My Journey to Machu Picchu and Search for a Llama

Machu Picchu (meaning “old peak”) is a 15th-century Inca site located on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley in the Cusco region of Peru. It was built in 1450 and is known as one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Machu Picchu via

I had the pleasure of visiting Machu Picchu with my friend, Cheryl Forberg, before a conference we both attended in Peru. Cheryl is the dietitian for The Biggest Loser show on NBC, and I was delighted when she asked if I wanted to join her on this adventure.

Read more

The London Food Scene: An “Experience” to Please the Palate

The London food scene has changed a lot since I first started traveling to the UK in the early 90s with my husband, Tim (he was born and raised about an hour outside of the city). Over the years, I’ve eaten plenty of ploughman’s lunches at country pubs, but on a recent trip to London for a food and nutrition conference, I experienced a whole new side of British cuisine.

London Food Scene via Nopi #ottolenghi

Today’s London food scene is as much about the experience as it is the food. For me, that experience meant a stop at chef Yotam Ottoleghi’s Nopi restaurant in London’s trendy Soho neighborhood. If you listen to our Cooking with the Moms podcast, you’ll know by now that I’m completely obsessed with all things Ottolenghi, so now I can check Nopi off my bucket list 🙂

London Food Scene via Nopi #ottolenghi

I was joined by my sister, Amy, and my sister-in-law, Karen and together we shared this cheesecake with pickled beetroot, almonds & thyme honey …

Read more

Wild Blueberry Smoothie Bowl + The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook

Serve this naturally sweet Wild Blueberry Smoothie Bowl for breakfast or as an afternoon snack to boost your energy, nourish your body, and satisfy your taste buds.

Wild Blueberry Smoothie Bowl via #smoothiebowl #adultcoloring

We created this Wild Blueberry Blast Smoothie Bowl for our new book: The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Playful Mandala Food Designs for Kids and Adults!

Adult (and kid) coloring books are all the rage, so if you haven’t had a chance yet to savor the relaxation and creativity associated with coloring, you may want to jump on the bandwagon asap! Our new book is now available for download. Visit our Thanks page to download your FREE copy.

The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook via

In partnership with Wild Blueberries of North America, we created this recipe and included it in our new cookbook. We were compensated for the development of the recipe, and the partnership helped us bring the book to you at no cost.

To hear all about the cookbook and the recipes, tune in to Cooking with the Moms, our podcast on iTunes.

Our Wild Blueberry Blast Smoothie Bowl is perfect for kids of all ages as well as adults of all ages! It has everything we could ask for in a breakfast or snack including fiber, vitamin C, and health-enhancing antioxidants.

Wild Blueberry Blast Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are versatile. Some of our favorite blender ingredients include milk, juice, fruit (fresh or frozen), Greek yogurt, nut butters, and chia seeds, and for the toppings, we turn to nutrient-rich ingredients like frozen Wild Blueberries, sliced fruit, granola, nuts, hemp seeds, and Graham crackers. Anything goes!
Recipe type: Smoothie Bowl
Serves: 2
  • ¾ cup 100% orange juice
  • ¾ cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • ½ cup 2%-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Optional Toppings: Frozen Wild Blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, granola
  1. Place the juice, frozen Wild Blueberries, yogurt, pineapple, and chia seeds in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with your choice of optional toppings.
You'll get 90% vitamin C in every bowl!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: (1 cup), Calories: 160, Fat: 1.5g, Saturated fat: 0.5g, Carbohydrates: 32g, Sodium: 30mg, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 5g

Wild Blueberry Smoothie Bowl via #smoothiebowl #adultcoloring

Sneak Preview: Here is an example of our Wild Blueberry mandala coloring page from The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook ….

The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook via #adultcoloring

… and here’s what it looked like as we colored in the lines during a recent Periscope live-stream video! (BTW, if you want to follow us on Periscope, click here:

Visit the Wild About Blueberries Blog for the complete Wild Blueberry Blast Smoothie Bowl recipe.

ANNOUNCING The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook: A Free Adult (and Kid) Coloring Book

We’re thrilled to announce the release of THE SMOOTHIE BOWL COLORING COOKBOOK: Healthy Recipes and Playful Mandala Food Designs for Kids and Adults.

Visit our Thanks page to download your FREE copy.

The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook via #adult #kids #coloring #book

The book includes 10 nutritious smoothie bowl recipes, 10 mandala food designs, 5 bonus coloring pages, and a how-to guide for making smoothie bowls.

Read more

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids + Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast {Podcast Episode #277}

 Getting healthy, protein-rich foods onto the family breakfast table just got a whole lot easier with our newest recipes for Pumpkin Maple Pancakes and Blueberry Banana French Toast in a Mug and this adorable and engaging NEW illustrated children’s book, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast.

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast via

Listen to this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast for our interview and reading with author Josh Funk. And read on for a sneak peek inside the book and news on how YOU can win a copy.

Click the play button above, and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our show on iTunes.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas on this week's podcast and the new children's picture book, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast via

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast are good friends who find themselves  on a zany race through a food-filled fridge for the final drop of maple syrup. The book is hilarious, and it got us wondering which of these breakfast favorites families love best: Pancakes or French toast. So we surveyed our community and found that a whopping 87% like pancakes better.

