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This December will be the 6th Annual Christmas Celebration with a group of friends. There are a few traditions with this party including the infamous Gunnery Sergeant’s eggnog. There is absolutely nothing that is low-calorie about this drink and it is worth every calorie!  I am already planning for this in my holiday party “food budget”. How I make sure I stay on track at parties, especially this one:  Make sure I am not hungry before walking into the party– I will… Continue reading »

I just returned from a conference that focused on diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Lots of talk about drug therapy with many comments about healthy eating, physical activity, and stress management being the front line for reducing risk. All of that to say that I ate some really good food. Not the norm at any conference. The organizers did a really good job walking the walk with respect to what we were offered for meals and snacks. Here is a… Continue reading »

As we plan our Thanksgiving gatherings, it’s important to remember food safety. Holiday meals have been linked to outbreaks of many pathogens including Salmonella, Campylobacter, Clostridium perfringes and Staphylococcus aureus. Cooking for a crowd larger than normal, whether in the home or in a community kitchen, can lead to mistakes at the expense of food safety. Dr. Ben Chapman, Associate Professor and Food Safety Extension Specialist at NC State University, recommends the following methods to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses this… Continue reading »

We all have holiday memories that are near and dear to our hearts. Often these memories include special foods. Using some mindful eating strategies can help you get the most out of the season, not miss the foods you love (even the high calorie ones), and still stay healthy along the way.  Mindful eating is a powerful tool that can help you become more aware of the foods you eat. Mindful eating simply means paying close attention, enjoying every bite,… Continue reading »

Halloween is just around the corner! And for most of us, this means small pirates, princesses and ghosts lining our doorstep looking for a treat. Trick-or-treat is a great time to get some exercise with your family. If you’ll be out “(s)troll-ing” the streets this Halloween, dress appropriately for the weather (sweatshirt, raincoat, etc) and make yourself visible to all passers-by, wear light colored clothing or reflectors if your costume is dark in color, and carry a flashlight! Treats come… Continue reading »

For the past few years, I have been making numerous variations of muffin pan quiches. It originated from Eating Well’s Mini Mushroom and Sausage Quiche recipe (which was featured in the Holiday Challenge), but I found that I started throwing in my own vegetable combinations and more often than not opted for a vegetarian option (trying to avoid processed meats as much as possible). It even got to the point of no longer following a recipe, just throwing together a combo of egg… Continue reading »

It is that time of the year – Fall is around the corner and pumpkin flavors are slowly beginning to show up all around us. Personally, Fall is my favorite time of the year but pumpkin not so much. While shopping for my Greek yogurt this weekend, I noticed that Chobani has put its Pumpkin Spice Blended Greek Yogurt on the grocery store shelves – being seasonal, it is a ‘limited batch’ product. Maybe it was the limited batch label that prompted… Continue reading »

Recording Now Available: Diets: Fad or Fact Presented by Dr. Carolyn Dunn, Professor and Nutrition Specialist at NC State University You asked, we listened! Based on your feedback, the next webinar will focus on various popular diets and the evidence (or lack thereof) behind them. Diets covered will include Whole30, Paleo, Detox, Low Carb, and more. Click the link below to watch the recording: Watch Recording To view previous webinar recordings, including Med Instead of Meds and Life Hacks: Eat Healthy on a… Continue reading »

Looking for a delicious salad on a warm summer day? This salad from Spend with Pennies is perfect when it’s too hot to turn the stove on and it’s a great way to take advantage of fresh summer produce. This chickpea salad is loaded with protein, vegetables, and incredible flavor. It can serve as a side salad, a main entree, or lunch (make a big batch on Monday and portion it out for the rest of the week). This easy, three step… Continue reading »

I heard one of our team members raving about the deviled eggs on our new MedInsteadofMeds.com website so decided it was my duty as a good colleague to try them out. Oh my gosh. They are my new fav. On busy work days when everything seems to be a whirlwind, you need a quick (and healthy!) lunch option.  When you pull these eggs out of your lunchbox (with a cooler pack of course) your day is made.  As you will… Continue reading »