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A variety of raw vegetables fresh from the garden.

May 29, 2015

How to properly wash fruits and vegetables

By: Leanne Ely Unless you have grown a fruit or vegetable yourself, in your own organic veggie patch, I would hope that you’re giving your produce a good thorough wash before eating it. There are a couple of good reasons why you should be washing your fruits and vegetables- even organic produce. First of all,… Read more

Summertime backyard barbecue cookout.

May 25, 2015

4 tips to surviving the family BBQ

By: Leanne Ely   So, you’ve adopted a new lifestyle and you feel amazing. And now you get the big invite to the family BBQ/potluck/party/etc and you know what that means! You start fretting over what you’ll be able to eat and what people will have to say about you avoiding the hotdogs, “salads” and… Read more

Three assorted protein cocktails isolated on white background.

May 15, 2015

Breakfast in a glass (+ my favorite smoothie recipe)

By: Leanne Ely   I have been a huge fan of smoothies for years—they’re one of my favorite things. Smoothies are part of my daily life, as are fresh juices; however, unlike juices, a smoothie can be a complete meal in a glass. And absolutely perfect for summer. With a smoothie, you have your healthy… Read more

Blueberries in a bowl on a wooden table.

May 12, 2015

This little super food is in season now (plus a recipe)!

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: BLUEBERRIES One of the most nutritious berries on the block is in season right now! Yes, it’s… Read more

Vegetables, steak and other meat on a BBQ

May 1, 2015

4 Tips For Grilling Season

By: Leanne Ely   Memorial Day will be here before we know it, and it’s time to get that grill in tip-top shape for barbecue season! There’s nothing worse than getting all the grub ready for grilling, only to discover that you’re out of propane, the barbecue won’t light, or, when it does light, it… Read more

kelp noodles

April 27, 2015

3 reasons you should try kelp noodles

By: Leanne Ely   Seaweed contains more minerals and vitamins (ounce for ounce) than any other plant. All of the 56 minerals and vitamins you need to survive can be gotten from seaweed. Kelp is one of the more popular varieties of sea vegetable and like other ocean plants, it contains fiber and cancer fighting… Read more

Gelatin in a bowl and wooden spoon isolated on white background close-up

April 17, 2015

Did you know gelatin is good for you?

By: Leanne Ely   You know those jellied salads your mother and grandmothers used to put on the potluck table? As it turns out, the gelatin that makes those molded salads stand up like they do is extremely healthy for us. Well, without all the sugar that Great Aunt Martha used to add in there… Read more

7 foods to lower inflammation in your body

April 3, 2015

My 7 Favorite Anti-Inflammatory Foods

By: Leanne Ely   While getting regular exercise and reducing the amount of stress in your life are key components to reducing the inflammation in your body, we can also add certain anti-inflammatory foods to our diet, (all the while cutting out sugar and processed food), to optimize our health. The following seven foods are… Read more

Fresh mango isolated against a white background

March 10, 2015

What common herb works for smoothies and tea?

By: Leanne Ely   Fresh mint is a common sight in the summertime and today you’re going to get a tip, a trick and a recipe featuring this pretty little leaf! I have mint growing in my garden and let me tell you, when you plant mint, you have mint for life! Really. Mint can… Read more

Strawberry

February 6, 2015

Sweet eats: Strawberries

By: Leanne Ely   Strawberries are one of the most popular berries on the block. Equally delicious eaten right out of hand or tossed into a salad, strawberries are quite versatile fruits. These sweet, red heart-shaped fruits are not only scrumptious, they are also packed with nutrition (as most berries are). One cup of strawberries… Read more