Healthy Heart Tips!

Avocados taste great on a sandwich, salad or whirled into a smoothie!

Pick out the Healthy Heart Tips that Work for You!

Keeping your heart muscle in good shape is so smart. Here are 10 tips to move you in the direction of feeling well and thriving each and every day:

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Mushrooms in Your Kitchen!

Baby Bella Mushrooms add a rich flavor and nutrition.

Mushrooms are Nutritious!

Do you judge a food’s nutrition by it’s color? If you do, then mushrooms may not come to the top of your most-nutritious list. In fact, I’ve been asked many times if there is any nutrition at all in mushrooms. Well, let . . . → Read More: Mushrooms in Your Kitchen!

Blueberry Crisp is a Healthy Dessert Recipe

A Little History

Long ago, blueberries were called star berries by Native Americans because of the star-shaped spot where the blossom develops into the berry.

Awesome Nutrition

If you just love blueberries, like I do, then consider yourself lucky. No matter what you call them, these little blue dynamos are showing up at the top . . . → Read More: Blueberry Crisp is a Healthy Dessert Recipe

A Colorful Meal …Is a Healthy Meal

Ready to roast: sweet potatoes, parsnips, red and green Bell peppers and red onions.

 

Color and Good Nutrition

Need some help getting out of a hum-drum eating rut? The easiest way is to gather a rainbow of colorful foods at the grocery store. Not only do colors please the eyes but they pack . . . → Read More: A Colorful Meal …Is a Healthy Meal

Getting Organized in the Kitchen Saves Time with Homemade Soup

Getting out ingredients first makes cooking this Veg-Barley Soup quicker and easier.

5 Steps to Getting Organized & Making Homemade Soup

1. Select a soup recipe and read it all the way through. Add the ingredients you need to your shopping list. Shop for your ingredients.

2. Figure out the best time to make . . . → Read More: Getting Organized in the Kitchen Saves Time with Homemade Soup

Supermarket Musical Fun & Thanks to You!

Dark pink flowers mean ‘appreciate’, ‘gratitude’, ‘thank you!’

 

Fun at the Supermarket!

For years now, I’ve enjoyed helping everyday people better understand how to gather a healthy shopping basket at their favorite supermarket. If you’ve never walked through your store with a registered dietitian (RD), then perhaps it can be your New Year’s . . . → Read More: Supermarket Musical Fun & Thanks to You!

Salad Adds Color, Crunch and Flavor to Meals

Fresh dill adds great flavor to salad!

Salad Begins with Crispy Greens…or Does It?

The color green comes to mind when I think about salad. What about you? Do you start a salad with Romaine, spinach or leaf lettuce? Do you use shredded green cabbage? Typically, crispy greens are at the center of my . . . → Read More: Salad Adds Color, Crunch and Flavor to Meals

Kids, Fruits & Veggies – A Winning Combination!

What would you be? An orange, a beet?

A Fruit – A Veggie?

Jackie wants to be a strawberry because it’s her favorite fruit and so sweet. Jake wants to be cherries because they grow in a bunch and he likes hanging around with his friends. Rocco wants to be mixed vegetables so . . . → Read More: Kids, Fruits & Veggies – A Winning Combination!

Need an Easy, Fall Dinner? Chili Works!

Colorful peppers add amazing flavor to chili!

Colorful Peppers Add Flavor

I have become a believer in colorful peppers this summer-into-fall. Not only are they a feast for the eyes, but they also add a sweet, rich flavor to your kitchen recipes. In the last month, I’ve chopped up colorful peppers for cold salads, . . . → Read More: Need an Easy, Fall Dinner? Chili Works!

Looking for a Versatile Fall Fruit? Try Apples!

The apple is everyone's 'go-to' fruit for fall!

Apples Score High Nutrition Marks

You can’t beat the apple for crunch, rich flavor and ‘sweet’ nutrition. Eat apples often and learn how to choose and store them to preserve their top-notch nutrition. During the Fall, you will experience the very freshest flavors if you buy . . . → Read More: Looking for a Versatile Fall Fruit? Try Apples!

Apples in the Kitchen & Easy Recipe

An apple a day is a smart nutrition decision!

Apple Facts

The legend of Johnny Appleseed is fun to read about while munching on a favorite late-summer or early-fall season apple. Apples are full of flavor, fiber and crunch and they’re versatile in meals and snacks. Take a look at this handy Apple Buyer’s . . . → Read More: Apples in the Kitchen & Easy Recipe

Breakfast: Creative Flavors & Power Choices

Wake up your taste buds with something new!

