Holidays can be a challenge when you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Celebrations are often centered around food - and not always the nutritious kind! While Valentine's Day is a good occasion to indulge, a few simple swaps can create more healthy meals. A little indulgence now and then can fit within an… Continue reading Simple Swaps For the Ones You Love // Healthy Valentine Breakfast Ideas
Natural. Processed. Local. Whole. Organic. No Added sugar. Low-calorie. When you read terms like these on food packages, do you know what they mean? Do they lead you to buy a certain product over another? Do they leave you confused? Food manufacturers use words to increase the appeal of their products. The words they choose… Continue reading Marketing Terms – Ignore Them! // Four Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies
How many kinds of oats can you name? Different types of oats get their name based on the way they are roasted after being harvested and cleaned. Oat groats are the entire oat grain. The only part removed when harvested is the hard unpalatable outer hull. Groats are great for breakfast cereal and in stuffing.… Continue reading Cooking With Oatmeal // Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
Increasing physical activity and exercise top the list of New Year’s resolutions. By now, many of us are losing some of our motivation to continue what we started in January. Getting back on track with good habits may seem impossible. Don’t “sweat it!” We’ve got you covered with some 10-minute mini workout ideas. According to… Continue reading Mini Workouts Count! // Apple Cinnamon Cereal Bars
It's that time of year again to start thinking about what you will pack in lunch boxes for you and your family. This can be especially challenging when packing for kids. Eat Well Utah and MyPlate are here to help! My advice is, don't over think it. Simply focus on picking one food item from… Continue reading Pack With Ease // School Lunch Box Ideas
Kids are like sponges. They soak up our words and our actions. Modeling positive behaviors can set them on a path to take care of their bodies as they mature into adulthood. MyPlate offers ten tips for becoming physically active as a family. Check them out below. The way I see it, it's two birds… Continue reading Two Birds With One Stone // Cinnamon Roll Energy Bites
Are you looking for an exercise routine that doesn't involve running, jumping, or lifting heavy things? If so, pilates may be just what you need. Pilates is a type of exercise that focuses on your body's core. The core consists of the muscles that move and support your spine. You may have heard them referred… Continue reading Condition with Pilates // Carrot Oat Muffins
Has your exercise routine lost its luster? Adding something new may help you keep momentum. Consider adding high intensity interval training (HIIT) to your routine one or two times a week. HIIT is an exercise technique that combines speed with recovery. Before you start a HIIT workout, you want to warm up your body. During… Continue reading Let’s HIIT It! // Breakfast Sundae
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
Cranberries, cranberries everywhere! This time of year you are likely to see these beautiful red berries front and center at most grocery stores. Using cranberries in holiday cooking and baking is a long standing tradition. Cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner is probably the what most people are familiar with, but there is so… Continue reading Cranberries, Cranberries Everywhere! // Apple Cranberry Bites
The smell of notebooks, pencils, and glue are in the air! I love this time of year. To me, back to school season feels like the perfect time to reset, refocus, and revamp family goals. High on that list of goals should be your family's health. With busy schedules and never enough time for homework,… Continue reading Smooth Sailing for Back to School // Apple Pie Smoothie and more!
June is National Dairy Month! Do you know how many servings of dairy you need each day? MyPlate recommends that kids and adults over the age of 9 get at least 3 cups of milk or milk products every day. When you consume three cups a day, you are getting the nutrients your body needs… Continue reading National Dairy Month // Peach Overnight Oatmeal
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
The whirlwind of the holiday season is here. Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas will be here before we know it. All the hustle and bustle can make it difficult to stay on top of your nutrition game. The time is now to make a plan to beat the bulge. Here are five of… Continue reading Eat What You Love and Leave What You Like // Blueberry Cookies
The holidays are quickly approaching. Is having a healthy holiday season on the top of your list? You might be thinking, It's the holidays. What's the big deal? I can indulge just a little. The problem doesn't lie in indulging just a little. A problem arises when our little indulgences become more and more frequent.… Continue reading Healthy Holidays // Apple Cranberry Crisp
It's too hot to cook. I just want to be outside. Can't we just have cold cereal? These are the thoughts running through my head lately when it comes to dinnertime. Cooking is the last thing I want to do during the summer months. I would rather be outside soaking up every last ray of… Continue reading Summertime and the Cookin’ is Easy // Five Go To Recipes
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
You might have heard about using applesauce or yogurt in baked goods to reduce the amount of fat, but have you ever heard of using dry beans? Beans are know as a super food, packed with many nutrients. Legumes, like dry beans, are high in fiber, low in fat, and a good source of many other… Continue reading Did You Say Beans? // Black Bean Brownies and More!
Did you see our Weekly Menu Plan blog post last month? It talks about the steps you take to plan your dinner menu for the week using your local grocery store ads. If you missed it, or just need a review, click here. Then come on back and see what I'm planning this week! Remember that… 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