Bulk Cooking: “Go Further with Food”

Just because National Nutrition Month® is over doesn’t mean that we should forget this year’s theme of “Go Further with Food”. This post is a homage to slow cookers everywhere. It is also a homage to YOU, your wallet, and utilizing your food to the best of your ability! For some inspiration, listed below are a few recipes for that you can make in bulk sizes with the help and ease of your slow cooker. You can also easily create your own slow cooker meals at home using what you already have lying around in your kitchen. With cooking in bulk you can also cook with the intention of having leftovers, which has so many benefits! Here are some reasons why you should plan to cook in bulk, ways to reduce waste and some money saving pointers! Continue reading →

Clean Eating Breakfast Ideas

Clean up your breakfast routine this New Year with simple, affordable and balanced recipes! Here are 5 breakfast recipes that are super easy and super clean, making it easy to start off 2018 with your health and wellness in mind.

Since breakfast is breaking the fast from your hopefully long and restful night of sleep, it’s an incredibly important meal of the day! It is the meal that you choose to refuel your glucose stores with, the meal that jumpstarts your metabolism, the first nutrients of the day you give your body. Those who eat a balanced breakfast are proven to have a lower Body Mass Index, have better academic success, better focus and attention, improved moods and behaviors, and fewer illnesses and absences from work or school. Even though we know that breakfast is so important, with how hectic life can be it can be a challenge to stay on top of your breakfast game. So to start the New Year off right here are five simple, affordable and balanced breakfast recipes that will help keep you on track with one of the most important meals of the day- breakfast! Continue reading →

Red, White and Blue Recipe RoundUp

Independence Day is this Tuesday and it’s time to celebrate! I hope this recipe roundup helps provide some inspiration. Whether you’re firing up the grill at home or bringing a dish to a friend’s, the following 15 festive red, white and blue recipes are sure to impress!

1. Patriotic Parfait

Patriotic Parfait with Muuna Cottage Cheese
Patriotic Parfait from Muuna Cottage Cheese

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Healthy Summer Cocktails: Kombucha-Rita & Pure Paloma

_DSC2344For Cinco de Mayo I wrote a post on healthier margaritas. A nice cold margarita is definitely refreshing on hot summer days so I wanted to share a few more drink recipes!

I try to be very mindful of the mixers that are used in my drinks. The simpler the drink the better!
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Healthy Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo!

In anticipation for Cinco de Mayo, I am dedicating this post to the topic of healthier festive drinks. When I think of Cinco de Mayo celebrations, margaritas definitely come to mind. However, anytime that I am drinking a beverage other than water, I can’t help but to be mindful of how the calories and sugars add up. And they can add up very quickly. When it comes to liquor I try to stick with the clears. Luckily, margaritas can be made with silver tequila, which is clear! Clear liquors like silver tequila, vodka, gin and clear or white rum have less sugar compared to the darker liquors. So remember, the darker the liquor, the bigger the hangover. One serving of clear liquor will contain about 96-110 calories and no carbohydrates, but that’s just for the liquor without any mixers.
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18 Healthy Snack Recipes

It can be hard to come up with different snack combinations to keep your snacks packed with nutrients and exciting.

Keep snacking simple by stocking your fridge, pantry and desk drawer with healthy options.  If healthy snacks are easy to access, you’ll be less tempted to choose foods that are high in calories, fat, sugar and sodium.  Try to choose a healthy snack made up of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.  These snacks will help to increase your energy levels for a longer period of time compared to sugary snacks which will cause spikes and drops in blood sugar.

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Valentine’s Day Menu

This Valentine’s Day have a romantic meal at home!  I have come up with a Valentine’s Day menu that is filled with love and the color red!  This will not only save you money, but since you are in control of the ingredients, your home-cooked meal has the potential to be the healthier option.

You can never go wrong with breakfast in bed!  While pancakes and waffles are a nice treat, eggs are a super quick breakfast option.  I used a heart shape template to shape the egg in an attempt to make breakfast more festive.  Add a slice of wheat toast, Greek yogurt, and raspberries for a well balanced meal.  Yum! Continue reading →

The Most Delicious Spicy Peanut Veggie Noodles

Today is Meatless Monday and I have a super tasty protein and veggie-packed recipe!  This dish is the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spicy deliciousness! With such an amazing flavor you almost forget you are eating vegetables.

INGREDIENTS:

Spicy Peanut Noodle Ingredients

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp Sriacha Sauce (less if desire less spiciness)
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp Fresh Grated Ginger
14oz Extra-Firm Tofu
1 Zucchini
1 Squash
3 Carrots, peeled
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Super Bowl Food Touchdowns

Whether you are a football fanatic or a once-a-year football fan, there’s one tradition that nearly everyone looks forward to: the Super Bowl! Super Bowl parties often are fueled by food, booze and fun commercials. If you’re not a superfan, then you are probably most excited about the experience of sharing game-day food and drink with your friends.

Mindless snacking during game time leads to the excessive consumption of calories from Super Bowl party must-haves, like eight-layer dip, buffalo wings, pizza and beer. It is not uncommon for a fan to consume an entire day’s worth of calories during the game. And forget about the after party— calories galore! While professional football players may need the energy provided by higher-calorie foods, football fans watching the game can’t compare their sporadic jumping for joy (or frustration) to the non-stop intense workout that players get on the field. Continue reading →

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam

photo (5)Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam has become a must-have in my refrigerator!  As I mentioned in my last post, Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam is a much healthier alternative to store-bought jam.

I love chia seed jam because it is so easy to make and it’s also healthy!  There is no cooking, no canning, no pectin and only natural ingredients!

In this post I will show you have to make Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam!  The combination of strawberries and rhubarb pack this jam full of powerful nutrients. Continue reading →

About Gina
Gina Consalvo-Hassick, MA, RD, LDN, CDE, NCC is a registered dietitian and is actively involved in various food and nutrition communities. She has counseled and assessed a wide range of patients and has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and consulting. Areas of specialization include weight management, eating disorders, and wellness nutrition.
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