Category Archives: Health and Nutrition

Taking on food, nutrition, health and fitness

Battle of the Muffin Top

Sadly, this is not a blog entry about wrestling the top of a tasty muffin away from my child, although that kind of behavior did contribute to the topic of today: that dreaded muffin top. I would love to blame my jeans. After all, what adult who is larger than a size 4, wants to wear low-slung jeans that require having…

Bone Up On Kids’ Bone Health

“Drink your milk.” How many times have you heard that and said it yourself? We know kids’ growing bones need calcium, but just how much do your little ones need? The National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (part of the National Institutes of Health) provides the following chart detailing calcium needs: Birth –…

Getting Past The Guilt And Into The Gym

I turned over a new leaf this week. I’m doing a lot of that lately – must be spring fever. I’ve got a whole stack of leaves. It’s time to make some changes, and I’m seeing what sticks. Where, in particular, is my focus this week? Well, I miss the gym. I’ve been pretty active…

5 Reasons to Ditch the Scale

The seasons are quickly changing from winter to spring.  As the warmer temperatures call us to opt for more revealing clothing, we often start to panic more (or rejoice) about the number on the scale.  While spring is a perfect time to get out and be more active, it’s also a great time to make…

Mama’s Munchies: Kale Chips

One of the hardest things to modify when moving toward making more healthy eating choices is snack foods.  We all love a little something crunchy, salty, or sweet, and unfortunately, most foods that fit that profile aren’t very good for us. Enter kale.  Kale is part of the cabbage family, is in-season in fall and…

My New Favorite Ingredient

Before we had kids, my husband and I frequently ordered takeout instead of cooking, but post kids I feel a maternal obligation to cook the majority of our meals–especially because of all the reports about processed foods giving us cancer and other horrible diseases. With that said, I consider myself a convenient experimental cook. I…

Lessons My Toddler Taught Me About Food and Exercise

I love toddlers.  Yes, I said it. I think toddlers are awesome. They are feisty.  They are spirited.  They are honest, and they are primal, like little cavemen.  It is because of these characteristics that I see in my toddler son that I’ve been reminded of some very important lessons when it comes to food…

Christmas Veggie Wreath

The holidays are often a time of indulgence–this year at our house it’s Santa Hat brownies made popular by Pinterest (if you aren’t on Pinterest yet, run, don’t stop and sign yourself up–if you need an invite, hit me up in the comments), Peppermint Cake Pops and sugar cookies.  So when the guilt sets in, sometimes…