Peanut Butter Cup Breakfast Smoothie and Blendtec Giveaway

When it comes to healthy living one of the tools I cannot do without is a solid, reliable, powerful blender. I use my blender daily for all sorts of delicious meals from breakfast smoothies, home made ice cream, hummus, soups, dips... I honestly don't know what I would do without it. In fact it's one of the first things I'll be buying for my daughter when I get her settled into her college dorm … [Read more...]

Spicy Black Bean Burger

In our effort to support our 14 year old in her vegan adventure, my hubby has been buying various brands of veggie burgers for her to try. She's been enjoying most of them and I've been impressed by the variety that is available these days. We've found several acceptable options that are tasty and have a clean list of ingredients. For the most part, however, I don't care much for the texture of … [Read more...]

Raw Beets Salad with Roasted Sunflower Seeds

One of my favorite foods growing up was mom's raw beets salad. It was super simple and absolutely delicious! She simply grated the beets, tossed them in a red wine vinaigrette and served then to us chilled as an appetizer or a simple and nutritious snack. It remains a favorite dish of mine to this day :-) Raw beets are a a wonderful food rich in antioxidants, something I did not know growing up … [Read more...]

Raspberry Cashew Mousse

Since my daughter announced that she wanted to become a vegan I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with new recipes. I'd always thought of a vegan diet as being pretty restrictive but I'm finding it a lot easier and more rewarding than I had imagined. I am enjoying using nuts, seeds and mountains of fresh fruits and vegetables to come up with delicious meals. Those are ingredients I have … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies and a Chance to Win $400 #FreshVeggiesWDY

"Mom no veggies please" I did a double take when I heard those words coming from my 8 year old Sabrina. My kids have always eaten their vegetables, and Sabrina has been the least picky of them all, begging me for arugula when she was just three, and eating it by the handful without any salad dressing... just plain, simple and delicious!  Something was up and I was going to get to the bottom of … [Read more...]

Mulberry Hazelnut Gluten Free Muesli

One of my favorite cereals growing up was Müesli. I don't remember exactly when I fell in love with this power breakfast but I suspect it was during one of our many family ski trips to Switzerland and Austria.  Müesli is often served as a breakfast cereal which makes sense since it is packed with wholesome nutrition that provided us with all the energy we needed before hitting the slopes for the … [Read more...]

3 Diet Tips That Can Help Support Your Fitness Goals

Today I am exited to be sharing some healthy diet tips from guest contributor Elaine Rosales. Enjoy! Following a comprehensive and well-rounded workout program is a great way to stay healthy; but keep in mind that it shouldn’t end there. A good portion of the benefits you reap from your fitness plan is acquired not from the workout itself, but from your diet. Your diet can easily make … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – Nutrition for Optimal Recovery

Welcome to another Fitness Friday! Today rather than share a fun workout with you I want to focus on a critical aspect of fitness training  and overall health -- Recovery.  More specifically I want to address post workout nutrition and the role it plays in optimal recovery. When we engage in intense physical activity, as you would during a BURST or HIIT workout for example, we cause a lot of micro … [Read more...]

Can Gluten Free Really Mean Pain Free?

"Mommy what is wrong with your stomach?" Though my little one giggled at the loud noises my stomach was making, there was nothing funny about this all too common occurrence.  For years I'd come to accept as normal this crazy dance that happened within my gut after every meal. Wasn't this just a normal part of digestion?  Gas... Bloating... Pops and squishes.... Movement so strong it resembled a … [Read more...]

21 Day Cleanse Challenge – Starting Week 3 Feeling Strong!

Wow, it's hard to believe I'm jumping in to the third week of my cleanse already! This past week has been amazing. For the most part it's been all about super clean eating. I've been drinking my delicious green drink 15 minutes before every meal and enjoying delicious dishes made with lots of greens and other organic veggies and lean, organic meats or wild caught fish. Sounds fabulous … [Read more...]