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!

8 Chicago Food Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

8 Chicago Food Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Are you wondering what food and nutrition events are coming up in Chicago? I am! Well I was…until I wrote this post. Whether you are a foodie, blogger, dietitian or nutrition enthusiast, below are a few upcoming events you won’t want to miss! Chicago Food and Wine Festival August 28-29 Lincoln Park Get ready for tastings, wine & cocktail samples, insightful seminars, and more! The Chicago Food + Wine Festival presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine brings together acclaimed chefs, wine & spirits experts, and...

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Nutrition in the News

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in In the News | 0 comments

Nutrition in the News

Kellogg’s to Remove Artificial Ingredients by 2018 – Nestle, Kraft, Campbells , General Mills and now Kellogg’s. Cereal giant Kellogg announces they are working to remove artificial colors and flavors from cereals, snack bars and frozen foods by 2018. Good thing turmeric is trending.   Eating Spicy Food is Linked to a Longer Life – New research shows eating spicy food is associated with a reduced risk for death. The compound capsaicin found in chili peppers has been found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that...

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Summer Playlist

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Summer Playlist

What songs keep you moving this summer? Below are a few of my favorites! Whether I’m at work, in the kitchen or at the gym, these upbeat songs always make me want to dance!  

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Independence Day Recipes

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

Independence Day Recipes

Fire up the grill and lather on the sunscreen! I’m personally not cooking on the Fourth of July holiday, but if I was, here are some of the things that would certainly make an appearance on my holiday menu! Melon, Prosciutto and Mozzarella Skewers – Looking for an easy make-ahead-of-time appetizer? The gourmet look of these sweet and salty skewers will surely impress your guests! Cucumber, Avocado and Feta Salad – If you’ve been tasked with bringing a salad to your 4th of July party, think outside the box with this creamy...

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Hasselback Russet Potatoes

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Side Dish | 2 comments

Hasselback Russet Potatoes

Trade in traditional baked potatoes for these accordion-sliced garlic herb Hasselback Russet Potatoes! This Swedish dish takes its name from Hasselbacken, a Stockholm restaurant where it was first served. The gourmet potato is crisp on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. This impressive side dish has a fluttered appearance with pockets stuffed full of garlic, butter and fresh herbs. While these potatoes give the appearance of a complex gourmet recipe, they are actually relatively easy to make! The trick to a perfect hasselback...

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Paleo Valentine’s Day Desserts

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Dessert, Paleo, Recipes | 0 comments

Paleo Valentine’s Day Desserts

You won’t be missing refined sugar and flour with these nine decadent paleo-friendly desserts! We’ve rounded up some of the most unique and decadent treats for you and your sweetie this Valentine’s Day! Coconut Flour Classic Vanilla Cake by Healy Eats Real – You don’t have to miss out on classic vanilla cake because you are grain-free. This coconut flour-based cake can be customized for any occasion. Lemon Meringue Coconut Macaroons by Kitchen Tested – Check out these coconut macaroons...

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Pistachio Stuffed Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

Pistachio Stuffed Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! What will you be cooking up for the sweetie in your life? How about putting a fun twist on an old classic with these pistachio stuffed chocolate-chocolate covered strawberries! You feel guilt-free knowing that  you’ve done your due diligence to create a dessert that contains protein and fiber! This post is brought to you by Driscoll’s. Although I did receive complimentary product for the following recipe, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely...

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Products I’m Loving

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Healthy Living, Snacks | 0 comments

Products I’m Loving

Every so often, I am blessed with the opportunity to sample a handful of noteworthy healthy food products on the market! And today I wanted to share with you some of my favorites!  Although I did receive complimentary samples for the following products, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences.  Bestowed New York-based company, Bestowed helps you discover the latest new and healthy products! The monthly subscription service sends you 7-10 of the best healthy snacks,...

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Balsamic BBQ Black-Eyed Peas

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Side Dish, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

Balsamic BBQ Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas don’t get enough love the rest of the year, so we are featuring them again today with spicy balsamic BBQ black-eyed peas!  But how do you recreate that smokey bold bacony flavor without the bacon? The answer – chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I seriously love these things. I always have a can open in my fridge to add to any dish needing a spicy or smokey kick. If you’ve never tossed a can of these these flavorful peppers into your shopping cart when you peruse down the “ethnic food”...

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Hoppin’ John Quinoa Sliders

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Dinner, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

Hoppin’ John Quinoa Sliders

We are two weeks into the New Year and it’s time to pay homage to our lucky black-eyed peas! Hoppin’ John is a peas and rice dish made with black-eyed peas, onion, bacon, spices and sometimes greens like collard greens, Swiss chard or kale. The dish, traditionally served in the South, is meant to bring about a prosperous and lucky year. So I wanted to give this traditional dish a unique healthy twist that lives up to everyone’s New Year’s resolution to be healthier in 2015! These gluten-free, vegan burgers bring...

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