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Spring Break Is My New Years

We’re about a quarter of the way through the year. How did you make out on your New Year’s resolutions? Personally, I feel that the start of Spring is the perfect time to make positive changes, tackle new challenges and clean out the “crap” so to speak. Who wants to do all of that stuff…
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Not Too Sweet Granola

I’ve never been a big granola eater. Until now. My sister in law was in town recently and to celebrate her birthday we had one of those “dinners of a lifetime” in NYC. Eleven Madison Park is truly magical, and if you ever get the chance to eat there, do it. The chef, Daniel Humm,…
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Chocolate or Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are definitely an acquired taste…or should I say “texture” since they basically take on the flavor of whatever you mix them with. But, they are so easy to cook with and bake with, it’s easy to add a big dose of anti-inflammatory omega-3’s to any meal. That’s why this pudding is popping up…
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Roasted Cauliflower Soup

It’s crazy cold again here in Connecticut! That means it’s soup making weather for me. I love a recipe that has only a few wholesome ingredients, but can still knock my socks off! There is nothing complicated about this recipe…so easy, pretty quick to make, and you can add different herbs or exotic spices to…
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Weekly Clicklist – February 12th

Click the link below to see the list! http://my.freshletters.com/t/r-B9EC92A791DBE3622540EF23F30FEDED Happy Valentines Weekend everyone! xoxoxoxoxo!!!! amy
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Gluten Free Cloud Bread

Yup, I had to make it. It kept popping up in my pinterest feed, twitter feed and other dietitians were posting questions about it. So, I had to make it, taste it and analyze it.  Plus, it has four ingredients which for a horrible baker like me is do-able. My thoughts? It’s delicious. It’s truly…
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Roasted Pumpking Seeds

Don’t toss those seeds! Roasting your own seeds is so easy to do! I actually learned how to roast pumpkin seeds while earning my cooking badge in girl scouting…in the 3rd grade! I couldn’t believe how easy it was! Here is the recipe that started my obsession: Ingredients 1 medium pumpkin 2 tbsp olive oil…
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Fresh Peach Salsa

Late July through August is peach picking time here in Connecticut, and we are so lucky to have some great nearby farms that have “Pick Your Own” fruits and vegetables. (Visit www.pickyourown.org for a list of your local pick you own). What I like about this particular farm is that you can eat the peaches…
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Summer Farro Salad

It’s barbeque season and instead of signing up to bring the same old pasta salad I’ve been experimenting with grains to mix things up a bit! Farro is such a cool grain. It’s high in fiber, B vitamins, iron, and it actually tastes good! You can serve this alone or over greens to bulk it…
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Do You Have a Picky Eater?

Imagine being reprimanded for not eating your green beans or being sent to bed early because you refused to eat your fish. Even as adults we carry food aversions and would become frustrated if someone commented on our lack of an adventurous palate. Give your kid (and yourself) a break. Children, especially young ones, are…
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Fun New Food – Purple Sweet Potatoes

Winter was tough for us out here on the East Coast! And, for this West Coast girl it was enough for me to scream “get me outta here!” But, all the inside time with the kids gave us some time to do some cooking and to experiment with some new foods. My older daughter is…
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It’s A New Year…

So, we’re about 2 weeks into the new year. How’s it going? You know what I mean. How are you doing with those resolutions?  For those of you who made your resolutions and have stuck with them, I am so happy for you and hope that you continue to stick with them. The truth is,…
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Small Bites…Quinoa Cups

These mini quiches are perfect for a quick snack, for breakfast or even dinner for your little ones. I make a large batch and freeze whatever I don’t devour on the spot. They provide healthy protein, are low fat and couldn’t be easier to prepare. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15-20 minutes Ingredients 2…
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In the (Nutrition) News…

Each morning I get about a dozen emails summarizing current nutrition research from around the world.  It’s so interesting to read through some amazing articles that truly get me excited about cool new products and advances in nutrition science. Except this morning once of the articles was about something truly unbelievable. Caffeinated Underwear. Yes. It’s…
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Roasted Baby Carrots with Fresh Rosemary

Buying in bulk sometimes puts us in wasteful situations. This recipe goes with my recent newsletter “Waste Not Want Not”. To subscribe, send me a quick email. I’d love to add you! This is a perfect side dish for the holidays. It also goes well with a simple roasted chicken. The recipe serves about 4…
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Sneaky Brownies* (with carrot puree!)

