Food for Thought: Living Well

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Raising kids, eating right, spending smart, living well—that’s the theme of a national Living Well Campaign that is being promoted by the Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, both at the national level and here in North Carolina. The goal of the Living Well Campaign is to provide people with the education and information they need in order to “live well. Whether you are trying to manage your diabetes through meal planning and exercise, make decisions about health care and insurance, or get tips on effective parenting techniques, Extension probably has a research-based answer.

Be sure that you celebrate Living Well Month by focusing on self-care, managing your stress, and trying to start and continue healthy routines. Focus on those habits that will lead you to become a better, stronger, healthier you and see how much better you feel. We are all living in a very stressful time right now and research has shown that self-care can help you manage your stress levels. Start by making a small change and see the impact on your health. It could be that you participate in an exercise class, either online or in person. You can focus on increasing your water intake at the same time decreasing your intake of sugar-sweetened beverages. Half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables. If it isn’t, try to work on adding more non-starchy vegetables and fruits to your daily intake. And be sure to do something just for you, whether it is to take a vacation, learn to meditate, etc.

Check us out on Facebook @persongranvillefcs to find information or register for upcoming programs, recipes, or information on food and nutrition. Try the following recipe from the University of Arizona Extension at Recipes.

Zesty Asian Chicken Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and chilled
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups small broccoli florets
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup fat-free Asian or sesame salad dressing
  • ¼ cup 100% orange juice

Directions

Cut chicken breasts into small strips and place in a medium bowl with onions, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and cabbage. In a small bowl, stir together dressing and juice. Pour over salad and toss well to coat.

Nutritional Information: 162 calories, 3g fat, 359mg sodium, 21g protein, 13g carbohydrates