A New Use for Zucchini (Waffles!)

With a couple of months off work, summertime gives me a great opportunity to experiment with recipes and try new things.  This summer has been no exception.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the kitchen creating meals with all of the fresh, local produce available right now.  Veggies can liven up old dishes, adding…

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Independence Day

For years Independence Day meant a weekend at the lake with the family, podgy pies, popsicles, tubing, and Mom anxiously watching her boys light fire work, hoping for the best.  But now as a Military spouse fortunate enough to spend the Fourth with her husband, thinking of all those families who do not, my locale…

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Coconut Flour Pancakes

Cutting out the grains does not mean cutting out the flavor.  These pancakes are made with coconut flour, which is sweet and hearty without a strong coconut taste, honey, which adds sweetness as well as depth of flavor, eggs, milk, baking soda, and vanilla.  While grain flour may make dishes more light and fluffy and…

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Taste the Rainbow. Veggie Style.

Processed food is addicting.  The combination of sugar, fat, and salt is purposefully  used to keep customers coming back for more.  While watching one of those weight loss shows that I’m addicted to, I heard one of the contestants say, “Kicking an addiction to food is harder than other  addictions, an alcoholic can avoid alcohol,…

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Creating Great Goals

Goals Creating goals is a critical part of progressing  toward a healthier lifestyle.  Without goals, it is MUCH more difficult to measure progress and keep motivated as you work toward a healthier lifestyle. Often times, focusing on just one goal wreaks havoc on other aspects of your life, on the other hand, creating too many…

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Holy Tomatoes

Would you like to come to dinner at my house?  Well, then you’d better bring your own table, because mine is covered in produce. Looking at my kitchen table right now I am thinking one of two things; either we eat A LOT of food in this house or I went a little overboard at…

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HYDRATION. Why you should start drinking.

School is out.  For most people this would mean the beginning of warm weather and pool time, for those of us south of the Mason Dixon line it was hitting 95 degrees in May, so we’re over it already.  Unfortunately Mother Nature isn’t done with it yet, so we must learn to enjoy it.  But…

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Improve Your Performance With a Workout Journal

It’s testing time at school, we started reviewing for the SOL tests (it stands for Standards of Learning….how ironic) as well as exams.  Mostly I’m just trying to keep their attention long enough to get a thing or two into their brains everyday.  Although a pain, these tests do give us some valuable information–whether or not…

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Local, Seasonal Food filled with Nutrients and Flavor

I have bad news….Julia Child and I are NOT soul mates.  It all began with my introduction to Mastering the Art of French Cooking last summer, this cook book changed the way I thought about cooking.  I loved the way she talked about food (and to it), the way she took time to experiment and create, the way…

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The Vitamin D Dilemma

With blue eyes, pale skin, and freckles, I have always been  prime candidate for a good sunburn.  My whole life I have avoided a sun burn by slathering on sunscreen and spending hours in the sun, not realizing that I my sunblock was blocking UVB rays, which totally prevent the formation of Vitamin D.  The…

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HOW TO GET FIT AND STAY FIT

An Introduction to Nutrition and Fitness  In the past few weeks I’ve talked to a few people who want to get in shape but they’re really not sure where to start.  There are so many diets and exercise options, which one do you pick?  I choose to eat a diet based upon meat, vegetables, fruits,…

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An Eggplant Just Exploded in my Oven

Due to a power outage at school, I am working from home today.  By “working from home,” I mean catching up on laundry (long gone are the days when I could do laundry every three weeks) and trying out all of the new Indian ingredients I picked up on my last shopping trip, while watching…

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Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver cares enough about the health of America’s adults and children to move his entire family to the U.S. in order to bring his Food Revolution to LA.  He has made some HUGE changes in order to make our country healthier.   What have we done?  I encourage you to think about that as you…

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Even After Workout #5, They’re All Still Alive

We are now in the final week of the No BS Open, which has turned out to be a friendly competition between some really RARE women who are striving to better themselves by implementing (at least) one extra workout each week.  This week Norah, Lee, and Helen all completed the workout.  I got the privilege…

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Weekly Meal Plan and Grocery List

It has been a couple weeks since I’ve posted a meal plan, we have been super busy at the Bradley household–mostly with visitors, sinuses, and upper respiratory infections!  I haven’t been able to taste food in over a week, so cooking it really wasn’t high on my priority list!  The week before last, we did…

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Lauren’s Local Loves: Foode

While my sister was visiting last week, we visited beautiful downtown Fredericksburg.  Of course we stopped at the Kitchen at Whitingham and Hyperion, and did some wine shopping at Virginia Wine Experience, but we found a new local love as well.  It was a rainy, chilly day and our little shopping excursion had left us…

