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Zoodles in Spicy Pumpkin Sauce

Pumpkin gets its fair share come fall.  We see it in pies, breads, as pastry fillings, even in beverages.  Its mild flavor lends itself well to most dishes from sweet to savory, and it plays well with a variety of herbs and spices. Pretty much all types of squash are great options as a nutrient-dense… Continue reading Zoodles in Spicy Pumpkin Sauce

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Why It’s Okay to Not be Okay

We’ve all heard it before: it’s okay to not be okay. It is acceptable to embrace a situation when it doesn’t go as planned. We do not have to “toughen up” or “put on a face” to cover how we really feel. Not being fine: stumbling, hurting, crying; is acceptable and nothing to be ashamed… Continue reading Why It’s Okay to Not be Okay

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Low-Carb Fideo

Fideo is one of things that takes me back to my childhood.  It’s a fill-your-belly-and-your-soul kind of soup that is simple, yet never basic.  I could eat bowl after bowl (and I have).  For those of you without the luxury of growing up with this stuff, fideo (vermicelli), is first sauteed to release its nutty… Continue reading Low-Carb Fideo

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Stress and Nutrition: What to Include, What to Avoid

We all deal with stress throughout our lives.  It affects us in different ways, at different times, and our ability to cope with it varies from person to person and even from incident to incident.  There are times when a bad grade or lackluster work project causes anguish.  Sometimes it is an issue in our… Continue reading Stress and Nutrition: What to Include, What to Avoid

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Creating a Meal Prep Menu

If you saw my last post on meal prepping you saw that it is not always easy, but with a little planning it can be doable.  A lot of time the biggest hurdle is figuring out what to buy.  You want ingredients that keep for at least a few days, preferably a week.  You also… Continue reading Creating a Meal Prep Menu

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Herbed Lamb Meatballs

Lamb.  Definitely not the most popular protein choice in the US.  It can be a challenge to find, and its gamey flavor can turn some off to it, however lamb can be a good addition to almost any diet.  Grass-fed/finished lamb: can have high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, to combat inflammation; is high in… Continue reading Herbed Lamb Meatballs

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Mashed Cauliflower

I developed a sensitivity to potatoes a while back.  Although I wasn’t a huge spud consumer in the past, I did occasionally like to eat mashed potatoes.  One bite and it is easy to see why it is considered a comfort food.  There is something heavenly about a spoonful of fluffy, creamy, buttery mashed potatoes… Continue reading Mashed Cauliflower

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Four Ways to Get More Veggies into Your Day… That Are Not Salads

91 percent of individuals living in the US do not meet the daily dietary recommendations for vegetable consumption (currently set at 2-3 cups, or 4-6 servings) and keep in mind, the recommended amount is simply the minimum for a body to function -- not necessarily the amount needed for optimal health.  Those who are malnourished,… Continue reading Four Ways to Get More Veggies into Your Day… That Are Not Salads

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

What is one to do when the weather is warm and salads are on the brain?  Make a roasted Brussels sprouts salad of course.  It is loaded flavor.  Shallots and their mild oniony flavor pair nicely with the roasted sprouts.  A simple vinaigrette coats the veggies with a sharp tanginess.  The end result: flavor, flavor,… Continue reading Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Everything But the Bagel Kale Chips

Kale.  It can be polarizing.  Some people detest it, others love it and can’t get enough of it.  It gets tossed into smoothies, salads, breakfast foods, lunch items, dinner favorites – you name it.  Personally, I see no downside to eating it, but it can get redundant.  The texture is usually the same in most… Continue reading Everything But the Bagel Kale Chips