Healthy Chain Reaction: Panera Bread’s Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad

All of the colors! My Mom and I were shopping the day of my sister’s wedding and needed to grab a quick lunch in the mall food court. Since both of us prefer more nutritious eats, we skipped the greasy Chinese and fried fast food joints and placed our orders at one of my favorites, Panera Bread, instead. The cafe scored bonus points for allowing us to escape the food court for a comfy booth in a less hectic atmosphere! Having heard ...continue reading

Nutritious Small Town Eats

During my quick trip home to Iowa this week, I set out for one dinner at a local haunt to show that you can dine in a place that’s not Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, etc. and still get a healthful meal. It’s not quite as easy, as health food restaurants aren’t in every neighborhood, as they may be in larger cities. But you can find places with nutritious offerings alongside all of the buffets, hearty diners and fried ...continue reading

Top Five Tips to Build a Better Brunch

While brunch seems to be a phenomenon mainly enjoyed in larger cities, the concept is quite popular across the country. No longer relegated to just Mother’s Day and Easter, brunch out on the town is a fun way to celebrate days that you don’t have to work or go to school. Eat a meal at a restaurant in the mid-morning or early afternoon? Don’t mind if I do!  But just because this meal has a name that combines two other ...continue reading

Who Are You Calling Cheater?

I don’t know what your feelings are on fruit juices, but I personally, would prefer to get my produce from food if possible. But the antioxidant load and novelty of pomegranate juice has always intrigued me. So when Ryan from POM Wonderful contacted me about sampling the juice after I met one of his co-workers at FitBloggin’, I knew it was time to give it a shot! After taking a straight swig of the juice, I knew it would be ...continue reading

Pack it Up

My sisters and I all had our contributions for our Easter dinner this year…making my Mom very excited that all she had to prepare was dessert! For my two dishes, I went with a fresh and colorful theme. Very spring-like!  The new experiment I tried out came courtesy of the new “Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious and Guilt Free Recipes on the Planet” cookbook. What makes this book slightly different than ...continue reading

Taking a Bite out of Baltimore

As everyone reading knows by now, I spent last weekend in Baltimore livin’ it up at Fitbloggin. The seminars at the conference were helpful, the food was tasty and the company was fantastic! Here’s a brief overview of some of the bites I took and great people I met while soaking up the sun in Maryland… When I hopped on my plane from Chicago, I saw someone sitting right in front of me with a notebook with ...continue reading