Author Archive: Kristy Hegner

Simple Homemade Granola {with an extra nutritional kick}

This simple granola is a nutritious and delicious way to start your morning off on the right foot.  You’ll never go back to store-bought! Over the holidays we had a cookie exchange with a group of friends and one of the participants wanted to bring a non-cookie item to the exchange.  Well of course I gave her …

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Healthy Snacks for Preschoolers {That They Will Actually Eat}

As a mom of two preschoolers I am constantly on the lookout for healthy snack ideas for my kids.  But I’m also realistic enough to know that this age can be a bit choosy at times.  I compiled a list of tried and true snack ideas that preschoolers will actually eat and enjoy. As a …

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Simple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Croissants

These croissants are basically heaven wrapped in a pastry.  Baked to a golden flaky crust and stuffed with peanut butter chocolate spread.  What more could you ask for? At first, I wanted to name my blog ‘Peanut Butter & Chocolate’ mainly because of my LOVE of peanut butter and chocolate.  But being a dietitian who …

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Kale and Feta Salad {with Homemade Honey Vinegar Dressing}

Over the holidays I was part of a Facebook group created to motivate and encourage one another to get through the holidays while still eating healthy (enough) and making time for exercise.  Of course, this is easier said than done during the holiday season, but with a little added support, it sure helped me! One …

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Quick and Healthy Snacks for the Busy Professional

Do you have a busy and demanding job that doesn’t allow much time for snack preparation?  Well look no further.  I have collected several snack ideas that are not only healthy options, but also require little to no preparation. My husband has a desk job working a ton of hours so of course he doesn’t …

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Chicken, Vegetable and Barley Stew {Crock Pot}

This healthy and delicious stew is perfect for any winter day and is great paired with warm whole wheat dinner rolls! I have viewed this recipe on Pinterest for quite awhile and have been dying to try it.  Well, what’s a better time to cook it than when it’s 2 degrees out with wind chills …

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Hearty Beef Chili

Who doesn’t love a delicious beef chili on a frigid January evening?  Ideally I’d love to be eating this chili in my great room, next to a wood-burning fireplace overlooking mountains.  But I forgot, I live in Michigan, and don’t even have a fireplace (a girl can dream, right?).  If you live in the northern …

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New Year’s Resolutions {Diet and Fitness}: Let’s Be Realistic

(Image from buzzfeed.com) Is anyone sick of reading or hearing about New Year’s resolutions?  Or the pressure to make a great list of goals that you will achieve for 2015?  If you Google “New Year’s Resolutions” you’ll find plenty of top 10 resolution lists to peruse with numerously suggested goals.  Don’t get me wrong, I …

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Creamy Ham Dip

Anyone still exhausted from last week and all the festivities?  Well, I definitely am, and likely the most exhausted I’ve been for any holiday in years, but not surprising with 3 active young children.  And I thought last year was exhausting with a 2 weeks old…ha!  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED Christmas with my …

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Simple Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Need a last minute dish to bring to Christmas dinner?  Look no further, this fruit salad is a super simple healthy side dish.  And the best part is you likely have the ingredients on hand! I love Christmas dinner.  About 99 percent of the time, our family has Honey Baked Ham, which to me is …

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