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A Healthy Smoothie DietWhat can a healthy smoothie diet do for you? What comes to mind first when you’re trying to lose weight is: eat less, go hungry, cut down on calories, exercise – none of which sounds particularly encouraging.

But what if instead you could eat delicious foods high in nutrients while low in calories, easy to digest while boosting your energy, super easy to prepare, yummy, comes in a smorgasbord of flavors and travels well to boot.

No wonder smoothies are so quickly gaining in popularity… […]

Healthy Smoothies for KidsMaking healthy smoothies for kids should come as a no brainer. We all know how kids love to experiment. What can be more fun than mixing a bunch of fruit and veggies together, and then watching them disintegrate in front of your eyes as they blend together?

And then starting all over again and producing new colors and textures the next time around. It’s like being in the lab all the time, coming up with new creations day after day – only now, you’re in charge! […]

Healthy homemade smoothiesHomemade smoothies can pack a powerful nutritional punch in a conveniently small package that you can take with you and consume as you get on with your day.

Unlike the store-bought version, you control the amount of sugar and calories that go into each serving. Selecting ingredients with care, you can easily make smoothie drinks that support a healthy lifestyle or help you lose weight. […]

Healthy Valentine's food ideasHealthy Valentine’s food ideas are hard to come by. Visions of chocolate, red candy and rich desserts keep popping into your head, making ‘healthy’ and ‘valentine’ hard to reconcile.

Think of ‘heart healthy’ food instead, and suddenly a whole new world of possibilities opens up.

Whether you are trying to lose or simply maintain your weight, or fighting to keep disease at bay, facing a day filled with tempting sugary treats and rich foods can be daunting. A little thinking ahead of time can put those worries to rest. […]

Heart healthy Valentine's DayAlthough observed throughout the world nowadays, most people are still wondering: why is Valentine’s Day celebrated? Where and how did the custom originate?

Once upon a time, there was a Roman emperor called Claudius II who found himself facing a nagging problem: men refused to be recruited into his army as they feared getting dispatched to far off lands. They simply dreaded being separated from their wives and families.

Undaunted, Claudius outlawed marriage for young men, creating for himself a pool of young, willing and able recruits with nothing to lose. […]

Healthy cookie tipsEver wonder how to make healthy cookies for a cookie exchange? There seems to be a contradiction in terms, but bear with me. There are ways to make cookies healthier so that everyone can still enjoy an occasional treat without you feeling guilty about it.

Keeping even adults away from cookies is a losing battle, but what if you could reduce the number of calories in each cookie, or lower the carbs. Seems like a win-win situation to me… So why not give some of these a try? […]

Healthy Gingerbread Men for ChristmasThere are quite a few Christmas cookies that rely on unique spices for flavor instead of more common ingredients like chocolate, peanut butter or caramel. Many of those include ginger and molasses in the recipe and make tasty, decadent traditional holiday cookies.

Even if you include these spiced cookies in your Holiday fare, you can also make a healthier version for family and friends. Why not give some of the following wonderful spiced cookie recipes as a slightly more nutritious, less fattening alternative? […]

Healthy Cookies for KidsMaking healthy cookies for kids does not have to be complicated. Kids love peanut butter as much as they do chocolate, so why not offer ‘improved’ versions of their favorite treats.

Here are some ways you can alter your peanut butter cookie recipes to easily make them healthier but no less popular.

Peanut butter cookies often include a lot of butter, sugar and other less than healthy ingredients. What is the point of starting with a healthy ingredient only to end up with an unhealthy treat? Here are some variations you can resort to which will surely get a thumbs up. […]

Easy healthy cookiesHere are some tips for making easy healthy cookies at the drop of a hat, whether for everyday snacking, for an organization you are supporting, or for a cookie exchange.

Holidays in particular are a challenge as most desserts associated with them are filled with sugar and fats that translate into calories. Not helpful when you are trying to live healthier…

Lowering the fat content, substituting an ingredient for a healthier alternative, or simply reducing the size of your cookies can help. […]

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies TipsNo holiday would be quite as special without including chocolate chip cookies in the mix. But there are ways to make Santa’s cookies healthier while adding a personal touch just to make sure you jump to the top of his list next year…

Chocolate and Fruit Cookies

These cookies can use any type of fruit you want, though for the holidays, cranberries or raspberries are highly recommended. Make them healthier with dark instead of milk chocolate chips or pieces. Add your chopped fresh fruit, baking powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, [click to continue…]

Roasted pumpkin seedsIf you’re looking for a healthy treat for when you get the munchies, look no further than roasted pumpkin seeds. Easy to make, they’re also good for you.

