Square plastic container with blueberries, coconut bites, cucumber slices and almonds

January 3, 2018
by Kristine
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Healthy Snacking at Work: Part 3

As I write this, I’m on Christmas break. Teaching and grading have been replaced by spontaneous napping and endless Facebook and Instagram scanning. Thankfully, by the time you read this, the new year will upon us and I will be back at work, spending my days like an adult doing responsible work things. Of course one recreational activity that will continue to be part of 2018 is my weekly game of Wizard with my colleagues, for which I provide snack foods. (Never fear, there is no role playing and no actual wizards. It’s a card game kind of like pinochle.) Continue Reading →

A round white bowl filled with kale and cubes of browned tofu

December 20, 2017
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Chicago: True Food Kitchen

I’ve been waiting 4 1/2 years to eat at this restaurant. That’s right, I have long-term goals, and sometimes I accomplish them. Way back in May of 2013 I attended a conference put on by Dr. Andrew Weil where I first heard about his healthy restaurant True Food Kitchen. I tucked it away in the back of my mind with plans to get myself to one as soon as possible. Since they are mostly in the south and the east of the U.S., it never seemed to line up right when I was traveling even when I found myself in California and Arizona. But last month when I was in Chicago for the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition, I discovered a True Food Kitchen location just 3 1/2 miles away from my hotel. Continue Reading →

Small Weck jar with chia pudding and pomegranate in front of a cut pomegranate

December 6, 2017
by Kristine
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Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding with Pomegranate

I don’t post many recipes here. While I have grand ideas about all the recipe testing I’m going to do in my spare time, the reality is I’m more of a recipe follower than a recipe developer. So I get very excited when I actually have one to share with you. This chia pudding was inspired by a vending machine. That’s right, a vending machine. In a hotel. In Chicago. I unexpectedly discovered and then delighted in the Pineapple Coconut Chia Pudding created by Farmer’s Fridge and I did my best to create my own version of it.  Continue Reading →

5 cups of brewed tea next to piles of loose tea

November 22, 2017
by Kristine
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My 5 Favorite Teas (including 2 holiday teas)

I like a warm beverage any time of year, but especially as fall rolls in and the chill of winter makes itself at home. In the past decade or so I’ve joined the legions of coffee fans so I can always appreciate a cup of joe, but my heart really belongs to tea. Old dry leaves soaked in hot water is now part of my unalterable morning routine. Continue Reading →

Farmer's Fridge Salads

November 8, 2017
by Kristine
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Farmer’s Fridge: A Vegetarian’s Review

When 12,000 dietitians gather together for the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, let me tell you: food is on everyone’s mind. We’re thinking about food during the educational sessions (from a scientific perspective), while we’re strolling through the exhibitor hall (from a free sample perspective), and all the time in between (from a personal satiety perspective). This year the meeting was in Chicago, so there was no shortage of cool restaurants near and far to check out. So I was surprised and delighted to find myself eating breakfast from a vending machine in my hotel. Twice. Continue Reading →