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The Herb Series: Parsley

PARSLEY Fun fact! Parsley was thought to be sacred by the ancient Greeks and has been cultivated for over 2,500 years. It is a rich, dense source of vitamin C, K and E, as folic acid and iron. And, is extremely rich in the minerals calcium and potassium and has high percentages of carotenoids and flavonoids. […]

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The Herb Series: Basil

I’m very excited to start this Herb Series on various culinary herbs. Each post will highlight a particular herb and easy ways to incorporate it into your daily eating.  Herbs are such a nutritious and delicious way to upgrade your nutrition! So let’s start with a favorite: BASIL! Fun fact! There are more than 60 […]

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Hearty Salads and Easy Dressings

I was inspired to write this post based on a recent article that claimed salads had no nutritional value and should be avoided. I won’t bother sharing the article, from a major daily publication, but I will say that if you are talking about iceberg lettuce drowned in highly processed dressings full of unhealthy fats, […]

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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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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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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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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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Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

What does “plant-based” mean to me? I love the term plant-based because it seems a lot more inclusive. Plant-based can run the gamut from vegan to vegetarian to pescatarian to flexitarian to someone who eats animal products occasionally. The focus is on an eating plan based on eating mostly plants. I know many people who […]

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