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Kristie Hicks

Perhaps you have attended a meeting or gathering that had food and drinks available, but the options were not the most nutritious. Most people consume a diet that is high in saturated fat and sugar, but low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Having healthier foods and drinks at all food-related events is possible and we can all promote good health by being intentional about what we serve. Simple ideas can go a long way to promote healthy eating at… Continue reading »

Sometimes life happens and we don’t always have time to prepare breakfast in the morning, pack a nutritious lunch, have healthy snacks readily available,and cook a balanced meal for dinner. If you find yourself unexpectedly stopping at a restaurant for a quick meal, a celebration dinner or to take a break from cooking, go in with motivation to make healthy choices. Try these meal modifications to stay within your daily calorie intake and still feel satisfied. Appetizers Choose an item… Continue reading »

A few weeks ago, I made almond butter at home for the first time. I have always avoided purchasing almond butter at the grocery store because it can be so pricey. Whether you choose to make your own almond butter at home or to pick up a jar at the store, be sure check the nutrition label and the ingredients list for hidden additives. Check out this comparison of a few almond butter brands below.   Kristie’s Honey Almond Butter… Continue reading »

During the fall and winter months, I love to pull out my crockpot and try a variety of recipes. Most of the recipes I will choose are very simple to prepare and easily transfer to a gallon freezer bag to save the days when I am too busy to cook dinner. Try Crockpot Mexican Quinoa Tacos – full of flavor, simple to prepare and convenient for lunch or dinner. This dish provides plant-based sources of protein (quinoa and black beans),… Continue reading »

The New Year is almost here, which makes it a perfect day to start healthy lifestyle changes! Eating smart, moving more and living mindfully all play major roles in the success of maintaining your weight and not gaining. I have two simple tips for each part of a healthy lifestyle change. Try something new today and be intentional about building healthy habits, because we know that you can! Eat Smart Play around with healthy snack recipes. Design your own trail… Continue reading »

January 1st will be here before we know it. Every year, at least one person asks me what my New Year’s resolution is and my answer has always been the same…I don’t have one. Why? Because I like to think of the changes I want to make in my life on a continual basis, not just once a year. We always know when the New Year is approaching because stores start pushing hand weights, yoga mats, and workout attire to… Continue reading »

The holiday season can be a very busy time of year, which can cause a great deal of stress. The good news is, you can overcome those stressors and continue working toward achieving those healthy eating and physical activity goals.   Do any of these sources of stress ring a bell? Spending extra time shopping and preparing food for family meals and/or festive events. Feeling pressure to over-indulge in holiday goodies at social events. Struggling to fit physical activity into… Continue reading »

Just a year ago, when I thought of wintertime I pictured drinking hot cocoa, preparing for the holidays and wrapping up in a warm blanket – physical activity certainly was not on the list. The winter months and the holiday season can bring a distaste for being active. Be encouraged to discover what works best for you so that physical activity can be a part of your daily routine, even you are in stuck indoors. Try these tips to practice… Continue reading »

Securing social support from the people around you is especially important during the holidays – Family, friends, and coworkers may negatively influence us by sneakily passing along that “extra cookie” or by offering too much of a certain dish or beverage at a party or potluck. What other people say or do can be a helpful or harmful influence on the decisions we make – these statements or actions are known as social cues. Social support is a key component… Continue reading »

Are you a fan of almond butter? I am proud to announce that I tried almond butter for the first time and definitely pleased – Not only did I try it, but I also made a batch at home for my first taste test. The process was more straightforward than expected and I was successful. I could not believe how affordable, easy, and tasty this 3-ingredient Honey Almond Butter was. Honey Almond Butter Yield: About 2 cups Serving Size: 2… Continue reading »