Recipes

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Beef Nachos are one of life’s greatest comfort foods.  Simple to make, a healthy nacho platter you can feel proud about serving on Super Bowl Sunday or anytime you want to entertain a hungry crowd. Festive gatherings are just as much about food as they are about the game.  I’ve taken control of my health [...]

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Once you have the basic vinaigrette down, there are so many variations you can make based on what you have on hand.  Here are a few multiple purpose dressings. They are all quite easy to make. Basic Vinaigrette 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper [...]

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Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Bites

I’m always looking for the perfect snacking cookie during the holidays.  Something without the dairy and sugar of typical cookies but with all the flavor I need to feel comforted. This is the one!! You won’t even notice that there is no butter or sugar. The sweetness comes from bananas and dates.  The oats and [...]

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Here’s the thing about water. We all know how important it is to drink enough on a daily basis but for many of us, it’s a struggle. If there was one magic bullet to improving our health, it’s water. If you know you are not getting enough, it’s time to increase your intake. Common hydration [...]

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up Thumbnail

It’s turkey time and I know we can all find recipes for buttered up mashed potatoes and carbohydrate heavy stuffing. I’m a sucker for a good, old fashioned thanksgiving gravy meal but I have to believe there is an alternative to pigging out, feeling heavy and consuming past out bodies capacity. Here’s my picks for [...]

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Some people say the key to maintaining weight is never snacking between meals. I disagree. Recent studies have shown that eating smaller portions more often is better for your digestive system and can help increase energy, reduce cravings and improve metabolism. The trick is finding the right snacks and not over-indulging. The concept of eating [...]

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MORNING SMOOTHIES TO GO

Some mornings are a little more chaotic than others.  When I’m light on time, my go to kitchen tool is my blender.  It’s fast, easy and gets me out the door with breakfast in record time.  This smoothie is easy to make and tastes like a creamsicle.   Orange Banana Smoothie ½ cup raw old [...]

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#realfoodholiday

The Fresh 20 is excited to be a part of #realfoodholiday, a virtual progressive holiday dinner created for you by some of the industry’s best food and lifestyle bloggers. Enjoy this next stop – Apple Crumble from The Fresh 20 Thanksgiving Menu! Nothing says holiday more than the tantalizing aroma of apples and cinnamon drifting [...]

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Even in sunny California, winter soups are a staple at our dinner table. I enjoy having the heat of the oven warming my kitchen during the roasting process. The intense flavor of roasted vegetables is so easy to turn into a hearty soup with the addition of a little broth and the help of a [...]

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{BREAKFAST} Energy Bars

Today is our fourth Saturday breakfast post! Did you miss the others? For this week, we have a recipe that can be used for multiple breakfasts. These dried fruit energy bars are great to grab and go! As a nice bonus, these will also freeze for up to 3 months so feel free to experiment [...]

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