Easy Caprese Style Summer Salad

Caprese Style Summer Salad - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

Short of fireworks, ice cream sandwiches, and burgers, few combinations are quite as summery to me as tomatoes + basil + mozzarella. Caprese salad is just such a treat when your basil and tomatoes are fresh from the garden! My Caprese Style Summer Salad is a heartier, full-meal take on a classic caprese.White navy beans […]

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to my wonderful readers! May your unofficial start to summer be filled with sunshine, barbeques, and one too many cocktails. Enjoy the long weekend, and don’t forget to check back on Tuesday for the easiest (and best) Salted Chocolate Toffee Bark– it’s easier than sin and just as tasty.

Protein-Packed Mexican Catfish Bowls with avocado-lime greek yogurt dressing

Mexican Catfish Bowls - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

It will come as no surprise to my readers that I love really healthy recipes that are also really delicious. I also love recipes that are easy to make, inexpensive, and do double-duty to make life a little bit easier (dinner one night, lunch the next day). Bonus points to recipes that don’t create a […]

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

6 Healthy Cinco De Mayo Recipes - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

Happy Cinco de Mayo! May 5th is everyone’s favorite excuse for guac and margaritas– and if that’s the path you’re heading down, then hydrate well and enjoy. But if you’re looking to avoid the caloric explosion that comes with Coronas and nachos, try one of these 6 recipes! You’ll still get a taste of Mexico, […]

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101 - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

Meal planning. An essential part of any healthy eating lifestyle, planning your meals for the week ahead makes it easier to choose healthy foods, save money and time, and avoid the dreaded 5:15 oh-no-what-are-we-having-for-dinner moment. It helps you to grocery shop effectively (click here to read about my time, money, & calorie saving grocery shopping […]

The Worst Fitness Advice Around (Redux)

The Worst Fitness Advice Around - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

It’s no secret that we live in a 24/7 information economy. Not only do we have access to the latest news on our phones, tablets and our computers, but the barrage of never-ending headlines scroll through our televisions every hour of every day. There is always a new study, a new survey, a new truth. […]

Better-Than-Delivery Tofu & Broccoli

Tofu & Broccoli - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

In most houses, each family member has their own standard, go-to Chinese take-out order. Take my family as an example– my mother is a garlic shrimp person, my father a dependable chicken and cashew man, and I have always been a beef and broccoli girl. That is, until I stopped eating meat. The first time […]

6 Ways to Turn a Can of Beans into Dinner

6 Easy Ways to Turn a Can of Beans Into Dinner - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

  When people talk about the benefits of a plant-based diet, they frequently cite the health advantages, the ethical virtues, and the ecological good you’ll be effecting. But you know what doesn’t get mentioned a lot? The fact that skipping the meat can make for a much lower grocery bill. Maybe it doesn’t get mentioned […]

Lightened Up Lemon Bars

Lightened Up Lemon Bars - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

  The day I’ve been waiting for since December 26th is finally here– it’s Spring!!! And while it may not feel quite like Spring where you are (or where I am, unfortunately), it’s only a matter of time before the grass is green and the daffodils  are peeking their smiling faces up at us. In the […]