10 Health Benefits of Dried Plums That Will Amaze You!

I am participating in a VIN campaign for California Dried Plums. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with California Dried Plums and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. The older I get, the more I realize that the food I put in my mouth has a lasting impact on my health. While I certainly kick back and enjoy the occasional hot fudge sundae or bowl of chips, I try to make those a sporadic part of my diet. Eating a rainbow of colors, cooking from … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You Need a High Protein Breakfast (And a Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe!)

This post about why you need a high protein breakfast has been sponsored. I am participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Orgain. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #PoweredByOrgain Mornings are busy for most of us and whipping up a high protein breakfast isn't always on the to do list. Finding sneakers is on the to do list. Feeding the dog and making sure the kids have their homework packed are also on the to do list. But, sitting down to a nice, … [Read more...]

10 Healthiest Spices for Cooking and Tips for Using Them!

Making dinner is really a rather simple 'formula'. Combine protein with vegetables and grains in some particular combination. Throw in the appropriate seasonings and cook. Voila! Dinner is served and you just have to hope that your family likes it. The spices you choose to add to your meal have a huge impact on how it tastes, right? Oregano and basil turn your dinner into an Italian delight but curry and paprika may turn that same dish into something completely different. Changing the spices you use to create your dinner makes it taste … [Read more...]

Tips for Feeding Organic Food from Infants to Teens

I am a firm believer in the idea that we are what we eat. The food we feed ourselves and our families has long term consequences to both our own health and the health of our planet. Most of the food on grocery store shelves is very far removed from its original source. Sprayed with chemicals, transported half way across the world, processed beyond recognition and devoid of many natural nutrients. The Standard American Diet is lacking in a lot of ways. Feeding organic food is a vital step in improving our health and reducing our carbon … [Read more...]

How to Eat More Vegetables and Not Get Totally Sick of Them! #FarmstandGreen

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tropicana Farmstand for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the best things we can do for our health is to eat a rainbow of foods every single day. That doesn't mean you should grab your box of artificially flavored breakfast cereal and call it a win! When I say 'eat a rainbow' I mean a rainbow of all natural foods that God (or Mother Nature or just pure Dumb Luck) created! Brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain an amazing array of nutrients and not just vitamins and minerals. … [Read more...]

Bone Broth: Health Benefits and How to Make it

If you always have your eye on the latest health trends, no doubt you have come across a discussion about bone broth. This morning there was a segment on the Today Show all about the health benefits of bone broth and how to make it. I was surprised because I have been making bone broth ever since I can remember...really it is just a fancy word for homemade stock made with the bones of an animal. I used to work with an Asian woman who drank bone broth for her entire pregnancy. Apparently this was encouraged for the health of both mother and … [Read more...]

Skip the Cafeteria’s School Lunch and Start #LunchingAwesome with Applegate!

This school lunch post has been brought to you by TapInfluence and Applegate but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have always hated the food offered through the school lunch program. The grilled cheese is soggy, the canned green beans are squishy and many of the offerings are not readily identified as food. Needless to say, they don't buy school lunch very often. What does that mean for me? Basically, it means that I am awake every morning at 5 AM packing three lunches...every sing day (two kids, one husband...they eat a … [Read more...]

Portable Protein for on the go Workout Snacking #SilkAlmondBlends

This post about portable protein has been brought to you by Silk and Tapinfluence but all opinions expressed here are my own. We are a very active family and all of us have our own personal workout regimes. Depending on the day, you will find various family members at the gym, on the tennis courts, running a 10K, or doing gymnastics in the back yard. Staying active keeps us in good health but it also means appetites soar, especially when the weather is nice. Good nutrition is important for everyone but athletes need to really make sure they … [Read more...]

Healthy Eating Made Easier at Sprouts Farmers Market #LoveSprouts

I attended a grand opening event at Sprouts Farmers Market and received promotional items to facilitate this healthy eating post but all opinions expressed are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while you will have noticed that I have a weakness for food. Healthy eating is important to me (with the exception of my fondness for neon orange cheese products occasionally!) but it is not cheap. I tend to go WAY over budget when doing my weekly grocery shopping because fresh produce can be pricy. Up until this week I had never … [Read more...]

Lemon Lime Detox Water Recipe for Better Health

I received product from Alladin through Mom Trends for use in this post but received no compensation for including it here. Water is incredibly good for our bodies, but it does get a little boring after a while. I have been trying to come up with interesting ways to flavor it for better hydration this summer. Did you know that you can add certain things to water that not only add flavor but are beneficial to our health as well? There has been quite a bit of buzz lately in the health community about detox water and while I'm not sure if it is … [Read more...]

