Author Archives for Colleen Fischer

Superfoods Save Your Healthy Day


The July/August 2009 issue of Health magazine features a list of nine superfoods for women that provide alternatives to common nutrient-rich foods like blueberries and broccoli. Check out these options:
1. Kiwifruit: Instead of oranges, try these fruits also packed with vitamin C.
2. Mushrooms: If your attitude toward broccoli is similar to the first President Bush’s, […]

Next on Oprah: A Grain of Salt


The big cover story in this week’s Newsweek is a look at the health information — apparently in most cases, misinformation — propagated by Oprah Winfrey’s signature television talk show:
In January, Oprah Winfrey invited Suzanne Somers on her show to share her unusual secrets to staying young. Each morning, the 62-year-old actress and self-help author […]

Come On Over, Cupcake!


A few weeks ago, the local supermarket put boxes of Pillsbury cake mix on sale, enticing shoppers with a price so low that even I, a girl with an avowed distaste for cakes from a box, couldn’t resist. I snapped up three boxes.
Two disappointing cupcake recipes later, I was ready to go in an entirely […]

Health Incentives May Be Coming to a Workplace Near You


Health care reform has been back in vogue since the last presidential election, and Congress is starting to pull together the legislation that could radically change medical coverage in America.
Or not. We all know how it went down last time there was a charge for universal health care. . .
Let’s take the more positive perspective […]

Jell-O Offers a Guilt-Free Rice Pudding


I participate in the Kraft First Taste program, getting the opportunity to try new products from the company in exchange for feedback. Of course, I’m sure the idea is also that I’ll share with my hundreds of close personal friends how much I adore Maxwell House coffee or Oscar Mayer sandwiches, but hey, it’s free […]

Spring Cleaning for Your Fridge


The official start of the new year may be January, but it’s only when all this new life buds into being in spring that it feels like a true beginning.
Something about the warm breezes, invigorating showers, and green shoots of spring makes me (and so many others) want to spruce up the house to match […]

Plan Ahead to Eat Smart


With a recession rearing its ugly head in our grocery carts, it’s time for meal planning to make the leap from the frugal and the hyper-organized to the general population. Menu planning can save you money on food while also providing the health-promoting benefits of a nutritious diet and reduced stress, all without killing your […]

Spiced-Up Healthy Recipe Contest


Listen up, fans of America’s favorite quirky grocery chain: The authors of the independently produced cookbook Cooking with Trader Joe’s are holding a recipe contest in honor of National Nutrition Month.
The contest’s theme is spices. The authors are looking for recipes that reduce unhealthy ingredients in favor of the kicked-up tastes of cumin, basil, and […]

Whole Grain Hummus Bread


I received a bread machine as a wedding gift, and it certainly hasn’t gathered dust since we returned from our year in Europe. While I mainly use it for mixing up rolls and pizza dough, I have tried my hand at a few bread recipes, in the quest for healthy, whole-grain loaves that don’t eat […]

Heart-Friendly Treats for Valentine’s Day


No doubt visions of truffles and lava cakes are dancing in your resolution-wavering head this week with Valentine’s Day approaching! Lucky for you, you can enjoy sweet, delicious treats this weekend without busting out of that sexy little dress a bit too soon in the evening.
Strawberries and Raspberries
Berries are packed with antioxidants, not calories. Enjoy […]

Colleen Fischer

I've been there: My wardrobe diminished as my waist outgrew a steadily growing proportion of my pants. My wallet felt its own hunger pangs from my emotional eating and misguided attempts at dieting. And my fridge -- oh my, what is THAT in the Tupperware? My life was disorganized, and I just didn't know how to fix my problems. I set out to learn about health, nutrition, and kitchen routines that would promote them. Two years of teaching and graduate school may have led me to pack on up to 35 extra pounds, but I now have found a better way of eating that's led to healthier weights for both me and my husband. I'm not an expert, but I'm enthusiastic learner with time in the dieting trenches. I write about my experiences and opinions on healthy eating and kitchen management at <a href="http://penniesnpounds.blogspot.com/">Pennies & Pounds</a>.