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!
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”...
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...
A few years ago, a family friend gave me a cute little cookbook called Salty Sweets at our engagement party. While the pages are filled with beautiful delectable desserts and tempting treats, they are also packed with sugar, butter, heavy cream and syrups. While many of us are gorging on all of the above this time of year, I decided to flip one of these sweet and salty recipes into something healthy and guilt-free!
This chocolate cherry granola will jazz up any holiday breakfast and your guests will thank you when...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...