Confessions of a Former Control Freak

IMG_7626

I’m learning that the only predictable part of this process is the work I put in. I’m going to keep doing what I can to ensure that the girls get the best possible start, but I realize that that’s all I can do – set the stage. My babies will eat the way they want to eat and grow the way they’re destined to grow. And while they’re busy experiencing new tastes and flavors, their mom is savoring the sweetness of stepping back and letting go.
Read more »

Summer Fun Positive Food Activities: Make Your Own Muesli

Screen shot 2014-05-14 at 8.02.57 PM

Breakfast remains to be one of the most important meals of the day. If you are dealing with a picky eater who only wants to eat, say, Frosted Flakes for breakfast, it is okay. Most important is they eat something before they walk out the door. This is the same for Mom and Dad. While it is important to try new things with your kids, force-feeding doesn’t work. Instead practice exposure therapy, let them make their muesli with the main stream cereal if that helps them expand their nutrition repertoire.
Read more »

What Healthy is NOT

cooking

If you asked me a few years ago, what being “healthy” means to me, I wouldn’t have the slightest clue how to answer you. Imagine me 5 years back: I’m chugging Red Bull for a 9 AM class, and courtesy of the microwave, devouring mac & cheese for dinner 3 days a week. Yes, this was my freshman year at New York University, and at that time I knew nothing about the importance of nutrition (gasp!) Flash forward to present day, and I’m working at a private practice in NYC, providing in-home cooking classes, and working as the nutrition guru at Housing Works (more on that in my next post!) Without a doubt, you can bet my definition of what it means to be “healthy” has evolved tremendously over the past few years.
Read more »

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Photo Courtesy of Cooking Light

There's nothing much better for breakfast than a hot fluffy muffin right out of the oven. The only thing that can make it better, is baking them with your children! With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, we wanted to help you get the day off to a fun start with family time in the kitchen. For a twist, top each muffin with a dried banana chip for that extra special touch. We’re sure that everyone will love these Whole Wheat Banana Muffins.
Read more »

Bold and Fruity Chicken Tangine

Bold and Fruity Chicken Tangine Picture

We wanted to share a recipe with you that was made at the Dishing with the Media Harvest Celebrations Event. They featured some delicious recipes including Carrot Curry Kale Chips and Lemon Seed and Pepper Crusted Grilled Pork. With summer right around the corner, we thought it would be great to share this Bold and Fruity Chicken Tangine recipe to get your mouths' watering for the tasty food summer has to offer!
Read more »

Scheherazade Casserole

Photo Credit: Emily Barney via Compfight cc

In the midst of figuring out my nutrition beliefs, I went from picky eater to vegetarian to vegan to omnivore. While vegetarian and vegan, my two favorite cookbooks were “A Celebration of Wellness – A Cookbook for Vibrant Living” and “Moosewood Cookbook”. I wanted to share with you what remains one of my favorite recipes from Moosewood Cookbook.
Read more »

Greek Turkey Burgers

Photo Credit: amesis via Compfight cc

Are you day dreaming of warmer weather? If you are, we have the perfect recipe for you. This is one of our favorites. Put a new spin on Turkey Burgers with Dill Yogurt Dipping Sauce. It's a great way to get your kids to try new foods and an even better way to get your family to sit down for dinner together!
Read more »