Black Bean Peppermint Brownie Trees

We’re here for day 2 of chocolate peppermint week (check out day 1’s baked oatmeal)! This recipe, I’ll admit, was a bit of a tough one to perfect, but I am now SO happy with how it came out. Brownies are one of those things that sometimes I will just crave in the winter – typically I want a warm gooey brownie, but I made an exception on these and eat them at room temp so we can enjoy the frosting and toppings without them running off!

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Chocolate Peppermint Baked Oatmeal

Earlier this fall I polled my Instagram audience on their favorite holiday foods and flavors. I had an overwhelming number of written responses indicate the chocolate-peppermint flavor  combo was their favorite and decided that’s what I’d focus on this holiday season. Today’s post is the first of a week of chocolate peppermint – yes, a full week! You’ll be getting simple indulgent recipes to share with family and friends this holiday season – or keep all for yourself, that’s up to you.

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Snickerdoodle Protein Bars

It’s no secret that I’m a foods-first dietitian. Mostly because I believe nature intended for foods to provide us with all of the nutrients we need, but also because there could be safety risks associated with supplement intake, if they are purchased through an unknown distributer or manufacturer. In today’s post I’ll be delving into why supplements may be needed sometimes, and how to know when you can trust what’s on the shelf. Plus, after giving you plenty of pre-workout energy bar and bite recipes, I’m finally sharing an easy homemade post-workout protein bar!

Vegan homemade protein bars

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Baby’s First Pancakes

This is a recipe I’ve been making for Cooper for over 2 months now, that can be enjoyed in many homes. Thanks to Egg Nutrition Center for sponsoring this post! All scientific information is research-based and all opinions are my own.

Breakfast is hands down my favorite meal. I look forward to pancakes on the weekends and reach for eggs after exercise no matter what meal of the day it is. A dietitian friend who is aware of my love for pancakes even sent Cooper a pancake onesie knowing how excited I would be when we could share that meal together. Surely, eggs and pancakes were both bound to be some of the first foods I introduced Cooper to, and now two months later, his egg-based “Coopercakes” are regularly on his plate!

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Dietitian’s Top Product Picks for Feeding Baby (and Toddler)

Since the little guy came into the world just over 8 months ago, I’ve had so many questions from readers, social media followers, and friends about nursing, feeding, and other topics related to infant health. I’ve decided to share more of my opinions and experiences, but also send my readers to other dietitians and health professionals who specialize in pediatrics!

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Lentil Walnut Stuffing

Ah, stuffing. The main reason I look forward to Thanksgiving food. It was my favorite as a child and while other sides are close contenders, still is now! I love the texture and flavor of a classic stuffing both on Thanksgiving Day, and afterward mixed with protein and veggies for new meal creations.

lentil walnut stuffing

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Garlicky Sauteed Baby Kale

A good sauteed spinach is a delicious side dish that often is only enjoyed at steak houses – I rarely find people make it at home with fresh greens, plenty of cooking fat (you know that’s what makes the dish!) and lot’s of fresh garlic. This Thanksgiving, or any day, you can please a crowd with a 10 minute dish and give it a nutrient upgrade without anyone taking notice!

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