Family Nutrition

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Think Outside the Box

Think Outside the Box

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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...

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Fed Up Documentary

Fed Up Documentary

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Directed, written and produced by Stephanie Soechtig and co-produced and narrated by TV personality and journalist, Katie Couric, the American documentary film Fed-Up first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and is now making its debut in theaters nationwide. The firm focuses on America’s addiction to unhealthy food and the potential biases behind the USDA dietary...

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Classic French Onion Soup

Classic French Onion Soup

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The weather in Chicago today has been completely unpredictable. With the Bears game delayed, the rain coming down, and a tornado warning in effect, I decided to keep cozy with some soup! Classic French Onion Soup is one of my favorite winter comfort foods. Yes, even dietitians enjoy comfort food once in a while in…in moderation of course. In my defense, it has been over 2...

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Holiday Gift Ideas for a Food Blogger

Holiday Gift Ideas for a Food Blogger

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Happy Friday! With the holidays soon approaching, what will YOU be getting the food blogger in your life this year? Here are a couple unique ideas!   Colorful Ceramic Measuring Spoons – These make a great addition to any food photograph. I love these Polka Dot Spoons as well as all of these options from World Market. DSLR Camera – Nothing will make you feel more professional, than a...

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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts

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Yesterday was the November Chicago Food Swap at The Chopping Block! I wanted to bring something unique, healthy, festive and trendy to the swap and thus, these Paleo Pumpkin Spice Donuts were born! But before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at all the action during the swap! The Chopping Block was the PERFECT location for the swap – plenty of room, lots of counter...

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Food Tour of Wicker Park and Bucktown

Food Tour of Wicker Park and Bucktown

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Hello Chicago! Today I wanted to share with you an amazing experience I had this weekend at the Chicago Food Planet Food Tour of Wicker Park/Bucktown! I found out about the tour through Vimbly and have been anticipating the event all month! I had such a great time tasting my way through the neighborhood and wanted to share every moment of it with you! Disclaimer: the foods eaten in this post...

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Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

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With the holidays soon approaching, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy and energized. These nutritious pumpkin pie energy bites provide a quick and easy boost of energy to keep you going! I absolutely love these tasty little treats – they taste just like pumpkin pie, but have a nice added crunch with the coconut and pumpkin seed coating. Not to mention they are the perfect...

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Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Back to School Breakfast Ideas

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How much time do you have for breakfast? You don’t have to wake up 2 hours early just to make a healthy breakfast. Whether you have 15 minutes or even just 1 minute, here are some great ways to start your day! Got 15 Minutes? Make a smoothie by blending fresh or frozen fruit. Toss in a handful of spinach or kale for an extra boost! Try this delicious Get Your Greens Smoothie to start your day...

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Fall Apple Picking!

Fall Apple Picking!

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It’s that time of year again – autumn! Check out the beautiful trees changing color right outside our window! The season calls for all things involving apples, pumpkins, mulling spice, apple cider, winter squash and hot tea. What better way to celebrate then a trip out to Kuiper’s Family Farm to pick some delicious apples right from the orchard! Last weekend I went apple picking with my...

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Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta

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Over the Fourth of July weekend, we went over to a friends house and someone had brought this delicious corn salad with feta. It was so tasty I had to recreate it at home with my own spicy twist! Many recipes for corn salad call for jalapeno, but after visiting the farmers market last weekend and getting my hands on a bunch of Melrose peppers, I couldn’t help but put a Chicago twist on the...

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Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

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On a busy day, my best friend is my crockpot. Nothing is better than coming home to a dinner that has been cooking itself while you’ve been away! After seeing Rick Bayless at the Good Food Festival last month, I grabbed one of his Frontera Seasoning Sauces at the grocery store last week to give it a try! I went with the Red Chile Barbacoa Slow Cook Sauce, a roasted tomato and ancho chile sauce...

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New Year’s Resolutions – What You Should Know

New Year’s Resolutions – What You Should Know

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Goodbye 2012, hello 2013! Happy New Year! I hope 2012 was everything you hoped it would be and that the best is still to come in 2013. I spent my last night of 2012 in the great company of my favorite dietitians!   2012 was a terrific year – here’s a look back! I competed in the Crossfit Games Open I learned how to ski I married my high school sweetheart! We traveled to Greece! I...