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Healthy Pancakes Do Exist!

You may think that pancakes are off the menu for you. Too many unhealthy carbohydrates, sugar in the syrup – no pancakes for you. However, it is possible thanks to this great Med Instead of Meds recipe. There is truly such a thing as healthy pancakes and the biggest plus is, they are super easy […]

More Reasons to NOT Skip Breakfasts

I don’t know about you, but the recent research around breakfast has been very confusing to me. Originally, it was considered to be the ‘most important meal of the day.’ Then the evidence around the importance of breakfast for overall health and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight became mixed as intermittent fasting started to […]

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Smart-size Your Portions

Both the amount and types of food we consume contribute to whether our way of eating is healthy. Check out this great handout from our colleagues at NC EFNEP with tips for how to smart-size your portions. A portion is what you serve yourself or what a restaurant gives you–you can also think of this […]

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4 Healthy-ish Fair Food Alternatives

COVID-19 has caused some of our favorite events to be either placed on hold or canceled completely. The NC State Fair is a longstanding North Carolina tradition that has been canceled this year for the first time since 1945.  Some people will miss the rides and the exhibits, but many people visit the fair just […]

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The Basics and How-To of Vegetarianism

What’s up with vegetarianism? This year, vegetarian awareness week will mark me being vegetarian for 6 years. There are many reasons that people decide to stop eating meat – for me it was to lower my environmental footprint. For others, it can be a religious or cultural practice, a strategy to lower their grocery budget, […]

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Mindfulness Day 2020

September 12th is Mindfulness Day. Mindfulness is a key component of the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less and Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes programs. Take a moment today or this week to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply defined as being present in any particular moment. To go deeper, it involves being conscious and […]

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Easy Acorn Squash Breakfast or Dinner: Egg-in-the-hole

This recipe is a go-to when I have an acorn squash and am looking for something easy to put together. It is filling and delicious! I generally make it for dinner but it would be great for a weekend breakfast too. If this is the only thing I made, I’ll eat two eggs-in-holes, but generally, […]

Always Eating? Part 1: Nutrition

I have been a registered dietitian for 30 years and keep up to date on recently published literature so rest assured, my suggestions are evidence-based! Let’s evaluate a common situation that individuals encounter. “I can’t stop eating….I’m always eating.“ To really unpack this, we have to look at the interplay between nutrition, self-care and coping […]

A Med-Inspired Vegetarian Wrap

May is International Mediterranean Diet Month (or #MedMonth) which highlights the Mediterranean-style eating pattern. The Mediterranean Diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and lean meats. It’s not only backed by research, but it is also delicious and satisfying which makes it a popular eating pattern for many. There are several Med-inspired recipes on […]