181 posts by Brynn McDowell

Wild Blueberry Ginger Snap Smoothie

Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Did you know that smoothies are an excellent way to get powerful antioxidants and immune boosting ingredients all in one flavor-packed glass? I have two preschool age kids at home, which means endless runny noses and coughs. Kids just become germ magnets when they ... Continue Reading

Mini Chicken Pot Pies – Full Flavor Less Sodium

These Mini Chicken Pot Pies have all the rich, creamy flavor of the traditional recipe but less calories and sodium thanks to a special ingredient. Here in Northern California, we've being gearing up for the "Storm of the Century" these last few days. While we did receive a lot of much needed rain and some areas unfortunately suffered some flooding and downed trees, the hype didn't really live up to the name. Not that I'm complaining. In preparation for all the stormy weather, I ... Continue Reading

Hosting a Healthy Awards Show Party

(Disclaimer: I did not receive any free products nor compensation for this post. Any products mentioned in this post are simply due to my own personal fondness of that product). The holiday craziness has died down but that also means all the festive celebrations have come to an end. Except that Hollywood's red carpet awards season starts this Sunday with the 74th Annual Golden Globes! I've always loved watching the award shows to see the beautiful dresses and see Hollywood all dolled-up. ... Continue Reading

Rosemary Chicken Salad – Light & Healthy Lunch

Being a stay-at-home mom, one of my biggest challenges each day is finding time to sit down and have lunch. Between preparing lunches for the kids, handling preschool drop off/pickup, and running a million errands that by the time lunch rolls around I'm just ready for a nap. No shame in admitting sometimes I stand in front of the fridge and just grab the first thing I see to hold me over until dinner time. In an effort to stay ahead of the game, I created this Rosemary Chicken Salad ... Continue Reading

2017 Goals – The Domestic Dietitian

While I'm not a big party goer on New Year's Eve (I've never been a late night kinda girl), I am a fan of New Year's Day. I like the feeling of a fresh start. I'm aware that a person could just pick any random day for a fresh start but I like the feel of a brand new year. Each year I set some personal goals for myself instead of "resolutions". Some have to do with my personal life/relationships while others are health related. This year was a bit different since I'm trying to be more ... Continue Reading

Healthy Cocktail Tips – Cheers to You!

Note - I originally published this post on this site last year but it contains so much good information that I had to share it again.   New Year's is a time for celebration...a new year, a clean slate, etc. Cocktails are a big part of New Year's celebrations for many, but not all cocktails are created equal. We've talked a lot about healthy tips for the holidays in regards to food, but cocktails can be sneaky little suckers that pack a lot of calories or added sugar. &nbsp... Continue Reading

Hello Fresh Meals

Life can get monotonous. I often find myself in thee same routine day after day, followed by the same dinners on rotation. There is nothing wrong with having a routine (trust me, I'm a scheduler!) but when it comes to eating, having the same meals gets very boring to me. I enjoy meal planning, but can get very overwhelmed when it comes to figuring out fun, new things to make for dinner. Especially when I have to try and plan those new recipes into our grocery budget. I also get weary ... Continue Reading

Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Besides family, friends, and dessert, the holidays are all about cocktails at my house. It's so fun to try new and festive drinks at this time of year. Spiked hot chocolate, peppermint flavored martinis, gingerbread eggnog...delicious. I have no shame in admitting though that I'm not much of a mixologist. The drinks I prefer are simple and that don't taste very strong. I'm a huge wimp when it comes to drinks that "taste" like alcohol. It's always been a dream of mine to be sit at a nice ... Continue Reading

Sautéed Spinach Crostini – Recipe Redux

This sounds so dorky but one of my favorite places to hang out is the "cookbook" section of my local library. I have always loved looking through cookbooks. Not just for recipes but I love when cookbooks share stories or personal tidbits along with pictures of beautiful food. My mom is responsible for getting me hooked on checking out cookbooks at the library. This practice has come in very handy because a) cookbooks can be quite expensive and b) there is nothing worse than buying a ... Continue Reading

Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

There is nothing better on a chilly winter evening than curling up under a thick blanket to watch a movie with a glass of wine and a little snack. Popcorn has always been my movie snack of choice. It smells delicious and is easy to eat while sitting on the couch. No silverware or plates needed. I wanted to take normal popcorn and elevate it into a better and more elegant snack. While I will always love butter flavored popcorn, it isn't very healthy. But I find regular air popped ... Continue Reading