Wholesome Style

Wholesome Style is where I share what I have learned on my personal journey to better health. As complex and complicated as our bodies are, the solution to being in control of our physical health and healing is often very simple. Eat better. Exercise. Stretch. Do not let your quality of life suffer unnecessarily.

The good news is that it is easy to change some of the habits which have created our symptoms, but you have to allow yourself time to do this. Read through my Ingredients 101 Grocery Guide, make one small change at a time, keep trying, and persevere. Allow setbacks, but do not quit.

I now feel and notice how my body reacts to food almost immediately, and with that, I can control how I feel. Visit my About Me page for the whole story.

Truth is, once you start to eat better quality food that your body can actually USE and cut out more of that overly processed food, you get used to feeling better. You begin to notice those foods and drinks that drag you down.

I still eat all the foods I love, but in a much healthier way. I am a snacker by nature, so I will be adding many more recipes to my Recipe Page that can satisfy any serious craving.

Easy Chocolate Syrup Recipe {Healthy Hershey Syrup Alternative}

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Desserts, Dip, Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Featured, Food & Ingredients | 0 comments

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...

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My Favorite Kitchen Essentials, Stocking Stuffers & Gift Ideas

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Featured, Food & Ingredients, Shop | 1 comment

My Favorite Kitchen Essentials, Stocking Stuffers & Gift Ideas

My Favorite Kitchen Essentials, Stocking Stuffers & Gift Ideas for under $20   1. Misto Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer  $10   At roughly $10, this Misto sprayer is a staple in my kitchen and paid for itself almost immediately. You can fill it with any liquid or oil, and it sprays a fine mist, so you are using less! It comes in an array of colors (I would get a few different colors for different oils) and will quickly pay for itself with the amount of money saved using less oil, while getting the same results in...

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Wholesome Bits

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Food & Ingredients, Health Topics | 0 comments

I occasionally write a blog post for SpaceCoast Living Magazine regarding health, nutrition, and also sharing some healthy recipes. My first blog post talks about how I started this whole journey to better health: “Like most people, I used to think my eating habits were pretty good, but my so-called “healthy lifestyle” included products made with artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners. I regularly ate foods that were fat-free, low-calorie, and had that coveted “all natural” label on the packaging. I also made the common...

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Blue Cheese Yogurt Salad Dressing Recipe

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Dip, Featured, Recipes, Salads | 0 comments

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...

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

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Food & Ingredients, Health Topics | 0 comments

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...

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Tomato Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Dip, Featured, Healthy Snacks, Recipes | 2 comments

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...

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Taco Seasoning Recipe

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Entreés, Recipes | 0 comments

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...

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

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Entreés, Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

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...

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Fig and Watermelon Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese Recipe

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Featured, Recipes, Salads | 0 comments

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...

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

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Entreés, Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

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...

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Desserts, Featured, Healthy Snacks, Recipes | 0 comments

Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

  These muffins are a family favorite – we all love chocolate! I enjoy making them with my young son who is such a great little helper and loves to measure, stir, and line the muffin tin. Since he was just 14 months old, we always try to make muffins before friends come to visit, not only for a yummy snack, but also to make our home smell inviting.   COCONUT CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS RECIPE   INGREDIENTS •  2 cups all purpose flour or whole wheat flour •  1/2 cup raw sugar (try to find a raw, pure...

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Peanut Free, You & Me

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Allergy | 2 comments

Peanut Free, You & Me

   Written by Wholesome Style contributor, Ashley. Read more about Ashley here.    “Peanut free” was a term that I used to be indifferent to until about a year ago. That was when my precious, sweet son was only 20 months old, and my husband and I learned the hard way that he has a severe, life-threatening peanut allergy. Hives covered his little body reappearing in different places for over six hours. He also had trouble breathing and was immediately rushed to the ER. This allergy came as a complete shock, and turned our...

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Gluten-free Tortilla & Burrito Wrap Recipe

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Breakfast, Entreés, Featured, Healthy Snacks, Recipes | 0 comments

Gluten-free Tortilla & Burrito Wrap Recipe

I set out to create an easy wheat-free and gluten-free tortilla wrap recipe that did not involve expensive gluten-free flours or tons of random ingredients that I do not regularly have on hand. I also did not want to have to roll out the dough before cooking like flour tortillas require. I was looking for a simple “pour the batter into the pan” kind of thing. After trying a few different variations, I came up with this 3-ingredient recipe (plus optional seasonings) and could not be happier with the...

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Homemade Mixed Berry {Soft Serve} Ice Cream Recipe

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Desserts, Featured, Healthy Snacks, Recipes | 0 comments

Homemade Mixed Berry {Soft Serve} Ice Cream Recipe

If you have any type of frozen fruit, a banana, milk (can be dairy free), and a blender, you can make homemade mixed berry {soft serve} ice cream in two minutes flat. Take it from someone who used to own two gourmet ice cream shops….this easy recipe rocks. I never knew it could be so simple! No added sugar, no heavy cream, no freezer time needed. Just you and your blender, baby. To quote my 9 year old son, Gavin, as he scarfed his down, “Mom, you outdid yourself!” Too cute.   HOMEMADE MIXED BERRY {Soft...

