Category Archives for "Cooking and Eating Well"

October 24, 2017

Merry & Light: 16 of the Most Unbelievably Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Celebrate the season and stay fit with these 16 healthy holiday appetizers. They're great for a holiday party, Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, or New Year's eve. Low carb, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free options included! Try a quick and easy dip, sweet and savory shareable, or a fresh take on veggies.

Healthy holiday appetizers will help you stick to your eating plan and stay healthy throughout the holiday season.


My eyes scanned the appetizers at my friend’s Christmas party, searching for something – anything – I could eat without feeling a pang of regret later.

I felt a growl in my stomach and that tingling of my mouth just starting to water at the smell of baked brie, cheesy quiche, and gloriously buttery pastries. Dejected, I hung my head and walked away, dhoulders slumped, silently chiding myself for not having eaten before I came.

It wasn’t my friend’s fault.  It’s not her job to cater to my diet and lifestyle.  That’s MY job!  And I had failed.

I stood there, biting my lip, fists clenched and turning white.  I’d known her party wouldn’t be laid with a dazzling display of healthy holiday appetizers.  I was mad…  At myself.  Why didn’t I eat before?  Better yet, why didn’t I bring something healthy to share?  What was I thinking?

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May 30, 2017

Eating Well: Impostor Fried Rice

Want all the deliciousness of fried rice, without the extra carbs and guilt? Try this quick and healthy recipe for low-carb cauliflower fried rice with egg!

Fried rice.

It’s a staple on Chinese restaurant menus the world over, and for good reason.

There’s just something about that combination of salty soy sauce, starchy rice, and sweet vegetables that is undeniably delicious.

However, typical fried rice is also full of simple carbs and greasy oil… both of which will help you pack on pounds!

I’ve come up with a quick, easy, and healthy alternative that provides the taste and feel of fried rice – without the extra fat and carbs.

Let’s check it out!

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May 18, 2017

Dessert Swap – Blueberries and Zabaglione

Love zabaglione, but hate what it does to your figure? Check out my recipe swap inspired by blueberries with zabaglione! You'll enjoy this quick, easy, and light dessert. It's great for parties. And, it's under 100 calories!

If you’ve never had zabaglione, let me describe it for you.  It’s a cool, sweet, silky custard, usually spiked with a little moscato.  It’s at its best in a champagne glass, under a layer of sumptuous fresh berries.  With blueberries especially, zabaglione is basically irresistible.

And it does your waistline zero favors.

I’ve made peace with my weakness for blueberries and zabaglione.  A simple swap was all it took to get a similar epicurean experience (Ok, a vaguely similar experience at least), with way fewer calories.

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May 4, 2017

Healthy Snacking: Avocados 3 Ways

Need some ideas for healthy snacks? Avocados to the rescue! Avocados are a superfood rich in nutrients and healthy fats. Each of these healthy avocado snack recipes has just a few ingredients, and is quick and easy to make. And… they're all low-carb!

When I’m looking for a quick, filling, and healthy snack, I often reach for an avocado.  I love eating half an avocado right out of the skin, and I like to put a different spin on it each time.  Today, I’m going to share with you my 3 favorite (and healthy!) ways to munch on an avocado.

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