Healthy Recipes

11 Food and Drink Substitutes for Weight Loss and Health

There are lots of small changes that you can make to add up to big losses for weight loss. These 11 substitutes will help lose weight and gain better health. #Trop50FreshStart #ad

  I had a scare late last year that had me in the hospital for a few weeks worrying about my heart and my health.  In the end, untreated high blood pressure was the culprit. I am managing it now with medication and diet, but it was a big wake up call for me.  All…

Chicken Cheese Panini Sandwich – Slimmed Down Lunch Delight

Chicken cheese panini with a bowl of slimmed down turkey chili

My daughter bought me a panini pan for Christmas.  She and I often have mum-daughter dates at Panera Bread and I always choose a half panini sandwich and bowl of soup.  Jess knew that I would be cooking up a panini storm for lunch if I had my own pan. She was right!  This slimmed…

Ground Turkey Stuffed peppers

The cold temperatures that we have been experiencing lately have made me looking for some new “comfort food” creations.  There is nothing quite like tucking into a hearty meal when you are chilled to the bones.  These Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers fill the comfort food need but keep health in mind at the same time!…

Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers

These cranberry pecan crostini appetizers make the perfect party appetizers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BoursinCheese #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers! Cranberries are one of those foods that always seem to find their way onto the holiday table.  These lovely Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers are the perfect way to…

S’mores Trail Mix – Fun & Tasty Snack

S'mores trail mix

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Post Consumer Brands. All opinions are entirely my own.  It’s time to make some S’mores Trail Mix! Our family is very fond of trail mixes.  They are a good way to satisfy you sweet tooth and also give you an extra boost of energy.…

Double Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan

Double dark chocolate ice cream

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KashiPlantPower #GOTOGETHER #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Double Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – Vegan Style! Enjoy the days of summer with this double dark chocolate ice cream. The warm summer months are the time for a big…

Tuna Lettuce Wraps – Healthy and Gluten Free

Healthy and tasty tuna lettuce wraps

If you are looking for a healthy, gluten free alternative to high carb wraps, try these tuna lettuce wraps. They are very tasty, packed with nutritious ingredients and so easy to make.  I love that I can have several of them without breaking my calorie bank.  You can’t say that with a normal wrap, can…

No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites

no bake peanut butter energy bites

Are you looking for a really easy to make snack that is both nutritious and super tasty?  Try these no bake peanut butter energy bites. They are simple to make, ready in minutes and pack a nutritious boost with a taste that can’t be beat. These no bake peanut butter energy bites are a great way…

Chunky Roasted Tomato Vegetable Marinara with Pasta

Roasted Tomato Vegetable Marinara Sauce with Pasta

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias  I love to use roasted tomatoes in my sauces.  Roasting them in the oven brings out the natural sweetness of tomatoes and makes the BEST tasting sauce ever! This chunky roasted tomato vegetable marinara sauce with pasta…

Light Seafood Piccata with Pasta

seafood piccata

This light seafood piccata with pasta is a slimmed down version of one of my favorite restaurant dishes. My husband and I love seafood and often choose it when we eat at our favorite restaurants.  But, so many times, the restaurant version is full of heavy cream and lots of butter, which is not so great…

Diet Dr Pepper® Brownies

Diet Dr Pepper® brownies

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Diet Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine. Be sure to join me in this giveaway and also for a taste of these Diet Dr Pepper Brownies, too! These Diet Dr Pepper brownies are fast and easy to make. Spring can be a…

Roasted Yam Salad with Seasoned Chicken

Roasted yam salad with seasoned chicken

This roasted yam salad with seasoned chicken is the perfect way to celebrate National Nutrition Month. Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?  This gives us a perfect time to focus on the importance of making smart food choices and developing well thought out physical activity habits.  This salad is the perfect way for me…

Health and Wellness Goals for 2016

Nature made supplements help when diet is not enough

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. It’s time to focus on health and wellness goals for 2016! Getting a little help on health and wellness goals in 2016 is easy with Nature Made. If you have been reading my blog lately, you will know…

