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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

May 30, 2017



“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

~Joseph Addison



Olive oils and vegetablesMediterranean diet

Melissa Bess, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Camden County, University of Missouri Extension

The Mediterranean diet is known for boosting health and lowering risk for chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure and certain cancers. This should not be thought of as a temporary diet, but rather a lifestyle change for improved eating habits and better health...

The Mediterranean diet is characterized by the emphasis on plant foods such as grains, vegetables and fruits. Olives, olive oil, nuts, beans, legumes, seeds and herbs/spices are also part of the Mediterranean eating style...

For more details on the Mediterranean diet and ways you can incorporate it into your lifestyle, see the full version of this article at

Still image from Vacationing on a Budget videoVacationing on a budget

Summer is here and that usually means families hit the road. But for those families who are facing job uncertainty or budget constraints, or those who are trying to save money or reach other financial goals, this year’s vacation may seem out of reach. Cynthia Crawford, family financial education specialist with University of Missouri Extension, offers some tips and a challenge for planning family fun that doesn’t break the bank...

For a video that offers tips for budget-friendly vacations, see the full version of this article at

Fruit and cheese plateHealthy snacks for seniors

Amy Bartels, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Laclede County, University of Missouri Extension

Seniors often lose some of their appetite or change their eating habits as they age. A number of issues can affect your diet as you get older: You might have problems chewing or swallowing, or have a chronic condition that requires you to reduce the amount of fat and sugar you consume. You may not be able to cook, or no longer live in your own home with your own kitchen. Emotional issues also may take their toll on your appetite.

Nutritious “grab–and-go” snacks can help you maintain healthy eating habits even with a diminished appetite...

For tips on healthy snack choices, see the full version of this article at

Assorted greensPreserving greens

Adapted from the May/June 2017 Home Food Preservation newsletter; Written by State Food Safety and Nutrition Specialists, University of Missouri Extension

Greens are excellent sources of vitamin A, calcium, folic acid and fiber. Preserve spinach, collards, kale and other spring greens by freezing, pressure canning or dehydrating them.

Freezing greens
Though greens may be canned for long-term storage, freezing provides a better product. Select young, tender green leaves. Wash leaves thoroughly and cut off woody stems...

For instructions on different methods for preserving greens, see the full version of this article at

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