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Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin

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The healthy benefits of this and other orange-colored produce

Pumpkin – Like other orange-colored produce, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, pumpkin is a rich in beta-carotene—an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals and has been linked to cancer prevention. I often use 100 percent pure canned pumpkin, rather than go through the hassle of chopping and roasting fresh pumpkin. There’s good evidence that the canned stuff is just as nutritious—if not more—than fresh. So why not save yourself the time? Just be sure not to get the sweetened pie filling kind.

I lean heavily on these super-good-for-you items in the meals, snacks, and treats in my new book, Sneaky Blends. Get your copy today at http://sneakyblends.com and grab your free copy of Sneaky Sweets, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings without adding to your waist-line.

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Tomatoes: How to get the garden fresh goodness of tomatoes all year long

Tomatoes: How to get the garden fresh goodness of tomatoes all year long

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Tomatoes in Tetra Paks, Better than Canned from The Sneaky ChefTomatoes in Tetra Paks, Better than Canned

TRY THIS!  Boxed tomatoes and tomato paste—also called Tetra Paks—are a better way to go than canned. Why? Because they have one of the highest levels of BPA of any canned food. The acidity in the tomatoes actually leaches this chemical from the can. Glass jars are another good option.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup from Sneaky Blends
Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

Makes 3 servings (Serving size: 2 cups)

Cauliflower Blend stands in for heavy cream in this homey soup—a trick you can use to add body to any creamy soup. I like to use whole boxed tomatoes, rather than the crushed or pureed kind, because food manufacturers tend to use higher-quality produce for them—who knew Read more …

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4 Powerhouse Foods to Incorporate into Your Diet

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These simple additions can make a big difference in your Health

I lean heavily on these super-good-for-you items in the meals, snacks, and treats in my new book, Sneaky Blends. Reserve your copy today at http://sneakyblends.com and grab your free copy of Sneaky Sweets, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings without adding to your waist-line.

Chia seeds Tiny, but mighty! Chia seeds are loaded with system-cleansing fiber—1 tablespoon delivers 5 grams of it, or about 20 percent of your daily requirement, as well as omega-3 fatty acids that gobble up free radicals and guard against cell damage. Result: You’ll eat less and lose weight faster.

Cinnamon This spice has been used for both culinary and medicinal reasons since 2800 B.C. And even small amounts may help lower blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol.

 

 Cocoa The polyphenols (a group of phytochemicals) in cocoa are extremely potent—more potent than those found in green tea and red wine.  Of course, I’m talking about the kind of cocoa you’d find in unsweetened cocoa powder or high-quality dark chocolate—not a Kit Kat.

 

 

Flaxseed Dubbed “one of most powerful plant foods on the planet,” flaxseed is loaded with both soluble and insoluble fiber, healthy omega-3 fats and is the richest source of lignans, an antioxidant that’s been shown to reduce the odds of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, arthritis, autoimmune diseases and neurological problems.

I lean heavily on these super-good-for-you items in the meals, snacks, and treats in my new book, Sneaky Blends. Reserve your copy today at http://sneakyblends.com and grab your free copy of Sneaky Sweets, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings without adding to your waist-line.

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Meaty Mushroom Bolognese

Meaty Mushroom Bolognese

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 Tired of Being a Short Order Cook making 3 different dinners?

This Meat Mushroom Bolognese is the one meal solutions…


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Mixed Berry Baby Kale Base Blend

Mixed Berry Baby Kale Base Blend

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Eat Clean, Eat Healthy, Eat Blends

I usually use frozen berries, especially if they’re not in season. They’re cheaper than fresh, tend to have more antioxidants, and are easier to blend. Don’t worry about buying multiple bags and mixing them together; you can find bags of assorted berries already mixed in the freezer case. Note: This recipe calls for fresh baby kale, which I prefer, but if you have to use frozen, drop the amount called for to 1 ½ cups.

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Skinny Chocolate Cake

Skinny Chocolate Cake

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Guiltless, Gluten-Free Skinny Chocolate Cake

Makes 12 servings • Serving size: 1 slice

This ooey-gooey, dense chocolate cake is also gluten free. And the Black Bean–Blueberry–Baby Kale Base Blend totally disappears in all that deliciousness, yet somehow adds an incredible depth of flavor. Note: If you’ve never baked with almond meal before, you can find it in the baking or nut aisle of almost
every grocery store these days.

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Sneaky Blends Tuna Salad

Sneaky Blends Tuna Salad

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White Bean Blend, Mayo Alternative

Want the creaminess of mayo without any of the saturated fat and useless calories?

My White Bean Blend is a delicious alternative for mayo in your tuna and chicken salad recipes, sandwiches, or wherever you’d normally use mayonnaise.  Just swap out the mayo and swap in the White Bean Blend, tablespoon for tablespoon.

One serving of White Bean Blend has just 39 calories and 0 grams of fat; the same amount of mayo has 180 calories and 20 fat grams. It’s more proof that one small swap can make an enormous difference in your diet. Make this mayo swap just twice a week and you’ll effortlessly drop 5 pounds this year!

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Single Serve Mac N Cheese Made Just for You

Single Serve Mac N Cheese Made Just for You

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Indulge Yourself Without the Guilt…

This mac n cheese recipe is so good, your kids will want to eat it too!

No more drooling over the kids’ mac n cheese – now you get one all for yourself (ok, share if you’re super nice)!  My new Sneaky Blends get in those veggie servings while shaving fat and calories off this creamy rich diet-friendly mac n cheese.Pre-Order Sneaky Blends today to get a Free downloadable Sneaky Sweets ebook.
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Protein Pancakes for Back to School, Back to Me!

Protein Pancakes for Back to School, Back to Me!

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Cinnamon-Oat Protein Pancakes

with Sweet Potato and Carrots!

My new Sneaky Blends work double duty for the whole family! Make-ahead a few batches of my Sweet Cinnamon Protein Pancakes, freeze, then simply warm them in the morning for grab n go breakfasts. Save extra Carrot-Sweet Potato Blend for mom’s afternoon snack (see below)!
BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO ME!
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