To Snack or Not to Snack, That is the Question

Are you pro-snack or against snacking all together? The discussion of snacking has gone through many changes over the years. In some years, snacking has been considered a good idea to keep the calorie intake stable.

Other years, it was a point of hesitation because most people got enough good calories and nutrients at meals and experts did not feel that a between meal food was really necessary. Part of this concern was because there was the fear that too much food would be consumed with the snack or “grazing” period, so it was just best to keep it out of any plan. Research around the 1980’s found that people who ate three good meals had a good blood sugar range all day.

So, is it better to eat continuously or to have enough food at one meal that you don’t really need more until the next meal? Continue reading To Snack or Not to Snack, That is the Question

New Vegetable Blend to Try & Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Before we jump into the shrimp scampi recipe (which I just had to share because shrimp is a part of the new dietary recommendations and scampi is undoubtedly one of the very best) I wanted to mention a new vegetable blend I found at the grocery story that’s sure to make your meal prep a breeze! Gotta get those veggies! Continue reading New Vegetable Blend to Try & Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Changes in Dietary Guidelines for Americans – What You Need to Know

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are issued and updated every five years by the US government. Specifically, these guidelines are the work of the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services. Now we have the results of the past five years’ research in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines out this past month. Continue reading Changes in Dietary Guidelines for Americans – What You Need to Know

Warm Winter Lentil Soup or Salad Recipe

I really enjoy this satisfying lentils recipe that I revamped from a french cookbook. It can be served as a salad on lettuce leaves in the summer or as a warm soup in the winter. You can also serve with a drizzle of olive oil over the top and hot turkey sausage. Continue reading Warm Winter Lentil Soup or Salad Recipe

Are Fast Food Meal Deals Worth It?

You see them all the time, advertisements for some deal or special at a fast food restaurant. Whether it’s “2 for $2,” or “4 for $4,” or even “5 for $4” it’s easy to wonder if these meals are actually worth the few dollars you’ll spend on them. After all, it’s just a quick lunch or dinner, you don’t do this all the time, and now they have “new healthier options!” (Insert jingle here.)

Let me help you navigate a few of the options out there from some popular local fast food restaurants, and we’ll see if making your wallet (and hectic schedule) happy is worth the couple bucks (and couple hundred calories).
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