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Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips with Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

This is an easy recipe for Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips with Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip using simple ingredients.

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

You find yourself REALLY wanting a sweet snack but knowing that you REALLY don’t need all the sugar?

That’s like my whole life right now! Managing my tendency toward gestational diabetes means that I really can’t deal with sugar or carbs so I’ve been experimenting!

Here’s my latest creation!

 

Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips with Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

4 Low Carb Tortilla (I LOVE this one!)
1 Tablespoon of Butter melted
2-3 Tablespoons of stevia blend
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon read more

Baked Avocado Breakfast Recipe

Good morning, breakfast enthusiasts! Today, we’re about to turn the most versatile fruit (yes, you read that right) into the star of your morning routine – avocados! Buckle up because we’re diving into the delightful realm of a baked avocado breakfast recipe. Forget what you thought you knew about this green powerhouse; we’re about to show you a whole new way to kickstart your day with creamy, baked perfection. Whether you’re a seasoned avocado lover or someone just stepping into the world of breakfast innovation, get ready for a delicious treat that will redefine your morning routine. So, grab your avocados and let’s bake up a breakfast that’s not just tasty but also packed with all the goodness avocados have to offer. Rise and shine with the joy of a baked avocado breakfast that’s as easy as it is scrumptious! read more

5 Tips to Lose Belly Fat

Here are 5 Tips to lose belly fat if you want to target your results and start losing weight.

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All of us carry our weight differently.

I know that for me, I tend to gain weight below my waist first… but then slowly my waistline starts expanding too.

When I was pregnant… I developed diastasis recti (a gap between the abdomen muscles), I was limited to the exercises I could do to flatten my stomach. Then, with my second pregnancy my diastsis got worse… ouch!

I was beginning to lose my self confidence. My clothes didn’t fit exactly right. I didn’t feel like myself at all. read more

7 Ways to Help a New Mom

 

It is a special time for a new mom following the birth of a child.

So many emotions are going through a new mom’s head: I’m not pregnant any more! This is the cutest baby I’ve ever seen! Will I get my waist back? I’m already exhausted! Will I ever sleep through the night again? Are they breathing? Am I doing this right? They are so tiny! Oww I need a Tylenol… And this is just in the first 5 minutes!

Everyone wants to help a new mom out, but sometimes we forget what they need the most. Moms need to relax and recover for at least 2 weeks following birth. Having a baby is no easy task for a mom’s body to go through. If they push themselves too soon, they could hemorrhage or develop mastitis.

This is the perfect time to offer to help them out and let them do what only they can do: Take care of the baby. baby postpartum new mom dad birth help

Here is my list of ways that my family and friends helped me the most following my births: 

1) Keep the older kids entertained. 

Aidalyn was 2.5 years old when Annaleigh was born. Luckily, Aidalyn did well with the extra TV time that she had while we were all recovering from Annaleigh’s birth. My mom was such a huge help to us before Annaleigh was born and right after. She stayed with us for about 5 weeks total, helping me with Aidalyn and the house. Not having to worry about Aidalyn helped me give my full attention to recovering and taking care of Annaleigh.

2) Cook meals for the family

Following both of my births, my church family really helped me out by cooking meals for 2 weeks. Having a hot meal coming each night was so amazing. I didn’t have to worry about what we were going to eat and it helped us all recover by being able to relax at dinner time. We used Sign up Genius to schedule meals and it made the process so easy.

3) Do laundry

Births and babies generate a lot of laundry. Adam’s mom and my mom both helped me with laundry following the births of my girls. It is not glamorous by any means, but it is such a HUGE deal to a new mom to not have to worry about.

4) Clean the kitchen and put dishes away.

Just like the laundry, this is not a fun job to do… but some things just have to get done and we don’t want our new mom to feel like it is her job. Ask her what would make the biggest help to her (maybe it is unloading the dishwasher or wiping down the counter tops). Everyone has that one thing that bugs them, see if you can scratch that off her “to-do” list.

