How a Snake Bite and Self-Love Motivated Dawn to Lose 100 Pounds

Pierre Van Zyl

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Dawn Smith wasn’t happy about her weight. Watch how one wrong step put her on the path to a healthier life.
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10 Benefits of Nettle Tea + How To Make It

Pierre Van Zylhealth, Natural Remedies

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“When in doubt, use nettle.” << Spoken by renowned herbalist David Hoffman, this bit of wisdom has benefitted my family more times than I can count. (1) Often called Nature’s Multivitamin because it contains so many nourish…

How To Make Instant Pot Taco Meat With Frozen Ground Beef

Pierre Van ZylBeef Recipes, Main Course, Recipes

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Sautéeing taco meat in a skillet is the easiest thing in the world . . . except when it’s not, because you forgot to defrost ground beef for taco night. No worries, though, you can quickly make super delish, perfectly seasoned taco meat in your Instant Pot using frozen meat.  This recipe is ideal for […]

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15+ Healthy Ground Beef Recipes (Gluten-Free)

Pierre Van ZylBeef Recipes, Main Course, Recipes

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Stuck in a food rut? I’ve been there. When it comes to price-per-pound, ground beef is one of the most affordable options when buying grass-fed meat, but it can be challenging to find inspired ways to make it.  Whether you’re looking for quick and easy meal options or new ways to shake things up in the flavor […]

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How the Pandemic Inspired Mike to Lose 245 pounds

Pierre Van Zyl

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Mike went to bed every night thinking he was going to have a heart attack. Watch his inspiring story of weight loss and grit.
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How Do I Decide What Diet Is Right for Me?

Pierre Van Zyl

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Registered Dietitian Whitney English reminds us that many factors play into how someone should eat, or can eat. For example, age, genetics, allergies, current health conditions, and socioeconomic status.
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Fall Quinoa Salad

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, lunch, salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Roasted vegetable quinoa bowl is packed with autumn inspired ingredients and perfect for lunch or dinner! Great for meal prep too, this healthy harvest grain bowl is vegan, vegetarian, gluten …
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Spiced Vanilla Chai Ice Cream Recipe (Dairy-Free)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Infused with vanilla, black tea, and my five-minute masala chai spice mix, this cool and creamy chai ice cream recipe is super easy to make and so decadent.  Since I’m dairy-free right now as part of my healing journey, it doesn’t incorporate traditional ingredients like heavy cream and whole milk. You’d never guess that by tasting it, though – […]

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Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce and Easy Pasta

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Cauliflower Alfredo sauce turns a nutritious crucifer into the base of a delightful, creamy dairy-free pasta sauce. You can store it or use it to make an easy vegan Alfredo pasta with spinach. The pasta dish features prebiotic foods, which may benefit digestive health. Hi friends! Thank you for the kind responses to Sunday’s post. I’m happy to say that a new oven has been installed and inspected and deemed safe to use. Speaking of that, I’ve moved into the dessert phase of…

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Is it OK to Eat After 8 p.m.?

Pierre Van Zyl

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Do you worry that eating late at night will cause you to gain weight? Registered Dietitian Whitney English shares why, even though that theory is technically inaccurate, it’s also not completely off base.
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Hearty Brown Rice Lentil Soup

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, low fat, soup, Vegan

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Brown rice lentil soup is the ultimate comfort food that is so easy to make and uses ingredients you likely already have in the pantry and fridge. This vegan rice …
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My Home First Aid Kit + Natural Remedy Essentials

Pierre Van ZylNatural Remedies

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As a mom of three, I’ve cared for my littles through everything from bug bites to broken bones. When they’re sick or hurt, they immediately come to me with the expectation that I’ve got something in my home first aid kit + natural remedy stash to help them . . . and usually I do.  There have been […]

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Protein Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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These vegan protein peanut butter stuffed dates taste like a Snickers bar. But they’re made with wholesome, plant-based ingredients, including medjool dates, peanut butter, melted dark chocolate, and pea protein. Hot summer days rarely deter me from turning on my oven, but July had enough super warm days that I often hesitated to bake. This left me in the position of seeking out no-bake treats instead. These protein peanut butter-stuffed dates are the best one of those that I’ve tried.  The dates are…

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How Much Protein Can Our Bodies Absorb Per Meal and Per Day?

Pierre Van Zyl

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Wondering how much protein you need every day? Registered Dietitian Whitney English explains why it’s important to practice moderation, even when it comes to protein.
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Lentil Tahini Wraps

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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These lentil tahini wraps are a simple, tasty, and nourishing plant-based lunch! They incorporate nutritious vegetables and legumes, and they’re easy to customize. Feels like a while since I’ve checked in—because it has been! I’m just back from a really special week with my oldest friend and her family. I got away at a moment when I needed to get away. And the little escape was exactly what I needed to recharge, regroup, and feel like myself again. This is one of many…

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Almond Flour Banana Muffins

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Dairy-free, dessert, Gluten-free, Paleo, Vegan

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Almond flour banana muffins are the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. Tender, moist and so flavorful, these vegan almond flour banana muffins are naturally gluten free, egg free and easy …
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Hummus Pasta Salad

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Dairy-free, dinner, Gluten-free, lunch, salad, Vegan

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Hummus pasta salad is the perfect weekday lunch or dinner that is ready in just 15 minutes and packed with flavor. Great for cookouts, potlucks, parties or meal prep, this …
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Easy Healthy Snacking: Mary’s Crackers

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Health + Nutrition, Healthy Snacks, Vegan

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I have so many nutrition clients come to me and say they eat really healthy for their main meals, but when it comes to snacking they really struggle to find anything nourishing. We’re often faces with bags of chips, candy bars, of even hyper-processed protein bars that are masquerading as healthy food. Don’t worry team,…

Carrot Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, cookies, Gluten-free, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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These soft, chewy vegan breakfast cookies are studded with grated carrots, plump raisins, and rolled oats. They’re wholesome, filling, and delicious! They’re also freezer friendly and can be made ahead for breakfasts on-the-go. I’ve always loved the idea of a breakfast cookie. A freshly baked cookie, full of ingredients that are wholesome enough to qualify as a sensible breakfast? Sign me up. Until now, however, breakfast cookies have been more appealing in theory than in practice. I’ve tried so many different combinations, and…

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Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Dairy-free, dinner, Gluten-free

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Chicken fried rice in the instant pot will quickly become a family favorite for weeknight dinner! Easy to make, this one pot meal is packed with flavor but only 10 …
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10 Flavorful Vegan Eggplant Recipes

Pierre Van ZylRecipes, Sides, Small Plates, Snacks, Vegan

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Eggplant is nutritious and oh-so-versatile! Here are 10 flavorful vegan recipes that show off the many ways that you can prepare eggplant at home. It’s eggplant season! August and September are my favorite time of year for produce. Deep purple, shiny eggplant has a lot to do with this. I know that eggplant can be controversial. Along with beets and mushrooms, it’s one of the foods that my nutrition clients most often report being squeamish about. Me? I’m a devoted eggplant fan. Eggplant…

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