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Workout #5 and the 28 Health Choices You Will Make Today

This week’s workout was another burner–if you haven’t noticed I prefer the fast and furious workouts, mostly because they don’t allow you much time to think, just GO!  Great job to Lee, Norah, Jen, Helen, and Karen for completing this workout which consisted of 100 push ups, 100 sit ups and 100 squats–you girls ROCK! …

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Homemade Sausage

Yesterday afternoon we got together at a friend’s house to carry on a family tradition of theirs.  As military families, we don’t always have our blood relatives around to share these traditions with, so we end up sharing and celebrating our family traditions with our military family.  By doing this we learn a lot about each…

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No BS Open Workout #4 (Updated)

Norah, rockin’ out some front squats. I don’t know about you, but after I completed last week’s workout, it hurt to laugh a little bit!  Great job to Lee, Helen, and Norah for completing this great ab workout, it was challenging and a lot of fun.  Lee and I did it side by side and…

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Freeing Yourself from Negativity, Releasing your Inner Strength

I realize I spend a lot of time writing about emotion on a nutrition and fitness blog, but for good reason.  Often times our progress toward good nutrition and fitness is blunted by our own fears, doubts, and negativity.  We fear we won’t succeed at  exercising or eating well,  we box ourselves in with our…

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Eggplant Lasagna: transforming a new food into a comfort food.

Eggplant was not on my grocery list when I ventured out on Friday evening, but when I saw how great it looked at the store, I couldn’t turn it down.   It was beautiful with smooth skin in a beautiful shade of purple…it was love at first site.  I tried desperately to grow eggplant in my…

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No BS Open Workout #3

Workout #2 was fast a furious, with 5 rounds of 100 meter sprints and 10 squats, there was barely any time to breath.  The women that completed the workout this week showed that time is never an excuse, with all four of them finishing in under 5 minutes.  Lee finished in 3 minutes flat, Norah…

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Muffins, Pancakes, and Pizza!! Ohhhhh Myyyyy!!

I am tardy again, but here is another meal plan!  This week is filled with some of my favorite healthy substitutes for unhealthy meals like pizza, pancakes, and muffins! And, as always, it’s GRAIN FREE! This week’s meal plan contains: 5 full dinner recipes 1 breakfast recipe 1 dessert recipe 1 kid’s lunch recipe 1…

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Gettin’ Rid of the Grains (and the gut)

Cutting down on grain consumption can be tough, especially in the middle of this “whole grains are going to save your life and reduce your cholesterol and lower your risk of cancer and make you an Ironman athlete” society.  Everywhere you go: whole wheat pasta, whole wheat waffles, whole grain bread, whole wheat this and…

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No BS Open Week 1 Finishers and Week 2 Workout!

Last week I posted a pretty tough workout as part of the “No BS Open”–it was really an attempt to get people moving and get some of you to try something new!  I did have 6  of the original 8 people complete the workout and send in the results, which was awesome!  I didn’t get anyone who…

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Weekly Meal Plan and Grocery List March 21-26

This week’s meal plan and grocery list includes: 5 dinner recipes 1 breakfast recipe 2 kid’s lunch recipes 1 snack recipe 1 condiment recipe 1 dessert recipe a preparation checklist for the week a full grocery list ideas for healthy snacks With old favorites like Sloppy Jo and ice cream made healthier, and new recipes…

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Patience is a virtue…

I’ve made a couple more changes to the Weekly Meal Plan this week, adding a dessert, 2 kids lunch recipes, and a snack recipe to really round out your healthy diet for the week!  The only down fall is, it won’t be ready today, but by tomorrow morning.  It has been a busy day filled…

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The Tragic School Lunch

School lunch is sad, there’s no other way to put it.  Processed meat wrapped in cheap bread, starchy, overcooked vegetables, fruit served in sugary syrup, over-salted, over processed “food” filled with additives and hydrogenated oils.  If you think I’m being a little bit pessimistic here, go eat lunch with your kids.  The lunch  menu can be…

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Real Food Snacks

Sticking to a real food diet has proven to be challenging, but not all too difficult.  I enjoy fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and such, so eating them is not the problem.  The problem lies in those moments where I need (or want) food right NOW.  I am hungry, I don’t want to cook I just want…

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No BS Open Week 1

This is my version of the Crossfit Games Open 2011, for 6 weeks I will publish one workout per week for you to complete.  Just ONE workout per week, that’s all!  The workout will be posted Tuesday and must be completed by Sunday at midnight.  Complete the workout and send your results to me at…

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