Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies (gluten free, dairy free)

Well, I finally did it! I cracked open my blog to start writing recipes. They're good and I'm invigorated. This one involves chocolate, so who couldn't like it? Like many of my recipes, these Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies are gluten free and dairy free. They're...

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Detoxifying Ginger Infused Turkey Chili with Quinoa

It just makes sense. Adding healthy, detoxifying herbs and spices to already healthy foods creates a powerful combination. So is the case with my Ginger Infused Turkey Chili with Quinoa. Somewhere along the line, ginger became a staple in my kitchen. Whether I use it...

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Quinoa Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins (Gluten Free)

When it comes to baking, muffins are always a good idea...especially these Quinoa Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins. Even with healthy food, too much of a good thing can be bad. But you're a lot less likely to run the risk of over-serving yourself when you have a perfect...

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Ginger Berry Smoothie

When I think about foods that really work for the health of my body, blueberries and ginger usually come somewhere in the top 10. They’re both have a lot to offer, including detoxifying properties, and taste really good – especially when paired together. Blueberries...

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Detox Dill Dressing

If you have a copy of The Belly Burn Plan (with the New Year coming, I hope you do), then you’ve had the Cleanse Dressing. I love it, but the Detox Dill Dressing is quite different. It’s a little smoother and doesn’t have quite the same amount of tang as the Cleanse...

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Fudgey Avocado Brownies

I think I finally found the ultimate answer to the "I have a ripe avocado that I have no plans on eating right now" problem. It's called the fudgey avocado brownie solution. Even if you're not an avocado fan, or if you think the flavor will carry over too much into...

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Choco-Chia Bites: A Healthy Chocolate Snack

I'm wrapping up the final recipes for The Belly Burn RESET that kicks off in a couple of weeks. Making these Choco-Coco bites wasn't exactly on the agenda, but I was running out of the homemade cookies I made for my kids and needed something else (made quickly) that...

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Nut Free Maple Zucchini Muffins

Every once in a while, I use an ingredient and it absolutely makes the difference between good and great. I kind of hinted at it in the title of the recipe...Nut Free Maple Zucchini Muffins. Even though zucchini is a great vegetable to bake with, it's not the star....

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Belly Burning Full Body Workout Athleta-Style

Last month I was asked to be the Lifestyle Ambassador for Athleta's Southport Store. I love Athleta and the way the company embraces a balanced health for women...so, of course, I said YES! I'm partnered with two other amazing women from Chicago who bring up the yoga...

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Grain Free Chicken Nuggets

I shouldn't be as shocked and amazed as I always am to see the amount of ingredients that are added to relatively simple foods. Chicken nuggets are at the top of the list as chicken isn't just left as simple chicken. Usually the chicken in most commercial chicken...

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Homemade Chocolate Pecan LARABAR

The other day my youngest daughter came home from school and told me that her friends told her chocolate was bad. Earlier that morning, I sent her to school with my latest concoction, these Homemade Chocolate Pecan LARABARs. To be honest, if I were a 7-year-old, I'd...

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Southwestern Veggie Salad With Cilantro Lime Detox Dressing

The other day we went to a friend's house for a barbecue. Fish and steak tacos were on the menu, so I wanted to bring something Tex-Mexy. April weather in Chicago can be touch and go, but we were absolutely blessed with an amazing 70-degree afternoon. The sun was...

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

When it comes to food, I'm fairly certain I have the pickiest toddler in the world. It pains me (and my wallet) that he doesn't like to eat the same types of foods (albeit prepared differently) that my two older children eat. I have no doubt that he'll grow out of the...

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The Belly Burn Broth

Are you kidding me? A gallon of water boiled with a bunch of vegetables, then strained and sipped like tea can really help me get healthier? Yep! It can…and does. The Belly Burn Broth is a cornerstone of The Belly Burn Plan – and an essential part of the 3-Day...

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My Morning Detox Routine

I’ll admit, you can’t truly detox your body in just one morning, but getting into a routine everyday can make a big difference in the way your body eliminates toxins, improves your health and generally makes you feel so much better than you could ever imagine. My...

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Chicken and Spinach Stir-fry

I've been trying to find some sort of balance in my life that past couple months. I feel like I'm busier than ever, yet I'm doing so much less than what I did last year. Just over a year ago, I had a brand new baby, was vigorously wrapping up my book, The Belly Burn...

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Homemade Thin Mint Cookies: Gluten Free & Dairy Free

Ever since I was a little kid I've loved the combination of chocolate and mint. Mint chocolate chip ice cream, peppermint tea and Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies - yum! Now that my kid days (and kid-like metabolism) are long gone...peppermint tea is about the only thing...

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