Food and Nutrition Blog

Check out the following food and nutrition blog posts for health and wellness information and tasty recipes! Nothing is more powerful than good nutrition. Not only can optimal nutrition help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, good food can also give you energy and make you feel great! The world of nutrition is constantly changing as experts conduct innovative studies and publish breakthrough research. We are bombarded with new and trendy nutrition information every day via the internet, TV, fad diet books, magazines and more. So what does good nutrition mean to me? Follow my food and nutrition blog to stay up-to-date with important nutrition topics and discover delicious healthy recipes!

Avocado Peanut Butter Balls

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Dessert | 0 comments

Avocado Peanut Butter Balls

Halloween is right around the corner and I know what you’re thinking. I’m thinking it to. Candy. But what you’re probably not thinking, is how you can make candy using superfoods. Like say, avocados for instance (insert jaw drop). Not only do avocados give these candies a nutritional boost, but the creaminess of the avocado create a perfect smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture that can’t be beat. I love hiding nutrient-packed superfoods into scrumptious creations and watching the reactions of my friends...

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Welch’s Vineyard Tour

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Welch’s Vineyard Tour

Remember last year when I got to meet Alton Brown at the Welch’s Harvest Dinner? Well this year, Welch’s sent Amelia on a tour of the Welch’s concord grape vineyards in Washington! Check out her experience below! (Post by Amelia Seith) This past week, I had the amazing experience of traveling to Washington State to explore Welch’s vineyards during harvest time to get an inside look at how the concord grapes are harvested and processed into juice. This was my first trip to Washington State and landing in Seattle was exactly...

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Raw Veggie Bloody Mary

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Juicing | 0 comments

Raw Veggie Bloody Mary

Nothing brings an end to the summer quite like a nutrient-packed, vegetable-based Bloody Mary! And the best Bloody Mary begins with a good vegetable cocktail blend. While most tomato juices are made by cooking down tomatoes along with garlic, onions and other flavors, this vegetable cocktail base includes fresh raw veggie juice straight from my favorite juicer –  the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer. It’s like the “Vitamix” of juicers – simply a-mazing.   I like my Bloody Mary packed full of veggies, spicy, and no...

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How to Make Preserved Lemons

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Healthy Living, Nutrition Education, Recipes | 0 comments

How to Make Preserved Lemons

Whether you are sun drying tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, or freezing fresh herbs, there are plenty ways to preserve the summer harvest this season. How about preserved lemons? Preserved lemons are a staple in Indian and North African cuisine. They are simple to make and can add zesty flavor to just about any dish! The goal of preserving lemons is to be able to use the rind to add extra lemon flair to a recipe. How? Here are a few ideas! Stews and Tagines:  Preserved lemons are commonly used in Moroccan-inspired tagines. Simply chop them...

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Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Juicing | 0 comments

Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer

I recently had the opportunity to review the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000. I’ve juiced quite a bit over the past several years with my Cusinart 5-Speed Juicer so I was anxious to do a comparison. The product arrived in the mail and I couldn’t wait to use it! As I assembled the juicer with ease, I could not believe how compact the machine was and the small size of the pulp cup surprised me as it was nearly half the size of the pulp cup of my current juicer. I read through the entire instruction manual before I began. There were plenty of...

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Think Outside the Box

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Family Nutrition, Nutrition Education | 0 comments

Think Outside the Box

Nothing says convenient comfort food quite like boxed macaroni and cheese. Healthy? Let’s not kid ourselves. But with so many students and travelers turning to this pantry staple for a quick, easy and shelf-stable option, there are certainly ways to make it more nutritious. With the simple addition of a few ingredients (think protein and veggies) you can bring nutritious life to this budget-friendly meal. While the following recipe ideas involve a variety of brands and flavors of macaroni and cheese on the market, feel free to mix and match!...

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Cottage Cheese Toast

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Breakfast, Recipes, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

Cottage Cheese Toast

After making these delicious Rye Poppy Seed Dinner Rolls from The Nordic Diet back in January, I decided to revisit the cookbook for more recipe  inspiration this week! After practicing my Dutch unsuccessfully in trying to pronounce Smørrebrød (the Danish word referring to an open-faced sandwich), I decided my time was better spent in the kitchen – enter my favorite breakfast this week, cottage cheese toast! Creamy cottage cheese, crunchy cucumbers and delicious fresh chives served up on a crusty piece of pumpernickel toast –...

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Mushroom Lentil Meatballs

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Dinner, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan | 3 comments

Mushroom Lentil Meatballs

  Whether you swoon over the gourmet flavors of portabella and shiitake or yearn for the traditional taste of white button and cremini, summer is the perfect time to transform your meals with mushrooms! Swap out beef burgers by throwing a marinated portabella mushroom on the grill, substitute half of your ground beef with mushrooms to make a flavorful burger patty, or top your favorite summer meal with crispy sauteed mushrooms. Did you know that mushrooms are a great way to add iron and vitamin D to a vegetarian diet?...

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Beet Juice to Improve Cardiovascular Endurance

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Juicing, Nutrition Education | 0 comments

Beet Juice to Improve Cardiovascular Endurance

Athletes are turning to beet juice as an ergogenic aid and it certainly doesn’t get any more natural than that! Why beet juice? Beets are a natural source of nitrates which the body can convert to nitrite and later to nitric oxide to enable muscles to utilize oxygen more efficiently. Nitric oxide opens up your blood vessels to lower blood pressure and prevent blockages that lead to stroke and heart attack. But what about nitrates in cured meats and their link to cancer? Nitrates and nitrites are added to cured meats as...

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Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Bars

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipes | 2 comments

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Bars

If these finger-linking ooey gooey peanut butter bars don’t get you excited about a healthy dessert, I don’t know what will! These wholesome bars are completely gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and free of refined sugar. Yay! You may not know, but I don’t bake – like, ever. Something about the exact science of baking soda, salt, sugar and baking powder coming together just isn’t for me. I’m more of a “pinch of this, shake of that” kind of cook, so my baking rarely turns out as...

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