Menu Plan Monday: Week of August 25, 2014

We still have another couple of weeks before school starts in our neighborhood, but with Labor Day weekend coming up and most children already back to school this week, summer is pretty much at its end. Before you pack the school lunch boxes with the same old sandwich, check out my protein-packed Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites, this month’s Recipe ReDux. And if you’re planning a Labor Day soiree, check back later this week for some Nutritioulicious ideas to send off the summer! In the m… read more »

Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites {Recipe ReDux}

 Gluten-free and nut-free Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites are packed with protein and fiber, making them the perfect centerpiece of your children’s lunchbox.  Bars & Bites for Brown Bags Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box. This time of year is especially crazy with t… read more »

Salmon Peach Quinoa Salad {Recipe}

Make this one bowl meal with quinoa, salmon, and summer fruits and vegetables for an easy lunch or dinner. Perfect for families short on time! Making my way through the backlog of magazines I have piling up, I came across a Quinoa Salmon Salad recipe in the August issue of Parents Magazine. It especially caught my eye since it was under the monthly “5 Easy Meals” – what working parent doesn’t want an easy meal to prepare?! The recipe in itself sounded really good, but the photo… read more »

Menu Plan Monday: Week of August 18, 2014

With just a few more weeks of summer left, I’m hoping the sun will stay shining so I can grill most of my meals this week! Gotta take advantage while I can! This week’s menu has a couple of oldies but goodies from the recipe archives. Check them out and let me know what you think! Week of August 18, 2014 Monday: Corn & Basil Cakes with Lemon Yogurt Sauce and Side Salad Tuesday: Soy Ginger Chicken Negimaki with Grilled Garlicky Green Beans Wednesday: Pasta with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce, Broc… read more »

Buying Smart: Sugars in Moderation at the Grocery Store

I’m a nutrition consultant for various food and beverage companies, but my opinions are my own. Stocking up on groceries and figuring out what and how to eat healthy is more challenging these days than ever before. Despite the USDA Dietary Guidelines, MyPlate, and decades of diet books lining bookstore shelves, the ever-changing nutrition information that makes headlines doesn’t help consumers make confident and informed decisions in their food purchases. And consumers are especiall… read more »