Ease bug bites

6 ways to ease bites and stings

Maybe I’m extra sweet but for some reason these flying critters just won’t leave me alone. One of my buddies in college lived in a home that was infested with mosquitos in their backyard. I was outside for not even 15 minutes and suffered through at least 25 mosquito bites. No one is ever excited…

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Anti-Mosquito Oil: TerraShield by doTerra

Have you discovered the power of essential oils yet? These magical plant extractions make up my entire medicine cabinet. You would be shocked at the uses for all these wonderful oils. The TerraShield blend by doTerra is outstanding for preventing mosquitos and other outdoor pests. It contains a blend of essential oils such as ylang…

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7 Life Lessons from a Yellow Lab

My face was stained with tears. I could feel the salt begin to crystallize against my skin. After having a dog for nearly 15 years, they truly become a part of the family. A big, furry, yellow brother by the name of Gabe. My second brother I’ve had in this lifetime. The other was another…

chicken kabobs

Chili and Lime Chicken Kabobs

Well you all know about my pepper obsession, so here is another great dish that will make your palate salivate. If you are sensitive to spice, use less chili powder. Make sure to get pasture-raised, organic chicken whenever possible. This is important because there are a ton of food label claims that confuse the consumer….

6 Tips to Improve Skin Health

Did you know your skin is the largest organ in your body? A lot of skin problems can be related to food intolerances such as gluten, dairy, soy, and more. Filling your body with healthy and nutrient dense foods will really improve skin health. But skin health is not just related to your diet. According…

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

If it were my last meal on earth, I would probably include some sort of buffalo dish. These buffalo cauliflower bites are a new twist on your traditional chicken wings. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable and it is recommended you get a minimum of ¾ cup serving size of cruciferous vegetables daily. Others include kale,…

Travel Healthy with These 5 Things

July brings lots of travel. I’ve already got a few car rides booked and that involves lots of snacks. We headed to the lake for the 4th and I caught a ride with my friend Max. He hit me up the other day, “Can you have some fire snacks for the ride?” Little did he…

Black bean hummus

Black Bean Hummus

The first time I had black bean hummus was in Madison, Wisconsin the other month at the farmer’s market. Holy cow! After that bite hit my mouth, I was determined to make my own that I can have on hand whenever I need. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, “among all groups of food commonly eaten…

Tofu Stir Fry

Serves: 2 Hands-on time: 30 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free Ingredients 1 package extra-firm tofu 1 cup quinoa ½ large yellow onion, diced 2 carrots, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 cup kale 2 tbsp Bragg’s liquid aminos 2 tbsp hot…

Corn, Cucumber, Avocado, Tomato Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Serves: 6-8 Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Gluten free, vegetarian Ingredients 4 ears corn, cooked 2 avocados, diced 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cucumber, finely diced ⅓ cup crumbled feta ½ red onion, finely chopped Cilantro vinaigrette 2 tbsp red wine vinegar ½ tsp. Salt ½ tsp ground black pepper 2…