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October 2, 2015

What symbol of fall may help you beat the blues?

By: Leanne Ely   Pumpkins are all over the place right now. Readily available across most of North America, pumpkins have become a symbol of autumn and have a starring role in desserts, soups and loaves this time of year. But these gorgeous orange orbs are much more than just a pretty face. Pumpkins, like… Read more

Brussels sprouts with bacon, onions and paprika

September 29, 2015

I can’t get enough of these!

By: Leanne Ely   When I was a little girl, there was no way I’d be giving thanks for the little green balls of mush my dear mother would put on my plate. I would have to sit at the table forever, trying to choke down those disgusting blobs of leaves. I love my mother… Read more


September 22, 2015

The 3 best shrimp to buy (and which to avoid)

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a tip, a trick and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s Focus is on SHRIMP Everyone loves shrimp. It’s easy to prepare, it’s versatile and it’s delicious. Shrimp is the most… Read more

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September 14, 2015

Do You Workout? Here’s How to Eat…

By: Leanne Ely   If you’re exercising hard for more than 90 minutes, especially at a high intensity level, you really have to be sure that you’re eating to support your performance and recovery. You have to be serious about ensuring that the right nutrients are going to the right places and that your body… Read more

Woman reading the label on a bottle of olive oil in the store

September 7, 2015

Best deals on healthy foods at Trader Joe’s

By: Leanne Ely   With more than 400 stores in the United States, Trader Joe’s has become a household name. Known for its everyday low prices, Trader Joe’s promises value to its many faithful customers. There is a reason why you can actually find Trader Joe’s fan clubs on Facebook. People LOVE this chain and… Read more

White Vinegar

August 31, 2015

Why Whit​e​ Vinegar is on the Blacklist

By: Leanne Ely If you’ve been reading our Saving Dinner posts and articles for any amount of time, hopefully you’ve grown aware of the dangers of the GMOs lurking in our food chain. Sometimes it feels like a never ending battle to avoid these foods. Everywhere we turn, there’s a new food danger to be… Read more

August 27, 2015

The Alkaline Life Saver?

By: Leanne Ely When we eat a diet containing too much sugar, protein and grains, our bodies become acidic. With your body in an acidic state, you may experience pain, weight gain and you may also be at risk of developing any number of diseases. That’s because a low oxygen (acidic) environment in the body… Read more

meatballs, Paleo, easy dinner, easy lunch,

August 24, 2015

Quick Paleo for School Nights

By: Leanne Ely If you’ve adopted the Paleo lifestyle over the summer (maybe you did the 10-Day Blitz or 21 Day Knockout?), you might be panicking a little, wondering how you’re going to handle those chaotic evening meals that tend to take place when everyone’s back to school. Or maybe you’re considering hopping on that… Read more

Prepping fresh vegetables for cooking in the kitchen with diced zucchini, tomato, white onion , green capsicum or bell pepper and eggplant arranged around a wooden chopping board with a knife

August 21, 2015

4 Steps to Quick Meal Prep

By: Leanne Ely   It’s 5pm. Songs of “What’s for dinner?” ring through the house, and you realize you have no idea. You have nothing thawed, nothing planned, and you have a house full of hungry people. This is one of the reasons why I’m big on meal planning, but this exact scenario happens to… Read more

Tahini, hummus, tahini paste, sesame, Middle Eastern food

August 11, 2015

A Secret High Protein Source

By: Leanne Ely If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern food, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten tahini at least once or twice. An essential ingredient in hummus, tahini is a paste made primarily with ground sesame seeds. In Middle Eastern countries, tahini is a common table ingredient. The flavor of tahini is similar to… Read more