Raise Your Spoon for National Cooking Day!

The idea of cooking a healthy dinner may intimidate you, but you shouldn’t let it!  Cooking should be a fun and enjoyable experience so allow your creativity to shine.  Luckily, Sunday is National Cooking Day and is a perfect day to celebrate home cooking and to experiment with new dishes.   National Cooking Day’s purpose…

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Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month®

September is Fruits & Veggies- More Matters Month® and we are so excited. This month is perfect to help you focus on adding MORE fruits and veggies to your plates. Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® is a non-profit organization focusing on helping you eat more fruits and vegetables to better your health.   Did…

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Oat-tastic Breakfast

Oatmeal is an old traditional breakfast food that’s popularity has grown once again over the last few years. This hot cereal is a great alternative to sugary breakfast cereals and makes for a power-infused, high-energy breakfast that is perfect for starting your day.   Oats are a whole-grain that provides you with many vitamins and…

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National Watermelon Day

When you think of summertime, what fruit comes to mind?  For me, it’s watermelon!  Watermelon is a sweet, refreshing fruit made up of 92% water, making it perfect for summertime.  Because watermelon coincides so well with summertime it makes sense that National Watermelon Day is this Wednesday, August 3rd!   According to the National Watermelon…

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Get Stir-Crazy during National Salad Week

National Salad Week is next week! Salad makes a great meal on a hot summer day.  Any way you toss it, a salad is always a great option as a meal or even as a side dish. So to celebrate this foodie holiday I encourage you to whip up some fancy salad creations this week. …

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Eating Pasta Doesn’t Make you FAT: Enjoy that Pasta Salad!

In recent years, pasta has gained a reputation of being unhealthy, fattening, and a little heavy on the carbs for weight loss. You likely consider pasta as “empty” carbs that provide no nutritional benefits. So why do Italians use pasta as a basis of their eating patterns? Now that got you thinking, huh?!   Studies…

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Ricotta Filled Eggplant Rollups

You would never believe how healthy this recipe is. It gets rid of the traditional breading and frying method by salting and roasting the eggplant in the oven to get rid of excess moisture. This rich homemade tomato sauce is made in large skillet which is then used to cook the rollups, which means only one pan for cleanup!

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10 Ways to have a Healthy Picnic on International Picnic Day

Get Out the Picnic Blankets Summer is here just in time to celebrate International Picnic Day! It’s time to start heading out to patios and back porches, decks and parks for some picnic fun. Typically picnics are full of processed, mayo-filled or fried foods.  We tend to lean towards fried chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and…

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“Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Gifts Giveaway” Offers Hundreds of FREE Health and Wellness Related Products

I wanted to let you know today about a Health and Wellness event that will allow you to download 100’s of self-help gifts. And the best part is that it is absolutely FREE!   If you’ve had enough of plodding along year after year and you want to improve yourself and your health to make…

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Bring Your Own Lunch for National Brown-Bag-It Day!

Do you think that brown-bag lunches are just for kids going to elementary or middle school?  Most people do, but that’s not the case.  Anyone can bring a brown-bag lunch to school, college or work.  In fact, I encourage my clients to brown bag it more often!   National Brown-Bag-It-Day is being celebrated on May…

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May Monthly Morsels

Bend Over Backwards for Milk!   One of the health highlights of May is that it is National Osteoporosis Prevention Month. It is estimated that 10 to 54 million Americans have osteoporosis, with 80% of cases being women.   Bones are living, growing tissue and osteoporosis occurs when there is bone loss or too little…

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Berry Chia Smoothie

This smoothie is super simple to prepare and is a great breakfast for on the go. This chia seeds add a punch of fiber and protein as well as adding to the thickness of the smoothie, because they gel up when added to fluid.

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Sweet, Sweet Peas

Ah, sweet, sweet peas!  Green peas are my personal favorite and they are now in season so we can enjoy them when they have the best flavor (and are least expensive, which is always a plus).   Did you know that green peas are part of the legume family?  Green peas happen to be overlooked…

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Let’s Get Planting in Honor of Earth Day

Earth Day 2016 is here! Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day and this year’s theme is “Trees for the Earth.”   So what does that mean? The Earth Day Network has set a goal of planting 7.8 billion trees over the next five years! I know that sounds like an unimaginable amount but we have…

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Try Soy during April for National Soyfoods Month!

  Soy has gained popularity over the years, mostly as being a healthy alternative for animal protein.  Vegetarians and vegans will consume soy in their diets in place of animal protein and other animal products.  However, you do not have to be a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy soy!   Despite soy’s popularity, many people…

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How Stress Affects Your Health

I think most of us can say that we feel stressed far more often than we would like to admit. Our day-to-day lives- from work, family life, etc.- are filled with stressors and can get a little bit chaotic. With all that stress surrounding us, it is important to take a step back every once…

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The Edamame Edition

One of the foods celebrated in April is soy, so I figured it would be appropriate to highlight edamame in this month’s monthly morsels. Edamame are young immature soybeans that are harvested before the beans are allowed time to ripen. The beans are contained in a fuzzy and fibrous inedible shell and are typically boiled,…

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Roasted Garlic Edamame

These edamame pods are great as an appetizer, snack or side dish. They are crunchy, flavorful and fun to eat. Substitute a serving of these when you need a snack and you’ll never crave potato chips again!

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Edamame Chickpea Salad

This is a quick salad to assemble that makes a refreshing side dish to any meal.

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Celebrating Celery

I used to think that celery was the dullest of all of the vegetables. I used to resent its mild, watery flavor. Who knows, perhaps it was an immature palate that steered me away from celery. But boy things have changed. April is National Celery Month and a great time to start making healthy food…

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