Light for Life

Serve breakfast at your next gathering

Before wrapping up breakfast this month I want to put a little bee in your bonnet. Next time you plan a party or family gathering,… Continue reading

Tomato and sweet onion galette

I love when our family gathers for a meal and everything beyond the table falls away. I feel my shoulders drop, chest relax, and my… Continue reading

Why I’m voting yes on Initiative 522

Food labels changed my life. It sounds dramatic, but I genuinely believe I would be leading a completely different life if not for mandated food… Continue reading

My day as a weight-loss spokesmodel

“I no longer think in terms of “I can’t” or “I won’t.” Now I just think, “I wonder what would happen if …” and then… Continue reading

5 expert healthy food hacks so you save time and eat better

5 expert healthy food hacks so you save time and eat better

1. Rethink fast food: Busy people don’t need fast food they need food fast. Instead of hitting the drive-through, head to the grocery store. You… Continue reading

5 expert healthy food hacks so you save time and eat better

New and improved pumpkin oatmeal cookies

I’ve just finished revamping my primary blog. The task presented quite the opportunity to skip down memory lane. I found the earliest posts particularly rough… Continue reading

‘Enough is as good as a feast’

I have watched Disney’s Mary Poppins numerous times. As a child I stomped around the living room demanding ‘votes for women,’ imagined chortling myself up… Continue reading

Make a tasty treat for holiday potlucks

Our social calendar is wall-to-wall Christmas parties this month. Each invitation came with a request to bring a dish. To keep myself from getting bored… Continue reading

Secret to the perfect party is cake, friends

We have a newly-minted 4-year-old in our house. He has been practicing being 4 since mid-October, but now he is the real deal. We have… Continue reading

Roasted pumpkin soup. (Rose McAvoy)

Keep it light with this creamy roasted pumpkin soup

Given a choice, I have always preferred creamy to broth-based soups. The rich flavor and luscious texture of a creamy soup ranks very high on… Continue reading

Roasted pumpkin soup. (Rose McAvoy)
Short on time and energy? Try these easy Asian-inspired dishes

Short on time and energy? Try these easy Asian-inspired dishes

When your family is stressed, try these side dishes, which make it easier to eat at home

Short on time and energy? Try these easy Asian-inspired dishes
Fast, healthy meals help you focus when life spins out of control

Fast, healthy meals help you focus when life spins out of control

The very first thing I do when life feels chaotic is create certainty with food. Meeting our physical needs in a healthy way is extremely… Continue reading

Fast, healthy meals help you focus when life spins out of control
Prepared vegetables get healthy food on the table fast

Prepared vegetables get healthy food on the table fast

I’m sure you agree, vegetables are an essential ingredient in any healthy diet. They’re particularly important when it comes to eating for weight loss. Frozen… Continue reading

Prepared vegetables get healthy food on the table fast
Don’t suppress cravings, and try this diet indulgence instead
Don’t suppress cravings, and try this diet indulgence instead

Welcome to a blog for a lighter lifestyle

Hello and welcome! Wow, a brand new space! Very soon it will be full of light recipes and stories from my journey to lose weight… Continue reading

When in Washington, pick apples

According to The Washington State Department of Agriculture website, Washington state is first in the nation for apple production. Technically this number excludes non-commercial trees,… Continue reading

Crumble bars that use the best jam ever

Forget the flowery language. Forget waxing poetic. I’m just going to level with you. This Honey Lemon Apple Jam is THE BEST JAM I HAVE… Continue reading

Cabbage and Kielbasa is filling but not fattening

When it comes to fall foods the trick is to satisfy the primitive urge to fatten up for hibernation without actually fattening up. This simple… Continue reading

Lose the soy, but keep the teriyaki

I have been avoiding gluten for a month. My body has been offering positive feedback in the form of significantly reduced mental fog and a… Continue reading

Ginger steamed cod pays homage to family cat

Ginger steamed cod pays homage to family cat

This week we mourn the end of a 15-year bro-mance that spanned two generations of men in my life and one spirited cat. Not long… Continue reading

Ginger steamed cod pays homage to family cat