5) Let Mom get a shower

Getting a shower and feeling normal again is so important to a new mom. She will be pouring all of herself into this new little baby and forget she needs to care for herself too. Newborns will want to be held all the time, so showers and baths become a luxury.

6) Text her to see if she needs anything from diaper cream to coffee. 

New moms don’t always know what they need until after the baby arrives (or they run out of something faster than expected!) Don’t call, just in case she is sleeping or dealing with the baby. A text allows her to get to your message at her convenience. She can reply and let you know if she needs anything from the store.

7) Let her know you are there if she needs to talk or ask advice.  read more

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Relish

This Cucumber Tomato Avocado Relish is the perfect addition to my salmon cake recipe.

 

Salmon Cake Spinach Salad

I’ve shared previously with you my Waffle Iron Salmon Cake recipe using coconut flour like  Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour.

Today I’m going to share an awesome relish that goes perfectly with the Salmon Cakes (or burgers or grilled chicken… the uses are endless!)

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Relish

This relish is a great compliment because of all the textures and flavors it adds to any dish.

The cucumber adds a nice crunch with a clean fresh flavor. read more

Low Carb Broccoli Tuna Casserole Bake

This low carb broccoli tuna casserole bake is the perfect easy and budget friendly recipe your family will love to see on the dinner table. Anything that you can throw in a casserole dish that fills your family up and tastes delicious is a win in my book. We love a good keto friendly tuna casserole with broccoli!

 
Embracing a Low Carb and Keto Lifestyle: A Mom’s Guide to Health and Wellness

Today, let’s delve into a topic that’s been making waves in the wellness world – the low carb and ketogenic (or keto) lifestyle. If you’ve been curious about what these diets entail and the benefits they offer, you’re in the right place! read more

Is your pH making you Fat?

Is your pH making you fat

Is Your body’s pH making You Fat?

 

Most people learned about pH in school. The difference between acids and bases can be shown on  Ph Test Strips (affiliate link). It was fun to discover where certain liquids would fall on the scale. What most people don’t learn is how important pH is to your health. Did you know your pH could be making if more difficult to lose weight?

The optimal pH level is between 7.2-7.4. “pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14—the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7 which is neutral.” (Natural Health School)

Symptoms of poor pH balance

From the Center for Advanced Health:  read more

Whole Food Valentine’s Day Recipe Round Up

Valentine’s Day may be tomorrow, but you still have time to get your plans in order to make the day special for everyone with these whole food Valentine’s Day recipes. Here are some great recipes and ideas from all my wholefood friends across the web. Are you planning a special dinner? Maybe you need some tips for saving money this year? Do you want to bake something special for dessert? You will find everything you need right here for having the best Valentine’s Day yet. =&0=&

Valentine’s Date Ideas

Ah, the day of love is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with some enchanting date night ideas for Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re a long-time couple or just stepping into the realm of romance, make this day memorable by thinking beyond the conventional dinner-and-movie routine.

How about a cozy home-cooked dinner together, complete with your favorite dishes and a touch of candlelight? Or perhaps an evening under the stars with a blanket fort, stargazing, and sharing sweet nothings. For the adventurous souls, a themed at-home movie marathon or a virtual cooking class can add a delightful twist to your evening. And don’t forget the magic of a scenic outdoor walk, hand in hand, appreciating each other’s company. Whatever you choose, make it personal, make it intimate, and most importantly, make it a reflection of your unique love story.

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6 Ways to Save this Valentine’s Day from Grassfed Mama

30 Ways to Serve Your Spouse Today from Grassfed Mama

Whole Food Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a nourishing and delightful dinner that speaks to your heart – literally! Forget the clichés; this year, let’s make Valentine’s Day a celebration of health and happiness.

