Homemade Cinnamon Spice Apple Chips

With school back in session for many of us, the anticipation of the fall is evident. My Pinterest feed is already filled with pumpkin spice treats, cute sweaters and fun fall “Must-do” lists. Though I love pumpkin spice everything, fresh apples are another of my favorite fall flavors that often gets overlooked.

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Like it, Love it, Avoid it: Salad dressings

Happy Thursday everyone! The type of salad dressing to use with salads is one of the most frequent questions I get as a dietitian! On Tuesday, we talked about making healthier choices at a salad bar, so I thought I would continue our theme of salads and talk about our picks for the best grocery store salad dressings.

As you probably know, if you can make a dressing at home, it’s a healthier alternative than most store bought salad dressings – mostly because you can control exactly what ingredients go into your dressing. However, it is nice to have some ready made options available to use at home. Salads can either be a healthy option or be just as detrimental to our healthy lifestyles as a cheeseburger and french fries! And, the type of dressing you use definitely plays a role.

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Making Healthy Choices at a Salad Bar + Sweet Tomatoes Review

Salad bars and buffets are a healthy alternative to a traditional restaurant, right? Not always. Making healthy choices, even at a salad bar, can be tricky. Many times salads served at restaurants are not too far off in calorie and fat content from a burger and fry entree or a creamy pasta dish. Take for example the Oriental Grilled Chicken salad from Applebees- it contains a whopping 1280 calories and 760 calories from fat (Source). On the contrary, the American standard burger contains 1030 calories and 640 calories from fat (Source). Shocking, right?! Moral of the story: just because it is a salad, does not mean it is healthy.

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Kale and Spicy Turkey Sausage Stuffed Shells

Stuffed shells were somewhat of a staple growing up. My dad would often make them when my mom went out of town and I always loved them. Im not sure why I have never attempted them myself, or what prompted me to attempt now, but I decided to wing it with this recipe- I just used what I thought would taste good. When my husband said, “These are the best stuffed shells I have ever had”, I knew I had a winner!

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Watermelon Arugula Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette

With these hot temperatures we have been having, fruit has been my go-to food! It just seems to satisfy me when I come home from the day {usually sweating}. Also, any dinner that I can create that requires minimal oven use, is a winner to me! I recently had the watermelon feta salad at Panera Bread which inspired me to create this dressing and salad! I love the light flavor that the dressing provides, and the watermelon adds a sweetness that fits perfectly with the arugula. We had this salad as a side dish to Mahi Mahi; however, it would be great to bring for lunch as well.

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