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Mar 21

Peach Pie Oatmeal

A healthy, easy and delicious way to kick off your day! Serves: 2 1 3/4 cups lowfat milk Pinch kosher salt 1 cinnamon stick (optional) 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup diced peaches (fresh, canned or dried) 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar 1/4 cup chopped pecans Place milk, salt, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Stir in oats, peaches, and cinnamon sugar.…

Mar 14

Healthy Snack: Mango Fruit Leather

An amazing snack for any seasonal fruit! Fruit Leather – kids and adults LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe. Mango Fruit Leather 2 cups chopped fresh mango  Juice of 1/2 a lime2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons agave nectar Preheat oven to 170°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat and set aside. Place mango, lime, sugar, and agave in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and…

Mar 06

30 Second Chocolate Fondue

A decadent but portion controlled treat for chocolate lovers. Fondue is only 30 seconds away. Serves 4 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 tablespoons heavy cream For dipping: sliced bananas, strawberries, animal crackers Place chocolate chips in a small glass bowl and set aside. Pour cream into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Pour hot cream over chocolate and stir until smooth and shiny; a…

Feb 13

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popcorn Sprinkle

Mix two teaspoons with melted butter and toss with 3 cups of freshly popped popcornMakes about 1 1/4 cups1 cup freeze dried strawberries (I like Trader Joe’s the best)1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 cup powdered sugar1/2 teaspoon kosher saltPlace strawberries in a food processor and grind into a fine powder. Add remaining ingredients and pulse to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.Nutrition per 2 teaspoonsCalories:…

Feb 05

Cooking For Heart Health

Take a look inside my kitchen as I experiment with the many fun ways you can cook with 100% grape juice.Crushing On ConcordsConcord grapes are truly special as they are one of few native crops to the United States. But Concord grapes have a short harvest season and don’t travel well, so they can be hard to find fresh. The good news is that you can enjoy the Mighty Concord…

Dec 23

Gingersnap Smoothie

Spices like ginger and cinnamon help with digestion and blood sugar control. Sip on this shake after a meal or add a scoop of protein powder for recovery snack.Serves: 1 

½ frozen banana3 graham crackers1 teaspoon ground ginger1 tablespoon honeyPinch cinnamon1 cup vanilla soy milk
Combine ingredients in a blender – blend until smooth. 
Nutrition Information Per Serving Calories: 324Total Fat:  6 gramsSaturated Fat: 1 gramCarbohydrate: 60 gramsFiber:  3 gramsProtein:  9…

Dec 15

Tuna Pasta Salad

Make this protein-packed canned tuna recipe for an easy post workout lunch or light dinner. Serves: 41 (5 oz) can chunk light tuna in water, drained1 (5 oz) can solid white albacore tuna in water, drained½ cup chopped celery1 small apple, diced Juice of ½ a lemon¼ cup mayonnaise¼ teaspoon kosher salt3 cups cooked whole grain pasta, cooled In a large bowl combine tuna, celery, apple, lemon juice and mayo;…

Nov 30

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These versatile pumpkin muffins work for breakfast, school lunches, bake sales, and even dessert. They are probably one of the most popular recipes I’ve ever made – everyone loves them. Makes 18 muffins 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg, beaten ½ cup canola oil ½ cup applesauce 1…

Nov 15

Apple Cinnamon Crostada

Swap this version for a traditional apple pie recipe and save 165 calories per serving! Serves: 6Crust:1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour½ teaspoon kosher salt1 teaspoon sugar6 tablespoons cold butter, diced Ice water (about 2 tablespoons)Filling:3 medium apples, peeled and chopped3 tablespoons sugar¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water1 egg, beatenSparkling sugar (optional)Place flour, salt and sugar in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and…

Nov 03

Breakfast Reboot: Hot Multigrain Cereal

  I’ve got high standards for breakfast! I want to start my day with something easy, tasty and not loaded with sugar. I’ve been working with the folks at fairlife and recently created this delicious recipe my entire family adores. Hot Cereal UpgradeI have fond memories of steamy bowls of instant cream of wheat mixed up by my mother on chilly mornings. I decided to reinvent this breakfast classic by…


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Peach Pie Oatmeal
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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A healthy, easy and delicious way to kick off your day!

Serves: 2

1 3/4 cups lowfat milk

Pinch kosher salt

1 cinnamon stick (optional)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup diced peaches (fresh, canned or dried)

1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar

1/4 cup chopped pecans

Place milk, salt, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Stir in oats, peaches, and cinnamon sugar. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Serve topped with chopped pecans.

Nutrition Info Per Serving

Calories 342; Total Fat 10g; Carbohydrates 52g;  Protein 13g ; Fiber 6g

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Healthy Snack: Mango Fruit Leather
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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An amazing snack for any seasonal fruit! Fruit Leather – kids and adults LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe.

