Monthly Archives: August 2016

two ladies at an outdoor picnic

  There is something refreshing about family picnics that really lift your spirits. Maybe it’s the fresh air, the easy food, or just time spent with your loved ones. No matter what, picnics are a great excuse to get the family outside on a warm summer day. This weekend, ditch the traditional hot dogs and … (Read the full story)

nutritious breakfast

When you’re trying to start your day off right, it can be tough to find easy, on-the-go breakfasts that don’t crash your nutritional goals for the day. If you’re tired of the processed pastries, greasy fast food bags, and sugary bowls of cereal, check out these good eats recommended by Publix Nutrition Specialist, Berenice H. Marin, RDN, LDN. These meal hacks are easy to fix and even simpler to eat on the run!

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What’s more on-the-go than breakfast in a to-go cup? “One of my favorite breakfasts is a delicious smoothie,” Berenice says. “You can easily bag up all the individual ingredients in small plastic snack bags and then just pop them in the blender in the morning before pouring into your favorite tumbler or thermos.”

Another benefit to smoothies? You can knock out a lot of nutritional goals along with getting a great-tasting treat! Try mixing in banana, spinach, strawberry, low-fat yogurt, water, and a scoop of protein or peanut butter. You can also substitute low-fat plain Greek yogurt instead of the low-fat plain yogurt to get even more protein!  Yummy and filling? Yes, please!

An Eggscellent Grab-n-Go

When you’re meal prepping, why not bake up an easy breakfast that can last all week? Berenice shares this tip:

“For egg lovers, you can do eggs mixed with vegetables like peppers and onions along with low-fat cheese. Bake it in muffin tins the night before or when you do meal prep. Then you have a little muffin you can eat on the go!”

Toss in a slice of whole wheat toast and you’re set for eggscellence. (We’re so punny!)

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You’ve probably heard of the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), but what about GOATmeal? No, this has nothing to do with the cute furry animal, but rather whipping up a fast, easy-to-take-with-you bowl of oatmeal greatness. Similar to your smoothie hack, it’s easy to pack up all the ingredients for your oatmeal into little plastic snack baggies and just pour hot water over them at work or at the house before leaving.

“Another trick is Overnight Oats,” adds Berenice. “Just put all your ingredients in a bowl, milk and all, and let it sit in the fridge overnight so they’re ready to eat by morning. For instance, try a half cup of low-fat milk with bananas, oats, nuts, and cinnamon. This is a remix on the hot treat, too, as you eat your Overnight Oats cold.”

The Roll-Up-And-Roll-Out

“Breakfast burritos are a great on-the-go option, just make sure you have the right ingredients,” Berenice advises. “For instance, for a Mexican style, try adding scrambled eggs with some salsa, beans, and low-fat cheese. Roll it up in a whole wheat wrap and you’re ready to go!”

A great benefit to this breakfast wrap is you can mix it up every day if you’d like, which will make it easy to avoid those boredom blues that come with eating the same thing over and over. In addition, it’s an easy way to pack in your veggies. Score!

Pancake Magic

Sometimes you just need those sweet, home-style favorites – like pancakes! For those with a sweet tooth, Berenice suggests buying a whole wheat variety of your favorite frozen waffles or pancakes. Instead of syrup, try tossing some yogurt, fruit, nuts, and cinnamon on top to finish it all off. Eat before leaving the house or pack up ingredients separately to toast and prep at work and – voila! You’ve got pancake perfection that people will have to see to believe.


There you have it, five new breakfast solutions to integrate into your morning routine. Which one are you most excited about trying? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

bowls of coffee beans

You wake up in the morning and head straight for the coffee maker. As your favorite blend brews, the aroma is enough to put a smile on your face. You pour the first cup and take a sip. Then you think to yourself, “Ahhh, now this is how you start a day.”

But, once your java is ready and in your cup, what happens to the grounds? Do you throw them out? Most of us do, but we have a better solution for you — recycle and re-use. There are several ways to re-purpose your used coffee grounds and here are a few resourceful ways to get you started.

Fertilize Plants

Coffee grounds add a level of acidity to soil that can work wonders when growing certain types of flowers such as roses, azaleas, and hydrangeas. All you have to do is incorporate your coffee grounds into the soil of these plants and watch it work its magic. You’ll be showing off your rose bush to the neighbors in no time.


There is no need to buy an expensive exfoliator to slough off dead skin. Take your leftover coffee grounds and dry them out. Once they’re dry, you can mix them into your favorite moisturizer or skin friendly oil like coconut or olive. Once you have mixed the two ingredients together, rub in circular motions onto your skin. Be sure to rinse thoroughly when done. You may be surprised at just how well this DIY scrub softens your skin.

Remove Odors

Are smelly food odors haunting your fridge? We have a solution for that. While many  people might use baking soda as a go-to for neutralizing odors, coffee grounds can be used for that same purpose. You can also deodorize your hands after cooking by scrubbing your hands with coffee grounds before washing.

Tenderize Meat

Maybe you have your tried and true way of tenderizing your favorite steak, but you may find coffee grounds to be a viable alternative. Simply add 1-2 tablespoons of fresh coffee grounds to your meat marinade and let it sit. When you’re ready to cook, your meat will be softened and will also have a mild smoky flavor, all thanks to those grounds.


Next time you take that first sip of coffee in the morning, think about what you can do with those grounds. Are you already upcycling your coffee grounds? We want to know how you use them. Share with us in the comments.