Vanilla Maple Nectarines

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Peach fuzz might be cute on the boys of One Direction. But in my snack bowl? No thanks. So when I'm feeling less-than-willing to peel my fruit, I opt for nectarines—the hairless cousin of the peach. I spotted these beauties on sale for 99 cents a pound this weekend at the grocery store and set out to put them to good use in a new dessert. And a grill pan was invited to the party! I've never grilled fruit before, but why should ...continue reading

Whole-Wheat Peanut, Berry and Banana Bread

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If given the choice, would you pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or peanut butter and banana sandwich? Why pick just one? My latest kitchen experiment, inspired by the ingenious Gina of SkinnyTaste, combines all of these flavors into one tasty bite. You don't even need two slices of bread for this one. But I wouldn't blame you one bit if you cut two pieces (or maybe three) for a twist on traditional dessert! Or how ...continue reading

Healthy 4th of July Dessert: Americones

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I was a pretty weird kid. Each year when the Independence Day parade rolled around, I had a major case of mixed feelings. I loved seeing the floats, bands and dancers, but secretly found the whole affair to be quite uncomfortable. While the other kids saw the candy tossed out by the float-riders as the main draw, I'd rather let all the others have it than fight them for it. Yup, my aversion to confrontation started early. Very early. ...continue reading

Protein-Packed Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

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Fun fact: Strawberries are actually not berries. My all-time favorite fruit, since the edible portion is not produced by the ovary of the plant's flower, is an "accessory fruit" and part of the rose family. You know what are botanical berries, according to the official definition? Bananas, avocados, watermelons and pumpkins. Break that fun fact out at cocktail parties. :) Regardless of the classification, it's prime ...continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

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The combination of chocolate and peanut butter brings out very powerful feelings in some people. Case in point: "Right now we're in a period of darkness. Between egg and pumpkin, there's nothing." When that dark time comes, Eating Well magazine has the perfect solution, which I've adapted to feed a crowd. And even better news than the fact that you can enjoy peanut-butter-heavy chocolate treats? This version is minimally ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special

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Happy Sunday, everyone! What a crazy week it's been. A few people on Twitter summed up how we all felt about the Boston situation Friday night pretty well, I think. Thankfully, for me, this weekend has been a nice mix of activity (Friday morning yoga, Saturday morning barre) and splurges (brunch, afternoon sweets—recipe to come soon). Today, I have plenty of exercise ahead, as I'm taking part in a 6-hour training session to study up ...continue reading