Keen on Quinoa

Large, round, white plate with quinoa salad, including herbs, avocado, carrot.I had the pleasure of attending the just-for-fun/no occasion ODEE potluck on June 27th and, I have to say, it was inspiring! Who would have thought that the sampling of savory dishes offered by my peers would have led to a July 4th creative effort in my kitchen…involving (of all things) quinoa?! Yes…I actually took a quinoa salad to a holiday potluck, at which we were celebrating all things American. I was emboldened by my potluck encounter with a yummy quinoa concoction that included Continue reading

1 Minute for Oatmeal Drama & Health

Turn up your volume, because you are about to enjoy the cheesiest, most overly dramatic 1-minute video on how to make my favorite grab-and-go breakfast, refrigerator oatmeal. You won’t believe how it turns out!
…but seriously, use whatever type of fruit, milk, or yogurt suits you. This speedy video shows me making three jars at once, which in real time, took just 10 minutes. I bring one for Continue reading

My Favorite Healthy Desk Snacks

Green zip top bag of roasted low sea salt whole almondsNo disappointing vending machine runs for you! Save your time, save your health, and save your wallet by stocking up on healthy snacks to keep at the office. Here are 3 of my favorites to keep at the office.

Roasted low sea salt whole almonds
My very own bag pictured here, you can usually find this big green zip-top pouch on a shelf somewhere in the Giant Eagle produce section. They’re tasty, crunchy, toasty, and have mystical powers to control appetite. These are also great tossed into a salad with leafy greens, apple slices, and a touch of balsamic. Continue reading

Lunch Time with Lunch Pot Lime

Here’s a small tip your health coach might not tell you: part of making healthy lunch decisions is having the right container to pack it in. And who doesn’t love cool, new toys? I bought Black & Blum‘s Lunch Pot online a few weeks ago, and you can now get yours on sale at the Wexner Store.

Two lunch containers, each with lids, stackable, held together with a strap which has a pocket for an included spork.

My main course goes up top in the larger container, and I make a point to pack the bottom container with a side of fruit and/or veggies to snack on. Having a healthy lunch in conjunction with my new favorite breakfast of refrigerator oatmeal has been my routine for the past several weeks, and I feel awesome! On the topic of making healthy choices, did you know that that OSU folks have free access to a personal health coach? Continue reading

My New Quick Breakfast: Refrigerator Oatmeal

Jars of refrigerator oatmeal brimming with toppings. Looks like some of the combinations are raspberry peach, chocolate coffee bean, cranberry almond, mandarin orange, chocolate strawberry, pineapple.Now that I’m an OSU Wellness Innovator, I’ll be making more of an effort to share tips on healthy things I do that you can easily do too. For my first post in that vein, I’d like to share with you my new found love: refrigerator oatmeal!

It’s more of a yogurt parfait than “oatmeal,” but it’s a nice portable thing to grab in the morning and way more nutritious than most things you’ll be able to pick up that quickly, easily and inexpensively! All about modifications: I use Continue reading