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I look in my lunch box some days and see the yogurt I have brought as part of my lunch and I just can’t…. I have selected the flavor and even new brands but I just cannot face another container of yogurt. Here is a quick alternative when you have had it up to here with yogurt. Refried Bean Roll Up ¼ cup canned refried beans (choose a brand that is fat free) 1-2 tablespoons shredded sharp cheddar cheese Optional… Continue reading »

I try to eat oatmeal twice a week for breakfast. It is a great way to get whole grains and, topped with blueberries or strawberries, I get a serving of fruit before I am even out the door. I love the taste, texture, and satiety of steel cut oats. What I don’t love is the time it takes to cook. It is not a part of my morning to stand and stir for 30 minutes (or more). I have discovered… Continue reading »

It’s that time of year again! Where love is in the air. Hearts are all around. Everywhere you go is decorated in various shades of reds and pinks. The grocery stores are loaded with all kinds of stuffed animals and flowers. Oh, and who can forget those isles filled with chocolatey treats. Everyone wants to do a little something for that special someone in their life. No matter who that special someone is, you want to show them that you… Continue reading »

The big game is on Sunday and whether you’re hosting a party, attending a party, or just watching at home, there is usually some “Superbowl food” involved. This year, stick to your Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less goals while still enjoying the game. Below are a few tips and healthy recipes– Go Team! Plan ahead. We know the game is on Sunday night at 6:30pm, so we can eat small and healthy meals throughout the day to make sure… Continue reading »

Healthy Views to Eliminate Dinner Blues Sometimes coming up with quick and easy healthy ideas to prepare for dinner or parties especially last minute can seem difficult. Don’t fret! There are resources to help those especially who prefer a visual of recipes to help spark their creative ideas. Preparing foods with lots of color also is a good way to attract food lovers to your dish. Remember, it’s your opportunity to promote healthy eating and showcase your creative cooking talents.… Continue reading »

The Mediterranean Diet continues to be supported by the medical community, and as a result, continues to increase in popularity. In fact, it was recently featured on CNN and the U.S. News rated it a top diet of 2016.  The Mediterranean-style eating pattern has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases. Eating the Mediterranean way is not only healthy, it is delicious and satisfying. Foods that you once thought of as too high in fat or unhealthy, including… Continue reading »

The Thanksgiving holiday signals a time when winter squash are in abundance. Butternut, acorn, and pumpkins – are all great fiber-rich squash to enjoy when the weather turns cold. One of my favorite ways to make butternut squash also is the easiest. Smashed Butternut Squash I like to use this as a bed for grilled chicken or salmon. It is great warm, room temperature or even cold. If you have leftovers, warm slightly and top with an over medium egg.… Continue reading »

I have a three-pronged problem: I want to eat healthy, I hate to cook, and I’m lazy. I was going to say “busy,” but I will own “lazy.” I am also a science fiction fan. My favorite part of the movie is not when they defeat the hostile aliens, but when the crew gathers around to eat, envying how the computer always provides the spaceship crew with neat little compartmentalized meals. If only I had a spaceship that would make… Continue reading »

A recent webinar on the Mediterranean diet, specifically on changing your protein – sparked a firestorm of discussion on beans and…gas. Eating more beans is a great way to get plant protein and decrease meat consumption. They are inexpensive, versatile, add variety, and taste great. So why then are we not eating more beans – you guessed it – gas. No one wants to feel bloated after a meal. Thanks to indigestible carbohydrates found in beans, they do have a… Continue reading »

The following is a guest blog by April. Take it away, April! There’s a First Time for Everything – Including New Holiday Traditions This is my very fabulous American Bulldog, Ruckus! I am sharing his picture not just because he is cute, but because he is the reason why I generally don’t get to bring food to holiday gatherings.  My family is old school African American and people who have indoor pets and bring food are considered a little suspect. … Continue reading »