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December 19, 2014

What sweet snack can relieve holiday stress?

By: Leanne Ely   I love seeing sweet little clementines all over the place this time of year. These deep orange little citrus fruits are easy to peel and absolutely delicious. I love eating clementines out of hand, and they’re also wonderfully delicious tossed into a green salad. (I adore foods that come in biodegradable… Read more

turkey salad

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

Christmas decor

December 15, 2014

Forage for free-range holiday decorations

By: Leanne Ely   Today we’re not talking about food. Don’t worry— as we approach the holidays, there’s going to be plenty of food talk. But, there’s more to the holidays than food . . . like the decorations! And I don’t know about you, but factory-made plastic doesn’t really say Christmas to me. Now,… 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

lunch meat

December 8, 2014

Which vitamin can help reduce the toxicity of nitrates?

By: Leanne Ely   I cringe when I hear of schools serving hotdogs for lunch. And those packaged “lunches” you see in the grocery store containing processed cheese, crackers and luncheon meats? Well, don’t even get me started on those. Most of us know that eating a lot of cured meats and hotdogs is not… 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

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November 26, 2014

How to set a proper Thanksgiving table

By: Leanne Ely   Setting a proper dinner table is a simple thing and one that will make you feel like the elegant hostess you are. We’re talking specifically Thanksgiving today, but you can start making dinner an occasion every day. Not just on a holiday. Yes you can even break out the good china… 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