Category Archives: tips & tricks

What to eat (and not eat) when traveling

I’ll be in and out of airports all weekend, and it’s got me thinking what happens if I get hungry? So I’ve included 2 helpful articles about what to eat when traveling, one about what to choose at airport food courts, and the second about what snacks to bring with you whether traveling by plane, train, or automobile.

The conclusion? Bring your own healthy snacks from home! It’s cheaper, more convenient, and much more nutritious than any other options. So no Starbucks, I do not want cake on a stick, thank you.


Tips from this weekend

Although my weekends always include a fair amount of eating out, there is always room for wise choices. At a favorite brunch restaurant visited this weekend, we split an entrée, and had them plate is separately. This picture looks like a normal sized portion, but this is HALF of the whole entrée. This is the case at many restaurants – huge entrees that are too big for one person. The key here is to split it or take half home!


Pictured here is a veggie pizza. The key to cutting out calories here is to order the thinnest crust pizza. Ordering a thin crust can cut out as much as 200 calories per slice!


Strategies to Control hunger

If you ever find yourself so hungry you think you could eat an entire pizza come dinner time, read this. Before you indulge in a heavy meal to satisfy your immense hunger try having a small snack before your meal. A recent study in the journal Obesity Research found that people who ate an 80-calorie appetizer that included three key ingredients—a type of fat, a protein and a fiber—went on to eat 43 percent fewer calories at their next meal. Check out the link for more information!

Cayenne pepper’s secret powers

New research from Purdue University is supporting the theory that as much as half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper added to a meal can help you consume fewer calories. Pass the pepper!

Healthy Cinco de Mayo swaps

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo without the calorie overload with these simple swaps. Rather than substitute low-fat ingredients (and sacrifice flavor), just make swaps like corn tortillas (50 calories) instead of flour wraps (300 calories). Self Magazine put together a few more tips for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations:

4/24/11 brunch

Easter brunch consisted of fresh fruit and sausage cheese balls. I prepared a big batch, and ate about 7 of them. (Two or three were popped as I was preparing the plates, thus are not pictured on my plate). Around 500 calories.

These sausage cheese balls are always a huge hit, and are a family tradition of mine at holidays. Although their main components are sausage and cheese, all things in moderation! Here is the recipe:


Are you an enthusiastic “taste tester” when you’re cooking? Some hepful hints for this problem are chewing a mint-flavored gum while cooking. Here are some more tips to help with this mindless eating:


10 Health Benefits of Yogurt

Yogurt’s got power-boosting protein and bone-building calcium. It can also help you lose weight and fend off a cold. Fitness magazine has given us the scoop on what it can do — and how much you should eat.

15 Healthy, Homemade Snacks Under 100 Calories

Postponing food intake can lead to a voracious appetite, because our brain tells us that the body is hungry and we should have eaten! This can easily lead to overeating the second we get our hands on something edible. The answer? Snacks.  Planning a snack between each meal is they key to ensuring this mistake never happens to you. Save calories and cash by make your own snacks at home using healthy ingredients. Here are 15 great snack ideas from Fitness magazine:

How to Cheat Without Wrecking Your Diet


The secret to shedding pounds isn’t saying “no” to good food, it’s learning how to say “yes” without causing major damage. Completely avoiding your favorite foods can lead to overdoing it later. Allowing yourself the occasional splurge helps you truly enjoy the treat — and that makes it easier to take a pass on little extras the rest of the time. The gals over at Fitness magazine have some pointers on how to successfully “cheat” without wrecking your diet.

10 Eating Mistakes to Avoid

You probably don’t need me to tell you that your metabolism slows with age. But its a hot topic in emerging research right now. There is even things you can do to help rev it up again. The average woman gains 1 1/2 pounds a year during her adult life – an eye-opening statistic! But midlife weight gain isn’t a guarantee. The wonderful staff over at Prevention have found eating strategies that can help tackle these changes in metabolism.