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This post is sponsored by Lightwell Health.  I am a paid member of the company, but I was not compensated to write this post.   

I think for many of us, March is the month when we think about change. The clocks. The weather. Our winter to spring wardrobe. It’s also a perfect month to change up our diet. To put aside those heavier comfort foods and bring on the colorful, lighter and healthier fare that’s just starting to pop up in the produce department.


So, it’s kind of fitting that March is also National Nutrition Month – a time that I like to remind everyone healthy eating can mean different things to different people, and there is no right or wrong when it comes to eating, or any one-size-fits-all diet.  If you’ve never done so (or if you feel the need for a tune-up), it’s also a great time to work with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) to learn some nutrition basics that will help keep you young and aging gracefully, to learn how to make the most of the foods you like, and hopefully, to inspire you to try a few new foods and change up the way you think about food. Continue Reading..

Skinny Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie

This Skinny, Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie is perfect for when the weather calls for comfort food, but the calendar’s heading toward spring!

It seems like no matter where in the country you live, the winter of 2017 has been full of crazy, wonky weather.  We’ve gone from torrential rain in drought-stricken California, to blizzard conditions followed by 70 degrees in New England.  Is it el niño, or la niña or a definite case of global warming? One thing is certain – it makes for some meal planning confusion!  One minute I’m craving soups, stews and comfort food, and the next minute I’m firing up the grill and craving corn on the cob.

Since it is almost March, I’m feeling like we should start to lighten things up a bit, because shorts season will be her before we know it!  For me, that means more veggies, leaner proteins, and fewer carbs.  This Skinny version of Shepherd’s pie is a perfect blend of warm comfort food, but I’ve lightened it up with turkey instead of hamburger, and I’ve skipped the corn and subbed in some chopped apple and pecan.  It tastes like Thanksgiving food, but it’s light enough for springtime.  Continue Reading..


A few good reasons to not fear gluten…

People… Not everyone should cut out gluten!  There are lots of healthy gluten-containing whole grains that need some love.

Carbs, especially those that contain gluten, have gotten a really bad rap the past few years, and I’m feeling kind of bad for them.  I’m not talking about donuts, or even Italian or ciabatta bread (although I do love all of you dearly – in moderation!).  I’m talking about good old oats (even though you technically don’t contain gluten), or farro, or wheatberries or all of those other whole grains that deserve a place in a healthy diet.  After all, it’s all about balance, moderation, and quality, right?! Continue Reading..

Pickled Taco Salad {Recipe ReDux}

Kick your Taco Tuesday up a notch with these quick and crunchy refrigerator pickled vegetables

Happy Taco Tuesday friends!  It’s also the 21st of the month, which means it’s time for a Recipe ReDux post – and how convenient is this – February’s theme is all about tacos!  We were asked to share a healthy, creative take on tacos.  Tacos are kind of a staple food in my house, because they’re such a quick, easy, no recipe and minimal ingredients dinner.  If I have lots of time, I’ll do them with grilled fish and a cabbage slaw, if I have a little bit of time, I’ll grill up some chicken and make guacamole and beans, and if I have absolutely no time, it’s just canned black beans and sliced avocado with a sprinkle of salt. Continue Reading..

3-Seed Whole Grain & Kefir Quick Bread

It’s soup season!  Make some for dinner tonight, and serve it with this whole grain quick bread, warm from the oven.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ReganMillerJones Inc. and the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition on behalf of Progresso™ .  I received free samples of the soup mentioned in the post and I was compensated for my time. As always, opinions are my own.

I might have mentioned a few dozen or so times, that I’m pretty much addicted to soup, especially when it’s served with fresh quick bread, warm from the oven.  Is there anything better when the weather is cool, cold, or even warmish?? When I lived in Boston, I could eat it all year long. Now, with the 100+ temps in AZ for several months of the year, I’ve had to cut back a bit, but February is soup season, so I’m in full soup swing – it’s like a big hug or a warm blanket on a cold night.  Soup is also my “secret weapon” for balancing any winter weight that might come from indulging in a few too many sweet treats or comfort foods during these long winter months. Eating vegetable or broth-based soups can fill you up for not a whole lot of calories – in fact, research suggests that people who eat soup tend to have healthier body weights. Continue Reading..


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