*adapted from Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld) This recipe goes with my “Waste Not Want Not” newletter. If you would like to subscribe, send me a quick email. I’d love to add you! I have to admit that I was a little skeptical, but my two kids (ages 6 and 3) actually gobbled these up!…
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Smokey Collard Greens

Serves 2 Ingredients 1 large bunch of collard greens, washed thoroughly* 1 tbsp canola oil 2 medium shallots or ½ medium onion, chopped ½ tsp smoked paprika (sweet, not hot) ½ tsp chili flakes 1 clove of garlic, minced ¼ tsp kosher salt *You can also use a bag of Trader Joe’s cooking greens mix…
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Healthy Gut…Part 2 – Prebiotics

In my last blog I gave you all a little lesson on gut health and how important probiotics are in keeping your GI tract healthy. This time I want to tell you about “prebiotics”, which are foods that provide a healthy environment for probiotics (healthy bacteria) to live and flourish. They are actually the “food”…
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Healthy Gut…Part 1 – Probiotics

Getting my clients’ guts on track has been top priority lately. I’ve had a few clients come to me with various issues ranging from poor digestion to lower GI problems, as well as just not feeling back to “normal” after a nasty cold.  The first thing we examine is their diet, and specifically, if they…
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Jicama Salad with Apple and Cilantro

*This recipe accompanies my newsletter post about prebiotics and gut health. I’ll post it here tomorrow! PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES COOK TIME: N/A Ingredients 1 medium jicama, peeled, sliced into matchsticks (should weigh about ½ lb) 2 fuji or other crisp apple, cut into matchsticks ½ red onion, sliced very thin ¼ cup cilantro, chopped…
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Probiotic Super Smoothie

The name of this smoothie says it all. You have wild organic blueberries which hold the one of the highest antioxidant ratings of any fruit, ground flax seeds that provide fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and kefir for a big dose of healthy probiotics to aid in digestion and help heal the gut. For my…
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Healthier Red Velvet Cupcakes

Love is in the air…and it’s for my all-time favorite treat, Red Velvet Cake. It’s some thing about that rich, dark red that gets me. Plus the unexpected taste of chocolate mixed with cream cheese frosting that makes this the perfect dessert for me.  In my search for a healthier version of tomorrow’s treat, I…
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Unique & Healthy – Gluten Free Black Rice Salad

I’ve been experimenting a lot with different varieties of grains and rices, and black rice is my new favorite thing. Black rice is actually an heirloom variety of rice, and it is typically sold “unmilled” which means the fiber-rich black husks are not removed. This also preserves the bold color of the rice, which when cooked…
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What’s For Dinner? Low Carb Sides – Curly Kale with Garlic & Linguica

We’ve been really into salads as sides lately to keep the carbs down at night. This is one of the easiest sides and my husband loves it! And, yes…once again it has linguica, but you can also keep this vegan and use garlic and some crushed red pepper. We’ve done Swiss chard with shallots, beet…
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Kale Soup with Kale & Linguica

My favorite cold weather recipe…chicken soup with kale and linguica. This is soup weather and lately I’ve made about 12 variations of this super easy chicken soup.  I’ve included this in so many of my meal plans, but with little modifications to make it unique to one’s tastes. For example, adding the tiniest amount of…
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Tropical Mango Smoothie

The weather outside is frightful! Since heading to the tropics isn’t possible, I decided to create a smoothie that would give me a both a big boost of Vitamin C and create a little beachy nostalgia. The greek yogurt provides protein, while the added coconut oil helps keeps skin soft and protected from the dry…
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My Resolutions for 2014

The last day of 2013 is here. Can you believe it? I hope you all can look back on this year and remember all the things that made you smile. Now, on to 2014! Time to make those resolutions, but this year let’s make ones that we can really stick to! Here are my five…
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Food Dyes & Additives – Are They Safe?

