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There have been many (many) blog posts about the simplicity and deliciousness of roasting vegetables. They are good hot, room temperature, or cold in salads. While tossing some vegetables in a little olive oil and throwing them in the oven is super easy, there are some basic rules that will take you from good to great as a master vegetable roaster. Here are my top 5. Top Five Rules of Roasting: Use a good pan. If you have a sturdy… Continue reading »

Congratulations, if you are purchasing a lunch box you are committed to taking your lunch. Good for you for preparing on Sundays, evenings or early mornings, grab and go, portioned healthy choices. Keeping your commitment to take healthy lunches includes picking the right lunch box. The next time you decide to treat yourself to a new lunch box (or maybe this is your first), consider the following tips. Choose a lunch box that has: A hard plastic liner can be… Continue reading »

Sparkling water has been on the rise in recent years, with more brands and more flavors popping up all the time. Sparkling water is a great alternative to soda, as it is bubbly and refreshing without any added sugar or artificial sweeteners. However, make sure to double check the label of your sparking water as some brands might have added sugar or sodium. Overwhelmed by the amount of sparking water choices? Our team shares our favorite flavors. Carolyn’s Favorite: Flavor:La… Continue reading »

Our team was having a conversation about our favorite sparkling water brands (more of that in a blog soon!) and it reminded me of the last time I had La Croix on a front porch. We stayed in a cabin near Boone, NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains last fall. Our first night we built a fire and had a relaxing evening on the porch. We left our cooler on the porch with drinks in it. The next morning we… Continue reading »

I am sharing my favorite recipe for cabbage stir-fry made Indian style – it is super easy to make. The combination of green cabbage with carrots and peas makes this dish so colorful and tempting. The spices bring out a flavor that is hard to resist. You can adjust any of the spices listed in the recipe below to suit your taste.   Cabbage Stir-fry Ingredients: ½ head of green cabbage, shredded 3 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 cup (approx.… Continue reading »

Although not an everyday craving but every now and then, I want to satisfy my sweet tooth with something more indulgent than my usual small piece of dark chocolate – something like ice cream especially during the summer time. I am happy to share that I have found the best substitute for traditional chocolate ice cream – Yasso Frozen Yogurt, Chocolate Fudge. This frozen yogurt has a smooth, rich taste and is delicious. Unless you read the ingredient list on the… Continue reading »

I love using mason jars to store my food. They are convenient, keep food fresh, and easy to clean, but most importantly, they are just plain cute! Part of eating mindfully is to notice the taste, texture, and smells of our food. This includes the visual presentation of food as well. Mason jars can elevate the visual presentation of a meal to the next level. Plus, no labeling required since all the ingredients are visible. I have rounded up some… Continue reading »

Nothing beats outdoor grilling on a warm summer night.  When you are grilling your meat, don’t forget the vegetables. Grilled vegetables go well with grilled meat or fish and make wonderful left-overs. My favorites are broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini and red peppers, mushrooms, and onions. One of many great things about grilling vegetables is that they are done in a jiffy.  Sweet potatoes take about 12-15 minutes to cook on the grill; less dense vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, snap… Continue reading »

With 4th of July celebrations right around the corner, there will inevitably be an array of delicious foods to accompany those parties. When it comes to desserts, a good strategy is the one bite rule to avoid blowing your calorie budget. Just take one or two bites of your favorite dessert and then stop. To help follow this rule, I wanted to try out a couple dessert recipes that are made bite sized. Not only are these two desserts bite… Continue reading »

For me, vegetables used to be an afterthought to my meal where I would just throw in a few baby carrots to eat with lunch, or have a side salad with dinner. With all of the health benefits linked to a high- vegetable diet, vegetables should be taking the center stage at mealtime. A delicious way to incorporate fresh vegetables as a main dish is with a Mediterranean Three Bean Salad. Not only does this colorful bean salad include a… Continue reading »