Over the past few months I have been eating a lot of sweet potatoes. I can’t get enough of them! They are a great source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals and they taste great! I received a Paderno Spiral Slicer as a gift and I immediately wanted to make curly sweet potato fries with them. This has quickly become a family favorite so I wanted to share the recipe with you!
6 months ago I started to make significant changes to my diet. I started to eliminate many of the simple carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, muffins, cookies and replace them with complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, nuts, and fresh fruits/vegetables. Since doing that I feel less bloated, have more energy, and I stay full longer. With that being said, I am Italian and I was nervous about missing my pasta. Eek…this is going to be hard!! After all, I grew up on pasta and meatballs, lasagna, baked ziti and stuffed shells. Boy was I wrong!! I made my first “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) and meatball dinner and I was hooked! I can truly say that I do not miss pasta at all….not even one tiny bit!! So how do I make my zoodles and meatball Sunday dinner? This is how….
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and many people will be going to a restaurant for a nice dinner. Will you be dining out on Valentine’s Day? It can be hard to eat healthy while still enjoying a meal at a restaurant. These are my 10 tips for making healthy food choices when dining out.
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
The holiday season is upon us! With Thanksgiving a few days away and Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve quickly approaching, it is hard to stay on track with healthy eating. Temptations are everywhere! From the holiday parties, to the extra sweets that your co workers bring into the office, it becomes increasingly hard not to give into temptation! Well, I have some tips to help you stay on track, not feel restricted, and still enjoy the holidays without gaining the dreaded 3-4 pounds that the average American puts on during the holiday season!
Let’s talk about snacks! Snacks are an important part a child’s diet. Most children need two to three healthy snacks each day in addition to three meals. It is especially important for kids to have snacks throughout the day because their bodies are growing. Children require a sufficient amount of calories each day to allow them to build more tissue, and healthy snacks provide extra energy and essential vitamins and nutrients to fuel their developing bodies.
As a mom with two young children, I am constantly on the go and it is important to always have snacks with me. I have made the mistake of going out without my arsenal of snacks in my bag, and I won’t do that I again! It was meltdown city until I stopped at a local grocery store and bought snacks for the kids. Not only is it important for me to have snacks in my bag at all times, but it is important that they are healthy and do not require refrigeration. I wanted to share my 10 “grab and go” snacks with you! Here they are: