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My favorite greens and what to do with them

kaleI’m not going to lecture you on the importance of having leafy greens in your diet.  Let’s just say that they deserve to have their own food group.  Have you ever wondered what’s all the fuss about those trendy green drinks?  Well, drinking your greens is just another way of getting them into your body.  They’re so good for you that you need to get them in your system one way or another.  Me, I prefer More

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Eat cake with me

For my birthday this year, I’ll be eating cake.  That almost made it sound like I don’t eat cake every year for my birthday!  Of course, I enjoy birthdays and their celebrations to the fullest of my abilities (as long as I don’t have 364 friends celebrating every other day of the year).

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My new favorite things to put in smoothies

the only green smoothie I makeYes, I know that I talk about smoothies all the time.  The thing is, I love my energy boosting, hunger satisfying drinks.  I’ve even made them a daily part of my kids’ diets.  I even serve guests my favorite green smoothie to try to get them hooked too.  I’m all about it.  What better way to give yourself fruits, veggies, protein, and healthy fat all at one time?  They’re vegan, dairy free, gluten free, whatever- they fit into any diet.  Just don’t get me started on those people who ‘don’t like vegetables’ and won’t even try my fruit tasting concoctions.  They make me want to cue my 3 year old into singing Daniel Tiger’s “Try new things they might tast gooo-oooooood”. More

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My favorite chocolatey recipes- ENJOY!

photoAs I’m sure you know, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, aka- my favorite excuse to eat chocolate!  Yes, it’s the holiday of celebrating loved ones, cute arts and crafts projects, overpriced flowers, and especially- all things sweet and chocolatey.  My sweet tooth is celebrating by salivating with joy.  I’ve lately been cutting back on my sugar intake which has felt great.  I find that I don’t have that late afternoon energy slump most days and the less sugar I eat, the less I crave it.  A world with less sugar has proven to More

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Exceeding all expectations (the power of food)

photo1We all get in those ruts of life where everything just seems to be stuck- job, relationships, energy level, weight.  I’m not talking about that feeling of quitting everything and following your favorite band around on tour for the rest of your life (although that would be awesome!).  I’m talking about the feeling that things aren’t changing, that you’re not in control.  Sometimes I find myself there once a year, sometimes More

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Little witnesses are great for healthy habits

IMG_7852Ever since my son has been old enough to mimic and comment on my every move, I’ve had to really pay attention to the type of behavior that I’m modeling for him.  I never wanted to be one of those people who doesn’t ‘walk the walk’ but like most humans, I’m not perfect.  Sometimes I choose a good movie over a yoga class and my sweet tooth attempts to control my every decision.  I’m OK with not being perfect but my little toddler doesn’t get explanations like ‘Mommy gets an extra cookie because she’s had a rough day.’  I am now forced to behave as if someone’s watching me all day long, because there is someone watching me all day long!

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My easy yoga-friendly summer lunches

quinoaAs the seasons change my mind always seems to go blank when trying to remember what my other go-to recipes are.  I’ve gotten so used to using my stove and oven (as I do every winter) that it seems that remembering how to make all these warm meals has pushed out any cold recipes from the ‘cooking’ lobe of my brain (that’s one of them, right?).  Now that spring is definitely over here in More

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3 foods for post-yoga bliss

Foods for post yoga class blissProbably the most popular question I get asked is what to eat before and after yoga class.  Food and exercise play integral parts in our overall health but getting these two elements to work together can be a bit more challenging.  By eating the right things after yoga class you can increase those awesome post yoga feelings of lightness, strength, and calm.  We’ve all experienced those times when you indulge in a heavy meal right after class and spend the rest of your day feeling guilty, wondering if you just negated all the positive effects of your practice.  Let’s do our best to avoid those feelings of guilt by sticking to these 3 post-yoga foods- More

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Top 3 swaps for baking (and my favorite cookies)

photo1If you are stuck in between being a health nut and a choco-holic with an out of control sweet tooth, welcome to the club.  Just because you want to eat as healthy as possible 90% of the time doesn’t mean that you have to give up baking.  Especially with it being holiday season, homemade sweet treats seem to be on everyone’s mind.  Baking treats at home is healthier than buying pre-packaged food but there are ways to still make your sweet treats not so naughty.  Let’s take away just a little of the guilt without making them taste too healthy.  This is supposed to be a treat after all.  Here are a few swaps to make More

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To drink or not to drink

photoTo drink or not to drink?  Ummm…  Well…  Drink!  OK, it’s not that simple.  Those who know me know that I love to enjoy a good beer with dinner or after the kiddo’s gone down for the night.  This drink is not a splurge and has no guilt attached to it and neither should yours.  Research has proven that moderate drinking can actually be beneficial to your health in the following ways- More

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