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Easy Basic Smoothie Formula

I love making smoothies and have one for breakfast just about every day. It’s a yummy, easy way to make sure I’m getting a good amount of protein to start the day plus some great nutrients. I’ve posted about protein powder before, but wanted to give everyone some more ideas for what to put in their […]

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Move Your Body!

When I was younger I used to run around and play all day. We’d ride our bikes or play tag. I also played soccer from the time I was about seven and my family used to go skiing in the winter and swimming in the summer. I was a pretty active kid and moved my […]

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Broth: One of the easiest and best things you can do for your health!

I don’t know about you, but I love a warm cup of vegetable broth. Right now I’m sipping a large mugful as I recover from a bit of over-indulgence over the holidays. I’m also hoping to keep a cold at bay by drinking as much broth as possible.  A cup of delicious broth can also make […]

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10 Day Sugar Challenge: November 2014

  The challenge is to GO SUGAR FREE FOR 10 DAYS It’s the perfect time to take a break from sugar! Want to join the challenge? It’s easy: Just go to and request to join the group. The challenge starts Monday, November 10, 2014! The idea . . . 1. Start by cutting sodas and other […]

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9 Nutrient-Rich Snacks (That Happen to Be Vegan)

Many people benefit from eating every 3 to 4 hours. A great way to be sure your body is getting the energy it needs is to eat a mid-morning and/or afternoon snack. Snacks are generally smaller and lighter than meals, but look for ones that are nutrient-rich. Nutrient-rich means that the food is concentrated in […]

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My Thoughts on Paleo Diets

You may feel like suddenly everyone you know is talking about the Paleo diet.  So what are my thoughts? Things I LIKE about the Paleo Diet: 1. Only eat whole foods: Automatically people are likely to feel better and lose weight 2. Focus on fresh vegetables and fruits: Focusing on eating so many vegetables and […]

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Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe (Lower Sugar Version)

Total Time: 20 min Serving size: 1/2 cup                                    Makes approximately 7 servings   Note: Use raw, organic ingredients whenever possible. These measurements are flexible; don’t worry too much about being exact.                   Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups raw, whole rolled oats (aka old fashion oats) ½ cup hemp […]

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Costco Series #1: My 10 Favorite Choices of Super Foods (and some are even “superfoods”!)

Since many people shop at Costco at least some of the time, I thought it was a good idea to make a journey out to the superstore to see what they had that would be “Michelle Approved.” Boy, was I surprised by not only the number of organic foods available, but really great quality foods as […]

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12 Tips For Eating More Plants and Less Refined Foods

I love Michael Pollan’s advice: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Want some easy ways to put this into practice? Here are 12 tips for eating more plants and less refined foods: Try replacing coffee with green or herbal tea. Green tea is full of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and herbal tea counts towards your water intake […]

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Acid or Alkaline: What Does it All Mean to our Body?

You may have heard about the benefits of an alkalizing diet, but maybe you didn’t exactly know what that meant, why it was important, or how to achieve it.  Or maybe you just thought acid and alkaline were words from your tenth grade chemistry class.  Hopefully this post will take a bit of the mystery […]

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