Homemade for the Holidays: Chocolate Bark

You’ve probably seen fancy chocolate bark in stores, but did you know how easy it is to make your own customized version? You can even make multi-flavor bark by sprinkling on strips of different toppings. You probably already have the ingredients for it on hand, too! Just mix and match these toppings to create your […]

OMG Chocolate Pudding

OMG is what I said when I tasted this pudding!  Rich and chocolaty, plus, it has healthy fats in it – how can you go wrong? Serves 4 2 ripe organic avocados 1⁄2 cup whole organic coconut milk 1 tsp raw honey and/or 2 pinches/drops stevia (add to taste) 1⁄2 cup raw organic cacao powder 1⁄2 teaspoon pure […]

De-Sugaring What You Drink

Lots of people pay attention to what they eat, but most people overlook what they drink. Sweetened coffee, sports drinks, vitamin waters, and fruit juice are just as common as sodas these days. Tea comes presweetened; so do yogurt drinks. Some people rely on energy drinks as breakfast. But while most people acknowledge that sugary […]

Staying Steady: How to Keep Your Blood Sugar Levels on an Even Keel

We have all been there: come mid-morning, our energy levels crash and we make a run to the nearest vending machine. Or maybe the crash hits in the middle of the afternoon. No matter when it hits, that I’m-going-to-fall-asleep-right-here feeling is mostly the result of plummeting blood sugar…which is usually preceded by sky-high blood sugar. […]

Comparing Natural Sweeteners

There are a variety of sources of natural sweeteners that can enhance the taste of food while also providing some essential vitamins and minerals. Unrefined and natural sweeteners should be used in moderation in one’s diet, optimally accompanied by some good proteins or fats to prevent a spike and crash in blood sugar.  The following […]

Is Sugar Lurking in Your Food or Drinks?

Food manufacturers use sugar in their products to get consumers addicted to their products. Most processed foods are loaded with sugar! If that were not bad enough, usually that sugar is the cheapest form of sugar: high-fructose corn syrup. HFCS is processed by the liver, and excess sugar makes the liver fatty.  Not good.  Sugar […]

Sweeten Your Summer Naturally

When the days get hot, we often reach for something cool, refreshing, and sweet. Nothing wrong with cool and refreshing, but you’ll have a happier and healthier summer if you opt for natural sweeteners (and less of them) than products made with refined white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. Fortunately, we have plenty of other […]

Two of My Favorite Natural Sweeteners!

We often hear how bad white sugar is and how we need to avoid it to achieve optimal health.  I could not agree more!  With Halloween just around the corner I have sugar and candy on my mind and how I can help my family avoid it as much as possible so we can all […]

Sugar – Does Not Do Your Body Good…

Sugar consumption has increased exponentially in the past 20 years.  Diabetes and obesity continue to rise, even in children!  Sugar can affect the immune system and lead to more sickness and disease.  Although it may taste good – it does not do your body good.  Sugar has been linked to not only diabetes and obesity, […]

Food Face Off Part V: White Sugar VS Natural Sweeteners

Which Would You Choose? White Sugar- Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth? Annually, Americans consume over 150 pounds of sweeteners and another 15 to 20 pounds of artificial sweeteners per person. Refined white sugar is completely stripped of all nutrients, but still contains the calories. Eating excessive sugar products makes it more difficult for our […]