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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

September 5, 2017



“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

~Khalil Gibran



Prepared meals and leftovers in refrigeratorMeal planning

Bethany Bachmann, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Busy school year schedules can make it challenging to provide healthy, timely and inexpensive meals for our families... While dining out every once in a while is fine, hitting the drive-thru most nights of the week shouldn’t become a habit. When it does, not only are you consuming excess calories, fat and sodium, but you also are missing a great opportunity to bond with your kids in the kitchen.

A better option is to take time each week to plan quick, healthy and easy-to-prepare meals...

For great ideas and tips to create budget-friendly, time-friendly meals, see the full article at

Family picture showing three generationsMultigenerational families provide benefits for everyone

Nina Chen, former Human Development Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

According to the Pew Research Center, 49 million people live in multigenerational families in the U.S. Many include adult children in their 20s. The trend to bring extended families together in one home is heavily influenced by factors like the struggling economy, a tough job market, the housing crunch, increased immigrants, parents returning to school, saving money for a home, inability to afford child care or preferring to have grandparents care for grandchildren, elderly parents needing care...

Living in a multigenerational family has numerous rewards for all generations... Multigenerational living also has its ups and downs...

To learn more about the benefits of multigenerational family life, and for important suggestions to make this living arrangement work for the whole family, see the full article at

Laboratory test report showing cholesterol levelsDo you know your cholesterol numbers?

Tammy Roberts, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

It is important to be aware of cholesterol numbers because high cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. There’s no better time than right now to know your numbers — September is Cholesterol Awareness Month.

When you get the results of your cholesterol blood test you should know your total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. The desirable total cholesterol level is 200 mg/dL or below...

To learn more about HDL versus LDL cholesterol, and which risk factors you can and can't control, see the full article at

Spiced Apple Pear Freezer Butter spread on slices of breadSpiced Apple Pear Freezer Butter

Recipe featured on Fox 4 Kansas City Healthy Habits segment. Prepared on September 3, 2017 by Susan Mills-Gray, Nutrition Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Our Healthy Habits recipe segments will focus this month on the best way to use different Midwest apple varieties. On Sept. 3, Susan Mills-Gray talked about apple varieties that preserve well.

Yield: 5 (8-ounce) jars


  • 4 cups chopped, cored, peeled apples
  • 4 cups chopped, cored, peeled pears
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (1.59-ounce) pouch freezer jam pectin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar

For preparation steps, see the full recipe at

For more Healthy Habits recipes, see

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