Healthy Food Blog

July Sponsor + Jewelry Giveaway!

I hope you had a nice weekend!  If you missed this special "extra" post, as I don't normally post on Saturdays, be sure to check it out.  We had a great weekend up in the mountains hiking, splashing in little creeks, and even catching some trout.  As for today...once a month I will do a sponsor shout-out so that you can get to know each of them a little better. ... Read more » about July Sponsor + Jewelry Giveaway!

Before and After

Struggling with my weight for my entire adult life, I finally decided life is too short to live perpetually unhappy.  I have lost 55 pounds in the last year and am currently working on the last 25.  I made a few simple changes to my lifestyle (less sugar, smaller portions, and more veggies) and have never felt better! I'd like to share a number of "Before and Afters" with you to detail the differences from my old life to new. ... Read more » about Before and After

Homemade Vegetarian Double Decker Tacos

We don't frequent Taco Bell, and as I mentioned in this post, Dear Hubby doesn't really like Mexican food.  But he LOVES their double decker tacos.  Crunchy layered goodness! So when brainstorming my next vegetarian meal attempt, these came to mind.  I saw the MorningStar Farms' Crumbles at Walmart and put them right into the basket.  These would be my base.  I bought a bunch of other veggies that I thought I could easily disguise, like a frozen veggie combo pack of corn, black beans, red peppers, and onions and a bag of fresh broccoli "slaw" ... Read more » about Homemade Vegetarian Double Decker Tacos

Slow Cooker *Mostly* Vegan Zuppa Toscana

I really have to laugh at myself for this one.  I was so excited about my new plan: to cook more vegetarian meals to help Dear Hubby get more vegetables and less animal fats/proteins per the doctor's orders!  I went to the market and bought a bunch of weird new foods (ha!) - cheese that's not really cheese, meat that's not really meat, and a whole host of new veggies and fruit ... Read more » about Slow Cooker *Mostly* Vegan Zuppa Toscana

Pretty Please...With a Cherry on Top

If you missed yesterday's post where I told you I'm going to embrace my inner vegetarian, it's worth the time to go back and read. It is going to be a bit of a transition for us, but we are able, ready, and excited.  Last night I made my first truly vegan meal, inspired by the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana!  I will be sharing that recipe with you tomorrow.  It was delicious, a perfect medley of flavors, and packed full of good veggies: 4 cups of kale, 2 russet potatoes, and veggie/grain "sausages." But back to today...cherries and please.  ... Read more » about Pretty Please...With a Cherry on Top

Eat More Veggies + {Peach, Pepper, & Bean Chutney}

I hope you already saw/read/entered to win yesterday's Monday Giveaway post about the gluten-free, veggie-packed "Better Chip."  If not, stop and do it now!  In preparing to do the review and taste test, I put together a number of dips/sides to accompany each chip flavor: like roasted red pepper hummus for the Red Pepper and Salsa fresca version, cranberry goat cheese & cherries for the Sweet Onion and Ch ... Read more » about Eat More Veggies + {Peach, Pepper, & Bean Chutney}

Better Snacking + {The Better Chip Giveaway}

If you missed last week, "Healthy Kids Grow" won an entire case of protein-packed breads, bagels, and wraps from P28 Bread in our 2nd Monday giveaway.  This week I am excited to introduce to you a new line of veggie-packed, gluten-free chips by The Better Chip.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE snacking.  Especially now that I have a toddler!  We eat little bits here and there throughout the day,

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