Extension Today: Staying Active Indoors with OSU Extension!

Staying active any time is important, but you might need to be more creative in choosing your activities in the fall and winter when the weather outside can be cold and rainy, or snowy. You can use common household items for easy ways to get yourself moving indoors. Think step stools, stairs, light weights, bands, and small sliders….

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Live Healthy, Live Well

Pumpkin Spice Season

pumpkin spiced drinkAre you a pumpkin spiced lover? Do you flock to the local coffee shop or bakery to pick up the latest pumpkin spiced treat? You are not alone, in 2019 the pumpkin spice market was worth over half a billion dollars in the US alone.  Some of the popular additions to the trend this year are candy, hot or cold drinks, baked goods or mixes, ice cream or cold treats, breakfast foods, and even alcoholic beverages.

True pumpkin, not just the flavoring, is packed with fiber, potassium, vitamins A and C. Just one cup of pumpkin can provide 50% of your daily recommendation for vitamin C and 450% for vitamin A in only 50 calories. The beta-carotene in pumpkin has been shown to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers and heart disease.

If you love pumpkin flavors and want to add a few pumpkin foods or treats to your diet, consider making them yourself. Not only will you save money, but you can also have better control on the calories, sodium, fat, and sugar. A typically Pumpkin Spiced Latte has anywhere from 170 to over 400 calories, but if you make this version from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach you can make a low-fat, natural sugar version for about 120 calories. The recipe even ends up being a good source of vitamin D, calcium, and potassium. Other pumpkin flavor ideas include:

  • Pumpkin Oatmeal – mix your oats with skim milk and ½ cup of pureed pumpkin. Add ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice or some cinnamon.
  • Pumpkin Smoothie – yogurt, pumpkin puree, chopped banana, ice, pumpkin pie spice, and a small amount of honey blended until smooth. Make it into a pumpkin smoothie bowl by leaving your smoothie a little thicker and sprinkling granola and a few other fruits on top.
  • Quick Pumpkin Soup – pumpkin puree, vegetable broth, skim milk, and basil, ground ginger, and garlic powder.
  • Pumpkin Black Bean Chili – heat your pureed pumpkin, black beans, diced tomatoes, chopped veggies (onion, peppers, celery), with chicken broth and diced or canned chicken, and seasonings. Always look for the no salt added or low sodium versions of canned foods.

If you would like to pressure can your own pumpkin or winter squash my coworkers from the Ohio State University Extension Food Preservation Team recently did webinar full of tips. To access that information, go to: https://fcs.osu.edu/programs/healthy-people/food-preservation/office-hours-recordings  and click on Canning Winter Squash.

We can’t wait to hear your favorite ways to include pumpkin in your diet. Be sure to comment or share your favorite recipe or pumpkin tip.

Writer: Lisa Barlage, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Ross County.

Reviewer: Michelle Treber, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County.

Article Source: https://livehealthyosu.com/

Fun, Food, & Community Support at Mid-Ohio Food Collective’s Community Resource Fair!

Mid-Ohio Food Collective, in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art and CareSource, hosted a fun-filled community resource fair on Wednesday, October 13th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the West Lawn of the Columbus Museum of Art. The event provided an opportunity for families to enjoy art and engage in family-friendly activities while meeting over 20 community-based organizations that support the community’s health and wellbeing.
Through “Museums for All”, the Columbus Museum of Art offered complimentary admission for visitors that receive food assistance through SNAP. Thank you to Mid-Ohio Food Collective, Columbus Museum of Art, and CareSource for inviting OSU Extension SNAP-Ed to participate in this wonderful event!

OSU Extension’s SNAP-Ed information table and MyPlate Game at MOFC’s Community Resource Fair, 2021

Tailgating, Tomatoes, and Extension Today!

New Extension Today – NBC4 Partnership Pilot Project Underway

Extension Today is a pilot project and new partnership of NBC4 WCMH-TV, OSU Extension, and CFAES. NBC4 is partnering with OSU Extension and the college to share viewer-focused stories about gardening, cooking, and other tips and resources for improving central Ohioans’ gardens, lives, families, and local communities. A weekly segment will air on Daytime Columbus each Wednesday as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The first two segments covered growing tomatoes and making tomato salsa and street corn. The next segment (to air September 8) will feature tips for tailgate grilling. To learn more and access the playlist of previously aired segments, visit go.osu.edu/ExtensionToday.

Extension Today: Tailgate Burger Grilling

Learn how to make your next gathering a tasty success with some tailgate tips from our very own BBQ science expert, Mike Cressman, an assistant professor with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Extension Today: Tomatoes

Tim McDermott, educator with OSU Extension, highlights some challenges that may be affecting your home garden tomatoes this summer (e.g., excess rainfall, high heat, humidity) and provides some tips to improve your crop this year.

