Whole Grain Carrot Cake with a Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy second day of spring (yes spring, in spite of our 4th March snow storm). On a warmer, cheerier note, I’m sharing a delicious cake that is moist, sweet, creamy and good for you! Whole wheat flour, piles of beta carotene-rich carrots, chewy raisins, naturally sweet pineapple and light, fluffy cream cheese make this cake…

Valentine’s Day Ricotta Cheesecake with Strawberry Hearts

I was looking for a dessert recipe for Valentine’s Day and I came across this post from last year. The strawberries look like little overlapping hearts on top of a light, creamy cheesecake. Share this lovely, heart healthy dessert with your special Valentine.

Dates with pistachios, pomegranate and orange zested goat cheese

The holiday season is a whirlwind of activity so I am always looking for simple, healthful holiday treats that I can assemble with little effort but still add a pretty accent to a holiday plate. These little gems, adapted from Erin Gleeson’s The Forest Feast cookbook, are truly a treasure. Dates, so naturally sweet and…

Three Favorite Holiday Treats

We all want to enjoy special treats over the holiday season but we don’t want to deal with extra pounds come January. Here are three of my favorite holiday gems  that are light but oh so yummy! Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies Festive Holiday Cranberry Bread Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest  

4 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes to Celebrate Fall

Autumn equals pumpkin and in my family that means pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin oatmeal and pumpkin bread pudding. If I can add pumpkin to a recipe, it’s on the menu. When my kids were little (and big), it was not unheard of for pumpkin pie to show up on the breakfast table (of course…

Mini Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecakes

My favorite part of a meal is dessert. As a dietitian, I probably shouldn’t admit this. The trick is learning how to enjoy a few small blissful bites rather than a large, full-size portion. Most of the time, I find that a small , mini treat is just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Get…

Blueberry Pie Kefir Smoothie

What’s not to love about frozen blueberries, bananas, crushed graham crackers, pecans and toasted coconut. Add some blueberry kefir for a delicious boost of calcium, protein and gut-friendly probiotics and you’ve got yourself a refreshingly creamy summer treat.        

A Creamy, Satisfying Treat

Icelandic Provisions skyr (somewhat like Greek yogurt) is made using the milk from the oldest and largest dairy in Iceland. What makes it different, is that unlike Greek yogurt which is drained, it gets it’s thick, creamy texture from a special mix of live cultures unique to skyr. Skyr is high in protein (15 grams…

Berry Delicious Yogurt Parfait

You could just eat yogurt, berries and granola in a bowl but why not take a few extra minutes and layer those same ingredients in a glass jar. Boring bowl transformed into pretty parfait. Parfaits turn simple ingredients into a special occasion. My family still feels the need to ask me if it’s okay to…

Pita Bread Pudding with Pumpkin and Toasted Walnuts

I thought is would be fun to enter a few recipe contests and for this one, I received free samples of Toufayan Pita bread mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated…

Not Your Grandmother’s Prunes

Let’s start by calling them dried plums. Maybe this will help lift the stigma surrounding these sweet, soft, chewy bites. Nutritionally, research indicates that dried plums provide significant protective effects on bones. Dried plums have a high phenolic content (antioxidant value) and contain vital nutrients including zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, boron, and potassium, all of which are…