healthy creamy pumpkin spaghetti


I feel like I’m winning at life in a way I’ve never felt before.  Some people might feel this way when they land a dream job, but I feel like I’ve already got that with Smart Nutrition! Some people might feel this way when they meet the man of their dreams, but I feel like I’ve already got that too! So what could possibly trump all those things? Drum roll please…. My big accomplishment is that I just washed and dried a load of laundry in the same morning!  I’m a domestic mess. I am horrible at cleaning. If you don’t … Read More

bacon cheese and egger muffins


I eat a mostly vegetarian diet for my own health and the health of the planet. But there’s this little thing getting in my way of going all in:  BACON! Oh wonderful, salty, smoky, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth bacon! The top choice at breakfast buffets. The star of the BLT. The one and only meat I would eat as a child. What is life without bacon?  It’s true that I have made a rather good vegan bacon bit substitute.  My vegetarian and vegan friends tell me emphatically that it’s a really good stand in. It’s salty, smoky, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth good. But, alas, it’s … Read More

5 ways to hack your eating habits

Chocolate Chip Cookies (21 of 21)

This article originally appeared on Kath Eats Real Food.  Kath is a Registered Dietitian and bakery shop owner who posts delicious recipes and informative nutrition articles. Check out her blog to be inspired by what a Dietitian really eats!  5 ways to hack your eating habits Our brains are tasked with many decisions every day. Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating, has estimated through his research that over 200 of those decisions are food-related.  Does that surprise you? It should, since most of those decisions happen so quickly you don’t even notice them! Carefully evaluating each decision we make would be too … Read More

flourless pumpkin chocolate chip breakfast cake


At first it sounds as though I’m doing something cool and fancy by making a CAKE for breakfast. But, for real, it’s just my lazy girl version of muffins! I’m all about making life easier in the kitchen! Muffin tins can be such a pain to wash. Muffins can sometimes also be a pain to get out of the tin. Using a 9×12 to bake your muffin batter solves both of these problems.  why it’s a smart choice This recipe falls in line with my criteria for choosing a healthy granola bar/snack bar/muffin, etc: <8g sugar >4g protein a carb to … Read More

maple oatmeal latte


You know those people who are so efficient and always seem to get all the things done? You know…those people you both admire but secretly kind of hate at the same time….. I have one of those friends. She even married one of those guys. They are the power couple of getting things done. Efficiency is on her mind all the time. One time she even confessed to me that she doesn’t drink water while she eats because she feels like that would limit her stomach’s efficiency at digestion.  Yup, she even eats efficiently. Which is why I think she would … Read More

smoky corn chowder


This soup originally appeared in the Soups for Syria e-book I compiled last year. If you’re looking for more soup ideas for the fall, download yourself a copy! There are over 30 soup recipes from incredible food bloggers. Then I encourage you to make a donation to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), an amazing organization doing amazing work in Syria.  I brought this soup to a friend after the birth of her second baby. This is what she texted afterwards:  “Oh. My. Gosh. This soup is amazing!!! Would you share the recipe? Or is it a secret??? Unless it’s just whipping … Read More

creamy kale and italian sausage soup (zuppa toscana)


You think you’re original. Then this happens.  My friend and her kids were over for a playdate when lunchtime suddenly creeped up on us. I invited them to stay with us and informed them that we were just going to be having a kale and italian sausage soup.  She said “oh, like Zuppa Toscana from Olive Garden! Is it a creamy soup with potatoes too?”  Yup, I say. “Yes, that’s Zuppa Toscana!” she replied.  I had no idea I had literally copy and pasted the Olive Garden recipe into my pot. I thought I was making up an original soup idea.  It’s … Read More