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Healthier Cook-out Recipes with Secret Ingredients

Welcome to Cultivate Healthy, Good Morning Washington viewers! With the temperature finally heating up, it's time to update some classic recipes before you host your next cookout. Cook-outs usually involve burgers and hot dogs with those delicious high calorie side dishes and desserts that everyone loves 🙂 I wanted to switch up those traditional recipes… Continue reading Healthier Cook-out Recipes with Secret Ingredients

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I love Blue Apron OR How I learned to cook like a chef

Research from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (my alma mater!) shows that people who frequently cook meals at home may be consuming fewer calories, less sugar, fewer carbohydrates overall, AND less fat than those who cook less. Without even trying! When you cook at home you get familiar with ingredients and what you're putting on your… Continue reading I love Blue Apron OR How I learned to cook like a chef

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Why dieting doesn’t work and what you should do instead

Diets are terrible. First of all, it's painful to even start them and more often then not, we procrastinate and put them off to some vague time in the future. If we do start them, we rarely finish them (whatever that means!). Diets are either too restrictive or too bizarre (cayenne and lemon juice??) to make a lasting… Continue reading Why dieting doesn’t work and what you should do instead

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Spice Up Your Life Series

This past spring, I had a fantastic opportunity to intern with a unique, family-owned, local food service company- I.L. Creations. ILC runs large cafeteria operations at huge accounts including federal agency buildings. There are two fabulous dietitians on staff at ILC who get to work with chefs on recipe development, food demos for cafeteria patrons, nutrition… Continue reading Spice Up Your Life Series

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Live life on purpose & other mindful stuff

Truth time: I'm an anxious person. I've dealt with depression and anxiety for decades. I've gotten very good at channeling that worry into productivity, but it wasn't always that way. One of  the tools that I use to keep my head right is meditation. Another is focusing on being grateful. Although I am not perfect (Whaaaaat?… Continue reading Live life on purpose & other mindful stuff