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Delicious Vegan Falafels

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Falafels are one of our family’s favorite recipes and probably my favorite chickpea recipe too.  It’s super easy to make if you have a food processor or high powered blender and makes a healthy lunch or dinner. Falafels 1 cup dried chickpeas 1 tbs. lemon juice 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, coarsely chopped

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Fool-Proof Pie Crust

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I never used to make pies because I had the hardest time making a pie crust that was easy to work with and actually tasted good.  It seemed to be one or the other.  This pie crust is perfect and has always turned out great for me.  It tastes delicious and has such a buttery

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Delicious Homemade Protein Bars

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These homemade protein bars are so yummy!  Most protein bars I’ve had are chalky and lack flavor, but not these.  No special protein powders needed, just beans and nuts!  These are great for breakfast, a snack, or even as a healthier dessert.  My whole family loves them, kids included! Homemade Protein Bars 1 2/3 cup of

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Whole Wheat Sunflower Seed Oatmeal Bread – Bread Machine Recipe

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Honey Wheat Oat Nut Bread – Bread Machine Version Makes a 1 1/2 lb. loaf Ingredients 1 1/2 c. warm water (110 deg.) 2 tbs. melted butter 1/4 c. honey 1 tsp. salt 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 3 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 cup rolled oats 3 tsp. wheat gluten 1 1/2 tsp. active dry

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Creamy Balsamic Salad Dressing

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Our son who loves to cook, aka Chef Preston, made his own salad dressing up and it’s become a family favorite!  I only like balsamic vinegar on a few things and had yet to try a balsamic salad dressing or vinaigrette that I actually liked until I tried his.  It’s super easy and delicious! Creamy

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Baked Lentils

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This is probably one of our family’s favorite vegetarian recipes and it’s very economical to make. It’s slightly sweet and so tasty. I think it’s really supposed to be a side dish like baked beans, but we use it as a main course all the time. Our favorite way to serve it is burrito-style. We

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Fruit Chia Seed Pudding

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This is an amazingly simple and delicious dairy free, naturally sweetened fruit chia seed pudding that I’m sure you’ll love.  No need to have a million different recipes.  You can just use this one and vary it with different fruits, spices, extracts, and add-ins.  The sky is the limit with possibilities!  Chia seed pudding is

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All Natural Homemade Deodorant

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When I first learned about the dangers of store-bought deodorant, I set out to find a recipe to make my own.  I saw so many people complain of rashes, oily messes, and deodorants that didn’t actually work.  I looked at lots and lots of recipes and wanted to find a recipe for a stick deodorant

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

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Ever had those sickeningly sweet no-bake cookies before,  you know the kind with tons of honey, peanut butter, and chocolate chips?  I love the idea of a quick no-bake cookie but everyone I’ve ever tried are so sweet I can’t stomach them.  These no-bake cookies are healthy, not too sweet, and delicious and they have

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Rich and Flavorful Gelatinous Chicken Bone Broth

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There are so many different ways to make bone broth and I’ve tried several, but most of them lacked in flavor and didn’t have a good gel or richness that I would want from a homemade chicken broth.  This broth is super easy to make and so delicious!  Use it to make flavorful soups or

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Vanilla Sugar Coffee Scrub

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Would you like the indulgence of a coffee scrub, but don’t like the price or sometimes the not so natural ingredients?  Well, you can make it yourself at home with only a few household ingredients.  It smells wonderful, is super easy to make, has a lovely scrub, and is edible! Vanilla Sugar Coffee Scrub 1

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

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This is an amazingly simple and delicious dairy free, naturally sweetened chocolate pudding that I’m sure you’ll love. Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding 2 cans of real coconut milk 1/2 cup of maple syrup (or honey) 1/4 cup of cocoa powder (or dark cocoa powder) 2 tbs. vanilla extract (or almond or another extract of choice) 2/3

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Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

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This is an amazingly simple and delicious dairy free, naturally sweetened pudding that I’m sure you’ll love. Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding 2 cans of real coconut milk 1/2 cup of maple syrup (or honey) 2 tbs. vanilla extract (or almond or another extract of choice) 2/3 cup of chia seeds Whisk coconut milk, maple syrup,

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Enchilada Sauce Mix Recipe

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Don’t want to use the enchilada mixes at the store and want control over the ingredients as well as save some money in the process?  Make your own enchilada sauce mix yourself! Enchilada Sauce Mix 4 tsp. chili powder 8 tsp. paprika (smoked is best) 8 tsp. cornstarch 2 tbs. salt 2 tbs. dried onion

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Everything Bagel Seasoning

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This has become one of my favorite seasonings.  Who needs to ONLY have Everything bagels?  Why not Everything rolls, toast, or bread…or whatever else you’d like?  This Everything Bagel seasoning has the perfect blend of spices, you’ll love it! Everything Bagel Seasoning Blend 2 tbs. sesame seeds 2 tbs. poppy seeds 1 tsp. coarse sea salt

