Who’s counting (calories) anyways?

With technology on the rise and smart phones appearing in hands on every corner, it’s no surprise that more and more people are counting calories. When I reflect on smart phone apps that track calories, I find myself in a caloric dilemma.

On one hand, as people track the calories of what they eat, they are becoming more knowledgeable about the foods they eat and in turn hopefully begin to make healthy food choices. Phone apps are great for this reason. People are tuning into nutrition in a way they never have before, and it’s an easy and quick way to do so.

On the other hand, I never want to encourage clients to only count their calories. Sure, the equation to lose weight is calories in vs calories out, but eating healthy is more than just numbers. Calories alone do not dictate which foods are healthy and unhealthy….

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Pumpkin oatmeal and winners of the Chobani giveaway!

This week I had an urge to make something pumpkin in light of fall and more so just because I LOVE pumpkin! All things pumpkin.

I also needed breakfast ideas for the week….

Here enters pumpkin oatmeal. I made my steel cut oats like usual as indicated on the container. But this time I jazzed it up with 1/2 can of good old pumpkin and added a little pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and agave nectar.

To add even more substance to keep me satisfied til lunch, I topped off my bowl with almonds and raisins.

My next pumpkin endeavor: Trader Joe’s pumpkin bread and pumpkin cream cheese.

Want to brush up on why pumpkin is a nutritious food? Read my post on pumpkin bread pudding.

Drum roll please, the winners of the Chobani giveaway

Congratulations to Chavia and Juliana for winning 6 coupons for free Chobani yogurt! Thanks…

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Chobani greek yogurt free giveaway!

I am excited to announce that Chobani has offered to host a giveaway for Peace, Love, and Food readers!

Two, that’s right TWO lucky Peace, Love, and Food readers will be selected to win 6 coupons each for free Chobani greek yogurt!

Why is greek yogurt amazing?

  • Packed with protein! One Chobani yogurt typically contains 14-20 grams of protein. That’s almost as much as a piece of chicken!
  • Low in sugar! Plain Chobani contains 7 grams of sugar per 6 oz of yogurt & that’s all natural.
  • Probiotics for heatlhy digestion! Chobani contains probiotics which are healthy bacteria that are beneficial for digestion.
  • Low in calories. 100 calories per serving!

No doubt about it, Chobani makes for the perfect snack that will be sure to keep you full and satisfied until your next meal. Pineapple is my favorite flavor of Chobani. The best way to…

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Pizza made healthy

I love pizza. And I have a funny feeling that most of you out there share my desire. In fact, statistics agree- the average American consumes 23 pounds of pizza per year, that is 46 slices! There is nothing wrong with indulging in pizza now and then; however, if you’re looking to cut calories, ordering out pizza is not going to help you meet your goals. A small cheese & pepperoni pizza from Domino’s for example, would cost you 1320 calories and 54 grams of fat. Is it worth it? That’s ultimately up to you, but I have a few suggestions on how you can still enjoy pizza without the extra calories and fat.

1. Cut back on the meats & add some veggies! Pepperoni, sausage, bacon…these are all going to contribute to added calories and fat. Load up on veggies instead. Not only are veggies super low…

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Easy peasy fall lunch

I love food made easy. Don’t get me wrong, I also love cooking elaborate dishes that take up a good chunk of time. But when you’re in a rush, pressed for time, have a long to-do list, food made easy is the way to go.

The other day I accidentally stumbled upon a recipe that I thought would make for the perfect fall lunch, and the upside: only 3 ingredients. Easy. Peasy.

Introducing…

Apple and cheddar whole wheat quesadillas adapted from Whole Foods

Not only do the flavors of apple and cheddar complement each other perfectly, but apples are in-season for the Fall!

This lunch took me about five minutes to make. Let me break it down for you.

1. Slice up an apple.

2. Place the apple slices on the whole wheat tortilla.

3. Top the apple slices with shredded cheddar cheese.

4. Fold over the tortilla…

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Kale chips to the rescue!

Are you the type of person that needs a satisfying crunch with a meal?

Do salty foods satisfy your cravings and make your taste buds smile?

If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, you may be a victim of commercial processed potato chips. But have no fear, Super Food Kale Chips are here and will save the day!

I admit maybe I’m being slightly dramatic but I am so excited about my new discovery, kale chips. I heard of kale chips over a twitter discussion between foodies and fellow future RDs Megan and Janet. Megan was raving about them and since I love kale and know of its super food health benefits, I decided to give it a go.

I first tried kale not too long ago when I made EatingWell’s basic sauteed kale. Comparing it to other vegetables, it does have a slightly bitter taste. If the bitter taste bothers…

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EXERCISE your right to be healthy

Saturday: 14 hours of work. Sunday: 14 hours of work. Monday: 6am-3pm. And I’m freeeeee!

Ok, so what’s my first instinct here? I’m exhausted from horrific work hours. All I want to do is sleep for the next ten days. But since I know better, I decide to take my bike out for a ride.

What exactly is it that I know better?

1. Exercise relieves stress. After working all those hours, I could definitely benefit from blowing off some steam. If you’re having a stressful week or a rough day at work, a brisk 30 minute walk can help improve your mood. That’s right, studies show that 30-60 minutes of physical activity 3-5 times/wk can improve mood, self-esteem and relieve depression.

2. Exercise improves energy. Working long hours can be exhausting. And let’s face it, when you know you have to go home and make dinner, the…

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