In my role as a food and nutrition specialist, I often field questions from Extension agents as well as other professionals and consumers. These are a few questions that I have answered lately and through the years:
While at a nutrition conference, I tasted a delicious salad made with a grain-like food called quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) mixed with fresh vegetables.
Sometimes when I select juice at the grocery store, I want to say; “Will the real juice please step to the front of the shelf?” That would save me some time reading the fine print on the beverage labels.
Most of us remember the story of “Jack and Beanstalk.” You may recall that Jack traded his widowed mother’s cow for some magic beans. Jack planted the magic beans, which grew into a giant beanstalk overnight.
“Let’s grow the avocado seed into a plant,” my 15-year-old daughter said one day as we prepared an avocado. We have tried this before without success, but sometimes persistence pays off.
The other day, my 15-year-old daughter and I were pruning some decades-old geranium plants. The ancestors of these plants belonged to her great-grandmother, who died before World War II. Although I never knew my grandmother, I feel I have a connection to her through these plants.
“I’ll have chocolate milk,” my 9-year-old daughter said the other night at a restaurant as we celebrated her sister’s birthday and the end of the school year.
As a kid, packing for a picnic was the start of an exciting adventure on our way to a state park or lake setting. We loaded the old camp stove and coolers filled with a variety of foods and left early in the morning “before the heat.”
“They grow up in a blink of an eye,” our friends with grown kids would remark a bit wistfully when we arrived with a stroller carrying our bright-eyed baby boy.
As I wandered around our (finally) snow-free backyard, I had the urge to get my hands dirty. Our three dogs already had accomplished getting their paws muddy in our soggy backyard as they scampered playfully, nipping at each other’s heels. We all needed a little time outdoors to romp in the sunlight.
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