Tuesday’s Tidbits


Good morning, everyone – I hope your day is off to a good start.

I’m very excited to introduce you to a lovely couple, Christin and Shaun, from Blue Crab Martini. They live with their two handsome boys in the Chesapeake Bay region and work diligently in their efforts to live off the land as much as possible. Christin visited my blog for the first time this week and when I popped over to see her site, I was so delighted with the recipes, her writing, her photography, her adorable boys and her dogs – I loved it all!


While browsing through Christin’s recipes I was very impressed with the healthy, fresh ingredients but also her creativity. So many of her dishes are based on dishes that are traditional favourites but she’s transformed them into nutritious meals that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Spaghetti, chili, tacos and meatloaf are just a few of the recipes that will make your mouth water and leave you wanting to take a bite out of your screen!

Here is the first eye popping recipe that caught my attention and had me emailing Christin for permission to feature her today – Blue Crab Spaghetti.

Blue Crab Spaghetti

No doubt it’s our shared love of seafood that appeals to me as well and Christin and Shaun cook fresh, local, seasonal ingredients whenever they can. Christin makes the most of her location with beautiful crab and lobster dishes that makes me want to move to Maryland!

Christin defines their choice of food as ‘Our food is rustic yet refined, easy but elegant, and quite simply delicious.’ I could not agree more. Visit her beautiful blog here and immerse yourself in healthy decadence!

Blue Crab Spaghetti


This week I’m partnering with Healthline.com and they have written an article specifically for my blog. I love this site and they provide great information on every imaginable health topic including very helpful subjects on nutrition.

I started this blog because of my growing interest in the effects of food on the body and this article does a great job of summarizing how it affects our minds as well. Please take a moment to read this and have a great day, everyone!

The Effects of Healthy Foods on the Mind and Body

When it comes to food, we tend to give more thought to how food tastes and how to prepare it than what it’s doing for our health. As it turns out though, making the effort to choose healthier foods could change your life for the better and even for the longer!

It’s Called Junk Food for A Reason

We really are what we eat in a way and there’s more evidence than ever to confirm this. We really are healthier when we eat healthy foods and junk foods, well, they really can make you feel quite junky and the more of it we consume; the more we are trashing our bodies. To help bring this point home let’s take a look at the effects that healthy eating has on the mind and body as well as the effects of foods that are high in refined sugar and carbohydrates.

The first and most obvious effect of a poor diet is obesity. Foods that are high in sugar are also higher in calories, both of which have a direct impact on your body weight. And if you think that your diet isn’t all that “sugary”, then a quick read of the labels on the foods you eat may show you otherwise. Changing your diet is very important to help prevent future health problems. If you haven’t already, taking up a new sport or activity would benefit you. If you live in Salt Lake City, you could look into Tennis Lessons SLC to start leading a healthier lifestyle.
Sugar is in almost every processed food that we eat, including those that don’t even taste sweet, like bread and pasta. These hidden sugars alone often add up to more calories and a higher risk of obesity than one could ever imagine when eating a food that tastes anything but sweet. See more in HMHB.org’s post.

Here are some recent findings pertaining to certain foods and drinks containing sugar or their alternatives:

* A small box of raisins (1.5 ounces) contains as much as 30 grams of sugar depending on the brand.

* Just one soda a day amounts to a 27 percent increase in the risk of obesity for an adult and a whopping 55 percent higher risk in children, according to the World Health Organization.

* A soda a day works out to 55,000 calories a year, which is the equivalent of 15 extra pounds.

* A 2013 study by the American Heart Association found that sugar-sweetened drinks may be linked to approximately 180,000 deaths in the world each year, 25,000 of which are in the U.S. alone.

If you’re thinking that you’re safe in the beverage department because you drink diet soda or juice, then think again. According to a 2012 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a can of diet soda or regular soda per day increases your risk of stroke by as much as 16 percent. Other studies have also found a link between diet soda and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and compromised kidney function. As for juice; a glass of orange juice has as many calories as 3 chocolate chip cookies!

Sugar, of course, isn’t the only culprit when it comes to a poor diet. Unhealthy eating generally refers to a diet that is higher in sugar as well as sodium and saturated fat and lacking in fresh fruits, vegetables and/or whole grains. Unhealthy eating makes you feel sluggish, will weaken your immune system, and can impair the way your mind and body handles stress. A poor diet has also been found to interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep. And, to create a vicious circle that makes matters even worse: all of these effects can also raise your risk of obesity and chronic disease for a double-whammy!

The Benefits of Healthy Foods

When we’re talking about healthy eating, we’re talking about a well-balanced diet that contains the recommended amount of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins as well as some healthy fats. The cleaner and more organic the food, the better since it means getting all of the health benefits from the foods without potentially harmful chemicals, additives, and hidden sugars.

