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As I have mentioned in a previous blog, reducing my household food waste is one of my 2021 goals. Not all food that is wasted can be saved or eaten, but a lot of food waste can be prevented, especially at home. Growing up—and even still now—my mom always had a tip for freezing food or would say “you can freeze that.” Over the years, I never really paid attention to my mom’s freezer advice, that is until my husband… Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

Podcasts are all the rage these days, offering content in nearly as many genres as TV does. I am a huge fan of podcasts. They are a great way to keep your mind engaged  and learn something new. I am a podcast multitasker – I listen while I exercise, go for walks, clean my house, and cook dinner. I even sometimes put on a podcast while I get ready in the morning.  If you are looking to start listening to… Continue reading »

The holiday season is often exciting and joyful, but it can also bring extra stressors into your daily life. With more, holiday cooking, gift shopping, social-distance socializing, and 2020 in general, it can become easy to get caught up in the stress and forget to take time for yourself.  Even on the busiest of days, it is important to take a step back and give yourself a little bit of time to relax and destress. Make sure you are finding… Continue reading »

This is the last blog in our series reviewing health and wellness apps. Check out my previous blog on nutrition apps for more suggestions. This blog will focus on apps that will help you to live mindfully through meditation, good habits, and better sleep. Headspace Personally, I am a huge fan of the guided meditations on Headspace. The free version offers one set of basic meditations, plus sleep wind-down tracks, sleep sounds, and sleep podcasts. One set of meditations may… Continue reading »