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Lemony Lake Trout with Asparagus and Tarragon en Papillote

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Eating with Good Sense – Delicious Lake trout delicately flavored with lemon and tarragon, cooked en papillote (in a packet) with asparagus and served with gold potatoes, carrots and onion. Cooked on the grill or in the oven, this method will cut your time in the kitchen on prep and clean up. Add a side a side salad to make half your plate veggies and enjoy .

Nutrition Simplified in 5 Steps | June 2015

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Over the past 20 – 30 years we have seen everything from low-fat, fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, meat-free, grain-free and animal-free diets to high-fat, paleo, Mediterranean-style and many other “diets” and trends. This information leaves people feeling confused and overwhelmed about what to eat as well as how to eat. And there is always this question: What am I supposed to eat for optimal health and longevity? I don’t believe there is just one way to eat, but instead, we all have different needs as well as different genetic, physiological and psychological responses to food. The key is to find the foods that work for you – foods that empower you in your day-to-day activities as well as foods that nourish your body and provide pleasure to your life.

Real food wins and portions matter!

Tips for Trim Travel & Life on the Road | May 2015

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Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and before you know it, we are in “vacation season.” As much as we all love a good vacation, one thing I hear clients talk about time and time again is how challenging it is to balance healthy eating with the “laissez faire” attitude of a vacation. In reality, vacation is the perfect time to practice taking care of your bodies and feed it right. The trick is to honor your body by making a healthy eating and living game plan. This month I am sharing with you some simple tips to stay healthy, fit, and happy while living life on the road. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, implementing these simple tips can help you live a lean life on the road!

Beef Kofte with Spicy Tomato Sauce

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Eating with Good Sense – Delicious Beef Kofte with Spicy Tomato Sauce served on warmed pita bread with a refreshing cucumber raita. Add a side of grilled zucchini or eggplant for a perfect balance of veggies, smart carbs and lean protein to satisfy you this Spring and Summer.

18 Simple Snacks to Empower Healthy Living I April 2015

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This month’s issue is dedicated to snacking! Whether you are looking for a sweet snack, salty snack, or just an easy snack, this month I am providing you with real food snack solutions. Preparing and eating foods that fuel you will empowering you to succeed and is key to long term health and well-being.

A few simple things to remember when you are planning your snacks:
•The simpler the ingredients, the better.
•The simpler the transportation time from land to mouth, the better.
•The simpler the prep time, the better.
•The simpler the food, the better.

The Art of Mindful Eating | March 2015

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March is National Nutrition Month and this year the theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”. The truth is, “diets” will come and go and with it weight goes up and down. This “yo-yo” dieting of losing weight and regaining weight actually lowers your metabolism and makes losing weight harder. Typical diets are very restrictive and may exclude favorite foods or even whole food groups. Restricting foods and having a strict diet sets you up for failure. When we tell ourselves we cannot have something we want it even more, so instead of eating just one piece of candy we eat the whole box! And with this comes feelings of guilt and negative thoughts, which starts a vicious cycle of dieting, bingeing and guilt.

Ready to ditch the diet? This month I would like to inspire you to bite into a healthy lifestyle instead of spending more money on the newest “diet”. Build a better relationship with food and learn to become mindful of what you are putting into your mouth.

Cherry Chipotle Harvest Stew

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Eating with Good Sense – Delicious Cherry Chipotle Harvest Stew. Combines turkey, butternut squash, cannellini beans, kale & dried cherries for a one pot hearty, harvest stew. A perfect balance of veggies, smart carbs and lean protein to satisfy your hunger in cold weather.

Cooking Smart & Eating with Good Sense

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Welcome to Eating with Good Sense – Recipes & Cooking Smart Tips, Grand Traverse Nutrition’s recipe collection. Starting with whole foods, foods in their most natural state, these recipes are created to appeal to all of your senses. Using flavors, colors, shapes and textures that go together for great taste and good health, these recipes are also designed to deliver a perfect balance of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains on your plate, to naturally balance calories.

The Role of Inflammation in Heart Disease | February 2015

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February is National Heart Awareness Month and this month I am addressing the link between inflammation and heart disease. Scientist and nutritionist have long known that there is a link between diet and heart disease. But now, more research is emerging between the correlation of inflammation in the body and heart disease. Inflammation is a […]

Eat Dirty! | January 2015

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2015: Eat Dirty! Kick off your new year by eating dirty! That’s right eat dirty, a.k.a eat from the ground. Think about going back to the basics and eating the way Mother Nature intended. We live in a society that has become accustomed to eating foods from boxes, wrappers and packages. Have you ever wondered, […]