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Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2013

Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2013

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Check out the Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2013! Are you finished with all of your holiday shopping yet? Me either. Get the foodie in your life one of these fabulous healthy cookbooks and check them off the list! While there are plenty of delicious healthy cookbooks published every year, these are my personal favorites (in no particular order) from 2013! You’ll be sure to find each one of these...

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Cold Weather, Coffee and Crossfit

Cold Weather, Coffee and Crossfit

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Chicago winter is officially here. With the wind-chill below zero, I will be staying inside thank you! After running some errands out in the cold this morning, I spent most of the day bundled up on the couch with a good book and warm coffee. And lots of it!   My brother gave us these fabulous Chicago Chicago Transit Authority coffee mugs for Christmas! The Loyola red line L stop for me (a...

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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...

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Deal of the Week: Naked Fruit Juice

Deal of the Week: Naked Fruit Juice

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In case you haven’t noticed, super-couponing has become a major trend this year. Reality TV has led us to believe that super-couponing results in an at-home stockpile of junk food including everything from candy and sugary cereals to cookies and soda. To break away from this myth I wanted to start a “Deal of the Week” post each week to show how you can reap the benefits of super-couponing...

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Food Rules

Food Rules

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If you have never read the Michael Pollan book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, you definiteley should. Food Rules is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely and healthy. Many of which are drawn from a variety of ethnic and cultural traditions, his rules vary from short but sweet to laugh-out-loud funny. Here are a few of my favorites: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Better to pay...

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New Year’s 2012

New Year’s 2012

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year last night! My favorite part about New Year’s (other than making new resolutions), is reflecting on the previous year’s accomplishments. What I accomplished in 2011: Traveled to New Orleans to run the Mardi Gras Half Marathon Got engaged to my high school sweetheart Moved to a new apartment in Old Town Ran the...

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Meal Planning 101 – Recap

Meal Planning 101 – Recap

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So here we are again, a whole week gone by. Sometimes half of the frustration of meal planning is that things throughout the week may not always go as planned. No matter how well you plan for yourself, there is always a wrench or two thrown into the equation, that’s life. Check out my weekly meal planning goals here. That being said, here is how my week panned out: Monday – We had...

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Can you Identify These Foods?

Can you Identify These Foods?

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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...

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Vegetable Quinoa Winter Soup

Vegetable Quinoa Winter Soup

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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...

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Meal Planning 101 – Preparation Day

Meal Planning 101 – Preparation Day

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To continue my Meal Planning 101 series, today was preparation day! Today was my day off work meaning it was the perfect opportunity to prep my food for the week. Yesterday I shared my 12 easy steps to meal planning. One of the most important steps to successful healthy meal planning is to determine steps in your recipes that you can do ahead of time and plan a day to prep food on your day off....

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Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101

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I get a lot of questions about how to plan meals for the week successfully. How could I possibly know what I will want to eat come Friday? What if I don’t have time to cook the meals I had originally anticipated making? How can I ensure the food I buy doesn’t go bad before I get a chance to eat it? It can seem like a daunting task to take one single trip to the grocery store and expect to...

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Homemade Mulling Spice

Homemade Mulling Spice

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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...