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Casey Collins

Chicken cutlet is a year-round favorite and a simple way to get more bang for your buck. One boneless skinless chicken breast makes for two hefty cutlets when pounded thin. The surprising addition of crackers goes the distance by adding both crunch and flavor. When paired with a simple summer salad – one full of… Continue reading »

I was recently introduced to the game called FootGolf and it is a great physical activity that lets you hang with friends and spend an afternoon moving more! I have since learned it is much more official than just a game and is considered a sport. There is actually an American FootGolf Federation that was… Continue reading »

Check out these 10 blogs for tips on how to eat smart, move more, and stay safe during the summer months! Healthy Summer Dessert – Yasso Frozen Yogurt Healthy Bite-Sized Summer Dessert Favorite Summertime Salad – Confetti Bean Summer Green Bean Salad In-Season Produce to Add to Your Shopping List this Summer Food Safety for… Continue reading »

This month, my family is embarking on a 9-day road trip across the Southeast. Part of our trip planning includes thinking about healthy snack options. We will not have access to kitchen facilities so most of our meals will be take-out or on the road. Days of driving long hours and eating out can really… Continue reading »

In a previous blog for a Chocolate Banana Oat Smoothie, I mentioned that I am working on consuming more fruit. Fruit-based smoothies with no added sugars are a way that works for me to enjoy more fruit on a daily basis. Do you have leftover tahini in your refrigerator from making hummus or a salad… Continue reading »

One of the strategies that I have been using to consume more fruits and satisfy my sweets craving is to make smoothies. Working remotely means that I have more access to my kitchen appliances, which has been helpful. This chocolate banana oat smoothie has been one of my go-to snacks in the late afternoon. Skip… Continue reading »

As I have mentioned in a previous blog, reducing my household food waste is one of my 2021 goals. Not all food that is wasted can be saved or eaten, but a lot of food waste can be prevented, especially at home. Growing up—and even still now—my mom always had a tip for freezing food… Continue reading »

North Carolina has a Winter Storm Warning for the next two days with power outages likely due to ice. Our colleagues on the Safe Plates team have several resources to help you prepare for power outages and keep your food safe. Check out this video from Dr. Ben Chapman, NC State Extension food safety specialist,… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less participant that completed the program: ” I started this program with some hesitation but I am so grateful for it. Carrie, our instructor, was great. She really motivated us. She was so encouraging and knowledgeable. This program teaches you to read labels,… Continue reading »

Treat your significant other or loved one to a special dinner by securing a dinner reservation at this year’s hottest new restaurant—your own kitchen. Last February, our colleagues at Homegrown filmed a cooking demonstration for a heart healthy Valentine’s Day dinner. Watch and learn as Carolyn Dunn, NC State Extension nutrition specialist, guides you through a simple… Continue reading »