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mindful eating

Barley is a great grain with lots of nutty flavor and a nice bite. We often see barley in soup but it can be used for many dishes. This risotto takes advantage of this grain’s great taste and creamy texture when cooked using this method. Risotto is often thought of as a dish made with rice but it is actually a cooking method. It seems hard at first but is not too difficult. Just get a glass of your favorite… Continue reading »

I am always looking for interesting taco fillings. I experimented recently with roasted vegetables. The key is to cut the vegetables small (1/4-inch cubes) and roast them well with taco seasoning. I don’t like to use premade taco seasoning because of the high salt. It is super easy to make your own using this recipe. I use corn tortillas and a topping of just shredded cabbage mixed with lime. Roasted Vegetable Tacos 1 medium onion 1 zucchini 1 yellow squash 3… Continue reading »

Sometimes I struggle to consume enough water each day, even though I know there are many health benefits of staying hydrated. If you need some creative ways to stay hydrated this fall, try these tips!   Make water your preferred your beverage throughout the day and make other beverages (soda, fruit drinks, etc.) something you have on occasion. Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times. There are many portable cups and water bottles on the market that keep your water cold… Continue reading »

There have been many (many) blog posts about the simplicity and deliciousness of roasting vegetables. They are good hot, room temperature, or cold in salads. While tossing some vegetables in a little olive oil and throwing them in the oven is super easy, there are some basic rules that will take you from good to great as a master vegetable roaster. Here are my top 5. Top Five Rules of Roasting: Use a good pan. If you have a sturdy… Continue reading »

No matter where you are reading this from geographically, the autumn season brings exciting annual traditions! One of my favorite traditions is to attend the North Carolina State Fair. Even if you do not attend your own state fair, similar events are held in local towns as well.  No matter the size and location of the fair, a few things are certain: friends, fun, rides, and fried foods.  Although many temptations arise at the fair, don’t let them stand in… Continue reading »

Congratulations, if you are purchasing a lunch box you are committed to taking your lunch. Good for you for preparing on Sundays, evenings or early mornings, grab and go, portioned healthy choices. Keeping your commitment to take healthy lunches includes picking the right lunch box. The next time you decide to treat yourself to a new lunch box (or maybe this is your first), consider the following tips. Choose a lunch box that has: A hard plastic liner can be… Continue reading »

Sparkling water has been on the rise in recent years, with more brands and more flavors popping up all the time. Sparkling water is a great alternative to soda, as it is bubbly and refreshing without any added sugar or artificial sweeteners. However, make sure to double check the label of your sparking water as some brands might have added sugar or sodium. Overwhelmed by the amount of sparking water choices? Our team shares our favorite flavors. Carolyn’s Favorite: Flavor:La… Continue reading »

As we are embarking on a fresh new school year with a new 9th and 6th grader, I figure what better time than now to get back on track with our healthy habits that have fallen by the wayside over the summer.  Perhaps it is even time to adopt some new routines!  With both of my kids on new schedules and each starting school almost an hour earlier this year, we simply do not have time to pack lunches in… Continue reading »

We are excited to introduce our guest blogger, Doranna Anderson. Doranna is the Comprehensive Cancer and Control Program Consultant for the Cancer Prevention and Control Branch at the NC Division of Public Health. When I read a recent post from the Prevent Cancer Foundation about how they started a Salad Bowl Day at their workplace I thought about how much fun employees could have sharing a meal together and enjoy each other’s company during a healthy lunch. With all the summer crops coming… Continue reading »

Although not an everyday craving but every now and then, I want to satisfy my sweet tooth with something more indulgent than my usual small piece of dark chocolate – something like ice cream especially during the summer time. I am happy to share that I have found the best substitute for traditional chocolate ice cream – Yasso Frozen Yogurt, Chocolate Fudge. This frozen yogurt has a smooth, rich taste and is delicious. Unless you read the ingredient list on the… Continue reading »