Homemade Hamburger Vegetable Soup Recipe (Vegetarian and Vegan Options)

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We love this time of year for two reasons: 1) wearing cozy knitted sweaters and 2) eating soothing, heartwarming soups! The soups are especially a favorite because they’re so fun and easy to make… Most of the time, all you have to do is throw everything in the pot and get creative with the ingredients…

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Butter Nutrition 101: Is Butter Bad for You or Is Butter Good for You?

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Everything is better with butter! How many times have you heard that before? People’s perceptions of butter haven’t always been positive, though. Falling under the “saturated fatsâ€� umbrella, butter has gotten a lot of flak for apparently skyrocketing cholesterol levels, clogging arteries, and increasing risk for heart disease. Between government recommendations and cardiologists’ advice and…

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Instant Pot / Slow Cooker French Onion Soup Recipe

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Until you’ve tried the ‘set it and forget it’ style of cooking with an instant pot or a slow cooker, preparing dinner can seem like an incredibly daunting task. But this simple French onion soup recipe takes all of the stress out of cooking. The dish does, admittedly, take a significant amount of time to cook,…

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Ground Cherries: The Weird Fruit That Could Become as Common as Strawberries

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Hey, there’s a new fruit on the block. It looks like a cherry tomato, has a texture somewhere between a tomato and a grape, and people are saying it boasts a tropical flavor profile of pineapple and mango. Because of its thin papery husk, this fruit is part of the same family as tomatoes. So,…

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These 5 Teas Can Help Prevent Cancer and Heart Disease

Pierre Van ZylDrinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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Tea is a beverage that can be enjoyed year round, either iced or hot. While tea can be refreshing, it can also offer a host of health benefits depending upon the variety you choose. Variety is almost an understatement, there are so many options available in the marketplace, online and in herb shops that it…

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Beaumont Costales Files Class Action Lawsuit Against LaCroix Water

Pierre Van ZylDrinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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If you’ve been around here for a while, you know how much we love water and always emphasize the importance of staying hydrated. That said, we know that it can get tiring drinking the same old flavorless liquid all the time… which is why millions of people are turning to sparkling water. Even without flavoring…

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Celebrate World Porridge Day with these delicious recipes

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So it’s safe to say that oats have come a long way from its humble beginnings as a sloppy breakfast with some honey on top for good measure. Now we have a multitude of creations with turmeric, choc chips and of course toppings galore gracing our Insta feeds every day. It’s only fair that porridge…

6 Cast Iron Skillet Bread Recipes That Are Actually Good for You

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As the fall season approaches us we start to shift to comfort foods and I know in our home that includes freshly baked bread. One of my favourite ways to bake bread is in a cast-iron skillet and if you have ever had freshly baked cast iron skillet bread you will know just how yummy…

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Homemade Cauliflower Soup Recipe (Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Options)

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Little compares to the feeling of swimming in a cozy oversized sweater with a warm, soothing bowl of cauliflower soup. It’s creamy, comforting, delicious, and not only does it scream Autumn but it’s healthy, too! Health Benefits of Cauliflower Cauliflower is so full of vitamins and minerals that it should probably be a staple in…

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Forcing Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

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When you were younger, can you remember how many battles were fought over a green thing on your dinner plate? Whether it was a tiny pea, a smelly brussels sprout or boiled broccoli, you would rather go to bed kicking and screaming without dessert than put those veggies in your mouth. Looking back, was it…

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Ingredients in McDonald’s Fries Linked to Obesity, Heart Disease and Cancer

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Nobody can deny how spectacular McDonald’s is at marketing their products. Every time you see those golden arches, your mind immediately runs to their crispy, salty french fries. Of course, neither is nobody fooled into thinking that the fast-food chain is actually a place where smart, healthy eating choices are made. For starters, ingredients in…

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My Day on a Plate

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I feel like these blog posts have been done over and over again, but still, I find myself clicking on other people’s regularly. What is up with that? There’s something so intriguing about what other people put into their mouths every day. Let’s be honest, we know they don’t eat the same damn thing everyday,…

7-Day Low-Carb Sugar Detox Meal Plan to Fight Weight Gain, Type 2 Diabetes

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Low carb diets come in many colors, flavors, and popular names! The Atkins, Ketogenic, and other low-carb-high-fat diets are all example of low carb diets. This type of diet, as stated in its name, limits the amount of carbohydrates you eat, usually to ~50g of carbohydrates per day.[1] They’re often replaced with foods that are…

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4 Bedtime Drinks to Improve Sleep and Aid Weight Loss (Recipes)

