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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 »

After a big holiday meal, a grain bowl is a welcome fresh meal that uses some of the leftovers. There are a lot of possible variations on this so don’t feel like you have to stick to the recipe. Just layer the flavors with what you have on hand. The recipe below makes two bowls. It uses balsamic vinaigrette but you can use most any dressing. Ingredients 2 cups cooked whole grain such as quinoa or brown rice ½ cup… 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 »

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’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 »

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: My energy level is definitely rising and I am sleeping better which is helping my ability to cope with stress. I’m looking forward to the next session on stress management. I am so glad that I signed up for this course!! – Nancy, a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant You may also enjoy: “I have lost over 20 lbs and my A1c has… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

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 »

Each year, around the world, millions of people make resolutions as they step into a New Year. These generally revolve around improving health, financial management, career goals, personal interests, etc. According to a Finder survey, close to 189 million adult Americans (74% of the population) made a New Year’s resolution for 2021. The not-so-good news is that a vast majority of these New Year’s resolutions will fail and only a very small percentage of individuals will actually achieve the goals… Continue reading »

How do you follow up with what I think is a top 10 cookbook of all time, Deep Run Roots? If you are Vivian Howard, you go a totally different direction and write another stellar volume, This Will Make It Taste Good. Deep Run Roots is full of food stories and wonderful writing. This also holds true for This Will Make it Taste Good. Howard is an outstanding writer so it was good to see her write another text heavy… 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 »