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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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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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8 Probiotic Foods to Include in Your Diet

Including fermented foods as part of your diet has many health benefits. There are so many delicious options to enjoy besides the most common one -- yogurt. Traditionally fermented foods are overflowing with probiotics. Regularly consuming probiotic-rich foods helps to restore a healthy balance of good vs. bad bacteria in the intestines. Did you know that you have 10 times more bacteria in your body than human cells? Feeding your good bacteria helps to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and create a strong immune system, which are all key for good health. 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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