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Food is one of those things that make life more enjoyable. Exploring new flavors and trying new techniques is a fun way to experience life.

NatureBox Reviews: The Best Healthy Snacks at Your Doorstep?

3 bags of naturebox snacks: NatureBox Reviews

Are you into healthy snacks but tired of your local grocer's options? Why not consider getting a healthy snack box delivered right to your home on a regular basis? NatureBox is the most popular — and in our assessment — the best healthy snack box subscription service you can find on the market. Read our NatureBox reviews to see why they rank number one in our book...

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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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Graze Reviews: Good Enough to Justify the Monthly Cost?

Graze Box: Graze Reviews

Tired of going to the grocery store looking for healthy snacks and coming up empty handed? Do you want to buy healthy organic snacks but your local grocery store doesn't offer variety? Our Graze review gives you an overview of one of the most popular healthy snack boxes available today. If you struggle with portion control, these snack boxes can help you tremendously. Read our Graze box review to learn more about this healthy snack box delivery option...

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UrthBox Reviews: Be A Conscious Snacker

UrthBox Reviews

Want to discover new healthy snacks, beverages and more? UrthBox is a healthy snack box subscription sent to you once a month. They offer various sizes and give discounts if you pay for 3 or 6 months at a time. If you have specific dietary needs you can specify them when choosing your box. Learn more about this healthy snack box in our UrthBox Review...

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Easy Almond Milk Recipe

Jar of homemade almond milk

So I have a lactose intolerance issue and have been drinking soy milk for close to 15 years in place of cow's milk. I recently learned from my doctor that ingesting soy for an extended time period and every day (like I was) could lead to larger health issues, including cancer and other bad things. So in my quest to figure out the best option from both a health and financial perspective, I discovered how easy and affordable it is to make your own almond milk! And with commercial Almond Milk manufacturers now in class action suits about how few almonds yet how many chemicals are in their products, I am further encouraged to make my own. So rather than keeping this as my little secret, I thought I would share this how to make your own almond milk recipe with you...

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The Dirty Dozen: What to Buy Organic and What Not

Guide to Eating Clean

I’ve been working on cleaner eating for a while, but because we were still eating out more often than I care to admit, I hadn’t really worked hard to include organics in our budget. I bought organic when the prices weren’t that different (like with carrots), but I, honestly, sort of chose to ignore the dangers lurking on the regular produce shelves. Recently, I started hearing about grapes from a few friends. It’s sort of a no brainer than any fruit or veggie that you eat the skin of is probably best in the organic variety. Twice over the last month, I heard that because grapes skins are so thin, the pesticides can seep all the way through the grape. This is scary since I know pesticides have been linked to many different conditions and even cancer. That’s definitely not ideal...

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Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits: Your Hormones Will Thank You

Cup of raspberry tea: Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits

Red raspberry leaf tea, not to be confused with raspberry flavored tea, has long been used for women’s health. In my doula practice, I definitely see a lot of use and get a lot of questions about Red Raspberry leaf tea. I am no doctor, so I always tell clients to check with their doctor before use, but having used it myself and based on all of my research, I do sing its praises. It’s not simply a flavored tea, but it is made from the leaves of the raspberry bush and offers many benefits; however, it is not just for women. The health benefits extend to everyone. It is also quite tasty and can be prepared as iced or hot tea...

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Recipe: Low Sugar But Good Protein Shake

Glas of smoothie at the beach

As a vegetarian, I sometimes find it difficult to get enough protein into my diet. On average I was getting around 20 grams of protein per day by eating what I thought were high protein foods: mostly beans, lentils and nuts. I went to see a nutritionist and she said, "Girl, you are protein starved!" Everything else in my diet was great. I eat mostly whole, organic foods. I have been vegetarian for about five years now and have been a bit more tired than normal of late. So, the nutritionist asked me to keep a food diary for two weeks and her recommendation was to eat more protein. She also shared that it takes about a cup of beans to equal the protein in 1 ounce of meat!! Who knew?!? So unless I plan to eat 4-6 cups of beans each day, I need to look at some other sources for protein in my diet...

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Benefits of Tea

Iced tea in sun

Before there were over the counter medications or prescription drugs, there were illnesses that had to be treated. While people knew of herbs that could soothe an ache or cure an illness, they had very limited means of ingestion. They might have been able to eat the plant raw or put it in food, but if the plant could be dried and saved, it could be used during times when the live plant as unavailable and when there wasn’t a meal to eat it with. The concept of making a tea from an herb was most likely developed as a means of medicinal convenience that later became a social ritual. Let us explore the benefits of tea...

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Jasmine Tea Benefits

Jasmine tea and spoon

What is jasmine tea? Jasmine tea is any tea that is blended with the jasmine flower to increase medicinal effects, as well as to improve the taste of the tea. Traditionally, jasmine is combined with white teas and green teas so as to enhance their medicinal effect and flavor. The scent of the jasmine on its own has its own healing benefit, while the sweet bodied flavor of jasmine makes any green or white tea less bitter. Because of the sweet taste of the jasmine, there is no need to add honey or sugars to the teas. This lack of the need for honey or sugar means that none of the healthy benefits of the tea are reduced in an effort to make the flavor more enjoyable...

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