Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Trip to Portland + Healthy Weight Tips

As I write this I am on a flight back from Portland, Oregon.  This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a conference geared towards Weight Management professionals in the beautiful city.  The conference was hosted by the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group (a group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).

The conference theme was Blaze a New Trail - Explore, Engage, Evolve.  I followed the conference theme as I explored the sights of the city, engaged with other weight management professionals and companies, and evolved my knowledge on how to counsel and educate my clients to a healthier weight.  Check out some of highlights!

Exploring Portland  
This was the view from a park located across from my hotel.  I spent many hours outside enjoying this view while eating meals and meeting with some colleagues.  The weather was absolutely perfect - 70's and sunny.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Quinoa Marsala

About a month ago I was on a huge marsala kick.  I tried to make anything and everything into a marsala dish.  I started with a slow cooker chicken marsala (funny store below about this).  After a few tries at the chicken marsala I got the idea for the Quinoa Marsala recipe.  

My husband is always the taste tester for new recipes.  Sometimes he approves and sometimes he doesn't.  He couldn't get enough of this recipe.  Many of my clients are not a fan of the whole grain, quinoa due to the bold nutty flavor.  This recipe will help you overcome the fear of the quinoa flavor. The slightly sweet flavor of the marsala blends beautifully with the quinoa flavor.  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Flourless Peanut Butter Blossoms

Who says you need to add flour to your peanut butter cookie recipe?

Not this blogger.

Who says you need to add plain butter to your peanut butter cookie recipe?

Not me.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy National Pancake Day 2015!

Happy National Pancake Day 2015!

If you have ever eaten brunch out with me you know I love pancakes! Since I don't typically eat brunch outside of the house more than once a week I allow myself this higher calorie treat on occasion.  However if I desire pancakes more frequently I prepare them myself using healthier preparation techniques.  Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite recipes!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Year Ago Today

Hello Friends!!

I believe a new hashtag has been created.  #TB1Y = Throw Back One Year!

What did you do on February 22, 2014?  Typically I wouldn't remember what I did a year ago, unless it was a memorable day.  A year ago today was a Saturday.  I remember it was a particularly warm day for February in Atlanta, so we jumped on the opportunity to go for a run outside. When we got back from the run it was time to get ready for dinner with our friends.  I do not remember what inspired me to do this, but before I got ready I decided to take a pregnancy test and....


Soooo many emotions immediately poured through my head.  Feelings of excitement, nervousness, and the unknown were present.  The last pregnancy test I had taken was approximately 4 months prior when I experienced a very early miscarriage.  During this first pregnancy I actually had signs of the miscarriage before I knew I was pregnant. While the experience was devastating, there were a few positive outcomes.  My body was able to conceive a child.  I did not have false hope about the pregnancy and carry the baby for a significant period of time.  On February 22, 2014 I had no signs of a miscarriage.
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