Tag Archives: nutrition

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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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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Faithful Families: An Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Strategy

September 9, 2015

by Vimie Magsino

In 2014, the North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH) was awarded Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (ODHDSP) funding for the implementation of population-wide and priority population approaches to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and the reduction of related health disparities among adults. This award will be administered by the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch, housed within the Chronic Disease and Injury Section of DPH.

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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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Coconut and Pistachio Basbousa: A Heart-Healthy Dessert

By Maryam Funmilayo

December 11, 2014

When it comes to desserts, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is that desserts are not so healthy. This is because many desserts are known to have too much sugar. However, the good news is that not all desserts are unhealthy. As a matter of fact, there are many ways to tweak a sugar-loaded dessert into a very healthy one if you have the right ingredients and use less sugar or sugary items.

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Communal Cooking for Busy Families

November 3, 2014

by Annie Hardison-Moody

Originally posted at Voices into Action.

Some of the researchers on the Voices into Action project recently wrote an article about family meals (you can read a little more about it here), in which they talk about the issues families face as they try to get dinner on the table.  Many of these issues are structural, like low wages, gender inequality, and under or un-employment.  As moms in our project have told us, these struggles are real, and families are finding it increasingly hard to shop for and prepare meals each day.

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Quick and Easy Sandwiches

Sandwiches are quick and easy to make, but can be high in calories if you’re not careful.  Substitute 2 T. fat-free yogurt for 2 T. mayonnaise on that sandwich and you save a whopping 167  calories and around 20g. of fat.  Check out these recipes below:

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Herb-Baked Spicy Tilapia

by Maryam Funmilayo

Fish is a healthy alternative to meat because of it is low-fat and heart-healthy. As many consumers have named Monday as ‘meatless Monday’, some have decided to make Friday ‘Fishy Friday’. The reason behind this is to encourage many people to consume fish more often (about 5 ounces is one serving), instead of meats which have higher saturated fat and cholesterol content. And choosing just one day in the week is a great start.

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National Farmers’ Market Week – Join in the Effort!

By Maryam Funmilayo

National Farmers’ Market Week spans from August 3 to August 9. This is a great opportunity to learn more about local produce and home grown foods. More so, wouldn’t it be nice to get to know our hardworking local farmers who are working behind the scenes to bring these fresh foods to us?

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