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Liquid Sunshine (Carrot Orange Juice Recipe)

Liquid Sunshine (Carrot Orange Juice)

Pin this recipe for later! Carrots + oranges + lemon + ginger root + turmeric root = liquid sunshine. I mean, it's straight goodness. An instant mood booster. This juice recipe is sweet, tart, and with a slight "bite" from fresh ginger root. You can certainly give it more than a slight bite if you are a ginger lover. Just increase that ginger zing by adding more ginger root. Either way, you're gonna feel better after you drink this. I … [Read more...]

Super Bowl 2016 Recipe Roundup

Superbowl 2016 Recipe Roundup

HOWDY YA'LL!! Don't ask me where that came from. Maybe it's cause I'm wearing my cowboy boots to work today. Maybe cause it's been a looong week and it's finally Friday. I might be a bit slap happy. Maybe all of the above. Just go with it. Are you ready for Super Bowl 2016? It's pretty darn fun to be in a city whose team is in the big game. The hype is real. Energy is in the air, fo sho! I hope it's a good game. I'll be at a Super Bowl … [Read more...]

Candied Ginger Scones

Candied Ginger Scones | LaughterandLemonade.com

I was never a big fan of scones... until last year. If you're ever in Durango, Colorado, be sure and hit up a local favorite: Bread. Their baked goods, breads, and goodies are amazing. Local coffee shops and even the hospital where I completed by dietetic internship stocked their shelves daily with fresh baked Bread goods.  This is where my love of scones was born. I was looking for my fav treats at the hospital's coffee shop one day to … [Read more...]

Forget Probiotics, Prebiotics May Have More Benefits

Jerusalem Artichoke Chili

FIRST, let's get down and dirty with prebiotics vs. probiotics. THEN, enjoy a healthy, comforting chili recipe high in prebiotic resistant starch. Did you know that about 90% of the cells that make up your body reside in your digestive tract? That’s right! According to The Journal of Nutrition about 90% of the cells in our body are gut bacteria and the other 10% are human cells (1). That’s about 100 trillion (good) bacteria swimming … [Read more...]

Meet Nick: L&L’s First Student Intern!

Meet Nick: L&L's First Student Intern

Meet Nick. Nope, not my brother, Nick, another Nick! Nick Myers, a Miami student. As a Miami grad myself, I was pumped when I got an email from one of my nutrition professors whom I've kept in touch with. She had assigned her students to find a nutrition blog and do a review on the blog. Nick walked into class, pulled up LaughterandLemonade.com and began his review. The professor said, "hey, I know her! She was my student at … [Read more...]

A Winning Formula that Generates Countless Dishes

A Winning Formula that Generates Countless Dishes | Weeknight Italian Chicken Pasta from LaughterandLemonade.com

This Weeknight Italian Chicken Pasta is so simple, I'm not even going to give you a recipe. Well... I am, but not a traditional recipe. It's more of a formula. A framework. It's for your own good. You see, I read a really interesting article the other day titled The Myth of Easy Cooking. Tag line: "An entire industry has been built on the premise that creating gourmet meals at home is simple and effortless. But it isn't true." Dang. It made … [Read more...]

1 Banana + 2 Egg Pancakes

1 Banana + 2 Egg Pancakes | LaughterandLemonade.com

It's Friiidayyyyyy! Also known lately as Fri-YAY. Ummm, yes please.  Are you dreaming of the weekend already? Oh wait, that was happening for me yesterday. Oops. Planning to make yourself a nice brekkie or brunch this weekend? Want to still feel healthy? Did you know you can make delish pancake out of TWO ingredients?? I'm serious. The epitomy of whole foods eating.... drumroll please... 1 banana + 2 egg PANCAKES! Have you heard of this … [Read more...]

