Every year we go through a delicate dance at my house; what will the kids give me for Mother’s Day? My oldest insists on raiding her piggy bank and buying me an “extra special” gift. My youngest usually joins in the fray saying she wants to do whatever her sister is doing. Now, I don’t get upset about this entire ruckus because it’s really my kids trying to show how much they love me. But, each year I do tell … continued…

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DIY Healthy Habits Holidays Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

This is my take on a traditional Greek dish that I’ve lightened considerably by replacing most of the pasta with sliced, roasted eggplant. I finish it with a béchamel (a milk sauce) made from skim milk lightened with egg whites. This has a few more steps than a lot of our Laura’s Lean Beef recipes, but it’s worth it—I have this in mind for a Mother’s Day Brunch dish. The fresh dill makes me think of this as such a … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holidays Memorable Meals

May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month so I wanted to discuss high blood pressure and the positive effect that exercise has on preventing and treating it. What is Blood Pressure? Blood pressure is the amount of pressure that is applied to the walls of the arteries in your body as your blood circulates.  The top number (systolic blood pressure) represents the pressure in the arteries when the heart is contracting.  The bottom number (diastolic blood pressure) represents the pressure … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

There’s something about the combination of mint and bourbon that can only mean a Kentucky Derby tie-in. I love the combination. The mint and bourbon both come through on this one, and the brown sugar and bourbon both help make a nice crust on this grilled flank steak. Of course it doesn’t have to be served just on Derby Day…Mint (grow your own—even I can get mint to grow) is just a nice, surprising addition to a lot of savory … continued…

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With May comes the lovely weather—and of course, there’s no time like the present to get ready to grill (and of course, we hope many Laura’s Lean Beef steaks, burgers and roasts are on your grill list for the summer). Take a bit of time to give your grill a going over to get it up and ready and running now. 1. Check the burners and grill racks inside. These parts are easily replaceable (any of the big box hardware … continued…

Barb Freda DIY Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

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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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Memorable Meals

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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