It's March which means it is National Nutrition Month! The theme this year is "Personalize Your Plate". I love this idea. There is no one size fits all nutrition solution out there. Each of us is unique, meaning we have different tastes, preferences, eating styles, cultural backgrounds, and life situations that make us who we… Continue reading Happy National Nutrition Month!
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Is anyone else over winter? I'm so done with cold weather. Overnight it dumped more snow here. Thankfully, it's a snow day. So we will indulge in some cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate. Which I think I deserve after shoveling 4 inches of snow off my driveway. A big pot of warm soup sounds great… Continue reading Chicken Chili with Cornmeal Dumplings
If you've been hear awhile, you know that I don't encourage "dieting" - following a restrictive diet plan for a specified period of time until you achieve a health goal. Why? Because that isn't sustainable. I want you to create a "diet" for your life, a plan you can follow all the time. Then when… Continue reading DASH diet and Salmon and Farro Sheet Pan Dinner
Today is National Walk Your Dog Day. We don't have a dog for a multitude of reasons. When one of my daughter's asks for a dog, I tell her she got a baby brother. So today, I walked said baby brother. We both enjoyed the fresh air. With it being American Heart Month, does walking… Continue reading Heart Health and Exercise
Once in college, I was with a group of friends. One girl got very excited to tell us she had brought mint hot chocolate mix for a treat. The rude and sarcastic contingent of the group asked her why she didn't just bring chocolate milk and toothpaste. And the next time we got together, that… Continue reading Dark Chocolate Mint Avocado Pudding
Today is National Drink Wine Day. Drinking wine has often been reported to have cardioprotective effects - meaning it helps prevent heart disease. The question is, what is the science behind that and does it hold up? The question began with something called the French Paradox, which has been seen in some other European countries… Continue reading Wine and Heart Health
Have you been getting take out during the pandemic? We have occasionally. Our restaurants haven't been as closed as some places, so we haven't had to stick to take out. Have you had good experiences? I will admit, we have had mixed success. Our main take away is that there is a reason that pre-pandemic… Continue reading Brussels Sprout and Bacon Pizza
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. For much of the Christian world, this begins Lent, a 40 day period of fasting from certain "luxuries" and showing greater devotion to God. This is seen as a representation of Christ's fasting for 40 days and a preparation for Easter. Growing up, I frequently remember friends giving up chocolate or… Continue reading Growth mindset through sacrifice
I've stated before that I'm not Catholic so I don't really observe Mardi Gras or Ash Wednesday for religious reasons. However, I'll take any excuse to eat Cajun inspired cuisine. It's so delicious. And, if you do it right, it can be decently good for you a well. The trickiest part of Cajun food for… Continue reading Red Beans and Rice
Did you eat ramen growing up? I didn't. I don't know if my mom didn't like it or what. The closest I remember to having it in the house was occasionally she had the cup o' noodles ones for my dad to take to work for lunch. As an adult, I've grown in to eating… Continue reading Garlic Veggie Ramen