About Marie Dittmer

Marie is a registered dietitian with a master of arts in physical education/cardiac rehab. She’s a homeschooling mom of four who enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and writing about food, nutrition, and health issues.

Spring Salad with Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette

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Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. After a long winter of snow, cold, and ice I’m more than ready to be outside. I know spring has arrived here since the sandhill cranes visited the pond in back of us last week and everyone was out walking this past weekend in our… Read More

Nurturing a Healthy Eating Attitude in Children

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Parents teach their children what to eat and how to eat, but a healthy diet includes more than food. It’s also about our attitudes toward eating. Many parents complain of picky eaters or children that just won’t eat. Some are crushed when daughters as young six or seven proclaim they’re fat and need to diet…. Read More

Homemade Waffles

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Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? It’s quite appropriate considering how cold this winter has been. When I get up in the morning and see wind chills down to -30 degrees or below, a hot breakfast is very appealing. The typical Amish breakfast fits right in with that. You’ll often find… Read More

10 Simple Steps for a Healthier You

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It’s a week into the New Year and already people are hard at work trying to lose weight, get more exercise, or attain some other health goal that they’ve set for the year. Fitness centers get flooded with new members and the sale of “diet” foods and “diet” programs peaks. But does a healthier lifestyle… Read More

21 Days of Favorite Family Recipes | Day 6 – Cranberry Bread

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Cranberries are one of those versatile foods you can find in almost any kind of dish, especially the weeks before Thanksgiving or Christmas. Lately I’ve seen recipes for cranberry sauce, cranberry vinaigrette, Asian green beans with cranberries, cranberry muffins, salads topped with dried cranberries, cranberry smoothies, and cranberry sauces for pork. One of my family… Read More

Simple Steps for a Healthier Thanksgiving

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Every year when November rolls around, I think of Thanksgiving and how I always looked forward to it as a child. It meant the start of the Holiday season–that magical time of year when your favorite old Christmas shows were on, your schedule filled with get-togethers with friends and family, and, oh, so many different… Read More

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