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Join Chef Cheetie Kumar on Webinar

The Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences is pleased to present our 2020 Eloise S. Cofer Lecture. This year we are fortunate to have Chef Cheetie Kumar. Chef Kumar is a James Beard Best Chef Southeast Finalist and owner of Garland restaurant in Raleigh. She will share with us two dishes that showcase southern ingredients… Continue reading »

No-Cooking Meal Hack: The Snack Meal

As more of us are cooking at home these days, meal fatigue is a real problem that many are facing. I want to tell you about a way to lessen the cooking load while still getting in a complete and nutritious meal. Enter: the snack meal. A snack meal is basically a bunch of small… Continue reading »

Best Health Apps for Nutrition Tracking

We are continuing to highlight some of the best smartphone apps for health and wellness. My last blog reviewed exercise apps. Here, I will discuss some top nutrition apps to help you keep track and make good food choices. Shopwell: Better Food Choices Shopwell is a food label reading guide that you can carry right… Continue reading »

Black Friday and #OptOutside Preparation Guide

The holiday season is finally here despite the difficult time during a global pandemic. Although you may find it hard to contain your excitement, it is important to be aware of the health status in your area and take precautions to celebrate safely!  Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, is always the… Continue reading »

Connect from Home: Virtual Game Night

Not being able to spend time with friends and family can be difficult. Fortunately, these days there are a number of great ways to connect virtually. One of my favorites is a virtual game night. I used to love having game nights with my friends. Now that social distancing is the new normal, we still… Continue reading »

5 Tips to Politely Decline Family Food Pushers

Let’s face it, the holidays often revolve around activities and gatherings that include food. It can be difficult for those of us who are trying to make smarter, healthier food choices to be in environments where unhealthy sweets and treats are everywhere, especially when people we love are the ones offering us these foods.  Family… Continue reading »

Smart-size Your Portions

Both the amount and types of food we consume contribute to whether our way of eating is healthy. Check out this great handout from our colleagues at NC EFNEP with tips for how to smart-size your portions. A portion is what you serve yourself or what a restaurant gives you–you can also think of this… Continue reading »

4 Healthy-ish Fair Food Alternatives

COVID-19 has caused some of our favorite events to be either placed on hold or canceled completely. The NC State Fair is a longstanding North Carolina tradition that has been canceled this year for the first time since 1945.  Some people will miss the rides and the exhibits, but many people visit the fair just… Continue reading »

The Basics and How-To of Vegetarianism

What’s up with vegetarianism? This year, vegetarian awareness week will mark me being vegetarian for 6 years. There are many reasons that people decide to stop eating meat – for me it was to lower my environmental footprint. For others, it can be a religious or cultural practice, a strategy to lower their grocery budget,… Continue reading »

Mindfulness Day 2020

September 12th is Mindfulness Day. Mindfulness is a key component of the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less and Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes programs. Take a moment today or this week to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply defined as being present in any particular moment. To go deeper, it involves being conscious and… Continue reading »