Should You Limit Carbohydrate Intake?

Carbohydrates have a been given a bad reputation because they are known for causing weight gain. While excess carb intake can cause you to gain unwanted pounds, the same is true for eating too much fat or protein because it is the excess calories that cause the weight gain. In general, reducing overall calorie intake…

Which Foods Have Carbohydrates?

I started a blog series on carbohydrates, here’s the first post if you missed it. In this post I am going to address which foods have carbs, and you might be surprised to learn that most foods have carbohydrates. Here’s a quick list: Grains and foods made with grains. This includes rice, quinoa, oats, wheat,…

What are Carbohydrates?

Macronutrients are the nutrients our bodies need in large amounts and include carbohydrates, fats and proteins I am starting a blog series on carbohydrates (carbs for short), which is the favorite macronutrient to target for weight loss these days, and takes a lot of flak in general. The word carbohydrate actually means carbon with water…

RAH, RAH, radishes!

Need a good book to get your kid thinking about vegetables? I recommend this fun book called RAH, RAH, radishes! by April Pulley Sayre. I found this gem at our library and it has colorful photos of all sorts of vegetables (some I haven’t even tried yet!). It reads in a fun way with a…

Should Vegetables be Sneaky?

I made chocolate zucchini bread today that had 1 1/2 cups of shredded zucchini per loaf. My kids don’t eat zucchini willingly, but they love it when it’s hidden in chocolate bread with chocolate chips. However, my intentions were not to hide the zucchini so that my kids would eat it. I just really enjoy…

How to Use Food Thermometers

I wrote a blog post about testing the temperature of meats to make sure they are thoroughly cooked. Now I will explain how to test temperatures. The first step is to make sure you are using the correct thermometer for the meat you have cooked. For most people, a simple instant read bimetallic-coil thermometer is sufficient. This…

Cook Meats to Safe Temperatures

Do you use a food thermometer when cooking meats? Doing so can help you avoid some serious food borne illnesses. You cannot tell whether meat is done or not just by looking at it. Also, do not assume that meat is fully cooked just because you followed the cooking time written on a recipe. The only…

How to Make Meal Planning Easier

I previously wrote a blog post about meal planning and while meal planning is so beneficial to do, it can be tedious and challenging. That is why I’d like to share a couple of tips here to make it easier. Tip #1- Plan for leftovers One thing I like to do when deciding what to…

Kitchen Gadget With the Most Character

This rotary egg beater is dear to my heart. It was my grandmother’s who passed it on to my mother. Recently, my mother gave it to me (thanks Mom!). I have fun memories of using it while baking pumpkin pie with my mom when I was a little girl. Now, when I bake with my daughter…

Vacation Weight Gain

Going on vacation this summer? Most people associate vacation with relaxation, adventure, and some indulgence. Sounds good! Individuals who conducted a study at the University of Georgia found that people going on a vacation lasting one to three weeks had lower levels of stress, increased physical activity, and lower blood pressure. However, the participants in…

Getting Kids Interested in Fruits and Vegetables

To help your children get more excited about eating fruits and vegetables, try planning activities that are centered around these healthy foods. I took my children strawberry picking the other week and while my kids already love to eat strawberries, I noticed that they were more eager to eat them because they were picking them off the strawberry plants…

What Causes Obesity?

The answer to this question is not as simple as you might think. Yes, excess weight gain is caused by consuming too many calories and not exercising enough, but there is more to it than that. People who struggle with obesity often deal with what is called weight bias. Weight bias is when obese people…