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Guide to Shopping for Clean Food

When it comes to purchasing clean foods I think that most people do not know where they should spend their money.  You may not have the money to spend on 100% organic.  And that is OK.  If you can purchase a few items organic then you should know where to get the biggest benefit.  After […]

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Kale Chips with Spicy Yogurt Dip

My husband and I went out to dinner the other night and I saw something on the appetizer menu that I had never seen at a restaurant before.  Kale chips!  I have heard of kale chips and saw so many recipes for making them but never took the plunge to make them myself.  I have […]

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Why I Don’t Read Nutrition Facts: Ingredients are #1

The food label has looked the same for 20 years and it is now about to get a makeover.  Some of the significant changes include more prominent calorie counts and more realistic serving sizes, but could take more than one year to actually be seen on packaging. Who cares?  I certainly do not.  Sure, ill […]

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Beet Salsa

Beets are one of those vegetables that I really had not started eating until I started eating more cleanly.  I think some of that has to do with shopping at more farmers markets and here in Arizona beets grow really well.  Beets are everywhere here.  In fact I am growing my own right now! Beets […]

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Aluminum Stinks: Make Your Own Deodorant

I have noticed on television lately some jokes about how people smell when they use a natural deodorant.  The jokes imply that when people use natural, aluminum free deodorant that they smell bad. Aluminum in deodorant acts to close the pores in your underarm which prevents sweat.  Aluminum has been pretty controversial and many people […]

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Homemade Graham Crackers: Gluten Free and Vegan

My favorite store bought graham crackers used to be the Honey Maid Oatmeal Crunch.  I loved the flavor that the cinnamon and oats added to these crackers.  I have not had these in quite some time.  I looked up the ingredients as was horrified at what I saw…vegetable shortening (partially hydrogenated soybean oil), high fructose […]

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Shamrock Shake Made with Real Ingredients

I don’t know about you but I was a big fan of shamrock shakes.  I was sad that they were only available for a short time in March for St. Patrick’s Day.  Now I am just sad that they are made from horrible, unnatural, and unhealthy ingredients. The ingredients that stand out most are:  Corn […]

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Creamy Avocado Oats: The Power Breakfast

I am an avocado lover for sure.  I eat at least half of one avocado every single day.  They are so creamy and luscious.  I add them to salads, smoothies, and even morning oatmeal.  Avocado has sometimes received a bad rap as a high fat fruit.  While it is true that about 85% of avocado’s […]

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Protein That Isn’t From An Animal: Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

If you eat meat or not, if you a vegetarian or a carnivore, if you are looking to change to a more plant based diet, or if you are concerned about getting enough protein then this post is for you.  I do not classify myself as a vegetarian or vegan but I do love to eat my plants.  I do […]

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Chocolate Scones with Strawberry Jam

One of the most important lessons about food I can share with you is that (as much as possible) it should be REAL.  I am not talking about foods bought in a box or a package but real homemade foods made with real ingredients.  Foods that our grandmothers or great grandmothers would have made. I […]


Homemade Granola

One of the first posts I did was on What is in Your Breakfast?  Boxed cereals can be loaded with processed sugar and refined grains not to mention that they are so expensive. Have no fear homemade granola is here to the rescue.  Making your own granola is so easy…all you have to do is […]

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Keep Your Valentine Heart Healthy: Fruit on the Bottom Strawberry Chia Pudding

Love is in the air…  What better way to show you care then to make something heart healthy for the ones you love! I have used chia seeds before in my Chia Jam and Fruity Chia Shots.  I love using chia seeds and try to incorporate some into my diet everyday.  Chia seeds are a […]

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Super Grain Breakfast Bowl (Gluten Free)

This breakfast bowl will definitely be my new go to for a winter breakfast.  I still love my overnight oats for the summer months when I do not need a warm start to my day but these warm super grains hit the spot on cold mornings. This breakfast combines 3 gluten free super grains: quinoa, […]

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Get More Greens…Try a Green Smoothie or Green Juice

Making it a point to eat more green vegetables would make a great new years resolution or just a general great addition to your diet.  I feel like I notice increased energy and more radiant skin when I have been drinking my greens everyday.  Who doesn’t want that? I am a fan of both smoothies […]

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Real Ginger Cocktail: Start the New Year Without Additives

2014 is just around the corner and I love to celebrate the new year just as much as the next person.  I have a cocktail that you can feel good about drinking (please be responsible).  Make sure you just don’t feel too good…wink wink. Many bottled cocktails contain artificial colors and flavors.  It is also […]

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