Halloween is over. That means we've entered the holiday season! This time of year, you may find yourself doing more grocery shopping, or shopping for items not usually included on your list. With so many options available, it can be tricky to know which items you should buy. As you browse each section of the… Continue reading Tips and Tricks for the Grocery Store // Pumpkin Cracker Toffee
The lazy days of summer are over and school is back in session. This provides families an opportunity to return to a routine and make family meals a priority. With a full schedule of after-school and extracurricular activities, fun may not be on the dinnertime menu. What if it was? Fun is the ingredient that… Continue reading Make Fun The Most Important Ingredient // Harvest Cobb Salad
It is the time of year when we set goals or resolutions. Have you thought about goals for exercise or to live a healthier life? The world of fitness and nutrition can be overwhelming, making getting started the hardest part. You don't need to be a fitness or nutrition guru in just a day! Rather,… Continue reading Fitness Refresh // Peanut Butter Granola
Did you know that snacks are an important part of a healthy diet? Use snacks to supplement or catch up on the food groups you missed throughout the day. Eating too few fruits? Add an orange between breakfast and lunch. Is there a void on vegetables? Try carrots as an afternoon pick me up. Dry… Continue reading Snack With Success // Homemade Granola Bars
It's National Popcorn Day! As a popcorn lover myself, I'm happy to celebrate. Popcorn is considered a whole grain, and is a great way to fill the grains portion of MyPlate. Three cups of popcorn equals one serving from the grain group. The trick to keeping popcorn healthy is the method you use to prepare… Continue reading National Popcorn Day // Apple Pie Popcorn
According to U.S. News, 80% of New Years resolutions fail. Are you surprised? Oftentimes, the New Year is started with the best of intentions and some pretty lofty goals. Smaller and more realistic goals, that can be achieved slowly over time are much more likely to be attained. At the beginning of this New Year, consider… Continue reading Resolutions. Who Needs ’em? // Crispy Granola
When you think of sweet potatoes, what comes to mind? For many it may be the traditional holiday recipe, piled high with marshmallows and sugar. As tasty as that might be, there are so many other, more healthy, ways to enjoy sweet potatoes. I wanted to share a new recipe with you this week so I… Continue reading Try Something New // Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole
Have you heard the buzz lately about coconut oil? Some people are all for it. Some people are against it. Many of us might be on the fence. Eatright.org shares some great information about coconut oil. You can find the full article here. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. Traditionally we have believed that… Continue reading Coconut Oil – The Great Debate // Applesauce Bread
It's National Pancake Week! To celebrate, add pancakes to your weekly menu. Avoid the additives and preservatives from a store bought mix by making one from scratch at home. It's easier than you think! To get started, give one of my favorite pancake recipes a try. Go light on the syrup and top them with… Continue reading National Pancake Week // My Favorite Pancake Recipes
It is not uncommon to have lots of sugary treats around the house this time of year. It is important to balance holiday treats and sweets with a well-balanced nutritious diet. Leafy greens and other foods high in fiber will help keep you feeling fuller long and help ward off cravings. Having the ingredients on… Continue reading Wonderful Winter Salads // Citrus Chicken Salad and More!
Earlier this month, I shared a post all about summer squash. Click here to check it out and see my favorite summer squash and zucchini recipes. I made it my mission this month to find a recipe using raw zucchini to add to my list of favorites. Fresh Zucchini Salad is light, easy, and only… Continue reading Let’s Create! // Fresh Zucchini Salad
Monday, August 31, 2015 is National Trail Mix Day! Trail mix is a great choice when you need a nutritious and filling snack. Making a trail mix is easier than you think! Read on to find out how and check out my favorite trail mix recipes below. Enjoy!
One of the best ways to save money on your grocery bill is to utilize current grocery store ads. Start by comparing ads from different grocery stores in your area, making a list of sale items. Next, take an inventory of your pantry, refrigerator and freezer and make a list of what you already have on… Continue reading Weekly Menu Plan // What’s on Your List?
Children will soon be heading back to school and the lazy days of summer will be over. Getting back into the groove of carpooling, catching the bus, homework, and after school activities can be a bit challenging. It is important to start the day out right and full of energy. A healthy breakfast is the… Continue reading Back to School Blues // Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas
It's okay to go a little nuts! Nuts are plant-based proteins and can contribute to a healthy diet. They contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are rich in heart healthy fats and have cholesterol lowering properties. Some people might steer away from nuts because they are high in fat. However, the fat found in nuts… Continue reading Go A Little Nuts // Flaxseed Walnut Pancakes
Do you want to decrease the amount of time it takes to prepare dinner? Do you ever get nervous that you’ll cut yourself when you use a really sharp knife? Good knife skills can decrease food prep time and increase your chopping confidence! It's really quite simple. As long as they are sharp, you only need… Continue reading Cooking Quick // Knife Skills