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Casey Collins

Reduce Your Food Waste – Make Vegetable Stock

One of my goals for 2021 is to establish more environmentally friendly habits in my daily life. Specifically, I want to be more mindful of food waste. Fortunately for me (and for you), the Safe Plates team is kicking off 2021 with an Avoiding Food Waste campaign. I can’t wait to see what tips and… Continue reading »

Make Smart Breakfast Choices

Eating a nutritious breakfast (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and a lean protein such as eggs) maintains blood sugar levels and sets the tone for a day of healthy eating. This also promotes weight maintenance and weight loss by maintaining blood glucose levels and your metabolism. Check out this handout from our colleagues at NC EFNEP… Continue reading »

Winter Citrus Salad

This recipe comes from Med instead of Meds and is a fabulous salad for citrus lovers! The recipe was created by Chef Ellen Clevenger-Firley and is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh citrus any time of the year, including during its peak season – winter. Serves 4Serving Size: 2 cups (481 grams)Prep Time: 15-20 minutesTotal… Continue reading »

How to Stay Active & Warm this Winter

Whether you are planning on exercising or socializing outdoors this winter we have some tips to help you retain your heat! We want you to dress like an onion, and by that, we mean layers. Dress in Layers First layer (against your skin): Wicking Wicking materials are often made from synthetic fabric or wool. You… Continue reading »

Healthier Eggnog Recipe

Christmas is this Friday! For many families, eggnog is a timeless tradition during the holidays but it comes with a hefty amount of calories (around 180 calories for 4 ounces). For those who crave the flavor on a regular basis try out this recipe for a healthy eggnog smoothie: Recipe from NC EFNEP Ingredients ½… Continue reading »

Are You Using the iPhone’s Health App – You Probably Should

If you are like me, you are never very far from your smartphone. That means my phone is really good at tracking my activity. For many people, this may mean that you really don’t need extra tracking devices besides your phone. The iPhone has a Health app that comes pre-installed on all iPhones running iOS… Continue reading »

Choosing to Move More Throughout the Day

Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity as well as muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups at least 2 days per week. Start small and plan time for physical activity every day. Gradually increase activity to reach the physical activity guidelines. Check out this handout from our colleagues at NC… Continue reading »

Fast Food Survival Guide

Eating at home is always more ideal, but sometimes life’s endless to-do’s get in the way, and takeout is the easiest option. Check out this handout from our colleagues at NC EFNEP with fast food survival tips. You may also enjoy: How to Practice Mindful Eating When You’re Working From Home How to Snack Smart… Continue reading »

Food Gifts in 2020

Our colleagues at the NC Safe Plates team have prepared a Food Gifts Fact Sheet with tips to gift food safely this holiday season! Homemade food gifts are common around the holidays. Many options, such as homemade spicemixes, baking mixes and breads have minimal food safety risks. Items such as home canned ordried foods, infused… Continue reading »

Carrot Cake Bites

Recipe from NC EFNEP Ingredients Non-stick cooking spray 1/2 cup flour• 1 cup dry oats 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup butter 1 cup shredded carrots 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 package cream cheese (about 4 ounces) Directions Preheat oven 350°F.  Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Mix together… Continue reading »