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Surabhi Aggarwal

I will not say that green peas are my favorite vegetable but something about green peas during winter is very comforting to me. Maybe the reason is that they remind me of my childhood days when I sat down with my mom or grandmother and popped them out of their pods so they could be cooked for a meal. Yes, we did not get ready-to-cook or frozen peas growing up in India. 🙂  The convenience of having access to frozen… Continue reading »

I am sharing my favorite recipe for cabbage stir-fry made Indian style – it is super easy to make. The combination of green cabbage with carrots and peas makes this dish so colorful and tempting. The spices bring out a flavor that is hard to resist. You can adjust any of the spices listed in the recipe below to suit your taste.   Cabbage Stir-fry Ingredients: Âœ head of green cabbage, shredded 3 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 cup (approx.… Continue reading »

Although not an everyday craving but every now and then, I want to satisfy my sweet tooth with something more indulgent than my usual small piece of dark chocolate – something like ice cream especially during the summer time. I am happy to share that I have found the best substitute for traditional chocolate ice cream – Yasso Frozen Yogurt, Chocolate Fudge. This frozen yogurt has a smooth, rich taste and is delicious. Unless you read the ingredient list on the… Continue reading »

This May, we are celebrating #MedMonth by eating the Mediterranean way and sharing our favorite recipes. One easy way to start eating the Med way is to swap your meat for plant-based proteins. Beans such as chickpeas, black-eyed peas, red kidney beans, and black beans are not only a great source of plant-based proteins but also rich in fiber and other key nutrients. One cup of cooked chickpeas has 15 grams of protein. In addition to being nutritious, they are also delicious and can be cooked… Continue reading »

Is it possible to get enough protein on a vegetarian diet? I get this question quite often from friends and family. Being a vegetarian myself, I am always thinking about ways to add healthy sources of protein in my daily diet. Yes, you can get enough protein on a vegetarian diet. Even if you are not a vegetarian, changing your protein to primarily plant-based sources is one of the main components of the Mediterranean-style eating pattern. Eating the Mediterranean way has… Continue reading »

Mindful eating can be defined as eating with awareness, which is compared to eating out of habit or because of an external stimulus (smell, atmosphere, peer pressure). It refers to being aware of one’s physical and emotional sensations while eating or when in a food-related environment. Mindful eating allows a person to pay attention to signs of hunger, satiety, pace of eating and characteristics of the food being eaten. Logically, it would make sense to say that mindful eating would assist with weight loss… Continue reading »

Spinach is one of my favorite green leafy vegetables – I can add a bag of spinach, raw or cooked, to any dish and I know I will love it! This includes wraps, sandwiches, pasta, quesadillas, etc. Sometimes, it is just spinach sautĂ©ed with Indian spices – yum! For this blog, I want to share my favorite pasta recipe with spinach. It’s super simple and tastes delicious. For some reason, the combination of spinach with mushrooms and pine nuts makes… Continue reading »

Miles for Wellness is a team-based, eight-week challenge put out by the NC Office of State Human Resources twice a year (Spring and Fall) to encourage NC state employees to get more daily steps. The goal is to encourage employees to get 10,000 steps (equivalent to five miles) on most days of the week. I was encouraged by my colleague, Sarah, who was on a winning team for the Spring challenge. I decided to join the challenge for the first time… Continue reading »

It is that time of the year – Fall is around the corner and pumpkin flavors are slowly beginning to show up all around us. Personally, Fall is my favorite time of the year but pumpkin not so much. While shopping for my Greek yogurt this weekend, I noticed that Chobani has put its Pumpkin Spice Blended Greek Yogurt on the grocery store shelves – being seasonal, it is a ‘limited batch’ product. Maybe it was the limited batch label that prompted… Continue reading »

We all have moments when we want to reward ourselves with something or it may be an event that needs to be celebrated. Many times, this celebration or reward revolves around or involves some type of food. There is nothing wrong with this approach as long as we can be mindful of our choices.  Each goal and milestone deserves to be celebrated, just think outside the realm of food. As we adopt healthy eating behaviors, one strategy is to think… Continue reading »