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I kept hearing about this fabulous recipe for Baked Feta Pasta that went viral on TikTok that I had to check out. The pictures looked delicious! During my search, I found a few different versions of this original recipe. The one that I reviewed was from Delish and can be viewed here. Nutrient Analysis – Original Recipe (4 servings per recipe) 690 calories 41g total fat 12g saturated fat 530g sodium 2g dietary fiber 19g protein Of course, the dish is delicious!  How… Continue reading »

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 »

Move More

Whether working from home or at a worksite, often during our work hours we are doing our bodies a disservice. For many, like myself, I spend most of my day in front of a computer. This can lead to a very sedentary day with little opportunity for movement. For my husband, who has a very physically-active career, it is quite the opposite. Many times, he comes home sore, tired, and with 20,000 steps accounted for already. For each of us,… Continue reading »

Movies are a great way to soak in the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, movies require a lot of sitting…until now! Most movies, especially holiday movies, have reoccurring phrases, activities, or themes throughout the movie. I’ve taken these reoccurring events and assigned an activity to them. So for example, in Elf, every time you see an elf you have to stand up and jump up in the air. If you wanted to add some holiday spirit maybe you could jump up and… Continue reading »

I previously wrote a blog about High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT workouts. The exercises that I highlighted in that blog are more intense than some individuals may be ready for, so I wanted to come back to this topic and outline some more HIIT exercises that are appropriate for older adults or anyone that may be injured and looking for an effective but low-impact workout.  As a review of my previous blog, HIIT workouts consist of periods of higher-intensity… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Below is a testimonial from an Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: I’m sad that my year with Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes has come to an end today. What a life-changing year it has been. In the midst of a global pandemic, this program helped me to manage the stress and isolation, and instead of gaining weight, as I feared that I would, I lost 28 lbs., reducing my BMI by more than 5 points, and shedding… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from an Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: “I’ve gotten so many great tips from the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes lessons and from our instructor, Heather. The one tip that really worked best for me is “The first bite tastes best.” Now, I cut up one cookie into six bite-sized pieces. I store it in the freezer. When I want to indulge myself, I take one piece and SAVOR it. Knowing that the… 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 »

Live Mindfully

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 »

With Zoom fatigue kicking in, my family, friends and I have been searching for new ways to stay connected virtually without too much planning needed. One thing that we all have in common is our love for movies and shows, and we enjoy talking about our favorites. One cool feature that my friends and I have been using recently is Netflix and the Teleparty extension on Google Chrome.  The Teleparty extension, also available on HBO, Hulu, and Disney+, allows for… 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 »

Employee Wellness

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 »

By now, many of us have transitioned to working from home. This is a new experience for a lot of people and it can take some adjusting to find your work groove. When working from home, it’s easy for you to become your own worst enemy. Personally, I get the urge to procrastinate work work with house work. I have compiled a list of strategies to help you find your #WFH stride.   5 Tips to Work From Home: 1. Choose… Continue reading »

I love learning about useful life hacks, and here’s a simple one that has helped me to de-stress and live more mindfully at work.  It’s a little strategy called Pomodoro and it has changed the way I tackle my endless To-Do list – for my health.  If you spend most of your work life at a desk, and in front of a computer, it can be challenging to find moments to move more, to stretch, or to rest your eyes throughout the… Continue reading »