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Are you a fan of the popular blog Snack Girl? You should be. Author Lisa Cain dishes up recipes and strategies for healthy eating in a way that’s smart, funny, and best of all, totally nonjudgmental. You’re not getting Wisdom From On High, from someone who naturally prefers kale over cookies (and can’t believe everyone doesn’t!). You’re getting hard-won wisdom from someone’s who been there, someone who struggled with her weight and changed how she ate for the better, someone who isn’t afraid to admit that sometimes it’s hard.

Her new book Snack Girl to the Rescue! is a totally real, relatable guide to healthy eating. In it, she describes her journey (which included reading every diet book she could find and leaving a Weight Watchers meeting in tears) and walks you through exactly how she got on a better path–so you can do it too. She also includes 100 healthy recipes for meals and snacks that follow her same accessible approach: no fancy ingredients, recognizable, and “simple enough to make every day and tasty enough that you’ll want to”.

I featured some of Snack Girl’s no-bake cookies on my blog two years ago (read: “Simple No Bake Cookie Balls“). The No-Bake Lemon Balls–made with just almonds, dates, fresh lemon juice, and coconut–still rank among my favorites. If you love lemon, I recommend making them immediately.

One of the goals of Lisa’s blog and book is to make healthy eating easier, which is why I love her method for making brown rice–that, and because I’m a failure when it comes to stove-top rice. (For some reason, I can’t resist lift the lid during cooking.)

Make a batch of this oven-baked rice and tuck leftover servings into the freezer for busy nights.

How to Make Brown Rice in the Oven at Real Mom Nutrition

Easy Baked Brown Rice
Serves: 6 (1/2 cup serving)
  • 3 cups brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoons coarse salt (or ½ teaspoon fine salt)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a teakettle or pot, bring 5 cups of water to a boil.
  3. Put the rice in a 9x13 casserole or other baking dish that will hold at least 12 cups; if the dish does not have a lid, use aluminum foil to cover it.
  4. Dot the butter into the rice and sprinkle on the salt.
  5. Add the boiling water, stir, cover, and bake for 1 hour.
  6. After 1 hour, remove the cover and fluff the rice with a fork.
  7. Serve or put in containers to freeze for later use.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Snack Girl to the Rescue! All opinions are my own. 

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The Trap of Clean-Eating Treats

by Sally on March 27, 2014

The Trap of "Clean-Eating" Treats by Real Mom Nutrition

I’m a little bit worried about the words “healthy” and “clean”. Because I’m seeing them everywhere on social media in relation to dessert: There are recipes for Healthy Peppermint Patties. Clean Cookie Dough Blizzards. Healthy Clean-Eating Double-Chocolate Brownies with Marshmallow and Bacon Hot Fudge Sauce. Okay, I made up that last one. You get the idea.

Don’t get me wrong: I love seeing so many recipes with non- or minimally-processed ingredients. I use things like whole wheat flour and flaxseed in my own recipes too. And I enjoy experimenting with recipes that use, say, dates instead of sugar like the cookies above (read: “Simple No Bake Cookie Balls“).

But I worry because recipes using so-called “clean” ingredients seem to be getting a free pass lately as healthy and nourishing no matter what they actually are. A peanut butter cup made with coconut oil is still a peanut butter cup. When you’re eating raw vegan cookie dough bites, you’re still eating, well, balls of cookie dough.

Look, there’s nothing wrong with dessert in my book–even every day. I love dessert. But goodies like these can easily become a problem if we’re eating or serving them more frequently (or in larger portions) because we perceive them as particularly wholesome. I’ll admit I’m guilty of doing that (read: “Too Much of a Good Thing: Why Calories Still Count.”).

Bottom line: We can serve our family “clean” snickerdoodle cream pie, but even if it’s made with agave and raw cashews, kids still need to understand that pie is a sweet treat. And so do we.


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In my self-righteous, childless days, I had a very long list of things I said I’d never do once I had them: change a diaper on an airplane seat, let my toddler run screaming through Target—and definitely never eat my kids’ food scraps. Even those cute, young dads licking away the drips on their child’s […]

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OK! Not really.

January 20, 2010

The cover of last week’s OK! magazine brings back so many memories—of me, after my son Sam was born 20 months ago, making soy protein and flaxseed smoothies in full makeup and a fashionable yet supportive tank top. Alright, alright. For the first four (read: eight) weeks, I ate cereal out of the box, wore […]

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June 16, 2009

On a recent episode of the “Today” show, Dr. Nancy Syderman was debunking diet myths (and promoting her book, Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat). She talked about some of the usual stuff, like how white foods such as potatoes and bananas aren’t the enemy, why you need some fat in your diet, and that […]

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