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If you're struggling to find something festive to use that lingering produce for, a nutrition expert at the University of Illinois Extension has a few suggestions.

 

Caitlin Mellendorf says right now squash is a very popular item this time of year. Spaghetti squash is a great way to cut out carbohydrates from your diet. 

 

 

According to Mellenderf, a squash can make a great soup as the soup season starts to creep in. She says there is research that the colors of fall foods are very good for your overall health.

 

 

As Thanksgiving approaches, sweet potatoes will start to be highlighted in the grocery ads. Mellendorf says there are new varieties of apples cropping up and you can incorporate those into your meals and snacks.

 

 

Mellendorf has a blog for healthy eating recipes at extension.illinois.edu/dmp. You can also find the DeWitt, Macon and Piatt County Extension office on youtube for videos of various recipes and other helpful tips from their staff. 

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