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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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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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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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Versatility

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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Stretching

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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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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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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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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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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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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The Definition of Vacation is Not Overindulge

Posted on August 17th, 2016 by Piccarreto
Like most, our vacations used to be an excuse to overindulge with things we normally skipped.  I've never liked fast food. Taco Bell during college was the exception because it was all I co Read More
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Cost of Plant-based Eating: Myth vs. Reality

Posted on July 27th, 2016 by Piccarreto
  Myth: Eating healthy is SO expensive. Reality: Not when you are smart about it! I'd like to talk about beans for a moment. When our family first adjusted from meat-focused to plant Read More
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Mise en Place

Posted on July 20th, 2016 by Piccarreto
Mise en place is a French culinary term. The simple definition is "everything in its place." At Whitney's Kitchen we stress the importance of mise en place from the beginning. Whether prep Read More