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Chicken Sausage Kale Soup FI

Chicken Sausage and Kale Soup Recipe

There are still a few weeks left in Winter, and while I may be experiencing a warmer-than-normal winter in sunny San Diego, many areas in the country are experiencing some of the coldest times all winter. This recipe from my Low G.I. Slow Cooker cookbook will help to warm you from the inside out, and is a piece of cake to throw in the slow cooker.

Among the easiest dishes to prepare in the slow cooker, soups can be made in large batches for a party that lasts throughout the week or freeze for future use. Here’s one of my meaty soups to suit your cravings, packed with whole foods full of nutrients and flavor. This soup recipe is perfect for starting in the slow cooker right before you run errands or leave for work.

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Blueberry smoothie (FI)

Treat Yourself to a Breakfast Boost With This Berry Banana Green Smoothie

Smoothies are a quick, easy, and delicious way to fit extra servings of fruits and vegetables into your day, and they’re great for on-the-go meals and snacks. This is one of my favorite springtime smoothies, because you can get perfect produce this time of year that packs in antioxidants from the berries, vitamins from the spinach, minerals from the banana, and healthy fat from the almond butter. Not only will you feel fuller longer with the healthy fat, but it helps your body absorb and digest minerals from the veggies, making this smoothie a great way to start your day out right!

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Healthy & Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Recipes

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. Colder months lend to warm comfort foods that are familiar and decadent. Luckily the holidays don’t have to mean weight gain. Focus on a healthy balance of food, activity, and fun. By implementing a few simple changes in your recipes, foods that you love can become very healthy for you and your family.

I have included some of my personal favorite Thanksgiving and holiday recipes from our Low G.I. (Glycemic Index) Slow Cooker Book that are gluten free, low in sugar and embrace holiday favorites. Best of all, these recipes are designed for the slow cooker, which means you can set it and forget it! I personally love recipes that are healthy and easy to make. If you want to get healthy and lose weight, while also lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease, the recipes in this book are perfect for you. Check it out here.

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Mint Strawberry Water Infusion

Top 5 Tools for Healthy Summer Water Infusions

I started making water infusions five years ago when I came back from an incredible spa experience in Hawaii and had a tropical water infusion that knocked my socks off! I was sold.  I didn’t know that water could taste so good.  I have always liked water, but let’s be honest; water is water!  It lacks flavor.  Over the years I became pretty creative with my infusions and loved that fact that they were super easy to make!

Last year, I took my water infusion game to the next level when my publisher reached out and asked if we wanted to write a book on detoxifying water infusions.  I loved the idea of researching the benefits of water with different healthy ingredients.  I also loved the opportunity to experiment with lots of different seasonal fruits, herbs, vegetables and essential oils.  Not all of our experiments were winners, but we were able to narrow down to a list of 75 amazing recipes.  Read about the book.

In my research I found that 70% of Americans are dehydrated and that chronic dehydration can lead to cellular dysfunction and eventually to things like brain fog, weight gain, mood issues and inflammation.  YIKES!  Luckily, this is easy to solve.  We just need to drink more infused water and have fun with it!

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Shopping Healthy Starts in the Produce Section

Top 5 Rules for How to Shop Healthy

Template, Women's WellnessThe key to eating healthy starts with the source of your food, but navigating the grocery store can be challenging with so many competing options and every label claiming to have less fat, more protein, whole grains, etc. My goal is to help you keep things as simple as possible. If you’re going to the grocery store instead of eating out, where you don’t have complete control over what’s in your food, then you’re taking the most important first step. I want to help ensure that you are making the most beneficial choices for your body, and getting the most nutrient-dense bang for your buck! These are my top 5 simple tips for how to shop healthy:

1 – Shop around the perimeter of the store

This is not a new rule on the list of how to shop.  However, I feel it is the most important of all the tips.  It is the easiest rule to remember, and it won’t steer you wrong as you begin to learn how to shop healthier.  The perimeter houses the produce and whole foods.  The center aisles house approximately 20,000 processed canned, frozen and boxed items that shouldn’t be considered Real Food.  Stick to foods that have five or fewer ingredients.

2 – Create a weekly menu, make a shopping list, and stick to your list!

It’s easy to buy foods you don’t need, especially when you shop on an empty stomach.  By planning a week’s meals ahead of time and creating a shopping list, you will determine exactly what you need for the week. Having a list makes it easy to stick to what you need and cut down on those extra “hidden” things you wish you didn’t buy.  Just remember to stick to your list; don’t deviate!  If you are looking for new healthy, simple recipes, you can find them in our DASH Diet Cookbook.

3 – Head to the Farmers Market

Luckily there are farmers markets popping up all over the country as more people are discovering the value in buying fresh, sustainable and local produce.  A lot of times the produce is a lot cheaper than in the grocery store depending on where you live in the country and many of these farmers use organic growing methods, but just don’t have the money to get certified as organic.  We highly recommend visiting your farmers market and getting to know your local farmers.  You will find great deals on real food, especially if you visit the market towards the end of the day.

4 – Spend your money more wisely

Focus on more whole foods and less junk food.  Although junk food cost less in some instances, you are getting less nutrients and no value.  Sit down with your shopping receipts and take inventory of what you spent money on.  Calculate how much you spend on processed junk food that has absolutely NO nutrient value such as soda, hotdogs, potato chips, etc.  How much do you spend compared to nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, etc? If you think eating healthy is expensive, try validating purchases of food that don’t do anything for your body! Rollin’ in greens! Getting the most nutrition for my buck at the Oakland Farmer’s Market!

5 – Be Label-Savvy

Read the ingredient and nutrition labels on all food packages with a label.  Clearly, your carrots and grapes don’t have a label.  Avoid packaged food that contains more than five ingredients, or has words that you can’t pronounce.  Lastly, avoid foods that make health claims. Many fake foods try to entice you with bogus health claims like low fat and sugar-free. Look at the ingredients carefully.  A cereal might advertise one third less sugar, but that does not tell you how many grams of sugar are still in a serving.  It also may not tell you if they substituted the real thing with a processed, fake substitute. Your body doesn’t digest fake food very well and those fake ingredients can lead to weight gain and chronic disease over time.
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