Building Strong Bones Together with Viactiv Calcium Chews

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation. I received two canisters of Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. As the mother of a tween daughter, I have plenty of things to worry about. Is she doing well in school? How do I make sure we keep the lines of communication open? What's the best way to keep those BOYS away from her? And of course, one of the biggest things I worry about...how do I make sure she stays healthy? I try hard to feed her well and include a wide variety … [Read more...]

Eating Healthier Without Stomach Issues Thanks to CharcoCaps® #CharcoCapsNoMoreGas

We inherit a lot of things from our parents. Their eye color, their body shape, and sometimes even of a few of their personality traits. What did *I* get from my parents? A seriously sensitive stomach! Yeah...thanks a lot DAD! I learned from a very early age that some things are just not good for me to eat, especially if I plan to be in mixed company. It's one thing if you pass gas in front of your husband of 18 years. (OK, am I the only one that actually does that?) It is a whole other thing entirely if you pass gas while in the middle of a … [Read more...]

Health Benefits of Turmeric and a Turmeric Tea Recipe

Please note that this post about the health benefits of turmeric is NOT intended to be taken as medical advice! See your doctor for any health issues you may be having! Several years ago I got a muscle spasm in my shoulder that just would not go away. No coincidence, I'm sure, that it was around the same time I started blogging. Despite medication, physical therapy, and massage, that muscle spasm is STILL there and has now created a whole host of other issues as well. I am trying desperately to get rid of random pains that range from my feet … [Read more...]

Healthy Gluten Free Snack Ideas

This post about gluten free snacks has been sponsored. I received samples  at no charge for inclusion in this post but all opinions expressed here are my own. A few weeks ago I decided to try a gluten free diet to see if could help with a few random health issues. For the first few days of my new gluten free diet I wandered around in a state of hunger and agitation, with a distinct desire to gnaw off my own arm if I didn't get something filling to eat immediately. I am a snacker and I have come to realize that every single one of my favorite … [Read more...]

Porcupine Meatball Recipe and Target Simply Balanced

This meatball recipe and discussion about Target Simply Balanced has been sponsored by Glam Media on behalf of Target but all opinions expressed here are my own. Now that I am finally getting rid of all the cookies and candy in this house from the holidays it is time to get serious about eating healthy. I have decided to try to reduce the amount of gluten in my diet for the next couple of months to see if I can get my hyperactive inflammatory response under control. I find myself wondering what exactly I can eat any more and have become even … [Read more...]

25 Popular Recipes from Turning the Clock Back and My New Year Food Goals

This post about my most popular recipes has been sponsored by Glam Media but all opinions expressed here are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while you will have learned a few key things about the type of foods I enjoy. In my popular recipes this year I have tried to show my readers how to reduce the fat in things by adding yogurt instead of more fattening ingredients  I have showed you ways to hide nutritious things in your recipes so your kids don't know they are eating healthy. I have shared my love of desserts, my passion … [Read more...]

Fight a Cold Naturally with Spicy Lemongrass Soup and Kleenex! #KleenexTarget

This discussion on how to fight a cold naturally is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO For the last 14 years I have been working as a pharmacy technician at our local pharmacy. I am pretty sure that in those 14 years I have seen about 12  million people suffering from colds and flu. Inevitably they ask me "What can I take to get rid of this cold?". Well, I hate to tell you this but there is NO magic pill to … [Read more...]

Going Dairy Free? Here are a few tips!

These tips for going dairy free were inspired by a product I received at no charge for review. All opinions expressed here are my own. When my son was born I looked into his tiny face and was awed by the sheer perfection of his little being. Within a month I was in tears and staring at this horrid creature who would not stop screaming no matter how often I nursed him. I knew he was getting plenty of breast milk because I seriously could have fed an army of babies with the amount of milk I produced. He nursed and nursed but still screamed. We … [Read more...]

Know How to Get More Fruit in Your Diet?

Knowing how to get more fruit in your diet will come in handy if you are trying to improve your health. Have you ever heard the expression that you should be eating a rainbow of foods every week? Do you know what that means? Basically, you should be eating something of every color at least once during a 7 day period. Fruits and vegetables all have different types of nutrients so eating a varied diet can help ensure that you cover all of your nutritional needs. Green vegetables are higher in different nutrients than bright red strawberries so … [Read more...]