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.

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

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The bananas on my kitchen island were just starting to show a few age spots when I left last weekend to help my mother-in-law paint, clean, and pack. After over 40 years in the same house, she is moving to be closer to her daughter and needed – still needs – help getting her house… Read More

Freezer Tips and Inventory

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It happens to me every so often. I go to get something out of our freezer and find I am either out of that particular item, or it is old and freezer burned – not useable. My mom’s freezer was not like that. At least once or twice a year she organized her freezer to… Read More

Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples

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Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples Dessert is a rare luxury in my home during the months of November through mid-March. It’s a busy season of homeschooling three of my four kids, church activities, and basketball. With all three of my youngest in basketball, it’s likely we have a game or practice to attend most any day… Read More

Oats: What’s The Difference?

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If you have ever made hot cereal for breakfast, it’s likely you’ve made a bowl of oatmeal. Cooked oats are a filling, nutritious breakfast. But if you wander through the breakfast aisle in any grocery store, you’ll find numerous choices when it comes to oatmeal: steel-cut oats, Scottish oats, old-fashioned oats, quick oats, instant oatmeal,… Read More

Tips for a Safe and Healthy Kitchen

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The start of a new year is a great time to do a health and safety check on our kitchens. For most families, the kitchen is the most popular room in the house. In our home it sure is. It’s used for food preparation, washing hands, chatting with friends over a cup of coffee or… Read More

Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season

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Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season The Holiday season is here, and with it an avalanche of calories, fat, and sugar finds its way into the typical American diet. Amish or not we find ourselves tempted at every corner with holiday offerings of pies, cookies, candy, snack mixes, and other not-so-healthy foods that… Read More

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