It’s usually a wonderful thing when chocolate and peanut butter come together, and these granola bars are no exception. With the peanut butter’s heart-healthy unsaturated fat and the oats’ fiber, these make a fulling and nutritious portable snack or on-the-go breakfast item. Best of all? A batch can be made well in advance and kept in the fridge for at least 2 weeks. Yum!

Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food to me. Boil them, mash them, roast them, bake them, make pancakes or pasta out of them… the answer will always be yes. It’s fortunate, then, that potatoes provide valuable nutrition as well as valuable flavor. A medium potato has more potassium than a banana, 8% of your daily fiber needs, 45% of your daily vitamin C, and 6% of your daily iron. I’m convinced that there’s no wrong way to cook a potato, but this way is one of my favorites for a quick weeknight side. These have been spiced with smoky paprika and roasted until they’re crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Potato perfection. … View Post

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can never have enough quick meal recipes up your sleeve. Quesadillas make for a super easy and speedy meal, and adding in an extra plant (beans, veggies) can pump up the flavor and the fiber content. Beans are chock-full of fiber, protein, B-vitamins, iron, and minerals, and I love that so much nutrition can be packed into such a humble (and cheap!) food. 

Hey ya’ll! I’ve been taking a little break from blogging to recover from a cold and enjoy the incredible summer weather we’ve been having around St. Louis over the past couple of weeks. It’s 66 degrees and all the windows in my house are open right now — how is it August?? I’ll be back with more recipes next week, but in the meantime, enjoy some nutrition news and some blast-from-the-past blog recipes!    NEW IN FOOD: A study has found that the brain is involved in telling the body to either store or release fat after eating. The study suggests that some individuals may be at greater risk of obesity due to this brain… View Post

Maybe peppercorns in ice cream sounds a little off-putting to you, but trust me: you need to give this a try. I first had this stunning combination of flavors at a gelato shop in Seattle, and at first bite, I knew I’d have to recreate it at home. The flecks of pink peppercorn speckled throughout added just the right amount of spicy zing to contrast with the ever-sweet strawberries. I’ve made this recipe a few times now, and it’s already earned a spot in the regular rotation of frozen desserts around here. You may have the best luck buying pink peppercorns online as they’re sometimes tough to find in stores. I found some at a… View Post