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Casey Collins

In a previous blog for a Chocolate Banana Oat Smoothie, I mentioned that I am working on consuming more fruit. Fruit-based smoothies with no added sugars are a way that works for me to enjoy more fruit on a daily basis. Do you have leftover tahini in your refrigerator from making hummus or a salad dressing and find yourself wondering how you can use the rest? Well, I have a suggestion! The ingredients in this recipe can be varied according… Continue reading »

One of the strategies that I have been using to consume more fruits and satisfy my sweets craving is to make smoothies. Working remotely means that I have more access to my kitchen appliances, which has been helpful. This chocolate banana oat smoothie has been one of my go-to snacks in the late afternoon. Skip the afternoon caffeine by standing up to do some stretches and making this smoothie. This recipe does require some planning if you decide to soak… Continue reading »

As I have mentioned in a previous blog, reducing my household food waste is one of my 2021 goals. Not all food that is wasted can be saved or eaten, but a lot of food waste can be prevented, especially at home. Growing up—and even still now—my mom always had a tip for freezing food or would say “you can freeze that.” Over the years, I never really paid attention to my mom’s freezer advice, that is until my husband… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from an Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: “Kelly was an inspiring leader during a challenging year. Kudos to all who were involved. My doctor loves the fact that I lost 15 pounds and feels that my health is definitely better as a result. I am so grateful to have been a part of this. Although, we were not in-person Kelly made an effort to learn who we are as individuals & to bond us… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: I started taking this class several months ago. I have learned so much about health and nutrition! The main changes that I have made after this class has been– eating wheat bread instead of white bread, drinking more water, trying to limit myself to only 1 soft drink daily, walking at least 2-3 times a week, limiting my portions daily, and only going through a drive-thru… Continue reading »

North Carolina has a Winter Storm Warning for the next two days with power outages likely due to ice. Our colleagues on the Safe Plates team have several resources to help you prepare for power outages and keep your food safe. Check out this video from Dr. Ben Chapman, NC State Extension food safety specialist, on how to keep your food safe during a power outage. Discover more tips and tools on NC State Extension’s Food Safety Portal. You Might… Continue reading »

Treat your significant other or loved one to a special dinner by securing a dinner reservation at this year’s hottest new restaurant—your own kitchen. Last February, our colleagues at Homegrown filmed a cooking demonstration for a heart healthy Valentine’s Day dinner. Watch and learn as Carolyn Dunn, NC State Extension nutrition specialist, guides you through a simple but sumptuous three-course dinner that any non-cook can prepare. Start with a spring mix salad with balsamic vinaigrette followed by a basil, shrimp and tomato pasta… Continue reading »

Part of Eating the Med Way includes choosing olive oil and using herbs and spices. You can use olive oil for cooking, dressings, and marinades. Using herbs and spices in your cooking is a great way to add flavor without adding a lot of salt. Below are 6 delicious salad dressing recipes that are great for traditional salads or using on roasted vegetables. When I meal prep or need an easy side dish, I like to roast a sheet pan full… Continue reading »

Happy (Belated) New Year! A new year means new blogs and we already have a few in our Live Mindfully section. We also wanted to take a look back at our most popular blogs from 2020. Based on your views, we present the 5 most popular blogs of 2020 below. 5. Pumpkin Mousse 4. Dinner in a Flash: 6 Steps to Make a Sheet Pan Meal 3. Free Ways to Exercise at Home 2. Meal Planning 101: A Step-by-Step Guide… Continue reading »

One of my goals for 2021 is to establish more environmentally friendly habits in my daily life. Specifically, I want to be more mindful of food waste. Fortunately for me (and for you), the Safe Plates team is kicking off 2021 with an Avoiding Food Waste campaign. I can’t wait to see what tips and tricks they share on how to minimize food waste. One strategy that I have begun implementing is making vegetable or meat-based stock from leftover food… Continue reading »