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It’s the best time of year to eat mandarin oranges, and Lori Taylor of The Produce Moms wants to get you into the fresh oranges and away from the canned ones! She also brought some recipes for after school snacks you can have ready when the kids get home.

The Power of Citrus

Make Ahead After School Snacks

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Craveworthy, whole-foods snacks that are easy to make and snackable any time of day! I’m partnering with my client American Pecan Council Michelle Dudash, RDN, registered dietitian, chef and author of the upcoming The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook: Quick and Easy High-Protein, Low-Sugar, Healthy-Fat Recipes for Lifelong Health.February is National Snack Food Month, so what better time to talk about how to be more mindful in your munching and make those snacks count for more than calories. Joining us today is registered dietitian and chef Michelle Dudash.

Craveworthy, whole-foods snacks that are easy to make and snackable any time of day! I’m partnering with my client American Pecan Council

Lockdown snacking is in full swing, but there are some simple swaps you can make to clean up your snacks and make them work harder for you – offering essential nutrients to fuel your at-home working or e-learning routine.

1. Chewy Coconut Pecan Granola Bars with Cranberries

These bars are packed with goodness and provide just a touch of sweetness with the dried fruit.Instead of buying snack bars, make your own with pecans – that way you can take control of the ingredients.

Michelle Dudash is happy to be partnering with the American Pecans, The Original Supernut, to show how you can help put some purpose into your snacks – elevating the nutrition without sacrificing the craveable taste and satisfying crunch we want in a snack.

Adding pecans to your snacks can help increase the protein and fiber, which are often missing in typical salty snacks.  Each 1-ounce serving of pecans has 3 grams of protein and fiber, which are important in snacks to help keep you fuller longer. Pecans also offer 12 grams of “good” monounsaturated and only 2 grams saturated. You’ll also get essential minerals, including zinc.

2. Savory Spiced Pecan Energy Bites

These bites are made with pecans, rolled oats, warm spices and a touch of tahini—good sustaining fuel. You can see how versatile pecans are and can enhance any snack break – whether you want something sweet or savory.

In place of chips or pretzels, you can get more for your crunch with pecans. Another great thing about pecans, they’re among the lowest in carbs and highest in fiber compared to other nuts.

3. Pecan Pie Nut Butter

If you’re in the mood for something creamy, this nut butter made by pureed pecans in a food processor hits the spot! It’s tasty and nutrient-rich—great on apple slices or whole-grain crackers.

Visit for more ideas on cleaning up your snacks, and where you can get these recipes, too!

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After a year of uncertainty, many people are starting 2021 by reevaluating their overall health. Today, DJ Blatner, nutritionist, best-selling author and former head dietitian for the Chicago Cubs.

Blatner is teaming up with Aldi to discuss how you can reinvent your resolutions and nourish your body on a budget with nutritious and affordable products to create healthy meals at home.

DJ’s Deliciously Affordable Recipes & Ideas

ORGANIC & FRESH: Fresh, never-frozen meat and fish, as well as plant-based options

HEALTHY BRANDS: Choosing foods to help you stay on track with your wellness goals without breaking the bank

RECIPE REVIVAL: Personal tips that make meal creation more enjoyable

SAFE, EASY SHOPPING: Streamlined shopping, like curbside grocery pickup and delivery options at ALDI

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Tara Rochford is registered dietitian nutritionist and healthy living blogger at Tara Rochford Nutrition

It’s the new year, and Tara is focusing on ways to set herself up for success in 2021. As a new mom, she is realizing how precious time really is, so doing simple things like planning meals ahead of time for the week and prepping a few ingredients or meal components helps save time so she has delicious and nutritious meals for her family all the time!

Egg Roll Bowl



  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over  medium  heat. Add the ginger, sauteeing for about a minute. Add the cayenne, salt and ground chicken or turkey. Cook and break apart the meat until it is browned.
  2. Add the shredded cabbage and carrots. Gently toss for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables are crisp yet tender.
  3. Serve over cooked rice and garnish with green onions. 


Start with one meal: Focus mainly on dinner when planning and rely on leftovers for lunch or other things you typically have around the house.

Plan 4 meals for 7 days: This allows for real life to happen. You can support local and order takeout one night, you can have a “clean out the fridge night”, etc.

Consider what you have going on in your weekly schedule: When she plans their meals, she first starts by writing down what they have going on each day. If Brian has a meeting one night, she’ll probably just have leftovers for Marie and herself, if they have a doctor’s appointment or something else in the evening she will put dinner in the slow cooker. 

Plan only one new/elaborate/fancy meal a week: This will help you feel successful! Meal planning is supposed to make your life easier, and if you plan more than one new or fancy recipe each week, it will not feel easy.

