Monthly Archives: April 2012

This egg dish is inspired by a craving for a Greek soup, avgolemono, which is thickened with eggs and flavored with lemon. When I realized what I wanted more than soup was the soft eggs, flecked with dill and lemon and flavored with lean ground beef, I couldn’t wait to serve this up. At our house, eggs are either a weekend morning meal or a fallback supper when we are charging in 20 different directions. Serve these eggs with a … continued…

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Your exercise shoes are more than just an accessory… they are the main player when it comes to exercising to your full potential while decreasing risk for injury. Why are your exercise shoes so important? •    Shock Absorption: Every time you take a step, there is a force from the ground that travels from your foot, to your knee, to your hips.  The more your shoe is able to absorb that force, the less intense that force is on your … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

We’ve all heard the funny saying “desserts is stressed spelled backwards” right?  Unfortunately when we start feeling overwhelmed, it’s easy to head straight to the fridge for some temporary relief.  Food can actually have drug like effects on our minds – studies have shown that food can cause similar responses as addictive drugs.  People that are addicted to cigarettes often smoke more when they are stressed; the same can be said for people that really enjoy food.  When we’re chronically … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

In recognition of Earth Day (April 22), I decided it might be nice to give my kitchen environment – specifically, my stove – a break from harsh chemicals. Inspiration for my new cleaning techniques hit me on two fronts; Pinterest and my home/garden magazines. For a while it seemed like everywhere I turned, there was a new pin or article about environmentally friendly home cleaning. I decided to pick techniques that included ingredients easily found in my pantry. And, I … continued…

DIY Healthy Habits Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Did you know that tomorrow is Garlic Day? That has to be a day near and dear for me. When my husband plays his “what could you never give up” game, garlic is always near the top of the list. So in honor of Garlic Day, here’s a recipe using an entire head of garlic, roasted until it is smooth and sweet-tasting. Mix it with just a touch of butter, plenty of herbs, and you get one great garlic pesto. … continued…

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April 16 is National Stress Awareness Day. I recently read that more people are taking more sleeping pills because they are feeling more stress about the global economy. Yikes. That line alone is scary and stressful. I have often—very often over the past year or so—quipped, “All I want is a simple life!” A simple life, to me, is one that is greatly stress-reduced. We may never get to stress-free, but there are certainly ways of handling increased stress loads … continued…

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Last month we busted 5 popular fitness myths … here are 5 more! 1.    Fat can turn into muscle, and vice versa.  Muscle cells and fat cells are completely different and separate things within the body.  Each of them can increase and decrease in size, but these changes happen independently.  It is physiologically impossible for fat to turn into muscle or muscle to turn into fat. 2.    You need to drink a sports drink after a workout to rehydrate and … continued…

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DIY Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Now that it is officially spring (not to mention that April 8th – 14th is Garden Week), it’s time to start planning.  There is something so exhilarating to me about planning my garden and this year I want to get started early.  I am in love with Pinterest as I assume the rest of the world is too, right?!  I found a great site there – www.sproutrobot.com – to figure out the best time for planting. All you do is … continued…

DIY Gardening Heart Healthy Jenny Kramer, RD Natural Farming Tips, Tools & Techniques

My sister is one of my favorite people in the world. When I looked at the calendar for inspiration this month, I saw Sibling Day (April 10) — Pat makes the most delicious pork roast with meltingly sweet onions—I knew I had to adapt it to an eye of round roast. The flavors lend themselves to this (I just made it a little heartier with red wine and red onions), and it really could not have been simpler. Once the … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holidays Memorable Meals

Okay, I would never have a no kitchen  work day, because cooking is kitchen work and I love cooking. But I have been inspired by National No Housework Day (which is today, April 7) to come up with six ways to make kitchen clean up easier—some of these are tips from my days in a professional kitchen, others are just common sense. But it never hurts to find ways to make clean up quicker. 1. Before you start cooking, fill … continued…

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