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Strawberry Almond Smoothie & a Special Offer for National Nutrition Month

Celebrate National Nutrition Month and join us at Lightwell Health to learn how to Put Your Best Fork Forward!

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..

Savory French Toast with Caramelized Vegetables

Break out of your breakfast boredom with this savory twist on French Toast.

I’ve never actually read a statistic about this, but I’m gonna guesstimate that about 75% of us eat pretty much the same thing for breakfast most days of the week.  As in I eat overnight oats Monday through Friday. Sure, I vary the fruit, and nuts, and overall flavors, but for me, it’s usually oats, milk, fruit, nuts, yogurt.  Maybe if I’m feeling really crazy I’ll sprinkle some hemp seeds over the entire thing.  If I ever go out to breakfast though – the last thing I’d order is overnight oats.

So how fun that this month’s Recipe ReDux challenge is to break out of our breakfast boredom with something totally new and creative.  Totally time for me to snap out of my breakfast rut. Continue Reading..

Sweet Cherry Almond Breakfast Risotto

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by USA Rice Federation, and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.

I love it when I find a new way to use a familiar thing. Like adding a marshmallow to the brown sugar bag to keep it soft. Or using vinegar to remove mineral deposits from the shower glass. Or using toothpaste to get your diamond rings to sparkle when you’re on vacation and they’re caked up with sunscreen. LOVE it when I see something in a whole new way – it makes me feel so creative 🙂

This month, the USA Rice Federation challenged members of the Recipe ReDux to Think Rice for National Nutrition Month – so I decided to try to look at this familiar favorite in a whole new way, and I gotta tell you – I’m feeling kind of creative right now! Continue Reading..

Breakfast for Dinner {Meatless Monday}

Remember when you were a kid and your mom made pancakes and sausages for dinner sometimes, and you were all “mom you’re the best!” And “this is so fun, let’s do it all the time!”?

Well, maybe (probably) you really do have the best mom in the world, but chances are your mom (or dad) was probably just really busy and forgot to thaw out the meat, or was out of anything that might resemble dinner food.  So they got creative and served breakfast for dinner.

If you usually eat a good healthy breakfast (and by healthy I mean a meal consisting of a protein, a fruit or vegetable and a whole grain – not a donut, muffin or a “bar” washed down with some coffee), then you probably know that breakfast food can be really delicious, in addition to nutritious and filling. It’s a great opportunity to get a quick and easy well-balanced meal.  Breakfast foods also include lots of great non-meat proteins like eggs or dairy foods, or even beans or tofu, which means having breakfast for dinner is an easy way to do Meatless Monday.

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Wild Blueberry Cheesecake Baked Oats

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I get really excited when I learn something new about food, especially when it involves health – good or bad – because I love to spread the word.  Thanks to the Recipe ReDux and the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, I learned a lot this month (all good) and I can’t wait to share it! Continue Reading..

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