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The Multiple Personalities of Coffee

Do you like your coffee with a shot of Kahlua? Do you take it extra large, put it on the tab? Are you a coffee snob who’ll only drink coffee that’s been French pressed? Coffee lovers come in all shapes and sizes, and with good reason. It can be decadent, it can be straightforward, it can get the job done or provide a lovely afternoon respite. However you take it, let’s agree that coffee is awesome and you should love every […]

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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.  

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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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Multiple times I day I crave a little something sweet, and, now that summer’s here, popsicles are a must have! Sadly, store-bought popsicles are packed full of sugar, a no-no if you’ve got 3 rambunctious little ones running around — or even just one, for that matter! But, luckily, it’s so easy to make your own, and the prep is little to none. Before you know it, you will have a sweet, refreshing, cold treat perfect for satisfying those cravings! Strawberry Lemonade […]

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cookie-dough-dip

Dessert or appetizer dip? You decide! This chocolate chip cookie dough dip is secretly healthy, although nobody would know unless you told them the secret ingredient: white beans! Yes, the base of the dip is white kidney beans. But I promise — you don’t taste them at all once they’re blended with all of the other ingredients, which helps create a delicious and strong cookie dough flavor. My favorite thing to eat this cookie dough dip with is graham crackers, but I’m […]

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Hello salad, my old friend. I’ve come to enjoy you again. Because as lately, I’ve been eating, Foods that I should not be eating – Pizza, mac n’ cheese, Cheeseburgers, wings – And yet the hunger deep inside my stomach Still remains. And so… I eat salad. (With salmon and farro and Brussels sprouts, and a lemony vinaigrette.) Salmon, Farro, and Brussels Sprouts Salad Ingredients 1 medium wild salmon filet, about 8 ounces 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced 1 cucumber, […]

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I love a good meatball, but I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the preparation process. First, you need an Italian grandmother, a chicken that lays fresh eggs, and years, even decades, of meatball-making wisdom. Well, needless to say, I didn’t have any of that. So, instead, I tested the waters and actually tried a recipe that sounded relatively simple. I was surprised — the recipe was easy to make, the meatballs were tasty, and they actually tasted better with […]

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Fresh kiwi, agave and a bit of water. That’s all there is to this exceptionally refreshing kiwi agua fresca. Kiwi is a fruit rarely seen anywhere but a fruit bowl, but you’re guaranteed to look at them entirely differently after trying this! Kiwi Agua Fresca Ingredients 2 kiwis 1 1/2 cups water 1 tsp. agave sweetener Directions Slice kiwis. Combine all ingredients in Magic Bullet and blend until smooth. Save this for a warm, sunny day and enjoy!

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I’ve been making this pudding for years, it’s definitely one of my favorite recipes! The best thing about this pudding is the surprise ingredient, avocado! It not only adds a richness and creaminess to this pudding, but it also provides a great serving of healthy fats. And, surprisingly, it’s one of those recipes everyone loves. All 3 of my kids can be extremely picky with their food choices; sometimes, it seems like they would be just fine living off of ice […]

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mexican-rice

Have you ever wanted to create your own Mexican style rice at home? I bet you didn’t realize how easy it can be to make it from scratch. All you need are a few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry — to make a spicy version, you can also add in some chopped jalapeño. The secret is letting the rice absorb the seasoned tomato sauce while cooking, instead of stirring it into already cooked rice. Serve this Mexican rice as a […]

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Sometimes your inspiration comes from a great food mind like Mario Batali, or Mark Bittman, or Kenji Lopez-Alt, or Julia Child. And sometimes your inspiration comes from an anonymous commenter at the bottom of a recipe on the Internet. That happens to be the situation here, as in my endless quest for the perfect carbonara, I came across this somewhat zany, completely delicious variation from a person named “aburitoro” in the comments section of a Serious Eats carbonara recipe. I mean, aburitoro […]

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While the original daiquiri is a shaken cocktail consisting of lime, rum, and sugar, most associate the drink with the super-sweet frozen strawberry mixture served from big machines. We’ve decided to riff on that version, but instead of using a mix loaded with corn syrup and artificial flavors, we’re using the good stuff: lime juice, frozen strawberries, a little natural sweetener, and, of course, rum! One sip of this fresh, breezy beach favorite and you’ll never go back to the […]

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My kids LOVE ice cream, and I’m not quite sure where they got it from… 😉 On a weekly, sometimes daily, basis I get asked if they can have a cone or bowl of pink ice cream with sprinkles! As hard as it is to say no to their cute little faces, I know it’s not always the healthiest treat to have so often. Luckily, making your own ice cream is totally do-able; all you need is a blender and […]

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