Category Archives: Snacks

Sardine and Avocado Toast

Inspired by Alton Brown’s “4 Lists” from his show, Good Eats (episode “Live and let diet “) I set out to add more oily fish to my diet (omega-3 fatty acids and other health benefits). I used his recipe for a sardine and avocado toast, which was incredibly delicious.
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Apple Cider Caramels

My mother-in-law said she is upset with me because she didn’t need to know that these things existed. Now that she does… well, it’s a good thing I live 4 hours away because these things are addicting and delicious! Continue reading Apple Cider Caramels

Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

These turned out ok, but REALLY heavy in olive oil. I think when they call for 1 bunch of kale, their grocery store must sell bunches that are 3 times the size of the ones from my grocery store. I think it would have worked fine with just 1/2 – 1 Tbsp olive oil, not “3 glugs”. But once we got most of the oil soaked up off them, they weren’t bad. If I make them again I will add other seasonings like BBQ or salt & vinegar. Continue reading Baked Kale Chips

Smoothies for Breakfast

Let me just state that I am morally opposed to anything that is considered or called a “Meal Replacement.” No one needs to replace their meal with anything. If anything we usually just need to edit what we’re eating a little, like chicken instead of beef, or a vegetarian meal (which are not, by default, healthy, by the way) once or twice a week. Body by Vi? What’s the point?! I want FOOD for lunch. Continue reading Smoothies for Breakfast

The Not-So-Humble Kumquat

Fruits of the Oval Kumquat, Fortunella japonic...
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The kumquat. It sits in your grocer’s produce section, usually hiding in a little bin somewhere near the organic plantains and the little lime and lemon juice bottles shaped like their namesakes. It’s tiny, a little bigger than your average genetically enhanced grape, and orange—and you’d never guess what’s inside. Continue reading The Not-So-Humble Kumquat

Salad With Chicken and Fruit + An Afternoon Snack

It’s not a chicken salad, and it’s not a fruit salad. It’s a regular green salad with chicken and fruit on it. It’s nothing complicated, but it is oh so versatile; do whatever you want and make it taste good for you. I forgot pictures, but really, do you need a picture of a salad to know what it will look like? It’s got lettuce in it. And chicken. And some fruit. Use your imagination 🙂

Chicken & Fruit Salad

Ingredients (Makes about 3 salads)

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, fat trimmed off
  • Approx. 1 tsp dried basil
  • Approx. 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Approx. 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Approx. 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Leafy greens (I like the herb & greens mix that I can get from Cub Foods; it’s the ONE organic thing I buy)
  • Fruit, like grapes, strawberries or blueberries
  • Raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing


  1. Add to a pot of water: chicken, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf. Boil until the chicken is cooked through (162°F at the thickest part)
  2. Remove the chicken from the water and cut into cubes (careful! boiled chicken tends to be hot 😉 )
  3. Fill a salad bowl with the leafy greens of your choice, put some chicken cubes on top and some sliced grapes, strawberries or blueberries. Pour some of the raspberry vinaigrette over it all.
  4. Eat!

Some crunchy croutons or shredded Parmesan cheese would be good on this too (not the pulverized stuff you get in the cylinder with the green lid… spring for some actual Parmesan cheese. If it says “cheese product” or “Parmesan style” on the container, just walk away—it’s not worth it)!

No-Bake Energy Bites from
No-Bake Energy Bites from

Bonus! I made these for snack time, but ended up eating them for breakfast. They are a bit of a mess to make, and they have to be kept refrigerated, but they are tasty and apparently full of things that are good for (most of) us.

No-Bake Energy Bites – kinda like granola bars, but way gooier


  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes (I didn’t have any of these, so I substituted more oatmeal)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (Also didn’t have any of these [mysteriously] so I used raisins)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed (oops! got whole flaxseed instead. worked just fine, but the nutritional benefits are apparently easier to get if it’s ground up. Note: grinding them with a mortar and pestle did NOT work.)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Mix everything up in a bowl
  2. Refrigerate 30-45 minutes
  3. Roll into snack-sized balls
  4. Store in air-tight container, keep refrigerated (or they will get super gooey and fall apart).