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SUMMER SMOOTHIE SERIES: PEACH-MANGO SMOOTHIE

I’m finishing up my Summer Smoothie Series with one that might qualify as dessert. Another recipe I developed for Cooking Light Magazine, this peach-mango number delivers a generous dose of fruit while tasting like a real treat. Using frozen fruit instead of fresh doesn’t skimp on nutrients and makes for an especially cold and frothy blend. […]

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SUMMER SMOOTHIE SERIES: CARROT APPLE GINGER REFRESHER

It’s Week Three in my Summer Smoothie Series. This time, I’m bringing some vegetables into the mix with this recipe I developed for Cooking Light Magazine. Carrot juice plays a starring role with a handful of other ingredients that may strike you as odd bedfellows — carrot, applesauce (what?!), yogurt, and frozen banana. But the […]

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UPDATE ON MY SUMMER CAMP SNACK CAMPAIGN

Recently I wrote a post about the sorry line up of junk food snacks at my daughter’s soccer camp. Not a single healthy option was included in the mix of Oreos, Doritos, candy, and sugary sports drinks. You can find that original post, Soured on Summer Camp Snacks, by going here. Many of you asked me […]

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SO GOOD SLOW COOKER MAPLE FRENCH TOAST

This beauty is currently at the tippy tip of my list of slow cooker favorites. The first time I made it, I dug in for lunch with piles of berries.  I was at it again the next morning for breakfast with a mound of Greek yogurt. Three times was a charm for snack the following day with […]

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SOURED ON SUMMER CAMP SNACKS…
AND WHAT I DID ABOUT IT

Picking up my youngest daughter after her first day at soccer camp last week, I was filled with delight. Dozens of  girls of all ages were running around on the expansive green of a university field as energetic young coaches encouraged them along. The blue skies overhead and majestic backdrop of St. Ignatius church on the hill just […]

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BURRITO BOWLS!
AND A YEAR OF WHOLE GRAINS CONTINUES

Dipping into the obscure this month in my Year of Whole Grains series, meet “Miss July”: Sorghum. This one’s a complete (and welcome) newcomer for me. Its sole downside, as far as I can tell, is its homely moniker. Sorghum. It sounds more like cough syrup or an ingredient in shelf-stable pudding than a mega-wholesome, toothsome, appealing whole […]

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BEST OF TRADER JOE’S: ROUND TWO

A few years ago I posted my Trader Joe’s Fab 15, a list of top picks for shopping at this popular food market with a cult-like following. I figured it was time for an update since the store has brought in new goodies and I’ve made new discoveries. As I said then, “In a perfect world, I’d do all […]

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HOW TO CHOOSE A BETTER BREAD

This is my new favorite sandwich bread. The fact that my children like it too is a big plus, since it’s a significant upgrade, nutrition-wise, from the squishy white flour loaves that are often kids’ bread of choice. Dave’s Killer Bread is organic, whole grain, chock full of seeds and other goodies, and doesn’t taste like you’re eating […]

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WARM BLT POTATO SALAD

Do you recognize these babies? They’re potatoes. They haven’t been on the scene much lately, having taken a multi–decades beating from low-carb advocates, some of whom put potatoes on the same level as sugar. Indeed, they’ve gotten themselves an unfortunate reputation. All this is probably not helped, mind you, by the fact that the lionshare of potatoes […]

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PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA BARS

It didn’t seem right. To do an entire Year of Whole Grains and leave out the humble oat just because it’s not as fancy as farro or as trendy as teff. Cooked into steamy bowls of hot cereal, oats have sustained us through too many tough mornings to count. They’ve been there for scraped knees and broken hearts […]

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