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Cheesy Herb & Tomato Stuffed Mini Peppers Recipe

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Entreés, Healthy Snacks, Recipes | 0 comments

Cheesy Herb & Tomato Stuffed Mini Peppers Recipe

  Having a snack attack and an empty fridge means thinking outside the box. Usually I grab an apple with peanut butter, or some cheese and crackers for a quick snack, but none of my usual “go-to’s” were on hand, so I tried something new. This is essentially just herbs and some vegetables (tomato and onion) with cheese, and given that colored peppers are a nutrition powerhouse (more vitamin C than an orange), this is a great choice to fuel your body between meals, or even as a meal in itself. This is...

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Whole Wheat Banana Muffins Recipe

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Breakfast, Desserts, Featured, Healthy Snacks, Recipes | 0 comments

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins Recipe

  These super moist banana muffins made with whole wheat flour may be the ultimate healthy, grab n’ go snack if you make them yourself, especially if you make them using whole wheat flour. We buy a lot of bananas at my house since we are smoothie addicts, but sometimes the bananas ripen beyond my taste, at which point I peel and place in a bag in the freezer to use later for smoothies, baking, or pancakes. Make a triple batch of these muffins, stick them in the freezer, and throw one into your kids’ lunch...

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Creamy Vanilla Coconut Rice Pudding Recipe

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Desserts, Featured, Healthy Snacks, Recipes | 0 comments

Creamy Vanilla Coconut Rice Pudding Recipe

  We love snacks and sweets in this house, and in order to control the ingredients and make them healthy, I usually have to make my own. If you are not a fan of coconut, you will still love this recipe since the coconut flavor is so mild, it is almost undetectable. Coconut milk can easily be left out, and substituted with regular milk, or make this dairy-free by using other milk options as I explain below. I set out to come up with a rice pudding snack that can satisfy that pudding craving I have sometimes, and I have...

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Homemade Hot Chocolate | Cocoa Recipe

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Beverages, Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Homemade Hot Chocolate | Cocoa Recipe

Who doesn’t love a cup of homemade hot cocoa or chocolate milk, especially when you could use a little warmth in your body.

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Homemade Chocolate Milk Recipe

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Beverages, Recipes | 0 comments

Homemade Chocolate Milk Recipe

  Chocolate milk is a treat in my home, and not something we have regularly. Occasionally my kids request it, but I usually avoid buying chocolate milk because the ingredients in store-bought options typically contain ingredients I am not a fan of. The few times I tried to make it from scratch, it just did not turn very well, and the cocoa powder never quite dissolved right. Using Hershey’s chocolate syrup is another option that I am not opposed to on a rare occasion, but again, that is another ingredients list...

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Easy Coconut Macaroons Recipe

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Desserts, Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Easy Coconut Macaroons Recipe

This recipe is so simple to make and uses only 4 ingredients (with optional additions). It is healthy, low-fat, and easily satisfies any sweet tooth. Coconut macaroons are traditionally a flourless cookie, so it is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.

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Vegetable Soup Recipe

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Food & Ingredients, Health Topics, Recipes, Soups | 0 comments

Vegetable Soup Recipe

Tonight I am making a “Must-go” vegetable soup (recipe). Once in awhile we like to let our pantry and fridge run down to the bare bones just to use stuff up that we normally do not use. I loathe waste, and at this point we have some vegetables begging to be used before they go bad (that are technically fine to eat, but I don’t necessarily like the look of them). Cooking them in a pot of soup is the way to go.    VEGETABLE SOUP RECIPE (not really a recipe) I always start a soup base of sautéed garlic...

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Wheat-Free Almond Biscotti Recipe

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes | 0 comments

Wheat-Free Almond Biscotti Recipe

I love eating biscotti first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. My body insists I eat something either before, or with my coffee, so this is a great way to start the morning. It eliminates my need to make anything when I first wake up, and allows for a little relaxation before I am beckoned by my little ones, who’s needs and demands begin the moment they get out of bed. I feel it sets the tone for the day. I always wish I had made larger batches so that I can freeze some for later, but between my husband and...

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Homemade Stove-top Popcorn Recipe

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Desserts, Featured, Healthy Snacks, Recipes | 0 comments

Homemade Stove-top Popcorn Recipe

  We always have fun making home-made popcorn on the stove. It only takes about 5 minutes to do, and something about it always gets my kids so excited. Between the popping sounds while it gets hot on the stove-top, my way of tossing (throwing?) the popped popcorn in our big mixing bowl to mix in the seasonings, and the kids always trying to catch the ones that fly out into the air….it is just one of those simple pleasures that I know my kids love. Without fail, every time I make it, my son Gavin says,”You know...

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Spicy Thai Coconut Basil Chicken Curry Recipe

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Entreés, Featured, Recipes | 2 comments

Spicy Thai Coconut Basil Chicken Curry Recipe

  I used to work at an Indian restaurant long ago while living in Hollywood, CA. Their curry was famous for its flavor and health benefits, and it was no surprise that they had many celebrities as loyal customers. The food was literally addicting. I will always have a strong appreciation for that experience since it really sparked my interest in the medicinal properties of food, particularly herbs and spices. The Chef was an Herbalist and an MD, and he would often create custom curry combinations based on the needs of...

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