Ginger Snap Cookies

I have to be honest with you, I feel conflicted about sharing my recipe for Gluten-free, Vegan, Allergen friendly Ginger Snaps (or any recipe that contains sugar of any kind). Anyone who knows me knows that I think sugar (refined sugar, basically any kind of sugar...

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Quinoa Pizza Casserole

If you are a pizza lover and are attempting to make healthier choices, this quinoa pizza casserole is just what you are looking for. With all of the delicious flavors of pizza, without the carb-bloating after, this may soon become a go-to favorite. This pizza...

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Zucchini Bread

Summer isn't exactly the time we think of baked good but this Zucchini bread is worth turning the oven on for!  Zucchini is a veggie that is enjoyed best when it is in season. Since it contains Vitamins A and C, potassium and calcium I try to get it in as much as...

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Mince Crumble

If you are a fan of fall flavors, this Mince Crumble will put a smile on your face and in your tummy. This recipe was birthed out of my desire to have a Mincemeat pie at Christmas, (something I enjoyed many Christmas’ growing up). This year, I didn’t have the time to...

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Sweet Baked Beans

Growing up I LOVED baked beans with a hot dog and mac-n-cheese.  Then, I started to clean up my diet and the baked beans, hot dogs and mac-n-cheese had to go… Or did they?? I was able to re-create the baked beans and mac-n-cheese (check that out here) that I loved...

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Salted Chocolate Coconut Bites

Salt, chocolate and coconut….according to my tastebuds, there aren’t many better flavors to combine. What’s Smart about these Salted Chocolate Coconut Bites is that they are free of gluten, dairy and, if you use the Lily’s brand chips they are free of re-fineded...

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Kalamata Olive Hummus

Apart from sweets and pop-corn my mom and I have completely different tastes. She loves bitter foods; I detest them. She likes steamed veggies; I don't touch them if they were steamed. Good thing is there is something for everyone's tastes buds! Here's one of her...

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Coconut Whipped Cream

If you are dairy sensitive like me than whipped cream has been off your menu…until now. If you haven't heard about Coconut Whipped Cream, be ready to be amazed. I had been missing the white, creamy, fluffiness for years until I learned about this and now my mouth is...

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Cashew Milk

Milk. It's one of those "foods" that can stir up a lot of emotion. Rightly so, as it's the first thing we consume when we come out of our mother's womb. Anything made with dairy is the ultimate comfort "food". It's the one food that I hear people say the most "I love...

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Delicata Bowl

Autumn is my favorite time of the year as we get to enjoy all of the delicious squashes nature gives us. This delicious dish combines Delicata squash, greens and beans for a satisfying bowl of goodness that you will surely go on your “favorites” list. Delicata Bowl...

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Peach Smoothie

This Peach Smoothie is so simple to make, with only 2 or 3 ingredients it's sure to satisfy your desires for something sweet. What I love about On Guard is that it's an amazing blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary designed to support healthy...

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Lemon Glazed Raspberry Bars

When I was asked to be on The Cooking Channels' Unique Sweets, they wanted a dessert that was reminiscent of childhood. I loved eating raspberry-filled pastries as a kid. So I created these especially for the show. They are different from the boxed kind that I ate...

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Cucumber Lime Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a soup with its origins in Andalusia.  It's typically made of raw vegetables, has a tomato base and is served cold. Modern varieties of Gazpacho often do not have a tomato base like this delicious, refreshing Cucumber Lime Gazpacho. Smart because it's made...

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Lemon Dill Brown Rice

Before I ever really knew how to cook I did know how to make this amazingly yummy brown rice. And, the great thing about this dish is that it's really foolproof.  Once you make it you'll see that you don't really need to bust out the measuring spoons, you'll just wing...

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Tasty Asparagus and Brown Rice

Asparagus is an amazing spring-time treat. Sauteed with olive oil, salt and pepper or cooked over the grill it’s quick and easy to enjoy. Among other things, Asparagus is great for: * strengthening female hormones * promoting fertility * relieving menstrual pain *...

