4 Tips for Smarter Snacking

It's 3pm. Your stomach is rumbling as you sit through your team meeting, anticipating the Italian dinner you'll be eating at 7pm. You consider the idea of snacking once the meeting ends. After all, the vending machine is around the corner and you won't be eating for another 4 hours. A bag of candy will hold you over until dinner,...

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The Pros of Probiotics

If you were to tour my kitchen a couple of years ago, you would have found shelves lined with tubs of protein powder. Quest bars. Multivitamins. Fish oils. NeoCell collagen. Apple cider vinegar. The benefits of these products (and the oh-so-good flavor of a Quest bar!) makes them a staple in my diet. As a vegetarian, I do my best...

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5 Ways to Improve Immune Health

Regardless of the time of year, it happens to the best of us. We hustle from appointments to errands, from work to our workouts. The rhythm of everyday life creates a momentum that prioritizes the must-dos and bypasses all of the distractions. This unstoppable mentality keeps us grinding from A.M. to P.M. until, without warning our immunity is compromised and...

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Timeout Tuesday: The Benefits of Healthy Fats

Do you find yourself drawn to foods labeled, "Fat Free! Reduced Fat! Low Fat!"? After all, if a food is high in fat, it must make you fat. Seems logical, right? Years ago, this theory resulted in a plethora of foods with additives and higher amounts of sugar, meant to replicate the taste and textures only fats can provide. I...

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It’s OK to Crave Comfort Food

  "Stay away from the buffet table! Avoid second helpings! Say no to the cookies and cake!" How often do you hear these voices? Whether they're shouting out loud or whispering in your ear, these thoughts are often self-imposed and, while meant to keep us healthy and accountable, can do more harm than good. Sure, over time, repeat helpings of...

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Parmesan-Feta White Pizza

  When you think of pizza, what comes to mind? Fresh tomatoes? Piles of veggies? Sausage and pepperoni? No doubt, the "traditional" favorite is full of flavor and lots of ingredients. This pizza recipe, however, is relatively simple. What it lacks in ingredients, it makes up for in flavor. Quite often, we're hesitant to use the "good" olive oil on something...

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5 Back to School Lunch Ideas

By the time August has arrived, you’re probably eager to send your kids back to school. Not only does the start of school mean more time to yourself, but the kids can no longer complain of being bored, the front door will stay shut and bugs will stop flying into the house. You will no longer have to hear arguments...

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Farm Fresh Peach Cobbler

Nothing says summer like a ripe, juicy peach. Does it get any better than fresh fruit, straight from the farmer's market? Not really. Unless, of course, you use that fresh fruit to make a delicious, homemade cobbler. This tasty recipe can be enjoyed year round--in a bowl, on a plate or on top of ice cream! However and whenever you...

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4 Reasons to Go Caffeine-Free

As I sit here now, writing this blog, I am on my second cup of tea. I am trying to focus on the flavor. I am embracing the cinnamon, warm and spicy, while visualizing the kava root sprinkling fairy dust on top of my anxious thoughts...watching them fade away. A picture of Yogi Bhajan, an inspirational teacher of holistic living,...

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Myths and Facts About Youth Fitness

When you’re not grocery shopping or making meals, you’re likely at a soccer game, ballet practice or tee ball, right? You don’t slow down very often and neither do your kids. As a mom, you do what you can to provide them with best equipment, get them where they need to be, keep their clothes clean and show your support...

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