Breakfast Chia Seed Pudding

Breakfast Chia Seed Pudding | LaughterandLemonade.com

I am sooo late on this bandwagon. The chia seed pudding bandwagon, that is. On a trip to Chicago last year that included a lunch with my bff and her beau I, finally tried chia seed pudding. We had it as the dessert to top off our to-die-for lunch at Le Pain Quotidien. Wow. Why hadn't I tried this delightful dish yet?! When I got home from that trip? You guessed it. I got straight into the kitchen to play around with making chia seed … [Read more...]

Thai Pumpkin Chicken Curry

Thai Pumpkin Chicken Curry | LaughterandLemonade.com

It's still cold out side. I guess it is winter after all and I'm clearly still in denial. Booooo. At least I get this Colorado sunshine, so I shouldn't complain, but alas, I will. And I'll crave warm chicken curry. What do you do when you crave warm, hearty comfort food and you want to be healthy at the same time? You throw in lots of veggies, amp up the flavor, add a boost of protein, and voila. A comforting, satisfying dish that won't … [Read more...]

Parmesan Chicken Tenders + GIVEAWAY!

Parmesan Chicken Tenders | LaughterandLemonade.com

"Would you like some chicken with your ketchup??" Yeah, a co-worker said that to me once. We went out to eat on a work trip and like a little kid, I ordered chicken tenders. (Ok, so I wasn't in the mood for a kale salad. It happens. Even to dietitians.) Apparently, I like a lot of ketchup on my chicken tenders. More than the average person, so I've learned. I'm fine with that. Are you a good protein eater? Eating protein has been a … [Read more...]

Real Diet Talk + My Go-To Avocado Toast

My Go-To Avocado Toast recipe!!

Hiiiii! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe it’s 2016?! It’s a new year and maybe a new year’s resolution… has your diet or plan to exercise started? I mean what’s a food blog… written by a registered dietitian nonetheless… that doesn’t address this topic in the new year?? It’s an important topic to me, because as you know, I dabbled in diets before, which you can read about in this post: Closing the Chapter on Paleo Paisan & Top 10. … [Read more...]

Top 10 in 2015

Are you scratching your head too wondering where another year went? I am. This one was a fast one!  My heart is filled to the brim as today I get PARTY on my third wedding anniversary with my extended family for my cousin's wedding!! Happy girl. Cause you know otherwise I'd likely be ringing in the new year on my couch. Or in bed by 10 pm. For Laughter and Lemonade, this year marked several milestones. The first of these is well...  its birth! … [Read more...]

Lemon Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Roasted Lemon Shrimp Cocktail | LaughterandLemonade.com

Nothing says "special" like shrimp cocktail. I don't know what it is about it, it just looks fancy. Done well, it's the perfect simple, elegant appetizer. Not to mention it's pretty healthy! It takes minimal prep, could be done ahead, and is definitely a crowd pleaser. Don't forget to pin it for later! Whether you're hosting a New Year's Eve bash, Easter dinner, a summer pool party, Thanksgiving, Christmas, a birthday party, or any other … [Read more...]

Tiramisu

Tiramisu | LaughterandLemonade.com

Layer the creamiest, dreamiest, perfectly sweet, rich-yet-light mascarpone cream among espresso + Kahlúa + rum soaked ladyfingers.  Douse in cocoa powder. I can't even.  This classic Italian Tiramsu is to. die. for. It's literally perfect. I want to eat it everyday. My mom's friends are the most thoughtful, creative people ever. They threw the most perfect and personalized bridal shower for me almost three years ago. (Time flies!! Was it … [Read more...]

Rotkohl – German Red Cabbage

Rotkohl - German Red Cabbage | LaughterandLemonade.com

I love food traditions. Food is love and love is family and family is memories and memories are food. It's full circle here people. Feel the love. This is one of those food is love dishes. One of the huge reasons I blog is to record these memories. One of my very Italian grandmothers (who cooked everything from scratch) passed away when I was in high school... long before I had the thought to document her recipes. Her Italian wedding soup, … [Read more...]