25-10-25 Full Body Fat Sizzler Workout

It’s been a while since I posted a workout for you all. I’m calling this one the 25-10-25 Full Body Fat Sizzler. You’ll see why in a moment.The past year has been jam-packed for me. I wrote The Belly Burn Plan, finished a second master’s degree and had a baby! How...

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Collard Greens Veggie Wrap

Meet your new favorite wrap! Collard greens loaded with veggie goodness and slathered with hummus is my new favorite way to fill up on detoxifying foods. Collard greens are in the same family as kale, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and cabbage. This flat,...

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The Best and Worst Foods To Eat When Traveling

This week I've spent quite a bit of time away from home traveling for The Belly Burn Plan. I think we can all agree that it's much easier to eat healthy when we have both control and access to the foods that we know make us feel best. But when we travel, whether it's...

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One of the worst breakfast foods you can eat

I love breakfast! I know it's an important meal, but for me, it's one of my favorites. Like most of us, from time to time, I eat breakfast or brunch at restaurant. I have pretty high standards when it comes to food, but for the most part, I can find something to eat...

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Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas

I used to work at a restaurant called The Country Kitchen when I was a teenager. I'm from Wisconsin, and Country Kitchens were spotted all around the state. I'm not sure if they're there anymore, but my job as a waitress afforded me the ability to aimlessly spend my...

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Gluten Free Eggplant Lasagna

Earlier this week, I appeared on The Steve Harvey Show talking about pasta swaps. There are a lot of really great vegetables you can use in place of traditional spaghetti, orzo and lasagna. Glutenous foods like pasta, bread, wraps and crackers can create an...

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Are your hormones making you gain weight?

We all like to think that we’re in complete control of our body. And to some degree we are. We make choices that influence how our body feels. If we’re cold, we put on a coat to feel warmer. If we’re tired, we sleep. If we’re sad, we cry. If we’re happy, we smile. If...

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Turmeric Detox Tea

One of the greatest things about detoxifying your body is that there are so many healthy ways to do it. I made this Turmeric Detox Tea the other day and absolutely love it. Over last summer, I spent a lot of time working on detoxifying recipes for The Belly Burn...

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Lose Five Pounds in Two Weeks With These Four Tips

When I start working with a new client who wants to lose weight, I try to identify where their weaknesses are. More often than not, those weaknesses don't differ too drastically. Here are four of my tried and true tips that help to bring my clients back into balance...

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Healthy vs Unhealthy Hunger

We all get hungry. In fact, it's completely normal and good to feel some sort of hunger each and every day. But they type of hunger you experience could actually be the difference between maintaining an optimal weight or putting on a few pounds. Healthy HungerAt some...

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No Bake Chocolate Cherry Brownies

The combination of chocolate and cherry is a culinary standout. In my opinion, it’s the Sonny and Cher of the food world. But is this dynamic duo healthy? Commonly drenched in mounds of milk chocolate, or plopped onto of a scoop of vanilla ice cream, the poor cherry’s...

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Chocolate Avocado Anti-Aging Smoothie

Sometimes it's the subtle changes made to recipes that make the biggest difference. I'm a big fan of using avocado and unsweetened cocoa as ingredients in my recipes. They're both clean, free of added sugar and add a lot of flavor and texture to just about anything....

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Super Strawberry Protein Smoothie

It's hard to find a protein smoothie that doesn't taste…well…protein-y. My Super Strawberry Protein Smoothie is an exception. It's a fruity, fiber-filled nutritious blend of a few simple ingredients.I opted to use a plain hemp powder, which is a good option if you...

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7-Minute Full Body Workout

Sometimes finding the time to workout is tough. Getting a solid hour out of the day to do any type of exercise, from cardio to strength, can be next to impossible if you've got a tight schedule. That said, keeping your body moving is incredible important to to you...

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Gorgeous Green Smoothie

When it comes to breakfast, I'm often a creature of habit. As much as variety is needed in our diet, my morning meal almost always consists of soaked oats with almond butter or coconut oil, cinnamon, and maybe a handful of berries. As the beginning of another year...

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Chia Rice Pudding

Rarely are there recipes that can easily work for breakfast for dessert. Actually, I should rephrase that. There are plenty of breakfasts that are the nutritional equivalent of dessert…if not worse, including:Pancakes smothered in syrup French toast, again smothered...

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GIVEAWAY: Asics Gel Pursue Running Shoe ($110 value)

It's been a while since I've posted on my blog. That being said, I've been really busy! I've been writing quite a bit for ChicagoNow.com and a little for MindBodyGreen.com as well. Additionally, I'm very excited to tell you that late this spring I signed a contract...

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Probiotic Filled Homemade Pickles

One of the best and most loved ways to get a good dose of belly-loving probiotics is through homemade lacto-fermented vegetables, like cucumbers (aka pickles). I'll be the first to admit that the word "lacto-fermented" just doesn't sound appetizing, but if you've ever...

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