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When you have the luxury of going to the store often, shopping for fruits and vegetables is not that big of a deal, you just buy what you need for the next few days. But, what if you are trying to shop just once in a while and stay home as much as possible as recommended to prevent the spread of COVID 19? Here are some tips. Tips to buy fruits and vegetables during COVID 19: Buy a variety of… Continue reading »

The “green” trend of folks having a refillable water bottle as opposed to drinking so many disposable bottles of water is great. Less plastic bottles in the landfill. However, I recently sat in a meeting beside a water table and watched people refill their bottles all day. I was horrified to count the number of individuals who placed their bottle directly on the spout of the water cooler. YIKES – I just wanted to jump up and warn everyone. So please, be… Continue reading »

Convincing young children to try and eat fresh fruits and vegetables can be challenging. However, Kiddie Academy, a child care center in New Hanover County, has found a way to get its children and staff to not only try a variety of fruits and vegetables, but to expect and demand them at the breakfast and lunch served at the center. According to Ashley Rayne, Kiddie Academy Chef, offering fresh rather than canned or processed fruits and vegetables makes a huge difference… Continue reading »

I received this from a friend as her New Year Message and wanted to share it. Let’s all strive for good emotional and physical health in 2020! Three good friends went out for a swim. The one who was fat wished she was thin. The one who was curvy wished she was clever. The one who was clever wished she swam better. The really great swimmer wished she was witty. The one who was witty wished she was pretty. All… Continue reading »

Happy New Year! A new year means new blogs. But before we get started on our 2020 blogs, we want to take a look back at our most popular blogs from the last year. Based on your views, we present the 10 most popular blogs of 2019 below. Most Popular Blogs of 2019 10.Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas 9.5 Essential Rules of Cooking 8.How Practicing Gratitude May Benefit Your Health 7.How to Make Overnight Oats: Meal Prep for a Healthy Breakfast… Continue reading »

Now that we have our new Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens on NC State Campus, I have been doing more culinary training including our Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes Cooking School. Working to help others be better cooks always makes me a better cook and helps me analyze what is important in the kitchen. What is essential to making good food? There are literally hundreds of things that make a good cook. However, I wanted to boil it down to… Continue reading »

Last summer, I challenged myself and my husband to add more fruits and vegetables to ALL our meals, not just dinner. This summer I challenged myself and my husband to try to not waste any of the vegetables or fruit we bought. This came about after finding a particularly slimy cucumber in the back of our fridge. Just like previous challenges we have done, this challenge caused us to do more meal planning, shop more carefully, and cook more at… Continue reading »

For many of us, Black Friday shopping is as much a part of our Thanksgiving tradition as the turkey is. Whether you are out at 5 AM shopping on Black Friday, or online shopping from home on Cyber Monday, take advantage of the sales and buy an Instant Pot! You may have heard of the Instant Pot or seen it advertised, but what exactly is an Instant Pot? The Instant Pot is a countertop pressure cooker with multi-function options such as slow… Continue reading »

There are several places in the world where living to be over 100, with a healthy body and mind is the norm. Deemed, the Blue Zones, these rare longevity hotspots around the world are located specifically in Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Nicoya (Costa Rica), Icaria (Greece), and Loma Linda, CA (US). National geographic journalist, Dan Buettner, and a team of medical researchers, anthropologists, demographers, and epidemiologists took to studying exactly what could be contributing to these longer life spans by looking… Continue reading »

The greatest tool I have found in my health and wellness journey has nothing to do with counting my steps each day or drinking green smoothies. My most helpful tool has been to simply take pauses during my daily routines. Instead of constantly searching for advice on what I “should” be doing to feel my best, I try to pause, reflect, and actually listen to what my body needs. A pause helps with shutting off that voice that’s saying, “you called that… Continue reading »