Principles to Practice: Healthy Thanksgiving Plating

So often we hear recommendations for healthy living – drink 8 8-oz. glasses of water each day, eat in moderation, exercise for 150 minutes each week, get in 8 hours of sleep…and it goes on and on. Unfortunately it can be hard to determine how to follow these recommendations in the midst of our busy,

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How to Slim-down Super Bowl {with Recipe: Light Spinach Artichoke Dip}

  Super Bowl is the second largest food event next to Thanksgiving, which can mean big time penalties when it comes to your diet. Yikes!  To make sure your pursuit of health isn’t sidelined by meaningless munchies, I have a few suggestions that will help you enjoy the big game without making a big mistake.

Recipe: Sweet Corn Soup with Bacon and Homemade Croutons

    If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I love soup. Seriously people, what is more comforting than soup? Cream-based soups can be incredibly heavy in fat in calories and almost ALL soups purchased commercially are insanely high in sodium. It just doesn’t have to be that way. Most beginner

Recipe: Warm Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

I love the inspiration I get at farmers' markets when looking down rows of fresh fruits and vegetables piled neatly on tables and stacked in nostalgic baskets. It makes me want to eat healthy foods, cook healthy foods, and share them with family and friends. It is always a sad day for me when my

Simple Solutions for Halloween

Holidays can be stressful times and it all starts with Halloween. Just when you get the kids back in the routine of school - wabam! You have to coordinate parties, decorations and the dreaded costumes. Of course Halloween is a lot of fun and it can bring out the kid in all of us. Yet,

The Guilt-free Way to Sensually Savor Food

  I  recently returned from the International Food Blogging Conference (IFBC) with a full tummy and a spinning mind. While my to-do list has mushroomed with ideas of all the exciting ways that I can improve this blog for you, my dear readers, I am most impressed by the fellow bloggers I met at the

Recipe: Radishes Made Two Ways

  Radishes are a forgotten vegetable. Their vibrant red exterior and contrasting white interior make for a beautiful addition to many dishes, yet it seems they don’t receive the respect they deserve.   Radishes, which are usually in season in winter and spring but often available year-round, are a great source of vitamin C –

How to Have a Fit July 4th

    Many of you have kicked off your holiday week and are planning your July 4th celebrations. I've got the perfect menu to help add some spark to your day without unwanted calories. To start off the menu, a build-your-own burger bar...because who doesn't love options? I like to serve lean turkey burgers, which

Could You Be Happy with Less?

  We are a nation that is willing to sacrifice quality for the sake of volume. The recent tragedy in Bangladesh brought to light a bigger problem in our society- our cheapened need for more. In our effort to have more clothing at a lower cost, we have demanded (I’ll admit I have blindly demanded

Sensibly Celebrating Cinco

This Mexican holiday which literally means “5th of May” is a celebration of Mexico's freedom over France. The holiday manifests itself in the US in the way that so many themed celebrations do – through food. We celebrate the day by eating a bowl full of chips and salsa, maybe complimented with a refried bean