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How to Make a Winning Snack

Many people I talk to are under the impression that snacking is bad.  They think unless you’re an Olympic athlete who burns 12,000 calories a day and needs constant energy, snacks are just extra calories that lead to weight gain.  Well, despite what we might think or say, snacking is actually a favorite pastime of many Americans.  According to Food Navigator, at least 1 in 5 of us will graze through the day rather than eat meals.

That could be good or bad.  Good because it helps keep us full all day, and less likely to overdo it at mealtime.  It also keeps our metabolism running at a higher rate.  It’s bad though, if we’re grazing and snacking on candy bars and cookies, or even “healthy food” like granola bars and some of those store made smoothies which can rack up lots of calories from sugar. Continue Reading..

Avocado Quinoa Cakes {Meatless Monday}

I love a contest.  It’s rare that I win anything, but I love the anticipation of it all, and the thought of what I’m going to do with all that prize money.  I have a nice long list of places to go and things to buy.  After the college bills are paid.  Anyway, just wanted to give you a heads up that this week is full of contest entries… 🙂

In full disclosure, I do only enter cooking contests for products that I love, use and recommend, so any possibility of prize winnings is actually a bonus.  Today’s contest is for avocados, and we all know how much I LOVE avocados!  They’re a staple in my house all year long not only because they taste good and work in so many recipes, but also because they’re super healthy.  Full of heart healthy fats, and lots of nutrients, avocados are a nice addition to so many recipes. Continue Reading..

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