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Sep 21

Back To School: Rock The Lunch Box

  With the craziness of the school year in full swing, it’s easy to become frustrated and uninspired. I’ve got two very different eaters to pack lunch for everyday so I’ve partnered with Applegate, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Honest Kids and Annie’s to help Rock The Lunch Box for my girls. Up Your Lunch GameTry not to over think when prepping lunches. Choose fresh ingredients and clean foods that hold up…

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Sep 18

Oatmeal Cookies

A versatile family favorite – and the whole grain oats are an added bonus. Add raisins, chocolate chips, dried cranberries or butterscotch chips. Make a gluten free version with certified GF rolled oats and an even swap of GF baking mix for the flour ¾ cup all-purpose flour 
½ teaspoon kosher salt 
½ teaspoon baking powder 
½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed 
½ cup granulated sugar…

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Sep 14

Fresh Mint and Tzatziki

A big bunch of fresh mint from my garden means it’s time to whip up a batch of tzatziki. Tzatziki SauceServe this Greek yogurt sauce with lamb chops, seafood, poultry, or as a dip for fresh veggies. It tastes good on just about anything!Makes about 2 1/4 cups2 cups nonfat Greek yogurt1/2 large English cucumber, finely chopped1 clove garlic, finely chopped1 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice2 tablespoon fresh…

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Aug 29

First Bites Cookbook: Peach Freezer Jam

Peach Freezer JamI love the quality and flavor of homemade jam—it’s atremendous way to hold on to the flavors of summer—but I don’t always have time for the traditional canningprocess. Freezer jam solved that problem! Look for nosugar-needed pectin in the grocery store specialty aisleduring the summer months or buy it online year-round.Use this same method for other fruits like berries,plums, and apricots.2 cups granulated sugar3 tablespoons no-sugar-needed pectin4 cups…

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Aug 24

Mocha Crunch Trail Mix

National Trail Mix Day is on the way and I’ve been craving a munchable snack. A good trail mix needs lots of elements – sweet, salty, crunchy and satisfying and this Mocha Crunch has it all. My pals at Nuts.com sent me a few products to experiment with and I was most intrigued by the coffee flour. It has a mild flavor, sprinkles nicely and adds a hefty dose of…

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Aug 23

Going to Bat for Sports Drinks

I recently ran a half marathon – 13.1 miles in the heat and humidity of late June certainly ups the ante on an already challenging activity. Despite the heat the race was a success, but there’s just one thing I can’t get out of my head. As an avid runner, certified athletic trainer and sports dietitian with more than 15 years of experience I’ve got a bone to pick! Where…

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Aug 15

Sports Nutrition Basics: Recovery Foods

Watching the Olympics gets me even more fired up for my workouts. While I’ll never be an Olympic athlete, it is still important to fuel my body properly before and after exercise.  Recovering with the right foods after every session is vital to keeping muscles strong and healthy. It also helps replenish energy stores so I have plenty of energy for the next round of activity. If you want to…

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Jul 28

Garden Fresh: Baked Stuffed Zucchini

 A deliciously easy main course featuring this garden fresh favorite! Looking for something new to do with all that zucchini? Here you go! Baked Stuffed Zucchini Serves 4 1 large zucchini (or 3 medium)Olive oilKosher salt and  freshly ground black pepper1 pound lean ground beef1 clove garlic1/2 onion, chopped1 bell pepper, chopped2 cups chopped kale3/4 cup marinara sauce1 cup chopped fresh basilShredded part-skim mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 350F. Cut…

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Jul 25

Break The Protein Boredom

There’s no disputing athletes need protein, but unfortunately the protein sources they choose aren’t always optimal. And while chicken breast might be a good option, a little variety would be nice! Even more concerning is the average athlete’s timing of protein intake, it’s flat out incorrect for proper muscle recovery. I’ve partnered with EAS to demonstrate the proper way to eat protein, plus devised some tasty ways to get some.Sources…

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Jul 20

Ice Cream Sundays: Strawberry-Lemonade Sherbet

First off let’s explain the difference between sorbet and sherbet (please refrain from calling it sher-BERT). Sorbet contains no dairy – typically a mixture of fruit, fruit juice and sugar. Sherbet contains some form of dairy – typically milk, cream, or a combination so it’s lower in fat than ice cream or gelato. I simply love the sweet-tart mixture of berries and lemon in this recipe – the creaminess of…

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