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About two years ago, after years of struggling with my weight, I decided to make a real change in mine and my family’s diet. I decided it was time to start cooking breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in a more traditional fashion. That meant almost eliminating our sandwich routines, french fry addictions, and after dinner sweet treats. I also really cut back on all those unnecessary processed carbs like breads and crackers and replaced them with healthy carbs like fresh fruits and vegetables.
Over the years, I’ve continued to make other changes, too. I’ve limited sugar, cut down on soybean oil (which I’ve realized is found in just about everything, even the body oil I was using!) and limited dairy. I’ve tried to model our diet and meals according to the American Diabetes Association®’s dietRead More >
I will be the first to admit when I create recipes, practices such as low-fat, sugar-free, low-carb, or even gluten-free are not the first instinctive methods I lean towards. That’s not to say I am against living a healthy lifestyle—in fact, that’s far from it. But I do recognize that a strict regimen, quite frankly, takes me a lot of time and planning. I have met a bunch of folks who are quite skilled at it and it becomes their second nature. But for me, I tend to strive towards a practice of balance so I can enjoy a little decadence from time to time.
For example, if I have a bacon cheeseburger for dinner today, I will have a salad for lunchRead More >
The primary purpose of food is to satisfy hunger, provide energy, and supply our bodies with essential nutrients. Although we also choose what we eat based on taste and personal preferences, it is important to have a strong foundation of satiety-boosting and nutrient packed foods in our daily diets.What is a satiety-boosting food?
Satiety-boosting foods are ones that are rich in fiber, healthy fats, and protein. They are digested slower, thus keeping us fuller for longer. On the other hand, foods high in refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and sugar-sweetened beverages, offer very little satiety and often lead to overeating. To build your foundation of satiety-boosting foods, check out these super-filling options.Pulses, avocados, and nuts increase satiety
Pulses—also known as beans—are a subcategory of legumes that include driedRead More >
From gluten-free to paleo to ketogenic, there’s no shortage of diets out there for people to follow. While there are some similarities between diets, there are also some major differences and as a Registered Dietitian, I believe they all have their pros and cons. It seems, however, no matter how you choose to eat, most people would agree that we should all be eating more vegetables!
Rich in fiber and nutrients, they’re a great addition to most diets. For most, it’s easy to add veggies to meals later in the day, like lunch and dinner, but many people overlook the opportunity to add vegetables to breakfast!
Enter this breakfast salad! Yes, this is a salad in the traditional sense of the word because it’s full of leafyRead More >
April 16 is National Eggs Benedict Day. And it’s one of our favorite holidays because it lets Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs prove their worth in the kitchen.What’s in Eggs Benedict?
A classic Eggs Benedict recipe features simple ingredients: poached fresh eggs, Canadian bacon, toasted English muffins, and an authentic Hollandaise sauce. The four ingredients come together to create a luscious, satisfying meal.
Feeling skittish about how to poach an egg—or how to make Hollandaise sauce? Poaching an egg takes just a few minutes. Here’s a video that shows you how to make poached eggs. Lots of variations exist, too. For example, you can use an egg poacher, which sets individual egg cups into a pan of simmering water.Variations on Eggs Benedict recipes
There are some great variations on Eggs BenedictRead More >
Four years ago, during my second week of professional culinary school, I made my very first eggs Benedict from scratch. I arrived to my classroom early and anxiously looked at the white board to see our menu for the day. The famous, sweat-inducing word appeared before me: Hollandaise sauce.
Or, as my chef instructor preferred to call it, “the sauce that smells fear…”.
Traditionally, Hollandaise sauce is served with eggs Benedict, a classic American breakfast consisting of toasted English muffin halves topped with Canadian ham or bacon, runny poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce.
Hollandaise sauce is made from raw egg yolks, butter, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and salt. For that reason alone, Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs are essential for thisRead More >
Snacking can be the key to a healthy diet when done properly. But according to the USDA, the average snack for U.S. adults tends to have higher proportions of carbs and total sugars than beneficial nutrients such as protein and fiber.What to look for in a healthy snack
The best snacks are those that fill you up quickly, keep you feeling full until mealtime, and add relatively few calories to your daily total. When picking a snack, aim for something that follows these simple criteria:
- Few calories. Most fruits and vegetables are low in calories. Even when you eat a portion that satisfies your hunger, the calorie count is low.
- High in protein. Quality protein can increase
With Easter being the big food holiday in March, you may find yourself with a plethora of leftover ham—if you’re like me, you will for sure. My friends, family, and I make it a point to enjoy epic, elaborate meals that somehow always provide more food than we need. Good thing we all love leftovers too!
You look in the fridge and see a large container of leftover bone-in ham plus extra sweet potatoes you tried to fit into the pan, but somehow that five pound bag doesn’t always fit. Naturally you should make spinach and ham sweet potato hash. All you need is a few more ingredients, including Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs, for a hearty Easter themed brunchRead More >
Spring is my all-time favorite season. The weather is getting warmer and the grass, trees, and flowers are starting to become green and bloom. After weeks of cold, dreary winter weather, the sunny warm days and bright blue skies cheer me up and make me want to grab the kids to head outdoors!
Another reason I like spring so much is for the Easter holiday celebrations! Decorating Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, overflowing Easter baskets, egg hunts, and big family get-togethers all bring back wonderful family memories.
Every Easter, we always bring home a carton of Cascarones (confetti eggs) for the kids. The Eggs do make a mess, but everyone loves to smash the confetti filled eggs on dad’s head and spread the confettiRead More >
March 20 is Macaron Day! Celebrate with our delicious pistachio macarons with pistachio ganache recipe. These confectionary delights are the perfect little indulgences—and completely safe when you use Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs.
Want even more macarons? Try our Parisian macarons with chocolate ganache recipe.Read More >