11 posts tagged nutrition

Making Healthy Smoothies 101

When I was in college, I worked at a pretty nice fitness club. When I worked in the club's cafe,  I remember making smoothie after smoothie for sweaty members that had just finished a class or session with their personal trainer. At the time, I was 19, and couldn't understand the allure of protein shakes or smoothies in general. They were chalky  and I'd much rather just have actual food than a drink for my meal. I have slowly gotten on the protein smoothie bandwagon. It wasn't ... Continue Reading

What My Mom Taught Me About Food

Sharing what my mom taught me about food while growing up and how it's shaped my current eating habits.  Growing up, my mom stayed home to raise me and my sisters during the day and then went to work in the evening. Without fail, she cooked dinner for us before heading out the door to work a full shift. I'm talking real dinner every day, not just a box of macaroni and a bagged salad. I never really appreciated the fact that she did this until I had my own family and realized ... 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

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

Seasonal Produce Guide – February

A Seasonal Produce Guide for the month of February, organizing the fruits and vegetable choices by color to ensure you "Eat the Rainbow".  Wouldn't it be cool if the "taste the rainbow" slogan was used for fruits and vegetables instead of colorful candy? Don't get me wrong, I've probably eaten my entire body weight in candy over the years (major sweet tooth). It's such a damn good slogan. Similar to  "eat the rainbow" for fresh produce, but  with a better ring. Whatever the slogan ... Continue Reading

Budget Friendly Meal – $3.78 per serving

Creating budget friendly meals has become a part of everyday life in our household. Since becoming a one-income family, trying to stay within our family of four's grocery budget has become my weekly challenge. Eating healthy and saving money are top New Year's goals for many people. I wanted to create a dinner meal that is budget friendly, tasty and easy to make. Nothing too fancy, difficult to prepare or time consuming. An easy weeknight dinner that feeds the family without breaking the ... 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

An Apple a Day…

Turns out mom wasn't wrong when she said "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Apples are a crisp and naturally sweet fruit that also promote many health benefits.  While apples can often be found in grocery stores year round, the peak season is typically September to early Spring. Which means we are currently right in the height of apple mania. There are so many different varieties that it's hard to find someone that doesn't like at least one type of apple. An easy and filling snack ... Continue Reading

Purple Cauliflower – Nutrition Knowledge

As a way to expand my culinary horizons, I've been trying to pick out a new vegetable when I go to the grocery store. Not only does it get me out of my cooking comfort zone but it's been fun getting the kids involved with our vegetable choices. I saw this purple cauliflower at the farmer's market this weekend and just couldn't get over how pretty it is! I've never cooked with colored cauliflower and couldn't wait to try out a new recipe using this gorgeous veggie. Purple caulifl... Continue Reading

Weekly Round Up

I have to admit this week has been a pretty strong one health & fitness wise. Although personal wellness stunk this week, the kids were extra needy and whiny so not a lot of "me" time. I guess that's the way life goes though, some weeks are going to be strong, healthy and fulfilling while others are going to be a struggle. Balance. As I mentioned last week, this Monday kicked off the first week of the Tone It Up Bikini Series Challenge. I am very proud to announce that I have so ... Continue Reading