Food & Nutrition

Tailgating without Regrets: 7 Tips

group of friend high fivingIt’s football season, and you live in the Triangle! Whether you’re cheering for the Wolfpack, the Blue Devils, or the Tar Heels, chances are that you might find yourself tailgating this autumn.

Why? Because it’s fun! Until the next morning when the massive burgers, wings, chips and high calorie drinks make you wish you had a chance to do it all again. But smarter.

The fact is, tailgating doesn’t have to make you feel horrible the next day.

Here are seven tips for healthy tailgating!

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Make Summer Endless: Watermelon Slushie in December (Recipe)

We’re thinking this counts as a “life hack.”

Here’s the concept: You freeze a bunch of watermelon! Then, when winter has come, and the sweet juice of vine-ripened watermelon no longer dribbles down your sun-kissed chin, and you pine for the warm breezes of summer, YOU CAN HAVE A DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY WATERMELON SLUSHIE.

Watermelon slushies

You can win winter, in other words.

It’s so, so simple. Here’s how you do it.

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The Best Hummus, from Our Kardia Cafe Chefs

hummus from kardia cafeHummus. So healthy, so delicious.

That’s why it’s a highlight of UNC REX Heart & Vascular‘s Kardia Café, where our award-winning chefs have free reign to pursue their vision of “a hotel style food experience within the walls of a hospital,” to use the words of Executive Chef Ryan Conklin.

Kardia Café’s hummus is both inspired and simple to make at home.

Here’s how to do it.

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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Gardening

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According to the World Health Organization, good health means more than just the absence of bad health symptoms. It means the presence of positive emotions, quality of life, sense of community and happiness.  (WHO 1948)

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Moroccan Carrot Salad

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See that beautiful orange creation in the middle of the plate above? That’s the cool and delicious Moroccan Carrot Salad we serve at Kardia Cafe, located in our brand new, state-of-the-art NC Heart and Vascular Hospital.

It’s bright and tangy and takes you on a flavor journey with twists and turns. And now you can make it at home! Go ahead! Impress your loved ones with this winning side dish.

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The Return of the Downtown Raleigh Farmer’s Market

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Ten years ago, the pulse of downtown Raleigh was sluggish. Now it’s vital. Concerts, festivals, movies, food trucks and even ice skaters congregate in City Plaza, surrounded by boutiques and restaurants.

But spring and summer belong to the innovative Downtown Raleigh Farmers Market. At least on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

What’s so innovative about the Downtown Raleigh Farmer’s Market?

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Make This Delectable Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad and Become Everyone’s Favorite Human

Bright and tangy, cool and protein-rich, this healthy and delicious dish occupies the magical territory between salty and sweet. You may never have had a dish that combined golden raisins, dried cranberries, and capers, but–trust us–this is worth trying.

This dish is also heroically healthy, which is why it’s featured on the menu at Kardia Café, the Mediterranean restaurant on the first floor of our brand new, state-of-the-art North Carolina Heart and Vascular Hospital.

healthy greek yogurt chicken salad

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Grilled Chili-Rubbed Pork Kabobs with Peach Salsa

Grilled Chili-Rubbed Pork Kabobs with Peach Salsa

Pork kabobs with peach salsa

Savory pork skewers with a fresh peach salsa are a great way to liven up dinner. You can bring a bit of summer to your plate by using frozen peaches when they’re not in season.

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Turkey Sausage and Herb Stuffing: Healthy Holiday Recipe

A healthy alternative to traditional stuffing, this dish will have you asking for more–and not feeling bad about it!

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Citrus Walnut Vinaigrette: Healthy Holiday Recipe (Video)

Last week’s UNC REX Health Talk focused on “Healthy Holiday Eating.” UNC REX Executive Chef Ryan Conklin and registered dietitians Shelly Wegman and Mary Gray Hutchison joined host Sharon Delaney to take questions from the online audience and showcase a delicious and healthy holiday dish.

Check out the step-by-step video and recipe below!

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