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7 Surprising Reasons To Eat More Soup…

1. Soup Can Be Quick
The secret to super quick soup is to use ingredients that are pre-cooked or will cook in the time it takes to boil the water or stock.

2. Soup Fills You Up With Less Calories
Because soup contains more water than solid foods, it fills us up with less calories. A study at Penn State confirmed that people who ate a chicken and rice soup as opposed to a solid chicken and rice meal ate 26% less.

3. Soup Doesn’t Need Homemade Stock To Taste Amazing
One thing that used to keep me away from soup was the misconception that you needed wonderful home made stock to make full flavored soup. Once I realized that great soup just requires great tasting ingredients, a whole new world of soup opportunities opened up. Continue reading

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7 Simple Healthy Eating Habits

Eating is one of the few things in life we pretty much have control over. It is also something that can have a profound effect on our health and happiness. So what better way to improve yourself than integrating a few new habits.

Here is a short list of things that most people can easily integrate into their everyday lives, which will have a positive effect on their health.

1 – Start the day with a Peppermint Tea. Although it is great to start the day with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in hot water to aid digestion and alkalize the body, I find it can get a bit much day after day – becoming harsh on the digestive system. A more gentle option is Peppermint tea, which will work to soothe and relax the digestive tract. Make sure you find the highest quality of peppermint tea so it will have the highest potency. Continue reading

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50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again

“Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without” is a favorite adage in both frugal and green circles, and it is something I strive to live by. One of the best ways to “use it up” is to think differently about our food and ways to avoid wasting it.

We’ve all had it happen: half the loaf of bread goes stale because no one wants to eat sandwiches today, and the grapes we bought as healthy snacks for the kids’ lunches languish in the crisper. With a little creativity, and an eye toward vanquishing waste in our lives, we can make use of more of our food before it goes to waste. Here are a few ideas for you.

Using Up Vegetables

1. Leftover mashed potatoes from dinner? Make them into patty shapes the next morning and cook them in butter for a pretty good “mock hash brown.”

2. Don’t toss those trimmed ends from onions, carrots, celery, or peppers. Store them in your freezer, and once you have a good amount saved up, add them to a large pot with a few cups of water and make homemade vegetable broth. This is also a great use for cabbage cores and corn cobs. Continue reading

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The Best Thing You Can Eat For Breakfast

Great Reasons To Eat Eggs For Breakfast…
1. Egg keep you feeling full much longer than cereal or toast.

The protein and fat in eggs helps sustain your energy levels, keeping you satisfied for longer and reducing the need for a mid morning snack.

2. Eggs assist weight loss.
This is a follow on benefit from keeping you satiated. Studies have shown that people who eat eggs for breakfast are more likely to lose weight than those who ate bagels.

3. Eggs are a great source of protein.
Whole eggs are one of the most complete sources of protein, meaning eggs contain all the essential amino acids which we must get from our diets.

4. Eggs tend to be relatively inexpensive.
Compared to other high protein foods such as red meat, even free range eggs are more budget friendly. Continue reading

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15 Tips for Buying Organic, Real food on a Budget

Found this great list on how to save $$$ buying real food at Deliciously Organic…

1. Buy in season. This not only ensures you get the biggest bang for your buck, it also means your produce will taste “as it should” – full of flavor and perfectly ripe.
2. Stretch meals with beans and grains.
3. Become a member of a CSA or Co-op. Get a box of fresh, all organic produce for a fraction of what you’d pay at the store. Check Local Harvest for a CSA near you.
4. Utilize pantry staples. Pantry staples reduce the need or urge to order out by ensuring you can whip up a meal with only a few fresh ingredients from the store.
5. Order organic, unprocessed sweeteners from Amazon. They have a program called “Subscribe and Save” that enables you to buy products at a discount and get free shipping. Continue reading

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My New Favorite Natural Sweetener…

Coconut palm sugar has become one of my favorite refined white sugar substitutes. You might also see it referred to as “palm sugar.” Pastry chefs have been using it for ages to make desserts for those sensitive to refined white sugar but coconut palm sugar seems to just be gaining popularity with the masses.

I like to think of it as the healthier brown sugar – it’s similar in taste, though I find it to have more earthy, caramel overtones than brown sugar. The consistency is similar to Sucanant or SunCrystals. I don’t use either but they seem to be more prevalent in mainstream grocery stores.

Why is there coconut palm sugar in my pantry? Continue reading

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Simple Menu Planning with 10 Ingredients

Take 10 ingredients, a few pantry staples and five different 5 ingredients recipes.

Menu. Planning. Done.

Feel free to play around with this to add variety. Any canned beans could be used in place of the white beans. Salmon or sardines would be lovely in place of the tuna. Even smoked mussels or oysters would work. And the beef could be replaced with lamb, bison or chicken. Endless possibilities…if your budget allow buy organic and grass fed meat…
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100 Nutritious Brown Bag Lunch Ideas for Both Kids & Grownups

Most people already know that bringing their lunches can be a lot healthier and more nutritious than going out to eat every day, but doing so isn’t enough to make sure you’re eating right. You also need to make sure that what you’re bringing in those brown bags and lunch boxes is good for you. This part of the equation doesn’t have to be complicated, however, and can be pretty delicious, too. If you’re struggling to figure out what to bring along with you for lunch, whether you’re headed to work or school, check out some recipes that are both nutritious and tasty. Many of which are kid-friendly, too!


These sandwiches go above and beyond the standard PB and J in terms of nutrition and taste. Continue reading

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Improve Your Sex Life With A Healthy Brain

Part of a healthy lifestyle is a great sex life…read this great article from Change Your Thoughts website to learn how food also plays a role…

Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions. ~Woody Allen

Contrary to what you might believe, the brain is the largest and most sensitive organ in the body. (Sorry guys!) Keeping your brain fit and healthy has a far greater impact on your sex life than keeping your body fit and healthy (although that’s pretty important too).

If you want to have a great sex life, you need to pay attention to the way your brain works, the differences in the male and female brain, and the sexual power of the brain in between physical encounters.

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Chop, Fry, Boil: Eating for One or 6 Billion

“Revolutionary” diet books flood the market this time of year, promising a life changed permanently and for the better — yes, in just 10 to 30 days! — but, as everyone knows, the key to eating better begins with a diet of real food.

The problem is, real food is cooked by real people — you! — and real people are cooking less than ever before.

We know why people don’t cook, or at least we think we do: they’re busy; they find “convenience” and restaurant foods more accessible than foods they cook themselves; they (incorrectly) believe that ready-to-eat foods are less expensive than those they cook themselves; they live in so-called food deserts and lack access to real food; and they were never taught to cook by their parents, making the trend self-perpetuating.

Yet Americans watch 35 hours of television a week, according to a Nielsen survey. (Increasing amounts of that time are spent watching other people cook). And although there certainly are urban and rural pockets where people have little access to fresh food, about 90 percent of American households own cars, and anyone who can drive to McDonald’s can drive to a supermarket.

But perhaps most important, a cooking repertoire of three basic recipes can get anyone into the kitchen and beyond the realm of takeout food, microwaved popcorn and bologna sandwiches in a few days. Continue reading

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