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Raw Coconut Macaroons

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These coconut macaroons are raw, vegan, naturally sweetened, and absolutely delicious!  You can vary the flavor a lot depending on which nuts and flavoring you choose to use. Raw Coconut Macaroons Ingredients 4 cups of shredded unsweetened dehydrated coconut 2 cups of almond flour (see below for variations) 1 1/2 cups of melted coconut oil

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Best and Cheapest Place to Buy Coconut Oil In Bulk

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Love COCONUT OIL like I do? I know many of you use it and it can be pretty expensive, especially if you don’t buy it in bulk. The best price I’ve found anywhere is at Soaper’s Choice. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it’s only for making soap. It’s just that soapers tend

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How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

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It’s just now fall here and the leaves are just starting to change and I’m seeing Pumpkin Spice everything pop up.  Recipes, drinks, desserts, candles, oh my!  I LOVE Pumpkin Spice and enjoy yit year round, not just in the fall. Making your own Pumpkin Pie Spice is so much cheaper than buying it premade

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All Natural All Purpose Ointment – Babies – Lips – Dry Skin – Burns – Diaper

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This homemade ointment is amazing!  It’s anti-fungal and can be used for just about anything.  I made it specifically for a diaper ointment but it’s a great all-purpose ointment.  If your little ones ever get those yeast type rashes from an overdue diaper change, the coconut oil’s antifungal properties will help to treat it very

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Health Benefits of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt vs. Refined Table Salt

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There are so many reasons to opt for mineral rich Pink Himalayan Salt over the highly processed cheap white table salt so easily available in your local supermarket.  From it’s high mineral content, naturally occurring iodine, ability to improve many ailments and soothe the body, and it’s delicious and healthy culinary uses, there’s lots to

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Healthy Fruit Chia Seed Jam – No Canning Required

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Looking for an alternative to store-bought jams with tons of refined sugars and pectin, but don’t have the time or want to bother with water bath canning?  Even most all homemade jam recipes involved refined sugars and pectin as well.  This is a super healthy and easy way to make jam in a snap, using

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The Best and Least Messy Way to Cut a Watermelon

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Watermelon is such a healthy and delicious treat and we look forward to it every summer.  We don’t look forward to all the mess though!  It seems most every way I’ve seen to cut a watermelon involves a big mess except this one.  Hop on over to Super Healthy Kids to see the least messy

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Healthy Homemade Magic Shell Topping

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Making your own homemade magic shell topping is sooo much easier, cheaper, and healthier than the store-bought junk and a nice way to top off homemade ice cream, popsicles, or fruit! Only requires 2 ingredients! Homemade Magic Shell Makes 1/2 cup 1/2 cup dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, or white chocolate chips 2 tsp. coconut oil

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Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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When I first found this recipe, it was actually called brownies, but once we made it, it had the fluffy consistency of a delicious cake.  It reminded me of those fluffy cake mixes I would make as a kid out of a box, but this was healthy and so delicious! Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Cake 4

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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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  Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge 2 cups peanut butter 4 large bananas 1 tbs. vanilla extract 1/2 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup cocoa powder (or dark cocoa powder) 1) Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor. 2) Spread onto a greased 13 X 9 pan and

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El Paso Pilaf

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This is a healthy and delicious vegan meal that is very versatile.  We like to serve it taco style with all the trimmings, but it can easily be used as a side dish as well. El Paso Pilaf 1 large onion, chopped 1 tsp. chopped garlic 1-2 tbs. oil 1 15 oz. can kidney beans

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Portobella Piccata

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This is our absolute favorite way to use portobellas and it’s sooo tasty!  I used to hate mushrooms in any form, and this recipe is what converted me to actually liking mushrooms! Portobella Piccata 3 large portobello mushrooms 3 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup italian bread crumbs 1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese salt and pepper to

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Tomato Mozzarella Salad

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This tomato and cheese salad is super easy to make and is a delicious and healthy side dish in the summer when you have access to all those delicious fresh tomatoes.  We make it very regularly in the summer. Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad Chopped tomatoes Chunks of mozzarella, colby monterey jack cheese, or other

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Summer’s Bounty

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    Summer is a wonderful time of the year.  I personally don’t like the heat, but I DO love the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies available at the store, farmer’s markets, and from our own garden.  Take advantage of all this fresh produce and make it a point to incorporate more fruits and

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Recommended Daily Servings of Fruits and Vegetables

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Ever wonder if you’re getting enough fruits and veggies in for the day?  In this day and age of fast food and processed EVERYTHING, most Americans are poorly lacking in getting enough fruits and veggies each day.   We try to incorporate some sort of fruits and/or veggies at each meal if we can and

