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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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Caffeine: How much do you know about America’s favorite breakfast drug?

Is caffeine part of your Breakfast of Champions?  It is for me – but is that necessarily a bad thing?

In honor of Caffeine Awareness Month, it’s Caffeine Confession Time (and just an FYI I’m writing this as I sip my iced coffee):

Sometimes I just stand in front of the coffee aisle so I can breathe in the aroma.


I’ve tried to make a body scrub out of the millions of gallons of used coffee grounds that I create.  It made a huge mess on my skin, and in my shower.

Coffee grounds do make great compost though.  I’m waiting for my lemon tree to produce coffee-scented Meyer lemons.

When I go on vacation, I pack a huge Ziploc bag of coffee in my suitcase.  Just in case there isn’t a Starbucks within a stone’s throw on my hotel room.

I can’t start my day without a large cup of the stuff!

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Crock-pot Boston Baked Beans

Leave the oven off and make these Boston Baked Beans in a crock-pot. You’ll never eat canned baked beans again!

Canned beans are probably the number one food I recommend everyone keep in their pantry.  I tend to buy them almost every time I’m shopping, and as a result, I have about six thousand cans in my pantry.  You never know when you’re going to have to make baked beans for the entire town.   Continue Reading..

5 Simple Tips to Lose 5 Pounds by Spring

Who wants to lose 5 pounds by spring? We’re counting down, and that means it’s time to get in shape for shorts weather!

Ahhh Happy March —  the month where you finally start to feel like there’s warmth and sunshine at the end of the tunnel.  Let’s not talk about how for most of the country, March is just one big tease.  You know – the stores are putting out racks of bathing suits, shorts and t-shirts, while it’s gray and sleeting outside.  Deep breath.  If you think it, Spring.  Will.  Come. Continue Reading..

Tuna & Freekeh Tabouli Salad

Solid white albacore tuna is a perfect protein addition to this whole grain tabouli salad. Pack some of this heart-healthy Mediterranean deliciousness in a mason jar for a healthy lunch tomorrow!

I’ve never been a big fan of deli sandwiches for lunch – you? There are only so many variations of a turkey or chicken breast sandwich that I can think of. And the really fancy ones take a bit more time to make than I can spare in the morning or middle of the day. Plus, the latest news about processed meats has given me yet another reason to work on adding more plant-based meals and unprocessed proteins to my menu. Continue Reading..


7 Ways To Work Out in Under 10 Minutes

Your workouts don’t have to be long and sweaty to work for you.  Here are 7 ways to get an all-body workout in – in 10 minutes or less.

Sooo… How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution to get to the gym and get fit?  I know.  You’re not alone.  It’s hard, when there’s work, school, kids, vacuuming, laundry, grocery shopping, yada yada yada.  We all know though, the excuses aren’t going away.  Ever.  They’ll just get replaced by a different excuse.  So, let’s just do our best to work around them.  Sometimes, you’ve gotta get creative about how to squeeze in your exercise. Continue Reading..

Roasted Radish and White Bean Salad

Roasting radishes brings out a sweetness you never knew existed! Pair them with white beans, fresh parsley, feta and a lemon vinaigrette for a healthy and delicious side dish.

One of the worst things, (for me) about writing a food blog is that I can almost never eat the same meal twice.  Really.  No matter how much I loved it – there’s always a new blog post to write, which means a new recipe to create.  On the other hand, one of the best things about writing a food blog is that it pushes me to always try something new.  New cuisines; new cooking methods; new ingredients.  So I had to smile when I read the theme for this month’s Recipe ReDux -“Show us how you’re cooking with something new (to you!) in 2016″. Continue Reading..

Two Things All Women Should Know About Breast Cancer

Two important things all women should work on to reduce their risk of breast cancer.

Two things. Sugar, and telomeres. Just before Christmas, a few studies came out with some important information for women.  Things were a little bit hectic, so I didn’t get a chance to mention them, but before I forget, here are two important things all women should know about breast cancer, from two recently released studies — that might help save your life. Continue Reading..

Excuse Me – is That a GMO You’re Eating?

Do you know just how many foods contain GMOs, or ingredients from genetically engineered plants?

You might have heard recently that the FDA has approved Genetically Modified Salmon, stating that there is no evidence that it is harmful to humans, and it is unlikely to harm the environment. What. The. Heck. Apparently, GMO, or Genetically Engineered, salmon, as the FDA prefers to call it, may be at a fish market near you in about two years, but you probably won’t know it, because there are no laws requiring food that contains GMOs to be labeled as such. Continue Reading..

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