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Month: March 2017

What makes a meal

What makes a meal

We are all striving to feel better, do better, be better, live better.  We each in our own ways have our priorities and goals aligned, and slowly but surely we are getting there.  For so many, eating better is a work in progress.  And we are so fortunate to have such amazing information at our fingertips.  The internet, facebook, pinterest…  we can find all sorts of recipes and inspirations. But sometimes these inspirational posts and videos can also work against…

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Everything Ahi Tuna…cabbage, and curry mayo too!

Everything Ahi Tuna…cabbage, and curry mayo too!

Today we had dinner for lunch.  One of those days- on the go, stuff to do, won’t be home later.  You know those days?  Yeah. So for lunch, … Seared Ahi Tuna covered in an “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning, served with roasted cabbage and curry mayonnaise. This time of year cabbage is in abundance, and though it’s usually passed over for other more glamorous vegetables, it’s actually a stand out food all on its own!  Cabbage is a great source…

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Eating Real Food: Desserts and Sweets

Eating Real Food: Desserts and Sweets

  The sweet tooth.  That’s the one that gets us after a meal, or late at night, right?  It calls to us and nags and nags.  Well, good news- there are so many real foods that can answer that sweet tooth of ours! After years of eliminating sugar, I still look for sweets from time to time.  I usually indulge in frozen blueberries or raspberries.  Put some in a bowl and let sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.  Sprinkle…

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When you lose your motivation…

When you lose your motivation…

Staying motivated can often become the true challenge.  We hear people talk about willpower, and to some degree, yes, willpower helps.  But it doesn’t boil down to just willpower.  Willpower implies just using strength to barrel through.  We can envision ourselves gritting our teeth and visibly (and uncomfortably, maybe even painfully!) struggling.  And of course the opposite implication exists, too.  If our willpower fails to get us through, then we must not be strong enough.  We must be weak. It’s…

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12 Times Makes a Habit

12 Times Makes a Habit

Have you ever heard this phrase?  Someone told me this years ago, and I have forever cemented it in to my brain.  There’s no scientific basis for this, and it may very likely have no foundation whatsoever!  But every time I start something new, every time I struggle to make it happen, I remind myself “12 times makes a habit.”  It is a reminder to myself that it takes time to learn something new.  It’s a reminder to be gentle…

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Real Food- Chips Edition!

Real Food- Chips Edition!

Chips.  Salty, crunchy, and satisfyingly good.  It’s that perfect combination of texture, flavor, and of course, the fact that they serve as a great vehicle for dips and salsas!  I love my chips, and growing up, chips and salsa were served every night while dinner was being prepared.  Now, as an adult, sometimes chips and salsa are served for dinner.  (I feel the salsa meets the dinner requirements, really.  It is composed of vegetables, after all- right?) But these chips…

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Healthy Oils and How to Use Them

Healthy Oils and How to Use Them

Oils and fats are a hot topic these days, and a confusing one at that!  How do you know which oil is better, and how should you be using it?  Well I am going to tell you my favorite picks. First, a little science behind it to enlighten us for future purchases.  Fat chains are fat molecules connected together.  Some fat chains are long and thin, and as a result, delicate.   Others are short and bunched together solidly.  Those…

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Pork Roll in a Bowl with Hot Green Pepper Drizzle

Pork Roll in a Bowl with Hot Green Pepper Drizzle

For a while now I have been seeing Pork Roll in a Bowl recipes floating around the internet.  With cabbage in season, I decided it was time to give it a try.  We’re not big cabbage eaters, except for the occasional sauerkraut kicks we go on.  But seeing it in the stores had it on my mind. This recipe is surprisingly easy and amazingly satisfying.  Someone in my household might have declared it her new birthday meal.  Which is months…

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Spinach and Red Pepper Quiche with Spaghetti Squash Crust

Spinach and Red Pepper Quiche with Spaghetti Squash Crust

Spaghetti squash is such a versatile squash and in this household we eat it quite often.  Often we just cook it and use it as a noodle substitute, but this time I wanted to try something new and different.  Someone told me recently that it works well in baking recipes, substituting the squash in place of flour.  Intrigued, I immediately searched for recipes. A spaghetti squash crust?  That sounded great!  I see a lot of potential for this because depending…

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Eating well…

Eating well…

In talking with a friend about the Eat Real Food Challenge, he brought up an important note,  one I found worth sharing.  He told me he had finally decided what his challenge would be.  He decided he would not be eliminating anything from his diet because he ate pretty well already, but he would be adding something instead.  He challenged himself to eat more fresh fruit every day.  And that’s when it hit me!  We need to change our perspective…

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