Now onto the benefits of healthy foods—or as many as we can fit here! They include:

* Feeling full on less food. This is because things like fruits and veggies, lean protein, and whole grains are clean sources of fiber which fill you up without an abundance of calories, fats, or sugars, leading to a healthier body weight.

* More energy. This is thanks to getting the nutrients that you need without the empty calories and sugar highs that ultimately result in a “crash” once your blood sugar levels off after a processed or sugary snack.

* Stronger immune system. When you feed your body a healthy diet, particularly one that is full of fruits and vegetables, you boost your immune system so that you are better able to ward off infection and disease.

* Lower risk of chronic diseases and premature death. Fruits and vegetables contain important vitamins and antioxidants that have been found to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, diabetes, cancer, and more.

* Better memory and brain function. There is strong evidence linking a poor diet containing additives like food coloring to memory issues, learning impairment and conditions including ADHD, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and more.

* Stronger bones. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends eating a healthy and balanced diet as described earlier in order to improve your bone health. They also recommend limiting caffeine, soda, and alcohol intake.

* Happier state of mind. Several studies have linked diet to mental health, including a 2011 study that found that people who ate a better quality diet were less likely to be depressed. In contrast, diets containing higher amounts of unhealthy and processed foods were associated with increased anxiety.

This just barely scratches the surface of what healthy foods actually do for our mind and body. You can click here to learn more about the health conditions mentioned, along with nutrition and more.

Adrienne is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and fitness for more than a decade. When she’s not holed-up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddle board. You can connect with Adrienne on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/writeradrienne.


* The Wellness Team. (December 2013). Do You Drink Soda Every day? Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved May 9, 2014, from http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2013/03/soda-do-you-drink-it-every-day/

* Sweet Drinks and Obesity. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Retrieved May 9, 2014, from http://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/education/sweet_drinks_and_obesity/

* American Heart Association Meeting Report. (March 2013). American Heart Association. Retrieved May 9, 2014, from http://newsroom.heart.org/news/180-000-deaths-worldwide-may-be-associated-with-sugary-soft-drinks

* Food and Your Bones. National Osteoporosis Foundation. Retrieved May 9, 2014, from http://nof.org/foods

* Jacka FN1, Mykletun A, Berk M, Bjelland I, Tell GS. (July 2011).The association between habitual diet quality and the common mental disorders in community-dwelling adults: the Hordaland Health study. PubMed. Retrieved May 9, 2014, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21715296


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    May 20, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Hy Robyn

    I’am Chantal from Travelling Papilles, I’am very happy to discover your so beautiful blog.
    I read carefully your post and I thank you so much for sharing the blue carb spaghetti and all the information about healthy foods. I’am going to visit Blue Crab Martini as well.
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      May 21, 2014 at 5:15 am

      Hi Chantal,
      So glad you stopped by. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the article and Christin’s healthy recipe. You’ll LOVE her blog!
      I’m off to visit your blog now. 🙂
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    Anita Rivera
    May 20, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Good morning Robyn! What a wonderful recipe you share here today! The photos of the spaghetti are beautifully laid out, and Adrienne and her family look magazine perfect! This is a very special blog post as I believe it is essential to continue to educate our society about healthy eating. I so wish we could boycott unhealthy foods that seep into our culture. Simple and fresh foods really are the best way to enjoy the maximum in flavor and nutrients AND keep our waistlines at a normal size!

    I want to thank you again for all that you have done for me in the last 8 weeks; I am almost better, feeling very little imbalance and I’m back to my regular routine. Just a little imbalance when waking, but it’s quickly gone when I give myself a few seconds to adjust to getting up.

    Many thanks again to the sisters! Have a splendid day, Anita

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      May 21, 2014 at 6:37 am

      Hi Anita,

      I am so glad you enjoyed the dish, Christin and Shaun and family and the recipe. Her blog is so much fun and I enjoy her writing immensely.
      It is wonderful that you are almost back to yourself, sweet friend. I am always thrilled to have you visit and your kind words make my day. Big hugs to you. xox
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    Bam's Kitchen
    May 20, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Happy Tuesday to you Robyn! Thanks for introducing us to Blue Crab Martini.com and I am on my way over for a visit. Do you remember the old saying parents used to tell us, “You are what you eat.” Well there so you have it even way back then, they knew their stuff. I think sometimes it is difficult for people to go hard core and stop eating everything they used to all at once but instead try to make one small change a week and keep at it. Its a lifestyle after all and these take time to change. Have a super week. Take care, BAM
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      May 21, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      You’re going to love Christin’s recipes, Bobbi, and I know she’ll be happy to find your blog as well!
      I think people are trying to change but like you say, it’s difficult and I think a lot of junk food is addictive. I suggest to people that they eat clean for 10 days and then gage how they feel. They always report a marked difference in the way their body is feeling and it often helps to convince them to make the changes. We all can still have little ‘cheaters’ now and then – just a matter of moderation. 🙂
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    May 20, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Hi! Robin!
    I read carefully your post and I came to an obvious conclusion: You are describing Mediterranic Diet! A lot of fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, no sugar, a very small amount of meat , and grains.
    Unfortunately trash/fast food have arrived here too, bringing obesity, heart diseases and a lot of other undesirable consequences.

