181 posts by Brynn McDowell

Spicy Tuna Wrap – Healthy Lunch Idea

This spicy tuna wrap recipe combines a tuna fish sandwich with a spicy tuna sushi roll. A great healthy lunch idea that can be taken on the go. Tuna fish sandwiches were a favorite of mine growing up. My mom's tuna salad preparation will always be one of my favorites, but it definitely isn't healthy. It involves canned tuna, lots of mayo, celery, onion and hard boiled egg. Piled high on some white bread and you have one of my favorite comfort foods. As I have become an adult (and a ... Continue Reading

Chicken Soba Noodle Broth Bowl – Healthy at Home

This delicious Chicken Soba Noodle Broth Bowl recipe is based on a popular restaurant's dish, but can easily be made at home for a much more budget friendly, healthy meal. There is nothing I love more than settling into a cozy booth at lunch with a fancy sandwich, gourmet salad, or gigantic bowl soup with a warm, crusty baguette on the side. So it would come as no surprise that I absolute love Panera. I think their food is fresh, delicious, and filling. Not to mention that I am a sucker for ... Continue Reading

Sausage and Spinach Soup

This rich and flavorful Sausage and Spinach Soup recipe is a great way to create a healthy meal using leftover ingredients in your fridge and pantry. Continue Reading

Coconut Caramel Affogado

One of my favorite parts about having people over for dinner is creating a fun menu that definitely includes dessert. Growing up, we always had dessert when my parents had people over. That tradition still rings true for me, even though my husband is anti-sweets. The saying opposite attracts is true, at least in our household. However, I often found that I'd prepare too much food and that no one had room left for dessert after the meal. To matters even worse, I'd be stuck with an entire ... Continue Reading

Healthier Chicken Parmesan – Meal Makeover

An easy meal makeover, this Healthier Chicken Parmesan utilizes the same ingredients as the traditional recipe, just less quantities resulting in that same delicious flavor but less calories and fat.  Everyday Favorites versus Occasional Indulgences There are certain foods that I think should just be enjoyed as they are, in all their unhealthy fat and caloric glory. For example, I don't think anything fully compares to a really juicy cheeseburger topped with crisp bacon.  The key is to ... Continue Reading

Blackberry Ricotta Pita

(Disclosure: I received free samples of Toufayan Pita mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.) One of my favorite simple but decadent breakfast recipes is to take a toasted piece of sourdough bread or bagel and top it with creamy ricotta cheese and fresh berries. It's just so simple but full of flavor! However, I don't have it ... Continue Reading

Meal Makeovers – 5 Simple Tips for Creating Healthier Meals

We are dedicated to celebrating National Nutrition Month all during March 2017. This week, we are focusing on Meal Makeovers. Simple ways to change up some of your favorite recipes to make them a little healthier without losing flavor. We eat healthy-ish at our house but there are some dishes we love and can't do without. I've tried to use the following tips for making our favorites a bit healthier. Meal Makeover Tips Swap sour cream for greek yogurt I add a dollop of greek ... Continue Reading

Tips for Drinking More Water

Easy tips for drinking more water throughout the day to ensure you are living your best lifestyle. This week kicks off National Nutrition Month with the theme of Put Your Best Fork Forward. To me, what you drink goes hand in hand with having a healthy lifestyle. This week will be dedicated to beverages and small changes we can make on a daily basis to live our best life. (This article was originally published on this site on 07/2016. You can see the original article here.) We all know ... Continue Reading

March Seasonal Produce Guide

A March Seasonal Produce Guide, organizing the fruits and vegetable choices by color to ensure you "Eat the Rainbow".  Eating fruits and vegetables from a variety of different color groups is one of the ways to ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Last month, I shared this Seasonal Produce Guide for February and decided to keep it up and create one every month. Here is the March Seasonal Produce Guide: The idea is to use the March Seasonal Produce ... Continue Reading

National Nutrition Month 2017

National Nutrition Month 2017 kicks off on March 1st with the theme "Put Your Best Fork Forward".  March is National Nutrition Month. A month that Registered Dietitian's dedicate towards helping spread nutrition and health knowledge. This year's theme is "Put Your Best Fork Forward". A guide to remind us that each bite counts and that making small shifts in our food choices can set us up for a healthy and happy lifestyle. Changing your eating habits can be very daunting and overwh... Continue Reading