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Free Recipe E- Book Just for You!

Make the holidays easier and a lot healthier with my free e-book, Healthy Holiday Sides. As a busy mom with three kids, I know how important it is to make healthy food – especially over the holidays! Kid-Friendly Healthy Holiday Recipes I love to get my kids involved in the kitchen,…

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Maple + Sea Salt

Roasted sweet potatoes are delicious on their own without any help at all. But when you add a little real maple syrup and sea salt, they’re amazing. I’ve been working on a bunch of recipes for the holidays and wanted to come up with something as an alternative to sweet potato…

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts

Hot or cold, chopped in a salad or served as a side, roasted Brussels sprouts are probably one of the best “food favors” you can do for your body and taste buds. I made this recipe as basic as possible, but wanted it give an extra boost of nutrition by adding toasted pine…

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Pecan Pie Muffins

When the holidays roll around, I’m usually a pumpkin pie kinda gal. I don’t really love fruity pies at all so if you ever see an apple pie, blueberry pie or [fill in the name of your favorite fruit] pie, it’s because I love someone a lot. Enter these Pecan Pie…

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce | Easy, Healthy & Delicious

There are two types of people in the world: those who like cranberry sauce and those who don’t. I will go one step further and say that there is actually a third type of person: those who love cranberry sauce.
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Grain Free Dinner Rolls

Warm diner rolls go well with just about anything – soup, salads, chili and of course, a big holiday meal! Since we all avoid gluten in our family, but only one of us avoids dairy, it can be tough to find one dinner roll that pleases everyone. These grain free rolls…

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How to Do An Elimination Diet (with free downloadable charts)

An elimination diet is a great tool to have in your toolbox if you’re wondering if something you’re eating is affecting the way you feel – from feeling bloated to foggy thinking and everything in between. Food is powerful and impacts literally every single one of our bodies’ processes. But sometimes…

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7 Perfect Foods for Apple Shape Bodies

Apple-shaped bodies, this one’s for you! Whether it’s something that’s been plaguing you your whole life, or if it’s a few pounds that have slowly started creeping onto your midsection over the past few years, belly fat is serious. Unique from fat that gets stored throughout other parts of the body,…

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DIY Natural Food Coloring and Easter Egg Dye

Commercial food coloring, including most Easter egg dyes are a haven for less-than-healthy chemicals and additives. Most people don’t realize that synthetic food coloring is made from petroleum. Just to be clear, we’re talking about the same petroleum that’s used to fuel our cars and make plastic cups. It’s suspected that food dyes…

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract just sounds warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it? With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to make something sort of crafty as a small gift for friends and family. Since I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and I use vanilla constantly, I thought I’d…

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The Secret Formula for Weight Loss

The secret formula for weight loss is the same for nearly everyone. Fortunately, it doesn’t come in a bottle, you don’t have to go to the store or even pay a penny. In my opinion, this formula is the make or break for long lasting weight loss. Sure, quick weight loss…

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Food Coloring: Health Consequences & Healthy Alternatives

Last week we celebrated my daughter’s 7th birthday with about 23 other little girls running around our house. We had a balloon artist to entertain the kids and lots of easy food that I made that morning. Parties for kids this young are usually no more than two hours. Any parent…

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Gaining weight but eating healthy? Maybe it’s stress.

If you felt stressed over the holidays, you may need a low key day of R & R. When you’re in “fight or flight” mode (rushing to work, not getting enough quality sleep, letting the small stuff get to you, etc) your body increases the amount of adrenaline and cortisol released….

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Manage Your Weight Through the Holidays with These Simple Steps

The biggest mistake I believe people make through the holidays is to start eating better or exercising more after the holidays are over. Workouts get deferred until after all the holiday craziness has passed, and a healthy diet doesn’t start until the last of the cookies and candies have been tossed. My advice:…

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Exercise, Holidays and Calories That Tip the Scales

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about the HUGE amount of calories we all eat over Thanksgiving, weight gain we’ll consequentially gain, and the foods we should eat instead. Actually, this is the same old story we all hear at this time of year. The “Eat This Not That” rules are…

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The Flesh Eating Bacteria: Living to Be Healthier

A little over ten years ago I contracted the flesh eating bacteria, the same disease that Aimee Copeland and a couple other people around the country happen to be recovering from right now. Suffice it to say, my experience was nothing short of a living nightmare.  Fortunately, I came through on…

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4 Healthy and Fit Super Bowl Weekend Rituals

To millions of Americans, football is like religion and Superbowl Sunday is the most sacred of all sports-related holidays. Even if you’re not a huge football fan, there is a very strong possibility that you’re going to a party – that is if you’re not hosting one of your own. How…