High Protein Potato Skins? It’s True (recipe!)

I’ve got some bad news…the Superbowl is this Sunday. More than 100 million people will be tuned in. The Big Game between the Broncos and the Seahawks.  The commercials.  The halftime show.  All sounds great to me. So what’s the bad news? Superbowl Sunday is the SECOND biggest eating “holiday” … … second only to Thanksgiving. Some estimates suggest the average person eats around 4500 calories during Superbowl Sunday alone.  Honestly, with the wings, chips, dips, pizza, guacamole, beer and everything else, that number could easily top 5,…
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MUST Try Almond Butter Muffins (SIMPLE recipe!)

Those who know me, know I love tinkering around in the kitchen. The other day I made mention of how I couldn’t be any further from handy. I’m instead “handy” in the kitchen. I use a recipe as a guide, tinker around with the ingredients, add/substitute in my own … …and, well, sometimes we have a hit and sometimes not. I’ve actually been doing this for the last few decades. And it all started when my parents friends were coming over for dinner and dessert. I was probably 12 or 13. Luckily my mom is a fantastic cook and prepared dinner.  For whatever reason…
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Show Up

  We went out with some friends last night.  Our previous neighbors who are both musicians invited us to an event they were hosting in their new condo.  The event was centered around another musician who lives in Louisville, but is pretty well known in the music circles as a professional classical and jazz pianist. Admittedly neither of us are into that type of music, but we went to show them support. And to be honest, we we’re both more than impressed. Of course Mr. Pickens is super talented, but throughout all his travels, teachings and worldly experiences, he actually shared som…
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Monk Fruit Sweetener – Should YOU Use This?

Smart Sugar Alternatives? The other day we talked about Stevia, the “hot” new sugar alternative…several years ago. Well, Stevia, take a back seat – there’s a new darling sugar alternative in town. Over the last year or two, Monk Fruit Sweetener has started to emerge.  Long used in China, monk fruit sweetener is actually known as luo han guo and has started to emerge in many foods and as a stand alone product.  We’ve seen it in some protein powders, chocolate milk, ice creams and Greek yogurt. It’s also sold as a stand alone product – both as…
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Stevia: Natural Sugar Alternative or Toxic Chemical?

The other day I was at the grocery store in the yogurt section. Usually I’ll just throw a bunch of Greek yogurts in our cart; I like plain, Kara prefers coconut and the girls like all of it.  By the way, mix any of them with peanut butter and they are DELISH.  Like peanut butter and jelly. I digress. A woman comes up next to me and is picking out some yogurts as well.  She starts reading the labels and I guess she wanted me to hear, so she was reading outloud. She picked one up "Sucralose? That’s junky."  Picked up another and said "Stevia," and th…
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Shocking Top Protein Food (with recipes!)

For those who know me, they know I am FAR from handy. I’m not afraid to admit it.  I wish I had some more basic skills in the "handiness" area, but I don’t.  My dad is super handy.  He’s done electric, helped build their deck, crown molding, the stone wall on the back of their fireplace, tiling … you name it, he can do it.  That just didn’t get passed down to me. The kitchen is where I’m most comfortable.  Our Shun knives are like my hammer and nails. Anyhow, my Uncle Mark is also very handy — he’s actually in th…
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Gluten Free Flour Power

Grains.  Carbs.  Gluten. OH MY! Going gluten free continues to be one of THE biggest nutrition trends. This isn’t a discussion about gluten free, though.  We covered gluten free eating in the past.  Rather, today’s blog covers a few flours that have some unique properties, above and beyond just carbs. Though, coincidentally, each of those mentioned below are gluten free if you follow a gluten free diet. And each have more protein than all purpose flour (and aren’t stripped of their nutrients).  They also have more fiber (to the tune of 12 gram…
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51 Ways to Make 2014 Awesome(r)

This is not some silly New Year’s Resolution list. Rather, It’s one that will help you live a better 2014, whatever your goals may be.  I highly recommend printing it out and rereading some of these.  Just writing them helped me and the list is now sitting next to my desk.   Whatever your resolutions may be, these simple 51 tips will help you achieve any goal faster.  Or at the very least happier.     Smile more.  A favorite quote we say around here is "if you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours."  Everyone speaks th…
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