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Berry Healthy Dutch Baby Pancake

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This is one of my go-to breakfasts on Saturday morning.  We like to make a fancy breakfast on Saturday morning and this is so quick and easy to whip up in no time.  While the pancake is baking in the oven I will make eggs, bacon, or sausage to go with it.  Serve with some

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Healthy Cheesy Baked Oatmeal

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This is on our weekly breakfast menu.  We really don’t care for sweet oatmeal and much prefer the savory versions.  They don’t spike our blood sugar like the sweetened version of oatmeal with fruit do.  If we’re short on time, we simply put our oatmeal in bowls, and top with with shredded cheddar.  It develops

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How to Make Kombucha Tea and Kombucha Soda

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Why Try Kombucha??? If you’ve never tried kombucha, you’re in for a treat!  I was completely turned off by it when my friend first shared with me about kombucha.  I had never heard of it before and when she described it to me and showed me her “SCOBY” in a little bag with brownish liquid,

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Kid Friendly Rainbow Risotto

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This picture just made me smile.  So colorful, healthy, and delicious!  This is a great way to get a rainbow veggies into your kids tummies and lots of healthy vitamins. Made with a variety of fresh peppers, purple cabbage, chicken broth, milk, butter, and Monterey Jack cheese and cooked in the crockpot.  Creamy and delicious,

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How to Make Soap the Easy Way by the Hot Process Method

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Homemade soap is actually really easy to make.  All you need are a few simple oils, lye, distilled water, and a few tools.  We show you  how to make soap the easy way by the hot process method.  I’ve never not had a batch turn out this way.  What’s great about hot process soap is

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How to Make Almond Milk at Home

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Almond milk is so easy to make at home from scratch and doesn’t have all the chemicals that store-bought almond milk does.  No special equipment needed.  Just some unroasted, raw almonds and water and sweetener if desired.  Watch our video and we’ll show you how. Homemade Almond Milk Recipe Ingredients: 1 cup raw almonds 4

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How to Make Healthy Popcorn on The Stove From Scratch

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Homemade popcorn is so easy to make.  Ditch the chemical laden microwave popcorn and instead opt for some healthy and delicious homemade popcorn.  You don’t need to buy a popcorn maker.  All you need is some popcorn, healthy oil, and a pot.  We like to top ours with a generous amount of butter, salt, and

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Naturally Sweetened Homemade Vanilla Yogurt

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I searched high and low on the internet for a homemade sweetened vanilla yogurt recipe to no avail.  So, I had to make up my own through trial and error.  This yogurt is so delicious, super-thick and healthy for you.  No need to waste your money on those ridiculously expensive Greek yogurt containers to get

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Easy and Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe – No Refined Sugars

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Our homemade granola recipe is really healthy, naturally sweetened, and totally customizable.  You can make it a million different ways to make each batch different or to suit your particular family’s tastes. Hearty and Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe Large Batch Granola Recipe Dry Ingredients 16 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup ground flax seeds (or your own seed

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How to Make Toothpaste Without Baking Soda or Coconut Oil

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All Natural Fluoride-Free Homemade Toothpaste Our homemade toothpaste is so easy and economical to make.  There’s no fluoride or toxic chemicals, it’s detoxifying, and it’s even safe to ingest, which is great for babies and small children.  Only 2 ingredients are needed.  Bentonite clay and water.  It’s that easy! I’ve tried several homemade toothpaste recipes

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Apple Cookie Snacks

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  Healthy and Delicious Apple “Cookie” Snacks   These apple cookies look absolutely fabulous and you could customize them a million ways to make each one unique.  Better yet, have a bunch of toppings laid out for the kids and let them have an apple cookie topping party!  Healthy, filling, and a delicious snack! Click

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Instant Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt

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Simple and healthy with only a few natural ingredients.  You can whip this dessert up in no time.  I like to make this when I forget to have something on hand for dessert. I can whip it together right before we sit down to eat, stick it in the freezer for a bit and by

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Kid Entrepreneur Ideas

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Kid Entrepreneur Ideas Do you have a budding kid entrepreneur on your hands?  Don’t let all that creativity go to waste!  Check out resources below for ideas to to get your kid entrepreneur going. Here’s our little budding entrepreneurs Camden (9) and Preston (8) selling homemade soap with Mommy at our local First Fridays event.

