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healthy snacks

Healthy Road Trip Snacks

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 »

Chocolatey Black Bean Brownies

December 8th is National Brownie Day in the United States. To celebrate, I want to share with you a recipe that gives a new twist on the classic chocolate brownie: the black bean brownie. I know you are probably skeptical of beans in your brownies, but hear me out on this one. These brownies do… Continue reading »

Cinnamon Baked Pears

A delicious and healthy alternative to fruit pies, these baked pears can be served as dessert, or even eaten with breakfast. This is a favorite of mine at holiday meals when you want something sweet after dinner because they fulfill the sweet tooth craving without being too sugary or too filling. These pears are delicious… 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 »

Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes

Recipe from NC EFNEP Ingredients Recipe makes 1 dozen 3 1/2-inch pancakes 2 cups flour (use 1/2 whole-wheat) 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1/2 cup canned pumpkin 1 3/4 cup skim milk 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Vegetable cooking spray Directions Wash… Continue reading »

Crinkle-Cut Oven Fries with Japanese Sweet Potatoes

November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month. Sweet potatoes are a healthy source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins A and C. A fun fact, North Carolina has led the nation in sweet potato production for decades and produces about 60 percent of the country’s total sweet potato crop. My favorite type of sweet potato is Murasaki—or… 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 »

Build Your Own Healthy Trail Mix – #NationalTrailMixDay

Hikers, campers, and outdoor lovers have a day to celebrate on August 31st, National Trail Mix Day. Journalist and author Joan Lunden once wrote: “It is not always as comfortable blazing the trail as it is walking on it.” And yet, munching on a ready-to-eat trail mix when the walk gets tough can be lightening.… Continue reading »

Five Tips to Eat Smart When Working From Home

COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented times that have left many of us working from home for several weeks in a row. These unpredictable times have added anxiety and stress for many people and eating smart to stay healthy gets challenging in such situations. I have personally been struggling with staying on top of my healthy… Continue reading »

Best Low-Sugar Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a great option for an afternoon snack or a complement to breakfast due to it’s higher protein content as compared to regular yogurt. However, the yogurt aisle can be intimidating with the several different brands of Greek yogurt available. One thing to be careful about when selecting a flavored Greek yogurt is… Continue reading »