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Satisfy ANY Cravings with THESE Snacks

Do you snack during the day? I’m definitely more of a grazer — eating a little lighter and more frequently throughout the day.  For body weight it doesn’t matter.  Others have told us it’s too time consuming to think about eating 5 or 6+ meals each day.  But for us it works. What about you?  Here’s a scenario I hear about time and time again. You’re at work.  It’s 2 PM.  Your eyes are starting to roll to the back of your head and your stomach is starting to “yell” at you. It’s the vending machine “calling.”  Obvi…
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3 Under Rated Fat Loss Tips

When I was younger, if my mom bought us snacks, the "go to" choices were pretzels.  Her rational was that they’re better than chips, Doritos, etc … they’re not coating in flavoring, made with preservatives, and they’re FAT FREE!. She was right. To a point. Are fat free pretzels BETTER than chips?  Sure are.  Are they better than other similar, high calorie snack foods that are more common?  You bet. But are they the best snack option out there?  Not a chance. Growing up having pretzels as an occasional snack carried over to argu…
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Are You Poisoning Your Body?

This ingredient is like a diet related death sentence… Sound scary? It can be.  In fact, it is the single biggest dietary risk factor that causes over 100,000 deaths each year! A study published in April 2009 looked at preventable causes of death in the US… …and high salt intake accounted for more preventable deaths than any other dietary factor (approximately 102,000).  Coming in a close second and third were low omega-3 fat intake and high trans fat intakes, respectively. Worse than the normally demonized trans fat (not that that’s a good option eit…
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Should McDonald’s Offer Free Statins?

I log on to my computer the other day … …and I saw what I thought was a joke. Here is the headline that popped up: "Should McDonald’s Offer Free Statins?" I wish I could make this stuff up.  Intrigued, I read on… Is the clown in the yellow and red really going to serve up some Lipitor as a side for his famous Quarter Pounders? This headline wasn’t some food writer being funny, it was a legitimate study published in the well respected American Journal of Cardiology — the authors/scientists came to the conclusion that "…Fast food ou…
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Good Foods Gone Bad

I feel like I’m watching a VH1 special on some childhood star … "And then, after their sitcom came to an abrupt stop in 1988, it all went downhill from there.  From late night partying to alcohol binges.  When good girls go bad!" In this case, though, we’re talking about foods … not celebrities. Salads. Sushi. Popcorn. These foods are often thought of as "diet friendly." But when you hear some restaurant salads have more calories than 3 Big Macs plus a Large fries and soda, you may think again. Or what some consider to be super healthy su…
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Make Homemade Pesto in 30 seconds (Video)

We love to cook … and now with a 1 year old at home, we love trying new things with her, too.  And one of the foods we found she loves (and so do we) is pesto. Simple.  Clean.  Very few ingredients, fantastic for you, and even the worst cook in the entire world can make it … you simply need a blender and a knife.  The best part for us is that we also grow basil, so it’s a nice way to use up a ton of basil and add loads of flavor and nutrients to our foods. And here’s the best part — we make it in pretty big batches, then simply pour the extra into ice cube trays, f…
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Post Pig-Out Plan

Last night was our Wedding Anniversary. Our sitter came over so we could go out and spend some time on our own. We started with some appetizers.  Had a nice dinner.  Great wine.  And dessert. The food was absolutely incredible.  But when all was said and done, we both definitely had that feeling of "whoa, I think I ate and drank TOO much!"  Now, admittedly it’s rare that we both have that feeling — while nice, we’re not usually have 3 course meals and wine every night. But this wasn’t a time to panic that we overate and completely ble…
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