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Herbal French 75

Low-Calorie Herbal French 75

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Welcome to our Whole Life Challenge-compliant cocktail series from professional bartender Jenna Gruttadauria. Jenna practiced mixology at some of the most well-known bars and clubs in New York City before joining the Whole Life Challenge team. Now, she enjoys using her knowledge to make healthier versions of classic cocktails.

This classic cocktail has been around since World War I, allegedly getting its name from a Parisian bartender who compared the punch this drink delivers to that of a gun used during the war by the French and American armies called the 75mm Howitzer field gun.…

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Cashew Ricotta Cheese

Cashew Ricotta “Cheese”

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One of my all time favorite restaurants is Cafe Gratitude. Apart from having a tranquil and beautiful atmosphere, they also have amazing vegan food – good enough to please even the most staunch carnivore (says me). I received their cookbook as a Christmas gift, and I already have a new favorite: cashew ricotta cheese.

The great thing about cashew ricotta cheese, just like regular ricotta cheese, is that you can use it as the foundation for so many amazing dishes.…

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Low-Sugar or Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Low-Sugar or Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

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It makes me sad that cranberry sauce gets a bad rap because of the common understanding that it comes gelled out of a can. Don’t get me wrong—before I was more conscious about the food I consumed, I lived for the red-jellied blob that came complete with all the can markings. Today? Not so much.

That said, my family holiday meals still include a side of cranberry sauce, no matter what—but now it’s this homemade recipe for low-sugar or sugar-free cranberry sauce.…

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Cranberry Shrub Gin Spritzer

Low-Calorie Cranberry Shrub Gin Spritzer

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Welcome to our Whole Life Challenge-compliant cocktail series from professional bartender Jenna Gruttadauria. Jenna practiced mixology at some of the most well-known bars and clubs in New York City before joining the Whole Life Challenge team. Now, she enjoys using her knowledge to make healthier versions of classic cocktails.

Shrubs were an extremely popular way of flavoring soda water and alcohol as far back as the 17th century.…

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The Best Offal Burger for Beginners

The Best Offal Burger for Beginners

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Offal, or organ meats, is harder to find in stores and less popular to eat than in the past. But offal can provide us with vital nutrients like zinc, iron, and the B vitamins, and potentially CoQ10, folate, and vitamin A, as well.

But even though eating organ meats is good for us, it’s hard for a lot of people to get over the hump of that first try.…

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Easy Baked Eggs and Avocado Breakfast

Easy Baked Egg and Avocado Breakfast

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My background is in food. Me and food? We go way back. I’ve been cooking ever since I was a kid. Then came culinary school, a stint in the professional kitchen world, and a little catering before making my way to the world of health and fitness. Now, I cook mostly for fun and for friends and family.

One of my favorite parts of the Whole Life Challenge is that hundreds, if not thousands, of people start cooking for themselves for the first time.…

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Fall Cider Cocktail for Grown-ups

Low-Calorie Cider Cocktail for Grown-ups

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Welcome to our Whole Life Challenge-compliant cocktail series from professional bartender Jenna Gruttadauria. Jenna practiced mixology at some of the most well-known bars and clubs in New York City before joining the Whole Life Challenge team. Now, she enjoys using her knowledge to make healthier versions of classic cocktails.

Who doesn’t love apple cider in the fall? It brings me back to my younger days of playing in leaves and carving pumpkins.…

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Dairy-Free Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa

Dairy-Free Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa

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Does the colder weather have you craving hot cocoa? But you don’t want to just drink a cup full of sugar? Try this dairy-free sugar-free hot cocoa.

This recipe makes a rich and creamy hot cocoa — not some thin, hot version of chocolate milk. When you drink this, you’ll be convinced you’re doing something you shouldn’t be. It’s that surprisingly good.…

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Paleo Carrot Zucchini Fritters

Paleo Carrot Zucchini Fritters

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When you think of fritters, you think crispy on the outside and warm and delicious on the inside. Trust me, these paleo carrot zucchini fritters do not disappoint.

Most fritters consist mostly of a wheat flour dough, but since this is a paleo recipe, we pack these fritters with zucchini and carrots. Fritters are also traditionally deep fried, but you can get a nice crispy outside by lightly frying them in a pan with a little avocado oil.…

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Low-Calorie Fall Moscow Mule

Low-Calorie Fall Moscow Mule

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Welcome to our Whole Life Challenge-compliant cocktail series from professional bartender Jenna Gruttadauria. Jenna practiced mixology at some of the most well-known bars and clubs in New York City before joining the Whole Life Challenge team. Now, she enjoys using her knowledge to make healthier versions of classic cocktails.

The Moscow mule has taken the cocktail world by storm lately. And while I certainly love this cocktail and the ginger beer that gives it a spicy and sweet taste, I don’t love how much sugar is packed in its punch.…

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Pumpkin Hummus for Parties, Snacks, and Holidays

Pumpkin Hummus for the Holidays

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It’s American Thanksgiving, and what better ingredient to work with at this time of year than pumpkin! This recipe for pumpkin hummus will make for the perfect addition to your holiday table this year. It’s a definite show stopper, but it only takes a few minutes to put together. Score!

As far as what to dip in your pumpkin hummus, the options are pretty limitless.…

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Earl Grey Hot Toddy

Low-Calorie Earl Grey Hot Toddy

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Welcome to our Whole Life Challenge-compliant cocktail series from professional bartender Jenna Gruttadauria. Jenna practiced mixology at some of the most well-known bars and clubs in New York City before joining the Whole Life Challenge team. Now, she enjoys using her knowledge to make healthier versions of classic cocktails.

The hot toddy is a quintessential cold weather cocktail. Toddies are touted as a natural way to quell cold symptoms and they taste utterly delicious when you’re curled up on a chilly evening.…

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