eat a lot of fiber because of IBS or spastic colon?


A. Butter lettuce may be easier for some people to digest  Read More

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Is fat needed for vitamin absorption?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Q. Is it important to eat some kind of fat or oil with vegetables in order for them to be absorbed? If so, what is best?


A. Fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) will absorb better when fat is consumed  Read More

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The Expert: Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka, a mother of two and a registered dietitian, shares years of experience in getting people to eat more fruits and veggies.
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