Diet Diva Dishes

Southwestern Bean Soup

20.02.2015
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Southwestern Bean Soup: All it is are some beans, veggies, vegetable broth, and spices. The combinations of the flavors work so nicely together to give you a fresh, flavorful taste with a kick. Your taste buds will be begging for another bite!

In light of my blog post yesterday about why beans are the greatest (!), there’s no better way to honor that than by sharing with you all, my Southwestern Bean Soup recipe! This is definitely my go-to because it’s super easy, insanely delicious and all of the ingredients are clean and/or organic! Hard to believe [...]

Beans, Beans, They’re Good for Your Heart…

19.02.2015
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BEANS

The more research I’ve done on this hidden gem of a food [beans], the more I’ve discovered all that they do for not only heart health, but our bodies as a whole.

That’s right, the good ol’ bean song rings true, people! Beans are an understated dietary necessity that I have particularly increased my consumption of since switching to a vegan lifestyle. But I must say, I wish I had started my bean obsession earlier, even before the vegan takeover. The more research I’ve done on this hidden gem of a food, the more I’ve [...]

Golden Tomato-Date Dressing

13.02.2015
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Hello. Golden Tomato Date Dressing! I love this dressing because it’s just made with tomatoes and dates…nothing else! Because of that you can enjoy more of it than you normally would a regular salad dressing since it’s naturally low fat, low calorie, and no added junk!

Hello, Golden Tomato Date Dressing! I love this dressing because it’s just made with tomatoes and dates…nothing else! Because of that you can enjoy more of it than you normally would a regular salad dressing since it’s naturally low fat, low calorie, and no added junk! 

I am a true believer that variety is the spice of life. I find that if you have trouble breaking away from your strict, methodical routine, chances are…you’re going to lose your mind! Let me add…I speak from experience.
It may seem slightly contradictory that I am sitting [...]

Ways to Show Love without Chocolate

12.02.2015
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Baked chocolate chip cookies or a box of chocolates are often viewed as the typical presents to show some one your love. This year, why not think out of the box? There are many alternatives to chocolates that may be a sweeter deal all around. Ways to Show Love Without Chocolate

Baked chocolate chip cookies or a box of chocolates are often viewed as the typical presents to show some one your love. This year, why not think out of the box? There are many alternatives to chocolates that may be a sweeter deal all around.

And while you’re choosing your not-chocolate-gift, why not cater it to the way your loved one feels most loved? There are five primary “languages” of expressing love, including positive affirmation, quality time, physical touch, acts of service and material gifts. Below, we’ve explored an option for each one of these, so [...]

Dopey Race Recap 2015

10.02.2015
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YEP!  I’m Dopey!

When I first heard about the “Dopey Challenge” in the inaugural year for 2014, I thought it was absurd.  Who would do that?  I was coming off of a fractured pelvis injury, so I “only” did the 10K and half marathon for the 2014 Disney Marathon Weekend.  When it came time to sign up for the Disney Marathon Weekend this year, I thought, “What the heck.  Who knows if I’ll be injured or healthy or whatever, but at least I’ll be signed up for all of the races and I’ll decide which ones [...]

How to get rid of the excuses that are holding you back

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I’m starting a new series on my {newish} blog today, called Motivational Monday. With all the work I’m doing on the set of Emotional Mojo, I have lots of ideas churning about how food and emotions are entertained and I’m excited to share many of my thoughts here with you on this blog.

 

I’ve been a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist for 18 years. I’ve heard it all and hardly anything shocks me anymore. I have also heard a LOT of excuses throughout the years–and I’m going to give you some ideas of how [...]

Healthy Apple Cookies

19.12.2014
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I am a big apple fan, especially this time of year when they are crisp and tart! Apples are one of the highest fiber fruits and have many beneficial nutrients including quercetin. A important antioxidant that works to reduce inflammation in the body.

Check out more powerful benefits of apples in my blog post on RunDisney.com. There might be something to that old saying…  apple a day really does keep the doctor a way!

Healthy Apple Cookies
Apple Cookies
INGREDIENTS

1 apple
Peanut butter
Walnuts, roughly chopped
Coconut flakes
Cacao nibs

INSTRUCTIONS

Slice [...]

What Type of Hungry Are You?

18.12.2014
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Do you ever wonder why some days you eat a meal and move on, while other days all you can think about is eating? That’s because hunger, or your physical need to eat is being mistaken with appetite, a desire to eat. In terms of losing, gaining, or maintaining weight, it is beneficial to decipher what your body and brain are really saying by understanding the different types of hunger.

Real Hunger (most important type)- tells you when you must eat!

Gives you physical signs like shakiness from low blood sugar, headaches, low energy, and [...]

Fit Is The New Skinny

15.12.2014
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Gone are the days of desiring to look like rail thin models. We’ve worked hard as a society to make these changes, and we are finally seeing women looking up to other strong, powerful, fit women instead of the frail, bony, model type…. or so we hope.

Many women go on diets for the wrong reasons. They say, “I want to be skinny” or “I want to look like a model” but they don’t mention anything regarding improving their internal health, which should the most important thing. There’s such an overwhelming emphasis on physical appearance, and not [...]

Thad Weight Loss Challenge: Week 6