How Much is One Serving?: Figuring Out Portion Control to Gain Control of Your Waistline

It never fails. When my waistline starts growing in the wrong direction, there are three culprits. I’m getting less physical activity. I’m eating more junk food and snacking often. (I love to graze!) I’m eating mammoth portions of food. ...more
Laurend1985 I can completely relate. I was making my own trail mix with unsalted raw and roasted ...more

How to Pick a Healthier Frozen Meal

How to Pick a Healthy Frozen MealWhen it comes to weekday lunches, I’m a fan of making my own. I can control the quality of the food I’m eating, as well as the calories....more

Food Cravings Making You Crazy? Try These Easy Tips to Tame Them

Are cravings for sweet and salty foods making you crazy?I can completely relate. Eighteen years ago I lost more than 40 pounds. Managing that weight loss can be challenging at times, but worth the effort to live the healthier life I enjoy now.Those days when the craving monster hits, I keep the following tips handy. Most days I can kick the monster to the curb....more

Must-Have Cooking Equipment for Healthy Cooks

Cooking low calorie meals requires a few basic pieces of equipment, but I promise that getting started won’t cost you a small fortune....more
For my opinion, the best tool is blender. You can make smoothies, pureed soups, or a variety of ...more

Skip the Fast Food Joints and Cook Family Pleasing Meals at Home

Looking for Ways to Prepare Asparagus?

It’s almost Spring, and one of my favorite vegetables is making an appearance in the supermarket at a price I can afford to pay. Asparagus!What a versatile, colorful, and tasty veggie. It doesn’t take long for asparagus to be the first to disappear from a vegetable platter filled with carrots, celery, tomatoes.Asparagus is best when it’s simply steamed, and served lightly dusted with a little kosher salt and some cracked black pepper....more

Need to Feed a Crowd? Try These Terrific Chicken Recipes

I love feeding a crowd of hungry family and friends. Long before the designated day, I pour through cookbooks and my favorite recipe blogs, looking for the perfect recipe.Then comes shopping for all those great ingredients. I wander down the isles, challenging myself to keep the budget down. This, of course, never happens.For days before, I start chopping and prepping. Pulling out all my party gear, and torturing my husband with requests to clean this, or pick up that....more

Need a Tried and True Appetizer Recipe For Your Super Bowl Party?

Yahoo! It's that time of year again, and we are big football fans in this family.The fact that my son is the head coach of a local high school, and has played or coached most of the 27 years of his life, hasn't contributed to our football obsession at all....more

Who Doesn't Like Brussels Sprouts?

Need a Plan To Lose Those Last Few Pounds? Here's How I Plan To Do It

Okay, I admit I gained two pounds over the holidays. I’ve  added them to the three pounds I’ve put on my backside this past year. Mind you, I’m not particularly overweight. I'm 5’2” tall, and I weigh 127 pounds. I already have a fitness routine, so losing five pounds can be difficult. I really have to watch those calories.So what will I do to lose those pesky five pounds? After many years as a Weight Watchers fan, I find the following works well for me:...more