Hi! I’m Amanda and welcome to figs & flour. I have just finished a dual Masters degree program earning a Masters of Science in Nutrition & a Masters of Public Health. After a busy couple of years I finally have some free time to share my love of cooking and baking and some of the things I’ve learned along the way.
About my blog
I hope to further develop my food philosophy as I develop more recipes. I am definitely a believer in balance and moderation. I tend to eat mostly plant based and lots of fish. I cannot deny I have a sweet tooth so you will certainly find dessert recipes here too. I intend to focus on seasonal produce, develop weekly themes based on an ingredient and develop recipes that serve 1 or 2. Well that’s the plan at least, come back often to see how it goes.
I have given a lot of thought to how i want to define “healthy” for the recipes that I feature on my blog. I have consulted with many former nutrition classmates on the advantages and disadvantages of showing the nutrition facts for each recipe. In the end, I have decided against doing this. While I do believe that paying attention to calories is essential to lose weight, I don’t think calorie counting is necessary to follow a healthy lifestyle. Rather than share the exact nutrition information I have chosen to only feature recipes that fit within certain criteria. For this blog, each serving will meet the following guidelines:
- 500 calories or less
- 5 grams of saturated fat or less
- 500 mg of sodium or less
- 5 grams of added sugars or less
- 1 cup of fruits and/or vegetables/ a combination of both or MORE!
While I feel that these nutrition criteria ensure that these recipes will fit into a healthy lifestyle, I do not want you my readers to take the numbers I have shared as a be all end all. There will be days in which you might eat foods that don’t fit exactly into what we know makes up a healthy diet, but that’s okay. When that happens, think about what you will eat next to balance your day out.
If any recipes that I decide to post on this blog do not meet the above criteria, I will tell you the nutrients and share with you the foods that have caused the recipe to surpass the criteria. I have calculated the nutrition facts label for each of these recipes and if you personally would find it helpful to have the specific facts, I would be happy to share with you, just let me know.
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I would love to hear from you! Please leave comments on any recipe and I will do my best to answer them promptly!
You can also reach me by email at figsandflour [at] gmail.com
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