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All-Natural Almond Joy

Are you a chocoholic?  Do you find that you are constantly craving something sweet? I remember when I was changing my eating habits sweets were the hardest thing for me to give up. This simple treat was huge in helping me to get over the hurdle of binging on sweets....

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Energy Millet Salad

Why am I such a fan of millet? It may be that every time I eat millet I stay full and my blood sugar levels stay stable for long periods of times. Either way, I love that, of all the cereal grains, this little wonder has the richest amino-acid protein profile, which...

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Spinach Cashew Turnip Rounds

A turnip is one of those root veggies that often gets overlooked. I’ll admit that I was one who snubbed her nose to this slightly bitter tasting root veggie until I found that when sliced thin and paired with this Spinach Pesto it is amazingly delicious. Similar to...

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Crispy Shiitakes

Growing up I HATED anything to do with mushrooms.  Strong word, I know, but it’s true.  When I waitressed I would almost vomit if a mushroom touched my hand if I was serving a mushroom burger. Then, something happened. When I was changing my eating habits, I took...

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Spinach Salad with Artichoke Hearts

This salad is so incredibly easy to make and even more incredibly delicious.  As you mindfully chew it, you’ll be surprised by all of the delicious flavors that pop out, especially when you get a bite that has spinach, artichoke and sun-dried tomatoes in it. When I...

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Anke’s Lentil Salad

It makes me so happy when others get excited about food as I do. One of my wonderful clients, Anke, emailed me about this Lentil Salad recipe that she created and this is what she had to say when I asked her if I could share it with you: “Of course I’ll share the...

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Banana Egg Pancakes

I have no idea where I saw this recipe but I had to make it once I saw it. Yes, I definitely wondered if they would be gross but I was too curious to let that stop me. My nephews (2 & 5) were over and we made them together and they passed their taste-bud tests (I...

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Parsnip Pear Soup

In season between November and April, parsnips resemble carrots in shape but their white-ness gives them away.  They are in the same plant family as celery, parsley and carrots and like many other root veggies, they have a sweetness to them that many of us are...

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Celeriac Apple Soup

There is nothing sexy looking about Celeriac; I’ll give you that. BUT, the fact that it is a whole food, that it’s great for digestion and it supports the lymphatic, nervous and urinary systems makes it pretty darn smart and sexy. As you can tell from looking at it,...

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Kale with Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts

I am quite content with kale sautéed in some extra-virgin olive oil, garlic and sea salt--I could eat it every day. But…every once in a while I like to switch things up and this recipe does the trick. The sweetness of the raisins, the crunch of the pine nuts and the...

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Chocolate Banana Chia Shake

  Chocolate Banana Chia Shake Do you get on kicks when it comes to what you eat? I definitely do. This has been my recent obsession.  It’s super easy to make, satisfying and delicious.  What could be better? Check out the video on how to make my favorite shake...

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Energizing Italian Navy Bean Soup

This was actually one of the first recipes I created for an assignment in culinary school and have been enjoying it ever since. It’s easy to make and great to have on hand for a rainy day. What’s Smart & Sexy About This Soup? Kale--Kale is an exceptional source of...

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Green Apple-Tea-Ni Smoothie

Do you remember a few years ago when Apple Martini’s were all the rage? Although I’m not much a drinker I’ve had a few in my lifetime and, like any alcoholic drink it leaves me feeling worse in the long run. So, this really isn’t anything like the Apple Martini but...

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Garlicky Mashed Potatoes

I know, they say starchy white potatoes aren’t so great for those of us with blood sugar issues but for this semi-Irish girl, mashed potato fills me up like nothing else. Getting them at restaurants is also challenging since they typically don’t use organic potatoes...

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Dulse

Sadly, Brussels sprouts often are overlooked because someone once cooked them in a way that didn’t highlight their deliciousness…sad. If that was the case for you, I challenge you to try them again this way.  You may be pleasantly surprised! What’s Smart & Sexy...

