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My husband and I used to fly by the seat of our pants when it came to weeknight dinners, often asking ourselves at 7pm “hmmm what’s for dinner” and most likely resorting to take-out. For the sake of our wallet and our waistlines, I knew we needed to eat at home more and that meant having a plan ahead of time. So I took it one step at a time and slowing started meal planning. I began with just one… Continue reading »

If you know me, you know I am a big fan of Costco. They have huge savings, great quality products, and the most unbelievable return policy. Plus, the friendly atmosphere and helpful employees make me want to shop there – which is saying something. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you are really saving money on a product so I usually cost-compare my purchases to other stores and more often than not I find Costco to be less expensive. The… Continue reading »

The week of 4th of July is upon us, and that means cookouts and celebrations. How do you continue to eat smart at a potluck? Or when there is an apple pie staring at you? Here are a few tips (and healthy 4th of July recipes!). Don’t go to the cookout, potluck, or party starving. Eat your normal meals throughout the day and have a filling snack before leaving such as an apple with peanut butter or Greek yogurt with… Continue reading »

The yogurt section of the grocery store seems to keep growing and growing. More choices and more brands mean more decisions to make. It’s hard enough to know which ones will taste good- but which ones are healthy choices? The amount of added sugars also seems to be increasing in flavored yogurts. According to Berkley Wellness, an average single serving of a flavored yogurt (6 ounces) has about 18 grams of added sugar – that’s one-third of the daily limit! It’s important to… Continue reading »

Who doesn’t like pizza! However, many times, pizza gets a poor nutritional rating. It’s mainly due to the fact that most pizzas are made from refined flour, are loaded with cheese, and lack in healthy vegetable toppings. This can be changed by making your own pizza – it’s easy. When you make pizza at home, you are in control of what type of crust you choose and what you put on it. Get kids involved in making pizza for a… Continue reading »

What is better than a warm summer night than cooking out on the grill?  Grilled chicken and fish are delicious and your healthy vegetables can be grilled right alongside them!  There is no need to dirty extra dishes on the stove or oven.  Just throw everything on the grill! One of many great things about grilling vegetables is that they are done in a snap.  Potatoes take about 12-15 minutes to cook on the grill, while less dense vegetables like… Continue reading »

We all know we should eat more vegetables. It is one of the few things upon which nutrition experts continue to agree. How do we get more vegetables, not just in the refrigerator or on the plate, but actually eaten? We have to make vegetables cravable.  We have to make vegetables a dish that friends and family ask for again and again because they are delicious. The easiest way to make them cravable just happens to be the easiest- roasting. I… Continue reading »

Eating more fruit is one of the hallmarks of the Mediterranean lifestyle. If you are like me, you sometimes get stuck in a fruit rut – apples, oranges, and the occasional banana. I love all fruit but just get in fruit jags that don’t make my fruit eating very exciting.   Enter kiwi. I love kiwi and I just forgot about it until I saw a big box of the cute brown furry fruit in the produce aisle. They are… Continue reading »

I absolutely love my after-lunch yogurt with berries!  I consider this my “healthy little dessert” that doesn’t have a lot of sugar…or so I thought. As I have been trying to cut back on my added sugar overall, I took a closer look at the sources of added sugar in my diet.  It turns out that my main source of added sugar was in my Chobani mango-flavored yogurt, which contains 16 grams of total sugar.  Since 4 grams are natural… Continue reading »

I am a big fan of Trader Joe’s. I am such a fan I get asked, “what are your favorite things to buy there.” Instead of just answering – “everything,” I decided to come up with my top 10 favorite things to buy at TJ’s. Berries. I put berries on my steel cut oats and they always have good quality, good value berries. There is usually one variety on sale so I just buy that. My favorite, however, are the… Continue reading »