Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Southwest Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Mini sweet peppers stuffed with a southwest black bean dip make a perfect small-plate dinner or appetizer for summer entertaining.

You know those little mini peppers that have popped up in grocery stores everywhere?  First, how cute are they?  And the fact that you don’t have to slice, core, seed…  Just pop them, bite off the stem (if there is one) and voila!  You’re eating more veggies!  Well, I recently discovered that with just a tiny bit more work, they also make a fun small-plate appetizer, when you stuff them with something delicious.  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..

Tex-Mex Nuts and Chex {Recipe ReDux}

Celebrate National Nut Day (the food, not the people), with this Southwest flavored, and nut-filled snack.

Hey ~ Happy National Nut Day!  No, this day is not necessarily all about celebrating all of the crazy people in your life (why can’t everyone just be normal like us?), it’s about the kind of nuts that you eat.  And because National Nut Day also falls on a Recipe ReDux post day, how totally great it is that we all brainstormed for you and came up with some fabulous nut-loving recipes to enjoy today and all year long! Continue Reading..

The 7 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

Have you heard? Americans are snacking more than ever, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Snacks can be a great way to sustain and power your body between meals, provided that they’re “nutrient dense” – yes, those are a dietitian’s two favorite words and I just said them. #NutritionGeek

Nutrient dense is a fancy way of saying that a food provides lots of bang (or health benefits) for not very many calories. Ideally a snack should include at least 2 or maybe even 3 of these nutrient dense foods, depending on how much fuel your body needs. Contrary to what you might think about adding calories from snacks, including nutrient dense snacks in-between meals helps keep your blood sugar stable and prevents the hangry horrors and mindless eating that happens when you’re overly hungry. THAT’s where too many calories come from. Continue Reading..

Vegan German Chocolate Energy Bars

Energy bars are such a convenient way to provide some quick energy when you really need a boost.  They’re great for a pre-hike or a post workout snack, or sometimes even that 3:00 pm slump, but unfortunately they’re not all the healthiest choices.  Some protein or energy bars have lots of sugar, which can of course pack the calories that you just burned off, right back on.  Others might have ingredients that you can’t, or don’t want.  And let’s face it – keeping your pantry stocked with energy bars can make a huge dent in your wallet.  Continue Reading..

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