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Casey Collins

This recipe comes from Med instead of Meds and is a fabulous salad for citrus lovers! The recipe was created by Chef Ellen Clevenger-Firley and is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh citrus any time of the year, including during its peak season – winter. Serves 4Serving Size: 2 cups (481 grams)Prep Time: 15-20 minutesTotal Time: 15-20 minutes Ingredients Dressing 2 Tbsp. Orange Juice 1 Tbsp. Lime Juice 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar 1 Tbsp. Honey 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard… Continue reading »

Christmas is this Friday! For many families, eggnog is a timeless tradition during the holidays but it comes with a hefty amount of calories (around 180 calories for 4 ounces). For those who crave the flavor on a regular basis try out this recipe for a healthy eggnog smoothie: Recipe from NC EFNEP Ingredients ½ Cup Lowfat Vanilla Yogurt ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon  ¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg  1 Banana (sliced and frozen)  ½ Cup Milk, Skim or 1%  Directions Combine all ingredients… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: I am just about to complete Phase I of the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program. I have attended the Thursday evening class with Heather. She is an amazing teacher and motivator.  I joined this class not just to lose weight but I do NOT want to develop type 2 diabetes. My brother currently has very bad health issues related to diabetes.  I participated in the Eat Smart,… Continue reading »

Our colleagues at the NC Safe Plates team have prepared a Food Gifts Fact Sheet with tips to gift food safely this holiday season! Homemade food gifts are common around the holidays. Many options, such as homemade spicemixes, baking mixes and breads have minimal food safety risks. Items such as home canned ordried foods, infused items and some baked goods should be handled carefully to prevent illness. Baked Goods Many baked goods, like breads and cookies, can be stored at… Continue reading »

Our colleagues at the NC Safe Plates team have prepared a Baking Food Safety Fact Sheet with tips to bake safely this holiday season! Baked goods should be prepared, baked and stored properly to prevent foodborne illness. Avoid eating foods containing raw flour or eggs, including pre-packaged items. Keeping Clean Wash hands after handling raw flour and unbaked batters and doughs. Clean countertops and utensils with warm water and soap after working with doughs and batters. Decorating Use pasteurized egg… Continue reading »

Both the amount and types of food we consume contribute to whether our way of eating is healthy. Check out this great handout from our colleagues at NC EFNEP with tips for how to smart-size your portions. A portion is what you serve yourself or what a restaurant gives you–you can also think of this as a “helping.” The reality is that a portion is sometimes larger than it should be. Use your hand as a guide to estimate a… Continue reading »

November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month. Sweet potatoes are a healthy source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins A and C. A fun fact, North Carolina has led the nation in sweet potato production for decades and produces about 60 percent of the country’s total sweet potato crop. My favorite type of sweet potato is Murasaki—or Japanese—sweet potatoes. I discovered them at Trader Joes a few years ago. Japanese sweet potatoes have a purple or deep magenta skin and a white… Continue reading »

Only TWO WEEKS Until the 2020 Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge! This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey.  Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose these extra pounds. You are invited to join the 14th annual Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with tips, tricks, and ideas… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: I’m so thankful for Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes! I’ve been maintaining for weeks now and I keep reminding myself that if I stay with the 25 lb weight loss for the rest of the year, I’m still a winner! I will continue living the ESMMPD way for the rest of my life. This is the first time in over 30 years that I’ve been… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a past Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: I can’t believe my year with Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes has come to a close. I’m so glad I stuck with this program and my instructor. I have tried many diets and lost weight only to gain it back. With this program, I have lost 15 pounds, gotten my BMI under 25, learned to eat healthier, brought my A1C down, and just feel better… Continue reading »