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Pantry Picks: Cacao vs Cocoa

Chocolate is delicious! There is simply NO arguing that fact. We just love it, don't we! And with GOOD reason. Mmmm.... But what you may not understand is the difference between Cacao and Cocoa, and why that difference should matter to you. Perhaps you have never even heard that there is any difference between the two. Maybe, you just thought that people were simply saying the same word two different ways. Pantry Picks:…
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Pecan Pie Pralines

For today's post, I have something of a story to share with you. I'm going let you in on a few secrets about me (including one of my pet peeves.)   When this recipe was born it about blew me away. You see, I had seen a recipe online that gave me an idea... Now if you know me well, perhaps that won't come as a complete surprise to you. As…
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You Can Lose Weight And Still Enjoy Dessert!

Perhaps you've heard that you have to give up carbs in order to lose weight. This couldn't be further from the truth! Do you probably need to give up the way that you've been doing things and find a better way? Yes. But giving up carbs is NOT the answer. Jarrod and I know this is true because we are living in a balanced way and have been for years.…
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Refreshing Watermelon Jicama Salad

Are you looking for a sweet and refreshing summer treat?  Then you don't want to miss this tasty gem of a recipe! Chock full of nutrients and mouthwatering flavor, it's the perfect and simple choice for a hot summer day. 8 cups Watermelon Cubed and Seeded (1-2 inch chunks) 1 Jicama peeled and cut into Matchstick Slices 1/4 cup Fresh Mint Leaves roughly chopped 1/2 cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice…
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A Scrumptious, Quick, & Healthy Breakfast Option

Sometimes it's difficult to break out of routines. We all have them, and of course that can even be a very good thing! But when it comes to your meals, you can reach a point where you just get tired of having the same...old...thing. You really need something new and delicious! Something that will even support you on your journey to health and even promote weight loss. Enter the AVOCADO,…
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Flax Seeds For Weight Loss

You may have heard of this little seed that packs a BIG punch, but did you know that one of it's many health benefits is that... It can actually help you Lose Weight.  The fiber in flax slows digestion and thus helps you to feel full faster! Flax also helps to prevent blood sugar spikes, which makes it a wonderful addition to your daily smoothie! And by preventing spikes in…
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Simple Summer Salsa

With summer in full swing, it's the perfect time to enjoy a refreshing stroll in the great outdoors by visiting your local farmer's market or making a run to the nearby produce stand. There's simply nothing like homemade treats made with the beautiful foods available to you during this time of the year! (And as an added bonus, produce that's in season is easier on your budget too.) Now perhaps…
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Dairy: The Struggle Is REAL

Drink your milk! Eat your dairy! For crying out loud, it’s a part of the Food Pyramid/ USDA Choose My Plate Guidelines, so surely it’s healthy! Right?! There is so much information about dairy that you've probably never been told. And if I am being completely honest, I fought learning the facts on this one for a long while. In the past I used a TON of dairy when cooking…