Hi!  My name is Lynn Dugan.  I am a Registered Dietitan with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology.  My work has focused in cardiovascular research, sports nutrition and nutrition communications. My *best* experience related to this blog is the challenge of feeding my four active children.  That is a job!  One has food allergies, another is very picky, one needs extra calories due to sports and one just likes everything (except anything with ketchup or barbeque sauce).  I realize how difficult it is with active schedules and the demands of life to feed kids a healthy diet.  And since it is not easy for me as a nutrition professional, I am certain it is hard for us all.  I will use this platform to share recent success and lessons in feeding my kids and any helpful nutrition & fitness tips.


We are an active family and enjoy a variety of sports.  I like to bike and run.  My husband likes to swim and bike.  My kids each participate in several sports including:  swimming, soccer, basketball, hockey, and lacrosse.  Fitness is important for everyone.  Finding something you like and making it routine (combined with a healthy diet) is the key to achieving optimal health.


Faith is the foundation of our lives.  I pray throughout the day to get the strength I need to feed this active family and to help them navigate this world.  The Bible is my guide for all areas of my life.


24 responses

  1. Hi Lynn!

    I am SUPER excited about the slow cooker recipes you have posted. I LOVE my crock pot and am always looking for new recipes to try. I’m trying to incorporate more fruit in my diet this year – can you post more fruit smoothie ideas? Thanks!

  2. Lynn, you were my young life leader in high school! Now I’m a mom with 4 kids, my husband is on young life staff, and I’m a nurse. Always looking for great food ideas, and I’m excited to read your blog! Sarah (Tazelaar) faison

  3. Hi Lynn, I am enjoying a glass of wine with your friend Sheila Faber!!! She told me of your website….looking forward to following:))

  4. Hi Chef Lynn,
    Which is more healthful; spinach, kale, swiss chard, or romaine lettuce? You used romaine lettuce at the demo.
    Sheri (was in your 1st breakfast spa class and will be in your next)

    • Hi, Sheri. Great question!
      Dark leafy greens (these all qualify) are all nutrient-rich with vitamins A, C and K and disease-protecting phytonutrients. It’s important to include these regularly in our diets. That said, kale does stand out as a nutritional powerhouse and even contains 9% of our calcium needs in one cup. I used romaine in class because of it’s milder taste and greater acceptability for first time ‘green smoothie drinkers’. Enjoy!!!
      Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  5. Hi Lynn – my sister, Karen, and I had a great time meeting you last night at the cooking party and learning more about how you’re sharing your expertise and experience. I hope our paths cross again. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying catching up on your past posts on your blog.

  6. Lynn:

    I would love to hear about some freeze ahead meals during this busy school season. Something that does not turn out soggy from defrosting and easy to just pop in the oven. Help!

  7. Hello Lynn,
    I was just reading your blog and thought it might be of value for the two of us to connect at some point. I have published two books on Amazon both around diet and nutrition. My latest book Make Ahead Meals can be found on Amazon, you can get more information at http://www.fitrecipe.net

    I would be happy to share what I have learned about publishing on Amazon and send you samples of the content.

    Best regards,
    Jesse Morgan

  8. Hi Lynn,
    Saw your Daily Dairy piece on Yogurt at EatRight.org. I’d like to suggest that yogurt lovers look on the Nutrition Facts label for the Vitamin D content of their yogurt, as some brands unfortunately are not made with Vitamin D-fortified milk, so are missing that important vitamin. Enjoyed taking a look at your easy-to-read blog. Will try some of the yummy recipes and recommend to my daughter and son who are on their own and looking for quick, healthy recipes.

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