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Stuffed Peppers 

I had to share this recipe because I’ve been talking about it all week. It’s one of my all-time favorite meals to prepare when detoxing. This dish is easy to make, nutritious and satisfying. Peppers are rich in fiber and vitamin C which are both incredibly important for cellular repair and flushing out toxins during detox. I choose grass-fed beef, and make sure it's hormone-free. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, add kidney beans instead of meat. Not a fan of rice or want to add an extra protein kick? Substitute the rice for quinoa, which is also tasty and lends a nutty flavor.

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Espresso Chip Energy Balls 

I have several things in my life I refer to as my “reliables.” This recipe is one of those….

Sure, I always seem to have the ingredients on hand. However, even if I “screw up” the mixture or measure wrong, it always turns out deliciously well. Maybe that’s why it’s my go-to energy ball recipe. I switch the ingredients up fairly often depending on my mood or the season, but this is without a doubt my favorite. 

Why is it so “knock your socks off” good? Obvious reason first: coffee. Obvious reason number two: dark chocolate. 


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How to Throw a Healthy Holiday Party

How many times have you attended a party and been relegated to munching on raw carrots for the evening?

Parties, as much as we love them, can be some of our biggest eating challenges. With the chip and cracker staples and the overflowing dessert table, it’s little wonder the best advice is often to eat before you go.

When the party is yours to host or when you have the chance to share a dish (or two), however, suddenly the spread can become a lot more health-friendly.


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Healthy Kitchen: Who’s Up for a Cookie Exchange?

No-Bake Sunbutter Drops 

*Dairy Free, *Gluten Free

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Yield: 20 cookies

Dietitian Confession: I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like. Chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter – I love them all.  

And because of this, I don’t keep them in my house very often, and I have a strict rule that when I do, it’s because I’ve made them myself and put forth the effort to cure a true craving. No processed cookies allowed!

This time of year, that true cookie craving naturally comes up for me. There’s something about the cold weather that makes me want to sit by the fireplace with my family and watch holiday movies while eating cookies.  


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Better Fall Baking

It’s the season for cozy nights in, fires in the fireplace, extra blankets, and fall baking! 

I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get enough of the way the house smells when something delicious is in the oven. But do your old standby recipes fit your new healthier lifestyle?

Must you give up all hope of baking to stay on track with the Healthy Way of Eating? Not so.

With some easy and enjoyable adjustments (and a dose of healthy moderation!), there can be room to enjoy fall treats. Here are some healthful tips to transform your favorite recipes into winners that are taste - and waist - friendly.   


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Healthy Eating: 10 Ideas for Summer’s Harvest

It’s that time of year when there is so much to take advantage of - warmer weather, more sunlight, vacation days and great food. 

With the end of summer upon us - and Labor Day gatherings gearing up, what better time is there to stock up on the summer produce you know you like? It’s also the perfect time to try new foods in some of your meals, snacks and party dishes. 

Check out these 10 tasty ideas to implement with so many veggies and fruits at their peak this summer harvest season.


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12 Tips to Boost Healthy Food Flavor

When we adopt the Healthy Way of Eating, we leave behind the world of high-octane, processed food products - and the distorted effects they've left on our taste buds. We learn to appreciate the natural flavor of real food.

The fact is, once we settle into a new routine of cooking, the creativity starts to unfold. Experimentation in the kitchen leads to variety. Exploration opens up a whole new world of options. Fresh, natural food becomes more satisfying. We even begin to prefer it actually.... 

Pretty soon, we look back and can’t understand why we let ourselves miss out on genuinely good food for so long.

But what does the transition from store-bought packaged products to succulent home cooking look like? Check out these simple cooking choices that enhance healthy food's natural flavor. 


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