Making Lunch Time Healthy – My Top 8 Tips

Chicken with vegetables and fruit for lunch

These 8 tips will go a long way towards making lunch time healthy and allowing you to stick to your healthy eating plan. If you are like me, you may find that preparing a healthy meal at lunch can be a bit of a challenge. Sometimes it’s just handy to grab something unhealthy and quick…

Yellow Fin Tuna with Pineapple Salsa

grilled yellow fin tuna

Add a touch of freshness to dinner with this Yellow Fin Tuna with Pineapple Salsa. I love yellow fin tuna.  It is also known as Ahi Tuna and can be prepared in so many ways.  Today’s recipe for yellow fin tuna with pineapple salsa is easy to make and the pineapple adds a great freshness…

Albacore Tuna Rice Paper Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce

Albacore tuna rice paper spring rolls and Asian dipping sauce

These albacore tuna rice paper spring rolls are light and full of flavor. I love Asian inspired recipes.   They are clean and full of healthy ingredients and so flavorful.  This recipe for albacore tuna rice paper spring rolls rivals the ones my husband and I get at our favorite Thai restaurant. They are light, crunchy…

One Pan Roasted Chicken Dinner

One pan roast chicken

What could be easier than this one pan roasted chicken dinner? One pan, easy clean up, fast.  Oh my goodness, my mind is going into overtime dinner love for this one!  I make roast chicken all the time, but normally I do the chicken separately and cook the vegetables by themselves, either in the oven,…

Getting Healthy in the New Year- Practice These 5 Tips

Practice these 5 tips for getting healthy in the new year and all year long. New Year, New Thoughts….time to take stock, think back on last year, and make plans for the coming year.  For many of us that means focusing on getting healthy, or losing weight, in the New Year.  Is that one of…

Healthy Kitchen Swaps – 11 Tips for Weight Loss Success

Healthy Kitchen Swaps

Trying to lose weight in the new year?  Try these healthy kitchen swaps. For many of us, the New Year means making a resolution to lose a few extra pounds that seem to magically appear during the holiday season.  But losing some weight does not necessarily mean that you have to just eat lettuce and…

Copycat KFC Oven Fried Chicken

This copycat KFC oven fried chicken has a ton of flavor with all the fat and calories of deep frying. thegardeningcook.com

This copycat KFC oven fried chicken recipe has a super spice mix to give it a great taste without all the calories. I love all types of copycat recipes.  It is fun to tinker in my kitchen to try and come up with recipes that give me the flavors of my favorite restaurant or take…

Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken

Tuscan inspired Tomato basil chicken

Treat Your Family to the Taste of Italy with this Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken Recipe. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and text are all mine. May I introduce you to new favorite way to eat chicken? This Tuscan inspired tomato basil chicken with a buttery…

Taco Chicken 15 Bean Soup

Taco chicken 15 bean soup

 Welcome Fall with this Taco Chicken 15 Bean Soup. Don’t you just love it when the temperatures start to fall and you know that all the holidays are around the corner?  I do, and I also love fall for the homemade soups that I feel like putting together.  For some reason, to me, Autumn =…

How to Be Accountable – Without the Scales

Wednesday accountability, without the scales

It’s Time for my Weekly Accountability – Without the Scales. I have been going back and forth in my mind about how I wanted to share my progress on my new healthy living program with my readers. I’ve thought of just posting weight loss, or a chart.  I’ve thought of making a graph to show…

Top Exercise Excuses and Why they are Just Words

Do you Use Exercise Excuses? Unless you are a fitness person at heart, I am sure you have a million reasons why you should not exercise.  I call them exercise excuses and I have a ton of them.When it comes to avoiding exercise, I have become the master of excuses.  I’ve use one or all…

Should You Walk When it Hurts?

Reasons to Continue your Walk When it Hurts in Every Joint. It is sort of a catch 22.  Walking is good for your knees and hips.  But knees and hips with arthritis make walking difficult.   So today’s question is “should you still walk when it hurts?”  The answer is a qualified yes! First let me…