Baking with the kids this weekend got me thinking about food dyes and additives. What does the research say about how they affect our bodies, as well as how they affect behavior? There are some studies that have shown a possible link to cancer (Blue 2), as well as industry-sponsored tests that have linked others…
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Cranberries Two Ways – Cranberry Salsa

Another favorite cranberry-inspired side is my Cranberry Salsa. This is a great appetizer to serve throughout the holidays, since cranberries are so symbolic of the winter holiday season. Served alone or over goat cheese or cream cheese, it’s an easy thing to prepare that looks so pretty on your table. Ingredients 3 cups of fresh…
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Cranberries Two Ways – Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without cranberries. Cranberry sauce is to Thanksgiving dinner just as much as dyed eggs are to Easter. Besides being a delicious accompaniment to your holiday meal, cranberries are high in antioxidants and are rich in Vitamin C. Recently, cranberries and cranberry juice have been linked to improved gastrointestinal…
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Cooking With My Kids…Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are classic “cooking with kids” fare. But, with traditional recipes I’m always worried about the kids sampling the dough. Well, not with this recipe… I found this recipe in Kelly Rudnicki’s “The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book” (Surrey Books). I’ve tried dozens of recipes from this book, since my younger daughter is…
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Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

I love a good brownie. To me they are just as comforting as a warm chocolate chip cookie on a rainy day. What I’m not a big fan of are the ones made from a box. They usually taste like…the box. Here’s a recipe that I stumbled upon in a recent “Food & Nutrition” magazine…
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White Bean Soup With Linguica & Kale

We always have white beans on hand (usually in the form of canned cannellini beans) to make a side dish with pork loin or lamb. But, on nights when we need something quick and filling I like to make this soup. Linguica is a smoked cured pork sausage made with garlic and paprika. It has…
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Lemon-Mint Cabbage Salad

Tonight’s dinner: Grilled Chicken Legs with Lemon-Mint Cabbage Salad. The dried cranberries add some sweetness and I’m a sucker for mint! I use a mix of red cabbage and green cabbage to make this salad a little more colorful. But, I also mix in red cabbage since they are much higher in Vitamin C than…
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FAQ – Buying Organic

Frequently Asked Question: “I know I should try to buy organic whenever I can, but it can get so expensive! What is your advice on buying organic produce?” I get this question a lot, and I agree that there are times that I leave the market with that sinking feeling that I have spent way…
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Happy Labor Day…Don’t Freak Out!

The first day of fall is weeks away, yet to me Labor Day marks the end of summer for us.  The last long weekend of Summer signifies back to school on Tuesday, the retirement of those white jeans and summer dresses until May, and for the lucky ones, a return from summering some place fabulous.…
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Two Hot Breakfasts

I’m not really an oatmeal person. I’ll take cold cereal most mornings, just because it’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s a no brainer. But, sometimes I just want a hot breakfast.  But, I also don’t want a mountain of pancakes or eggs smothered in cheese. Here are two ideas for make at home hot breakfasts…
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Family Meals

I grew up with two very hard working parents. We lived in Southern California and their commute to and from work was brutal- about two hours each way. I got up pretty early to have a quick breakfast with my parents, and even though their commute was bad, my parents made it a priority to…
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Green Eyed Nutrition

“What am I getting myself into?” I asked myself this last night while fighting my third night of insomnia. A private practice? A website and blog to maintain? A kid starting kindergarten and a toddler who has become very good at climbing on things? Did I mention that we’re also moving into a rental in…
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Raspberry Muffins

When I was growing up in Southern California, my grandparents lived across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm. It was a mish-mash of “California Gold Rush meets Snoopy and the Gang”, and my siblings and I loved every minute of it! Family holidays were great, since my parents would let us head over to Knott’s…
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Clean Eating

I have a friend who refuses to spend the extra $2-3 a pound on organic anything. “It’s total bull” she tells me while biting into a conventionally grown peach. She goes on to tell me that there is no evidence that organically grown fruits and vegetables have any more nutritional value than conventionally grown produce,…
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