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!

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 filled with...

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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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Chocolate Cherry Granola

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Breakfast | 2 comments

Chocolate Cherry Granola

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...

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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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