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2023 Newsletters
2022 Newsletters

Words on Wellness Blog Words on Wellness Blog

Tue, 03/21/2023 - 03:00
Put It Away—The Right Way!
We are spending more money on our food lately than we have in past years. Properly storing food at home saves food dollars,…

Tue, 03/14/2023 - 03:00
Mediterranean Tuna-Spinach Salad
Serving Size: 1 cup tuna salad, 2 cups spinach, 1 orange | Serves: 1 Ingredients: 2 1-1/2 tablespoons tahini 1 1/2…

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 02:00
Be in the Know—Don’t Throw! Tips to AvoidFood Waste
Did you know one-third of all food in the United States goes uneaten and ends up in the landfills or waste facilities? We can…


Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Blog

Mon, 03/20/2023 - 10:00
Fueling for the College Life
As a college student at Iowa State University, life can get busy. Whether it’s back-to-back classes, hoping from job to job,…

Mon, 03/13/2023 - 10:00
Fuel for the Future
March is National Nutrition month! The theme this year is Fuel for the Future. At every phase of life, making healthful food…

Mon, 03/06/2023 - 10:00
Tuna Melt Sandwich
We recently updated our Tuna Melt Sandwich recipe and I am sharing it with you today for our March recipe of the month. This…

AnswerLine Blog AnswerLine Blog

Tue, 03/21/2023 - 10:00
What About Date Sugar as a Sweetener?
With concerns of the high consumption of sugars or need to eliminate sugar from their diet, consumers are seeking alternatives…

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 10:15
Time for Spring-Dug Parsnips
As the days get warmer and the ground thaws, it is time to dig spring-dug parsnips. Characterized by some as ‘the cream of the…

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 10:00
Let’s Go Maple Syruping!
When you think of Iowa, maple syrup probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind. However, maple syrup is one of the state&…

MoneyTip$ Blog MoneyTip$ Blog

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 16:33
What if I Live to be 100?
When you reach your 60’s, as I have, you start taking a serious look at whether you are financially ready for retirement. As I…

Mon, 12/12/2022 - 12:00
Managing Your Finances Amid Recession Concerns
Economists, policymakers, and news outlets are all at-odds over the U.S. economy heading toward a recession in 2023. For those…

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 16:59
From Thanksgiving to just Giving
I have been excited about Giving Tuesday ever since it was created several years ago. Why? Not because I’ve adopted it…