Recipe: Island Paradise Popsicle

Feeling inspired to make a quick batch of popsicles after yesterdays post?  If so, here is an extremely easy and simple recipe that is not only healthy and loaded with nutrients, it is downright refreshing and delightful.

Recipe: Island Paradise Popsicle

Yield: 6 double popsicles, 1 dozen single (3 1/2 cups mixture) Continue reading

Recipe: Grilled Corn and Grass-Fed Steak Salad

Freshly shucked corn and perfectly ripe tomatoes are the very definition of summer.  Toss in a grill and additional seasonal produce, like radishes and scallions, and you’ve got yourself one easy breezy warm weather salad.  Here I’ve paired the abovementioned with grass-fed steak in a way that will satisfy the healthy to the hearty.  Continue reading

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemon Muffins (Gluten and Dairy-Free)

At 8 o’clock the other night when I was desperately craving cupcakes, I showed great restraint and made a batch of healthy muffins instead.  No, I don’t deserve a medal… I had my fair share of Hagan Daaz over the weekend.  That being said, I do try and keep my indulgent sugary treats to a minimum during the week, pregnant or not.  Lucky for me I had enough ingredients on hand to throw together what I found to be an incredibly delicious, light, moist, and just the right amount of sweet, muffin.   Whether for breakfast or an after-dinner snack, you won’t feel bad biting into this cake-y treat.  And filled with the finest of this season’s strawberries and citrusy lemon, you’ll feel like the warm weather is finally here to stay.

Strawberry-Lemon Muffins (Gluten and Dairy-Free) Continue reading

Recipe: Spicy Chicken and Mango Lettuce Wraps

The springtime produce popping up on the shelves of grocery stores and farmer’s markets is enough to make me happy for days.  Yes, this kind of stuff really does make me happy.  But I digress.  Back to the fresh arugula, ripe strawberries, gorgeous red radishes, and deliciously sweet mangoes…

When I spotted a massive pile of perfectly ripe mangoes at my nearest market this week I knew instantly it was time for a warm weather favorite of mine – chicken and mango lettuce wraps.  Continue reading

Recipe: Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata

Looking for a quick and simple way to whip up a delicious breakfast or brunch this weekend?  Serve these adorable frittatas for 1.  Here I’ve paired it with asparagus and goat cheese, but you can easily substitute with any combination of cheese and vegetables.  Some of my favorites include smoked mozzarella with spinach and roasted red peppers, mushrooms with gruyere, cheddar with tomato and fresh herbs or smoked salmon with crème fraiche.  Serve with a green salad and rustic multigrain toast and you’ll have the perfect, healthy meal with less than 500 calories and over 20 grams of protein per serving.

Recipe: Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata Continue reading

Recipe: Apple-Walnut Kale Salad

A healthier version of the classic Waldorf salad, here I’ve swapped out lettuce for nutrient-dense kale and created a creamy dressing without mayonnaise, oil, or dairy by using apple and walnuts as the base.  This salad is sweet, crunchy, filling, and will convert even the greatest of kale non-believers.  Packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and healthy unsaturated fats, it’s perfect for lunch, brunch, or a light dinner. Continue reading

Ch, Ch, Ch, Chia…..

Anyone who was alive in the 80’s has had the catchphrase “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia” ring through his or her head at least once.  And though nostalgic to many, chia seeds are actually a nutrition powerhouse.  Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico.  The Aztecs prized these miniature seeds more than gold and not only were they a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets for survival, they were also used medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin.  Today, you can Continue reading

Recipe: Gluten-Free Lemon-Raspberry Tart

My husband and I both love desserts – what we don’t love is that sticky sweet, overly full feeling we get after we’ve just indulged in one, often two.  At least not during the week, we save that for weekends… So to celebrate Valentine’s Day this past week I created an extremely healthy, gluten-free, lemon-raspberry tart that allowed us to gorge on a Tuesday night and not feel one ounce of guilt afterwards.  And by gorge, I mean continued with it the next morning for breakfast and polished it off that evening after dinner. Continue reading

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Graham Cracker Bread

Looking for a little weekend brunch inspiration?  This dark chocolate graham cracker bread is your answer.  Imagine the smell of this coming out of the oven first thing Saturday morning.  Even more so, imagine nibbling on it for the rest of the weekend.  It takes no time at all to make and many of the ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.  What’s more, its delicious taste is actually really good for you.  It’s full of fiber and antioxidants, it’s not full of refined flours or sugars, and it’s easily made vegan*.  And just in case you feel the need to make it extra decadent, give it a good toasting and spread with cream cheese…. Continue reading

Recipe: Maple and Coffee Roasted Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken is one of the easiest and quickest ways to prepare dinner on a busy weeknight.  Rub it down with your favorite mixture, pop it in the oven and basically walk away for an hour.  If you’re a large family, dinner is complete; if you’re 1 or 2, you have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  I like to have whatever I am “rubbing” the chicken with coincide with the season.  Fresh herbs and citrus in the summer and as shown here, coffee and maple syrup in the winter.  Continue reading