Getting Kids Involved in the Kitchen

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

When I was little, I can remember being mesmerized by what was going on in the kitchen. My sister and I used to sit at the kitchen counter just waiting for our turn to be able to stir, pour, or help out in any way we could. It was exciting for us to think that we were actually able to help out and gave us a sense of pride because we felt like we actually helped create what we were eating.  The food always seemed to taste just a little better on those days when we were actually able to help out mom.  As you can see in the picture above, my friend Isabelle had the greatest time cooking with me this past Saturday.   I truly believe that getting children involved with cooking is an easy way to introduce new foods, healthy cooking methods, etc.  Believe me, most children are so excited to be involved in the whole process, they won’t care if you do something like substitute applesauce for oil in a cake recipe or substitute some tofu for ricotta cheese in the lasagna.  Perhaps we can start posting a few kid friendly recipes in the near future.  Happy cooking!  🙂

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April 29th – Exercise Log

Posted by Jennifer (the student)




I am almost embarrassed to post my almost non-existent workout schedule. This is my last week before finals week, so two more weeks. I have a 20-page paper due and 3 finals next week, so that is where all my focus and energy are for now. I am counting the days to summer break. Wish me luck! 🙂

4/29/12            Off 

4/30/12            Off 

5/1/12            Walk 2 miles, Weight-Training 30 minutes 

5/2/12            Off 

5/3/12            Walk 2 miles, Weight-Training 30 minutes 

5/4/12            Off 

5/512              Tennis 1 ½ hour class 

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Pan fried tofu sandwiches

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

I came up with this sandwich because I was getting really tired of stir frying my tofu all of the time.  I wanted something different so I did some experimenting.

1 block extra firm tofu

Olive oil for drizzling

Miracle chicken blend from Princess House  (or your favorite herb salt seasoning blend)

Lettuce leaves

Tomato slices

Your favorite bread (I used whole wheat bolillos)

Your favorite sandwich spread (I made a quick one – used 50% mayo and 50% red pepper hummus)


Drain tofu and cut ½ inch thick slices along the width of the block.  Drizzle generously  (on both sides) with seasoning and dab with olive oil. Pan fry for 7-10 minutes on each side on medium heat or until the tofu has a nice slightly brown crust.


Slice your bread, spread with your sandwich spread, and add veggies and tofu and enjoy.  This dish is best served when the tofu is hot off of the pan.

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My 2nd WIAW!

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

Hello everyone! Last week, I had so much fun participating in my first What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), I could hardly wait to do it again. Since then I have been paying more attention to what I am eating. I loved looking at everyone’s posts. I was inspired by many of them! This month theme is “serve up an extra cup of veggies” and I think this week I did not do as well as last week. Thanks again to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting!

This is what I ate:


Breakfast: Banana, Blueberry, Peach Smoothie with Spirulina (the spirulina gives it that odd color but it tastes very good), Decaf Coffee with Hazelnut Milk and Stevia

Mid-Morning Snack: Creamed Potatoes and Peas (this is a vegan version. and I will post the recipe soon Click Here for recipe)

Lunch: Vegan Reuben from Native Foods (this is a treat, so yummy)

Mid-Afternoon Snack: ½ of a Chai Muffin from the Gypsy Den (my husband had the other half)

Dinner: Polynesian Tofu and Veggies on a Bed of Brown Rice with Avocado (This dish is super quick to make and I will post this recipe soon)

Dessert: ¼ Honeydew

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

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Sneaking in Exercise

Posted by Jennifer (the student) 


Some days are just to busy for a traditional hour-long workout. Doing something is better than nothing at all. Here are a few was to add some extra activity to your day.

  •  Wake up 30 minutes early and go for a run or walk.
  • Replace your desk chair with an exercise ball.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Walk or bike to work or running errands.
  • Do house work and yard work.
  • Count your steps with a pedometer (aim for 10,000 a day)
  • While watching TV do strength training exercises or walk on a treadmill.
  • When meeting friends go for a walk, window shop, go dancing.

Try to make activity part of your life and make it fun.

Let me know what you do to stay active. 🙂

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April 22rd – Exercise Log

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

Last week, I was able to stick to most of my plan for the week. I am thinking that the next 3 weeks I should plan a light schedule because it is crunch time at school and that really needs to be my priority right now.

4/22/12            Off 

4/23/12            Yoga 1-hour class, Weight Training 30 minutes 

4/24/12            Piyo 1-hour class, Walk/Hike 3 miles 

4/25/12            Off 

4/26/12            Yoga 1-hour class, Weight Training 30 minutes X

4/27/12            Walk/Hike 3 miles 

4/28/12            Tennis 1 ½ hour class 

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