HARRISBURG – Visitors to Harrisburg's Golden Circle got the chance to learn a new recipe or chat about nutrition, thanks to a program through the University of Illinois Extension program.
Robin Johnston, with the Extension office, was on hand to offer tips, tricks and samples for seniors visiting the Golden Circle.
It's a chance for people to revisit nutrition, or at the least pick up a new recipe or two, Johnston said.
"The people who come to my table always like to take information, or a sample of some kind," she said.
Wednesday's sample? Banana nut bread Johnston made fresh that morning to bring to the Golden Circle, complete with a recipe for the whole-grain treat. It wasn't the only recipe available, though. Johnston had divider that contained several different easy-to-make entrees, including what she assured was a delicious sweet potato casserole.
"Right now, we still have our winter recipes, but we will be switching before too long," she said. "All year long, people come here and collect the recipe cards."
It's not just a matter of sharing recipes, though, she said. The recipes offered all follow the USDA's Choose My Plate nutritional program, designed to help people find a healthy eating style and continue to follow it throughout their life. The program's Web site is choosemyplate.gov.
Johnston said she had the opportunity to name the Extension's Web site program, which is "Let's Eat for Health, Illinois!" That program, which can be found at online https://web.extension.illinois.edu/INEP/recipes-new/index.php, offers even more recipes designed to provide budget-friendly options that are tasty and nutritious.
Johnston said she enjoys talking to the Golden Circle visitors and sharing up-to-date nutritional information.
"There is really a lot of information out there about what you should eat and what you need to watch," she said. "We just try to keep people informed."