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Do you ever have those days where you leave home only to be hit by a reality you haven’t noticed in a while? Everyone’s walking around with raccoon eyes and blank stares on their faces, looking unkempt and sluggish, seeming like they’ve kind of given up… It’s not just you who has been noticing. Just…

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70 Types of Seafood Labels Are Falsely Labelled in North America

Pierre Van Zyleat, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Are you being catfished by seafood labels? In June of 2018, researchers at the University of British Columbia collected 281 samples of fish and other seafood from restaurants and grocery stores. They tested the DNA of these samples to determine the accuracy of seafood labels. What was the result? Out of the 281 samples collected…

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McDonald’s Salads Tainted with Cyclospora Have Sickened 286 People in 14 States

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One of the latest dangerous food outbreaks is that much more proof that sometimes, convenience comes at a cost! So, if you’ve eaten a supposedly health salad from a fast food restaurant in the past couple of months, please keep reading… Around mid-May, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public…

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How to Rebuild Worn Down Cartilage and Feel Like Your Joints Are New Again

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness

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Osteoarthritis is a painful joint disorder and is actually the most common joint disorder in the United States. Those 60 years old or older the 10% of men and 13% women have knee osteoarthritis[1] and that is just one joint, there are many more that have osteoarthritis in the hips, shoulders, and other joints. Osteoarthritis…

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8 Foods Linked to Ongoing Outbreaks That Might Make You Sick

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Pain Management

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We’re not exactly sure why, but there have been in alarming number of dangerous food outbreaks over the last year or so. Cases of food contamination are becoming more commonplace and stealing headlines, which is why everyone needs to know how to keep themselves and their families safe. Remember the nationwide listeria outbreak in October…

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How to Make Key Lime Pound Cake with Dairy-Free Cream Cheese

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Nothing is more refreshing than a zesty fresh hit of citrus in the summertime! (Or, if you’re like us, any season.) Some people just love the idea of a slightly acidic dessert that isn’t overly sweet while for others, the flavor of key lime triggers waves of childhood memories. Whatever the case, everyone can enjoy…

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Easy Non-Dairy Milk Recipes: Almond, Cashew, Hemp, Rice, Coconut

Pierre Van ZylDrinks, eat, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Jump Straight to… The M-Word Controversy Why Milk Really Isn’t for Everyone Pros and Cons of Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Shopping Tips for Milk Alternatives Easy Recipes! Interest in dairy products is declining. Whether it’s a conscious choice to avoid animal products or a decision based on health needs, the consumer has spoken. According to a recent…

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Easiest Mushroom Bacon Ever! (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Pierre Van Zyleat, Lunch + Dinner

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Apparently today is both national sweet potato AND chili day.  Figures, I go ahead and share a mushroom bacon recipe.  My luck… a day late and a dollar short.  (insert smirk) Now onto this recipe.  I’ve vacillated on this pic.  I love it, I hate it.  Regardless, these babies were gone within minutes.  Let me…

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Turmeric and Honey-Glazed Chicken

Pierre Van Zyleat, Lunch + Dinner

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Make a beautiful golden roasted chicken with a glaze of honey and turmeric! Simple enough for a weeknight meal, but fancy enough for company. With just a few spices you can turn a plain ol’ roasted chicken into something special to make on a weeknight or for an outstanding dinner for company. The warming combination…

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Almond Butter Nut and Seed Granola Bars (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, eat, Snacks + Sides

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Did you think I’ve abandoned my blog?  I’m starting to feel that way but life has been super busy and sadly, free time cooking & playing in the kitchen has suffered.  Last week I got to speak to speak at my husband’s company (three groups of awesome people) about nutrition & exercise. I had the…

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Dark Cherry Zucchini Protein Smoothie (Vegan)

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One of the most common concerns when going vegan is of course, where do you get your protein.  A great protein powder helps boost post workout along with providing your essential and non-essential amino acids, BCAA’s that recovering muscles need. This smoothie is so good and can fool any kid-detective looking for spinach in his/her…

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Paleo Substitute for Worcestershire Sauce

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Total Time: 5 Minutes Preparation Time: 5 Minutes Serves: 1½ Cups Ingredients: 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 cup coconut aminos 2 tablespoons coconut sugar 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons onion powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon pepper Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk until…

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Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, eat, Snacks + Sides

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Memorial Day is almost here, which means it’s time to start planning what to cook and bake for your family get-togethers! Memorial Day is one of my favorites because it’s a time when I can bake my heart away and let others try paleo recipes they wouldn’t have otherwise tried. Most people are surprised by how good paleo or gluten-free desserts…

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Gluten and Dairy-Free Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Recipe

