Eat More: Greens

Since the dawn of dieting, "eat your vegetables" has been a well-used phrase. And rightly so. Beyond their appropriate placement in a weight-loss plan, vegetables contain nutrients that every human needs (whether they want to lose weight or not). I often tell my clients to "eat the rainbow". The nutrients that give vegetables their bright hues are the same nutrients that give them their nutritional benefits. So it stands to reason that you should eat all of the colors at various points ... Continue Reading

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Spinach and Sausage

I'm a New England girl. I was born in California but moved to New England when I was small enough to not remember much from Cali and to grow up believing that within the 365 days of a year, one was supposed to experience the wonders that winter brings. Living in a region where the seasons change with utter distinction, and all of the foods and flavors that fit into a certain season rotate in and out of the farmer's markets, and all of the recreational activities that you can participate in ... Continue Reading

Cucumber Salad with Yogurt-Poppy Seed Dressing

I don't feel like cooking every night. Gasp. I know. I write a food blog, right? I should want to cook every minute of every day! But to all my teacher friends out there. You love teaching, but don't even try to tell me that you want to be surrounded by 2nd graders and math textbooks every minute of the day. And construction workers, I'm sure it feels amazing to have a day off when nobody asks you to put this 2 x 4 next to that 2 x 4. So no judgement please. Sometimes I just want to keep it ... Continue Reading

Mixed Greens Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

Do you ever go out to eat and order a dish that, when it comes to the table, you think, "Damn, I could do this at home and it would be so much better"? Not that it's bad at the restaurant! Just that you know that you could make it at home and you'd put your own spin on it. There's something about the restaurant experience that will forever make me adore going out to eat, but most of the time I finish my plate and think, "I'm going home and recreating this, except I'll use this instead of that ... Continue Reading

Roasted Veggie and Smoked Gouda Sandwich

Life is like a sandwich. The more you add to it the better it becomes. I love this quote. It's so true, isn't it? Even when we feel like, in the moment, far too much has been added to life, we can always be thankful that we're as blessed as we are to have the opportunities we have. The key, in life and in sandwiches, is to focus on quality as much if not more than on quantity. I've been working part-time at a cozy, gourmet lunch and bakery spot in northern Vermont. I didn't plan on ... Continue Reading

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Lima Crema

Happy National Taco Day! Did you know that last year, Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos? That's A LOT of tacos. And why not? Who doesn't love a small tortilla shell, crispy or not, corn or flour, filled to the over-flowing brim with spicy fillings and fixings? Judging by the number 4.5 billion, the answer to that question is, "no one". This Taco Tuesday, trade in the traditional ground beef and shredded cheese taco for a healthier and slightly more sophisticated (don't yell at me, beef ... Continue Reading

5 Easy, Weeknight Chicken Dinners

One ingredient, five ways. Chicken is one of the healthiest proteins you will come across in the grocery store. But nobody wants to eat chicken breast everday, especially when you don't have hours to come up with a recipe and roast off an entire bird. But chicken is perfect for healthy weeknight meals when you've had a long day and you want something easy, delicious, cheap and healthy. These are 5 of my favorite weeknight dinners. Chicken Taco Salad with Lima Crema This is one of my favorite ... Continue Reading

Easy Diet Flat Belly Foods

When we hear the word diet we often think of all of the foods that we will have to leave out of our fridge and off of our plate. This article isn't about that. This article is about what you should add to your shopping list and consume more often. You want a flat belly? Eat foods that are lower in calories but high in nutrients (like fiber). Add Vitamin C We usually reach for a dose of C when we feel a cold coming on. Got the sniffles? Go grab an orange. But studies show that low levels ... Continue Reading

Ginger Shrimp and Rice Bowls

I have to admit that before I moved to Hawaii, I didn't like rice. It just wasn't something that piqued my interest. It wasn't something that my family ate frequently and I never thought it interesting enough to order off of a menu. But in Hawaii, rice is a staple. I mean, it's everywhere. Lunch, dinner, breakfast, dessert. Rice is there. Eggs, poke, salad, plate lunch. Rice is there. I developed an appreciation for this simple little grain. My favorite way to eat rice? Rice bowls. Rice ... Continue Reading

Simple Swaps for Fewer Calories

One of the things that I do on a regular basis to save on calories is swap healthier foods in for more calorie dense foods. The simple swaps will help you save calories through out the day without skimping on flavor. Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream Plain, low fat Greek yogurt is a great, healthy alternative to sour cream. This is one of the simple swaps that I make on a daily basis. You can sub in yogurt for sour cream ounce for ounce and save 44 calories, 53 calories from fat and gain 2 ... Continue Reading