 

Breakfast Stats

Can you believe that 1/3 of all Americans skip breakfast? Are you one of them? Are your kids? If breakfast is a hard meal to ‘muster’ in your household then listen up for some nutritious and delicious options. Because…breakfast is a most important . . . → Read More: Breakfast: Creative Flavors & Power Choices

Name That Tomato: A Game of Healthy Choices

Which tomato is your favorite?

Tomatoes hit the spot in July! There are more than 100 varieties to learn about, and to grow yourself. No matter which variety you try, you’ll notice a rich flavor plus a nutritional prize of vitamins A and C along with fiber and very few calories. Just for . . . → Read More: Name That Tomato: A Game of Healthy Choices

Name that Fruit/Veggie: A Game of Healthy Choices!

My car's passenger seat is full of good nutrition!

Game Rules:

1. Look at what I bought at my local Farmer’s Market yesterday.

2. Try to name everything.

3. Try to work each fruit/veggie into a healthy meal or snack.

Hints:

1. Fresh fruits can be a part of breakfast, lunch or dinner…or, a . . . → Read More: Name that Fruit/Veggie: A Game of Healthy Choices!

Summer’s Healthy Choices – Now What?

Many healthy meals and snacks start here!

Summer Fruits & Veggies are Here!

It is an awesome time of year to go shopping for local, seasonal fruits and veggies. You can find them at your local farm market, roadside stand or supermarket. Stock up now while the summer harvest is ‘rolling in’ and you’ll . . . → Read More: Summer’s Healthy Choices – Now What?

Eating Well ~ Saving Money!

Balancing good nutrition and your food budget!

Is Your Plan to Eat Well Working?

Do you set expectations for meals and snacks that are too high? Does your grocery cart overflow with foods that are perishable and/or require a lot of fancy preparation? Too often, do you end up throwing away half your perishables . . . → Read More: Eating Well ~ Saving Money!

Grocery Shopping 101: Hydrating Drinks

Why choose hydrating drinks?

Get this — Our bodies are about 75% water. Our brains are about 75% water. And, we lose a significant amount of water every day under normal circumstances and good health. How can we replace these liquids? — by choosing hydrating drinks. How can we maintain our well-being? — by choosing . . . → Read More: Grocery Shopping 101: Hydrating Drinks

Herbs Make Home Cooking Taste Even Better

Growing Herbs is Easy An easy and tasty way to jazz-up your simple, home recipes may be as close as your own backyard, or a sunny window sill. These are ideal places to start an herb garden either from seed or from inexpensive plants you buy at the local garden center. With a little care . . . → Read More: Herbs Make Home Cooking Taste Even Better

Stuck in a Breakfast Rut? Try an egg!

Get a Grip on Breakfast

There’s no two ways about it — breakfast is not to be missed. Read on for 3 simple solutions to your breakfast dilemma and a fun video.

Why Eat Breakfast?

Energy, clear thinking and healthier weight are 3 top reasons never to skip breakfast. Making careful, nutritious choices for the . . . → Read More: Stuck in a Breakfast Rut? Try an egg!

Eat Right ~ It’s Nutrition Month!

Every healthy choice counts!

A Challenge…

It is a challenge for most of us to choose nutritious foods day-after-day. Time gets in the way ~ planning, or lack of it, gets in the way ~ life gets in the way.

A Goal…

There are excellent reasons to make nutrition a top priority for you . . . → Read More: Eat Right ~ It’s Nutrition Month!

Family Meals Together — Here’s how!

Trusted cookbook = Successful family meals!

Eating Together as a Family

It’s time to get it together and eat meals with the family. Think of the fun…the homemade flavors…the time for relaxing. Not only that, but there is solid evidence that families who eat together are eating more nutritiously. And, kids in these families . . . → Read More: Family Meals Together — Here’s how!

Need a Healthier Kitchen? Start with Olive Oil.

Olive oil is a 'must have' for a healthy kitchen.

Creating a Healthier Kitchen

Thomas Jefferson once said, “The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven…” I couldn’t agree with him more. There are some very basic foods that can help you create a healthier kitchen, one of which is olive oil. . . . → Read More: Need a Healthier Kitchen? Start with Olive Oil.