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!

Chilled Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Dessert, Gluten-Free | 4 comments

Chilled Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

Having been married only a year ago, most of the items in my kitchen are relatively new. After our wedding back in 2012, it was out with the old and in with the new. We purged our kitchen of all the old pots, pans, plates and appliances and replaced them with something shiny and new. It wasn’t until recently that I began adding treasured family heirlooms to my kitchen collection – including this glass pie pan that belonged to my grandmother. One of my fondest memories as a child was enjoying pie at my...

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Healthy Easter Brunch Menu Recipes

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Lunch, Paleo, Recipes | 0 comments

Healthy Easter Brunch Menu Recipes

Spring is finally here and Easter is only a week away! What are you cooking up this Easter Sunday? Unfortunately I am not the one hosting Easter brunch this year, but if I was, here are a few things I would definitely have on the menu! These healthy Easter brunch menu recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free (just leave out the cheese!) and are sure to be crowd-pleasers!   Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze - Made with blanched almond flour and eggs and topped with a sweet coconut butter vanilla glaze, these donuts will go...

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DIY Salad Dressings

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Healthy Living, Nutrition Education | 0 comments

DIY Salad Dressings

Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day to all of my fellow dietitians out there! Not sure what a dietitian does? Understand the difference between a registered dietitian vs. a nutritionist. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day commemorates the dedication of RDNs as advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world! As Gandhi would say, be the change you wish to see in the world.   This March 2014 marks the 41st anniversary of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ month long promotion of...

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Healthy Mardi Gras Recipes

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Events, Recipes | 1 comment

Healthy Mardi Gras Recipes

Looking to celebrate Mardi Gras without all of the extra calories? These tasty and nutritious recipes will leave you feeling satisfied without affecting your waistline. Trade in your beignets, paczkis and king cakes for one of these healthy Mardi Gras recipes!   Simple Roasted Garlic Cauliflower and Potatoes by Jeanette’s Healthy Living – Use green, gold and purple cauliflower to represent faith, power and justice this year. Combine with olive oil, garlic and sage and you have the perfect side dish for any...

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Products I’m Loving

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Paleo, Snacks | 0 comments

Products I’m Loving

Since the beginning of the year, I have been blessed with the opportunity to sample a handful of new healthy food products on the market! And today I wanted to share with you some of my favorites!   Cave Cravings: Cave Cravings does the hunting and gathering for you! They find the best selection of Paleo-approved, organic, unprocessed snacks available, box them up and send them right to your doorstep! Cave Cravings sent me a box of snacks to try, and I was thrilled to discover some amazing new products that I love! Here’s what I...

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Coconut Nutella Mocha

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Dessert, Paleo, Recipes | 1 comment

Coconut Nutella Mocha

What could be better than homemade Nutella mixed into a frothy coconut milk mocha? I’m pretty sure nothing. This rich and decadent warm beverage could easily be an after dinner dessert! Or just an afternoon treat to help keep warm during this frigid snowy Chicago winter. Along with the delicious flavor, this warm winter beverage also offers a little nutritional boost! Coconut oil contains antimicrobial lauric acid which helps increase HDL (good) cholesterol. Coconut milk offers a variety of vitamins and minerals...

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Gluten-Free Sweet Treats

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Dessert, Gluten-Free | 2 comments

Gluten-Free Sweet Treats

You won’t be missing refined sugar and flour with these twelve decadent gluten-free desserts! Make one of these tasty recipes for you and your sweetie this Valentine’s Day!   Chocolate Date Caramel Walnut Tart by Gourmande in the Kitchen – This tart includes an almond sea salt crust with a date and walnut filling and is topped with silky raw chocolate ganache – yum! Pumpkin Spice Donuts by Eat Chic Chicago – One of my favorite indulgences – donuts! Grain-free and pumpkin spice...

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Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Nutrition Education | 0 comments

Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

The relationship between stress, obesity and metabolic disease is an important one to understand. Stress is something everyone experiences. Stress helps motivate us. We stress about our job, our finances, our family, our environment – the list is endless. But can all of that stress be detrimental to our health? Could stress be linked to obesity and weight loss resistance? Understand the important link between stress and adrenal fatigue and how cortisol could be affecting your weight!   Understanding Stress Response: The body reacts to...

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Foods to Watch in 2014

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Healthy Living, Nutrition Education | 0 comments

Foods to Watch in 2014

Watch for these Foods to Hit Your Plate and Excite Your Palette in 2014! The New Year is in full swing, and the foods we’ll all be talking about this year are starting to emerge. In 2014 it’s all about foods you know and love, with a few new stars along the way. Check out this list featured by Naked Juice of top go-to foods that will be making a splash this year! Coconut: Coconut is making new appearances in 2014 beyond coconut water and coconut milk. From coconut sugar and flour, to coconut oil and vinegar, this fruit is emerging...

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Season 15 Biggest Loser Winner Too Thin?

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Healthy Living | 2 comments

Season 15 Biggest Loser Winner Too Thin?

SPOILER ALERT! Season 15 winner of the Biggest Loser, Rachel Fredrickson takes home the grand prize of $250,000! But does the cash prize come at the price of health? Many are wondering – did she really deserve to win after appearing too thin and unhealthy at the finale? Is it possible to have a Biggest Loser winner that is too thin? Throughout Season 15 of the Biggest Loser, Rachel was always a competitor. As a former competitive swimmer, she went through a heartwarming transition rediscovering her inner athlete and losing an incredible...

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