A while back I promised to write about the myth that eating a whole food diet is more expensive than buying packaged, pre-processed foods. Today is that day.I went to the farmers' market on Saturday and the grocery store today. My total grocery bill, including breakfast and lunch for my daughter and myself, and dinners for the whole family for seven days was $87. I know people who spend 50% more than that, or even twice as much, in a week.How did I do it?...more
This year I am consciously trying to make better eating choices and being more active. We've all heard the phrase "abs are made in the kitchen", well so is pizza and cake. For me, my taste buds and frankly, laziness overpowers me in the kitchen. One of my new years resolutions is to master 3 signature meals and getting creative in the kitchen. Last night I was craving something sweet, I scoured my apartment for some sort of chocolate or candy only to come up short. I decided to make a smoothie but tried something different. I blended frozen strawberries and almond milk to create this glorious slushy. With a splash of vanilla extract, it became the healthiest alternative milkshake I have ever eaten. To make this delightful dessert, use 1 cup of almond milk, throw in 4 frozen strawberries, and a splash of vanilla extract. Voila! You have a perfect dessert under 100 calories! Make more and save it for tomorrows treat or even freeze it for a popsicle....more
I am probably the last person on earth who would ever have given healthy eating advice. Several years ago, before I remarried I was a self-confessed fast food addict. There were days when I ate fast food meals three times a day. Needless to say I gained quite a bit of weight and felt sluggish. Getting off the fast food drive-thru track wasn't easy. It was a die-hard habit and I absolutely went through withdrawals.
This sweet potato and salmon cakes recipe is less than 10 ingredients (woo-hoo) and super quick to prepare (oh yeah)!So I had some sweet potatoes sitting on my counter for about a week. They were taunting me. I was in the mood to make something new but had no real motivation to find a new recipe....more
When I spotted this outstanding Light Mac & Cheese with Greens from Yankee Kitchen Ninja, it immediately got my attention. In the winter, I find myself buying greens almost every time I'm at the store, so I'm always looking for surprising, creative ways to use them.
What better way than mixing them into a healthier version of everyone's favorite comfort food, macaroni and cheese? Julianne used collard greens in her recipe, but you could use kale or Swiss chard, too. ...more
It was both a grievous and wonderful moment when I first made baked chicken thighs a couple of years ago. Up to that point I had squandered many years avoiding any meat from a chicken other than the white meat. There were several reasons for that....more
Roasted vegetables make for a light lunch or dinner. Serve with 4 ingredient skillet flatbread and you’ve got a healthy meal full of color. The hardest part about this meal is all the chopping. Once you’re done with that it’s easy street. You can always buy pre-cut vegetables and then there’s no excuse. ...more
Our bloggers are great fans of American Idol from way back when the show aired 14 seasons ago! Well just so you know, it just started! Watch American Idol every Wednesday and Thursday 8/7 on Fox. Read more