Nutrition, Cooking, and Recipes

Guilt-Free Dairy-Free Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Guilt-Free Dairy-Free Avocado Chocolate Pudding

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Everyone I serve this pudding to simply goes nuts. It is one of the easiest and most delicious treats to make and offers up healthy fats, antioxidants, and much more. This dish works for a treat at any time of day, and everyone seems to enjoy it — because we are talking chocolate pudding here.

The best part about this recipe is you can modify it in so many ways.…

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Puttanesca Sauce: An Easy Way to Dress Up Dinner

Puttanesca Sauce: An Easy Way to Dress Up Dinner

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Don’t you just love it when a few simple ingredients come together to give you an amazing burst of flavor? That’s how I feel about puttanesca sauce.

With only about six ingredients (plus a few spices), you can create a meal that is incredibly flavorful, and perhaps best of all, it only takes a few minutes to put together. It’s the perfect meal for the family any night of the week, especially if you are starved for time or aren’t the biggest fan of cooking!…

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The Truth About Dairy: What to Avoid, What's Okay, and Why

The Truth About Dairy: What to Avoid, What’s Okay, and Why

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Milk is marketed in a way that makes us all believe it is good for us. It has protein and is the “best” source of calcium, right? This marketing is so powerful that most people will be hard pressed to name any other food that contains moderate to high levels of calcium. I would go as far as to say that we are lead to believe that if we don’t consume dairy, then we will be calcium deficient.…

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Whole Life Challenge Compliant Super Bowl Snacks

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Watching the Super Bowl is only part of what makes the day great in America. Super Bowl snacking and the commercials are two additional reasons to participate in the day America watches the NFL like no other.

But when participating in a Whole Life Challenge, “snacking” takes on a different meaning. Now, we’re talking about healthy snacking (and, yes, there is such a thing).…

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Quick Weeknight Fish with Wicked Easy Sauce

Quick Weeknight Fish with Wicked Easy Sauce

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Weeknights at our house trail only weekday mornings for unbound mayhem. Practices, lessons, homework, late work meetings, pet needs, to-do catch-up from what didn’t happen the weekend before, nuttiness aplenty. This is particularly true early in the week before the golden light of Friday begins to dawn.

In this sanity-deprived environment, we cherish super simple dinner recipes that everyone will eat (in our place, that means two adults and three young ones ranging from ages nine to sixteen).…

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Evolution Fresh and WLC Team Up

Evolution Fresh and the Challenge: 8 Recipes to Restart Your Resolution

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Recently, our friends at Evolution Fresh came to us with a very interesting (and sobering) statistic — after running a survey of 1,001 adults regarding their New Year’s resolutions, they found that 53% of them had abandoned their resolutions by the third week of January.

While we’re not super surprised (because change can be difficult), we’ve decided to help alter the pattern with a very simple solution — a downloadable collection of recipes and smoothies to help people get back in the groove of healthy eating, created to go hand-in-hand with Evolution Fresh’s National Green Juice Day.…

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Hazelnut Parsnip Soup

Hazelnut Parsnip Soup

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Winter soups are a fantastic way to feel satisfied and healthy without doing too much work. Unlike many healthy meals, they tend to garner fewer objections from the pickier members of your household. And if you live solo, they’re a great way to spend less time cooking and have plenty of leftovers to reheat.

Winter soups also provide a fantastic opportunity to do a little vegetable exploration.…

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When You Should Be Eating if You Want to Lose Weight

When You Should Be Eating if You Want to Lose Weight

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There are so many aspects to eating for weight loss. What to eat is one aspect. How the body processes your food is also incredibly important. But when you eat is an often overlooked and critical component of successfully losing weight.

I wrote recently about how your body processes calories based on your metabolism and how dieting and long-term calorie restriction can destroy your metabolism — making it nearly impossible to lose fat.…

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How Going Sugar-Free Actually Made My Life Sweeter

How Going Sugar-Free Actually Made My Life Sweeter

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Years ago, when I first became a mother, I was at the playground trying to shield my son from germy interactions with runny-nosed toddlers, when one mom posed what I considered a ludicrous question.

“Do you think it’s just a coincidence that ‘cold season’ comes right on the heels of our kids eating their weight in Halloween candy?”

Was she insinuating that eating candy made people sick?!…

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Pumpkin Apple Curry with Shrimp

Pumpkin Apple Curry with Shrimp

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Nothing says “winter” better than pumpkin. It is delicious and nutritious, and can be blended with other ingredients to make a sumptuous meal — without all the processed carbs.

Pumpkin packs a punch when it comes to vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and plenty more. That means it could be good for everything from preventing cancer to preventing heart disease to keeping your skin free of wrinkles.…

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