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Eat Smart

Several of our team members are vegetarians or married to one so we are always looking for ways to get creative with plant-based proteins. In honor of National Protein Day on February 27th, here are the top 5 blogs we have written on plant-based proteins. 5. Quick Weeknight Dinner Recipe: Kale and White Bean Pasta 4. Lentils with Curry Vinaigrette 3. The Basics and How-To of Vegetarianism 2. What to Make with Canned Beans 1. Top 10 Vegetarian Sources of… 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 »

Move More

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 »

High Intensity Interval Training, otherwise known as HIIT, has become increasingly trendy lately. The good news is that this trend is actually backed by science. HIIT workouts are made up of short periods of high intensity exercise, followed by short periods of active recovery or rest. This style of workout has been shown to increase cardiovascular fitness, as well as improve blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, and cholesterol levels.  HIIT workouts can be modified for any number of exercise styles and… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

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 »

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 »

Live Mindfully

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 »

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 »

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 »