Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins by Eating with a PurposeHave you tried my Carrot Cake yet?  It’s kind of irresistible- however, I classify it as an indulgence for a reason!  As tempting as it is to eat cake for breakfast, I don’t recommend you add it to your daily routine (everything in moderation, remember).  I decided to create a lighter, more portable version that incorporates the same flavors- think cinnamon, apple, coconut and carrot.  I made these muffins on Saturday morning and they were so yummy with a hot cup of coffee.  They’d also make a great afternoon snack or even lunch paired with some protein and maybe a piece of fruit or raw veggies.  Let me know what you think!

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

My New Favorite Snack + GIVEAWAY!

That's It Bars After getting tired of yogurt on repeat as my daily snack, I decided to switch up my snacks and try something new.  I usually like to take an apple in addition to the yogurt, but I just couldn’t stomach the price of my favorite variety, honey crisp at $3.99/lb.  As a result, I’d been forgetting the fruit and sticking to the yogurt alone, which isn’t so great for my daily fruit intake.  However, I recently discovered “That’s It” healthy snack bars.  That’s It bars are, just that, 2 servings of fruit.  Typically I’m not a fan of bars due to the high sugar and typically low fiber content.  These are an exception. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Cheesy Popcorn

Cheesy Popcorn by Eating with a Purpose

My favorite snack foods are anything cheesy- Doritos, Cheetos, Smartfood… you name it.  Doug was a little shocked after first we first met that as a dietitian, these were some of the things I enjoyed.  I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t follow a perfect diet.  Yes, I like lots of veggies, but sometimes, I eat things out of boxes too.  Lately, I have been searching for something a little less synthetic than Cheetos.   I had heard that seasoning popcorn with nutritional yeast can create that same delicious cheesy flavor.  When the Recipe Redux challenged us to create a recipe out of a new ingredient, I knew I had to give this one a try.  I was very impressed with the result.

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate This Week: January 10-16

You may have noticed I took a little break from my “What I Ate This Week” series.  I’ve tried some fantastic new recipes in the New Year, but just haven’t got around to sharing them!  Instead of giving you a day by day overview, I wanted to share our 3 favorite dishes from the past few weeks.  From the line-up of recipes below, you’ll notice that we’ve been really into soups and stews.  Also, for some reason I was drawn to recipes with dumplings- I’d never made (or had) dumplings before, but was wanting to try them out.  We’ll be going to our favorite spot today to cheer on the Seahawks in the playoffs, as we have the past couple years.  The first signs of Mardi Gras are also apparent- houses are decorated in green, purple and gold and king cakes are featured in every store.  Go HAWKS!

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Garlicky Green Beans

Garlicky Green Beans by Eating with a Purpose

When I was growing up, these green beans made an appearance almost weekly.  I know, green beans right?  I’ll be honest and tell you that I don’t usually care for this veggie variety.  This recipe, however, is an exception (well, tempura battered are pretty good too).  In elementary school, friends would come over to our house to play and try my Mom’s green beans.  Later, my Mom would get a phone call asking for the recipe.  As a pediatric dietitian, I am especially impressed with this.  I know firsthand that many parents struggle to get their kids to even taste a veggie.  I guess I should be sharing this recipe with them too!  By the way, this recipe is super easy.  If you’re not a veggie lover yourself, these may open your eyes.

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

30 Minute Chicken Pho (Noodle Soup)

30 Minute Chicken Pho (Noodle Soup) by Eating with a Purpose More recently, pho has come close to sushi as one of my favorite take-out options.  There’s something so comforting about the rich, flavorful broth combined with fresh veggies.  If you’ve never had it before, pho is a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs and some type of meat.  I’ve always wanted to re-create pho at home, but I’ve never found a commercial stock that’s come close to the traditional version made in restaurants.  Given the opportunity to try a new line of premium cooking stocks by Progresso, I knew I had to make pho.  Made in just 30 minutes, my version will be on the table faster than take out.
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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Top 5 Recipes of 2015

Top 5 Recipes of 2015 by Eating with a Purpose

Happy New Year!  You may have noticed that I took a couple weeks off from blogging- we were at home on the West Coast for the holidays visiting family.  We had a wonderful time catching up over some delicious food.  I wanted to take a minute to reflect on the past year.  This year was definitely one for the books- we got engaged, watched several of our best friends get married and I celebrated my first full year of blogging.  While blogging can sometimes be challenging, I so enjoy creating the recipes and sharing them with you.  I am so grateful for your feedback and support over the past year.  To celebrate the year, I put together a list of my top 5 most popular recipes of 2015.  If you haven’t tried one of them yet, I urge you to do so!  I look forward to sharing the excitement that 2016 will bring- we’ll be moving to a new (tbd) place, Doug becomes a doctor and we are getting married!

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

5 Healthy Resolutions for 2016

5 Healthy Resolutions for 2016 by Eating with a Purpose

Feeling like you overdid it a little over the holidays?  I get that.  This year, cheese was my weakness.  I adore cheese, and my family spoiled me with an abundance of delicious options.  Ditch your plans to start a diet and adapt one of my 5 favorite resolutions for 2015.

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.