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Check out these 10 blogs for tips on how to eat smart, move more, and stay safe during the summer months! Healthy Summer Dessert – Yasso Frozen Yogurt Healthy Bite-Sized Summer Dessert Favorite Summertime Salad – Confetti Bean In-Season Produce to Add to Your Shopping List this Summer Food Safety for Summer Grilling Summertime means GRILLING TIME! Don’t forget the vegetables! The Heat Is Here to Stay Tips for Summer Exercise Summer Activity: Play in a Park Gardening for Physical… Continue reading »

For a lot of people, summer means cookouts and BBQs! So, how do you plan to balance Eating Smart and Moving More this summer at events? Here are a few tips, recipes, and links to help you game plan for summer fun and enjoy yourself while continuing your success and staying safe.  Get Competitive Trade the lawn chair for lawn games. Corn Hole, Ladder Golf, and Horse Shoes all require standing, and bonus they occupy your hands helping to prevent… Continue reading »

With summer approaching, I am looking forward to longer days, better weather, and seasonal summer fruits and vegetables. Choosing in-season fruits and vegetables is a great way to add variety to your diet and is also a more budget-friendly option than choosing out-of-season produce. While some fruits and vegetables are grown year-round, others are seasonal. Produce selection can vary by location and growing conditions, but the following list includes produce you will typically find at North Carolina farmers markets and… Continue reading »

As the weather warms up, I think about the nights I spend grilling with my family. Though we grill year-round, the food seems to taste just a little bit better on warm, summer evenings. With summer approaching, it is a great time to brush up on safe food preparation and cooking methods to avoid foodborne illness so that we can enjoy cookouts with peace of mind. Before you fire up your grill, review these important food safety practices! Wash your… Continue reading »

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 »