Author: shelbydw

When I was in first grade, my mom bought me the Harry Potter series because I was a little nearsighted nerd with a hyperactive imagination. As a little kid, I became obsessed with magic, spells, Hermione, and broomsticks. They were real in my mind and no one could convince me that my friends at Hogwarts were brilliantly conjured up by J.K. Rowling. I knew I was secretly a witch, and I held on to that knowledge for years. My eleventh birthday was the day I learned the truth about myself. I don’t recall the presents I got or if I had a party or what kind of cake I had that day, but I do remember expecting my Hogwarts letter to show up any minute. I didn’t tell anyone about my secret hope, because my logical side knew that Harry Potter was fictional, but I still searched the skies every hour or so, looking for some sign of an owl. I even ran to the mailbox multiple times a day in hopes that maybe Hogwarts was in cahoots with the US Postal Service.
Some things you’re born with. Like freckles, bushy eyebrows, or webbed feet! Just kidding, hopefully you weren’t born with webbed feet. Anyhow, one thing you’re not born with is a fat gene.
Halloween can be a nightmare for parents who are concerned about their kids’ health. The most important thing to remember is that this holiday needs to be FUN! There’s no need to stress out about your kid’s sugar overload if you’ve trained him or her to have a healthy relationship with food. Here are a few ideas from Natalie, a nutritionist and seasoned mom, about how to take the worry out of the witchcraft and enjoy Halloween with your kids.
Okay, my title might be slightly misleading. Eating an extra bag of Cheetos definitely will not help you lose five pounds. However, I really can’t stress how important it is to properly fuel your body! It’s the key to sustainable weight loss because guess what? You shouldn’t be starving yourself.
Everyone has some type of food that they just don’t like. Personally, I have a thing against bell peppers. I just can’t bring myself to like them raw, on a pizza, or even in a fajita! That’s not a super big deal though because I still love a lot of other options that give me the nutrition I need. The problem comes when you have a hard time liking anything green and leafy. Many people blame their weight on the fact that they just can’t eat any healthy food because they hate all of it! This is excuse is lameeee and here’s why.

If you make healthy habits foundations of your day, things that you can rely on even when everything else gets crazy, your body will stay strong even during pressure....

Ingredients 8 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (can be substituted for 6 oz. plain non-fat Greek yogurt, or 6 oz. unsweetened Almond Breeze coconut milk) 1 tbsp chia seeds 2-3 drops liquid vanilla...

Ingredients 3 egg whites 1 whole egg 1 green bell pepper (halved) Directions Cut bell pepper in half. Place on skillet. Put 9 tbsp of egg whites into bell pepper. Put one whole egg on top of the...

Ingredients 2 cup raw cauliflower puree 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 3 drops liquid chocolate stevia 1 drop liquid vanilla stevia 1/4 cup avocado puree 3 eggs 3 tbsp  water 1/4 cup ground flax 3 tsp powdered pure stevia 2...

Ingredients 1 head cauliflower cut into florets 1 tbsp water 1 lime, juiced 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped Pepper for topping Directions Transfer cauliflower into a food processor and grate or pulse until completely broken down and it...

Ingredients 1 large zucchini 2 tsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos Suggested veggies: diced Roma tomatoes, asparagus Suggested herbs/spices: oregano, peppercorn, ginger, curry, basil, garlic Spiralizer tool for veggies Directions Spiralize zucchini into noodles. Mix Liquid Aminos with zoodles if the...

Makes 1 serving | Calories: 184 | 19g protein, 5g fat, 16g carbs Ingredients 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets 1 large eggs + 2 egg whites Pinch of salt 1 minced garlic clove 3/4 tsp....

Makes 12 large patties Ingredients 3 lbs very lean ground turkey meat 3 tbsp honey dijon mustard 5 cups sauteed spinach 1 red onion (chopped) 3 tbsp minced garlic Dash of black pepper Directions Place the turkey meat into...

Ingredients ¼ onion, diced ½ green bell pepper, diced 3 cups spinach or kale Asparagus, diced Egg white carton (24 tbsp total) Black Pepper Nonstick cooking spray Directions Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray each muffin tin with olive...

Ingredients 1 bundle of radishes (8-10 radishes) Sea salt Pepper Directions Preheat oven to 375º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (to eliminate the need for oil). Rinse radishes and trim tops and tails. Thinly slice...

Ingredients Nori seaweed sheets (2) Prolean Teriyaki Sauce or Sweet and Spicy Mustard Dressing (provided in Wellness Guide) 1 protein serving of cooked shrimp Plain broccoli and cucumber slaw Added spices of herbs of your...

Ingredients 1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt 1/4 cup non-fat feta cheese crumbles 1 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice 1 tbsp fresh dill 5 small black/green olives Ground pepper to taste Directions Toss the feta, yogurt, and lemon in...

Ingredients 2 egg whites (6-8 tbsp. liquid egg white beaters) Cream of tartar Pinch of lime or lemon zest Directions Whisk egg whites, cream of tartar and lime zest. Use a nonstick pan or spray a...

Makes 1 cup | 1 serving = 1 tbsp Ingredients 1 cup raw macadamia butter 1 tsp natural butter oil flavoring ¼ tsp almond extract 1-2 droppers of Vanilla Bean Liquid Stevia 3 tbsp. Treleafia (powdered...