Review: Coloring Easter Eggs Naturally

File Mar 24, 12 15 26 AMMy friend C texted me earlier this week and said she wanted to try coloring eggs with natural dyes this year. Normally, I hate coloring Easter eggs. I’m the kind of clutzy that gets food coloring all over my hands and arms (and, yes, sometimes my face if I scratch my chin or something), and then it stays indelibly for about a week, and I look like a moron.

But, I thought, maybe natural dyes will be different! C is my crafting buddy – we’re always having knit-nights, shopping for yarn, making homemade Christmas cards, etc, so I knew I would have fun even if I did end up with green streaks all over me. Continue reading

Recipe Round-up: A Gluten Free Saint Patrick’s Day

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(c) Alexas_Fotos,

While I do love turning any food green and calling it a “Saint Patrick’s Day special,” this year I thought I would focus on actual, real, traditional Irish food (you know, instead of being an uncultured swine). And of course, having celiac disease as I do, all the recipes I make have to be gluten free. So, for your reading and cooking pleasure, I present the Irish recipes I want to try this week! Continue reading

From the Archives: Freakin’ Fats and Anxiety Attacks

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Source rafal_olechowski CC BY-NC-ND istockphoto

This post was first published on September 14, 2014. 

I started using a new food tracking app earlier this summer that I heard about through (the website for RDs and RD students).  It’s called HealthWatch360, and according to their promo materials:

HealthWatch 360 connects the dots between your health, nutrition and lifestyle. Monitor 30+ nutrients, count calories and track 500 symptoms. Colorful, interactive charts and trends help you discover patterns.
It’s amazingly simple. (

I’ve used a lot of food tracking aids in the past.  Continue reading

Writing Sample: Nutrition and Mood, part II

Way back when I first started Healthy Emily,  I wrote a blog post about how eating different foods could affect our brains’ production of neurotransmitters that affect mood. This post was, and still is, one of the most popular posts on this site. About two years after I wrote it, I took a Food Science class that asked us to write a term paper on a topic relating to, as you might assume, food and science. Since the topic of nutrition and mood stability still fascinated me, I decided to turn the idea for that post into my term paper.

Since the post was so popular, I thought I would share with all of you the final results of my paper, with the actual, scientific research that answers the question:

Can dietary changes positively (or negatively) affect mood at a neurological level?

This is part two of the paper – read part one here! Continue reading

Please don’t take away my food!



This week, there has been a startling number of disturbing posts on sites I read regularly.

These posts allege that the gluten-free fad cannot last much longer, and that soon all the lovely gluten-free foods available on grocery store shelves will begin to fade away. They seem to have an, “ah, well, it was fun while it lasted…” tone. They are written by bloggers or food sites that I respect.

They make my stomach hurt. Continue reading

Bust a Move! Strength Training Workout: Heroine

(c) OpenClipArtVectors, pixabay [2].pngSince I haven’t been posting much about my workout goals lately, I thought I would share some of the workouts I’ve been doing instead!

I’ve been wanting to get back into strength training – I used to work out with a trainer until I lost my job last year and couldn’t afford it anymore 😦 I miss working out with her a lot, but I also learned a great deal from her. I spent about six years working out with trainers on and off, so while I’m certainly no expert, I do feel like I know enough to put together a moderate strength training routine for myself. I’d like to work with a trainer again someday, but for now, I’m using a free workout app called Lifter. Continue reading

Recipe Review: Butterscotch Scones

I have been craving butterscotch scones for years. And unlike most cravings, I can trace this one’s origin to a very specific moment in time.

It’s The Big Bang Theory‘s fault.

Sidenote: I have never figured out why Leonard didn’t eat the pancakes and scones BEFORE telling Sheldon the bad news. Am I right? Continue reading