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2-Minute Microwave Breakfast Mug

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You know you heard it a million times as a kid. And if you’re Mr E, my nutrition clients, or have been to one of my presentations, then you’ve heard me repeatedly tell you: DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST! Skipping breakfast has been linked to higher rates of obesity due to slower metabolism and tendency to overeat at other meals. When we don’t eat breakfast, we’re denying our body energy to get moving in the morning, which can lead to foggy brains, droopy eyes, and hangry significant others. Not the stuff dream days are made of. That’s why I’m sharing a great breakfast solution to try with your sweetie.

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Jalapeño Margarita

Jalapeño Margarita

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Today is the official debut of Mr E’s Cocktail Corner, a new series on Nutrition Nuptials written by none other than Mr E himself! All photography is proudly his own. As a dietitian, I believe all foods can fit into a health lifestyle. And yes, that includes cocktails. Without further ado, I present to you Mr E!

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Meet Mr E!

For those of you who have been reading Mandy’s blog for a while, you may know me as Mr. E.  You may even remember me from such hilarious blog posts as The Mashed Cauliflower Incident, my dislike of Old El Paso products, or one of the Date Night-inspired versions.  Aside from being our protagonist’s adventurous partner in crime, I’m a corporate athlete with a passion for delicious food, sunsets, great live music, sunrises, fun friends, fitness, tasty drinks, and taking pictures of all the aforementioned!  I have been known to combine any and all of those things. Sometimes that means experimenting making cocktails with a twist and posting pictures to Instagram. Continue reading “Jalapeño Margarita”

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Recipe: Very Berry Tiny Trifles

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When we go out to dinner, Mr E makes it known ahead of time if dessert will be happening. I like this because I can plan my meal accordingly (Split an appetizer? Skip the appetizer? Salad-tizer? Lighter entree?). We very rarely have dessert at home when it’s just the two of us. But having company over is a different story. Rather than making a huge cake or pie that everyone is too full to eat (and stuck with a TON of leftovers!), I’ve been totally jamming on making mini desserts. So when The Recipe Redux announced this month’s theme would be mini morsel desserts, I was thrilled to share one of my small treats.  Continue reading “Recipe: Very Berry Tiny Trifles”

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Naughty & Nice Cream

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This is the first in a new series of posts called Jersey Shore Date Nights. Stay tuned for posts about date night happenings right here at the Jersey Shore. Hope it provides some Date Night-spiration even if you don’t live locally. 
I grew up nearby and now permanently live at the Jersey Shore. I often have to remind myself I live somewhere where people vacation. Teaching SUP yoga and lessons often reminds me of this fact when I meet people who live near no body of water. We have beaches, restaurants, festivals, and music that causes this already active community to come alive even more once Memorial Day Weekend hits. And what summertime date would be complete without ice cream???

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Humpanadas (Hummus Empanadas)

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I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Happy National Hummus Day! You’re just in time to celebrate.  If you’ve noticed your social media flooded with #NationalHummusDay tags, that’s because today, May 13, 2017, is the big day. And what better way to celebrate then with these Hummus Empanadas, which I am calling “Humpanadas”.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes with Peanut Butter Ricotta

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Happy Earth Day! If you had a chance to read my last post, then you may notice I’m on a bit of a food waste reduction kick lately.  I’ve recently started meal planning by the month. Mr E and I been saving a ton of money and time having a plan in place when it comes to mealtimes. I’ve also noticed how much less I’ve been throwing away items that spoil before they can be used. However, I’m still guilty of having to party with items before they get used.  The two biggest offenders in my home of spoiling too soon are fresh herbs and bananas. This month’s Recipe Redux contest of only using foods available at home (and going south) certainly helps to alleviate my guilt about one of the two.  Continue reading “Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes with Peanut Butter Ricotta”

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Recipe: The PRO Bowl (Protein & Probiotics Lunch Bowl)

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Happy Spring!  This month’s challenge for The Recipe Redux is “Spring Clean Your Fridge” in honor of the first day of spring.  I have a tendency to buy a lot of items in the grocery store with good intentions of using for recipe development.  Therefore I was thrilled with the recent challenge of ONLY using items currently available in my fridge and pantry.  I decided to give my usual lunch a makeover with a lunch bowl.  The lunchtime PRO Bowl is born!

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Grouper Pita Po' Boys

Grouper Pita Po’ Boys

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I received free samples of Toufayan Pita mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This past weekend Mr E and I went on a weekend getaway with some friends down to Clearwater, Florida to get some sun and watch Phillies spring training.  A Phillies win is always an highlight, but the real star of the trip was grouper. Local Gulf grouper was part of the meal no matter where we went to eat.  One of our favorite incarnations was Grouper Nuggets.  When I was given an opportunity by The Recipe Redux and Toufayan Bakeries to make a pita creation, I knew grouper nuggets had to be involved.

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sunflower tacos

Sunflower Tacos in Collard Leaves

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Let’s celebrate #TacoTuesday with a #MeatlessMonday theme on this #WellnessWednesday.  Today I’m unveiling my first official entry for The Recipe ReDux, a monthly recipe contest founded by fellow dietitians.  I’m stoked that the first contest is something already in steady dinnertime rotation: tacos!  Continue reading “Sunflower Tacos in Collard Leaves”

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Wild Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

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By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

There’s snow outside my house right now and that means two things.  1) I’m officially in summer withdrawal and, 2) I miss enjoying fresh produce from my local farm market. In the winters I pretend I’m on a warm tropical island by enjoying frosty, fruity smoothies. Blueberries are the NJ state fruit, but I won’t be seeing a fresh Jersey berry till July.  Which is why I’m so excited to have discovered frozen Wild Blueberries! Continue reading “Wild Blueberry Muffin Smoothie”