Brownie Batter Hummus

Jessica Penner, RDDessert, Dip & Spread, Recipes, SnackLeave a Comment

brownie batter hummus in a bowl with pretzel crackers and strawberries

This is a feel good recipe. But actually… I aim for all my recipes to make you feel good. This decadent chocolate pavlova with mascarpone cream and berries? It makes your tastebuds dance with delight. That feels pretty darn good. This sheetpan pesto gnocchi? It only takes 5 minutes to prep, 20 minutes to bake, and tastes like a gourmet Italian dinner. That feels pretty darn good. You see, there are different ways to feel good about your eating. Choosing nourishing foods and fueling your body Enjoying treats without guilt And they can co-exist happily… even in the same recipe! … Read More

Apple Nachos – hot & cheesy!

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Apple Nachos -hot and cheesy! #applenachos #apples #applechips #nachos #afterschoolsnack #snack #kidsnacks #kidfriendly #funfood

This apple nachos post is sponsored by Martin’s Apple Chips but, as always, my opinions are entirely my own.  He just started kindergarten this fall, but it’s happening already. “Mama, all the other kids get Jell-O/yogurt drinks/other-fun-heavily-marketed-food in their snack evvvvvveryday!” Welcome to your life, kid. Sorry. I’m a dietitian mama who makes things from scratch. The snacks I send you are going to be lower in sugar than the other kids’. They’re gonna be mostly homemade. It’s going to be a long school career for you. I totally feel for him. My mom always sent me to school with … Read More

Is Halo Top a Healthy Switch From Real Ice Cream?

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Smarten Up, Virtual Grocery Store Tour2 Comments

Halo Top Healthy

I haven’t been too impressed with “frozen desserts” in the past. I’m looking at you Breyers blue box! They’re mainly just super-sweet and icky. They don’t have that creamy, rich, melt-in-your-mouth enjoyment that ice cream does. So I didn’t have high expectations when I heard about Halo Top. It’s advertised as a low-calorie, healthy alternative to ice cream, and I just didn’t think it could possibly compare to ice cream. As a Dietitian I’m all for making healthier choices in the foods that form the core of my diet. The foods I eat the most NEED to be healthy! But … Read More

Breakfast Banana Split – healthy, decadent, easy!

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Recipes, Snack2 Comments

a healthy breakfast banana split, high in fibre & protein!

 Take 5 minutes to wow your guests (or family) with a special breakfast banana split! They’re so easy to make, and yet… they feel so fancy to eat! My husband is definitely a creature of habit when it comes to food. When I met him his grocery shopping routine was fairly mindless… simply because he bought the same foods every single time! It’s been a bit of a stretch for him to marry me, the food blogger and kitchen experimenter, who’s always making new dishes and recipes! His food habits run deepest at breakfast time. Whenever I make something new for … Read More