Naturally anti-inflammatory, they can help lower your cholesterol, are believed to prevent some cancers, can help relieve women’s menopause symptoms and even benefit men’s prostate health. […]

French toast with pumpkinCan’t think what to do with that fresh pumpkin puree left over from your Thanksgiving baking? If you even thought of throwing it away, you’re about to be haunted by remorse…

Everyone loves French toast, and I’m sure you’re no exception. But did you know that you can make Pumpkin Pie French Toast with those leftovers you were so casually dismissing?

Now why would French toast and pumpkin flavor be one of those ‘perfect combos’? Now add some maple syrup… […]

Pumpkin MuffinsHealthy pumpkin muffins are always a welcome addition to a fall breakfast menu or for a quick snack. Here we use whole wheat flour and less sugar to make ours.

Another version below uses regular all purpose flour, but healthy pecans get added to a sweet, buttery topping.

Make your own fresh pumpking puree from scratch or used the canned version.

Either way, you’ll end up with a batch of delicious treats. […]

Pumpkin Crème BrûléeSure, pumpkin pie is the go-to dessert for Thanksgiving, but how about surprising your guest with an equally delicious though lighter dessert – something they won’t be expecting at all?

What is more satisfying than cracking that scrumptious hard caramel crust and diving through that sinfully creamy custard?

Can’t think of anything…

Prepare for some sharing – this is a dessert they’ll still be thanking you for come Christmas. […]

Pumpkin cheesecakePumpkin cheesecake seems the perfect dessert for so many holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas… Come the first days of fall, and it’s like somebody pushes a button and all of a sudden, everyone yearns for something pumpkin-ish.

Have you ever known ANYONE who doesn’t just love rich, decadent cheesecake? Didn’t think so – so why not marry the two for the best Thanksgiving dessert ever?

But wait, am I hearing some moaning – something like cheesecake is really hard to make? Not at all! You can even use canned pumpkin […]

Pumkin pie from scratchMaking pumpkin pie ‘from scratch’ is a labor of love and takes time, but your taste buds will sure be thanking you! The pumpkin puree is made ahead of time, then the pie crust and finally, we combine the two for a delicious pie.

Fresh pumpkin tastes much better than its canned reincarnation, and it’s certainly healthier.

It’s not hard to make and when you consider that you can freeze some for later use, it is not only economical, but makes for good meal planning. […]

Wiener worms for a little creepinessWho doesn’t love a great hot dog, or maybe wieners for a quick, easy meal that tastes awesome? When you’re rushed for time, they are a perfect go-to solution that the whole family can enjoy.

But how about giving the traditional wiener a Halloween twist and turning it into creepy crawlers – worms to be more specific. That is sure to gross out just about everybody.

Arm yourself with enough ‘worms’ for each person, and let your imagination run loose. […]

Make black icing for HalloweenSure, you can expedite the whole thing and simply purchase pre-made black icing from your nearest baking store.

But why take the risk and more than likely end up ruining the taste of your baked goodies?

Making truly black icing is no easy feat, but here’s a simple way to achieve a dark, evil looking icing for your next Halloween masterpieces without compromising taste.

Bats, cat & hats – Booo! […]

Creepy Halloween SpaghettiIf your family is into pasta, why not surprise them with freshly homemade Halloween spaghetti – with a twist? How about adding a couple of oozing eyeballs to each plate

If nothing else, they’ll learn to give you a little ‘rispetto’ around creepy holidays. 😉

But kidding apart, wouldn’t that make a delightful Halloween dinner and break the monotony while infusing a little holiday humor into an otherwise pretty gloomy time of the year?

Let’s get started, shall we? […]

Halloween desserts with Anna OlsonWithout a doubt, Halloween desserts are the most looked forward part of a Halloween meal. Sure, candy and costumes are the highlight of the day, but trick-or-treating is no fun on an empty stomach.

The thing is, desserts are time consuming to prepare – specially when decoration is involved. And this special day certainly gives Christmas a run for its money on that score.

But Halloween is almost here, so there’s no time to lose! Which is why I am going to let Anna Olson take over with her wagon load of inspiration for Halloween goodies. […]