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Food and nutrition blog

I am passionate about nutrition and food, and I love to create easy, healthy recipes that families can enjoy together. I use this food and nutrition blog to share my creations, including new spins on beloved, old recipes, and options for people managing food allergy symptoms.

I also closely follow the latest nutrition guidelines, and I’m sometimes called on to comment at USDA and FDA meetings. So here you’ll find my perspectives on nutrition policy, too.

Easy, healthy recipes… No-nonsense tips… Dish about the latest nutrition guidelines…

That’s what this nutrition blog is all about. Let me know what grabs you!

AUGUST 2018 UPDATE: my latest blogs are on the Smart Mouth Nutrition site.

Food Allergies and the Holidays + Fruit & Pepita Chocolate Squares

Food Allergies and the Holidays + Fruit & Pepita Chocolate Squares

It’s never easy or fun to manage food allergies, but it may be particularly difficult during the holidays. From Halloween through New Year’s (oh, and then there’s Valentine’s Day), social gatherings and parties focus on–yup, you guessed it–FOOD. If you’re cooking for or traveling with someone who

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Orange Cranberry Candied Ginger Quick Bread {Recipe ReDux}

Orange Cranberry Candied Ginger Quick Bread {Recipe ReDux}

Let me first say, I love bread. No, wait… I adore bread. There are few things as delicious to me as fresh-baked bread, and I like it all–from scones and muffins to challah and hearty grain bread. So as you can imagine, I was excited to see

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3 Immune-Boosting Holiday Recipes

3 Immune-Boosting Holiday Recipes

If you caught my WFMY News 2 segment last week, you know the five immune-boosting foods you need to eat more of this winter. Here’s a quick recap (spoiler alert!) of those five foods and their immune-boosting properties: Yogurt (live active cultures) Seafood (omega-3s and vitamin D) Wheat

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Immune-boosting Foods + WFMY “Good Morning” segment

Immune-boosting Foods + WFMY “Good Morning” segment

Winter is here, which tends to mean MORE sniffles and colds. While we know the BEST way to prevent spreading germs is to wash hands, there are other factors that play a role in helping to boost our immune systems, like diet. Yup, what you eat can

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Apple Month + Enjoy Life Cinnamon-Apple Streusel Muffins

Apple Month + Enjoy Life Cinnamon-Apple Streusel Muffins

Several weeks ago, we found a sweet little pick-your-own apples spot in rural North Carolina called Hill’s Apple Orchard and Vineyard. Even though Mr. Hill didn’t have too many apples left on his trees, he let us pick from what was left. My father-in-law was visiting from Arizona, the kids were out

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Slimmed-down Tailgating Snacks: Hummus Deviled Eggs

Slimmed-down Tailgating Snacks: Hummus Deviled Eggs

Fall is here, and so is football! Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just along for the tailgating fun, food is likely part of the weekend football fun.  “By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, and am eligible

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Breakfast-on-the-go + EZ Freeze Chocolate Zucchini Muffins {Recipe ReDux}

Breakfast-on-the-go + EZ Freeze Chocolate Zucchini Muffins {Recipe ReDux}

My oldest kiddo just started Kindergarten, which means no more leisurely preschool drop-off mornings. As a result, breakfast has become CRAZY time in our house! And, it’s not just crazy for my kids. My husband rushes around, grabbing anything that’s semi-healthy and portable. Even for this breakfast-loving girl, I find I

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Breaking the (Nighttime) Fast + Honey Cake

Breaking the (Nighttime) Fast + Honey Cake

September is All-American Breakfast Month. If you’re not a breakfast person (or perhaps even if you are), you may wonder, why do we need a whole month devoted to breakfast? Well, aside from starting the day with the sweet taste of honey cake (see the honey cake recipe

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Childhood Obesity + 6 Tips to Get Your Child to Eat MORE Veggies

Autumn is, by far, my absolute favorite season. I love the early morning chill in the air, the deeply intense burnt red and yellow colors of the leaves and the excitement of fall holidays. And when I was a student, I loved going back to school. (For my

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Power-packed after-school snacks + “Let’s Talk Live” show

Power-packed after-school snacks + “Let’s Talk Live” show

Cool school lunches are all the rage with us moms these days. We take such care in packing school lunches (well, most days we try), ensuring our kids have a protein, grain, veggie and fruit. But no matter what we pack for lunch, those hungry little hippos still burst into

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