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December 22, 2014

Christmas Dinner Countdown

By: Leanne Ely   It’s four days until Christmas! Are you ready for your next big feast? With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget that we could save ourselves a lot of work the day of by doing more prep leading up to the event. Frankly, I… Read more

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December 18, 2014

5 ways to enjoy Christmas Dinner leftovers

By: Leanne Ely   We’re only a week away from one of the biggest dinners of the year. (It seems like we were just enjoying our Thanksgiving dinners, doesn’t it?) If you didn’t manage your Thanksgiving dinner properly, you might have (gasp) ended up growing sick of the leftovers. Let’s see to it that you… Read more

Kale Chips

December 16, 2014

Top tips for kale chips

By: Leanne Ely   There is a topic that keeps coming across my radar, both on Facebook, my email inbox, and even at the market when my fellow shoppers wonder what I’m doing with all of that kale (when my own crop has been harvested for the season, of course!): kale chips. And, today, we’re… Read more

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December 12, 2014

Which tropical root is full of B-complex vitamins?

By: Leanne Ely   If you’ve been searching the Internet for recipes free of gluten, you have no doubt come upon the mention of arrowroot. Arrowroot is an easily digestible starch used in gluten-free cooking as a stabilizing and thickening ingredient. Arrowroot is grown primarily in the Caribbean Islands, the Philippines, and South America. As… Read more

veggies

December 11, 2014

Tips for optimizing veggie intake on a budget

By: Leanne Ely   Very few of us manage to get in all of the vegetables we need everyday for optimal health—at least 5-13 servings (about 6 cups) each day, a variety from each color group: dark greens (lettuce, kale, spinach), red and orange (sweet potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes), and “other” vegetables (cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions).… Read more

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December 9, 2014

Which cruciferous vegetable is a head above the class?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: CABBAGE Hands up if you have a head of cabbage in your refrigerator! Not only is this… Read more

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December 5, 2014

8 surprising uses for cranberries

By: Leanne Ely   Not only are they gorgeous, but cranberries are full of nutrition: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium, iron, magnesium and folate. They also contain antioxidants and phenols that can protect you against all kinds of things, including urinary tract infections. Since it’s cranberry season, you should stock up on as many of… Read more

Spice Mix

December 4, 2014

Three nightshade-free seasoning blends

By: Leanne Ely   A few weeks ago, I wrote about nightshades and how the toxins they contain present health problems for certain people. If you’ve been avoiding nightshades, you might be finding your food is a little dull as you’re unable to use many different seasoning mixes or condiments containing peppers. When you avoid… Read more

coconut oil

December 2, 2014

What natural eye make up remover tastes great in stir fries?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: COCONUT OIL I’m always touting the benefits of coconut oil (I’m never caught without a big tub… Read more

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November 25, 2014

Cheat Sheet: Top Paleo Swaps for the Holidays

By: Leanne Ely   If you’ve recently gone Paleo, you might be worried about navigating the kitchen this holiday season, what with all of the sugar, bread and other non-Paleo staples of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner floating around. But do not fear, Paleoistas! I’ve got your wheat-free little backs! We’ve put together this Paleo swap… Read more