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Butternut squash

A Fall Recipe Staple: Hearty Butternut Squash Chili

It’s fall ya’ll. The season that brings cooler weather, everything pumpkin spice and warm, comforting foods! I’ve got a delicious and healthy chili recipe featuring my favorite fall vegetable that will have you cozied up under a blanket in no time. So what is my favorite fall vegetable, exactly? Butternut squash! It’s hearty and slightly sweet, making it the perfect…

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Pick Green

The One Color You Must Add To Your Diet!

The one color you MUST add to your diet: Green! If I had the power to make leafy greens their own food group, I would. Why? · They are full of fiber (great for digestive health and satiety), vitamin A (promotes eye health), vitamin C (boosts collagen to reduce risk of arthritis and promote healthy skin, hair and nails) and…

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Lemons

8 Foods to De-Bloat for Summer

There’s never a good time to feel bloated, but if there were, these hot summer months would definitely not be it. Bloating and abdominal discomfort aren’t limited to the occasional holiday feast and could strike at the most inopportune times. So whether you’re about to slip into that swimsuit you’ve been working so hard to look great in or just…

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Father and his little daughter preparing salad in the kitchen.

Be a Role Model for Good Nutrition

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and I’d like to share some statistics with you regarding the nation’s kids:  1 in 3 kids today is either obese or overweight.  1 in every 3 kids born after 2000 is expected to develop diabetes early in their life. Obesity related problems include (but not limited to): heart disease, asthma, diabetes, accelerated aging process,…

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Simple Smoothies Done Right!

This morning, I had been in such a rush to get out the door, I thought making a smoothie would be the perfect “go-to” option! Hurrying trying to toss ingredients into the blender I managed to spill my frozen spinach on the counter, dribble almond milk down my arm, and trying to cut a peach took much longer than anticipated.…

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Fruit Pizza

Wonderful Watermelon!

Watermelon just might be one of my favorite summer fruits…Although, I might reconsider once Michigan peaches and cherries are in season. But that’s the beauty of eating seasonally! You get to enjoy the rich flavors of the harvest, and continue to add different flavors and nutrients to your plate year round. Speaking of nutrients, watermelon is loaded with lycopene, a…

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Old wooden rollercoaster at an amusement park

Ride the Coaster of Good Nutrition this Summer!

School’s out for the summer and that means time for family vacations! Amusement parks are great places to take the family for a trip they are sure to remember. However, let’s not forget sound nutrition while you are there. It can be stressful to some thinking that their children are going to be chowing down on greasy nachos and hotdogs, giant pillows of…

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Peanut Butter Shake

Run, Replenish, Repeat

You just crossed the finish line of a grueling long race, or maybe you’re tossing a gym bag over your shoulder complimenting yourself on a workout well done. Regardless of the activity, what you replenish your body with post workout, determines how you recover, length of recovery time, and overall energy levels. Fellow runners, lifters, and group exercise goers, I have…

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Grill with glowing charcoal briquettes

Bring on the Grill!

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and for many, summer means time to grill! Cooking indoors during the hot summer months can be miserable, so head out to the patio and fire up that grill! Whether it’s a backyard BBQ’s, or a quick family night meal, these grill tips can help you stay slim and boost the flavor of traditional grilling…

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Stay Slim at the Farmers Market

Farmers Market season is here!  In Michigan, you can easily find farmers markets open between the months of May until October, and I can only imagine they are more readily available year round in Florida. One of my favorite weekend activities in the summer includes spending the day at the local farmers market. There I get to chat with farmers, sample tasty fresh produce, and can pick up…

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