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Homemade Barbecue Potato Chips

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Ditch those store-bought chemical laden barbecue potato chips and opt for these babies instead!  Made with all natural ingredients, heart healthy coconut oil, and super easy to make.  I think to make my life easier, I’d get out my salad shooter or food processor to slice up the potatoes uniformly and quickly.  Then, I’d use

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Kid Friendly Edible Finger Paint

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Non-toxic Kid Friendly Edible Finger paint What an awesome idea and so much fun!  Made with yogurt or sour cream and spices for natural coloring.  I could see the kids having a lot of fun with this AND definitely needing a bath when they’re done.  Safe enough for babies and you don’t have to worry

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How to Identify and Use Fresh Plantain

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Fresh plantain is such a wonderful herb that is basically a weed and grows all over the place.  It’s pretty easy to identify once you know what to look for, but you want to make sure you’re not picking fresh plantain in an area sprayed with pesticides or fertilizers. You can order dried plantain online

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Hearty and Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes

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These pancakes are so hearty and delicious and don’t have any flour, for those who can’t eat that.  We like them so much because they’re so filling and slightly chewy.  We love that there’s no sugar in the recipe either.  You can top the pancakes with butter, fresh fruit, and maple syrup.  Or, you can

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Healthy No-Bake Fruit Pizza

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      No Bake Fruit Pizza INGREDIENTS: Crust: 1 cup almonds 15 whole dates (with stones removed) 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted) 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla extract Filling: 4oz cream cheese 4oz vanilla yogurt or greek yogurt 1/2 tsp orange juice 1/4 tsp orange zest 1/4 tsp vanilla extract Fruit

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Super Delicious Vegan Black Bean Burgers

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These burgers are so delicious and good for you.  I top it just like a cheeseburger with ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, cheese, and lettuce and tomato. These are cheap and delicious and good for you too! Black Bean Burgers Chilling time: 1 hour Cooking Time: 10 minutes 2 cans (15 ounces each) Black Beans, rinsed and

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Delicious and Super Easy Eggplant Parmigiana

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Eggplant Parmigiana This has got to be probably the best eggplant parmesan I’ve ever had. We think it’s better than Olive Garden’s, which used to be our favorite. This recipe is very easy and so delicious! 2 eggplants (2 ½ lbs.), cut in ½ inch thick round slices ¼ cup olive oil (no need to

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Super Easy and Healthy 2 Ingredient Pizza Dough

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  2 Ingredient Pizza Dough This makes 2 full size round pizzas or 2 rectangular baking sheet sized pizzas 4 cups self rising flour (you may need to add more to get the right consistency) 4 cups plain yogurt or Greek yogurt Optional: 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning   Pizza Dough without Self-Rising Flour  This makes

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12 Amazingly Delicious and Easy Veggie Side Dishes

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  Check out this fantasticly delicious list of a dozen healthy and easy to make veggie side dishes that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters! Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bites http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/cheesy-veggie-quinoa-bites/#_a5y_p=3415913 Ultimate Roasted Broccoli http://www.jocooks.com/healthy-eating/the-ultimate-parmesan-roasted-broccoli/ Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts http://www.blameitonthefood.com/2011/02/the-brussels-sprouts-recipe/ Cherry Tomato Corn and Black Bean Salad http://www.katiescucina.com/2012/07/cherry-tomato-corn-and-black-bean-salad/ Creamed Kale http://www.nutmegnanny.com/2014/11/12/creamed-kale/ Provencal Tomatoes

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Amazing and Healthy Black Bean Brownies – No Refined Sugar

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  These are probably our most favorite dessert as of right now.  These are so good and don’t taste overly healthy.  You would have no idea there was black beans in it unless someone told you.  But don’t tell anyone.  Trust me.  I had a friend try it and knew what was in it (she

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Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

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  Ok, these look amazing!  Next time we have sweet potatoes on sale, we are definitely going to try this.  I don’t think I’d top mine with avocado though.  Not really a fan of them despite them being so healthy.  However, I think I may try some shredded cheddar or something to that effect.  Not

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Blessings abound!

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  These are our sweet boys.  Gotta love them.  So full of energy, they never run out….no seriously. Our sweet little girls and future Mommies in the making, with another girl due later this year. We are truly blessed, what more can I say?  

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Strawberry Creamsicles a Refreshing Summer Treat

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These look super delicious, easy, and healthy with only 2 ingredients needed.  What’s not to love?  Mix it up by using frozen blueberries, peaches, bananas, pineapple, or a mix of several other fruits you have on hand. Check out the recipe and instructions for these delicious summer treats over at Super Healthy Kids.

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Can Probiotics Improve the Brain?

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An excerpt from a very interesting article over at Wellness Mama: “Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about probiotics in the media. Supplements are filling up pharmacy shelves, yogurt commercials can be found playing on repeat, and fermented foods like sauerkraut are finally being used in more places than atop the occasional hotdog or Rueben sandwich.

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Buy in Bulk and Save Money!!

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Woohoo! We got our Azure Standard order in. Bulk chia seeds, sucanat, shredded unsweetened coconut, dates, and nutritional yeast. We have ordered lots of different things, but this is what we got this time around. We love to make chia seed pudding and sprinkle the seeds on lots of dishes. I use coconut in a

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