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When others ask me what my specialty is, I generally tell them “making healthy food taste great.” Nothing could be more true than with vegetables. I was determined years ago that my child would eat his veggies, and sure enough, he does today. Some creations took more trial and error than others, but my version...
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Welcome to Week 5 of the ten-week New Year Health Challenge, courtesy of Christine Kling of Body Basics LLC in Boise ID.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It is your first meal after having fasted for 7-12 hours. Starting your metabolic system back up first thing in the morning is vital to the amount of...
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For seven weeks, I am teaching a course at Anser Charter School in Boise called the Great Veggie Challenge for students in grades 1-3. The course description starts by saying: Are you ready to take the challenge and prove to yourself and your parents that you can eat – and actually like – vegetables? During...
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Ever fear that what you’re doing, eating or even thinking will make you fat? Fear not!  Today I’m going to repudiate the myths about weight gain I most frequently hear or see. In my humble opinion, you won’t get fat if (Fill In the Blank). 1. I don’t do a cardio workout every day. As...
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Today, I’d like to share another easy, healthy family favorite — tuna with pasta and capers. In fact, due to its popularity, I have created many variations of the original dish, such as using chicken in place of tuna, substituting different vegetables and adding mozzarella. The recipe was inspired by the wonderful cookbook, License to...
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Especially when it’s cool or rainy outside, there’s nothing that warms the body better than shepherd’s pie, comfort food at its best. Also called cottage pie, this dish contains a meat  and vegetable base with mashed potatoes on top. It’s quick to prepare and there’s enough leftover for lunch the next day! My recipe is...
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Last week was truly one where I pinched pennies without skimping on nutrients! Check out how I made a $2 bag of black beans feed a family for three meals, all while serving up vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. Night #1 Slow Cooker Black Beans I followed Jenna’s instructions, on her blog Eat Live Run,...
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