Why Do We Crave Sugar?

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These days sugar seems like the bad guy in almost every story about health or medical conditions. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, four times the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.

From diabetes to weight loss, most diets recommend a decrease in sugar consumption. But that can be easier said than done. Much easier. There is something about sugar that is addictive for most of us, and those cravings we get for sweet things can be as powerful as if we had fallen under a spell.

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(Healthy) Secrets to a Speedy Metabolism

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With tons of fad diets and weight loss pills being pushed to the public, it’s sometimes hard to know the right direction to go. They all promise to help us lose weight and boost our metabolism, however, they come with a dangerous side. Weight loss pills can contain harmful, un-natural ingredients that increase heart rate, high blood pressure and can even cause seizures. In our opinion, this isn’t the way to go.

But sometimes, exercise just isn’t enough. You may go to the gym and do cardio for 2 hours and not see any results. You may change your diet and make healthier choices, but your waist line might not budge. You just need that extra oomph to boost your metabolism, and we’re here to help you do it the healthy way.

Here are 9 healthy secrets to speeding up your metabolism:

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A Truly Green Smoothie

bottle-852131_960_720 Sometimes you just need a little greenness to help you feel cleansed and reinvigorated! This often happens to me the day after a heavy dinner, or when I just feel I want a simple healthy snack in between meals. Smoothies also make a great breakfast on the go on pre-workout energizer!

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Keeping Your Healthy New Years Resolutions

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier, to lose weight or to change your diet? If you saw our previous post on 10 Healthy New Years Resolutions, you may have gotten some good ideas to kick off your New Year in a healthy way. Many of us charge into the new year with ambitious goals to change our lifestyles; in fact almost 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but less than 8% are actually successful keeping them longer than a month. Now that’s a bleak statistic! But fear not, below are some tips to help you harness that enthusiasm and help you succeed in 2015!

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Your Plan for A Healthy Holiday Season!

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Holidays are a great time to spend time with family and friends and share some amazing meals.  So many of our holiday traditions and family memories center around the food!  On average, a person will gain approximately 2 pounds during the holiday season, and many don’t shed it once the season is over.  But these celebrations don’t need to mean that we shove aside our healthy nutrition goals and indulge in all rich foods, overeating and all the consequences.  Remember, during the holidays the only two things that need to be stuffed are birds and stockings!

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Holiday Quinoa Bake

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Does your family get into the rut of making the same exact dishes every year for the holidays? This year I decided to think up a new recipe that could shake things up, and that could satisfy my food intolerances. To get the brainstorm going, I thought of the typical holiday comfort foods that I would be missing out on due to my gluten and dairy-free diet and discovered that the common thread in the foods I’d be missing is that they were all comfort foods baked in the oven. Then I thought about my ideal grain to base my bake around, and of course, quinoa came to mind! After some experimentation, and taking into consideration my love for mixing savory, spicy and sweet flavors, I came up with this festive and healthy Holiday Quinoa Bake!

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Healthy Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so on the ball that we’re already planning your Thanksgiving leftovers for you – and yes, in a healthy way! Even if your Thanksgiving table was filled with fatty sugary carb-y options (basically unhealthy), I’m guessing you also had some nice veggies on the table too, right? Green bean casserole anyone? So use those green veggies, and add a few of your own at home after the big day and treat yourself to some leftovers that will be good for your taste buds and your waistline! Here are our favorites:

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Yam Ice Cream (GF, DF)

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It’s hot outside, and it’s back to school time! How about trying a new ice cream recipe that will cool everyone off, and provide a healthier treat at the end of a long day? Have you ever had or made dairy-free ice cream and felt that there was something missing? A creaminess, a thickness, a heartiness, that comes standard with every bite of dairy-full Haagen-Daz ice cream? Well we discovered the perfect ingredient to add this creaminess to non-dairy ice cream: yams! Although yams are one of the more starchy root vegetables out there, they contain complex carbohydrates and a healthy dose of fiber, vitamin B, vitamin C and minerals. Combine them with pumpkin-pie-esque spices and you’ve got yourself a wonderful pre-fall dessert that will remind your taste buds of the season ahead. If you can’t find yams, sweet potatoes work too!

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Spice Up Your BBQ with Grilled Fruit!

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How to Add Grilled Fruit to Your BBQ Like A Pro

Summer is just around the corner, and that means we’re heading into barbeque season! You may even be planning on breaking out the grill for Father’s Day this Sunday. We all love eating juicy fresh fruit during those hot summer days, but have you ever thought about adding grilled fruit to your BBQ menu? You could serve your grilled fruit as a good-for-you dessert, or even as a savory side dish. The grill adds a unique smokey flavor to the fruit, and the heat causes the sugars in the fruit to caramelize naturally.

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