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Think of it as a pre-blended smoothie, or a flat parfait. Start with a base of plain, whole milk yogurt (regular or Greek) or, if you’re vegan or dairy-free, an almond yogurt. Then build on with in-season fruits, nuts, seeds, and other nature-made toppings such as shredded coconut, lemon zest, or a sprinkling of homemade granola for a healthy sweetness....
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Ohmygoodness! I’m so excited! @Belowthefork just hit 1000 followers on Instagram! You guys, this is a milestone I’ve been trying to reach for quite some time. Maybe it’s just me, but I felt I had to work a LOT harder for this than on Twitter; however, I love the community on Instagram so much more so it’s been well worth...
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When my tummy wasn’t feeling well, especially after being glutened, I’d buy a bottle of raspberry chia kombucha from the grocery store. I’d savor each and every sip, since it’s so expensive. I read up on the nutritional benefits of incorporating kombucha into my daily diet, but I couldn’t get over the price tag, so it remained an occasional treat for an...
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In honor of being so very close to hitting 1,000 followers on Instagram, I am giving away a 2-pouch pack of Squeez’Ems Reusable Pouches! I love these pouches so much for their convenience, durability, and ease of use. Both my 1 year old and 5 year old love them for applesauce, yogurt, and smoothies on-the-go. Stop wasting money on pre-made...
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Are your personal care products as clean as your diet? That thought has hit me deep over the past month. I’ve been an advocate of eating clean for several years now—and I’ve been slowly changing over to natural products in my home and on my skin—but 2015 has marked a big change for me in my personal care products. I can’t pinpoint...
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Happy Friday!! Today’s Fit Tip Friday was inspired by me being sick all week with some weird chest cold that’s making me sound like an 80 yr old smoker. It’s also been draining my energy and making me a bit dizzy at times, and so I’ve been—gasp!—skipping my usual workouts. And guess what? That’s okay! When you’re not feeling well...
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One of the coolest things about growing up is seeing how your friends turn out. Luckily, the majority of my friends were all good, smart kids, and so it’s no surprise to me that they’ve all been quite successful in life. One of those friends, I’m proud to say, is now the owner and founder of RISE School of Strength...
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Anyone else been seeing ads/sponsored posts about Thrive Market being an online health food store for “25-50% off retail,” all over their news feeds? It’s shown up in practically every article Dr. Mark Hyman posts now, and they have celebrity trainers like Jillian Michaels talking about how affordable it is. Of course I was intrigued—what healthy-eating, small-budget mama wouldn’t!? Well, it’s...
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When you increase your fiber intake, you must increase your water intake. Both types of dietary fiber — soluble and insoluble — rely on water; however, soluble fiber dissolves in water and insoluble fiber does not. Soluble Fiber Soluble fiber absorbs water to become a gel-like mass which allows it to slow down the rate at which food leaves your...
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Just a few days ago I was stock piling Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Juice to help beat the heat, and today I’m blending up hot soup to get rid of the chill! Weird weather here in PA. Hot Smoothie This is really nothing more than a heated up smoothie—which means it’s super easy to make, and a cozy method of adding more whole...
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After passing my initial training certification in April, I’ve been living, breathing, and team-teaching BodyFlow for the past couple months. Last week I filmed my full-class video and submitted it to LesMills as the final step in the certification process. Well I just received notification today that I PASSED and am officially a certified BodyFlow/BodyBalance instructor!!! So excited!!!  I was...
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“When you consume sugar naturally—that is, in fruit—you’re getting the fiber you need to mitigate the effects. Am I worried about fruit? No. Am I worried about fruit juice? Oh, you bet. Because when you take the fiber out, you might as well be drinking a Coke.” –Fed Up. Fed Up is a MUST watch documentary about childhood obesity. Currently streaming...
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My husband and I are on a weekend getaway without kids for the first time in almost 4 years. I just had to share these photos from our run on the gorgeous Hudson River Walk in New York. It’s a pedestrian-only bridge connecting both sides of the river together. Beautiful views!  It was also the inaugural run for my new...
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Turning vitamin-packed fruit into a cracker-like consistency with no added ingredients?! Sign me up!! One of my kids’ new favorite snacks! Maintains the fiber and nutrients, satisfies the craving for a crunch and/or sweetness and it’s no mess, so you can put it in a snack cup and send them off toddling.  Just be sure to check the label as...
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Because sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to type out a full blog post, so here’s my attempt at a video! It’s nothing fancy, but I hope you enjoy If anything, it’s a chance to see the woman behind this blog....
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It’s been 12 days since I announced to my household that we are ALL supporting Produce for Kids in embracing healthier eating habits. I’ve been referring to this mission as Ditch the ‘Fish (Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers, that is) because we have been focusing on replacing processed crackers and pretzels with healthy snacks in addition to our already healthy meals. That’s not to say...
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For the past two weeks I’ve been singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year!” No, it’s not Christmas, but it’s an even better time of year—when the grass is green, the tulips are blooming, my patio furniture comes out, and the kids are running around outside! Another reason I absolutely love this time of year is my herb...
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In teaming up with Produce for Kids to support the fight against childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating habits, I’ve been compelled to overhaul my own kids’ snack options as well. As mentioned in my previous post, we had gotten into a very bad habit of Goldfish and pretzels. No more though—it’s time to Ditch the ‘Fish! I’ve compiled a list of...
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I may be late to the party, but I finally tried La Croix sparkling water a few days ago and now I’m obsessed! Trying to kick a soda habit or have issues with getting in enough water? You need to try this! La Croix is sparkling water with the ingredients of carbonated water and natural flavor. No sodium, no chemicals, no...
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