How to adjust your diet for the Winter season.

We’ve reached the time of year when darkness comes early and the last leaves are hanging on for dear life, soon to be blown off into a brisk winter wind. I don’t know about you, but for me this flips an internal switch and seemingly every other thought in my head is something like, “put on the sweatpants” or “yes, you want cheesy casserole for dinner… and All The Cookies.” I am fascinated with our bodies’ natural tendencies to bulk up for winter (really, it’s science!), but it can be really hard to put these thoughts up against my goals as an athlete. Many athletes, myself included, ease back on training this time of year. There can arise some confusion on whether to cut back on calories bec

Root Veggie Casserole

Looking for a variation on the old veggie bake?? Here's a super delicious and comforting casserole for cold nights at home. Ingredients: 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil 1 yellow onion, sliced into half moons 1 lb yellow summer squash (or peeled zucchini), diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup white wine 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste 4 lbs (about 10 cups diced) root vegetables (use at least 4 different kinds, such as sweet potatoes, any variety of winter squash, green plantain, parsnip, carrot, boniato, etc.), diced into 3/4” pieces Directions: Heat 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, then add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally until brow

5 Ways to Lighten up the Holidays (that you haven't thought of)

1. If you can eat it in the middle of March, don't do it now. The holidays are not the time to indulge your Snickers habit or binge on Trader Jo's brownie bites. Those are hardly festive foods - they are really just junk! There are so many delicious homemade treats this time of year - wait for those to come along. 2. Only eat food that's passed around at parties. Seriously. "I will only eat that if you hand it to me." If you only eat the little nibbles passed around on trays you are sure to get some yummy food and eat a lot less than if you guard the buffet. Also, use a napkin. You can't pile food on a napkin. 3. Keep mints handy. I do not support chewing gum in public but popping a p

Best Fall Salad: Roasted Brussel Sprout and Apple Salad

This was so good I wanted to make it every night for a week! But, that'd be a lot of brussel sprouts, you know. 1 tbsp olive Oil 1 lb brussel spouts, halved lengthwise 1 apple, cut into 1/4 inch slices 1 yellow onion, cut into 1-inch chunks 1/8 cup tahini (you can use more if you want but I like it lighter) 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp white miso (skip you don't have but it makes it really special) 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped 4 cups baby spinach 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet with a little olive oil. In a bowl, combine sprouts, apple, onion, and remaining olive oi

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