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“Sloppy” Joe’s (Lentil Style)

I found this recipe in Veganomicon, The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook and it so surprisingly tastes just like a Sloppy Joe that you’ll never miss the meat (don’t worry, it’s just as sloppy as the meat-version). Wanting a little more of a kick I added in cayenne and black...

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“Creamy” Carrot Soup with Oats

Go to any restaurant and order a creamy soup and guaranteed it has some form of dairy in it. Why? Because most chefs don’t realize that you can make soup “creamy” without adding in the dairy. Which is so freaking annoying for those of us who can’t have dairy. (I think...

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Steamed Broccoli with “Cheese” Sauce

I have to admit it, I hate steamed veggies.  Growing up my parents fed us veggies that they steamed in the microwave & I always ate the begrudgingly. I still don’t like them steamed very much but if you cover them in a sauce then I can handle them. One of the many...

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Peppermint Bark Shortbread Bars

Peppermint Bark Shortbread Bars If self-control is something you are lacking when it comes to sweet stuff, you may not want to make these (ok, maybe I'm the only one…). These super easy to make bars are great to make for holiday gifts and store well in the freezer so...

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Quinoa Veggie Stir Fry

This is one of my favorite, quick and easy meals that can easily be put together on the fly AND you can use any kind of veggies you like and depending on what’s in season (you don’t have to stick to what I have listed here, this is just one way I make this). What’s...

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Morning Glory Breakfast Millet

Whenever I have a conversation about millet inevitably someone will say “I feed it to my birds.” And, while it is in bird food millet isn’t just “for the birds”.  Millet is great in so many dishes any time of the day…it stablizes blood sugar levels, gives lasting...

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Coconut Curry Rice

When I was going to school for health coaching I found this simple & delicious Rice recipe from Alex Jamieson that I love (remember Super-Size Me?  Alex helped Morgan Spurlock get healthy after eating McyD's for way longer than any human should)   It gives a...

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Sea Caesar Salad

This salad is from my dear friend Joyce who is an amazing teacher and cook. It’s super easy to make and a great way to get your sea veggie in. I wish I could take credit for this one...ladies, you done good! What’s Smart & Sexy About This Salad? Nori & Dulse--...

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Pumpkin Chia Pudding

I really have a thing for Chia Seeds.  And for foods that are easy to make. This pudding is super easy to make--although it’s not quick, you’ll have to wait overnight for the Chia Seeds to do their thing but it will be well worth it.   What’s Smart & Sexy About...

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Brussels Spouts & Kale Salad

What's Smart & Sexy About This Dish? Besides for the fact that it's super easy to make, this is a very smart & sexy dish because it has veggie, a little nut and fruit and a few spices--the makings of every Smart & Sexy dish. Brussels Sprouts are high in...

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Sweet Potato Millet Salad

As much as I love summertime sun and laying around in my bikini, there is something about Autumn that feels special to me. Maybe it’s the beginning of new schedules or the gorgeous colors coming from the trees or the smell of wood burning in fireplaces. But honestly,...

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Pumpkin Cranberry Ginger Parfait

Ok, I’ll admit, this recipe, which is adapted from Rawmazing, seems as though it will take forever, but really, since there is no cooking required, it’s actually really easy….you will just have to wash out your blender a few times and make the “cream” in advance to...

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Millet Cauliflower Mash

The first time I had this deliciousness I could feel my insides say “thank you!”  It’s definitely a fall/winter dish as you feel grounded, warm and cozy when you eat it. What’s Smart & Sexy About This Dish? First off, it’s sooo simple to make and even those who...

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Super Power Green Smoothie

Warning: If “very green” is how you like your smoothies, then this is the smoothie for you. What’s Smart & Sexy About This Smoothie? Chlorella--This single-celled, micro-algae is one of the most powerful detoxification tools to eliminate accumulate toxins,...

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Baked Kale Chips

I’ll admit it, I am a sucker for Potato Chips.  I love the salty crunch and it’s pretty much one of the only “party” snacks that I can have that I can have that are gluten free. And, honestly, the first time I made Kale Chips, I wasn’t exactly in love. But, eventually...