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Mango Fruit Leather

2 cups chopped fresh mango  
Juice of 1/2 a lime
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons agave nectar


Preheat oven to 170°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat and set aside. Place mango, lime, sugar, and agave in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes, then puree using an immersion blender.* Continue to cook over medium-high heat for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until thick and syrupy; the mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour the hot fruit mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread evenly into approximately an 8 × 12 inch rectangle. Place in the oven and bake for 3 1/2 hours. Turn off the oven and allow to sit overnight. Cut into strips with a pizza cutter; roll up in a clean piece of parchment paper. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

*If you do not have an immersion blender, puree in a food processor and then return mixture to saucepan.

Yield: 12 strips

Nutrition information per 1 strip
Calories: 36, Total Fat: 0 grams, Saturated Fat: 0 grams, Carbohydrate: 10 grams, Sugars: 6 grams, Protein: 0 grams, Sodium: 1 milligram, Fiber: 1 gram

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30 Second Chocolate Fondue
Monday, March 6th, 2017

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A decadent but portion controlled treat for chocolate lovers. Fondue is only 30 seconds away.

Serves 4

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons heavy cream

For dipping: sliced bananas, strawberries, animal crackers

Place chocolate chips in a small glass bowl and set aside. Pour cream into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Pour hot cream over chocolate and stir until smooth and shiny; a mini whisk works perfectly for this. If the mixture seems lumpy microwave in 10-second intervals (stir well in between) until completely melted. Serve with fresh fruit and other favorite healthy dippers.

Nutrition Info Per Serving (does not include dippers): Calories: 75; Total Fat: 6g; Protein: 0g; Fiber: 1g; Sodium: 0mg

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popcorn Sprinkle
Monday, February 13th, 2017

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Mix two teaspoons with melted butter and toss with 3 cups of freshly popped popcorn


Makes about 1 1/4 cups

1 cup freeze dried strawberries (I like Trader Joe’s the best)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Place strawberries in a food processor and grind into a fine powder. Add remaining ingredients and pulse to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


Nutrition per 2 teaspoons
Calories: 20; Fat: 0 grams; Carbohydrate: 5 grams; Protein: 0 grams; Sodium: 19 milligrams;

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Cooking For Heart Health
Sunday, February 5th, 2017



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Take a look inside my kitchen as I experiment with the many fun ways you can cook with 100% grape juice.

Crushing On Concords
Concord grapes are truly special as they are one of few native crops to the United States. But Concord grapes have a short harvest season and don’t travel well, so they can be hard to find fresh. The good news is that you can enjoy the Mighty Concord year-round with 100% grape juice – in a glass or in a creative recipe!

It’s equally impressive that this powerful purple berry is teeming with heart health promoting plant nutrients called polyphenols, which promote healthy circulation and help keep energy flowing. In honor of Heart Health Month, I’ve partnered with Welch’s to bring you some fun and easy, ideas and recipes.

With similar heart-healthy compounds to those found in red wine, Welch’s 100% grape juice is squeezed from the whole fruit so you get the nutrient benefits of the skin, seeds and flesh. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin C.

Grape Juice in the Kitchen
There are plenty of everyday uses for Concord grape juice in the kitchen. Add a few splashes to smoothies or make a batch of refreshing one-ingredient fruit juice slushies in your ice cream maker. Grape juice can also add interest and sweetness to spicy sauces. Here’s a totally unexpected take on the beloved combo of PB&J.

Grape-Chili Glazed Shrimp with Peanut Cucumber Salad
Total Time: 40 min
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min

Serves: 4

½ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon Sriracha
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons warm water

2 English cucumbers, spiralized
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts

Combine grape juice, garlic, vinegar, soy sauce and Sriracha in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 15 minutes, until thickened; set aside to cool slightly.
Heat oil in a skillet, add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes per side. Add the grape-chili sauce to the skillet and cook for an additional 5 minutes over medium heat or until shrimp are opaque and cooked through.

In a separate bowl whisk peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce and water; add cucumber and cilantro and toss gently. Top cucumber salad with cooked shrimp and garnish with chopped peanuts.

Nutrition Info Per Serving
Calorie: 216;  Total Fat: 10 grams; Saturated Fat: 1 gram; Total Carbohydrate: 12 grams; 
Sugars: 6 grams; Protein: 20 grams; Sodium: 585 mg; Cholesterol: 143 mg; 
Fiber: 2 grams


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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Welch’s. I was compensated for my time, but the recipe and opinions are my own

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Gingersnap Smoothie
Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Apple Pie Shake


Spices like ginger and cinnamon help with digestion and blood sugar control. Sip on this shake after a meal or add a scoop of protein powder for recovery snack.

Serves: 1 


½ frozen banana
3 graham crackers
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch cinnamon
1 cup vanilla soy milk


Combine ingredients in a blender – blend until smooth. 

Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories: 324
Total Fat:  6 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 gram
Carbohydrate: 60 grams
Fiber:  3 grams
Protein:  9 grams
Sodium: 192 milligrams
Cholesterol:  0 milligrams



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Tuna Pasta Salad
Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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Make this protein-packed canned tuna recipe for an easy post workout lunch or light dinner.

Serves: 4

1 (5 oz) can chunk light tuna in water, drained
1 (5 oz) can solid white albacore tuna in water, drained
½ cup chopped celery
1 small apple, diced
Juice of ½ a lemon
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups cooked whole grain pasta, cooled


In a large bowl combine tuna, celery, apple, lemon juice and mayo; season with salt and mix well to combine. Toss prepared tuna with cooked pasta.


Nutrition Per Serving (about 1 ½ cups)
Calories: 329; Total Fat: 13 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 39 milligrams; Sodium 401 milligrams; Carbohydrate: 34 grams; Fiber 6 grams; Sugars: 5 grams; Protein: 22 grams





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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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These versatile pumpkin muffins work for breakfast, school lunches, bake sales, and even dessert. They are probably one of the most popular recipes I’ve ever made – everyone loves them.

Makes 18 muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg, beaten

½ cup canola oil

½ cup applesauce

1 cup low fat milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 cup chocolate chips, divided

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; whisk well to combine. In a separate bowl whisk together sugar, egg, canola oil, applesauce, milk, vanilla, and pumpkin puree. Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients and mix until just combined; fold in ¾ cup chocolate chips. Fill each muffin cup with ¼ cup of batter. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Top with a few additional chocolate chips per muffin, then allow to cool.

Calories: 209; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 30 grams
Sugars: 19 grams; Protein: 3 grams; Sodium: 186 milligrams; Cholesterol: 11 milligrams
Fiber: 1.5 grams

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Apple Cinnamon Crostada
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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Swap this version for a traditional apple pie recipe and save 165 calories per serving!

Serves: 6

Crust:
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
6 tablespoons cold butter, diced
Ice water (about 2 tablespoons)

Filling:
3 medium apples, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water

1 egg, beaten
Sparkling sugar (optional)

Place flour, salt and sugar in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it is cut into small pieces. With the machine running, add ice water one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. Turn out on to a piece of plastic wrap and gently form into a disc. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour. Once chilled, roll out the dough into a 10-inch circle and place back in the fridge for an additional 20 minutes.

While the dough is chilling, prepare the filling. Combine apples, sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch-water mixture in a medium saucepan; mix gently and cook until warm and bubbly, about 10 minutes; set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 425-degrees. Pour filling in the center of the dough, leaving a 2 to 3 inch border. Gently fold in the edges of the crust, going all the way around the filling. Brush crust with egg and sprinkle with sparkling sugar, if using. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until crust is golden and filling just begins to bubble. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories: 236; Total Fat: 12 grams; Saturated Fat: 7 grams; Protein: 3 grams; Total carbohydrates: 31 grams; Sugar: 12 grams; Fiber: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 31 milligrams; Sodium: 96 milligrams

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Breakfast Reboot: Hot Multigrain Cereal
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

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  I’ve got high standards for breakfast! I want to start my day with something easy, tasty and not loaded with sugar. I’ve been working with the folks at fairlife and recently created this delicious recipe my entire family adores.

Hot Cereal Upgrade
I have fond memories of steamy bowls of instant cream of wheat mixed up by my mother on chilly mornings. I decided to reinvent this breakfast classic by giving the ingredients an upgrade. I aimed for a more nutrient dense version made with brown rice, quinoa and cinnamon. The secret ingredient is ultra-filtered fairlife milk, which contains more protein and less sugar than ordinary milk (win-win), it’s also lactose free!

 Hot Multigrain Cereal


This warm and cozy one-pot breakfast is total comfort food! Using fairlife milk instead of water adds bone-building calcium plus makes the meal way more satisfying. The recipe makes a large batch of dry ingredients – you only need a portion to make 2 to 3 servings. Store the rest in an airtight container in the pantry for up to one month.

Serves: 2 to 3

2 cups dry long grain brown rice
1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups fairlife reduced fat milk
1 cinnamon stick
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
Fresh fruit for serving

Place brown rice and quinoa in a food processor or high speed blender and grind to a fine powder; transfer to a container and set aside.
Combine milk and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove the cinnamon stick then whisk in ground cinnamon, maple syrup, and ½ cup of the grain mixture. Continue to cook, whisking frequently until the mixture is thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately topped with fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired.  

Nutrition Info Per Serving (3/4 cup): Calories: 213; Total Fat: 4 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 33 grams; Sugars: 11 grams; Protein: 11 grams; Sodium: 86 milligrams; Cholesterol: 13 milligrams; Fiber: 2 grams

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*Disclosure – I have recently partnered with fairlife for this post. All opinions are my own.

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