Healthy Cooking Thursday – Fast Vegetarian Quesadilla

Healthy fast food recipes are very important to have in your arsenal.  Time is far too precious to the average 21st century working girl, which is why so many of us take the easy way out and stop for that tempting take-out on the way home from a hard day.  But with recipes like this […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Strawberry Chocolate Freeze

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and this recipe is a fine way to treat a Mom to something low-fat yet decadent tasting.  With the texture of soft-serve ice cream and a gentle chocolate flavor, Mom will know that eating healthy can be downright delicious.  Plus, this recipe is easy enough for kids (or culinarily-challenged Dads) to make themselves.  Strawberry Chocolate […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – You Eat With Your Eyes First, Part Two

(This is a continuation of last Thursday's post on increasing the satiety qualities of a healthy meal.) If you are careful about pasta, you know that the portion of 2 ounces of cooked spaghetti can be downright depressing, it looks so small. Use hollow pasta shapes such as penne and ziti instead. The same 2 […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – You Eat With Your Eyes First

Here at our healthy weight loss spa, we talk a lot about satiety. Satiety is more than just satisfaction, it refers to that feeling of being gratified from what you’ve experienced. And eating a nutritionally appropriate meal just might not be enough to cause that feeling. For example, consider a perfectly healthy meal of baked […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Mustards that Make the Cut

I’m often asked by the ladies who visit our healthy weight loss spa what I have in my pantry at home. That’s a pretty multicultural spot, as I’m a fan of many different cuisines, but I try to keep to the basics without too many excessive specialty items. One place where I crave variety, however, […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Stir Fry as Meditation

Few things get my head straight like doing detailed knife work.  So when I'm having an off day, I will often turn to the vegetables in my fridge for clarity.  Executing brunoise (dicing things really small), chiffonade (cutting leafy things into thin ribbons), or even a simple julienne (slicing into strips) can force me to get my head out […]

The New Green Mountain at Fox Run Cookbook!

It's been 2 weeks since the release of our 2011 Edition of Recipes for Living, but the thrill has not faded for our culinary staff.  How nice it's been to be able to respond to the question, "Today's lunch was great, is this recipe in the new cookbook?" with a resounding, "Yes it is and the […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Goat Cheese Snacks

Glorious Chevre, I love you so.  Goat cheese is an ingredient some people are frightened to try; maybe it’s too “exotic” or they fear the “gamey” flavor expected from a product of a goat.  I have converted dozens of people to chevre lovers, often by being sneaky about it and putting it on a nice cracker with something […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Super Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  While this holiday has inspired drinkables such as green beer and, ahem, Shamrock Shakes, here at Green Mountain, I can’t think of any way better to celebrate than one of Robyn’s liquid salads. It may sound odd, but I love these!  To be honest, sometimes even I don’t feel like eating my vegetables.  […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – My Top Ten Healthy Kitchen Tools

It can be difficult to wade through the myriad kitchen supply stores in an attempt to build an arsenal of tools for your kitchen, especially when so much of the equipment out there is so specialized. Do you really need a quesadilla maker, a strawberry huller, or a garlic press? In my 15 years of […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Salmon Fillet with Pineapple Salsa

Our Healthy Salmon Recipe Features A Delicious Pineapple Salsa Cabin fever is running rampant in the Green Mountains.  While many of our friends to the south are experiencing Spring’s first signs, we have nary a robin nor blade of grass visible, unless the plow trucks have dug up our yards in their attempts to eradicate […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Pesto Chicken Meatballs

These days, foodies everywhere are talking about meatballs.  These humble staples of most moms' menus have taken center stage as a food trend for 2011, much to the surprise and confusion of many chefs.  After all, meatballs are so lowbrow.  I like to think of this trend as a good sign; maybe backlash against the uber processed scientific food movement (do you […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – How Do I Make These Grains Delicious?

Recently, Robyn (as well as the US government) suggested reducing refined grains for numerous healthy reasons.  But there’s a reason that many folks avoid barley, quinoa, millet, amaranth, oats, brown rice, and all their whole grain buddies; many people find them hard to make delicious, aside from adding tons of fat and sodium to them.  Here […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Winter Produce Choices

At this time of year, with the snow piled high and the temperatures just barely starting to rise into the thirties again (balmy!), it can be hard foraging in your grocery store's produce section.  Eating seasonally becomes tricky mid-winter if you are focused on healthy eating and trying to get all your fruits and veggies in.  Luckily, […]

How To Reduce Refined Grains

The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was recently released and while many of the recommendations are not shockingly different from the 2005 guidelines, there were a few interesting changes. What caught my eye is the discussion, albeit it short, on reducing our intake of refined grains.  Previously, not much was mentioned about refined grains in […]

It Happened This Week – New Dietary Guidelines, Lousy Labeling, and Wearing Red

New dietary guidelines were released by the US Government on Monday, encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and veggies, mind their portion sizes, drink more water, and consume less salt. Also stressed are increased exercise, switching to low or fat free milk based products, consuming more whole grains, and choosing seafood over meat. Sounds like […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Crock Pot Barbeque

You're busy.  I get it. At our ladies' healthy lifestyle resort, one of the most common recipe requests I hear is ideas for crock pot cooking.  The problem is, I never use a crock pot when I'm cooking at work, and when I'm at home, it's a rare thing for me to write down a new recipe, […]

It Happened This Week – Anorexia’s Collateral Damage, Taco Bell’s “Meat”, and a Blueberry Scandal

Marie Caro, mother of model Isabelle Caro, took her own life last week, reportedly due to the guilt she felt over Isabelle's death last November from complications due to anorexia.  In an article for The Observer, Barbara Ellen discusses a mother's guilt over her daughter's disease and whether parents of children with eating disorders should […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Curried Lentil Soup

Let's set aside deliciousness for a moment and consider why it might be a great idea to have more curry in your life.  First of all, curries are a great way to utilize vegetarian protein sources, perfect for a celebration of Meatless Mondays.  Secondly, many curries involve coconut milk, and it seems that everywhere you turn these days, nutritionists are talking […]

It Happened This Week – Breastfeeding is Good, Pets Eat Well, & the #gmKISS

US Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released guidelines this week for healthy breastfeeding.  In her report, Benjamin outlines the importance of continuing breastfeeding throughout an infant's first six months, stating "Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop asthma, and those […]