One of the most common questions my clients ask me is how to get more variety in their meals. It's so easy to slip into a rut and then cook and eat the same things over and over again - right? For better nutrition, I always nudge clients, and myself, to plan a wide variety of foods into their weekly plan and here's how: How to Plan Meals with Variety and Flavor - List Making Phase With 7 days in one week, there's a neat level of variety that's not too hard to achieve. Try these tips to get your list together: Make a Weekly Favorites List which includes 3 dinner favorites. These can … [Read more...] about How to Plan Meals with Variety and Flavor
Holiday Mindset What's your mindset going into holiday season? If you make your mind up to indulge less and pay attention more to what you eat and drink, then you may be pleasantly surprised. Getting to a New Year with healthier habits in place is a feeling of confidence and victory - and who doesn't like that?! May I suggest you pre-think the sugary foods you normally eat or drink from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day? Then, try your best to eat less, fewer, smaller. Or, sub in something less sugary that you feel good about. 10 Ways to Enjoy the … [Read more...] about 10 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays with Less Sugar
Make these gems at Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, or whenever. They are a perfect balance of tart, sweet and comforting all wrapped up in a tasty muffin. Cranberry and Corn Muffins with Orange Zest Makes 12 regular size or 24 mini muffins Ingredients: 3/4 cup White flour 1/2 cup Whole wheat flour 1 cup Corn meal 1/4 cup Sugar 2 teaspoons Baking powder 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda pinch Salt - optional 2/3 cup Nonfat milk, mixed with 1/2 teaspoon Vinegar 1/3 cup Orange juice 1/4 cup Canola oil 1 Egg, large 1 Orange, grated zest only 1 1/4 cups … [Read more...] about Fresh Cranberries Make a Mean Muffin!
Oatmeal Season is Here When my son asked me how to make oatmeal last week, I was a little surprised. Surprised, and super happy to tell him my recipe. OK, measure out the oats, add the water, and add a big handful of frozen blueberries. Then, mix it up and microwave for 5-1/2 minutes at half power. Done. He added a spoonful of brown sugar to sweeten up my recipe, but I was OK with that. The blueberries – which we grow ourselves and freeze during July – were the good nutrition magnet for him. For you, it might be the banana, the cut-up apples, the raisins, or the pumpkin seeds You get it. We … [Read more...] about Oatmeal Season!
Is it Breakfast or Is it Dinner? It's both! Breakfast means the morning meal. Dinner means the evening meal. So, why not flip the clock and eat breakfast foods for dinner? Breakfast-for-dinner seems to be a well-liked solution for singles, families with kids, and busy professionals and so I recommend it frequently to my private clients. The time spent cooking is typically short, the side items are simple, and the flavor results are truly satisfying. Here is an earlier blog about healthy breakfast recipes to help get you started. The recipe at the left, Homemade Corn Pancakes, is one that … [Read more...] about Breakfast-for-Dinner
The Smell of Fresh Corn! When I close my eyes, shuck fresh corn-on-the-cob, and take a big whiff -- I am transported back to southeastern Pennsylvania where my family used to buy 12 ears for about 3 bucks from a local farm. It's funny because most people would say that corn has a mild odor and maybe it does; but, the memories it stirs in me are clear and sweet! The Nutrition of Fresh Corn! Corn-on-the-cob is what's called a starchy vegetable. That means most of its calories come from starch which is a type of carbohydrate. Great nutrition, yes, yet starchy in texture. One ear of corn … [Read more...] about The Smell of Corn & Homemade Corn Pancakes Recipe!