Entries by Diane Henderiks

Diane’s Resolution Solution for 2019

  Resolution: “I will lose weight this year” Solution: “Don’t diet…change your lifestyle” This is the time of year when many of us resolve to lose weight and exercise more.  How many years has this been your resolution?  Isn’t it discouraging to set a goal, NOT accomplish it only to set it again next year? […]

Ten Must-Have Kitchen “Tools”

Tool: \ˈtül\ something (as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession <a scholar’s books are his tools> I believe that selecting quality ingredients, choosing the right types of fats and sweeteners, highlighting the natural flavor and textures of food and reducing the total amount of […]

Easter Eggs: Hued By Mother Nature

Curiosity got the best of me so I decided to experiment with what was in the kitchen to dye Easter eggs using ONLY natural ingredients, nothing artificial. First thought: What stains instantly? Immediate response: pomegranates, beets, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, wine, turmeric, annatto, blueberries, grape juice. Nothing green in this list so decided to juice […]

Be a Lean, Mean, GREEN Eating Machine!

According to Kermit “It’s not easy being green” but it is certainly easy eating green! I remember when I was little staring at the peas or broccoli that were sitting on my dinner plate long after everyone left the table because my mother insisted that we “eat our greens.”  Back then I didn’t realize how important […]

Take Comfort

com·fort (kum′fərt) – a state of ease and quiet enjoyment, free from worry, pain, or trouble. We all want to look and feel healthy all year round so why is it so difficult to stay committed to a healthy eating and exercise regimen in the winter?  Have the short, cold and dark winter days ever […]

Limited Edition Knife Set & Kitchen Essential

This 3-piece signature knife set includes the ONLY 3 knives you will need to slice, dice and chop your way to healthier meals. Aside from being sharp as anything and feel great in your hand – they are MADE IN AMERICA!!! Stock is limited…it’s a steal on steel 😉 Hardened and tempered high-carbon stainless steel […]

Antioxidants in a Nutshell

From skincare to gasoline to the dinner table, antioxidants play a role.  Ask anyone if antioxidants are good for you and they will say “definitely”.  Follow that up with this question “What are antioxidants?” and you might be surprised by the answer.  Most people have no idea what antioxidants are but know they are good […]

Fire Up The Grill for Healthier Cooking!

Sitting on the deck with a cup of rich coffee on a warm early Spring morning fills me with the excitement of the season.  As gaze at the beautiful hues of the blooming trees, flowers and garden the first thing that comes to this culinary obsessed mind is GRILLING!  Although the Henderiks clan uses the grill throughout the year…Spring & Summer […]

More Bang for Your Buck…Healthy Eating on a Budget

  Many people believe that eating healthy is expensive and time consuming, but that’s not necessarily the case. The reality is that healthy eating can be cost effective and quick too. Difficult economic times do not mean that we have to sacrifice our health — or budget – when it comes to food. With careful planning and […]

Metabolism Changes & Weight Management

  Do you find yourself thinking,”I used to be able to eat anything and everything and not gain a pound?”  If so, what happened? First and foremost is that our nutrient requirements increase or remain the same as we get older while the number of calories we need goes down. So what do we need […]

Sweet Citrus Vodka

Yum Ingredients:4 lemons 3 oranges 2 cups water Zero calorie natural sweetener equal to 1 cup 2 cups vodkaStep-by-Step Directions:Peel the lemon and orange with a vegetable peeler in wide strips (try to remove the least amount of pith as possible). Place in a large jar decorative glass bottle or jar. Combine water and sweetener […]

5 Simple Suggestions for Heart Smart Eating

  February is American Heart Month and a great time for a heart-healthy eating check! Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in America so please get heart smart! 5 Simple Suggestions for Heart Smart Eating Shave the sodium: use herbs, spices, citrus, nuts, vinegar, seeds and other […]

6 Stress-Free Last-Minute Meal Ideas

It’s 5pm and OMG what am I going to feed these people?  Been there, done that! How many times have you stood in the middle of the kitchen, stared at the clock, it’s dinner time and you’ve done nothing about it–including shop. I’ve got simple solutions to a last-minute dinner! Here are quick meal ideas using […]

Last-Minute Homemade Gift Ideas For New Year’s Celebrations

This morning was just like any other morning but something felt different when I looked out the window at one of my favorite and comfy places on earth (my backyard). Gazing at the dusting of snow on the ground and sensing the crispness of the air inspired thoughts of the New Year and my heart was immediately filled […]

Freezing Fresh Herbs

I love the Fall…cozy sweatshirts, cool breezes, dogs on the beach, beautiful foliage and a small added bonus – kids are back to school 😉  The one thing that I really miss about the summer is walking outside my door to pick fresh herbs!  Mine are hitting their last days so it’s time to harvest […]

Crispy Chocolate Candy Cane Bark

Yum Ingredients:2 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate pieces 1 cup crisp brown rice cereal 6 candy canes Step-by-Step Directions:Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Bring water in base of double boiler to a boil. Place chocolate in top pot, heat and stir with wooden spoon or rubber spatula until melted and smooth about 5 […]

Chocolate Dipped Anything

Yum Chocolate Dipped Anything Ingredients:1 cup of your favorite chocolate chips or pieces Dried apricots, ginger, pineapple, mango, banana chips, plantain chips, pretzels, etc. Sprinkles, edible glitter or any of your favorite decorative adornmentsStep-by-Step Directions:Melt chocolate in microwave for about 1 minute in 30 second intervals. Dip half of each item individually in chocolate and […]

My Dish with Hannah and Dane on Flavor HD Radio

Want a few tips for surviving the holidays without packing on the pounds? I joined Hannah Stanley and Dane Neal on Flavor HD radio to discuss everything from Halloween “Fun Size” candy to weight management to making smart choices during the holidays, including NOT wearing elastic waisted pants! Check it out… http://flavorhd.com/the-dietitian-in-the-kitchen-diane-henderiks-dishes-with-hannah-and-dane-on-flavor-hd/

Dinnertime for Dogs

                         Daisy Henderiks                                             Lilly Henderiks When dogs were wild, they devoted much of their daily activity to hunting. For about 3,000 years […]

Goin’ in…BLOG world here I am!

OK…I don’t know about you but for me the mere thought of blogging scared the daylights out of me!  Why?  I have no idea but it almost felt like the first time I taught a cooking class.  There were 3 things I knew for sure: 20 people signed up, 4 courses and just me and […]

Almond Joy Chocolate Bark

Yum Ingredients:2 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon Kosher salt Step-by-Step Directions:Mix all ingredients together. Store in airtight container. Enjoy!0.1https://www.dianehenderiks.com/almond-joy-chocolate-bark/