Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Why Intermittent Fasting Might Be the Best Diet for You

Trying to lose weight or improve your blood sugar? Intermittent fasting might be worth a try.

As a rule, I don’t do diets.  I always recommend the slow and steady approach of cutting out empty calories and increasing your physical activity to lose a few pounds, or get your cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure under control.  For most people, that works really well, but sometimes, after a certain age, and especially if you’re already pretty careful about your diet and exercise, the slow and steady approach feels like you’re swimming upstream – exhausted but getting nowhere. Continue Reading..

16 Ways to Celebrate the Year of Pulses

2016 is the Year of Pulses (also known as beans), and you won’t believe how many ways there are to cook with this  protein-packed ingredient.

Yes, you read that right.  The year of pulses.  NOT the kind of pulses that indicate whether you’re still alive, but pulses as in, dried beans, peas, lentils, etc.  Don’t feel bad, I didn’t know they were called pulses either, until recently. Hey, we just learned something. In case we’re ever on Jeopardy, or Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.  Here’s another little tidbit of information.  The United Nations declared 2016 – The International Year of Pulses.  Yay!  Time to have a  party. Continue Reading..

No Bake Fruit and Nut Energy Bars

Customize these Fruit and Nut Energy Bars with any fruits or nuts you like.  They’re quick and easy to make, and require absolutely no baking.

Guys – do you ever buy “energy bars” (you know, the type that are kind of expensive and are supposed to be eaten on top of a mountain, or at the end of a long bike race), but then you just end up eating them when you really want cookies, because they make you feel a little less guilty?  Yeah, me too.  There are two major problems with those fancy energy bars.  The first, is that there are so many delicious flavors, I end up buying one of each.  Which brings me to the second problem, which is the price.  Yikes.  If I only ate them when I made it to the top of a mountain, that would be one thing… Really expensive cookie habit.  Continue Reading..

Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Sherbet

Strawberry sherbet turns into a healthy, probiotic-rich snack when it’s made with labneh, also known as Greek yogurt cheese.

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Real California Milk products and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I have a crazy new addiction.  It’s labneh – also spelled labna and known as kefir cheese, or Greek yogurt cheese. It’s part of my Greek yogurt and probiotic obsession.  I add a bit of honey and vanilla to it, and no lie.  It tastes just like cream cheese icing.  I dip fruit into it.  I scoop it into my overnight oats.  Sometimes I just eat it by the spoonful.  Please – there are way worse addictions. Continue Reading..

The Secret to Healthier Joints

The secret to healthier joints – and preventing osteoarthritis, is as close as your kitchen pantry and your nearest Walmart.

This post was sponsored by OmniChannel Health Media and Walmart, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Here’s a sad fact: If your joints don’t hurt yet, it’s probably just a matter of time. I hear my friends and family complain about it and I’ve noticed myself that my knees just aren’t what they used to be.  In fact, the CDC estimates that 25% of adults have full-blown arthritis, and a whole lot more of us are on our way, with cracking knees, aching shoulders, and stiff fingers. Continue Reading..

One Skillet Pappardelle Pasta Primavera

Ease into the week with this ridiculously fast and easy One Skillet Pappardelle Pasta Primavera – perfect for a Meatless Monday dinner.

I love Meatless Mondays.  Or Tuesdays through Sundays for that matter.  They’re so easy!  Nothing to have to remember to pull out of the freezer to thaw.  No grill or oven to preheat.  No braising, broiling, roasting or grilling.  And no worrying whether it will be tough – or too pink inside.  Oh, and of course, there’s all of that important environmental stuff, and the fact that people who eat more plant-based meals tend to be healthier overall.  But let’s just focus on the fact that it’s Monday, and we’re coming off the weekend, and we’re all busy, and we need easy for dinner tonight.  Plus, sometimes on a Sunday night, I just really don’t like to write long, involved recipes and blog posts.

Enter – One Pan Pappardelle Pasta Primavera. Continue Reading..

Tabouli Cucumber Pinwheel Bites

This four ingredient, make-ahead appetizer is so quick and easy and always the hit of any gathering.

Do you have a go-to appetizer that you bring to parties or serve when you have guests?  I’m always scanning my cooking magazines or Pinterest for new quick and easy appetizers – you never know when you’ll have an impromptu ladies night out, or game night with the neighbors.  And let’s face it, sometimes, when no one’s home and dinner is optional, it’s kind of fun to pour a glass of wine, or make a margarita and have appetizers for dinner!   Continue Reading..

25 Ways to Celebrate Spring Vegetables

It’s time to ditch the white comfort food, and welcome spring with lots of colorful, fresh spring vegetables.

Hey there!  How happy are you that the end of March is in sight, and spring is just around the corner?  For real – and you know I mean spring weather, not the actual date on the calendar.  As soon as the days are longer, and the air has that “hello – it’s spring” smell to it, and shadows from the sun start screaming “it’s here!”, don’t you just want to say buh- bye to carbs and comfort food, and hello to those pretty, colorful spring veggies?  I sure do! Continue Reading..

Is Your Diet Interacting With Your Meds?

Avoid a potentially dangerous interaction between your food and your medication with these tips.

If you’re one who always pitches the instruction sheet that comes with your medications, take note!  Many medications can interact with certain foods.  Some foods, can cause certain meds to build up to higher than desirable levels in your body, and others can make medications less effective.  Other foods may cause unpleasant, or even dangerous side effects when combined with certain foods.  This list, from Blink Health, gives a great overview of some of the most common interactions.  Whenever you start on a new medication, make sure you discuss any potential interactions, and how to take the medication (with or without food) with your doctor or pharmacist. Continue Reading..

Grilled Cheddar, Brie and Apple Sandwiches

Grilled cheese is quick dinner and comfort food all in one.  Kick it up a notch with this grown-up version of your childhood favorite

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux post, and this month’s theme is 7 Ingredients or Less.  That’s my kind of a recipe, and it ranks right up there with my other favorite category -the One Pan Recipe.  Even though I love to cook, if I see a long ingredient list in a recipe, I hate to admit it, but I usually can’t be bothered.  Inevitably, I’m out of at least one of the ingredients, or I’ll make the entire thing, and then realize I left one (or more) of those ingredients out because I just couldn’t keep track.  In short, no-brainer recipes are always best.
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PLAN – to Make it Healthy

Once upon a time I was a mostly-stay-at-home mom, and “busy” meant volunteering at school, organizing the book fair, cleaning house, doing 10 loads of laundry, and carpooling.

Today, my “busy” is completely different.  My kids are grown, and I’m self-employed.  On any given day, I might juggle writing assignments for 3 different editors, give a presentation at a diabetes workshop, work with a client who wants to lower their cholesterol, or teach an intro to nutrition class to nursing students.

No matter where you are in life, it gets busy.  One thing I’ve learned, is that you have to have a plan in order to juggle it all.  You know, make a to-do list every night, so you’re ready to roll the next day.  Set alarms, and keep a schedule.  Most of us know how to do that for our appointments and commitments, but do you do that for your health? Continue Reading..

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad with Lemon-Herb Buttermilk Dressing...

This delicious pasta salad is full of the first vegetables of the season – a perfect way to savor the flavor of eating right, during National Nutrition Month, and all year long.

Ask anyone why they eat the things they do, and I’ll bet you the number one answer will be “because it tastes good.”  Maybe you’ll get an occasional “because it’s good for me”, but more than likely it’s all about taste.  And it should be!  Good food tastes good.

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