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,

Easy Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is unaffectionaly sometimes referred to as the kitchen sink soup...meaning you can put just about anything in it! To me, it's a God-send for staying within a food budget AND eating healthy. That combination isn't something you come across every day. Minestrone soup is essentially a broth-based soup with lots of veggies. You can

  • Broccoli Slaw with Edamame and Ginger Dressing

A Fresh Spin on Salads

I know many of you are trying to eat a little healthier than you did throughout the holidays, but it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet when the monotony of grilled chicken, baked fish, and salad after salad after salad sets in. Have no fear (da-da-da…you should hear superhero music in your head);

  • Spinach Artichoke Dip

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.

All that Glitters is Gold Party

The Golden Globes last Sunday were a hilarious start to an awards season that brings out the best on the red carpet. While some of you want to just curl up on the couch to watch the action alone, it seems that more and more people are making it a group affair. Awards parties can

21 Simple Ways to Stay Fit this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be a foodie's favorite day and a dieter's dread. It all comes down to how you look at this holiday. While significant weight gain never occurs from one meal or one day, there are several small choices we can make to curb the damage that this feast can do. I have a list

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: Pumpkin Pecan Ricotta Bake with Maple Syrup Drizzle

  If you are looking for a light alternative to the usual Thanksgiving day desserts, I have the perfect solution for you. This unbelievable swap will not only save you big time in the calorie department, but you get to enjoy the flavors of BOTH pumpkin and pecan pies in each bite. It is also

Eating Out Healthfully using the Smart 7

  In a couple of days, I’m headed to Seattle for my first ever blogging conference – the International Food Blogger Conference, IFBC. I am really looking forward to connecting with other food bloggers, getting advice from experts in the field, and learning about new products from vendors throughout the weekend. Having been to Seattle

Recipe: Grilled Lettuce Salad with Light Buttermilk Dressing

    If you have a meat and potatoes man in your life, it can be hard to make a special meal without falling completely off the nutrition bandwagon. Luckily, I’m a firm believer in maximizing flavor, not calories – and flavor is the key to a delicious meal. Taking a nod from a traditional