Black Bean Brownies + A Plant Powered For Life Giveaway

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Update: The giveaway is now over, but I'd love for you to check out the Black Bean Brownie Recipe and read my review of Plant Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer. I think you'll love them both!These Black Bean Brownies with Walnuts from Plant-Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer are the most delicious "healthy" brownies you will ever taste! Heck, they might even be some of the most delicious brownies period. … [Read more...]

Pamela’s Figgies and Jammies Gluten-Free Cookie Review and Giveaway

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These gluten-free Mission Fig Figgies and Jammies cookies from Pamela's take me right back to my delicious childhood! I'll be honest and tell you that I don't buy cookies very often. Note that I am not saying I don't eat cookies, but my preferred tactic, especially when SiSi and Big Tex are asking for cookies, is to make them myself/ourselves. SiSi has even gotten to the age {12 going on 22!} where she can walk to the grocery store near our house with her friends to pick up any ingredients we might not have on hand. This tactic, IMO, means … [Read more...]

Marvelous Magnesium {Part 1} + A SuperSeedz Pumpkin Seed Giveaway

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Did you know pumpkin seeds are nutrition superstars when it comes to magnesium? Oh, and did you also know that one of my favorite new healthy gourmet snacks, SuperSeedz Pumpkin Seeds, is packed with magnesium {over 40 % of the daily recommended intake!} and other healthy stuff??? Now you know. I've got a delicious SuperSeedz giveaway for you to enter, but let's talk magnesium first, because it plays a key supporting role in hundreds of chemical reactions in our bodies, yet it also happens to be one of the most common nutrient deficiencies … [Read more...]

10 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Almonds + A Fabulous Almond Giveaway!

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Last February 16 was National Almond Day, and in honor of the day, and thanks to the generosity of the Almond Board of California, I was hoping to share some of my favorite healthy and delicious ways to enjoy almonds with you, plus I've got some fabulous almond goodies to give away to you! … [Read more...]

Stay Fit This Summer Family Style {Fun Giveaway Too!}

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Note: The Giveaway has ended... The kids have been out of school for 2 weeks now, so my fitness routine {if you can call it a routine since I am used to "last minute" workouts right before the kids get out of school} has become a little wonky.  Not wonky as in "bad wonky", but wonky as in "good wonky" :-) Instead of bemoaning the lack of time I have to exercise this summer, I've decided to suck it up and embrace the chaos in my life with the kids out of school, and stay fit with them family style. One thing my kids and their friends … [Read more...]

Singing the Blues…Blueberry Lassi and a Blue Berry Basket Giveaway.

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Blueberry Lassi~Best enjoyed poolside while listening to Billie Holiday singing the stormy blues. Update June 18, 2012: Congratulations to Sue {#46 chosen via random.org} for winning the Blue Berry Basket Giveaway!  The giveaway is now closed, but please scroll down to find and enjoy my Blueberry Lassi recipe, and happy berry eating everyone! At least a couple of times a week, a bowl of berries {blueberries...strawberries...raspberries...blackberries...and boysenberries}, graces our dinner table come spring and summer, when these healthy … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan, Photo Fun, and Other Good Stuff!

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{My lavender photo is linked up to Sweet Shot Tuesday's at My Three Boybarians} Hmm...not sure that's a catchy enough title... "Other Good Stuff" is rather vague don't you think??? In case you're wondering, the "other good stuff" refers to a blog post I just wrote for Stuffed-Pepper on the importance of eating a good breakfast, and an audio interview I recently did on nutrition and healthy skin for be for living. I'll point you over to both sites shortly, but first, my weekly menu plan... Spicy RD Weekly Dinner Menu March 26-April … [Read more...]

It’s Snack Time! My Stylish and Tasty Giveaway.

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You are very lucky readers today, because I have a stylish AND tasty giveaway going on. Part One of this fun giveaway is courtesy of El's Gluten Free Snacks. If you haven't tried El's Bagel Snaps or Medleys before, let me tell you, they are one of my favorite snack "treats".  I say "treat" because, to be honest, the delicately seasoned blend of gluten-free bagel snaps, flax seed corn chips, pretzels, and more, is just a tad bit addictive, so I save them for special snacking occasions. OR, I practice "Safe Snacking" by pairing a portion … [Read more...]