Rochford has more tips for meal planning and prepping to set you up for success on her blog as well as a meal schedule template.

Chicken and Chickpea Tikka Masala



  1. In a medium saucepan, cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Heat garlic infused olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chicken and chives to the pot and cook until golden on the outside for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, ginger, garam masala, smoked paprika, ground cumin, turmeric, coriander, cayenne, salt, and pepper for about a minute or until fragrant. 
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer until it is slightly thickened. About 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the coconut milk and garbanzo beans until heated through. Squeeze the lemon over the top of the mixture and stir. 
  6. Serve with rice. 

You can find these recipes and more from her on her website, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Not interested in learning a TikTok dance? That’s ok, because it’s all about fun recipes when I use this app!! I have learned so many food hacks and mouth-watering creations from TikTok over the last bunch of months and they are very user friendly (you do not have to be a chef to create any of these). There are millions of #foodhacks videos featuring meal-prep shortcuts, simple ingredients and healthy options guaranteed to save you tons of time. 

TikTok has really ended up the place for the most innovative recipe ideas and cooking hacks. My advice in short: if you’re not already on the social platform, you should be!

Here are 3 of my faves that I found inspiration for on TikTok that I have also created my own videos for – you can find the recipes there. I have a sweet treat, a socially distanced party And the great news- they are healthy and easy to make!

1.) Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Fudge

This fudge is different from regular fudge in the fact that it is much lower in sugar (and uses more natural sources of sweetener), is totally dairy-free and vegan, and is packed with healthy fats thanks to a good chunk of coconut oil. Coconut Oil is a great dairy free and gluten free healthy swap. Both are pantry staples that are so versatile – so many Tik Tok favourites agree! Coconut does not only lend an amazing taste and creamy texture but so nutritious – ideal healthy fat – filled with fibre, MCTs and antioxidants. This freezer fudge also only has 5 ingredients! 

Whisk all ingredients together until they are super smooth – I pour the mixture into lined muffin tins and freeze for an hour. I like to cut mine in half so I get 12 servings

2.) Apple Nachos

Ready in under 5 minutes, apple nachos make a great snack, breakfast or light lunch. They are a well loved classic loved by kids and adults alike!

Apple nachos are an easy way to get in a good dose of protein too, easily giving you about 8 grams for every 2 tablespoons of nut butter you use. Not too bad at all!

Gather some of your favorite apples and get ready to enjoy a simple, healthy and delicious treat. They are naturally vegan, gluten free & grain free!

2-4 apples of choice depending on if you’re sharing!



Apples: Wash, core and cut your apples into 1/4 inch slices. I like to cut mine into quarters, take a small paring knife and carefully remove the core and upper and lower end where dirt may still be collected (even after washing). Lay apple quarters on a flat surface with the inside of the apple facing up, carefully slice your apple into 1/4 inch slices, even 1/2 inch slices is good too. Whatever thickness you prefer, no rules here! Place apple slices in a small bowl with the lemon juice, toss to coat (this will stop them from browning)

Nut butter: Heat your nut butter just until warmed and somewhat runny, it should be warm enough to drizzle. Stove top or warm in the microwave for 20 – 30 seconds.

Assemble: On a serving plate, lay your apple slices in a single layer around the outside edge, then layer another small layer over those but towards the inside center of the plate. Drizzle the nut butter in a circular motion, from the middle of the plate to the outside edge. You can also just zig-zag the butter from one side to the other if you like. Again, no rules – just do what you feel is best! Top with chocolate chips, coconut flakes, almonds and sprinkle of cinnamon (or whatever you’ve chosen to use as your toppings).

Serves one generously, or two as a small plate.

Enjoy this simple yet delicious treat!

3.) Deconstructed Sushi Bowls

After many failed sushi roll attempts I was over the moon when I came across this idea on TikTok! All of the best parts of the sushi rolls I love simply put in a deconstructed “SUSHI” bowl, yes please!

I always love making a large batch of brown rice for the week to use for meals and this has been one of my favorite “hacks” to play with for lunch and dinner, the bonus is you can also keep it veggie if you like and the simplicity of it is mind blowing!

This is a great pre or post-workout meal, it’s filling but I never feel weighed down. This deconstructed sushi roll salad is quickly and easily assembled with leftover brown rice. Highlighted with Japanese-inspired textures and flavors, it offers a fresh perspective on the definition of salad. Great for lunches and or dinner, this all-in-one bowl is not only pleasing to the eye, but the stomach too.

A salad version of a deconstructed sushi roll, this dish is quickly assembled with leftover brown rice and simple things like avocados, cucumber & shrimp.