Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Sweet Potato Skins and Cowgirl Time!

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How was everyone's Mother's Day Weekend??? Mine was a blast {except for the lack of sleep that comes with spending the night in a cabin with 11 giggly 9-11 year old girls.  But that's to be expected, right???} Our "digs" for the weekend... I spent the weekend roughing it at Rawhide Ranch with 15 amazing young ladies/women from my daughter's Girl Scout troop, a barnyard full of horses, several pens full of chickens/sheep/goats {you can read more here about my love of goats :-)}, and 1 sweet cow named Pablo. I also rode bareback on a … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Breakfast Bananas Foster with Cinnamon Streusal Topping

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A healthier twist on the traditional version, yet equally delicious, this recipe for Bananas Foster with Cinnamon Streusel Topping and Greek Yogurt, is a delicious way to start the day or enjoy as an afternoon snack!This month's Recipe ReDux Theme "Fresh Starts" is near and dear to my heart. There's no better way to start the day than with a healthy breakfast makeover... You see... I've never met a breakfast I didn't like. And that includes eating said breakfast for lunch and dinner too. Sadly, Ian {the husband} isn't much of a … [Read more...]

My Top Ten Tips For Raising Lifelong Healthy Eaters.

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Welcome to my first Top Ten Post!   I wrote this post as a participant in the Eat, Play, Love blog carnival hosted by Meals Matter and Dairy Council of California to share ideas on positive and fun ways to teach children healthy eating habits. A list of other registered dietitians and moms who are participating in the carnival will be listed at the bottom of this post or can be found on Meals Matter. As fate would have it, last week I gave a nutrition talk to the parents at my children's elementary school, and as part of the talk I … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Perfectly Imperfect Dietitian Mom

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This morning I was at a PTA meeting at my children's school.  One of the moms had brought in some delicious looking {and delicious tasting from what I hear} chocolate chip bars.  The mom, knowing I'm a dietitian, mentioned to me, jokingly {I think!}, that she wouldn't have served chocolate chip bars for breakfast if she had known I was going to be there.  Well... Here's the thing... Had they been gluten-free, I DEFINITELY would have eaten one, and I would have enjoyed it, guilt free, because MOST mornings I eat pretty healthy foods for … [Read more...]

In Defense of Potatoes.

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This Thanksgiving, I've been assigned to make the mashed potatoes for our family dinner. I love potatoes!  Baked Potatoes, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, scalloped potatoes, hash brown potatoes, potato pancakes and yes, even french fries (on occasion).  I love 'em ALL! Sometimes I get really irked, though, when I hear or read information stating that potatoes are bad for you.  And, while I would agree that french fries should NOT count towards your daily servings of produce, I definitely think potatoes can be part of a healthy, balanced … [Read more...]