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Do Omega 6 Fats Cause Inflammation?

You may have heard that foods high in omega 6 fats (soybean oil, safflower oil, sunflower seed oil, vegetable oil) can cause inflammation in the body. Since inflammation is the root cause of most chronic illnesses including heart disease this would not be good. So, where is this theory coming from that omega 6 fatty […]

5 Tips for Using Your Freezer to Waste Less Food

Cooking during the pandemic definitely changed how we use the freezer. These 5 tips have been helpful to reduce food waste, reduce meal prep time, and help us use our freezer more effectively. Freezing Food is about Preserving the Quality of the Food Oftentimes you will see the phrases “Best if used by,” “Sell by” […]

Getting Ahead of The Holiday Meal Cost

Everyone loves the holidays, but let’s be honest, it can get expensive, especially when you have several guests to feed. Our NC State colleagues on the More in My Basket team have created a great six-part series on how to prepare and get ahead of the holiday meal cost. They recommend planning your menu in […]

How to Manage Holiday Stress

Stress can be a powerful and often unnoticed force in your life. It can influence weight, mental health, quality of sleep, and have effects on blood pressure, heart rate, and the immune system. When chronic stress is present, a hormone called cortisol is released which increases glucose in the bloodstream. This increase in glucose is […]

Tracking Still Works

Tracking is once again a winner when it comes to helping us achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  Tracking has long been a key strategy included in most weight management programs, including the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less and Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes programs.  Writing down everything that we are eating and […]

A Food Thermometer is Key to Food Safety

Do you have a food thermometer stashed in your kitchen but are unsure how and why you should put it to use? If you cook meat regularly, using a food thermometer is a game-changer and can mean the difference between just cooked and overdone or tough meat. The only accurate way to determine if food […]

Snacks and Lunch Packing Hacks

Our colleague and nutrition expert, Catherine Hill, RDN, LDN, shares some simple tips for nutritious snack options, a bin system for organizing your fridge and pantry, as well as lunch-packing hacks. Watch the video below to learn more! You might also enjoy: How to Snack Smart While Working from Home How to Plan for Busy […]

What Does Fitness Mean To You?

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fitness as: “the quality or state of being fit.” Wow, that seems broad. When I ask someone what “being fit” or what fitness means to them, most people will talk about only physical health. A lot of times we use it as an adjective for people who look a certain way. Maybe […]

How to Use Leftover Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin spice everything season is upon us. Maybe you made our delicious Pumpkin Mousse recipe or Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes and have leftovers. If you find yourself with leftover pumpkin puree, don’t let it go to waste! Ideas for Leftover Pumpkin Puree Breakfast: add to oatmeal, yogurt, or pancakes. Drinks: make a pumpkin latte at home […]

Essential Tips for Taking Breaks During Work

Have you been finding yourself extra stressed, tired, or distracted during work? Truth is, you may be overworking and could benefit from taking breaks throughout the workday. There are many physical and mental benefits of taking breaks at work and they can also boost productivity significantly. This blog will teach you why breaks are essential […]