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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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8 Strategies for Avoiding the Holiday Sugar Monster and Staying Energized

‘Tis the season for indulging. Sweet treats are everywhere! But we all know sugar isn't good for us. It's addictive, causes blood sugar swings and energy crashes, is highly inflammatory, and eating too much can lead to many chronic health problems. So what do you do when it's all around you? Here are my top 8 strategies for avoiding the holiday sugar monster and staying healthy and energized through the holiday season: Read More

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Superfood Protein Energy Balls -- packed with nutrition (and chocolate) for delicious energy!

One question people ask me all the time: “What energy bars do you recommend?” Actually, most energy bars and protein bars on the market are full of additives and sweeteners. Read More

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Triple Ginger Pumpkin Spelt Muffins (with Fresh Pumpkin)

This time of year, I love to cook fresh pumpkin and make many savory and sweet dishes, including soups, stews, chili, stuffed pumpkin, pumpkin and lentils, muffins, smoothies, and so much more. One roasted pumpkin yields so many different dishes. Pumpkin muffins are a favorite fall treat, but most that you find to buy are filled with white sugar and white flour. This easy-to-make muffin is a healthier version of your typical variety. It is made with whole grain spelt flour and uses honey as the sweetener. Topped with crunchy walnuts and a few pieces of candied ginger, they are simply delicious. At my Pumpkin Cooking Class last night, I made them with freshly baked pumpkin, one of the Blue Jaradales that we grew in our garden this summer. Read More

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A Healthy Snack for Kids of All Ages

What sweet treat takes one minute to prepare and is also a healthy snack that kids of all ages will love? My smart 4-year-old friend Antonia brought this delicious snack when she and her mom came to visit the other day. Here's her adorable 30-second video introducing it. I think this is quite possibly the cutest video ever (okay, I am a little biased) and it will inspire you. You have to try these!!

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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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Healthy Holiday Sweets

These Raw Date Nut Balls are so easy to make. Delicious and healthful too! Read More

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Almond Butter Oat Balls...YUM

I hosted an afternoon birthday party for a friend last weekend and wanted to make a special treat that was also healthful. Everyone loved these balls. Sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, made with natural ingredients, and dangerously delicious. Warning: These were all gone in less than 24 hours, so you may want to make a double batch for sharing. They also will keep well in the fridge. Read More

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding With Fresh Strawberries

I love this chocolate pudding and so did my 6- and 8-year old nephews when we made it together last weekend. It will satisfy that chocolate craving but is not overly sweet. You can enjoy this refined sugar-free, dairy-free, yummy dessert with no guilt. Chia seeds, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, are very good for you. Go at it. Read More

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