Low Sodium

Health Benefits of Avocados 00

Health Benefits of Avocados

Health Benefits of Avocados

00

I. love. avocados. No, I mean…LOVE.  It’s a problem…or healthy addiction if you will. As a dietitian, I’m always looking for new and creative ways to add them to everything. There are so many amazing health benefits of avocados that it would be a shame not to! Avocados are a great source of healthy unsaturated fats, are naturally cholesterol and sodium free, and contain only 50 calories...

Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta 00

Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Spicy Corn Salad with Walnuts and Feta

00

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...

Oven Roasted Tomatoes 00

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

00

I did it. I officially registered for my very first Chicago Food Swap in August! I am beyond excited, but nervous about what I want to bring. Being the competitive person I am, I obviously want bring something that is out of this world. So let the brainstorming begin…any thoughts? While I don’t usually roast tomatoes until the end of the summer to preserve these tasty gems in order to enjoy...

Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble 00

Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble

Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble

00

Nothing says summer like strawberries and rhubarb! I made a special trip to the Green City farmers market in Lincoln Park this morning for some fresh summer goodies! I came home with strawberries as sweet as candy, local melrose sweet peppers, juicy red currants, and of course a bundle of rhubarb. This Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble is the perfect summer dessert for an all-American...

Chocolate Chia Smoothie 00

Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Chia Smoothie

00

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July yesterday! After a late night of grilling, fireworks, swimming and drinks by the fire pit at a friends house I woke up ready for something nutritious and delicious! Enter the Chocolate Chia Smoothie – a rich blend of almond butter and cocoa powder that tastes so decadent you would think it was a milkshake!   Chocolate Chia Smoothie Serves 1...

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad 00

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Balsamic Salad

00

While the first day of summer is still 2 weeks away, I’m ready for the summer salad season to begin! The weather here in Chicago has been unfortunately chilly for June but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying delicious grilled food and cold brews indoors! With family in town all last week, my fridge was an empty sad sight and I felt like I hadn’t been grocery shopping in ages. Instead of...

Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Pistachios 00

Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Pistachios

Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Pistachios

00

Good morning! I woke up this morning hoping we would finally have an inch or two of snow on the ground…nope. The forecast predicted a little snow last night, but unfortunately it never came. We have had a couple light snows here in Chicago this winter, but nothing sticks. I’m waiting for a big snow storm, something major. Winter in Chicago isn’t complete without a snow storm…so I’m...

Tomato Basil Risotto Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes 00

Tomato Basil Risotto Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomato Basil Risotto Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes

00

This recipe is actually adapted from one I did back in 2010! My how the time flies.     Ingredients 1 cup dry hulled barley 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning 1/4 tsp garlic powder 2 large heirloom tomatoes 1 cup almond milk 1/2 cup tomato sauce 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 Tbsp miso paste 1/4 tsp kosher salt ground pepper to taste fresh thyme – optional Preheat oven to...

Sweet Potato Veggie Lasagna 00

Sweet Potato Veggie Lasagna

Sweet Potato Veggie Lasagna

00

Greeting from the South Loop! The move is finally over! We moved into our new place over Labor Day weekend and over the past week have been working diligently to unpack boxes, paint walls, install lighting fixtures, and get the internet up and running! There is still much to be done, but I cannot wait to show you all pictures of our new place once everything is in it’s place. I couldn’t...

Can you Identify These Foods? 00

Can you Identify These Foods?

Can you Identify These Foods?

00

Many of the foods sold on supermarket shelves today have unrecognizable ingredients. These items no longer resemble real food, but rather science experiments. Based on the ingredient list, can you identify these foods? Corn syrup, enriched flour, water, sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and/or animal shortening (contains one or more of: canola oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean...

Vegetable Quinoa Winter Soup 00

Vegetable Quinoa Winter Soup

Vegetable Quinoa Winter Soup

00

After a long night at crossfit I enjoyed some  well deserved Vegetable Quinoa Winter Soup with Garlic Crostini for dinner! All I had to do was heat up the soup and bake the crostini for 5 minutes and dinner was served. My day of meal preparation is already paying off! First things first though. Today’s crossfit WOD (for time): 30 air squats 15 front squats (55 – Rx was 65) 30 kettle...

Homemade Mulling Spice 00

Homemade Mulling Spice

Homemade Mulling Spice

00

Nothing is better to elicit the smells of the holidays than mulling spice! Add your favorite spices to warm cider, wine, or other fruit drinks and enjoy the taste of the seasons! In the spirit of the holidays, I did a “make your own mulling spice” event at work today and wanted to share with you guys how to make it! Choose from ingredients: Cinnamon sticks Whole cloves Anise...