Welcome OSU Dietetic Intern, Delaney Feighan!

Hello, Everyone!

My name is Delaney Feighan and I am a dietetic intern with The Ohio State University. I am currently doing one of my community rotations with OSU Extension Franklin County’s SNAP-Ed Program. Coming into my internship, I had a strong interest in community nutrition, especially women and children’s nutrition, and my rotation here has only increased that interest!

This week I had the opportunity to join SNAP-Ed Program Assistant, Angie Greene, at the Prairie Township Farmers’ Market to talk to the community about ways to get low-fat and fat-free dairy into their diet. We prepared a Hummus Dip (with chickpeas as a protein base) and a Southwestern Dip (with yogurt as a dairy base) for people to taste-test and vote on their favorite! This was a great opportunity to talk with the community, provide information on our classes, and encourage healthful dairy intake. To my surprise, the southwestern dip won, as I am a huge hummus fan, but the people have spoken!

Dietetic Intern Delaney Feighan at The Prairie Township Farmers’ Market


Dueling Dips! Market shoppers voted for Celebrate Your Plate’s Southwestern Dip as the market favorite over the Hummus Dip!

Photo Credit/Celebrate Your Plate’s Southwestern Dip


Ten Tips for Packing Waste-Free Lunches

Download the info sheet: Ten Tips for Packing Waste-Free Lunches

The OSU Extension Sustainability Team recently published Ten Tips for Packing Waste-Free Lunches, an easy-to-read guide to help families be more sustainable, save money, and eliminate single-use items. Feel free to reach out to Laura Stanton, Extension Educator in Warren County (warren.osu.edu) if you have any questions at 513-695-1311 or stanton.60@osu.edu.

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Snack Tips for Parents

Snack Tips for Kids

Cut Back on Sweet Treats

Photo Credit/USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service SNAP-Ed Photo Gallery

Say Goodbye to #Quarantine15!

Say Goodbye to #Quarantine15! 

Our Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Jenny Lobb launched a new partnership with the Hilliard Food Pantry last month. Jenny offered a webinar titled “Say Goodbye to #Quarantine15!” and had 16 individuals affiliated with the pantry register for the class. The week of the webinar, pantry staff assembled and delivered at-home meal kits to eligible registrants who provided an address. The meal kits contained ingredients to make a vegetable frittata from Celebrate Your Plate. A recording of the webinar is available to view HERE. Jenny is looking forward to offering more healthy cooking classes, either virtual or hands-on, for the Hilliard Food Pantry in the future!


Sautéed Squash at South Side Family Farms

8/12/21 Class CANCELED due to rain. The next class is on Augugst 26, 2021. Additional class date TBA for October 2021.

Dietitian In Your Kitchen’s Julie Palmer. 

June 15th was the first class in a series of four Healthy Cooking Classes at South Side Family Farms taught by Dietitian In Your Kitchen’s Julie Palmer and OSU Extension’s SNAP-Ed Program. Julie demonstrated how to sauté summer squash and zucchini picked fresh from the garden. SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, Danielle Seidita, gave a lesson on the health benefits of squash, the importance of increasing our vegetable consumption, and using MyPlate as a guide for a healthy eating pattern.

The group explored the produce growing at South Side Family Farms and took a closer look at squash blossoms, Swiss chard, and tomatoes. Four families left the class with a reusable tote full of ingredients to recreate the recipe at home, and everyone received a free 2021 Recipe Calendar from SNAP-Ed. Squash and zucchini harvested fresh from South Side Family Farms were available for folks to take home free and enjoy.

We look forward to seeing you at our next class on August 26, 2021, at 8 pm located in the garden at 1269 Wilson Ave. Columbus Ohio. (8/12/21 Class was canceled due to rain. An additional class date TBA for October 2021.) We will be cooking Celebrate Your Plate’s Sloppy Garden Joe’s and exploring the health benefits of peppers and tomatoes. Come taste a healthy, veggie-packed version of a family favorite recipe and join us for an evening of food, friends, and fun! For more information contact Danielle Seidita at (614) 292-8274 or Seidita.2@osu.edu 


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Zucchini & Summer Squash Basics

Tomato Basics

Summer Squash Stir Fry Recipe: https://www.myplate.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/summer-squash-stir-fry

Sloppy Garden Joes Recipe with Video: https://celebrateyourplate.org/recipes/sloppy-garden-joes

Class Flyer: Cooking Classes in the Garden!

Learn more about South Side Family Farms: https://southsidefamilyfarms.com/

Kale plants


South Side Family Farms

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