Posts by Elena Lynch

10 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

10 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

If you are thinking of eating healthier, make changes that you can manage, making them part of a lifestyle. Going extreme or eliminating things completely (unless you have no choice) is usually going to backfire. Allow balance! 10 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH 1. One less cup of coffee. Replace with caffeinated white, green, or maté tea. Or, choose an herbal caffeine-free tea. 2. Bake desserts instead of buying them and keep snacks real, whole food based. Think nuts/seeds, veggies with dip, Peanut butter on apples, a healthy tortilla chip with salsa, or cheese with a healthy...

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Easy Chocolate Syrup Recipe {Healthy Hershey Syrup Alternative}

Easy Chocolate Syrup Recipe {Healthy Hershey Syrup Alternative}

Easy Chocolate Syrup Recipe {Healthy Hershey Syrup Alternative} No need for unhealthy Hershey Syrup with this easy recipe!

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Natural Home Remedies for Heartburn, Pain & Pressure in the Chest & Stomach Area

Natural Home Remedies for Heartburn, Pain & Pressure in the Chest & Stomach Area

  This topic is very near and dear to my heart. Literally. If you read my About Me page, you can get the whole story. The pain I used to experience for so many years was incredibly debilitating and frustrating, because nothing gave me relief. I almost removed my gall bladder, I had my heart looked at numerous times assuming something was wrong. I tried it all from pain meds, heartburn meds, EVERY natural remedy under the sun, and I spent a lot of money in the process. The first thing to address is that many times the pain and pressure you feel in the center of...

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Blue Cheese Yogurt Salad Dressing Recipe

Blue Cheese Yogurt Salad Dressing Recipe

  Making your own salad dressing is one of those little ways to save money, and also to ensure that you are eating quality ingredients vs. the cheap fillers, preservatives, and flavoring agents used in store bought salad dressings. You could literally just mix blue cheese and yogurt and be good to go, but adding a few extra spices takes this dressing to another level. Aside from drizzling this over your next salad, this blue cheese dressing makes a fabulous chicken wing dipping sauce, or try this in place of mayonnaise on your next sandwich or wrap for a super...

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Is Annie’s Selling Out To General Mills Such a Bad Thing?

Is Annie’s Selling Out To General Mills Such a Bad Thing?

In the wake of Annie’s Homegrown being bought out by General Mills, I thought you would find some of the owners of these other popular “natural” brands interesting.   MORE “NATURAL” BRANDS WHERE THE TRUE OWNER MAY SURPRISE YOU • Stonyfield Farms is owned by Dannon • Tom’s of Maine, a popular line of natural toiletries, is owned by Colgate-Palmolive • Mrs. Meyers Clean Day is owned by SC Johnson • Kashi is owned by Kellogg’s • Naked Juice is owned by PepsiCo • Odwalla is owned by Coca-Cola •...

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Tomato Salsa Recipe

Tomato Salsa Recipe

This salsa recipe takes SECONDS to make. Ok, maybe a minute, but there is really no reason to buy pre-made salsa filled with those few extra ingredients that your body does not need. Keep it fresh, keep it healthy, and you will find that the flavor will never compare to store bought. Salsa is such a versatile dish. It can be used on tacos, in breakfast omelets, in a sandwich or melted into a panini, over nachos, as a dip, over grilled fish or chicken. Do not get stuck in a tomato salsa rut either. Try strawberry, mango, or pineapple salsa by simply...

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Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco Seasoning Recipe

  Taco seasoning packets are processed and loaded with ingredients that you do not want in your body. Making your own seasoning is so easy, and you probably have all of the ingredients in your spice cabinet already. Do not worry about exact measurements here, taste and adjust as you go. If you would prefer to still buy pre made seasoning, I found this one here (for popcorn) that would work perfectly.   TACO SEASONING RECIPE   INGREDIENTS •  1 tsp salt (I prefer a healthy Pink Himalayan salt for the health benefits) •  1 tsp black pepper •  2...

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Sweet Potato Taco Recipe {with homemade gluten-free tortillas}

Sweet Potato Taco Recipe {with homemade gluten-free tortillas}

Adding diced sweet potato to your regular taco filling adds flavor and additional nutrients. If you do not like sweet potatoes, you can always leave them out of this recipe. I do not like the flavor of sweet potato by itself, but it cooks down so you do not notice it is in there and it is a great way to get some extra vegetables into any dish. I finished this off with sharp cheddar cheese, fresh salsa (salsa recipe), and wrapped the taco filling in a soft, gluten-free tortilla wrap (gluten-free tortilla recipe).   SWEET POTATO TACO RECIPE {with...

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Fig and Watermelon Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese Recipe

Fig and Watermelon Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese Recipe

Chewy sweet figs, refreshing watermelon, crunchy salted almonds, and savory Gorgonzola cheese are a perfect salad combination atop a bed of mixed greens. I have never eaten watermelon on a salad before, but we have been buying them every week and I was trying to come up with a dinner menu for some friends. With my watermelon staring me in the face, I added it in with the dried figs and gorgonzola at the last minute, and fell in love. Everyone went back for seconds….for the salad! So good.   FIG AND WATERMELON SALAD WITH GORGONZOLA CHEESE...

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Frogmore Stew Recipe | The Perfect Dinner Idea For a Large Crowd

Frogmore Stew Recipe | The Perfect Dinner Idea For a Large Crowd

My southern belle of a mother-in-law makes Frogmore Stew for many of our large family gatherings and it is always a crowd favorite. Who can resist a giant dish of piled shrimp, corn, potatoes, and sausage all cooked in beer? This filling dish is an easy dinner idea to serve a crowd and pairs perfectly with a good white wine or an ice cold beer.   FROGMORE STEW RECIPE   INGREDIENTS This recipe serves 6 •  36 inches of kielbasa or polish sausage cut into 1.5 inch pieces •  1 1b link pork sausage cut into 1.5 inch pieces •  1 lb shrimp...

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