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!

What’s In Season – Spring Produce Recipes

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in Healthy Living | 1 comment

What’s In Season – Spring Produce Recipes

The cool sunny (sometimes rainy – or even snowy here in Chicago…) months of March, April and May are the perfect time to embrace delicate spring greens and refreshing fruits! Our spring produce chart and healthy colorful spring recipes will keep you inspired while you wait for those April showers to bring May flowers. Learn more about the importance of seasonal produce here. Here are some of our favorite spring fruits and vegetables and a few healthy spring recipes to keep you cooking this...

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Refreshing Basil Matcha Smoothie

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

Refreshing Basil Matcha Smoothie

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Here in Chicago, spring is in the air. There was everything from warm spring weather and the Macy’s Spring Flower Show to cold snowy weather and the Shamrock Shuffle to kick off the Chicago running season. Keeping with the spring green theme, today I am sharing one of my new favorite superfood concoctions, this refreshing basil matcha smoothie! This smoothie has it all, seriously. Healthy fats (hello avocado and hemp seeds), fibrous greens (thank you cucumber and kale), whole food...

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6 Things You Need to Start a Nutrition Private Practice

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in How To Guides | 3 comments

6 Things You Need to Start a Nutrition Private Practice

The number one question I get from peers in my inbox is “I love what you do and I think I want to start a private practice, where do I start?” Seeming so simple at first glance, this question is deceptively loaded. The question assumes that there is a “starting point”. Anyone who is either in private practice or does private contract work knows that this area of work looks less like a straight line and more like a tangled web of opportunities. But don’t let this lack of linearity hold you back. There are a few key things you...

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Sprouted Maca Buckwheat Crispies

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

Sprouted Maca Buckwheat Crispies

I can’t get enough of these sprouted buckwheat crispies lately! Their perfectly crunchy texture and hint of sweetness have me sprinkling them on everything from smoothies and yogurt to oatmeal and fruit salad. Buckwheat is a pyramid shaped gluten-free grain. Well, actually it’s not technically a grain, it’s the fruit seed of a plant and it has an incredible nutrient profile worth talking about. This tiny superfood is high in protein (1 cup = 23g protein) and has a complete amino acid profile. Buckwheat...

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How to Create a Healthy Easter Dinner Menu

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

How to Create a Healthy Easter Dinner Menu

Deciding what to serve your friends and family for Easter Sunday can be a daunting task, especially if you’re hosting health-conscious guests or individuals with dietary restrictions. We’ve created the following framework to help you build a well-rounded, healthy Easter dinner menu including a couple nutritious recipes that all of your guests will love this holiday. Serving brunch instead of dinner this year? Check out our Easter brunch menu ideas.     Master a Main Whether you choose a traditional ham or...

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No Bake Meyer Lemon Cashew Cheesecake

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

No Bake Meyer Lemon Cashew Cheesecake

Celebrate spring break or the upcoming Easter holiday with this no-bake Meyer lemon cashew cheesecake!  Meyer lemons are a citrus fruit native to China that are a cross between a lemon and either a mandarin or an orange. Due to the growing popularity of this vitamin C-rich fruit, you can generally find them in your standard supermarket. Meyer lemons look like regular lemons, but slightly smaller with a darker yellow color. This hybrid lemon is perfect for desserts because it offers plenty of lemon flavor with hints of...

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National Nutrition Month Spring Green Recipes

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Healthy Living, Recipes | 0 comments

National Nutrition Month Spring Green Recipes

March is National Nutrition Month and we have delicious spring green recipes to help you celebrate! NNM is a nutrition education and information campaign aimed at bringing attention to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In light of this year’s NNM theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right (and in lieu of St. Patrick’s Day), I have rounded up several superfood-rich green recipes to inspire you to eat healthy all month long! Avocado Pesto Chickpea Salad...

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Gluten-Free Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

Gluten-Free Vegan Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and everyone in Chicago is gearing up for next weekend’s dying of the Chicago river and annual parade! Which means I spent this weekend recipe testing to create the perfect gluten-free, vegan Irish soda bread! Irish soda bread is a quick bread made with baking soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast resulting in a dense savory bread with a texture that is a cross between a scone and a biscuit. The ingredients of traditional Irish soda bread...

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Winter Workout Playlists

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Fitness | 0 comments

Winter Workout Playlists

During the cold weather months of Chicago, it can be difficult to stay motivated to bundle up and go to the gym every day. A fresh music playlist every couple of months keeps me motivated to move even on the coldest mornings. Add a few new upbeat songs to your exercise routine with these winter workout playlists! Below are some of my favorites from January and February as well as songs that I will be jamming out to in March and April! ‘   January/February 2016 Workout Playlist: Dear Future Husband –...

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Grocery Shopping on a Budget – What do You Spend?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in How To Guides | 0 comments

Grocery Shopping on a Budget – What do You Spend?

We all do it. Whether it’s the New Year or tax season, there comes a time when we take a step back to look at our finances from the previous year and vow to do better in the future. We want to spend less, save more, and do a better job at paying attention to where our money is going on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. Let’s take food costs for example. A large part of everyone’s monthly income is spent on food and grocery shopping on a budget can be challenging. The amount of money you budget for food each week or month can...

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