Color me happy and stress-free

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | May 26th, 2015 | 1 Comments
My husband called me on his way home after a recent late afternoon round of golf. "What are you doing?" "Coloring." "Coloring?" "Yes, Sarah and Stefanie are here, and we're drinking wine and playing with adult coloring books." Ha, I knew that would get him. Sean's mind may have gone elsewhere, but coloring books for adults are all the rage these days. Who knew? I had seen a post about the coloring books a while back and decided to order a cou Read More...
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Not your grandmother’s fruit cake

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | May 25th, 2015 | 0 Comments
When you think fruit cake, you probably think Christmas. And, maybe even re-gifting. But unlike the dreaded fruit cake of the holiday season, a fresh fruit cake is a welcome and refreshing treat for any of your summer pool parties or o Read More...
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I love cooking for my family. On Mondays.

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | May 21st, 2015 | 2 Comments
I've discovered a predictable pattern in how I feel about cooking for my family. On Mondays, it's all rainbows and unicorns and real food. I'll try out a new recipe, and lovingly assemble ingredients into the crock pot while listeni Read More...
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“Summer is coming!” express workout

By Tom Trevino | May 13th, 2015 | 1 Comments
To steal a line from Game of Thrones: Summer is coming! So chances are you’ve been a little more mindful of your diet lately and may have even added an extra spin class or two to your busy schedule. Sure, we all want to look our best when we’re weari Read More...
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What Alzheimer’s can’t take away: a mother’s love

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | May 11th, 2015 | 51 Comments
  I've been wanting to write this post for the past couple of years, but a big part of me hasn't been able to admit the truth: my mother suffers from Alzheimer's disease. The diagnosis of dementia given to us about Read More...
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Easy Asian slaw with creamy ginger dressing

By Elizabeth Hopson | April 26th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Claudia’s recent veggie fried farro post is the inspiration for my sharing one of our own family favorites  - a delicious Asian slaw. There is something so satisfying about the freshness and crunch of this slaw, and it is so Read More...
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Push-up #likeagirl

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | April 25th, 2015 | 1 Comments
I've been loving the latest addition to my workout routine: Tabata Thursdays. Tabata is a type of high intensity interval training that involves eight 20-second all-out bursts, with 10-second recoveries in between for a total of 4 minutes. You can apply Read More...
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Veggie fried farro

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | April 19th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Welcome to the new generation of comfort food. A mix of hearty grains with lots of veggies and a healthy dose of garlic and ginger, this veggie fried farro is a family favorite, and I can't believe I've taken this long to post the easy, one-pot recipe. Read More...
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Planking our way to summer 2015: the side plank

By Claudia Zapata MS, RD | April 14th, 2015 | 1 Comments
Remember the "planking our way to summer" challenge back in 2013?  We were all about holding the traditional forearm plank, and eventually (and it was a long eventually), I worked my way to a personal record of 7 minutes, 30 sec Read More...
cl Claudia Zapata, MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and fitness enthusiast who blogs about enjoying healthy eating and exercise. With recipes and wine selections, workouts for all levels, and everyday wellness tips, Claudia celebrates good health.
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