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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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Sometimes I can’t make up my mind when it comes to choosing a flavor for chia seed pudding. My solution: make three different flavors and layer them in one cup! This layered chia seed pudding dessert is made with chocolate and vanilla almond milk and raspberry jam. For best results, let the pudding stand in the fridge overnight. The chia seeds magically thicken the almond milk creating a delicious pudding-like texture. Chocolate, Raspberry, Vanilla Chia Pudding Ingredients 1/2 banana 1 […]

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Back in the day, we used to use powder packet dip mixes for parties. Now, we love to make our own dips from scratch. This sour cream-based dip is flavored with curry powder, paprika, garlic, vegetable bouillon and fresh chives. You can serve this curry dip with a tray of vegetables or chips. What about vegetable chips? 🙂 Curry and Chive Dip Recipe Ingredients 1 cup sour cream 1 tbsp curry powder 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp vegetable bouillon 1 […]

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This butternut squash lasagna is a great vegetarian version of this popular layered pasta dish. The layers consist of a creamy, fresh butternut squash purée, a thick white sauce, cheese and lasagna noodles. I always use oven-ready lasagna noodles, which are so much easier since all you have to do is layer them in your baking dish right out of the box. You don’t have to boil them first! Be sure to cover the lasagna with foil for most of […]

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My favorite drink on a cool night is hot cocoa. The other day I had the idea of blending a banana with cocoa powder, milk and cinnamon, and warming it up in a pot. I call it, banana hot cocoa! It came out delicious. I love how the banana adds sweetness naturally to this hot cocoa drink. No extra sugar is needed. It also thickens it up, making it nice and creamy. Serve this drink hot right from the pot, […]

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I love a good egg dish any day of the week, but I don’t think I’ll ever go back to plain eggs again! Roasted veggies in a frittata is a must have, and if you have never made a frittata, have no fear! It is so simple, quick, and tasty! Feel free to add whatever roasted veggies you like, and flavor of cheese. Make it your own! Roasted Asparagus Frittata Ingredients 1 bunch asparagus, roughly chopped 2 tb. butter 4 […]

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Normally I like to make my smoothies with almond milk, but I recently discovered pistachio milk and thought it would taste great as a base for a pistachio banana smoothie. This green smoothie is simple and delicious, as it only needs a few ingredients to make: pistachio milk, spinach, banana, honey and yogurt. You can even add pistachio nuts for a crunchy texture, or add then on top! Go ahead and try your new favorite green smoothie. Pistachio Banana Smoothie […]

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You may have heard of a dessert called “chubby hubby” before, a flavor created by Ben and Jerry’s with peanut butter, pretzel and fudge. I decided to create a “fit hubby” version using peanut butter, pretzels, chocolate whey protein powder and a drizzle of chocolate on the top. This is a great energy-boosting snack after a workout to give your body the protein it needs to build muscle, and it tastes like a dessert! Fit Hubby Fudge Recipe Ingredients 3/4 […]

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Although I love classic homemade tomato soup, sometimes it is fun to switch things up and add new ingredients. For this tomato fennel soup recipe, I added some chopped fennel cooked in garlic, onion and olive oil. The fennel gives the tomato soup a subtle refreshing flavor. Using many different vegetables in soups makes them healthier, too! Garnish with fennel leaves and serve with a crusty baguette. Tomato Fennel Soup Recipe Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 onion, chopped 1 […]

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Making piña colada from scratch at home is very easy and adds a flavorful touch to a classic fruit salad recipe. All you need is some coconut milk, pineapples and pineapple juice to make the non-alcoholic piña colada mix. Then, toss it with some chopped fruit and mint to create a refreshing fruit salad everyone will love! Piña Colada Fruit Salad Recipe Ingredients 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup pineapple juice 1/4 cup frozen pineapple 1 cup chopped pineapple slices […]

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The other day I was trying to put together a salad dressing that my husband would LOVE. He definitely loves creamy dressing, versus a vinaigrette, so I knew I needed something that would pair perfectly with crunchy Romain lettuce. He also loves things with a some spice/kick, which this dressing has! Citrus Southwestern Salad Dressing Ingredients 1 cup mayo 1 cup buttermilk Few dashes of hot sauce 1/2 bunch cilantro 2 scallions, chopped Zest of 1 orange 2 garlic cloves […]

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