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Happy Place Green Smoothie

Some days I just need a drink….and I’m not talking about an alcoholic drink! When I’m feeling pissy, one of the best ways for me to snap out of it is to exercise and to fuel my body with greens and this usually does the trick for me. What’s Smart & Sexy About This...

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Green Tea Smoothie

I’ve never drank a cup of coffee in my life.  Seriously.  For me, hypoglycemia + caffeine is not a good match. Yet, I keep reading about how great Green Tea is for us and how the caffeine is so minimal that it typically doesn’t impact people who normally are affected...

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Baked Stuffed Apple

When the seasons start to change from warm to cold, there is nothing better than a treat that comes out of the oven. And, when that treat isn’t filled with sugar and other crap it’s even better. I love baked apples because they not only satisfy my desire for something...

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Quinoa Chili (Vegan)

My family was going to be outside at a @Grace Estate Winery listening to my brother and his friends play music on a particularly chilly Friday evening. It’s the kind of event where you can buy food from the food truck or bring a picnic dinner.  Since I can’t eat...

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Say “Cheesy”, Cauliflower

Holy heck, sometimes I make something and I impress myself.  I honestly have never in my life eaten “cheesy cauliflower” so I’m not quite sure what brought on the desire to make this dish but I’m so glad I did. What’s Smart and Sexy About This Dish? Cauliflower--If...

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Classic Baked Chicken

If you choose to eat animal products than I’m sure that you know that getting only the best quality is the way to go. Free-range, local, organic, pasture raised chicken that was fed it’s natural diet (nuts, seeds, berries, greens, worms & insects) provides you...

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Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Shake

Every once in a while I crave a thick creamy shake--chocolate of course.  And, if I can add in some of my other favorite flavors, all the better. This shake combines some of my favorite foods--chocolate, banana and peanut-butter or almond butter (I don’t...

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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

It’s Autumn time and you want something that tastes like the weather feels--this smoothie will do the trick. Pumpkin Spice Smoothie [serves 1] 1 banana ½ cup pumpkin puree (Farmer’s Organic is a good brand) 1 tablespoon flax seed or chia seeds 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1...

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Sweet Potato Salad with Kale

While this may not be the quickest salad to make (you have to chop & roast the sweet potatoes) it is relatively simple. And it’s such a winner to take with you to any kind of potluck or holiday get together.  Anyone who eats this loves it! Enjoy it for breakfast,...

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Brown Rice Crispy Treats

When I was transitioning away from sugar these were a life-saver! They are so delicious you’ll wonder how you got through life without them. I gave you a recipe that makes a very large batch (cook once, eat multiple times J), cut them up and freeze them & you’ll...

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Red Lentil Soup with Greens

There isn’t much more comforting on a cold, rainy, dreary day than a bowl of soup. This soup is so satisfying & nourishing.  Its great to make ahead of time & pull out of the fridge or freezer and reheat on the stove.  You’ll instantly feel the warmth running...

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Sautéed Collard Greens with Garlic

 Sautéed Collard Greens with Garlic Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 bunch collard greens (chiffonade--see below) 1 small onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt (to taste) Lay collard leaf flat on your cutting board.  Cut out...

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Smart Sexy Split Pea Soup

If you are anything like me before I changed my eating habits there was nothing appetizing or alluring about the off-green color of Split Pea Soup. Then, something magical happened--my taste buds great up and I realized how amazingly delicious it is.  Split Pea soup...

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Trail Mix Cookies

I love grab and go foods and trail mix is definitely one of the easiest to pack on the go.  But, truthfully, sometimes I get a little bored with shoving a handful of nuts in my mouth (yes, there are so many comments that can be made there, lol, that’s another...

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Blueberry Lemon Chia Pudding

If you were one of the Smart Sexy women who did my Summer Cleanse then you will recognize this recipe.  It has become one of my go-to’s for breakfast, snack & sometimes even dinner. If you didn’t do the summer cleanse…well, you are getting lucky today! (There’s...

