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Ode to the Pumpkin + Pumpkin Pecan Muffins (Gluten-Free)

If you've been following me for a while, you know I love me some pumpkin and winter squash. Every Autumn as the leaves begin to turn, I harvest some from my garden and buy many varieties of these babies to make all sorts of tasty treats. Why? First because anything made with real pumpkin is just fabulous in my book. It can go savory or sweet, and it's really good for you. (More on the health benefits below). Read More

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Tigernut Granola (Grrrreat for your gut!)

I grew up loving granola (who doesn’t?), but I no longer like or want the sugary stuff that makes up most granola. Lately I’ve been making Tigernut Coconut Granola. What a treat! This granola is really good for your gut. Tigernuts are not a nut -- they are actually a small root tuber. They are an excellent source of resistant starch which makes them a superfood for your digestion. The most important ingredient for growing a healthy gut garden is indigestible plant fiber, such as resistant starch. Resistant starch is a prebiotic – it is the preferred food for the beneficial probiotic bacteria in your colon. This type of starch resists digestion. What this means is that it travels through the digestive system without breaking down and becoming fuel for the cells in your body, like other foods do. Read More

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Pudding for Breakfast? You bet.

"What do you eat for breakfast that's fast and healthy?" I get this question a LOT. You know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Eating breakfast within an hour and a half of waking up, and making sure you get some protein, fat, and fiber will help set you up for success all day. A typical American breakfast with lots of simple carbohydrates like a bagel, toast, muffin, or cereal will leave you hungry in an hour and can keep your blood sugar riding the roller coaster. This will leave you reaching for more carbs or a sugary snack. Instead, eat a breakfast that will nourish you, balance your blood sugar, and give you steady energy until lunch. If you're like many people I work with, you don't have a lot of time in the morning to prep breakfast. I've got you covered! Read More

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Healthy Recipes Using Your Food Processor (Go Ahead, Pull It Out of the Pantry!)

A new friend recently asked me for some recipes to make use of his new food processor. So this blog is dedicated to him, to the joy of new friendships, and to all of my readers who need an excuse to dust off the food processor in the back of their pantry. My food processor and Vitamix are my most frequently used kitchen appliances. As much as I like to cook, I couldn't live with out them! Read More

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Best Blueberry Muffins (Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)

I love it when I have to wrestle my husband for the last muffin. We recently took a road trip up to Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm for some pick-your-own organic blueberries and came home with about 5 pounds worth. Which, I must say, we had no trouble finishing in my favorite Quick-As-Cereal Berry Seed Bowl, smoothies, straight up as snacks, and in these fabulous muffins. These gluten-free muffins are sweetened with honey and fresh blueberries muffins are simply delicious. Enjoy them without any guilt. Just make sure you don't eat the whole batch in one sitting! Read More

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Easy Raw Apple Chia Breakfast Porridge

This yummy raw porridge is ready in 5 minutes and is beyond good. You just mix the ingredients in a high-speed blender or a small food processor and it’s ready. The sweetness of the apples and dates and cinnamon is perfect for fall. Read More

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Warm up with this Superfood Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Many of you know me to be crazy for green smoothies and fresh green juices for breakfast. But with the frigid temperatures we’ve been having this winter, a cold breakfast doesn’t cut it. My body craves something warm before I trek to the metro in the morning. Hot quinoa with superfood toppings is one of my favorite breakfasts in the winter. It will warm you from the inside and give you lots of steady energy through the morning. Read More

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Almond Dandelion Green Smoothie and Other Dandelion Ideas

Growing up, who would have thought you could eat dandelion greens? It turns out these greens are delicious and very good for you. They help to clear out congestion, and they support healthy liver function. They are also chock-full of calcium, iron, fiber, Vitamins A, E, and K, and the powerful antioxidants beta Carotene and lutein. They can be a little bitter, but I have really come to love the taste! Read More

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