Cara Harbstreet

Cara Harbstreet

Cara Harbstreet missed out on her chance to be a farm kid and is now reconnecting to agriculture through her lens as a registered dietitian. She loves to share her passion for food and nutrition to help people live their best and healthiest lives.


  • fruit snack

    Apple donuts

    By Cara Harbstreet on January 2, 2018

    Fruit is a common snack for kids because it’s so convenient. It can get boring, and sometimes we need a little change to spice up our routine. Apple donuts are easy to prepare and make snack time...

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  • hardboiled egg with hummus and bacon

    A flavorful healthy snack

    By Cara Harbstreet on January 2, 2018

    Many snacks are chock full of sodium and over time our taste buds can become accustomed to craving more salt. Instead of hitting the salt shaker, we can sprinkle a small amount of coarse grain salt...

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  • English muffin and peanut butter and banana

    A sweet healthy snack

    By Cara Harbstreet on January 2, 2018

    Fresh fruit is naturally sweet but sometimes that just doesn’t quite cut it. A whole grain English muffin with peanut or almond butter can serve as a base for your favorite fruit topped with mini...

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  • crunchy snack with vegetables and hummus

    A healthy snack with crunch

    By Cara Harbstreet on January 2, 2018

    If you're looking for a filling, healthy and crunchy snack, look no further than fresh vegetables. Fresh veggies provide the ultimate crunch factor, and including a grain such as pretzels or pita...

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  • Fresh vs frozen vegetables

    Fresh vs. Frozen vs. Canned: What’s Better?

    By Cara Harbstreet on October 30, 2017

    Fresh is best, right? Not so fast. There are clear advantages and disadvantages to using fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables depending on your recipe, budget, timing and storage space. Let...

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  • Arctic Apples

    Arctic Apples: Where Technology and Taste Meet

    By Cara Harbstreet on October 2, 2017

    If you’ve ever sliced an apple and noticed the change in taste and color afterward, you’ve been a witness to enzymatic browning. And if you’ve ever tried to feed that slice of brown apple to anyone,...

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  • girl eating packed lunch

    Less Stress Back-to-School Lunches

    By Cara Harbstreet on August 22, 2017

    With children across the state heading back to school, the first few weeks can be wrought with emotion. Excitement, of course, but also stress, anxiety or worry about everything that needs to be done...

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  • woman drinking red drink after workout

    Summer hydration

    By Cara Harbstreet on August 8, 2017

    Summer brings with it hot and steamy days. When the heat index soars into the triple digits, it’s more important than ever to consider hydration. Whether you’re working long days outside or hammering...

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  • steak on a grill with meat thermometer

    Food safety and summer BBQs

    By Cara Harbstreet on June 20, 2017

    Summer grilling season is well underway. With plenty of warm (OK, hot and humid) days ahead of us, it’s more important than ever to get a good handle on food safety to avoid inviting food-borne...

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  • homemade condiments

    Get saucy

    By Cara Harbstreet on May 31, 2017

    Shake off those grill covers and break out your t(h)ongs. Summer grilling season is upon us at last. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, and any day in between, this lineup of tasty sauces and dressings...

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