Category Archives: Better With Food

National Nutrition Month: How to Recognize and Prevent Senior Malnutrition

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Nutrition has far-reaching effects on our wellbeing, influencing everything from physical health to mood to energy levels and even cognitive function. As we age, nutrition has an even greater impact on our quality of life. Unfortunately, due to the myriad physiologic and lifestyle changes that accompany aging, many seniors don’t maintain a sufficiently healthy diet or consume the quality of nutrition they need to feel their best.

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What’s Cooking: Healthier Gingerbread Cookies

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There’s almost no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by whipping up a few batches of cookies—and if there’s one quintessential holiday cookie, it is undoubtedly the gingerbread man. With whole-wheat flour and no butter, this recipe is a healthier take on the classic holiday treat. Gingerbread cookies are fun to cut out and decorate with family members, and make perfect gifts for friends!

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What’s Cooking: Hot Cinnamon Apple Cider

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When there’s such a bounty of perfectly crisp, sweet apples available from Minnesota’s many apple orchards, it would be a shame to limit yourself to store-bought apple cider rather than making your own. Homemade apple cider is easy to make–most of the process is hands-off while the apples simmer in boiling water–and oh-so delicious to drink. Enjoy it hot with a serving of Harvest Cobbler for an Autumn dessert that will warm your body and soul.

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What’s Cooking: Strawberry Shortcake

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There are few things more delicious than sinking your teeth into the cool sweetness of a fresh strawberry on a warm summer evening. Served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream or just sprinkled with sugar, strawberries are a tasty, summery treat. They’re only in season for a few more short weeks, so now is the time to fill your menu with all things strawberry. Try this recipe for one of our favorite classic strawberry desserts: Strawberry Shortcake. We hope you enjoy!

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What’s Cooking: Chocolate Fudge Brownies

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There’s nothing more crowd-pleasing than a pan of really great homemade brownies—except maybe a pan of really great homemade brownies covered in fudge frosting. Mariann McCormick, cook at Vista Prairie at Monarch Meadows, shares her perfected recipe for Chocolate Fudge Brownies. Bring them to cookouts with friends and family this summer and you’ll go home with a clean pan, guaranteed!

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