This is on of my favorite side dishes to make. Sometimes I even add some grilled chicken and eat it for lunch. I love it because it is simple to make, only has a few ingredients and is packed with protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, B2, folate, calcium, zinc, Potassium, and Vitamins K and A (to name a few!!!). Did you know that quinoa contains more vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants than any other grain? It does! Spinach and mushrooms also contain abundant nutrients so you can’t go wrong with this dish! Here’s the recipe:
It’s January and it’s snowing and very cold in CT. It’s also football season. Cold weather and football calls for chili! A nice big bowl of chili is also the ultimate in comfort food. If made at home, chili can be a very healthy, filling, and nutritious meal. When I serve it, people can’t believe that it is healthy…but it is! Chili has some surprising health benefits. Here are a few: Continue reading
With the holidays here, we have been going to a lot of holiday parties and cookie exchanges. I will be making some traditional Christmas cookies in the upcoming weeks, but I will also be making these healthy alternatives as well. Baking cookies with my boys is a holiday tradition and I love that they like to help me in the kitchen!! These two recipes are simple and your kids will love to make them with you too. One recipe is even a no bake cookie. So grab your kids and an apron and check these out!
My kids love to help me bake and beg me to make cookies for them all of the time!! I prefer to make my own cookies from scratch rather than buying prepackaged cookies from the store. That is why I love quick, simple, and healthy recipes like this one. When my boys see ripe bananas on the counter they always ask me to make these cookies. These cookies are also healthy as they contain bananas, oats, and peanut butter.
- Bananas are rich in potassium, Vitamin C (1 banana contains about 15% of of your daily recommended amount), Manganese (necessary for bone health and metabolism), Vitamin B-6, dietary fiber (helps you feel fuller longer and keeps your digestive processes running smoothly), and lastly bananas provide some iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus as well as vitamins A and E, folate, carotene and choline.
- Oats are packed with soluble fiber and healthy carbohydrates and help to curb your appetite to reduce cholesterol.
- Peanut butter contains protein, healthy mono saturated fats, fiber and iron.
Here is the recipe:
Fall is here and that means it’s time for me to pull out the slow cooker! I don’t know about you, but I love the convenience of using the slow cooker. You do all of the prep in the morning and dinner is ready when you get home. One of my “go to” slow cooker recipes is beef stew. This is a simple and easy recipe made with healthy ingredients and it is full of flavor. This recipe makes enough to serve a family of 4 and there is usually enough left over to eat the next day! Continue reading
Halloween is quickly approaching! In past years it was easy for me to avoid having my favorite candy in the house because my oldest son had a milk allergy. He recently outgrew that allergy (hooray!!!!), but now he wants all of the yummy candy that he could never have! I can’t say no since he has heard “no!” for the past 6 years. Now the M&M’s, Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kats have invaded my house!
I am very health conscious and try to eat clean, but I know that I will be tempted by all of this Halloween candy. The benefits of clean eating and limiting the amount of sugar in your diet has been proven to give you more energy, help you lose weight, decrease triglycerides, improve immune system function, and decrease your Diabetes risk. With that being said, it is important to stay on track with your fitness and nutrition when all of the temptations are lurking!
I developed these 5 tips to help you (and me!!) stay on track with fitness and nutrition and help you survive Halloween! Here they are: Continue reading
I love the fall and all of the food that comes with it! As soon as September rolls around I start to make my soups and stews. They are the perfect comfort food for a cool fall night. This homemade chicken soup is so simple to make and is made with just a few ingredients that most of you will have on hand. My mom made this for me every time I wasn’t feeling well, and now I make it for my family at the first sign of a cold. Since it is easy and simple to prepare, I make it even when we are all healthy! That being said, here are some of the health benefits associated with eating homemade chicken soup when you are feeling “under the weather”:
- The steam from the hot soup helps to open up nasal passageways and the warm broth feels good on a sore throat
- Chicken and quinoa are excellent sources of protein which is essential to maintain strong tissue. In addition, chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, and when cooked it is released and helps to thin out mucous in the nose and lungs
- Carrots contain beta carotene, calcium, potassium and Vitamins B and C
- Celery is high in Vitamin C which is important for giving your immune system a boost
- Onions contain quercetin which is a natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory