Whitney’s Kitchen Blog


The Best Goodbye

Posted on September 2nd, 2017 by Piccarreto
Most of us try really hard not to be slaves to our scales. However, unless you don't own one, it is tough to believe you don't check in with it. After all, it is the one way to know if we ar Read More
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Reading Labels

Posted on August 24th, 2017 by Piccarreto
Many of us after choosing to adopt a plant-based lifestyle, become label readers. Yet, do we really have any clue what we are reading?! I know I didn't! Did you know that if a packa Read More
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Plants + Skin = Glowing!

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by Piccarreto
Yesterday I had the pleasure of helping with a Table Talk for a group of Foundations graduates. As we left I commented about how wonderful everyone looks. All ages, shapes and sizes... ALL Read More
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Back to School

Posted on August 9th, 2017 by Piccarreto
It is that time of year in my house. For the first time ever, I am stressed about a little thing called school lunch. Our boys have never purchased lunches Read More
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A Journey Toward Health

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 by Piccarreto
Health journeys, no matter the direction we head, are incredibly personal. After a certain age, we have to allow people to make their own choices. We can give them the information, Read More
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Shopping with Kids

Posted on July 27th, 2017 by Piccarreto
As parents, we often want our kids to be kids and not worry about things. I know that is my feeling. However, I grew up with a Dad who believed all else aside, his kids would und Read More
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Vacation Mode

Posted on July 19th, 2017 by Piccarreto
We all look forward to time off, right? Time with family and friends. Time to skip the alarm clocks and just... be. Vacations, as wonderful as they are, also tend to destroy our Read More
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Keep Trying & Your Kids Will Follow

Posted on June 28th, 2017 by Piccarreto
Why is it after kids come into our lives we assume we have to give up the foods we love? Yes, kiddos require our time, but that doesn't mean we are now destined for a lifetime of sandwic Read More
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Summer Break

Posted on June 21st, 2017 by Piccarreto
I am one of those parents who looks forward to Summer vacation. I enjoy having my kids around. There is 1 thing about Summer break that never fails though... I ALWAYS forget h Read More
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Emotions & Food

Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Piccarreto
For many of us, eating becomes connected to our emotions. Often times this connection goes unnoticed (or at least ignored!). How many of us spend our visits with family around the kitchen Read More
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Spotlight On… Vickie Copeland!

Posted on June 7th, 2017 by Piccarreto
About the Course(s) I know you’ve heard the term “sick and tired of being sick and tired”. That was me. My blood pressure was sky high, my cholesterol was over 200 and EVERY joint in Read More
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Summer Lovin’

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by Piccarreto
Summer is quickly approaching! Some of us will find ourselves with a house full of kiddos again. Others enjoying vacations. Will you be staying with a friend or family member? Relaxing in a Read More
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It Just Makes Cents

Posted on May 24th, 2017 by Piccarreto
We talk during foundations, at Table Talks and in our Facebook group constantly about the health benefits of plant-based eating. It makes sense and honestly, it is a pretty easy change to ma Read More
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Learning to Listen

Posted on May 17th, 2017 by Piccarreto
I have spent the past 2 years learning to listen to my body. With food, I find it easy. Overeat = stomachache. Headache = perhaps I overdid it with salt today. No matter the issue; water, re Read More
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Posted on May 12th, 2017 by Whitney Cabrera
The Kitchen Table....the place where meals and mentoring collide. Meaningful conversations about life and things that matter take place at the kitchen table....it's about so much more than f Read More
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Every Journey is Personal

Posted on May 10th, 2017 by Piccarreto
Each year as Mother's Day approaches I am reminded of my personal journey. It is a quiet anniversary for me. My first Mother's Day was actually the day we brought our first child hom Read More
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My Battle with Mushrooms

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 by Piccarreto
We all have things we are working on. For me, it is a battle with mushrooms. I have always despised mushrooms. I sometimes wonder if my issue with them stems from my Dad. I spent Read More
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Posted on April 26th, 2017 by Piccarreto
What I love most about plant-based cooking is how versatile it is. Back in my non-plant-based cooking days I was a slave to recipes. I was terrified to veer from them even the tin Read More
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Stepping Out

Posted on April 21st, 2017 by Piccarreto
Do you ever feel yourself getting bored with your food? Like you are eating the same thing over and over? If you do... It is time to step out of your comfort zone! Over th Read More
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Posted on April 12th, 2017 by Piccarreto
Research continues to show that stretching is an incredibly important piece of the healthy living puzzle. It also appears to be the easiest one for us to forget! So, why stretch? Read More
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Restaurant Lesson

Posted on March 29th, 2017 by Piccarreto
Since changing our eating style, I have grown nervous about restaurants. Eating out is currently so rare for us it has become the equivalent of Disney to our kids! Yesterday I found mysel Read More
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Searching for a Sign

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 by Piccarreto
People wonder all the time how we get our kids to eat the things they do. Our answer is always simple. It is what we put on the table. After a few tears, they realized Mom & Dad mean Read More
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Goal Setting

Posted on March 16th, 2017 by Piccarreto
I am a list lover. This past year I switched from post-it notes to notebooks. I can keep my lists in one place rather than losing them in the abyss that is sometimes our counter. As I was s Read More

Colorectal Cancer. Is Awareness Enough?

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by Whitney Cabrera
Perhaps you remember back in 2010 when mysterious posts started popping up on hundreds of thousands of feeds. The status was one word-a color.  And most of these posts were from women. A Read More
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Foundations and Me

Posted on March 8th, 2017 by Piccarreto
“Small changes, implemented over a long period of time yield GREAT results.” This is an important phrase at Whitney's Kitchen. For a while, I assumed this idea would only matter in term Read More
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An Adventure with Nutritional Yeast

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Piccarreto
When we make changes, big or small, there are sometimes things we struggle with. I did a lot of research when I switched my family to a more plant-based eating style. I wanted to make sur Read More
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Nosh Menu Magic

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 by Piccarreto
I spoke last about simplifying when we feel overwhelmed. I also talked back in July about the art of Mise en Place. Imagine my surprise when these 2 things collided! I spent a little over Read More
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Back to Basics

Posted on February 20th, 2017 by Piccarreto
I LOVE to try new recipes. Show me a new way to cook with cauliflower and I'll be grateful beyond belief! All of these new recipes, new options, new ingredients can feel a tad overwhelmin Read More
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Variety is the SPICE of Life!

Posted on February 8th, 2017 by Piccarreto
One of the ways I keep it interesting in my house is by shaking up our meal flavors with spices. The more research I do about the spices we use, the more I realize how magical these flavors Read More
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A Personal Tale

Posted on February 1st, 2017 by Piccarreto
For several years I have been pretty comfortable with my body, post-pregnancies. Running and eating healthy got me to a size that I think suits me. I have energy, I feel good, my doctor is h Read More
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Indigestion and Plants

Posted on January 25th, 2017 by Piccarreto
Last week we were asked by someone how to calm their indigestion. A side-effect she wasn't anticipating when switching to the plant-based lifestyle. Today I did some research. I'd like to Read More
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Building Blocks for Health

Posted on January 18th, 2017 by Piccarreto
As we prepare to start the next round of our 8-week Foundations course, I am reminded of one of the first principles we teach. WATER!! How many of you actually drink enough water each day? Read More
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The Joy of Chia Seeds

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by Piccarreto
I try hard to control my cravings, but sometimes I have one that simply won't go away! Lately, I can't stop thinking about pudding. I don't drink milk or use dairy much anymore. That means m Read More
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Walking through the Winter

Posted on January 5th, 2017 by Piccarreto
This week at Whitney's Kitchen, we are at the tail end of our Walking Challenge! Several of you have been logging the miles for a few weeks now and we couldn't be more proud! Rather than wai Read More
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We ALL Need a Rest Day Sometimes

