Are you in need of a tasty and pleasing recipe that make the kids ask for seconds? I’ve got one for you here! And of course after last Friday’s adventure, it involves grapes. I found out about the grape harvest too late to preserve them. I just didn’t have the time to put into learning how to preserve. Next year I will be on the lookout so that I can get prepared and make some grape jelly or jam. I look forward to it!
Earlier this week, a friend visited a local vineyard and harvested a beautiful and delicious looking bucket of grapes. I had to dig and found out where she went! MountainRose Vineyards is a precious gem tucked away in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia in the small town of Wise. Continue Reading
Getting ready for the start of a new week by shopping and preparing meals ahead of time is one of the most underutilized tools in our weight management and healthy lifestyle arsenal. Raise your hand if you have been too exhausted over the weekend to get prepared for the coming week and then you find yourself at work all week with nothing to do but grab a quick lunch out somewhere. The most common excuse I hear is, “I just don’t have time to work on preparing for meals over the weekend.” My friends, while I empathize greatly with that claim, you don’t have time NOT to get prepared.
Soup is one of my favorite meals, mostly because it is so versatile and easy to prepare. It also freezes well which means if you make a double batch it can be separated into portion sized bowls and put in the freezer. This can help you get ahead on prepping for lunches each week. I call that a win!
I’ve always been the kind of girl who craves something sweet following dinner. However, finding just the right treat to satisfy that urge while providing wholesome and nutritious ingredients is tricky! Most of the sweets that we desire aren’t exactly what we would define as quality nutrition. Challenge accepted! Time to think outside the box a little.
If you’re going to get to know me then you must know how much I adore blueberries. Not just because they are a nutrition powerhouse but because they bring me back to my childhood.
- You’ve ever heard a pop song on the radio and you immediately start going over the Jazzercise routine to that tune in your head. Props if you demonstrated said routine to your family.
- You know your instructors well enough to know their favorite artists to work out to. Hello? Georgie Porgie and Adam Levine!
- You look forward to spending Halloween, New Year’s Day, and Valentine’s Day working out with your Jazzercise tribe. No worries, your Valentine will wait patiently while you shower and get beautiful for dinner… following class, that is.
- You’ve ever scheduled a hair appointment or any other appointment around your Jazzercise class. In fact, you carry a calendar for this very reason. What?? Don’t judge me!
- You know exactly what time you have to be at Jazzercise class in order not to lose your spot. Days when you are behind may illicit a complete state of panic if there is any chance of losing said spot.
- You regularly refer to your Jazzercise workout as your “Happy Hour.”
- You are convinced that during a workout when your instructor shouts things like, “Get lower!” “Don’t lean forward, sit into your heels!” “Tummies tight!” that she must be speaking directly to you. Therefore you straighten up and comply. Obviously!
- You know exactly what the phrase, “Single single double” means.
- Your first thought when you feel a sore throat coming on is, “NO! I can’t miss Jazzercise!” You stage a vitamin C intervention immediately.
- You hear a catchy new song on the radio and can’t wait for it to be introduced into a Jazzercise routine!
**Disclaimer: This post is for entertainment purposes only. If you find yourself offended in any way I suggest you find the closest Jazzercise class and work out your frustrations immediately.
Who isn’t always on the search for a great snack food? Something versatile that can be used for both meals and special occasions? One of my favorite solutions for this conundrum is hummus! Hummus isn’t just a great snack food it also works well as a spread in addition to being perfect for lunch boxes, parties, or special occasions such as birthday parties, baby showers, holidays, and so much more.
Part of my own journey in weight loss was to find a way to be physically active that would be fun and enjoyable. I knew this would be the best way to make it part of my regular routine for the long term. For anyone who does not know this already, it is incredibly intimidating to join a gym or exercise group when you are obese or just generally shy around strangers. I had already lost about 50 pounds when a sweet friend invited me to join her at Jazzercise of Wise, VA. I was determined to overcome my shyness and find something that worked for me. I tried a few other workouts but found they didn’t give me what I was looking for. I finally joined a gym and forced myself to go several days per week for cardio and strength training. I didn’t enjoy it though. What I craved was to find a workout that offered more than cardio and with people that I could bond with and form friendships. Continue Reading
Let’s begin by reviewing my point of view on a few topics that are important to me.
First, when referring to foods I will use the term “nutritious” as opposed to the term “healthy.” Why in the world would I do such a thing? Well, it’s simple. Food is meant to be nutritious and bodies are meant to be healthy. We consume good nutrition to optimize our health. So in my world discussions will not refer to foods as “healthy,” only foods that are “nutritious.” This idea was shared with me by a friend and colleague. I remember thinking to myself, “How is it I have never really thought about this? Food and nutrition are my life!” She knows who she is. Thank you, sweet friend, for this gift of realization.
Whole foods is where it’s at with The Hungry Dietitian. I rarely use anything that is “fat free” unless my intent is to lower the calorie intake. Fats don’t scare me. They shouldn’t scare you either. They have a place in a balanced and healthy life. Future discussion, right there! Neither do I indulge in “fake foods.” Do you even know what turkey bacon is made of?? Blech. Don’t get me started. Continue Reading