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!

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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Fed Up Documentary

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Family Nutrition, Nutrition Education | 0 comments

Fed Up Documentary

Directed, written and produced by Stephanie Soechtig and co-produced and narrated by TV personality and journalist, Katie Couric, the American documentary film Fed-Up first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and is now making its debut in theaters nationwide. The firm focuses on America’s addiction to unhealthy food and the potential biases behind the USDA dietary guidelines that have led to rising childhood obesity rates and the staggering statistic that today’s generation of kids is expected to live shorter lives...

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Best Food and Nutrition Apps

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Healthy Living, Nutrition Education | 0 comments

Best Food and Nutrition Apps

The average person checks their phone over 100 times every day. It’s obvious that we love our mobile devices, so why not use them to help us get healthy! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite free food and nutrition apps to help you do everything from reading food labels and making healthier choices at the supermarket to identifying the highest quality ingredients and collecting recipes to inspire your culinary adventures!   Dirty Dozen: The Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides helps...

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Matcha Tea Waffles

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Paleo | 4 comments

Matcha Tea Waffles

After seeing green tea waffles on the menu of my local Waffles Cafe, I decided to attempt this tasty tea-infused recipe in my own kitchen using matcha tea. Matcha is a fine-ground green tea powder that offers nutritional benefits superior to regular green tea because you ingest the entire leaf, not just the brewed water. These Matcha Tea Waffles are dairy-free, grain-free, and loaded with antioxidants! Top them with traditional maple syrup or something a little more interesting like a lemon ginger coconut...

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