Strawberry season has officially begun and I can’t get enough of these sweet berries. Every June we have a family tradition of going strawberry picking at a local farm and the kids love it. We usually end up with strawberry juice stains on our clothes and lots of delicious berries to bring home. So what do I do with all of these strawberries (and we have a lot! Its amazing how quickly 2 boys can pick strawberries)? Continue reading
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….
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!
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