Halloween kicks off the start of a very sugar-filled holiday season!
It can be challenging to stay healthy this time of year. How do you avoid the harmful refined sugars and chemistry experiment ingredients without missing out on all of the fun? Finding healthier treats can be tricky. The good news is, there are healthier goodies for you and the little witches and goblins to indulge on. Now you can enjoy Halloween without getting sick or packing on the pounds.
It’s pumpkin season and there are many reasons to celebrate this delicious, nutrient-dense winter squash.
Rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber and potassium, pumpkin packs some powerful health benefits. These nutrients work together to support the health of your eyes, skin and immune system. Enjoy these delicious and nutritious recipes for quick Pumpkin Pie Pudding and oh-so-good Pumpkin Pie! These recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo-friendly and vegetarian or vegan.
Learn how to cheat your diet with success!
Although it seems counterproductive to cheat on your health program, weekly indulges can improve insulin sensitivity (and accelerate fat loss), keep you sane, prevent you from feeling deprived and help you stick to the program. Taking a zero tolerance approach to cheating creates a lot of stress, which is a huge contributor to health issues. Ditch the rigid mentality and use these tips to nourish yourself without the guilt.
No matter the season, these delicious milkshakes provide a healthier indulgence to satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking a sweat in the kitchen.
Naturally sweet and packed with nutrients, these shakes are free of fattening refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, manmade fats and common allergens (gluten, dairy, soy, and eggs) found in most processed desserts. The ingredients used are mostly raw and unrefined to preserve nutrients that support overall health. Try one of these easy-to-prepare options and you’ll be savoring each sip in no time!
Cherries are a nutrient-dense fruit and provide a healthier sweet-tooth-satisfying alternative to processed treats.
Cherries are relatively low in sugar and high in antioxidants, potassium, quercetin, melatonin, fiber, and vitamin C. The nutrients in cherries help fight cancer, cool inflammation, decrease post-workout pain, reduce the risk of gout, decrease body fat, support heart health, reduce type 2 diabetes, reduce jet lag, and promote restful sleep.
Jam-packed with nutrients, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, other berries, and cherries are the best options when it comes to sweet fruits as they’re relatively low in sugar and high in antioxidants.
In fact, berries are one of the body's greatest allies in the fight against inflammation, aging and illness. In addition to fiber and vitamin C, the antioxidants in berries support weight loss, blood sugar levels, brain function, heart health, eye health, skin health, digestion, detoxification, and the nervous system.
Whether you’re a chocolate lover or looking for a healthier dessert alternative, these melt-in-your mouth, no-bake treats are sure to satisfy your senses without sabotaging your health or weight loss goals.
Unlike your typical desserts, these raw treats are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and fiber. Made from whole food ingredients, there’s absolutely no refined sugars, trans fats or chemical concoctions in these homemade goodies. In addition, the healthy fats from the nuts and shredded coconut help prevent overeating and stabilize blood sugar levels.
Hidden in most refined foods and disguised under 40 different names, sugar is a sneaky ingredient that can be difficult to find.
Most people either don’t read food labels or read them but focus on the wrong stuff, like calories and fat content.
Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of the essential mineral and powerful antioxidant zinc. Eating pumpkin seeds regularly can help with immune function, hormone balance, reproductive health, inflammation, heart health, nervous system health, blood sugar, detoxification, sleep, brain function, hair loss, and even parasite infections.
Ditch the popcorn tins this holiday season and make your own fresh popcorn!
Very versatile with many tasty options for enjoying, popcorn is perfect to munch on while watching a movie, nibble on as an afternoon snack or set out as finger-friendly food for guests. The recipe below is delicious simply with butter and sea salt or sweetened with maple syrup and cinnamon.
Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner,