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Casey Collins

Hiking for My Mental and Physical Health

Happy Fall! I love this time of year because I enjoy one of my favorite activities, hiking, even more in the fall and winter than I do in the summer. Don’t get me wrong, summer hikes are still great, but I have to go early or in the evening to avoid the oppressive heat. Personally,… Continue reading »

Perfect Black Lentils in the Instant Pot

Beluga lentils commonly referred to as black lentils, hold their shape better and have a firmer texture than green or red lentils when cooked. For this reason, I like to meal prep a batch and use them throughout the week in various ways. They are good as a side dish with a drizzle of olive… Continue reading »

Pantry Staple Essentials

“A pantry is like a quiver of arrows, at your back and at the ready.” Abra Berens in her cookbook, Ruffage Pantry staples are more important than ever. For the past several months, I have only been going to the grocery store once a week, which has made me more mindful when planning my weekly shopping… Continue reading »

Work from Home – Best Practices

By now, many of us have transitioned to working from home. This is a new experience for a lot of people and it can take some adjusting to find your work groove. When working from home, it’s easy for you to become your own worst enemy. Personally, I get the urge to procrastinate work work… Continue reading »

9 Strength Training Exercises You Can Do at Home

I get a daily newsletter from the New York Times and shortly after January 1st I saw a section about strength training. I think their article is really nice because it has pictures and videos of how to do the exercises as well as modifications and challenges. I also really like their recommendations because this… Continue reading »

How to Start Swimming: Tips for Beginners

One of the evidence-based strategies for diabetes prevention is achieving 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. I have recently decided to re-engage with an aerobic activity from my youth, swimming. Swimming is a great low-impact workout and I find it extremely meditative. I love the feeling of being immersed in cool water and the… Continue reading »

Easy Side Item: Lemon Artichoke and Quinoa Salad

I stumbled across this great recipe for Lemony Artichoke & Quinoa Salad from budgetbytes. It is a refrigerator salad (i.e. doesn’t get limp or soggy) that works great as a side dish or as a light entrée. When I made this recipe I add some crumbled feta cheese (see picture), which I thought was a… Continue reading »

Need an easy healthy weeknight recipe? Try a veggie bowl!

I recently signed up for a produce subscription service called The Produce Box, which serves the Triad, the Triangle, Charlotte, the Piedmont, and the Coast of North Carolina. I will admit that I have previously been hesitant to sign up for one of these services because I’m always afraid I will end up wasting lots… Continue reading »

How to Make Fridge Pickles

Although I love pickles year-round, I do find that I make them much more often during the summer. This is probably due to the abundance of fresh produce. However, when I make pickles, I make the variety referred to as fridge pickles. This is because fridge pickles do not require the canning, vacuum seals, or… Continue reading »

The Heat is Here to Stay- Tips for Summer Exercise

Well, the heat has officially come to the Piedmont region of North Carolina and it looks like it is here to stay for the summer. I love the longer days, the spontaneous outdoor adventures and how summer just feels like a more carefree time of year. What I do not love is the air made… Continue reading »