Nutritious Diet Breakfast Recipes Under 200 Calories

If you're struggling, like me, to lose weight, you know how long the process can be and how boring eating starts to get. Low fat food, low salt condiments, low calorie bread, blah entrees--there's only so much cheer you can pack in a diet meal. How about some diet recipes under 200 calories to wake up your tired taste buds? Here are yummy, nutritious breakfast sandwiches that bring back the joie de vivre!  Read more

Christmas Dinner Tweaks to Help Overweight Kids

The holiday season is notoriously the most difficult time to be on a diet. I can follow my weight loss plan just fine until mid-November. When the stores start touting Thanksgiving and Christmas treats, my resolution dims. For overweight kids, the holidays are especially difficult to navigate. Here are Thanksgiving dinner tweaks to help your child stay the course and still enjoy the feasting. read more

Recipes for Dutch Cookies for St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6 in the Netherlands. During Advent, my family explores Catholic Christmas around the world. With my retinue of Dutch ancestors, I've inherited many recipes from the Netherlands. For Hollanders, Christmas means koekjes (cookies) and sweets (well, every day is sweets day!) Here are my favorite Dutch cookies recipes. Hollanders don't just have one sweet tooth; every tooth in our head is a sweet tooth. When sugar was rationed during World War Two, it was the Dutch who discovered new and wonderful sugarless sweets. Score, us! Sugar isn't rationed anymore, so now we can indulge and the holidays are a perfect time to bring out those koekje (cookie) recipes. Use these for St. Nick Day and next week, St. Lucia Day (Dec. 13). Enjoy these on through epiphany! read more


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Freelance writer, Top 100 Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo! News, Shine, Michigan, Detroit), blogger, teacher, mom of 4, happily married 25 years. Graduated GVSU 1986, psychology/general education and special education. continuing ed up to present. Certified MI teacher. Writing Michigan history mystery, children's Gothic fantasy. Areas of expertise: education, relationships, mental health, nutrition, history, world cultures. Passions: faith, Catholic church, sustainable living, interfaith initiatives, living simply that others might simply live. Working on MA in EI education. 

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