Sippity Sip: Cinnamon Almond Mocha and a Fun Giveaway!

Celebrate Heart Health Month with a delicious Cinnamon Almond Mocha

Can you think of any better way to sip this yummy cinnamon almond mocha on a windy, rainy day, then with  one of these fabulous paper straws? Update: The Giveaway is closed. I can't. And, in honor of National Almond Day {February 16}, I think it's befitting we make our mochas with almond milk, and a dash of almond extract. Not only does this drink warm you up on the inside, but in a nod to American Heart Month, it also soothes your ticker with a dose of heart healthy nutrients from coffee, cocoa, and almonds. Psst... It tastes … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays and Papa’s Chocolate Chip Bar Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations to the four lucky winners of my Helping Hands Bakery Papa's Chocolate Chip Bar Giveaway!!!! Chosen via random.org, the winners are... #17 Nelly~Cooking With Books #38 Karriann~Creative Cooking Corner #13 Sylvie~Gourmande in the Kitchen #9 Kim Congratulations Ladies!  I hope you enjoy these bars are much as I did! And, a big thank you to everyone else who entered and checked out the Helping Hands Bakery Website! As I stated in my earlier post, I love how Helping Hands in not only making delicious tasty … [Read more...]

December Fitness Challenge Check-In and a Delicious Gluten-Free Cookie Giveaway

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Can you believe we're halfway through the month of December, and halfway through the #DecFit Challenge??? How's everyone doing with their challenge so far? I've been getting my exercise the fun way these past few days... Skiing! Using this fitness calculator, I estimated that I burned 600 calories for each hour I skied. Not bad... Not bad at all considering I got in several hours of skiing over the course of my trip! {P.S....I know I burned a lot of calories, because I was absolutely EXHAUSTED at the end of each day, but … [Read more...]

My 2nd Annual December Fitness Challenge and Giveaway!

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Update January 9, 2012: Congrats to Karriann Graf and Jen Trussell-You are the winners of my $25.00 i tunes gift certificate December Fitness Challenge and Giveaway! From Karriann... I’m up for the December challenge! Planning to exercise 4 days a week….running, walking, jogging, biking etc. Just some form of exercise to keep my body moving!I might need some encouragement! ~Karriann Graf, comment #19 chosen via random.org And from Jen... I did pretty good with my December challenge. I only missed a few workouts. I did not … [Read more...]

Going Home {to Texas}, and My Dark Chocolate ChickPz Winner!

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Where do you call home? Our former house in Plano,Texas, 2011 For me, it's San Diego, the town where I was born, my husband was born, SiSi was born, and where I have lived the majority of my life, including now. But, I've also been fortunate enough to have lived in several other towns in my life...Dallas, Texas  for college...Chicago for my dietetic internship {great city, but not so great winters}...back to Dallas {Plano}, Texas for my husband's job...Falls Church, Virginia, again for my husband's job, and, ultimately, back to San … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate ChickPz Giveaway!

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I knew I was in trouble when the box arrived... I debated back-and-forth in my mind about whether to open it or not... You see, it was in the afternoon, right around "that time of the day." You know that time, right??? SNACK TIME! I figured if I opened the package, I might not be able to eat just a few....{Read more on this at the end of the post!} But, against my better judgement, I opened it anyways, and found this lovely little pouch... Seriously...how fun is this??? But the packaging wasn't the biggest thing on my … [Read more...]

Baked Eggs for Patti and My ChickPz Giveaway Winner

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On a Saturday morning, not so long ago, the kids were over at their grandparents house, and the husband was still asleep, so, I, naturally, lazed around in bed, coffee cup in hand, and caught up on my blog reading. A couple of recipes really caught my eye-BOTH for baked eggs!   First I  saw this one: Savory Style Perspective from The Edible Perspective. {A beautiful food blog I recently came across!} Then, I found this one: Caprese Baked Eggs from How Sweet It Is. {Recommended by not only, The Edible Perspective, but also by … [Read more...]