Go Nuts!!

Nuts are my favorite snack to munch on in between meal times. They are bite-size nutritional powerhouses, packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. When I choose this vitality-boosting snack, I stick to a handful mix of unsalted nuts to get the best valuable vitamins and minerals in my diet. All nuts have different … Read More


Heart healthy tips to keep your

Thinking about what to do on Valentine’s Day for those who hold a special place in your heart? Take a look at the suggestions found on the American Heart Association’s Website: heart.org . The site contains 14 practical and health conscious ideas that have more value and show a deeper love than a box of chocolates … Read More


Hot Chocolate weather is upon us, drink up!

Warm drinks are a must have for me and my family in the cold winter months, but all those empty calories can add up quickly! According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Americans consume 20 teaspoons of added sugars daily. Keep in mind that the American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 … Read More


Buy local, eat local at the farmers' market

Over the years, local Farmer’s Markets have become increasingly popular. They are great sources for purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables and other food items such as homemade jams, etc. Depending on where you live (rural or urban town/city), farmer’s markets vary in size, location, times in which they are open and products sold. Some are very … Read More


Healthy Snacking

I admit it…I am a “snacker.” But, when I get the urge for a snack, I try to make it a healthy one instead of one high in calories and fat. In the evenings, I love to sit down in my favorite chair with my dogs beside me and unwind while snacking on a small … Read More


Break the fast: Make it quick and with "appeel"

Growing up, I was not a big fan of breakfast. I would skip breakfast, make all kinds of excuses as to why I couldn’t eat breakfast, or grab something like a candy bar. I still am not a big fan of traditional breakfasts, but I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day … Read More


Frozen Fruity Treats

What You Need: 1 (8‐ounce) container nonfat lemon yogurt 2 cups cubed, seedless watermelon 1 pint fresh strawberries, tops removed 1 medium banana, peeled and sliced What To Do: Place yogurt and fruit in a blender. Cover tightly. Blend until smooth. Pour into muffin tin lined with paper cups. Freeze until frozen solid, at least … Read More


NC EFNEP's Peach Pointers

North Carolina peaches are a great summertime fruit.  They are most abundant and least expensive June through September. Learn how to select, store, and prepare them in this short video.https://youtu.be/_37xcn1ImSMFor the recipes featured in the video, check the links below: Peach Salsa: http://www.great-salsa.com/peachsalsarecipes.html Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Peach Marinade: http://www.food.com/recipe/grilled-chicken-with-balsamic-peach-marinade-133801 Spinach Salad with Peaches and … Read More


Oven-Dried Strawberries

Strawberry time is here! They’re on sale everywhere and ready to be picked in the fields in many areas. If you buy too many strawberries to eat before they go bad, try drying them out in the oven. They smell delicious and taste even better. Strawberries are super easy to oven dry as long as … Read More


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