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Suzie Blackman

Suzie Blackman was born and raised in Bethesda, MD and recently moved to Winston-Salem, NC. Suzie is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and is a lover of all things health and wellness related. Growing up an athlete and dancer, Suzie has always been mind body oriented, but more recently she has seen the impact that a mindfulness practice has had on every aspect of her life. Suzie is especially passionate about food and nutrition because she views food as 'our most ancient form of medicine'. She hopes to evoke a sense of passion in you too, guiding you to think more about/question not only your food choices, but about how it is that you approach eating. What we put in, is what we get out. Let's treat ourselves compassionately, and with balance in mind.

Best Spiralizer: Veggetti vs Paderno vs Kitchen Supreme

Spiralizer Reviews: Veggetti vs Paderno vs Kitchen Supreme

While I wasn’t one to indulge in pasta often, it is an easy go-to meal for most Americans, and one that often times displaces most of our plate space for brightly colored veggies. Imagine, then, that you could still enjoy your Italian grandmother’s spicy arrabbiata recipe but this time, you would be fulfilling – heck, even surpassing – your daily quotient of veggies in just one sitting, because you got #inspiralized and made zucchini/butternut squash/parsnip/sweet potato/zoodles?! I continue to become #inspiralized by this fun, easy way to create innovative stir fry’s, salads, and vegetable noodles as well as julienned vegetables (and fruits!). Read on to read my Veggetti reviews alongside my fave and other popular vegetable spiralizers and slicers so you can find which will consistently serve you best…

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A Healthy Debate: Juicing vs Blending

A Healthy Debate: Juicing vs Blending

On average, Americans tend to consume about two thirds less fruits and vegetables every day than is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of course, the caloric intake and the amount of each food group tends to vary person to person, based on weight, height, sex, and most of all, activity level. But, there is no denying that fruits and vegetables should be the main source of nutrition on our plates. But which is better in the battle of juicing vs blending?

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Best Blenders for Smoothies: Ninja vs Vitamix

Two blenders side by side

Great smoothies are something I live for! Making them at home can be easy with right blender. There are so many blenders on the market, but the best blenders for smoothies are definitely ones in either the Ninja or the Vitamix family. Read our reviews of these wonderful products and get started making awesome smoothies today…

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Chia Seeds Recipes

Chia Seeds in bowl with fruit

If you ask me, chia seeds don’t really have a taste, but some might describe them as slightly nutty. Either way, they are an easy add in to smoothies or morning oat topper. They can even be used as an egg substitute or, drum roll please… can make the most delicious and satiating breakfast, snack or dessert all on their own. And, without further ado, here are two of my favorite chia seeds recipes for you to try out…

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Gluten Free Brownie Recipe with Black Beans. Surprise!

Gluten Free Brownie Recipe

This gluten-free brownie recipe is quite simple with only 6 natural ingredients, and can be made with only ten minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of bake time. They will have a still-warm delicious taste after cooling for 5-10 minutes. Oh, to boot, one of these muffins has only about 159 calories (but who is counting these days anyhow?) and a whopping 4.2 grams of protein. A dessert with protein (in a non-dairy form), magnesium, iron, and antioxidant rich for fewer than 200 calories? Plus a source of healthy fat to restore what I need for proper muscle recovery and future workouts?

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Gluten Free Diet Benefits for your Gut and your Mind

Gluten Free Diet Benefits for

Have you ever stopped to notice how you might feel after eating a piece of birthday cake? A sandwich? A bowl of pasta? Pizza? Most of us don’t always take our time to mindfully ingest our food, and to notice how we feel while we are consuming it and also after we are finished. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to eating a piece of birthday cake, a giant chocolate chip cookie, a few slices of pizza, or a bowl of pasta, I tend to feel rather heavy and lethargic. Sometimes I even find I need to stop whatever social situation I am in, instantly, and lay down to take a nap, only to wake up with a somewhat unsettled stomach. There have even been a few times when I discovered that my skin started to take on less clarity and more blemishes. But, first things first: what is gluten, anyway?

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