Posted on December 28th, 2016 by Piccarreto
I am a full-time wife and Mom with 2 part-time jobs. I am constantly on the go with a 'to-do' list a mile long. I try to schedule runs and walks into my week and I attempt to do some workout Read More
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Food on the Go

Posted on December 21st, 2016 by Piccarreto
It is not always easy to make healthy choices when we are on the go. Your “go” might be job related, chore related, or even fun adventure day related. What I have realized since having k Read More
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Small Victories, Big Moments

Posted on December 10th, 2016 by Piccarreto
So often, we base all of our success (or perceived failure) on our bathroom scale. Does this 1 household item really tell our whole story? There is much more to be told by our blood work. Read More
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Holiday Help

Posted on November 30th, 2016 by Piccarreto
I spent the last 2 days decorating our house for the holidays. This is our favorite time of year. Beautiful lights, movies that are so hilarious and heartwarming we never tire of watching th Read More
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Building Blocks

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Piccarreto
Switching from a meat central to a plant central plate can be tricky when you have kids. Especially if you make this change when your kids are old enough to be “used to” your cooking. As Read More
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Try Something New!

Posted on November 16th, 2016 by Piccarreto
I have spent a lot of time getting our children to try new foods. 3 years ago, we instituted 'Try Something New Dinner'. Every few months we would find a recipe and create something none of Read More
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Don’t Waste Those Greens!

Posted on November 9th, 2016 by Piccarreto
At Whitney's Kitchen, we LOVE our green smoothies! I have to admit, as a runner, nothing tastes better after I return home than my smoothie! A few months ago I started to do a little rese Read More
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What IS Real Food?

Posted on November 3rd, 2016 by Piccarreto
At Whitney's Kitchen, we just kicked off an Eat Real Foods challenge. Several brave souls decided they were “ALL IN”!! Immediately after taking the plunge, the questions began. What IS Read More
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The Power of Black Beans

Posted on October 26th, 2016 by Piccarreto
Like many of you, I have moments when I fear I suffer from food addiction. I'm sure in some way, we all do. I have noticed this past year with Whitney's Kitchen that my addictions have chang Read More
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Freedom in the Kitchen

Posted on October 19th, 2016 by Piccarreto
Aside from making homemade pasta with my Mother, I didn't really learn to cook until I started dating my husband. It was Matt who gave me some confidence in the kitchen. We love cooking toge Read More
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Use What You’ve Got!

Posted on October 12th, 2016 by Piccarreto
I've done a lot of reading since I adopted a more plant-based lifestyle. In every book, article... and even documentaries, I keep hearing one constant. If you eat more plant-based foods, yo Read More
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HIIT & Me!!

Posted on October 5th, 2016 by Piccarreto
How many of you have heard of HIIT? High Intensity Interval Training. Have you tried it? Do you do it? Until a week ago, I had not. I was reading something recently and the author mentioned Read More
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The Logic of Leftovers

Posted on September 28th, 2016 by Piccarreto
If you are like me, your childhood may have created some issues when it comes to leftovers. How many of you suffered though pots of “leftover stew”? I admit it. Even I am guilty of creat Read More
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Slow Cooking Savior

Posted on September 21st, 2016 by Piccarreto
Last week I asked each of you to give 'Family Dinner' a try. I'm sure for some of you, this idea seemed a tad overwhelming. How many of us have time to cook 7 nights a week? Today, a quick i Read More
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Dinner Is Served

Posted on September 14th, 2016 by Piccarreto
Do you make a conscious effort to eat your meals at the table? Statistics show that family dinners are slowly on the rise. This is wonderful news considering the benefits that come with that Read More
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Eat Your Vegetables… For Breakfast!

Posted on September 8th, 2016 by Piccarreto
Despite our love for a delicious Hugh Jass Salad at lunch & dinner, do you ever find yourself wondering if you are eating enough vegetables? Do you ever feel you are in an “eating rut Read More