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Holiday Eating: How to Let Go of the Guilt and Enjoy the Food

We’ve reached that time of year when the treats are plentiful, the food is rich, and the drinks enticing. We’ve also reached the moment when many of us start to make deals with ourselves:“I’ll go all out until the New Year and then I’ll reset in a big way.” “I’ll go nuts today and then will only eat salad and exercise every day for the rest of the week.” “I’ll only eat a little bit/skip all the carbs/avoid anything with sugar, so that I can have X, Y, or Z.” I know these deals because I used to make them with myself, not just at the holidays, but all year round. My eating was in a constant state of negotiation, until I learned to let go, listen to my body’s cues, and enjoy food again. It wasn’t an overnight change, but this switch changed my life, so I wanted to share some of the baby steps that helped me to get to where I am (modified for the season we are in, so that maybe you can enjoy the holiday goodies, while staying sane in the...

Breakfast-Ready Apple Crisp

 This month’s challenge from The Recipe Redux (a recipe development community I recently joined) was to think back to when you were a kid and share a recipe you cooked early on or one that you cook now with the kids in your life. This apple crisp recipe checks off both of those boxes! As a kid, I wasn’t much for cooking (read more about that here). In fact, the only type of food I was interested in learning how to make (like many kids) was dessert. One of my favorites to make with my mom was apple crisp. This was for two reasons: 1) it was a beloved dessert and 2) I’ve always found peeling apples to be incredibly satisfying (weird, I know). Over the years, my mom and I have tinkered with the crisp’s topping and this version is truly my favorite because it has a satisfying crunch and lots of flavor, thanks to the use of nuts and nut flour in the place of all-purpose flour. The nuts and nut flour also add protein making this not only a fantastic dessert but...

Why I Believe Snacks and Treats Are Important

The other day, my son came home from a birthday party and was starving and cranky. I was taken aback because this was a celebration that he had been really looking forward to. When I asked why he hadn’t eaten he said, “I didn’t think you would want me to eat too much junk food.” Given what I do for a living, you might think that this was a moment of pride for me—that he was able to determine which foods were healthy and which weren’t and had avoided the unhealthier options—but, in fact, it made me deeply sad. Sad because instead of just living in the moment and enjoying the celebration with his friends, my son had spent time thinking about which foods I would approve of and had chosen to skip certain snacks and treats because of what he thought I might think.Why I Believe Snacks and Treats are ImportantAs someone who struggled to build a healthy relationship with food for much of my life, my goal has always been to raise kids who have a positive relationship...

Homemade Barbeque Tortilla Chips with Avocado-Lime Smash

This month, I am so excited to announce that I’ve joined The Recipe Redux a community of health-conscious food bloggers. Each month we are challenged to develop a recipe around a certain theme. It is a really fun way to think outside the box about healthy eating, to stretch our recipe development skills, and to share cool recipes with one another. This month, the challenge was to create a healthy, crunchy snack food that would be well-received during back to school season. Honestly, the timing of the challenge couldn’t be more perfect since we are kicking off the treat week of our Back to School Survival Sale. This week is all about savoring and enjoying snacks and treats and this recipe will bring you one step closer to doing that!

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When I was contemplating different crunchy snack ideas, I decided to ask my 8-year-old what snack food he wished that we could make...

Road Trip Foods Everyone Will Love

It was wonderful to be back on Good Morning Washington this morning to share some of my favorite road trip foods everyone will love, along with some tips on how to make feeding everyone as easy as possible. https://youtu.be/wshNGlo7Q9k Here are the recipes that I shared:Spinach MuffinsWhen I first developed this spinach muffin recipe my younger son loved them so much that he asked if they could be made for his birthday cake! They are packed with spinach and sweetened with banana and just a little bit of sugar, so you can feel great about serving these to your friends and family. They also freeze well so they can be made ahead of time and then thrown into the bag as you run out the door (that way they will help keep your other foods cool as well!). Find the recipe here.Crunchy Rainbow WrapsThese wraps are easily portable, endlessly variable depending on what you have in your fridge, and pack an incredibly satisfying crunch with every bite. Find the recipe

