Snacks

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Products I’m Loving

Products I’m Loving

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Since the beginning of the year, I have been blessed with the opportunity to sample a handful of new healthy food products on the market! And today I wanted to share with you some of my favorites!   Cave Cravings: Cave Cravings does the hunting and gathering for you! They find the best selection of Paleo-approved, organic, unprocessed snacks available, box them up and send them right to...

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Health Benefits of Avocados

Health Benefits of Avocados

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I. love. avocados. No, I mean…LOVE.  It’s a problem…or healthy addiction if you will. As a dietitian, I’m always looking for new and creative ways to add them to everything. There are so many amazing health benefits of avocados that it would be a shame not to! Avocados are a great source of healthy unsaturated fats, are naturally cholesterol and sodium free, and contain only 50 calories...

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Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

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With the holidays soon approaching, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy and energized. These nutritious pumpkin pie energy bites provide a quick and easy boost of energy to keep you going! I absolutely love these tasty little treats – they taste just like pumpkin pie, but have a nice added crunch with the coconut and pumpkin seed coating. Not to mention they are the perfect...

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Deal of the Week: Naked Fruit Juice

Deal of the Week: Naked Fruit Juice

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In case you haven’t noticed, super-couponing has become a major trend this year. Reality TV has led us to believe that super-couponing results in an at-home stockpile of junk food including everything from candy and sugary cereals to cookies and soda. To break away from this myth I wanted to start a “Deal of the Week” post each week to show how you can reap the benefits of super-couponing...

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Homemade Mulling Spice

Homemade Mulling Spice

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Nothing is better to elicit the smells of the holidays than mulling spice! Add your favorite spices to warm cider, wine, or other fruit drinks and enjoy the taste of the seasons! In the spirit of the holidays, I did a “make your own mulling spice” event at work today and wanted to share with you guys how to make it! Choose from ingredients: Cinnamon sticks Whole cloves Anise...

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Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Juice

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Juice

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Another rainy day in Chicago – or at least that’s how it started. The sun came out just in time for the Bears game, if only we had a grill my Sunday would be complete. Since we’ve moved into our new garden apartment we have been meaning to clean up the backyard and put a small grill out on the patio for football season. Sadly, we haven’t gotten around to it yet. So instead of grilling, I...

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Foolproof Guacamole

Foolproof Guacamole

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After much anticipation, it’s here! My famous guacamole recipe for everyone to see! This recipe is constantly a hit at every part, work event, or even just as a weekend snack. I’ve made all sorts of guacamole varieties, but I always come back to this classic recipe! You can of course alter the recipe anyway you want by using more or less of any of the ingredients to personalize it to...

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Unique Guacamole Recipes

Unique Guacamole Recipes

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Lately I have been on a guacamole kick. Avocados have been on sale at my grocery store and I just can’t get enough! While I totally adore a foolproof traditional guacamole, I have been experimenting with some more unique recipes that put a fun twist on guacamole. A couple of weeks ago I made this delicious Toasted Pumpkin Seed Guacamole twice in a row! Toasted Pumpkin Seed Guacamole...

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Umeboshi Plum Health Benefits

Umeboshi Plum Health Benefits

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In an effort to incorporate more macrobiotic elements into my diet this year (see 2011 New Year’s Resolutions), I bought a package of Umeboshi Plums this week. Don’t worry if you have never heard of these before, because neither had I. But, lucky for us both I did a bit of research! Umeboshi (Japanese for “dried ume”) are picked ume (Japanese for plum). They are actually...

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Christmas Snack Ideas

Christmas Snack Ideas

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Throughout the holiday season family comes to visit, friends stop by, and guests drop in to wish you a Merry Christmas. It’s always nice to have snacks on hand to offer your guests when they stop by. Here are a few healthy snacks idea to make ahead of time to impress all of your guests this season! Sparkling Cranberries picture and recipe from 101 Cookbooks 2 cups cranberries, rinsed and...

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Healthy Holiday Teas

Healthy Holiday Teas

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The holidays can create a lot of unwanted stress. Herbal teas can help sooth away stress and keep you healthy throughout the holiday season. If you are feeling adventurous, use these recipes to make your own teas from scratch. Combine all ingredients in a large cup or teapot, add boiling water, and steep for 5-10 minutes before serving. However, if you don’t have the time or patience to do...

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Snacks for Shopping

Snacks for Shopping

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25 Days to a Healthier Holiday continues with snacks for shopping! It’s important to keep yourself full during those long hours of holiday shopping this season. Shopping on an empty stomach can lead to poor food choices or overindulging on calories later. Stash some emergency snacks in your purse of in your car to tide you over while you make your way through holiday shopping crowds and...