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 →

Sweet Strawberry and Edamame Salad

July 9, 2014
by Kristine
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3 Main Dish Summer Salads Under 450 Calories

Junuary. That’s what people were calling our decidedly unsummerlike weather a few weeks ago. But July is here now and so is the sun. The next week is bringing temperatures over 75 and even over 85 degrees. For us, dwellers of a third (top) floor condo, where the heat rises and stays for a nice long while, turning on the oven to make dinner is objectionable. This time of year salads seem more sensible. Continue Reading →

Overhead shot of a pint of strawberries in cardboard basket

June 25, 2014
by Kristine
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Desperately Seeking Strawberries

‘Tis the season. For berries that is. And strawberries are the first in a long line of sweetness that’s coming this summer with several (hopefully) sunny months of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. I’m excited, but also a little apprehensive. For some reason I feel pressure once the season starts to take full advantage of the flavor, beauty, and nutritional benefits while they’re available; desperate even. My mind races with plans for jams, smoothies, salads, and shortcake, worrying that I’ll run out of time before I can make and eat them all. (I know, I know…first world problems.) Continue Reading →