Hello and thanks for stopping by! My name is Angela. I am a scientist, wife, cat-mom, and fitness enthusiast. This page is my personal blog, and you will find a range of topics, centered around healthy living. Why “The Chicken Scoop”?  Well, when I started this blog, we had just gotten a small flock of chickens and the name just stuck!  I hope you enjoy your visit!

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Book Review: In Defense of Food

I originally read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan way back in March 2010 when first got it.  I never really wrote a true book review but just said:

“I just finished reading “In Defense of Food” and it was amazing. Truly eye opening. He starts off the book with “Eat food. Not too much. Most plants.” That is his conclusion and he builds

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How to Choose Your Sweetness

***A question came up on a group I participate in on the types of sweeteners that are safe. Here is a blog I originally wrote on September 2, 2010 on sugars and sugar substitutes!***

Artificial or Natural, everyone has their favorite sweetener. In the modern world with a Starbucks on every other corner (literally if you have ever walked a few blocks in NYC),

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FS: Chocolate Pudding


Snack Pack Chocolate Pudding Ingredients: Water, Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Vegetable Oil (Contains One or More of the Following: Palm Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Less than 2% of: Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Artificial Flavors, Color Added. Snack Pack Reduced Calorie Sugar-Free Chocolate Pudding Ingredients: Water, Maltitol, Modified Corn

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FS: Energy Gels

If you are a distance runner like me, you have probably toyed with the idea of energy gels before. When running, you can’t exactly ingest solid foods so you need an alternate source. The most popular brand is Gu so that’s probably where you would start. I have a whole box and they are delicious but then I started thinking about the ingredients (I

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FS: Milk (Nonfat verses 1%)


This isn’t your usual FS blog. Normally I just look simply at ingredients and nutrition but this one is a little more tricky. I don’t have to worry about the ingredients since milk is basically all natural. Let’s begin. I’m going to assume you are drinking nonfat milk since

1) Its the lowest in calories.2) That is the typical “diet friendly” choice for

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FS: Take Out Pizza


I had originally hoped to do a few chain pizza restaurants but had to settle for 2.  I could not find the ingredients for Little Caesar’s or Papa Johns (whose slogan is “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza”, ironic?).  I did find their nutritional information on their respective websites (Little Caesar’s, Papa Johns).  Instead, I settled on Pizza Hut and Domino’s since I could find

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Random Musings (Picture Blog!)

I just decided I wanted to throw together some pictures that I’ve taken over the last few days.  They are in a completely random order, possibly not even chronological!

Spooky Cat

Ever feel like you’re being watched while you eat?

Of course I’m a sucker and gave in to that cute face!

Nommies (aka food)

Refreshing Deliciousness

Sugarhill Subs located

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FS: Mocha Blended Coffees (Frappuccino)


(thanks for http://www.thirstyblogger.com/ for this picture)

? Hello spring!

Its time for delicious cold drinks to relieve us from your heat. At first, I got on this track by wondering what the “cream” consists of in my Dunkin Donuts coffee with cream.  Instead, I decided I would do cold beverages in honor of spring. So here we go!

Seattle’s Best Chocolate Javakula

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