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Healthy Banana Oat “Anytime” Bars

Posted by Alison Gallun

Aug 8, 2014 9:31:00 AM

I can’t be the only person who intentionally buys too many bananas, and waits for them to get overripe just to have an excuse to make banana bread, right?? Only problem is that when I make a batch, I somehow find a way to rationalize eating the sweet treat for every meal until all that remains is an empty pan and a few crumbs.

Ever since I discovered my love for quinoa, and started incorporating quinoa flour wherever I could, I began experimenting with different flours, too. Oat flour, the main ingredient in these bars, can easily be made at home from rolled oats and brings in all the health benefits of oats, like stabilized blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, and a reduced risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

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Topics: Food and Drink

The Best-o Pesto (and the 5 best ways to use it)

Posted by Alison Gallun

Aug 2, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Serve it to me tossed with pasta or as a spread… Or just give me a spoon and a tub of it plain. Is there anything not to love about pesto?

With a busy schedule, it’s hard for me to find ways to make delicious food with wholesome ingredients on a regular basis. That’s likely part of the reason pesto could be its own food group in my diet. 

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Topics: Food and Drink

The Healthiest (and Tastiest) Turkey Burger

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 26, 2014 8:27:29 AM

Now that summer is in full swing, it seems like everyone I know is firing up their grill every night and making some delicious dinner that wafts throughout the entire neighborhood. As much as I love a good bratwurst (a summertime staple for a born and raised Wisconsin girl like me) or a juicy cheeseburger (Wisconsin? Cheese, duh.), I’m a big fan of a tasty turkey burger, too. And let’s face it, there’s nothing as rewarding as finding a great, healthy recipe that doesn’t compromise taste for calorie count, am I right?           

Besides being a more heart healthy option, turkey burgers have a lot more selections in the potential flavors you can use, and allow for a lot more recipe twists, toppings, and tastes. Whether you want a southwest inspired burger, or a Mediterranean turkey burger, like the one below, the options for mix-ins and garnishes for turkey burgers really are limitless.

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Topics: Food and Drink

Overnight Oats: A Breakfast Life-Hack

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 19, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Breakfast: the most-important meal of the day. When was the last time you ate a real breakfast? I’m talking about a well-balanced, nutritious and delicious way to start the day, not a meal-replacement shake and a handful of cereal. 

Breakfast: The Dream

I love when movies and commercials show a well-groomed family sitting around a table, calmly enjoying homemade pancakes, fluffy eggs and fresh-squeezed OJ and chatting about what they’ll do at work or school that day. Sounds nice, but I’m pretty sure that only happens in mythical, far away lands with endless hours in the day. 

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Topics: Food and Drink

Hydration Nation: Recipes to make your water a little sassier

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 12, 2014 8:30:00 AM

How many of us actually drink as much water as we’re supposed to? I know I struggle with it. Everyone is different, but a good rule of thumb is to take your weight (in pounds) and divide it by two, which gives you the number of ounces you should be drinking daily. On top of that, you should be drinking 6-8 ounces more for every 30 minutes you spend sweating. That’s a lot of water. But reaching for a glass of water instead of a soda or coffee can have huge benefits on your health.

Health Benefits of Hydration:

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Topics: Food and Drink

Sweetening Up the Rainy Day Blues

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 5, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Rain, rain, go away…” I remember singing over and over again when I was younger and stuck inside during a rainy summer day. After waiting all year long for summer to come along, the last thing I wanted was to be stuck inside because of the rain. Luckily, the great indoors has so much to offer, too. Why not use the day to make some tasty (and healthy) treats that you and the kids will both love?

We all know how important it is to establish healthy eating habits in children in order to help them develop into well-nourished adults. Few of us realize that teaching them to like healthy foods is far more important that teaching them to eat healthy. It’s natural for kids (and adults, too) to like foods that are sweet, salty and savory, but healthy foods can be all of these things. I know, I know, it seems like a joke, but yes, even sweets can be healthy.

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Topics: Food and Drink

Watermelon Salad and Sangria – A 4th of July Treat!

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jun 26, 2014 8:55:00 AM

Fireworks, flip-flops and fun. Is there anything not to love about the Fourth of July? (Correct answer: Nope!) Wherever you go, you smell barbeques, hear laughing, and see the sky light up with fireworks. From the backyard to the park down the road, everyone gets together to eat, drink, and be merry in the long-awaited sunshine. Whether you’re hosting this year’s festivities or going elsewhere, why not make a delectable dish that’s as easy to make as it is to eat?

I came across this recipe in Melia Marden’s cookbook, Modern Mediterranean, and loved its refreshing, summertime flavors. Take it to your holiday hangout and everyone will be returning for seconds, and maybe thirds! Depending on the size of your Fourth of July shindig, you can increase the size of this recipe as many times as needed.

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Topics: Food and Drink

Super-Food Spotlight: Quinoa

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jun 19, 2014 10:00:00 AM

According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nation dubbed 2013 “The International Year of the Quinoa”, but seriously, what is quinoa and why is it so special that it gets its own year?

It seems like everywhere you look nowadays someone’s telling you about some new ‘superfood,’ claiming that simply eating it will solve all of your life’s problems. But, here’s my problem with all this: no one actually explains what a super food is or give us practical ways to incorporate it into an everyday diet. So I’m going to break it all down, and highlight some delicious and nutritious uses for this impossible to pronounce superfood.

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Topics: Food and Drink

The Nutrition Twins Giveaway – Step into Spring the Healthy Way

Posted by Guest Blogger

Mar 13, 2014 6:23:00 AM

Not one, but two! Double the fun is an understatement with this dynamic duo! The Nutrition Twins will truly give you a run for your money. If you don’t know who these blondies are, you can see them on TV (they have been featured on USA Today, Good Morning America Health, The Discovery Health Channel, Bravo, etc.), or you can read some of their pieces on The Huffington Post, Oprah Magazine, Shape, Cosmopolitan… and yes… the list goes on. But here’s the bottom line: they are cookin’ good and lookin’ good!

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Topics: Juil, Food and Drink, Wellness

6 Healthy Eating Objectives to Improve Your Life

Posted by Peter Coulter

Mar 3, 2014 5:15:00 AM

Happy Monday! Happy March! Happy Meatless March for me! This is my third year of going straight vegan 

or modified vegetarian for the month of March. You can read how this one month of being vegetarian has changed my eating habits and health here.

I always look forward to the month of March for a few reasons: weather is starting to get warmer, the sun is staying up longer, and that it gives me a month to reconsider all of the food I put into my body. Warmer weather leads to days (or months if this cold weather here decides to stick around) closer to planting my garden, weekly trips to the farmers market, and of course swim suits.

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Topics: Food and Drink, Motivation

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