Helpful Tips

How to Lose That Stubborn Lower Belly Fat

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One of the most common questions I get asked by people (usually other mamas) is how do I lose the little pooch on my lower stomach area?  What exercises will work best to get rid of it? Unfortunately, the answer usually isn’t a new fancy exercise technique, or thousands of crunches.  The answer comes down to your nutrition.  If you would have told me this a few years ago, I might not have believed ...[Read More]

How to Grind Your Own Oat Flour

Natalie Hodson

Yesterday I had just finished up with 12 minutes of level 12.0 sprints on the treadmill (which explains the red face and sweaty hair - sorry!) and came home to make a protein shake.  I needed to blend up some more oat flour and made a quick video showing you how I do it.  I use oat flour in most of my breakfast bar/protein bar recipes and I also use 1/3 to 1/2 cup in my post workout shakes. When I ...[Read More]

Why Is Almond Milk Better for You than Regular Milk?

Almond Milk

Regular milk (even skim or low-fat) still has quite a bit of sugar. I try to keep my grams of sugar under 5-6 grams per meal and 35 grams per day. I noticed that once I made this change the extra fat on my tummy really started to go away. Instead of milk, I use almond milk. I like the Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla (40 calories per cup and no sugar). The Silk brand is pretty good too, but I pre ...[Read More]

Where Do I Find Liquid Egg Whites?

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Here is a picture of the liquid egg whites I use for my frozen egg white dessert each night (you can find that recipe by clicking HERE). I typically just buy whichever brand is the cheapest. But, you really want to make sure you get the 100% egg whites. The "egg substitute" is usually 99% egg whites but has a bunch of other stuff added to it with names I can't pronounce. There will be a spot on th ...[Read More]

Healthier Alternative to Crystal Light

True Lemon – Healthier Alternative to Crystal Light

For those of you who love Crystal Light - consider switching to True Lemon. It doesn't have any artificial sweeteners and tastes just as good as Crystal Light. Most of the time I just add a little bit of lemon juice to my water, but on days that I want something a little sweeter I use some True Lemon. You can find it right by the Crystal Light packets at any grocery store (I have gotten it at Walm ...[Read More]

How I Store and Freeze My Bulk Meats

How Do You Freeze Bulk Meat

We have a lot of leftover food in our fridge right now -- sometimes I don't do a very good job of planning out how much meat I will need for the week and end up with too much. I made this salsa chicken earlier in the week, but with all the leftover turkey I didn't think it would get eaten fast enough. I was worried about it going bad if it stayed in the fridge for too long and I really hate wastin ...[Read More]

What To Do for Sugar Cravings!!

Tea for Sugar Cravings

These teas are LIFESAVERS for me at night when I have cravings!! The Egyptian Licorice is my favorite, but is harder to find (I got mine at Safeway in the organic section) but the Bigelow one you can find almost anywhere. The Vanilla Chai does have a little caffeine it, but it never seems to bother my sleep. Having a warm liquid in my stomach for some reason seems to curb any cravings. Also, all o ...[Read More]

Why is Ezekiel Bread Good for You?

Ezekiel_Sprouted_Grain_Bread

Ezekial bread is made from sprouted grains instead of flour. When the grains are sprouted and combined it creates a protein that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs.  Ezekial bread digests much more easily than wheat breads, and wheat bread contains gluten which turns to a gel like substance when digested.  Also, many wheat breads have additives and preservatives to help it last l ...[Read More]

Different Types of Non-Artificial Sweeteners

KalStevia

I have been getting a lot of questions about which types of sweeteners I use.  Please note: I am NOT a nutritionist, this is just a brief summary of the types of sweeteners I like to use. Stevia is a natural sweetener and comes from a leaf. Apparently there are two sides of the leaf, one side is a little more bitter and one side is a little sweeter. Truvia, Stevia in the Raw, and KAL are three of ...[Read More]