Kale and Blueberry Salad Bento

September 17, 2014
by Kristine
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5 Easy Bento Lunches

Since I don’t have kids of my own, I probably shouldn’t give out too much advice about packing lunches; for children anyway. But on occasion I do pull together lunches for myself and the other adult in our family, and my new favorite tool is a bento box-style lunch container. Continue Reading →

Summer Saute ingredients

September 4, 2014
by Kristine
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Blue Apron Dinner Kits: A Vegetarian’s Review

I love to meal plan, but I think I’m in the minority on that one. And most of the time I enjoy strolling through the store loading my cart with groceries for the week. But, since most people consider these time-consuming, unfun chores, a handful of new companies have found a market: they’ll deliver a box to your door with everything you need to make a meal. Or several meals. Virtually all the measuring is done, you just have to do a little chopping and cooking and dinner’s on the table. Voila!

I recently signed up for discount offers to trial three of these services: Blue Apron, Plated, and my local option, ACME Farms + Kitchen. Today I’m talking about my experience with Blue Apron, but watch for posts on the other two options to follow. Continue Reading →

3 ounces salty tofu bites and 1 cup grapes

August 20, 2014
by Kristine
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5 Sweet and Salty Snacks Under 350 calories

Snacking gets a bad rap. It seems to have a negative connotation, like you’re cheating somehow or breaking some rule about not eating between meals. It’s certainly not going to be a good habit if you use snack time as an excuse to munch on chips and candy bars. Each snack is an opportunity to make that day’s nutritional impact better or worse. When you choose wisely, snacks can add valuable nutrients to your daily intake, and more importantly, give you something to look forward to at 3:00 pm. Continue Reading →

Apple Cinnamon Water

August 6, 2014
by Kristine
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3 Low-Calorie Homemade Flavored Waters

Water is boring. Or it can seem boring when you stand it up next to all the competitors: hyped-up energy drinks, sweet soda, flavored iced coffee concoctions, vitamin-enriched waters, rainbow-colored sports drinks, fancy bottled iced teas, etc. But it’s still the best thirst quencher out there, and the lack of calories is pretty appealing nutritionally. I know flavored waters are popular, especially the carbonated ones made with artificial sweeteners. But I find my preference is for naturally-flavored water that I make myself at home. Continue Reading →

Mason jar filled with iced coffee tea

July 24, 2014
by Kristine
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Iced Coffee Tea

Have you ever heard of a dirty chai? A friend who used to work at Tazo Tea introduced us to it. We would order a chai tea latte with a shot of espresso added, and it was quite delightful; kind of richer somehow. Turns out coffee and tea taste really good together.

That dirty chai experience led me to try a bottled product I enjoyed last summer, Harney and Sons Organic Coffee Tea, which I attempted to recreate on my own. I think I’ve closely matched the strength, flavor and sweetness with today’s recipe. Continue Reading →