Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Counting Calcium- Roasted Red Pepper and Sun Dried Tomato Dip

I’ve been counting calcium milligrams lately.   Partly because it was my assignment for week 10 of the New American Plate Challenge, and partly because I recently found out I’m developing osteopenia, which means my bones are getting too thin.  I’m not really surprised about the thin bones.  Everything about me is pretty thin, including my bones.  I occasionally make jewelry, and I realized that I have the same sized wrist as a seven year old :(.  I’ve always been a small girl, can’t really help it.  Continue Reading..

Grilled Vegetable Salad With Wheat Berries and A New American Plate Challenge Update

Wow!  I’m already 5 weeks into the New American Plate Challenge, so it’s time for another update.  The past two weeks have had me focused on eating more whole grains, and making each of my plates as colorful as possible.  The goal for week 3 was to replace any refined (white) grains with whole grains like whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice or quinoa.  Week 4 had me working on making rainbows– on my plate that is.  The goal was to eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal, and try to hit all of the colors in a rainbow. Continue Reading..

New American Plate Challenge –Update

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the New American Plate (NAP) Challenge.  I do love a good contest, especially one I know I can win.  So I signed up for this 12-week challenge to work on healthier eating and getting more exercise, to reduce my risk of cancer.  The NAP challenge is sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), and if you sign up through their site, they will send you weekly emails with healthy recipes and exercise tips to help you meet the challenge goals.  There is also an online community to provide extra ideas and encouragement. Continue Reading..

The New American Plate Challenge

I have to admit I’m a sucker for a contest.  I always think mine will be the winning entry, because I’m sure there are only about 5 other people who will participate.  Then I remember we live in the age of the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other forms of social media I’m struggling to stay on top of, and there are already 5 zillion people who have sent in their entries, and I’m late to the party…

So I got an email the other day from American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), a site that I subscribe to and love for their healthy recipes and summaries of the latest research on cancer research and prevention.  They are running The New American Plate Challenge – 12 Weeks to a Healthier You.  It’s kind of like a contest, and it’s free AND, everyone’s a winner!  So of course, I signed myself right up.  Continue Reading..

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