To Your Health: Snacks you should know for kids on the go

By Mary Liz Wright

This time of year finds families scrambling into the chaotic fall school activity schedules. In addition to making sure your young scholars have the necessary sports gear/musical instrument/equipment, it is also important that you make sure they are fueled up for their after-school activities.

More than a taste this weekend

Nationally known hip-hop and alternative rock bands will provide a soundtrack for Taste of Champaign-Urbana 2016.

Hip-hop pioneer Kurtis Blow plays at 10 p.m. Friday and Vertical Horizon starts at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

The park district's Special Events Manager Zoe Stinson said she's thrilled to have the acts, as well as other bands playing throughout the weekend.

Meg Makes: Zucchini cake great any time of year

I've eaten a lot of zucchini bread, but none of it has ever compared to the blueberry-lemon zucchini cake I made with my mom last weekend.

She saw a recipe she wanted to try online (originally from a blog called "I Am Baker"), and we made a few changes to make it our own.

My Amish Home: A busy week helping people and animals

"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:13-15

Meg Makes: Mushrooms take Indian favorite over top

This Indian-inspired dish is full of ingredients bought at the local international food store, but I found an unlikely superstar ingredient as I ate it: baby portobello mushrooms.

They moved it solidly into let's-make-this-again territory, which is the highest form of praise for a recipe in my household.

My Amish Home: August did a good job sneaking up on me

"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. And this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already it is in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:3-4

To Your Health: Peaches a perfect addition to summer fruit salad

By Beth Peralta

I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time believing that it's already August. Summer produce is in full swing! Peaches are abundant, super juicy, and sweet.

If you want to try a new way to enjoy this sweet summer treat, a fruit salad is a perfect way to showcase the flavor.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Nourishing minds, stomachs

#SundaySneak: Memorial Stadium tweaking menu

CHAMPAIGN — To bring fans to their feet these days in college football, it takes some razzle-dazzle on offense and creative play-calling on defense.   

The same goes for stadium munchies.

Artisan Cup a fundraiser to make your mouth water

CHAMPAIGN — Stan "The Meat Man" Schutte is looking at the first Artisan Cup & Fork competition as a "blind date" — as well as the best food event downstate.