The sweet potato . . . how sweet it is!

By: Leanne Ely   Anyone who looks at a sweet potato and sees a funny looking regular old potato has a lot to learn about this nutritional powerhouse that tastes like dessert! Sweet potatoes are amazing tubers that provide us with a tremendous amount of nutrition. And they really are delicious, to boot! Most of […]

Poolside snacks for the kids

By: Leanne Ely You get the towels ready, the sunscreen applied, and settle down to enjoy a few minutes of sun while the kids play in the pool only to hear, seconds later, the familiar refrain, “Can I have a snack?” Swimming seems to make children hungrier than anything else, and you can be almost […]

Diet-friendly snack ideas and restaurant tips

By: Leanne Ely   If you’re traveling or vacationing, as many people are this time of year, there are easy ways to “stay on plan” without feeling deprived. Nature has provided us with plenty of healthy grab-and-go options, though we seem programmed to think that suitable food for traveling involves a plastic wrapper! Here are […]

The Pineapple of my eye

Healthy-Foods The Pineapple of my eye By: Leanne Ely Pineapples were first discovered on a Caribbean island (which we know now as Guadalupe). Imagine the surprise and delight of Columbus and his friends when they first opened up one of those prickly brown fruits and tasted the sweet juicy goodness inside. As we all know, […]

40 healthy snacks for kids

Food For Thought 40 healthy snacks for kids By: Leanne Ely I can’t tell you how much I detest those 100-calorie snack packs you find in grocery stores nowadays. Those packages are full of highly processed foods—heavy on sugar and chemicals. I know you would rather feed your child something nutritious, so I’m going to […]

Lions and tigers and . . . pears? Oh my!

Healthy Foods Lions and tigers and . . . pears? Oh my! By: Leanne Ely Pears are a wonderful food to add to your fruit repertoire. A perfectly ripe pear is heavenly. So juicy and sweet. Yum! I enjoy pears occasionally in my daily juicing regime . . . I toss them into soups . […]

Eat Brazil nuts . . . but not too many!

Eat Brazil nuts . . . but not too many!

Brazil nuts grow on trees in many parts of the Amazon, not just in Brazil as the name of this nut might suggest. Brazil nuts are much larger than hazelnuts and almonds, and they are chock full of nutrients. In fact, a one-ounce serving of Brazil nuts provides 4% of your daily recommended dose of […]

A healthy sweet snack . . . go fig-ure!

Tricks, Tips and a Recipe A healthy sweet snack . . . go fig-ure! 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? Don’t forget tomorrow is the radio show, Saving […]

The Paleo diet and your kids

Dinner Diva The Paleo diet and your kids By: Leanne Ely I feel SO amazing since transitioning to a paleolithic way of eating. I feel even better than I did when I was a teenager. Honestly, I wish I knew more about about the benefits of avoiding grains, dairy, gluten and legumes back when my […]

Healthy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love

Healthy Foods Healthy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love by Leanne Ely, CNC Trick or treat? Candy may be the norm when the kids come to your door on Halloween, but it’s definitely a trick. Candy’s trick will demote your health and your energy and keep you wanting more and more. It’s the sugar, it’s addicting […]