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Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas are delicious, nutritious and easy to make. They are fantastic to use as a substitute for croutons on a salad or a crunchy snack. Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans are a great source of protein, fiber, manganese, folate and dietary iron. Munch away! Roasted Chickpeas Craving a crunch snack? Looking for a healthy alternative to chips? These roasted chickpeas hit the spot! You can use canned chickpeas or purchase dry chickpeas and cook them to package directions. Some of my favorite seasonings to use include: Roasted Garlic (Penzy’s) & Salt Salt & Pepper and a dash of …

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan

This delicious, healthy eggplant Parmesan convinced three picky eaters to start trying new vegetables! This is how it happened. One evening, I made a half recipe for Jeremy & I and we cooked the girls hamburgers. As they came to the table they began exclaiming how delicious our eggplant looked. We offered them a bite and the eggplant quickly disappeared. After they finished eating, they asked “What is that stuff anyhow?”. They could hardly believe it was a vegetable. Our motto “Vegetables should taste delicious”! Baked Eggplant Parmesan This healthy baked eggplant Parmesan recipe is just as good as the traditional stuff. …

The “No Excuses” Workout

  Short on time? Traveling? Need a quick ‘pick-me-up’ in the middle of your day. Here’s my go-to workout for these situations. Turn on your favorite music and warm yourself up. Then get started. Each circuit takes about 5 minutes. For a 10 minute workout: Repeat 2 times For a 20 minute workout: Repeat 4 times For a 30 minute workout: Repeat 6 times Comment when you finish and let us know what you think and what kind of workouts you’d like to see in the future!

Seriously? That’s what’s in my water?

Is our tap water safe to drink? Is well water safe to drink? This is the question I asked myself as I sat down to research this topic which seemed to be creeping into conversations I’ve had with my health-coach peers. Many have installed water filtration systems and I knew they had to have good reason for it. The Flint water crisis had brought even more concerns to the front of my mind. What is in the water our family is drinking every day? First–I’m shocked at what we’ve had to do to kill waterborne disease in our water supply. …

Is Microwaving My Food Dangerous? 6 Tips for The Microwave

Perhaps one of the more controversial topics of our time: The Microwave I’m sure you’ve see the headlines warning against the extremely convenient tool we all have in our kitchens–the microwave. The claim? Microwaving removes the nutrients from our food and is generally harmful to your health. Some sources present convincing evidence that microwaving does reduce food’s nutritional value. Other sources indicate that microwaving foods such as vegetables actually retains nutrients (especially vitamin C) better than steaming. Instead of diving into the controversy, I’m going  to provide you with tips to minimize your microwave use and to microwave safely.   …

Why Your Struggle Matters

  I was putting away laundry tonight and I had two epiphanies. Have you ever heard that it is harder parenting girls as they age. Maybe you’ve heard the opposite about boys. My epiphany was this: that is a load of crap.   It’s not that kids don’t get more challenging to parent as they age, but I was lying to myself that it is hard. Learning a new language is hard, parenting is challenging. Things that are challenging I absolutely want to do because they create struggle. That struggle is where you find yourself learning and growing. That struggle …

5 Reasons Regular Exercise is SUCH a Hard Habit To Build

  Imagine with me for a moment. Pretend that I am your very best friend. I’ve just told you that I have an amazing and easy task that will totally transform your life in just 20-30 minutes per day. For this really small time investment, I could experience these benefits: A fantastic mood Increased energy Increased mental sharpness (good-bye brain fog!) Live a longer life Feel young & strong Improved mobility as you age (No canes/walkers for me please!) A stronger immune system Lowered risk of heart disease Lowered blood pressure Reduced risk of many cancers Lower risk of poor bone …

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Easy Beef Stir Fry

Stir fry is one of our favorite things to make together as a family. Happy Cooking! Easy Beef Stir Fry 0 from 0 votes Print Pin Rate Course: Kid-Friendly, Main Dish Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Servings: 8 Servings Ingredients2 heads broccoli (cut into evenly sized pieces)2 lbs asparagus (cut into thirds)12 oz flat iron steak (cut into thin pieces, cutting against the grain)1 tbs sesame oil1 tbs grapeseed oil1 tbs black bean sauce InstructionsCut your broccoli & Asparagus into uniform sized pieces for even cooking. If your asparagus has fat stems, cut them …

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Keto Cranberry Sauce Recipe

I’m very excited to share my recipe for Keto Cranberry Sauce! As we approached the holidays, my husband asked if I could create a keto cranberry sauce recipe! One that wouldn’t leave him missing out on one of his favorite holiday dishes. So, I started experimenting. Inspired to create an end result with full flavor, I played around with some ‘secret ingredients’ until I got the flavors just right. This Keto Cranberry Sauce is utter cranberry perfection. Just a little bit goes a long way. Did you know that cranberries only have 4 grams of sugar in 1 cup of …

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Easy Roasted Potatoes

Did you say POTATOES??? My mother­-in­-law is a HUGE fan of potatoes and so are we. These versatile starchy veggie can be eaten in many ways. This is our family’s favorite way to quickly have crunchy potatoes in the oven or on the grill. You can use Fingerling (the small skinny potatoes pictured) or baby potatoes for this recipe. You can also cut up regular potatoes into small pieces and use those. This recipe is very flexible. Easy Roasted Fingerling Potatoes 0 from 0 votes Print Pin Rate Cuisine: Traditional Recipes Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Servings: 5 People Author: …