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I recently heard a story on NPR about the rise of the groceraunt, defined as a blend between a grocery store and a restaurant, that has become quite trendy especially among millennials.  Contrary to what we teach in Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less and Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes when we discuss the importance of meal planning, most of us don’t know what we are having for dinner by 4pm.  This lack of planning leaves us with no… Continue reading »

Happy Birthday, America! 4th of July Weekend is upon us, and that means cookouts, family, and celebrations. How do you continue to eat smart at a potluck? Or when there is an apple pie staring at you? Here are a few tips (and healthy 4th of July recipes!). Don’t go to the cookout, potluck, or party starving. Eat your normal meals throughout the day and have a filling snack before leaving such as an apple with peanut butter or Greek… Continue reading »

Summer is here! That means lots of fabulous options at the farmers’ market with fresh fruits and vegetables galore. And blueberries. There is nothing quite like the sweet taste of fresh summer berries. And now I was in need of something to do with all these blueberries. You have probably heard, seen, or tasted the trendy concept of a smoothie bowl or an acai bowl. An acai bowl is made up of frozen acai berries mixed with other typical smoothie ingredients (varies on recipe… Continue reading »

I have blogged before about the best bread – Trader Joe’s Sprouted Wheat. It was the best bread until a new formula appeared in their bread aisle. When I asked Joe why he changed his bread it had to do with warehouse being too far away from the producer, changing producers, original recipe proprietary to original baker, blah blah blah. The bottom like was my favorite bread had changed. It didn’t’ taste as good, slices were not uniform, and, worst… Continue reading »

As part of my work, I help develop nutrition content for our programs, most recently the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program.   Whenever I am developing sample menus for breakfast, I naturally include breakfast items that include the three components that are covered in the Start Smart lesson of this program:  whole grain, fruit, and protein.  And what food contains all three of these?  OATMEAL with fruit and nuts!  Over and over again, I have included OATMEAL with various… Continue reading »

Free Webinar: May 13th at 12:00pm EST  Nutrition Decisions Webinar – Interpreting Nutrition Claims. Fact or Fiction? Presented by Dr. Carolyn Dunn, Professor and Nutrition Specialist, NC State University Detox diets, high fructose corn syrup, nutritional supplements. How do you know if a nutrition claim is based on evidence? How do you determine the facts from the fiction? This webinar is free and available to anyone. May 13th at 12:00pm EST To sign up for the free webinar, click here: Nutrition… Continue reading »

Eating a home-made lunch is an important strategy to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. For me personally, the morning routine on weekdays gets pretty busy trying to get kids out the door for school as well as myself. However, my favorite lunch wrap usually saves my day because it’s so easy to put together. So, if I don’t have leftovers from the night before or if I am not packing the same thing that I packed for my kids’… Continue reading »

The recording for the latest Nutrition Decisions webinar series is now available. Dr. Dunn spoke about the new guidelines for how much sugar, meat, and whole grains we should be consuming. She also debunked myths on fat and carbs. How do we eat healthy? She shares that too. Click the link below to watch the recording now: New Dietary Guidelines, So What? RECORDING To view other recordings of past webinars, please visit our Webinar Page. And mark your calendars for… Continue reading »

Eating a home-made lunch is an important strategy to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. For me personally, the morning routine on weekdays gets pretty busy trying to get kids out the door for school as well as myself. However, my favorite lunch wrap usually saves my day because it’s so easy to put together. So, if I don’t have leftovers from the night before or if I am not packing the same thing that I packed for my kids’… Continue reading »

Your friend’s going gluten free, your sister’s eating paleo, your coworker is declaring no more carbs. How could you not feel overwhelmed with all the diet claims out there? How do you determine if one of these eating plans, or any other, is a healthy option for you? In our free webinar, Dr. Carolyn Dunn walks us through each diet and what research says about them. She will give you the tools to determine if a diet is right for… Continue reading »