The Ultimate Healthy Bread Recipe Round-Up


  Let’s start with a disclaimer. Paleo and low-carb friends: this post is NOT for you. It’s a celebration of bread in all its glorious forms. Biscuits, muffins and scones…..oh my! Humans have had a love affair with bread for thousands of years. According to The History Channel – it’s the most widely consumed food [...]

Quick and Easy Dinners for Hectic Schedules

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  Between the kid’s band practice, dog walking, a library run, and your 5 p.m. Zumba class, you might be tempted to hit the drive-thru for the family dinner. That doesn’t have to be the case. We’re here to tell you that you can put together a (somewhat) home-cooked quick, easy and healthy meal in [...]

Video: How to Make Cauliflower Rice


    If you follow a paleo or low-carb diet, you have probably already heard of cauliflower rice. Even if you do not follow any particular eating plan, you probably still have a Pinterest board full of recipes calling for or based around cauliflower rice. Maybe you have even bought cauliflower with every intention of finally [...]

Printable Kid’s Lunchbox Meal Ideas


  Every September, millions of parents around the world are lured into buying overly sweetened, overly processed and overly unhealthy grocery store merchandise (you can’t even call this stuff food, so I won’t) in an attempt to fill up their kids’ lunch-boxes (and bellies).  Sometimes as parents, we cave in to our kids’ demands; other times, we fall [...]

Cozy and Warm Drinks for Fall

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  Photo credit:,,,,   It’s that time of year when the temperatures drop and the leaves start to turn. We put away our shorts and flip-flops and exchange them for boots and jeans! It’s the season of pumpkin patches, apple orchards, hayrides and trick or treat. The flavors of Fall [...]

After-School Snack Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Bites


    Getting kids (or picky husbands) to eat their veggies can sometimes be a challenge, but I think we all have a veggie helper. Mine is cheese. I put ‘dat cheese on everything! With just a few simple ingredients, including your cheese of choice, you can have hot and ready broccoli cheese bites for [...]

5 Tips for Healthy Snacking


sponsored by Detour Bar   A bite here, a nibble there… snack grazing throughout the day may seem fairly innocent, but all those nibbles and bites can add up. In fact, the snacks you eat probably account for 25% (or more!) of your daily calorie consumption— an average of about 580 calories a day, research [...]

After-School Snack Recipe: PB Cherry Granola Apple Sandwiches


  Let’s face it: when back-to-school time hits, most parents are so busy trying to juggle everything, they don’t have a ton of time to spend on making healthy after-school snacks for the kids. While a bag of pretzels or package of fruit snacks may be easy solutions, feeding the kiddos something more nourishing to power them through [...]

After-School Snack Recipe: Peanut Butter Raisin Granola Bars


  Most moms can agree that life gets a little crazy when kids start school. From getting them to class on time to running them around to play dates and extracurricular activities, we are in constant go mode. Not to mention the normal day to day tasks of cleaning the house, paying bills, laundry and [...]

After-School Snack Recipe: Mini Spinach Frittatas


  Bake these Mini Spinach Frittatas in advance for an easy protein-packed after-school snack to enjoy throughout the week.      Not only are these Mini Spinach Frittatas the perfect after-school snack for the kiddos, they’re also wonderful pre or post-workout fuel. Feel free to customize the frittatas and make them your own by substituting [...]

22 Delicious Chili Recipes


  Good thing I’ve got 2 crock-pots in my house because I can’t decide which chili recipe I want to make next week! Chili is my all-time favorite fall meal. I’ll break down exactly why it tops my recipe charts: Chili packs in the fiber and protein from beans and lean meat. It’s dietarily versatile, meaning [...]

3 Biggest Fat Loss Myths


  Does eating smaller meals more often speed up metabolism? Jeremy Scott discusses 3 fat loss myths.     The fitness industry is a crazy, fun, amazing world filled with tons and tons of great information. Unfortunately, this also brings about a lot of myths and lies that are created to sell you on a [...]

The Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Recipe Round-Up


  Too soon for pumpkin? I think not! My Pinterest feed is already flooding with delicious fall flavors and pumpkin is one of the highlighting flavors. Not only do I love pumpkin flavor, but also the health benefits that come with it! Pumpkin is… loaded with beta-carotene high in fiber and protein low calorie and [...]

POLL: Tell us how you REALLY feel about the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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    It’s the Friday before Labor Day: we’re headed into the last official weekend of summer! We know that for many in our community, nothing says fall like the release of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove= a hard to resist hot coffee treat on a cool autumn morning. But while [...]


The XL Factor

  LEUCINE MATTERS: The xL-Factor   Muscle is a metabolically expensive tissue; in fact, in The G.A.I.N. Plan I often refer to muscle as “metabolic currency.” Pound for pound muscle tissue is 3x more metabolically active than fat at rest. With activity, this metabolism increases greatly. Nature is always trying to conserve energy, so if [...]

Healthy Back-To-School Recipe Ideas

Healthy Back-To-School Recipe Ideas

  Can you believe it is already the last week of August? Summer is wrapping up and kids are going back to school. Even though I am personally not going back to school, I’m still feeling the first day of school vibes! Pinterest is starting to flood with crock-pot recipes and fall flavors are all over the [...]

31 Healthy Recipes for Fish and Seafood Lovers


  Photo credits: Fit Foodie Finds, Strength and Sunshine, Purely Twins, Nosh and Nourish   I’m especially excited to share this delicious recipe roundup with you guys. Seafood is a favorite of mine! These photos look completely irresistible, don’t they? Many seafood options have health benefits that make them excellent choices for your diet. The American [...]

5 Tips for Healthy Eating On-The-Go

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   sponsored by Subway   1. Mind over matter.  When you’re traveling, or just navigating through your daily to-do list of responsibilities, you’re encountering stress. Many of us ‘stress eaters’ turn to food in times like these. Chances are, the choices of a stress-eater will not be ideal for your health. When you feel your blood [...]