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Eat Smart

There are two food items that have been in heavy rotation in my kitchen: gremolata and soy chorizo. What I love about both of these items is that they are extremely tasty and relatively healthy. Double win! Gremolata Several weeks ago, I saw this recipe, which introduced me to two things: 1) how to make the best crispy roasted potatoes and 2) gremolata. Gremolata is a bright and pungent chopped herb condiment classically made with parsley, garlic, and lemon zest.… Continue reading »

Growing your own herb garden can be a fun and easy way to add a little green around your home. The best part is that herb gardens can be grown just about anywhere-both indoors and outdoors! I have grown herbs in apartments, in pots on the back porch, as well as in ground and all have done quite well with minimal effort. Placed in a little sunlight and watered every few days, most herbs will thrive. While different herbs require… Continue reading »

Greek yogurt is a great option for an afternoon snack or a compliment to breakfast due it’s higher protein content as compared to regular yogurt. However, the yogurt isle can be intimidating with the several different brands of Greek yogurt available. One thing to be careful about when selecting a flavored Greek yogurt is the amount of added sugar. Choosing plain Greek yogurt and adding your own fruit, cinnamon, etc. is always the best option but if you want to… Continue reading »

Move More

Growing up, I loved riding horses. If it was a clear and sunny Saturday, I was begging my parents to take me to ride. When I passed by the old fence post leading into the pasture where the horses were grazing, I couldn’t wait to jump out and start riding. But, one day I lost control of my horse when he sprinted under a tree, knocking me completely off of the saddle. It took a while before I attempted to… Continue reading »

With the start of the New Year, we tend to reflect on the previous year as well as contemplate the year ahead of us. This is a great time to set your intentions and goals for the new year and ACT upon them! Going into the New Year, I did not have a specific goal in mind. However, on New Year’s Day morning, I saw a post from the North Carolina State Parks Instagram account (@ncstateparks) promoting their NC 100… Continue reading »

Just a year ago, when I thought of wintertime I pictured drinking hot cocoa, preparing for the holidays and wrapping up in a warm blanket – physical activity certainly was not on the list. The winter months and the holiday season can bring a distaste for being active. Be encouraged to discover what works best for you so that physical activity can be a part of your daily routine, even you are in stuck indoors. Try these tips to practice… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Eileen: My name is Eileen and I’m currently enrolled in the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program at Carolina Preserve. To date I’ve lost and kept off 30 pounds.                    Some of the tips that have helped me in this program: Early on we watched a video called 23 ½ hours. This video inspired me to be… Continue reading »

It’s that time of year where long car rides or flights may make an appearance in our schedules. At my house, all of our family lives out of state so whenever the holidays arrive, we are most likely on the road. With that being said, we have had quite a few experiences traveling up and down the east coast. There are some things such as traffic that can make a road trip feel even longer. However, there are some things… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Kathy K: “I just wanted you to know how wonderful your class is, and how much it has helped me. Not only have I lost weight, but I just had my physical and everything was normal, including my cholesterol! It has been as high as 425 and is now 186. My doctor is so impressed! Hope you have a great weekend!” -Kathy K, Current Eat Smart,… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

March is here and that means it’s the start of National Nutrition Month. One simple way to eat smart this month (and all year!) is to meal prep. There are many different approaches to meal prepping, but the important thing is to find a way that works for YOU. Meal prep not only saves time, but also saves money because less food is wasted. Meal prep can range from preparing each meal for the entire week to preparing ingredients used… Continue reading »

It’s already time for the big game. For many of us, it’s the first major event since making our New Year Resolutions. No matter if you are wearing red and blue or gold and blue on game day, we can all implement healthy eating habits to stick to our Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less goals. One of the keys to navigating a Superbowl party and keep within a calorie budget is to PLAN. Pause and think before grabbing a… Continue reading »

Sometimes life happens and we don’t always have time to prepare breakfast in the morning, pack a nutritious lunch, have healthy snacks readily available,and cook a balanced meal for dinner. If you find yourself unexpectedly stopping at a restaurant for a quick meal, a celebration dinner or to take a break from cooking, go in with motivation to make healthy choices. Try these meal modifications to stay within your daily calorie intake and still feel satisfied. Appetizers Choose an item… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

The results are in! The 2018 Holiday Challenge was the largest and most successful Holiday Challenge since it began in 2006. There were more than 39,000 people who joined the 2018 Holiday Challenge, which is a 36% increase in participation from 2017. All 50 states, all 100 NC counties, and 27 additional countries participated. Click the map below to see a full list of all state participation. There were over 900 employers involved in the Holiday Challenge this year. This was the first year that the… Continue reading »

The annual (and free) Eat Smart, Move More, maintain don’t gain Holiday Challenge consists of many resources for participants, including healthy holiday recipes. And someone has to TASTE those recipes to make sure they are actually delicious and easy (and healthy)! Each year we hold a Taste Test to determine which recipes will be included in the Holiday Challenge. Each team member chooses a healthy recipe, brings the dish to the event, and we all taste and rate each dish. Only… Continue reading »

The 2018 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 12th annual Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout… Continue reading »