Aug 08,2017
When my kids were growing up, they hated their school’s cafeteria food. Even on “pizza day” they still preferred to take a packed lunch. As a working mom, I didn’t always want the pressure of making them a lunch every morning so I invented the “lunch bucket,” a healthy lunch planning tool, as a way to get their lunches packed with tasty, healthy and sometimes creative options.
Jul 23,2017
Now it’s the norm to use your phone or tablet for your shopping list. Technology is front and center when it comes to meal planning and cooking. New tools are being developed every day to make grocery shopping easier and more efficient.
Jul 16,2017
How many calories do others really need a day to maintain or lose weight? Here’s the bad news. The more we age, the less we need to eat. Our metabolisms slow down, and we just don’t need that much food. What we do eat needs to be the really good stuff.
Jul 09,2017
There are many ways to trim up our favorite comfort foods so they are healthier and still taste delicious. By substituting healthier ingredients, you can reduce the amount of fat, calories and sodium by a third or even half. Here are some simple tricks to lighten up your favorite comfort foods.
Jul 03,2017
Why on earth would someone make their own ketchup? You add a dollop to a burger or fries or the occasional hot dog. It’s not like you eat a ton of it. You may go through a bottle every couple of months, and that’s if you eat a lot of ketchup. Still, it intrigued me because no one ever questions ketchup, or mustard, or mayonnaise.
Jul 02,2017
Spring at the farmers market is the best. I go every Saturday with some member of my family depending on how early I go. I always get a fresh squeezed orange juice and split a breakfast burrito with whichever loved one has chosen to join me. The food is so fresh, the vibes are good, and I feel like I’m part of a healthy community.
Jun 26,2017
Everyone hits hard patches in their lives. In a lot of cases, it’s life’s hardships that make you stronger and wiser. I’ve seen people who have gone through great hardship and remained positive despite their despair, and I’ve watched those who let the anguish turn into constant negativity and pessimism.
Jun 22,2017
There is a fine line between having enough fat so your burger has good flavor and having too little so it ends up a dry, flavorless meat blob. I mix my 85% lean ground beef with a little 90% lean.  You can also cut your burger portion down to 3 oz. That will save you about 40–50 calories.