Category Archives: Tips, Tools & Techniques

As our schedules get busier and kids head back to school, it’s important to think about how to simplify life. As a Mom of 2 toddlers, a wife, and a pediatric dietitian I often feel like my head might spin off – I’m sure many of you can relate! Feeling overwhelmed can often lead us to make poor food choices. This may be due to stress eating or just not having the time to plan meals and grocery shop. Try … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

As a parent I get really frustrated when I make a great, healthy meal and my kids won’t touch it. I’m sure I’m not alone in this frustration but one way to help tackle this is to get kids involved in the kitchen and start at a young age. This gives them a sense of ownership and increases their willingness to try new things. It might take a bit of extra time but it is worth the effort. Working in … continued…

Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Ok, as I say every year, Yuck! I love spending summer with my kids. And, I’m always sad to see them go back to school. With that said, preparing for back to school always centers around buying uniforms, school supplies and preparing for packed lunches. Last year I showed lots of cool lunch storage containers that can make packing what goes inside the lunchbox a breeze. This year, I want to focus on the lunchbox itself. Between my two kids, … continued…

Contests & Giveaways DIY Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

There is an ongoing series of tips and tricks I always want to tell people about–things that make cooking, cutting, cleaning, etc. easier in the kitchen. Here are a few of the things I’ve been meaning to mention recently.   1. Slice the avocado IN the skin. No need for an avocado cutter. No need to even dirty up a cutting board. Halve the avocado. Remove the seed. Hold one half, cut side up, in the palm of your hand. … continued…

Barb Freda DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the end of summer when there are almost too many tomatoes in the market and in my garden or my friends’ gardens. Too much basil to use. Too many squashes to make into zucchini bread. It’s great to enjoy it immediately, of course, but I like to put a little bit of effort into prepping some of these foods for use later in the year. Here are 5 great money-saving things to do with fresh vegetables and herbs … continued…

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Barb Freda DIY Gardening Tips, Tools & Techniques

For many years, coconut oil was deemed unhealthy and now you may have noticed it is frequently mentioned as a healthy diet addition. While coconut oil is high in saturated fat, it doesn’t seem to have the same artery clogging effect as saturated fats found in foods such as whole milk or fatty meats.   Studies show that coconut oil may help raise HDL cholesterol but be cautious because it may also raise LDL cholesterol. Coconut oil contains medium chain … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Is there anything better than fresh summer blueberries? It’s that time of year again so make sure to stock your fridge and freezer so you can enjoy them now and later. Blueberries are a definite superfood, they are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and the phytochemical resveratrol, the same one we recently discussed in our “Cheers to Good Health” wine post. There have been studies linking blueberry consumption with improvements in memory as well as blood circulation. Michigan and Maine are … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Have you ever wondered how to really clean fruits and vegetables? Whether you are buying organic produce from a local farmer or picking straight off the supermarket shelf, it’s important to make sure you are cleaning it well. Some fruits and veggies are more delicate than others so take special care when cleaning those.   Consider these tips when cleaning your produce: • Choose local – it will be picked closer to its peak of ripeness so less chemicals may … continued…

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Contests & Giveaways Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Every now and then I feel I have to share some of my best finds. This post was inspired by something new (item number 1 below) that I now can’t live without — and got me thinking about other ways I’ve gone green over the years. “Going Green” is an ever-evolving process. I want to hear from you all about what new “green” products have made your own “must have” list.   1. Reusable Bags. We’re all getting these from … continued…

Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Tips, Tools & Techniques

In honor of Egg Day, I thought it would only be fitting to talk about how to make the best hard-boiled egg. I figure you’ll be headed to more than one picnic with deviled eggs, right? So first the method, then five ideas to gussy up those deviled eggs.   The reason I’m writing about hard-boiled eggs is to save us all from the overcooked gray/green yolks that so many people get–yolks so hard and gray they might double as … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques