Menu Plan Monday: Week of February 17, 2014

Happy President’s Day! Between last week’s snowstorm and this week’s school closings for President’s week, we’ve been spending way too much time inside and not enough time being active. While it may be tempting to cook lots of comfort food to warm up on these chilly days, it’s more important than usual to lighten up meals. Remember, the basic equation for weight maintenance is CALORIES IN = CALORIES OUT. So unless you’re participating in the winter o… read more »

Show Love to Your Heart this February

This post was written by Tiana Yom, MPH, CHES You’ve probably noticed hues of red and pink everywhere this month, and it’s not just because of Valentine’s Day. February is also American Heart Month. As mentioned in the past, heart disease is the number one cause of death in Americans and more women die of heart disease than men.  An unbalanced diet and inactivity are leading risk factors of heart disease. Foods rich in trans fat (i.e. partially hydrogenated oils), high in sodium, and high in… read more »

Spinach Pear Salad with Goat Cheese {Recipe}

Say goodbye to boring salads and hello to an interesting, flavor-packed spinach salad topped with Asian pears, creamy goat cheese, and crunchy squash seeds! Iceberg lettuce, mealy tomatoes, a couple pieces of cucumber. Does that salad sound enticing to you? The number one complaint I hear from people about why they don’t eat salad is “it’s boring.” And if you envision salad the way it’s described above, then you might be right. Sure, day after day it can be mundane to sit down to a plate of l… read more »

Menu Plan Monday: Week of February 10, 2014

Sorry for the hiatus last week – it was a crazy one, especially with a couple of snow days mixed in! Who else is ready for the winter to be over?!  Now that February is here, we’re in the month of celebrating hearts. For the past 50 years, the American Heart Association has celebrated American Heart Month every February. Stay tuned later this week for Nutritioulicious guest blogger Tiana’s post about heart health. The other heart-filled event of the month is occurring this Friday… read more »

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Tomatoes {Recipe}

Late summer when tomato season is at it’s peak, I can pop raw cherry tomatoes in my mouth without adding anything to them. I also love to eat raw tomatoes in a caprese salad with mozzarella, basil, and some aged balsamic. But in the depth of winter, raw tomatoes don’t taste quite as good. And while I generally stick to purchasing in-season produce, sometimes you just want to have a slice of tomato on your sandwich or to top your salad. To get the most flavor out of these nutrient-rich nightsha… read more »