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Healthy Family Meal Plan: Week 2

Plate of chicken and rice

You’ve probably figured out by now that I’m not the absolute best chef, but I do like to eat, so that counts for something. I’m honestly more of a baker, but since I’m still trying hard to keep my sugar addiction from overtaking me, I try to only bake for others. To stay on track with my healthy eating, I really need a healthy meal plan. With a 2 week healthy meal plan, it’s easy to choose your favorites and make them staples in your house. That will make eating healthy on a regular basis much easier. So, try these recipes out, enjoy them, steal them, make them your own with modifications. Eat healthy; be happy...

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Veggetti Reviews: A New Twist on Veggies

Veggetti Reviews

We're all about eating (and growing) our veggies at Earth's Friends. That's why when we discovered the Veggetti, we were beyond thrilled to see a gadget that gives a whole new "twist" (pun intended) to how you normally enjoy your vegetables. Pronounced "Veh-geh-tee" (get it, like Veggie but rhymes with spaghetti) the Veggetti is a great entry-level spiralizer that will give you a fresh cut, pasta alternative without the trouble or expense...

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Whole30: AKA 30 Days Of Torture For A Good Cause

Whole30 Meal Plan Review

I had several friends who had done (and some continue to live by) Whole30. Whole30 is a 30 day detox diet. It’s Paleo, but even more strict than your typical Paleo diet. It is supposed to reset your body to eliminate cravings and help figure out what your trigger foods are that may cause discomfort, bloating and even illness. You give up all non-naturally occurring sugars, all dairy, legumes, grains, alcohol and preservatives in food for 30 days. That first week or so is brutal though...

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Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary Recipe

Roasted vegetables

The cozy taste of Thanksgiving can be enjoyed any day with this delightful roasted vegetable with rosemary recipe. It is kind of one I made up along the way from many different inspirations and is highly adaptable to what to have on hand. It's especially nice in the fall and winter when root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, turnips, parsnips and the like are easy to find at the local farmer's market or grocery store. As I often tell my friends who have asked for this recipe, "if you like the vegetable, it can likely go into this dish". The more variety the better for the most health and nutrient-filled meal. FYI - This recipe is Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free...

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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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What is Cricket Flour?

What is Cricket Flour?

Have you heard about cricket protein bars and flour? Did you get a little squeamish reading that sentence? Don't knock it 'til you've tried it! Cricket protein powder is the latest rage for health nuts and once you read the stats you'll consider trying it too. Consumers have been pleasantly surprised by the taste and nutrition quality found in cricket protein bars. Find out why so many people are talking about cricket flour...

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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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Buy Local Produce

"Why should I buy my produce locally? It's usually more expensive and I have to go somewhere else to buy it. What's the point?" I bet that's what you sound like, but really there are more benefits than you think when it comes to buying your produce locally...

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