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!

Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2014

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The moment you’ve all been waiting for. Back by popular demand. Drum roll please… It’s time to celebrate the Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2014! All year long I collect and cook from countless healthy cookbooks both old and new. Year after year I am blown away by the innovation and creativity that emerges from competitive healthy chefs and bloggers from around the world. And I research and review them all – just for you! You’re welcome. So without further ado, my favorite...

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Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup with Moroccan Chermoula

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Dinner | 0 comments

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup with Moroccan Chermoula

The Polar Vortex is on its way to Chicago….great. But let’s look on the bright side. Cold weather means soup season has arrived! Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a frigid day, especially in Chicago. The beautiful thing about soup is that you can cook once and eat for the week – who wouldn’t love this? Would you like chermoula with that? Yes that’s a real thing. Chermoula is a classic Moroccan sauce that is traditionally used to top fish and chicken. I used the sauce to garnish my vegan red lentil soup and it...

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Avocado Grasshopper Bars

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Dessert | 0 comments

Avocado Grasshopper Bars

Ok friends, you love avocados and we do to. As promised in my Avocado Peanut Butter Ball post, my love for avocados continues today with these one-of-a-kind raw avocado grasshopper bars! Because I can’t make it through a single day without a small sweet treat (problem or blessing? I choose the later.), I try to create desserts that pack a nutritional punch so that I won’t feel guilty about indulging later. I’ve never encountered a naturally green food that doesn’t instantly make me feel healthier (am I right?). So...

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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 natural goodness and creaminess of the avocado create a perfect smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture that can’t be beat. I love hiding nutrient-dense superfoods into scrumptious creations and watching the reactions of my...

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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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