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2016 Faithful Families Summit

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On September 8th the NC Division of Public Health and Extension at NC State University held the 2016 Faithful Families Summit, at the Crabtree Marriot in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nearly 200 North Carolina and national Faithful Families partners met that day with a shared goal of creating lasting changes to support healthy eating and physical activity in faith communities.

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We’ve Got the Beets

I never thought I liked beets as a kid, but when I got a bit older I tried them again and they became a favorite vegetable. Beets do take about an hour to roast, so consider making them on the weekend for meal prep ahead, or on a weeknight you have a bit more time. You could buy them at the farmer’s market or grocery store, roast them, chop them up, and use them in recipes all week long! I absolutely love using one ingredient multiple times, especially when it is something as filling and delicious as beets.

This recipe would make an excellent side to a variety of main dishes. Enjoy!

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Vegetarian Dishes From Around the World

December 2, 2015

by Hannah Field

Going meatless can be a great option for you and your family. However frequently you choose to do it – all the time or just occasionally, and for whatever reason – religious, budgetary, or otherwise, there are many benefits. At the family level, a meatless meal is often cost-effective and can help you eat more veggies and legumes. On a larger scale, it can save energy because of the land and feed required to raise animals.

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Best Thanksgiving Veggie Side Dishes

November 24, 2015

by Hannah Field

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the year. It’s a day to be intentional about practicing thankfulness AND to cook and share a meal with the people I love the most. When it comes to the meal, my family appreciates tradition, and there are dishes we make sure to have every year. But I have come to love it when family members bring new dishes to Thanksgiving, too. It has helped me try new foods and learn various cooking techniques.

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ESMM Holiday Challenge is HERE!

Worried holiday weight gain will weigh you down?

This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey! Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds.

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Coffee and Health

This was originally posted by the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program, here/

October 5, 2015

Did you know, a plain cup of brewed coffee has only 2 calories and no fat. However, if you like to add flavored creams, sugars, etc., the calories quickly add up. See how many calories just 1 tablespoon of these extras can add to your coffee:

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Try a Pita Pocket Sandwich

August 12, 2015

Note: This was originally posted by the North Carolina Expanded Food and Nutrition Program here.

Sandwiches are a common staple food on a lunchbox menu for children, but I’ve noticed sandwiches have gotten a reputation as being boring or bland because children get tired of eating the same old sandwich for lunch every day. Sure, spreading some peanut butter and jelly on bread or just slapping on a few cold cuts makes for a tasty and easy meal, but eating that every day can make sandwiches less appealing. Get creative with new sandwich recipes and combinations to make lunch a meal that your child (and you) will look forward to!

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Gardening 101 – Part Three

Welcome back to the gardening series! I hope you’ve been thinking deeply on how to start a garden with your family and friends. Starting small is always key and one of the best pieces of advice given by the Master Gardeners.  They advised that you start a container garden if you are very new into gardening or if you can’t afford the space or time to take care of a larger garden.

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