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  • Do-it-yourself salad dressing

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse 

    In an effort to eat more healthfully in the New Year, are you finding yourself trying to eat more salads? That’s great. Salads can be low in calories and high in fiber while adding some of those important vegetables to your diet, but finding a good salad dressing that isn’t too high in calories, fats or sodium isn’t easy. Reading the nutrition facts labels on commercial salad dressings can really disappoint and discourage even the most healthful eater.

  • Slow cooker quiz

     By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    It’s a great little appliance that cooks dinner while you’re away. What could be better than that? Of course I’m talking about a slow cooker. Most people call them by their trademarked name Crock Pot, but the generic term is slow cooker. There are many styles made by different companies available.

  • A full year of health

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Each new year sparks time to reflect on the past and look to the future. Many see this time as an opportunity to make changes in their lives. That’s where those New Year’s resolutions come into play. So frequently people set goals to do something good for themselves in the new year.  Unfortunately, quite often these are goals are very unrealistic.

  • No ‘Bah Humbug’ advice

    No “Bah Humbugs” from me this week, just a few tips and ideas to help encourage positive and healthy practices to get us all through the holidays.

    Treat!

    Yes, your favorite foods are available (and usually lots of them) this time of year. So treat yourself while trying to be realistic. Go ahead and eat some of those cookies or other holiday goodies…just do so in moderation. Feeling like a martyr about food or trying to give it up completely tends to backfire. Holidays are all about balance.

    Be picky

  • Thoughts on homemade gifts

     By Cheryle Syracuse

    You don’t need me to tell you that Christmas is getting closer and closer. Many folks still have plans to making and give some homemade or home-baked gifts this year. With that in mind I have two thoughts to share about homemade gifts, one a caution and the other a quick and somewhat healthful idea.

  • Be a healthy host

     By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    I’m seeing a lot of articles, recipes and ideas about how to stay healthy over the holidays. I wonder: How many people really try to do this? We have an annual brunch for our neighbors and everyone brings something to share. Most often these foods are holiday favorites that get dug out of the recipe box and this is the only time of year they are made, but if you’re trying to eat healthy, sometimes it’s hard to find something to eat amongst the sweets, cheese-laden egg dishes and other goodies.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    They say Black Friday is starting to turn a bit gray because shoppers have so many more options for spending money because so many stores were open on Thanksgiving Day. Yep, the holiday season is upon us, and that means spending lots of money on stuff — including Christmas trees.

  • It’s dine-in day

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    The inaugural Family and Consumer Sciences Day is Wednesday, Dec. 3. In observance of this day, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences are asking families to plan and eat a healthy meal together. They are calling for this to be Dining-in Day.

  • Before and after Thanksgiving

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    This is one of those columns that will be printed in the newspaper just before a holiday. I’m guessing that some folks are reading it before Thanksgiving, but others may not get a chance until after the holiday. With that thought in mind, I’m writing both before and after Thanksgiving tips.

    Before

  • It doesn’t have to be another salad

     By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    Eating out has become a part of many of our lives. Although it may be easier to eat more healthfully at home, there are still a variety of ways to eat at a restaurant and eat more healthfully.

    Although vegetables and salads may seem like the answer, they can also be a haven for added fat or sodium. Salad bars can be dangerous. Here are a few tips: