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Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Easier said than done, right? We get it. It’s the holidays and desserts are all over your office and there’s nothing better than getting home to the smell of something sweet and savory cooking on the stove. It’s ok to enjoy yourself and have a sweet treat, but don’t let the holidays be your excuse for weight gain! There are strategies you can use to prevent those unwanted pounds from piling on before the New Year. Get started today.   emailprint

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Eating Healthy on Independence Day

This 4th of July, don’t let your bikini bod fall by the wayside – pay attention to the food you eat and party the right way with healthy, whole food alternatives to the usual fare. Who said healthy eating wasn’t fun?

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10 Easy Homemade Soup Recipes

When you get home, the last thing you want to do is worry about cooking a hearty meal. Of course, you want a delicious, hearty meal, but cooking it? No way, who’s got time for that? Lucky for you, making a filling, piping hot soup can happen with very little effort and excellent results. Try one of these 10 easy homemade soup recipes and have your dinner ready in no time. Who knew life could be so simple?

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This Greek pasta salad is a perfect make-ahead meal. You can toss all of the ingredients together, including the dressing, and it will be good for a few days if kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Once you have the noodles cooked and drained, all you need to do is quickly blend up the dressing and toss it together with the noodles, feta cheese, chopped cucumber, tomatoes, red onion and sliced black olives. You can serve this pasta […]

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Whenever I throw a party, I like to serve a variety of appetizers that include healthy choices. Even football loving, jersey wearing guys and gals need healthy options to choose from! These fresh cucumber rolls are one of my favorite healthy and delicious appetizers. Thin slices of cucumber are filled with creamy light feta cheese flavored with dill weed and lemon juice. Each bit tastes so refreshing! Once you make the filling using your Magic Bullet, you can add other […]

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It’s the big weekend and I’m glad because I’m kind of obsessed with the bright green color of this dip. Any reason to make it makes me totally happy. Isn’t it so much fun? If you haven’t had edamame dip before, you’re in for a treat. With a similar consistency to hummus, edamame dip pairs great with pita chips, tortilla chips, or a variety of vegetables. If you are curious where this dip came from, truth is I bought too much cooked […]

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Sometimes, you need a dip with attitude. And sometimes, say, before #SB50, you need a dip with a lot of attitude. This pepper and Sriracha dip is smoky, creamy, spicy and delicious – not to mention great for large groups of people and super easy to make. It’s a great break from traditional dips and will be a hit at any party (even if a “party” just includes you.) And it’s prepared in an instant – make it ahead of […]

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Smoothie bowls are such a fun idea because by making your smoothie a little thicker, you can pour it into a bowl and add toppings for a refreshing breakfast or snack. To make it thicker, use less liquid, more frozen items and a thick yogurt, like Greek yogurt. In this green smoothie bowl, the spinach and avocado give it a nice green color, while the frozen berries, banana and juice make it taste sweet and delicious. Make sure to use frozen […]

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A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to eat macaroni and cheese, and a time to eat red cabbage salad. OK, that’s not how the old song goes (which apparently is based on an Old Testament verse –who knew?) But maybe it’s how it should go. If […]

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Freshly ground coffee is a smell we can all agree is marvelous. Instead of wasting it away, poured into some hot water (can you tell I don’t drink coffee?), this recipe calls for those grounds to be combined with spices and used as a dry rub for a delicious slab of steak. The warm aroma of the coffee beans is a fantastic complement to the natural flavors of the steak, and better yet, it’s a great recipe that’s fun to make. […]

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I have two easy tricks when it comes to preparing a quick weeknight dish. The first one is to prepare a delicious marinade ahead of time, and the second is to use one pot for everything. One pot meals are the best, because the cleanup is minimal and the cooking is easy. To make this flavorful lemon garlic rosemary chicken marinade, all you need is a few fresh ingredients, including lemon, garlic, rosemary sprigs and a little olive oil. The marinade […]

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Whenever I make this papaya banana smoothie, I feel like I’m somewhere tropical. Papayas are grown in South America and Hawaii, where it’s warmer and shipped all over the world. The first time I bought a papaya, I didn’t know what to do with it. Once I got home from the grocery store, I sliced it open and thought it tasted terrible. Of course, that was only because I didn’t know it had to ripen first! Papayas are like avocados in that […]

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If you’ve never made cacio e pepe, drop whatever you’re doing right now and get yourself to your kitchen. OK, if you’re holding an infant or a bullfrog, put that down first. This recipe takes all of fifteen minutes and a handful of ingredients that you probably already have, and it is good. Creamy and cheesy, with a nice peppery bite, this is weeknight cooking that will make you feel like you’re in Rome. I took the controversial step of […]

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