4 Watermelon Recipes for the 4th!

I don’t know about you, but the first food that comes to mind when I think of the 4th of July is watermelon. I have vivid childhood memories of watermelon juice sliding down my chin and spitting the big black seeds into the grass as I watched the fireworks from the banks of the Charles River in Boston. There is nothing more summery to me than watermelon. So this year, I wanted to share some of my favorite, creative ways to serve up that consummate summer treat at your celebrations on this 4th of July. All of these would be great to bring to a potluck, eat out in the backyard, or pack up for a picnic.4 Watermelon Recipes for the 4th!Watermelon Feta and Mint Cubes. This appetizer, invented by Scramble founder Aviva’s son Solomon, is so delicious, simple, and easy to prepare. Get your kids in on the fun by asking them to assemble the towers.Watermelon Caprese Salad with Arugula. A Scramble favorite! As Scramble recipe tester Jen Grosman said, “it tastes...

Hitting the Road? Pack Travel Food!

When I was six-years-old, we took our first trip to Europe. I was so excited. Excited about the trip, excited about the airplane—I was even excited about the prospect of getting to eat dinner on a plane—it felt like such a special thing. I also remember that dinner and how deeply disappointing it was, even for a six-year-old. I remember the highlight being a spongy, slightly stale piece of chocolate cake. Yuck. Now when we travel with the kids, and even when we travel on our own, I tend to go a little overboard on the snacks and mini-meals. I am a tad paranoid about being stranded without food, whether it be stuck in traffic or stranded in an airport with a delay. It has gotten to the point where when I offer the boys a snack while we are traveling, they will keep repeating, “what else do you have? What else do you have? What else do you have?” Because they know that there is almost an endless supply of goodies. I pack lots of snacks and avoid the food at rest...

After School Snack Ideas

I don't know about how it works in your house, but in mine the boys get home from school or camp and the first thing out of their mouths is, "can I have a snack?" Coming up with healthy(ish) ideas that will get them through until dinner can be a challenge, so we pulled together a list of some of our favorite after school snack ideas to help keep you sane.After School Snack Ideas1. Graham crackers with peanut butter 2. Nuts and raisin mix, trail mix (add whole grain cereal, if desired), or just nuts or raisins or dried cranberries and almonds 3. Quesadillas (melted cheese on whole wheat 
tortillas or corn tortillas) 4. Popcorn, homemade or store bought (look for brand that is low in sodium and fat) 5. Fudgy Figgy Balls6. Tortilla chips and salsa, guacamole or topped with shredded cheese and refried beans and put in the microwave or under the broiler (nachos) 7. Muffins or breads, such as banana, pumpkin, corn, or zucchini (you can make a 
batch and...

Make Your Own Luck This St. Patrick’s Day with Fun, Healthy, Green Foods

Green. Green is the color of St. Patrick’s Day. When I was a kid growing up in Boston, if you weren’t wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, you’d get punched in the arm. Then, in college (and beyond) it was all about the green beer. Neither of these celebrations were ever particularly appealing to me, despite my Irish lineage. So instead of punches and terrible hangovers, I thought it would be fun to pull together some green food ideas that are healthy, simple, and delicious crowd-pleasers for your family and friends, or to help you to get some nourishing food in your system before the celebrations begin. Watch Jessica make the Spinach Muffins and Green Machine Quesadillas on Facebook Live!Make Your Own Luck This St. Patrick's Day with Fun, Healthy, Green FoodsIncredible Hulk Power SmoothieBe a lean, green fighting machine with this fun and delicious smoothie, packed with nutrients and lots of flavor. It is as good as gold at the end of the rainbow! ...

Whole Wheat Cranberry-Walnut Scones

My mom turned me onto homemade scones years and years ago. When I first started making them, they were filled with a lot more sugar and white flour, but over time I made the transition to 100% whole wheat flour and they are utterly satisfying and delicious! Serve them straight from the oven slathered with butter and jam, or freeze them and then defrost for a satisfying and delicious on-the-go breakfast. Watch Jessica make this on Facebook Live.Whole Wheat Cranberry-Walnut SconesPrep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 20 minutes, Total Time: 30 minutes Makes 8 servings 2 cups whole wheat flour (I like the white whole wheat from King Arthur Flour) (use wheat/gluten-free all-purpose flour, if needed) 3 Tbsp. sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped1 cup lowfat plain yogurt or buttermilk
Preheat oven to 390 degrees and spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray, or line...