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Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie

OMG is all I can say about this deliciousness. I have no idea how I stumbled across this recipe in my “surfing” but when I did I was very intrigued. And curious. I get the chocolate and cherries but Zucchini?  Seriously? Seriously. Not wanting to wait to freeze the...

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Peach Cashew Cream Pie (Raw)

Always wanting to hold onto summer a little bit longer I bought a bunch of yellow peaches the other day, unsure what I was going to do with them.  Peach “ice-cream” was a strong possibility but then my sister-in-law invited me to dinner with her super-fun family so I...

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Non-Dairy Berry Parfait

I seem to take the slow train to transition into “new” things…is it just me? For instance, I’m not a big t.v. watcher but it took me until this year to start watching Downton Abbey and now I’m a tad bit obsessed.  I am now watching it again, thank you Amazon Prime...

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Summer Paradise Millet

Are you looking to get out of your breakfast rut and still want to hang on to summer a bit longer? As much as I love wearing sweaters and hoodies, I hate giving up shorts and summer dresses so I'm going to hold onto summer as long as possible. This quick and easy...

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Okra Corn Salad

The first (and last) time I made anything with Okra was when I was in culinary school years ago.  We had to make a 4-course meal for our final and for one of the dishes we made pickled Okra.  I remember it being ok but I never bothered with it since then. Honestly, I...

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Grated Chioggia Beet Lime Salad (Raw)

The first time I saw this beauty I could not stop smiling.  I thought to myself, this is why I love real food--its surprising, beautiful, delicious and so nourishing to the body. Seriously, how gorgeous is this beet? It’s called a Chioggia Beet. It’s not artificially...

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Summer Lovin’ Corn Chowder

One of the many things I love about summer is corn on the cob.  There is nothing like a fresh piece of Jersey corn. Since I moved to VA, I don’t get to eat as much corn as I’d like, but this soup helps me get my fix. In last week’s “Rock Your Knife” Cooking Class...

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Mochi Waffle Sundae

Mochi Waffle Sundae Warning--this is not your normal Waffle Sundae And, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s better….but I may be a bit biased. I learned this when I was assisting Christina Pirello's Three-Day Intensive a few weeks back. So, what is exactly...

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Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Loaf

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Loaf Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Soy-Free, Refined Sugar Free This recipe is dedicate to Vanessa, of my regulars when I owned the bakery.  She LOVED the Cinnamon Sugar Bread and was so disappointed if we were out of it when she'd come in....

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Key Lime Energy Bites of Goodness

I love having healthy snacks on hand that I can grab-n-go.  And, I love it when they are satisfying without adding in sweeteners. These little bites are so great for many reasons. The almonds support the digestive tract; the cashews are high in magnesium; coconut is...

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Cleansing Beet Soup

Last week I shared how when I was a kid I pretty much hated every vegetable.  Along with Brussels Sprouts, Beets were very high up on the list.  They are "earthy" and just "beety"....(for all the mom's reading, there is hope for your picky kids). Just like Brussels...

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Dark Chocolate Truffle Love

I don't know about you but there are just some days when I NEED Chocolate.  Honestly, the past few days have been like that for me. When I want to make my treats a bit Smarter & Sexier than just running to the store & getting a dark Chocolate Bar I make these...

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Avocado Key Lime Smoothie

Avocado Key Lime Smoothie [serves 1] 1/2 -1 cup Apple Juice 1 1/2 c-1 cup Water (depending on how much apple juice you use) 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds I whole lime (peeled) 1 Avocado 1 large handful of Spinach 3 Kale leaves   Place all items in a vitamix &...

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Nutty Irishman Smoothie

Nutty Irishman Smoothie [2 servings} 1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk 1 tablespoon almond butter 1 banana 2 kale leaves 1 handful arugula, spinach, or watercress 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed 2 tbsp. ground raw almonds 1 cup cold filtered water Optional: 1 or 2 Medjool...

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