Picture this: a table adorned with vibrant, nutrient-rich dishes that not only please the palate but also contribute to your well-being. From a colorful and crisp salad to a lean protein main course, and perhaps a guilt-free dessert, let’s craft a Valentine’s Day dinner that not only honors your commitment to health but also indulges your taste buds in the most loving way possible. Get ready to savor the joy of a healthy and hearty Valentine’s Day feast with your special someone.

Spaghetti and Meatsauce from Joyful Thrifty Home

Sugar Free Spaghetti Sauce from Rohnda Sue

Whole Food Valentine’s Dessert Recipes

Love is sweet, and so should your Valentine’s Day treats be! This year, let’s celebrate the day of love with an extra dose of goodness by indulging in some healthy and heartwarming treats that are whole food based. From fruity delights to guilt-free chocolatey pleasures, we’ve got the perfect recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising on your commitment to health. Picture digging into a plate of delicious strawberry and dark chocolate skewers or savoring a decadent yet nutritious avocado chocolate mousse. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for two or a self-love celebration, these healthy Valentine’s Day treats are here to add a dash of love to your day without the sugar overload. Get ready to treat yourself and your loved ones to these delightful, guilt-free bites that are as good for the soul as they are for the taste buds.

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7 Trim and Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats from Grassfed Mama

Gluten Free Cake Round Up from Grassfed Mama

Raw Lime Coconut Chocolate Bliss Balls from Keeper of the Kitchen

Sweetheart Brownies from Accidentally Green

Chocolate Covered Bacon from Simple Foodie

Raw Brownie Bites from Simply Smiles

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons (Raw and Real food) from Your Thriving Family

Dessert for Two: Chocolate Lava Cakes from Joyful Thrifty Home

Sugar Free Coconut Cookies read more

7 Low Carb Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day would not be the same without a delicious sweet treat to share with the ones you love. In this blog post, I’m sharing 7 Low Carb Valentine’s Day Treats to help you celebrate love without sacrificing your health goals. So let’s get in the kitchen and get low carb baking!

 

Valentine’s day treats for me represent love and chocolate! A close second would be Cheesecake… and the ultimate treat would be chocolate drizzled on a cheesecake. As we all know, these treats would typically be high and sugar and not very good for a low carb lifestyle.  read more

New You New Years: Week 4 – Eat at Home

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New You New Years Week 4: Eat at Home

In the past few weeks, we have talked about:

Increasing our water

Cutting the sugar and

Including healthy fats into our diet. 

This week we are challenging you to Eat at Home. 

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To save Money

This challenge won’t only affect your health, but will also affect your wallet. 

Have I mentioned that I’m cheap?

One of the first reasons I started cooking when Adam and I got married was because we couldn’t afford to eat out. I was in school and we were both commuting an hour to work and school (in opposite directions). Talk about burning through some cash! 

By eating at home and cooking from basic ingredients, we were able to save so much money and would usually be able to eat leftovers for a bonus meal. 

Know what is in the food you are eating

Have your ever looked at the ingredient list in a chicken nugget? Sometimes it is hard to find the chicken? 

As I became more and more aware of ingredients in processed take out and boxed foods, I began to cook more and more from scratch. This process didn’t happen over night. 

This challenge is to first make the decision to cook at home.

Second, take a favorite meal that your family loves and turn it into a whole foods meal.

That way you know exactly what you are eating! 

I am pretty much a self-taught cook. I’m no fancy chef. I started with simple Rachel Ray type 30 minute meals which helped me get more and more comfortable cooking. 

I’ve learned a few tricks over the years and can throw a meal together without a recipe now. When I started cooking, I was slave to the written recipe. 20131112-141917.jpg

Recipes don’t have to limit you, they can be a jumping off board. 

Start with a meal you know and see how you can modify it to make it healthier!

Do you have a favorite meal that uses canned cream of soup? Have you looked at the ingredients? MSG is usually one of them… besides hydrogenated yuckiness.

Here is a homemade cream of something soup you can check out! 

Stacy Makes Cents shares her homemade cream of soup mix here.  read more