Slow-Cooker Italian Vegetable Soup


Welp, Punxsutawny Phil has spoken and it looks like this bitterly chilly winter will be six weeks longer (if you believe the folklore). A reasonable anecdote for that cold news: comfort food! My Slow-Cooker Italian Vegetable soup is soul-satisfying without being belt-busting. Rather than pasta or brown rice, this recipe swaps in cauliflower "rice," making each bowl gluten-free, vegan and packed with nothing but nutritious vegetables. ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special: Healthy Halloween Treats + 10 Half-Marathon Tips

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It's been an absolutely beautiful week here in the Midwest! After a chilly, drizzly Sunday seven days ago (which I celebrated by running outside, naturally), we have been treated to sunny days with temperatures around 70°. That's my kind of fall! On Friday, we had a fun office pumpkin-carving competition, and yesterday, I enjoyed an outing to a local concert and a new video game bar in town. Get this: They were playing American ...continue reading

Soup’s On! Five New Ways to Try It

Not only is soup a great vehicle for tasty veggies, but it’s also soul-warming and comforting on even the coldest of days. How can you not feel cozy with your hands cupped around with a big mug of steaming goodness? Since fall is here, there’s no better time to put a pot of soup on and grab a spoon! I recently tried Dr. McDougall’s Light Sodium Garden Vegetable (seen below at left, and picked up at Bed, Bath & ...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

Jason Stole My Heart

Jason and I first met about two years ago in a journalism class. See, I was writing an article about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) for my magazine writing course when Jason popped into my life. Since then, our relationship has blossomed, although Jason and I haven’t been able to meet each other as much as we would like. You may be thinking, “Karla! You have been keeping secrets about a long-term romantic relationship for ...continue reading

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to walshsr (Sarah), the winner of the Healthful Bites/Progresso giveaway! Sarah mentioned that she enjoyed Reames Chicken Noodle Soup Kit as a quick homemade soup substitute. For your comment, you’ll be receiving two cans of Progresso soup, a lovely Friends-style mug and a digital jump rope! I’ll pass along your information to Laurie and you should receive your package soon. Thanks for reading! And if you ...continue reading