Author:Cara Burghardt

Green Snack Ideas for Winter

Have you ever wondered why snacking in the winter can feel more burdensome than snacking in the summer? My hypothesis is there are more variables to consider: Has it snowed today? What size coat will I need to go to the grocery store? Is it dark before 5pm? Do I want a warm or a cold snack? What green light foods are in season? Can I make it while wearing mittens?


Pizza with Cauliflower Stuffed Crust


A great winter vegetable to try is cauliflower! Cauliflower is one of those veggies that can be cooked in so many different ways. You can make cauliflower rice, cauliflower mashed potatoes, and even cauliflower pizza. Here’s my favorite recipe for cauliflower pizza. Hope you enjoy!


How to take the focus off of food during the holidays

When families ask me how to stay healthy during the holidays I often recycle some sage advice a mentor once shared with me: “being healthy during the holidays should be very similar to being healthy during the rest of the year.” The holidays are a great time to keep up with the healthy habits that you refined all year. Remember, you excel at these habits and they are here to support you now and forever.  Let your healthy lifestyle guide your decisions, not dictate your whole mind.

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to make your holiday meals healthier, smaller, lighter, and leaner and your workouts harder, longer, stronger, and meaner. However, what’s more important (and easier!) than learning to make sugar-free dessert from ingredients you can’t pronounce the name of is shifting some of the focus away from food during the holiday! If you’re think “How?? I tried that last year and it backfired…” please read on.


Butternut Squash Soup

As fall becomes winter and the daylight recedes long before dinner, I find myself searching the cupboards for warm, comforting foods. There is no food more appropriate to prepare for the hibernation ahead than soup. “Soup season” as it’s called in my home is in full swing, but don’t forget to prioritize seasonal vegetables into your stews! It’s easy to impress guests with new flavors and colors when using squash, apples, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, beets or artichoke. Here is one of my personal favorites:


5 Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

It’s undeniable that healthy eating and activity provide endless benefits to our bodies and well being, but what can we do to boost our brain power? Duties like school and work require enormous amounts of brain power so it’s important to refuel your brain. Focus on the foods below to boost your brain power this fall and for the rest of your life.