5 Quick and Easy Way to Make Your Home Healthier

Recently I was taking a walk through my neighborhood and noticed that almost all the houses had their blinds shut using blackout shades - something that has truly boggled my mind for years.

Why don't people want to let the light in?  It's true that everyone needs a little vitamin D in their healthy diet, so why not our homes as well?

Vitamin D can improve our mood, support the health of our immune system and maintain the health of our bones and skin.

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Eat Well All Week: Chickpea Salad + Meal Prep Tips

A few years ago, I would order out for lunch every day, leading to a terrible looking bank account and a terrible feeling all over my body.  

I quickly realized that something had to change, so I overhauled my whole routine and started devoting time each weekend to preparing for the week ahead.  I taught myself how to cook again, prep grocery lists and make lunches for the whole week in one day.

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Healthy Travel Tips To Help You Stay On Track

Hey travelers, this one is for you!

Over the last few months, I have done a ton of traveling – both for work and play, and it’s not always easy to stay on track when you’re away from the comforts of home and a routine.  Whether you stay in the country or go abroad, there are a few tricks that can help you to stay on track.

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African Peanut Stew

If you love the creamy taste of peanut butter and spiciness of a traditional chili, then this is the stew for you.  I had never thought to combine these flavors before until I kept seeing different variations of this recipe pop up on everyones food blogs.

When I first tried this creamy, spicy and sweet combination, I was blown away.  The flavors work so well together, and you can always put less spice in if you’re not into that.  It is a comforting dish to make this winter, and to make it all the better, it’s vegan!  Not that everyone looks to be a vegan, but once in a while, cutting out all the animal stuff can really benefit the health of your body.

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Navigate the Grocery Store Like a Pro

I’ve had a lot of conversations recently with people who are struggling with the weekly chore of grocery shopping.

Considering you’re walking into a store with thousands of products and so much advertising it could make your head spin, how do you know what the good versus the bad foods are?

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Torn Sourdough Croutons

We need to talk about croutons. They are so incredibly easy to make and store well in a plastic bag for up to three days after making.  I feel as if this needs to be a public service announcement.  

It wasn't until today that after enjoying some Papa Pomodoro Soup with Ryan did I realize that most of the world hasn't thought of making their own croutons!  It's so much healthier to make your own foods from scratch and this is one recipe that is so easy and simple, I just have to share it with you.

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Creamy White Bean & Kale Soup

I love this soup for so many reasons.  It was adapted from a recipe out of an Ina Garten cookbook I just received, and I can't stop making it!  I put my own spin on it with extra garlic and hearty kale.  

I've also used broccoli rabe in this as well which gives it a more bitter taste, but never the less delicious.  If you're not a fan of bitter broccoli rabe, then I recommend sticking with the kale.  It's an easy way to sneak some rich leafy greens into your meal.

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How to Handle Rising Food Costs

It's getting harder and harder to grocery shop these days without breaking the bank.  It's easy to rack up a $200 grocery bill if you're not careful, and especially if you go multiple times a week, that cost rises without you even realizing it.  

Here are my recommendations on how to stay on budget at the grocery store:

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