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Top 13 “Diet” Foods/Product for 2013

Top 13 “Diet” Foods/Product for 2013

So we are at day four of the New Year and are you keeping your healthy resolutions?  I want to ask you, “What does your pantry, frig or freezer look like?”  Are they stocked with good-for- you foods or do you still have some Christmas […]

Favorite Products + MORE!

Favorite Products + MORE!

As I rush around with kids from day to day and time just slips away.  I wanted to share some great snacks that really come in handy for me as I am rushing out the door.   Even though I like to think I always have […]

No-Bake Cookie Recipe–So simple, you’ll freak they are actually good-for-you!

No-Bake Cookie Recipe–So simple, you’ll freak they are actually good-for-you!

These little treats are perfect for the holidays and any time of the day, too!  I think I had a couple for breakfast with a cup of coffee Smile .  They are super, super easy and not too bad on the nutritional side!

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Start on the stove-top with a large pot, add sugar, milk and butter. I used 1/2 cup regular sugar and 1/4 cup stevia.



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Bring to a rolling boil and remove from heat.

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Remove the pot from heat and add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Oats, peanut butter and chia flour, you can also use ground flaxseed or wheat germ instead of the chia flour.

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Here is the chia flour that I used, again flaxseed or wheat germ could be substitutedchia flour.adding chia

Add 6 heaping tablespoons of cocoa!  Real cocoa is loaded with antioxidants! Hooray!

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Mix, yum, yum or nom, nom, oh yeah, I better save some for everyone else!

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Scoop mix onto a sheet of wax paper – all done!!!

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Here is my yummy no bake cookie!

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No –Bake Cookies (serves ~36)


1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup stevia

1/2 cup milk

2 tbsp butter

3 cups rolled oatmeal

6 tbsp cocoa

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup chia flour


Put sugar, milk and butter in a pan and bring to a rolling boil.  Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop by spoonfuls on  a sheet of wax paper. No baking required!


Be careful, they go really fast!

Surprise Chocolate Ice Cream!

Surprise Chocolate Ice Cream!

It was time to experiment again with an idea that I have seen many times before but I wanted to know what if . . . hmm?  I am sure you have seen the trick to use frozen bananas and make it into “ice cream.”  […]

Tuesday Trim Down–Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake in a Mug!

Tuesday Trim Down–Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake in a Mug!

So . . . I was at a loss for today’s topic and decided it was time to hit my “test” kitchen.   A couple of weeks ago I was watching Rachael show and Sunny Anderson was making Micro Mug Desserts! Of course I thought of […]

Trim-Down Tuesday!  My Fav Beverages & Snack!

Trim-Down Tuesday! My Fav Beverages & Snack!

Yes, I know Trim-Down Tuesday sounds a little nerdy but you know the topic for the day!  Hydration is very important, especially during weight loss but that doesn’t mean your drinks have to be boring.  I wanted to share some of my favorite beverages, including my iced coffee! The majority of the time, yes, water is best but a little something different is always nice, maybe just not a 10 cups of iced coffee.

My first fav is Crystal Light Pure, sweetened with Truvia.  Those darn artificial sweeteners are definitely not my stomach’s friend, so I found this little guy.  Sometimes I fill up my water container the night before, then it is super cold and ready for me in the morning!

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Now for my beloved iced coffee!  This is my little “happy” hour for the day, ahhh! Or I also make my Vanilla Caramel Frappe. This variety of coffee was really good!  Otherwise, you can add some spices (cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, etc) when you brew coffee – dump it right into the coffee grounds.

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Yes, I do measure out the coffee creamer (most times), love how it falls into the coffee, yum!

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I will be honest, this is not soda!  My kids think its soda so I give them a taste and they spit it out (ha).  It is flavored sparkling water, it may be an acquired taste but if you want to wean out soda in your diet, this is a great replacement!  I love it  . . . now Smile !

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My absolute favorite herbal tea.  This is so nice to have before bed!

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My favs in the green tea category. 

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FYI – Yesterday Dr. Oz talked about losing weight with tea ( Health Benefits of Tea)and featured white, oolong and yerb mate. If are not a tea drinker and maybe want to start, try white tea, it tastes lighter and loaded with antioxidants.


Here is my favorite seasonal snack! 

Pumpkin seeds!


I kind of forgot about them until my son put them in his cart. Those darn little kid carts. I really try to avoid them when we go to the store but my kids seek them out and there is always another kid using a cart, so they want one! Ahh, maybe I should not take three kids shopping! Ha, a lady told me I was brave Smile – I just wanted to get out of the house!

Here is one serving!  One-quarter cup!  Woohoo!  Bag them up and have the ready to-go!

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Don’t worry about the fat, it’s healthy fat (the majority)!  Wow, 2 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein, that is awesome!

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These beverages and snack really help curb my appetite.



Protein Bar Showdown–My Top Favs!

Protein Bar Showdown–My Top Favs!

Sometimes is it nice to have a protein bar at hand when you are in a hurry.  Just like yesterday, I had FIVE kids for the morning (it was a piece of cake ) and by the time I got them all packed in the […]