Sneaking in the Nutrition

This was a week of adventure: healthy menu-planning, fooling my husband with Butternut Squash, and expanding my palette with wheat germ.

That’s right — wheat germ.

In this week’s Mamavation Vlog, you get to see the results of these foodie adventures . . . the good, the bad, and the ugly.

First up is my take on @notdiyheather’s “Healthified Macaroni and Cheese.”  I tweaked her recipe just a bit, omitting the butter and using 2 cups of butternut squash puree (some of the ginormous batch I made for my baby . . . right before he decided he would NEVER eat purees).  By the way, this was a HUGE hit with my kiddos — the squash melded perfectly with the cheese and didn’t overpower the traditional flavor of the dish.

Then, you get to see me make (and eat) one of @drmary14’s breakfast recipes: low-fat yogurt, berries, and WHEAT GERM!  It was my first time to try the wheat germ . . . wow.  That’s all I can say.

Here goes . . .


Leah Segedie is the Founder of Mamavation and Bookieboo, a blogger network. After losing over 100 lbs, she started a career mentoring women in health and since then has assisted in over 3,500 lbs lost via the Mamavation community. Leah and her work has been mentioned in Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Fitness, Women's Day, CNN, ABC, CBS, the O'Reilly Factor, AOL, Entrepreneur, and Yahoo to name a few. She works from home in her fuzzy slippers.


  1. bookieboo says:

    Oh my goodness…you'll get used to it. Don't worry. But I'm so glad you like the yogurt. And FABULOUS on the macaroni & cheese recipe. Did you use portion control when you ate it? XXOO

  2. Heather @ Not a DIY Life says:

    I'm glad the recipe worked for you and your family! Recipes are meant to be tweaked – I do it all the time. I think carrot, butternut squash or even sweet potatoes would work well.

    And re: the wheat germ. Is the wheat germ toasted? I buy mine "toasted" and I really like the flavor. I'm funny about textures too, so I can see how this would be a tough change.

    You're such a great sport! Thanks for being a guinea pig on your vlog!

  3. Bookieboo — yes, ma'am! I only had 1/2 cup of the macaroni-n-cheese!

  4. Heather — I doubt that it was toasted; well, I'm not sure. I'll have to check when I go back to the store.

  5. Shannon says:

    Great Vlog. Ok, what does the wheat germ do to help you? I have never had it. I can't eat yogurt though, yucky, lol. The mac and cheese looks good. Where is the recipe posted? I need it :) LOVE mac and cheese.

  6. Paige Bayer says:

    Great vlog, Rachel. Your kids are adorable! That mac and cheese recipe sounded good! I am a huge lover of the butternut squash.

  7. Jessica says:

    Is the wheat germ similar to grape nuts? I love cereal mixed with my yogurt, but perhaps it's totally different…

  8. Nope — completely different than grape-nuts (I could have handled grape nuts!); it's like . . . wheat saw-dust!

  9. Kael,Maddie and Sage says:

    Loved the Vlog….well loved all but I am finally commenting. I can't wait to try the Mac and cheese and I'm gonna go buy that yogurt because I too hate the other yogurts out there. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck.

  10. OMG, I love you!!!! That face w/the yogurt was awesome! I'm w/you, I'm a texture person, too. I'm picky about my yogurts, as well, I need to look for that brand!

  11. Pamela M. Kramer says:

    Those kids are precious!

  12. Goo Goo Buy Buy... says:

    I never want to try wheat germ! Thanks for being the guinea pig for the rest of us.

    Cute kiddos, and I'm glad to see that my toddler isn't the only person who eats mac and cheese with his fingers.

    Heather's recipe sounds delicious. FYI, I've used veggie purees (sweet potatoes, squash, etc.) in lean sloppy joes. I also add minced carrots to mine. I have a very picky carnivore living with me.

  13. You and the wheat germ was HILARIOUS!!! Yeah, see if you like it better toasted, unless there is a reason Dr. Renna may want you to have it raw.

    I am drooling thinking of butternut squash mac n' cheese, mmmmmm. Those were some lucky kiddos and hubby (and you) that night for dinner.

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