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Clean Eating Defined

What is clean eating? Which foods fall in the ‘clean eating’ category? Clients often ask me to define specifically what clean eating is; however, I believe the definition of clean eating is slightly different for everyone. Broad Definition of Clean Eating At the foundation, clean eating is God-made foods: Vegetables Fruit Nuts (including nut butters IF it’s

Clean Eating Gal on a Budget: Costco Haul

I’m a clean eating gal on a budget, so 100% organic eating is (unfortunately) not an option for us. I do the best I can. Some foods I won’t compromise on and always buy organic (greens, chicken, and eggs), some foods I’ll go either way depending on deals (basically all fruits and veggies), and others I

Distinction Between Cleanses & Detox

On Periscope yesterday, I spoke about the very distinct difference between cleanses and detox. I also announced my new ebook that is being published this week! To learn more, please watch the video below!        

Post-Halloween Re-Set

Confession! I have eaten way too much Halloween candy the past few days and I’m badly feeling it. We were also on vacation in Florida for two weeks, and there may have been wine and mojitos involved. And Dole Whips… Did I also mention the Halloween candy? Starting TODAY, I am beginning a variation of Whole30

How to Keep Berries Fresh Longer

A few tips that have helped prolong my berries this Summer: –If I buy Driscoll’s or a packaged brand, I always cut off the cover. When the berries are enclosed together, mold will grow wherever there is trapped moisture, so let the berries breathe! –On a similar note, as soon as you get home, mix

Brekkie Bowls

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

Homemade Kombucha

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

Thrive Market

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,

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Juice

“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

Unsweetened Freeze-Dried Fruit

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

Ditch the ‘Fish Update

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

Produce for Kids

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. If you truly are what you eat, then my oldest son would in fact be a cheddar Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. I’m not proud of it by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m also not as disgusted by it as many of my fellow health/fitness bloggers. Mostly because I grew up eating

Colorful Smoothies

The very base of every healthy smoothie is greens; such as kale, baby spinach, and/or Swiss chard. What happens too often though, is when the green mixes with the reds, blues, and purples of other fruit mix-ins, the result is an unappetizing grayish, thick liquid that sends any discerning child running in the other direction.

Top 5 Ways to Re-Set Your Body

Last week I was glutened. I have never experienced such severe pains, short of natural childbirth. I contemplated going to the hospital before somehow falling asleep. I wasn’t going to point fingers at the food that caused this, but honestly, I don’t see how it was anything else. Luna Lemon Zest bars are now being

Conventional (Produce) Wisdom

Confession: Besides my leafy greens, we can rarely afford organic produce (I know, send the paleo police!) but I’ve been using Trader Joe’s Fruit & Vegetable Wash to thoroughly wash everything and it’s working well for us. At only $4, this wash will help get any pesticides, waxes, chemicals, or other questionable substances off…you know, the

GIANT Gift Card Winner & Grocery Haul!

The results for the $25 GIANT gift card giveaway are in! On behalf of GIANT food stores, Produce For Kids, and Below the Fork, thank you so much to everyone who participated. A huge congratulations go to Shelly S.! I’ll be mailing the gift card to her this week and cannot wait to see what yummy produce