Protein – The Basics

What is protein? Protein is one of the three main macronutrients your body needs for proper function. It is vital to your body’s tissue and organ structure, function, and regulation and overall cell health. It is a large, complex molecule made up of a string of hundreds to thousands of smaller units called amino acids.The actual sequence in which the amino acids combine is […]

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Business Insider UK recently featured a short article outlining the new U.S. dietary guidelines, which are updated every five years. This year’s update was led by two groups: the HHS’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP). In short, their guidelines tell you what you should and should not be eating. […]

Starbucks Food Cheat Sheet

And we continue with the food menu at Starbucks. If you haven’t already, please check out my Starbucks Drink Cheat Sheet, the first part of this coffee break guide. This time we are focusing on their food. I think you’ll be surprised by some of these numbers…   Here is my Starbucks Food Cheat Sheet featuring some of their […]

Starbucks Drink Cheat Sheet

Starbucks. You may not be a fan or you may dream about it before falling asleep at night. Either way, you’ve heard of it. I personally love it. Not because I think its prices are reasonable (they aren’t!) or its coffee is the best I’ve ever had (it isn’t!). I love it for one of the […]

Nutritious and Delicious Winter Snacks

Well, it’s officially winter. In some places, it’s incredibly cold right now! -25°F with windchill? That should be illegal! So while you’re bundled up in your house staring hypnotically at your fireplace (if you don’t have one, I recommend streaming this to your big screen TV), you might want to try out a few new nutritious and […]

The Great Granita

Summer is coming to an end, but warm weather is in full swing and it’s a great time to take advantage of everything it has to offer. The longer days allow for more outdoor activities, relaxation, and my personal favorite: al fresco dining. There’s nothing in this world I enjoy more than sitting on the […]

Easy, Healthy Summer Snacks

If you think about it, summer is cursed with a lot of second-place finishes. It has the best songs besides winter, the best smells besides fall, and the best weather besides spring. But summer is the hands-down, blue-ribbon winner in the fresh fruits and veggies category, which means healthy, seasonal snacking couldn’t be easier. Here […]

Easy Cheese

As a pastry chef, most people assume that everything I make uses ten different tools, ingredients, and mixing methods.  While that might be true in a restaurant, that style of cooking just isn’t going to fly at home.  I neither have the energy nor the desire to stress myself out after a long day or […]

Summer Burst Tomato Pasta with Deconstructed Pesto

It’s summer and there’s nothing better than picking up some colorful and natural ingredients at your local market. This pasta sauce is full of fresh ingredients and is easy to make. While its flavors are delicate on the palette, it packs a great nutritional punch! (4 servings) 200 calories per 2-ounce serving of linguine 167 […]

Your Ticket to Weight Loss

Weight Loss is Hard Weight loss is a hot topic because almost everyone has thought about or tried to lose weight at some point in his or her life. Whether you’ve tried and succeeded or tried and failed, you understand the difficulties of weight loss and weight maintenance. You’ve been there. You also know that […]