As for Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, you’ll have to read the book to find out which tasty character got to the maple syrup first.

Josh Funk

Author Josh Funk has quite the imagination and yes, he wove plenty of nutritious vegetables into his tasty tale including Brussels sprouts, beets, and beans!

Pumpkin Maple Pancakes via #breakfast

If Lady Pancake is more your style, then here’s our recipe for Pumpkin Maple Pancakes, which we shared on the podcast. This recipe is perfect for pleasing even the pickiest of eaters because it’s flavorful, filled with fiber and protein, and has 70% of the daily requirement for immune-boosting vitamin A, thanks to the pumpkin. Lady Pancake would be proud 🙂

Blueberry Banana French Toast in a Mug via #breakfast

If Sir French Toast is more in your culinary wheelhouse, then check out our Blueberry Banana French Toast in a Mug. It’s easy, packed with fiber and protein, and fun for kids (and adults) of all ages.

It’s Giveaway Time!

Giveaway Over.

We’re Giving Away a Copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and some fun swag related to the book!
(Sterling, 2015)

TO ENTER post a comment here and tell us which your family prefers: pancakes or French toast. Or simply tell us why you’d like to win this book! (U.S. and Canada only please)

We will enter you into the giveaway additional times if you …

> Tweet about the giveaway with a link back to this post.

> Share the giveaway news with your Facebook fans and friends with a link back to the post.

> Follow us on Pinterest.

> Follow The Meal Makeover Moms on Facebook and Twitter (@MealMakeovrMoms)

Giveaway ends at noon EST on November 13th, so hurry up and enter!

And be sure to tune in to Cooking with the Moms for all the fun!

Food Trends and Nutrition News at FNCE 2015 {Podcast Episode #276}

Every year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) hosts the Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition professionals. This year it was in Nashville, so we traveled to the Music City with over eleven thousand of our fellow registered dietitian nutritionists for a taste of the hottest food trends and the latest nutrition news.

Food Trends from #FNCE via

On this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast, we’re joined by Janet Helm, MS, RDN, food trends tracker and the voice behind the blog, Nutrition Unplugged.

Tune into our Cooking with the Moms radio podcast to hear all about the latest food and nutrition trends by clicking the play button above. And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our show on iTunes.

Food Trends from #FNCE via
Together on the show, we dish about the trend toward clean eating and labeling, how mainstream food companies are giving their packaged products a healthy makeover, nutritional superstars like probiotics and sprouted grains, food waste and how to reduce it, eating with a spiritual compass, and so much more.

Food Trends from #FNCE via #podcast

Read more

Ambrosia Apples: Sweet as Honey, Pretty as Sunshine — Apple Orchard Adventures {Podcast #275}

Back in the day (1982 to be exact), I spent a year living in Portland, OR where I completed my dietetic internship at the Oregon Health Sciences University. I loved living in the Northwest, and last weekend, I had the opportunity to go back! For three delicious days, I visited Wenatchee, WA where I learned about a sweet new apple variety called Ambrosia.

Ambrosia Apple Tour in Wenatchee, WA via #ILoveAmbrosia

I was more excited than a kid in a candy store during my visit. I toured orchards and learned about the chance birth of this honey-flavored, crisp, juicy apple variety, and I was blown away by the hard work that goes into growing, hand picking, packing and shipping these beauties across the US (and the world!)

Ambrosia apples have a honey taste and a perfumed aroma making them among the sweetest apple varieties on the market. The word Ambrosia literally means, Food of the Gods.

Read more

Apple, Bacon and Maple Syrup Flatbread Pizza + A Taste of Ambrosia Apples

This flavorful apple-topped pizza comes together quickly with a store-bought flatbread pizza crust, Cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, green onions, sweet slices of Ambrosia apples, and maple syrup.

Add a fun new twist to family pizza night with a sweet apple topping!

Apple, Bacon, and Maple Syrup Flatbread Pizza via

I created this recipe after joining six other food writers last weekend for an Ambrosia Apple Tour in Wenatchee, WA sponsored by Columbia Marketing International (CMI). My expenses were paid for, but I was not paid to write this post or develop this recipe. All opinions are my own.

Ambrosia apples via

I traveled to central Washington state for a tour of Ambrosia apple orchards (and a few vineyards!), and I got a glimpse into how new apple varieties like Ambrosia are developed and how they’re grown, picked, and shipped to supermarkets across the country. I saw acres of apple trees heavy with fruit, tasted sweet, crisp apples out of hand and in dishes like Warm Curried Ambrosia Apple Soup with Creme Fraiche, and feasted my eyes on the Cascade Mountains which surrounded us during our entire visit.

Read more

Raspberry Farm Tour + A Recipe for Spicy Raspberry Salsa

Imagine spending two days walking through fields of perfectly ripe, ruby-red raspberries (munching all the way!) and then driving a mile down the road to see those same raspberries cleaned, flash frozen, and placed gently into boxes or bags for shipment to grocery stores and foodservice providers nationwide.

Fresh Ripe Raspberries via

Along with six other foodies, I was recently invited to attend an educational raspberry harvest event in Lynden, WA, sponsored by the National Processed Raspberry Council (NPRC). (Did you know that nearly 90% of the frozen raspberries produced in the U.S. come from this area of the country?)

I was compensated for travel and lodging; all comments and opinions are my own.

Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »