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…

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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 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 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.…

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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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Jul 16

Ice Cream Sundays: Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

  Unbelievably yummy and super cute – these ice cream treats might just be the family favorite of the summer. Use any combination of small cookies and ice cream for this easy recipe. Trader Joe’s Cookie Thins are the perfect size and texture. Roll in sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or chopped nuts for some added crunch. Some fun flavor combos ginger cookies + strawberry ice cream almond cookies + chocolate…

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Jul 14

Summer Skillet Lasagna

 I’ve always wanted to try this and was shocked how easy and delicious it came out. This is a veggie version but you can add any of your favorite meat fillings to the mix. Summer Skillet Lasagna Serves: 6 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 large egg Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 1/4 cups prepared marinara sauce, divided…

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Jul 05

Grown Up Cranberry Lemonade

It feels like yesterday (and also like a million years ago) when my summer Saturdays were for swim meets. After home meets the team would pile into the club house for a well-deserved buffet. The drink of choice was the bartender special “Cran-ade.” I still like to make these for myself (and my kiddos) but now I enjoy a less sugary version. Grown Up Cranberry Lemonade Serves: 1 4 fl…

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Jun 28

Eating for Performance: Steady Energy

  I just completed my first half marathon! The physical stress and attempts to juggle a training schedule with work and 3 kids has been challenging to say the least. Now that I’ve got that first race behind me I can honestly say I’d do it all over again. My weekly long runs had to come on Saturday or Sunday mornings which made fueling and hydrating a bit more difficult.…

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