Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

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..

A Great Reason to Love Peanuts

Hello, luscious, creamy vat of peanut butter. I’m diving in. Before I do though – does anyone know who invented peanut butter? Or any nut butter for that matter? I have no idea, I’m just throwing it out for conversation. Cause they certainly should get a Nobel Prize. Or something. Continue Reading..

Heart Smart Grilled Salmon Salad

February is American Heart Month, and time to show yourself some love. Heart disease is the leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the US, so make some time this month to give your heart a check up.

While there’s not much we can do about risk factors like age, genetics, race and ethnicity, there’s a LOT we can and should do to control any other risk factors. Things like quitting smoking if you’re a smoker, limiting excess alcohol use, taking medications for cholesterol, blood pressure or diabetes as prescribed, exercising regularly, aiming for a healthy weight, and eating a healthy diet – are completely in our control, so do what you can here, especially if you have a family history of heart disease. Continue Reading..

I’m Nuts For a Healthy Heart!

Despite the incredible amount of marketing I’ve seen from the almond board, the pistachio health institute, the California walnut people, and any other nut promoters out there, I still feel like nuts get a bad rap.  Whenever I mention nuts as a snack or protein source, people always seem surprised, “I thought nuts were bad!  You mean can eat them?”

It’s true that nuts have lots of fat, but their fat is almost all unsaturated (AKA Heart Healthy), and they have a bit of protein as a bonus.  Nuts are also full of vitamin E, fiber, and antioxidants, so YES, ABSOLUTELY – it’s good to eat nuts! Continue Reading..

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