Euro-Trip 2014 Episode 1 of 3: ITALY

Veggies2As promised, this is Episode 1 of 3 all about my European adventure this past Summer. It was an amazing, food-filled, 3 week trip to Europe in which I explored different food cultures, watched great friends get married and enjoyed some down time from school. I learned some legit cooking techniques and encountered a number of different eating situations. Vacations can be a difficult time if you are watching your weight, and this was a perfect opportunity to implement some tried and true strategies I’ve learned over the years. Keep them in mind on your next vacation to maintain (or even lose!) some weight and have a fabulous time too. …more

All Natural Homemade Granola

Granola_150Everything’s better when it’s homemade! Storebought cereal can have upwards of 20 ingredients on the label, many you can’t even pronounce. This recipe’s got just seven! Making your own granola at home is an easy way to take charge of your mornings, and know exactly what’s fueling your body. SZK’s homemade granola has no oils or refined sugars, what a great way to start your day! more…

Navigating Flights: How to keep your eating on course while traveling

planeI am sitting at the Heathrow Airport awaiting my flight home, reflecting on the innumerable food choices I made on my month-long Euro-trip which you might have witnessed periodically on Instagram. Some tasty…some not so much. Some indulgent… and some restrained. A great exercise in enjoying what each culture had to offer while not consuming to the point of self-destruction. My next few entries (Italy, Greece & England) will focus on how I managed to do it, and why I still had so much fun! They will be chock full of tips for traveling and mouth-watering snapshots of the culinary highlights from the trip. Today’s entry will focus on navigating flights. more…

Pappardelle con Piselli

Pappardelle_Piselli_140 I recently took a trip up to Seneca Lake with my husband for our first anniversary (…aww!!) We had a really lovely weekend wine tasting and antique shopping, but a true highlight was our visit to Suzanne Restaurant for dinner the night we arrived. Suzanne uses local, seasonal ingredients to create her ever-changing menu. The night we dined there, everything was delightful but I could not stop thinking about the fresh pasta I had as a first course. Homemade with a very light broth of sugar snap peas and a hint of pecorino romano cheese, I ate the whole bowl and wanted more! So now that sugar snap peas have arrived at Union Square Market, I had to try my hand at creating a similar dish. While it wasn’t exactly like what we ate that night, I’d say this recipe comes in a close second. Enjoy! more…

Broccoli Stem Soup

Broccoli_140 What Girls Want had a wonderful idea to use the stems of broccoli and make them into a soup! I too had been discarding these for years, and it always seemed like such a waste, especially because they have such great nutritional value. They are rich in Calcium(bone health), Potassium (heart and kidney health) and Vitamin A (eye health)! Rather than using WGW’s more broth-y recipe, I wanted to create something a bit more creamy and luxurious, and so I give you MY broccoli stem soup! more…

KIND Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Tarts

PeanutButter_Banana_Tart_140A few months back, the folks over at KIND Snacks approached me and asked if I would throw together some recipes featuring their products. You might remember my Lemon Blueberry Tarts? While their products are made from fairly healthy ingredients, they are not very low in Calories, so it was a challenge to come up with recipes that would be helpful in weight loss. The Lemon Blueberry Tarts are a bit higher Calorie than my usual desserts, and so are these new variety of Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana, but they are portion controlled, super yummy and worth the indulgence one in a while. Hope you like ‘em! more…

Five Flavorful Mocktails to Slim Down for Summer

PassionFruit_Sangria_140This winter was brutal here in the Northeast, and if you’re like me you may have put on a few pounds of extra insulation as a result! Well, Spring is here and it’s time to get rid of that extra padding. Abstaining from alcohol can save you so many Calories that those pounds might just fall off you without much extra effort. Try subbing these delicious, no-sugar-added mocktails for those Calorie-laden bevs and get back to the slimmer, Summer version of you! Each and every one of them is under 100 Calories per serving! …more

Turkey Mushroom Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions

TurkeyBurger2_140 Grilling season is almost here, but you don’t have to wait for Memorial Day weekend to make this yummy burger! I wanted to put some of the cheese my husband and I bought in the Finger Lakes last weekend to good use, and my did it punch up this meal! Enjoy this burger on whatever type of bread you like, or enjoy it as is with a salad. I put it on a Greenway Natural Flax Roll-Up (a brand new find at the local D’Agostino for only 80 Calories!) and steamed some green beans (which I ate like they were french fries!) more…