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…

Is Body Mass Index an Accurate Measurement?

Body mass index (BMI) is a calculation that dietitians and doctors use to determine if your body weight is appropriate for your height. If you have a BMI above 24.9, you are considered to have too much body fat which puts you at risk for multiple health issues. BMI is used for adults and children 2 years and…

Slow Cooker Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes

This recipe is one of my favorites, and it’s so simple to put together. Biscuits go great with this dish and I also serve a fruit with it to make a complete meal. Serving size: 1 piece of chicken served with vegetables Servings per recipe: 6 Ingredients 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 medium onion, sliced lengthwise…

Is Body Weight Important?

My short answer to this question is yes. There are serious health consequences that come with not maintaining a healthy body weight. Being obese is defined as having a BMI greater than 29.9. Obesity increases the risk for the following: High blood pressure High LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) Low HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) High triglycerides Coronary heart disease…

Sodium Free Seasonings

The American Heart Association recommends limiting sodium to 1,500 mg of sodium per day. For most people, limiting sodium to 2,300 mg a day is a great place to start since most of us consume about 3,400 mg on a daily basis. Adding flavor to food without adding salt is challenging. Over the years I’ve…