    The crab and lobster recipes seem to be absolutely delicious.
    Beijinhos, querida!
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      May 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Yes, and most of my recipes have origins in the Mediterranean Diet, Nina! I think it absolutely makes the most sense.
      Don’t your just love lobster?!
      Have a great day, sweet lady. xoxo
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    May 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I have made this and also added shrimp. There’s so many ways to cook healthy meals and not feel guilty.
    I will try the rice pasta.. I did visit the blog you posted about. Lovely family photos…All of this food is making me hungry. Great talking to you Robyn. You are the best! Much love from WW
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      May 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      LOL, I feel that way all the time when I’m reading others’ food blogs, Linda. Everything looks so darn delicious I just want to eat it right at that moment!
      Aren’t they just the cutest family ever!
      Had a great time too, my friend. Lots of love, xoox
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    Natasha in Oz
    May 20, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Great post, full of wisdom and common sense! I love your family pic too!

    Best wishes for a wonderful week ahead,
    Natasha in Oz

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      May 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind words, Natasha.
      As for the beautiful family pic – that belongs to Christin and Shaun at Blue Oyster Martini. 🙂
      Have a great day.
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    Christin @ Blue Crab Martini
    May 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Robyn!
    Thank you again for featuring our family and Blue Crab Martini in your post this week! It’s so nice to connect with a great blogger, and one that I admire very much. Have a wonderful Tuesday 🙂

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      May 21, 2014 at 5:05 am

      Hiya Christin,

      It was absolutely my pleasure to feature your beautiful blog and creative recipes. I hope we can collaborate often in the future. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with next! Thanks so much!
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    Debbie Harris
    May 20, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Robyn, this was a tremendously helpful and educational post, thank you! When I get to my computer I will have to print this out to keep. I just had knee surgery, so letting my leg hand down is a no no!
    Your dish gets another WOW! The photo is great by the way. You could almost reach into the screen and grab a bite.
    Much love, Debbie

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      May 21, 2014 at 5:13 am

      Oh gosh, Debbie, knee surgery is no fun! I hope you are not too uncomfortable and get back to your routine as soon as you can. No doubt you’ll be in high spirits throughout this though because that’s who you are!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post – I was thrilled that Healthline wanted to partner with me.
      This dish belongs to Christin at Blue Crab Martini, but I’ll definitely be eating it! lol. Isn’t it fantastic?!
      My best to you, Debbie. xoxo
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    May 21, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Is it bad that I want that spaghetti right now at 7:30 in the morning? That’s “normal,” right? 🙂 It looks amazing! I will have to hop on over to the blog and check it out – thanks for the introduction.

    Also, those sugar-sweetened drinks are simply awful! I don’t know how people drink Red Bull and Monster. I once has a sup of Red Bull and it was enough to last me a lifetime. How sad that the young people chug these down like they are water. . .

    Great information, my friend. Thanks for sharing. Hugs to you!
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      May 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      I could eat spaghetti all day every day, Stephanie, lol. Add crab to it and I’m hooked! You’ll really enjoy her blog and healthy recipes.

      Glad you enjoyed the article. I’m planning on partnering with them a lot in the future so if you have any topics you’d like to explore, just let me know.

      Hope your day is fabulous, friend. xoxo
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    May 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I can’t wait to try your recipe, I would of never thought of it – thank you!! Also, your picture of your family is just as cute as a button! 🙂 Michelle

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      May 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      I’m making this recipe on the weekend, Michelle, – the thanks goes to Christin who shared it with us today :).

      Thanks so much for visiting!
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    May 21, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Another great post Robyn, will check out the Blue Crab. I’m a big water drinker and last time I visited the doctor he said I drink too much water. Crazy huh!
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      May 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      LOL, Cheri – how much water are you drinking? What an odd thing for him to say!
      So glad you enjoyed the post. Always love your visits! You’ll love Christin’s blog. Not only are her recipes great, she writes beautifully and makes you want more.
      Hope your week is going well!
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    May 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Great information – congrats on the collaboration. The spaghetti sounds wonderful and what a cute family! Thanks for introducing us to them : )
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      May 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Aren’t they adorable, Mindy! I’m thrilled to hook up with Christin and plan on collaborating with her again in the future.
      Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. Hugs!

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    May 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Wow! This sounds truly delicious! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
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