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March 19, 2012

Kale... Amazing Kale!

Kale is a standard staple vegetable in my crisper drawer because it is simply too powerful to ignore. It's inexpensive, stores well, easy to grow and readily available in grocery stores. I heard about Kale years before I started eating it, like 'collard greens' it sounded like something that you find cooked until unidentifiable in some southern dish with bacon! I actually started feeding it to my...
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November 09, 2011

Quinoa Salad Recipe - A Quick & Easy Meal to Make at Home

Quinoa salad is one of my favorite quick and simple recipes that is packed with vitamins, protein, and antioxidants! I cook it at the beginning of the week and use it in everything from salads to soups to hot cereal!



Quinoa is a complete protein with all amino acids, and is a wonderful way to cut back on expensive meat and get more plant protein in your diet. Did you know that the average... View full article →
November 09, 2011

All Things Beets - Getting My Family to Like Beets

For this entry we are pleased to have Christine Destry from the Whatcom County Boys & Girls Clubs as a special guest blogger!

Beets get a bad rap. In fact, in my house, I am the sole lover of the beet. My husband turns his nose up, and my children follow suit. My son's favorite snarky comment on beets is, "That's not food; that's what food eats."

Sigh. The poor unloved beet…So, I am here to...
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October 17, 2011

5 Easy Tips to Eating Healthy

Change Your Food... Change Your Life!

1. Make the switch to Whole Grains!

One rule you can realistically standby is to make sure the FIRST ingredient in the product you are considering is WHOLE GRAIN. Stock your pantry with pasta, bread & pastries made with whole grains as first ingredient, switch from potato chips to whole grain corn tortilla chips & whole grain crackers.

2. Buy plain yogurt instead of sweetened!

Sweeten with a few drops maple syrup, jam or molasses, use small Tupperware container if you are on the go. You will be WAY more in control of your calories and yogurt can be used for creamy salad dressings, dipping sauces, smoothies, and baking. Plain yogurt is a staple pantry ingredient.

3. Prep your fruit and vegetables!

If it’s not easy…it won’t work. Wash and de-sticker fruit supply for the week and keep in a bowl by the front door…grab 3 pieces a day. Wash and (no need to peel) cut up carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers, broccoli or snap peas, store in sandwich baggies so they are ready to go when it’s time to fly out the door.

4. Smoothie Bank!

The key to a great smoothie is frozen fruit. Keep a store of bananas, berries, apples, pears, peaches, grapes…whatever is in season and a good price. Wash, cut and freeze in freezer bags…don’t worry about the fruit sticking together…just give it a good bang on the counter and the fruit will break loose.

5. Treat Time…Ice Cream with the fixin's at home!

Stock low-fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt and your favorite additions like nuts, chocolate chips, crumbled cookies, frozen fruit, dried fruit…you get the idea. Let ice-cream soften and scoop ½ C onto cutting board and mix in your goodies. I use a small coffee cup or ramekin so I don’t serve myself TOO much! The point is you are in control and there is an average of 30-40% less calories if you do it yourself and control the calories!

GO!

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October 12, 2011

Smoothie 101

Smoothies have become a staple in my diet, I make them about twice a week. It's a delicious, efficient, easy and nutritious way to get a couple servings of fruit into my diet!
Step 1: Prep Fruit for "Smoothie Bank"
The key to having smoothies at the ready anytime is having a "Smoothie Bank" in your freezer. I find frozen bananas to be the key to a great smoothie. I buy bananas every week and I...
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