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Soups are my favorite go-to during the winter season. I love almost any and all soup flavors, but I try to stick to broth-based instead of cream-based to make sure it fits within my calorie budget. I also love the simplicity of soups, many of them are easy to throw together (especially in the crock pot). To see my favorite soup recipes I have tried so far (and continue to make often), click here: Tried and True Recipes. Although many soups… Continue reading »

Are you looking for a really quick salad to bring to a party or to round out a holiday meal? I know I am always looking for something healthy, delicious, and colorful to take to a party. There will be plenty of sweets and cookies – I like to bring something healthy and delicious. You might remember this salad from Week 1 of the Holiday Challenge, but it is worth bringing up again because this salad fits the bill in… Continue reading »

This is the time of year when time feels short.  There is a lot of fun to be had –holiday parties, secret gift exchanges (and not-secret gift exchanges), favorite movies or productions to watch, and all the things to decorate!  All this merriment often means I stay up later than I intended and struggle to get “up and at ‘em” the following morning. To make sure I get myself started on the right foot, I make a week’s worth of oatmeal… Continue reading »

The holidays almost always include baking for my household. We try to keep it healthish as much as we can. I follow the Mediterranean diet pretty closely so that means very low sugar.  How can you make a Holiday special treat but limit sugar? Try these delicious Med Meringues. They are super delicious, packed with healthy nuts, easy to make, and have only ½ teaspoon of added sugar per cookie. Med Meringues Meringue cookies are usually just egg whites, flavoring and sugar. These… Continue reading »

This is a great muffin recipe that can be made gluten-free if needed by using gluten-free oats. I make these muffins almost every week to take in my lunch. It is a great way to get more nuts in your diet. Just a few ingredients and you have a delicious snack or breakfast. If you use almonds, sliced almonds work best. If you want the muffins to be more like a traditional muffin, you can process half of the oats… Continue reading »

This December will be the 6th Annual Christmas Celebration with a group of friends. There are a few traditions with this party including the infamous Gunnery Sergeant’s eggnog. There is absolutely nothing that is low-calorie about this drink and it is worth every calorie!  I am already planning for this in my holiday party “food budget”. How I make sure I stay on track at parties, especially this one:  Make sure I am not hungry before walking into the party– I will… Continue reading »

I just returned from a conference that focused on diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Lots of talk about drug therapy with many comments about healthy eating, physical activity, and stress management being the front line for reducing risk. All of that to say that I ate some really good food. Not the norm at any conference. The organizers did a really good job walking the walk with respect to what we were offered for meals and snacks. Here is a… Continue reading »

The Holiday Challenge Taste Test is an annual event in which we determine which recipes will be included in the Holiday Challenge. Each team member chooses a healthy recipe, brings the dish to the event, and we all taste and rate each dish. Only the highest rated dishes make it into the Holiday Challenge. It’s always a fun day in the office to celebrate the kick-off of the Holiday Challenge and to make sure find the BEST dishes to share… Continue reading »

I love the Holderness Family videos and parodies! Their newest one “My Wife is on a Healthy Diet / Men at Work Parody” had me laughing so hard. At the same time, I was reaching for the phone to send them some cauliflower rice recipes that are actually good. A healthy diet can look, smell, and taste delicious. So, if you are interested in some ways to spice up a “Healthy Diet” for you and your family here are a… Continue reading »

For the past few years, I have been making numerous variations of muffin pan quiches. It originated from Eating Well’s Mini Mushroom and Sausage Quiche recipe (which was featured in the Holiday Challenge), but I found that I started throwing in my own vegetable combinations and more often than not opted for a vegetarian option (trying to avoid processed meats as much as possible). It even got to the point of no longer following a recipe, just throwing together a combo of egg… Continue reading »