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Artichokes, slow cooked

The ins and outs of cooking and eating artichokes. A flower-on-a-thistle plant that I love! What’s in season? March to May ’tis the season for California-grown artichokes. It’s where all the commercial artichokes in this country come from. What were they thinking? You just have to wonder who first ate this flower-on-a-thistle plant. Thank goodness they did! Artichoke nutrition One large artichoke has about 5 grams of fiber with only 25 calories, and is a …

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Morning, Cappuccino

Better bones, blood pressure and muscles. A cappuccino is a morning ritual worth getting up for! How do you begin your morning? Mine begins with a gift. My husband makes me a cappuccino. Every. Single. Day. Warm and flavorful, it’s more than a cup of coffee. It’s a thing. A moment. It is my soul food. ❤️ I fell in love with this drink on a trip to Italy. In fact, we brought home an espresso …

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My favorite spring recipe is Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb Compote is one of the first recipes I make in spring. This rhubarb, ginger, and orange recipe tops yogurt, oatmeal, cornbread, and ice cream! One of the things I like best about rhubarb is that it’s one of the first plants to wake up in spring. I love to see the leaves peaking through snow. Once it starts growing, it really gets going. It seems each time I pass by more leaves have unfurled and …

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LiveBest Seasonally

So happy to share my e-book LiveBest Seasonally. From summer to spring, LiveBest Seasonally is filled with solutions  to use seasonal foods. Delicious recipes with power-packed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and more using ingredients that are easy to find, plus some nutrition nuggets thrown in…just because. One year I made a goal to photograph the sunsets. Not every day, but several times per week. As an amateur photographer, the point was to stop and notice …

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How to make a Mushroom Spinach Frittata

Mushroom Spinach Frittata is a go-to for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Use what you have on hand for this frittata recipe. On behalf of every egg that ever was, I’m sorry. The ins and outs of eggs. One year eggs are in. One year eggs are out. It’s enough to scramble your brain! Egg nutrition and calories in an egg They’re in now and for good reason. For the money, these little packages are nutrient-packed. …

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Snacks for Happy Hour video

Finally! It’s Friday. Do you have a FAC? I have some ideas for you. People always want to know what a dietitian would serve. Here are foods to LiveBest… even at Happy Hour. Check out my video! [youtube id=”aw3en7aS35g”] What are you serving at your Friday Afternoon Club?

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What I served to my book group: Blue Cheese Chive Dip

Blue Cheese Dip goes with apples, crackers, pears, and dried apricots. I love sweet and salty combos and this dip recipe is one of my favorites! The book was good, so I spent the weekend reading. Guess I should have been cooking. I was supposed to bring something to my book group. Oops! Book Club snack I didn’t have time to run to the store so started a search. The snow had finally melted and I …

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How to make Texas Chile, delicious comfort food

Slow cooked, richly flavored Texas Chili recipe is great for entertaining. Lean chunks of tender beef and flavorful sauce, a beef chili that’s comfort food! Winter comfort food As winter hangs on I’m rallying with comfort food. I mean, when you’ve had a recipe for more than 35 years, isn’t that the definition of comfort? Or is comfort food something that simmers and sends yummy aromas wafting through the house? Comfort food seems to taste better when …

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A super simple healthy Brussels Sprout Slaw

Brussel Sprouts Slaw is a super simple salad that even those who aren’t crazy about Brussel Sprouts like! It’s an easy coleslaw recipe. Did you know most of us turn right when we enter a grocery store? It’s true many stores are designed that way. Without even thinking, we’re heading to a gold mine…directly into the produce department. Green vegetables mean go Green means go. So don’t hesitate to push your cart toward the green …

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How to make my favorite healthy Berry Banana Smoothie

A berry banana smoothie is how I start most weekends. Filled with foods that deliver health-boosting benefits, I’m happy to share my favorite healthy smoothie recipe with with you! A glass of liquid crimson. A glass of goodness. Tart, cold, sweet, fresh…can’t you just taste it? This is my glass of happiness because it means Hello, WEEKEND! It puts pizzazz in my morning. Even more, this smoothie helps me close the gap on eating fiber, protein and …