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More and more Americans are adopting gluten and dairy-free diets in a bid to better their health and accommodate food intolerances. But the struggle of finding tasty treats that satisfy those requirements is all too real. Gluten-free diets have become insanely popular over the past couple years and people often adopt this diet to ease…

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Sesame Pineapple Steak Bites Recipe (Soy-Free, Sweet, Savory)

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These one-pan Sesame Pineapple Steak Bites are bursting with tropical flavor! Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Nothing complements a steak bite like the tangy sweet flavor of pineapple. This recipe includes a versatile marinade made with coconut aminos and sesame garlic – perfect for bite-size munching! The trick to locking in tons of flavor is to marinate…

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Fluffy Bread Recipe: Anti-Bloat, Gluten-Free, Cassava Loaf

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Looking for the perfect sandwich bread to answer all your Paleo needs? Check out this protein-packed Cassava Bread for a gluten-free and nut-free alternative! When it comes to Paleo flours, there are plenty of options to choose from. Cassava flour is a great anti-inflammatory option if you’re looking to recreate all your favorite baked goods. Use it…

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Crispy Keto Zucchini Toast That Will Make You Forget About Carbs

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This Low-Carb Zucchini Toast is thick, delicious and takes less than 40 minutes to make! Struggling to find the perfect low-carb bread alternative? What about one that includes Paleo-friendly ingredients and hassle-free cooking? Check out this golden crisp Zucchini Toast to find what you’ve been looking for! Made with just seven wholesome ingredients, this bread not only tastes…

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Homemade Carrot Cake with Hazelnut Icing Grandma Would Be Proud Of

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With a heavenly taste bursting with cinnamon and spice, the real challenge is to try eat just one slice! This carrot cake is the perfect healthy dessert or as a delicious snack to pair with coffee in the morning. With a dense texture and slightly nutty crunch, this version has a delicious taste that makes it stand apart…

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Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf Cupcakes with Sweet Potato ‘Frosting’

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Upgrade your classic meatloaf with these bold and smoky bacon-wrapped meatloaf cupcakes, topped with a decadent sweet potato frosting! Satisfy your hunger with these hearty meatloaf cupcakes wrapped in savory bacon and topped with mashed sweet potatoes. It’s an all-in-one meal that comes perfectly portioned into grab-and-go servings. Make them ahead of time for easy meal prepping…

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What the Fudge!? How to Make Dairy-Free Fudgesicles with Zero Refined Sugar and Additives

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With temperatures soaring in the 90’s, it seemed the perfect time to recreate a childhood favorite….fudgesicles. Traditionally fudgesicles are made with milk, cocoa and sugar. I wanted to make a dairy free version that was also healthier and more nutritious than a store bought version. I decided to make the base out of almond milk…

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Introduction to Light and Dark Photography Workshop

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Earlier this year Sally O’Neill from The Fit Foodie Blog and Anisa Sabet from The Macadames held their very first photography workshop. After catching up on an Instagram blind-date in Melbourne, it was only a matter of time before they joined forces to teach an epic photography workshop. With Sal to teach her signature light…

Stop Throwing Out The Leftover Pickle Juice. Here Are 7 Unexpected Ways To Use It At Home

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For those of us that love pickles, it can seem like a waste to throw out all the leftover juice when they’re gone. And you’d be right! Pickle juice can be just as healthy and even more useful than the pickles themselves. Pickle juice usually contains salt, sugar, vinegar, garlic and onion, but it can…

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Spice Up Your Life With The Natural Healing Benefits of Cuban Oregano

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If you love to cook but are tired of using the same old herbs for every recipe, you’ll be happy to learn that oregano (your old favorite) has a cousin called Cuban oregano that is taking taste buds by storm. Not only will the taste cause your jaw to drop, but you’ll be wowed by…

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Studies Show That All Lungs Will Decline After Age 30, But Eating These Foods Will Slow It Down!

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It’s not just lifelong smokers that need to worry about the health of their lungs. There is evidence to show that the health of everyone’s lungs will begin to decline after the age of 30, regardless of if you’ve had trouble breathing in the past or not. Study Shows That All Lungs Are Proven to…

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Unsafe Sushi Found Pumped with Carbon Monoxide to Appear “Fresh”

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Crunchy tempura rolls and perfect pieces of fish dipped in soy sauce and wasabi… If you’re a sushi lover, those words are beautiful music to your ears. But, being so glaringly different than the standard American diet – SAD – when did sushi become such a dietary staple in North America? Throughout the United States…

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25 Unexpected Facts Every Banana Lover Needs to Know

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You’ll never look at the humble banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. They can help to combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and blindness. Plus they can even cure the itch of…

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