I Fell in Love With “Must-Try” Banza Chickpea Pasta, and You Will, Too!

Gluten-free, high fiber, low(er) in carbs? What’s not to love?! Chickpeas are a power bean, so it’s no surprise I fell in love with Banza pasta – and I think you will, too! Continue reading I Fell in Love With “Must-Try” Banza Chickpea Pasta, and You Will, Too!

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Pickle Peas: Chickpea Snacks That’ll Have You Saying, “More, Please!”

Have you noticed?! Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are slowly taking over the health world, and I couldn’t be happier about that! Chickpeas are a wonder bean, packing a very nutritious punch! In just a 1-cup serving, check out some of these impressive numbers (see full facts): 10.5 grams of dietary fiber (42% DV) 11.9 grams of protein (24% DV) 72% DV manganese 57% DV Vitamin … Continue reading Pickle Peas: Chickpea Snacks That’ll Have You Saying, “More, Please!”

A Week in the Life of Healthy Dinner Planning

If you’re not hungry yet, brace yourself, because you’re about to be – this post is 100% dedicated to delicious (and healthy!) meals that you can make in your very own kitchen. One of the most common misconceptions I encounter from people who aren’t used to healthy eating is that it’s boring or restrictive. I’ve actually had someone say to me, “I like food too … Continue reading A Week in the Life of Healthy Dinner Planning

Product Review: Fast & Fun Food Prep With the VeggieBullet!

I’ve just gotta say, in general, calling anything a “food fad” irks me. (Remember how kale was the “it” food of 2016?) Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing people choose healthy options for any reason, but I hate trivializing healthy food by treating it like a hot fashion trend. It’s kale, not a handbag. Anyways. On that note, spiralized veggies are insanely popular in … Continue reading Product Review: Fast & Fun Food Prep With the VeggieBullet!

Social Media: Spawning Ground for Sketchy Diet Advice

You know, I’ve got nothin’ but love for other health/wellness bloggers out there in the community, fighting the good fight. We’re all united in the same purpose – we love helping people through our blogs. The key though, is help, not harm – or mislead. It’s absolutely mind-boggling how many varying opinions and viewpoints there are in the nutrition world. Sure, I don’t always agree … Continue reading Social Media: Spawning Ground for Sketchy Diet Advice

Very Berry Overnight Oats Parfait

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my post last Saturday that marked my entry into the vast, über-customizable world of overnight oats! It took me way longer than it should’ve to jump on this delicious bandwagon, honestly, but I’m now officially a card-carrying member of the club.  Woo hoo! My initial venture required a little help from friends, so I consulted Pinterest to … Continue reading Very Berry Overnight Oats Parfait

Six Surprising “Side Effects” of Eating Healthy

The phrase “eating healthy” carries so many (untrue) negative connotations (boring, restrictive, tiny portions, terrible food, constant hunger, etc.), so I want to counter that by sharing some really awesome things that I’ve personally experienced in my journey. A while back, I shared my past struggles with weight/body image, and showed you some of the different yo-yo weight phases I’ve experienced. Changing how I eat (and … Continue reading Six Surprising “Side Effects” of Eating Healthy

Pink Ribbon Problem, Part 2: Protect Yourself & Pink Wisely!

Last week, I published the first half of my discussion about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Pink Ribbon Problem, Part 1: “Pinkwashing” the Truth. Please check it out, if you haven’t already, since understanding both the history and the current forces at work helps paint the complete “pink” picture. Note: There was an issue with that post back-dating from Oct. 1st (the actual publish date) to … Continue reading Pink Ribbon Problem, Part 2: Protect Yourself & Pink Wisely!

Shop Like a Crazy Person, Eat Like a Healthy One!

There are few things I love more than getting a good deal! Frugal Franny is pretty much my 90-year-old alter ego, and she loves saving money. Even more, she loves coupons! She sure makes me do some, um, interesting things at times though… If you’ve read my previous post to this effect (Healthy Body, Healthy Bank Account: Eating Well Without Spending a Fortune) you are … Continue reading Shop Like a Crazy Person, Eat Like a Healthy One!

Purely Simple Reboot: Making a “Simple” Mix More Fun!

Holy moly! I can barely believe that my product review post about Pillsbury’s Purely Simple line of cake/cookie/brownie mixes and frosting mixes has been so successful! It’s gotten over 1,500 views since it was posted seven months ago – that’s just crazy! Since you readers out there are literally gobbling up my original post, I thought it would be fun to do a little reboot! … Continue reading Purely Simple Reboot: Making a “Simple” Mix More Fun!

Omnivore, Vegetarian, Vegan and the Gray Area In Between

I’m fully aware that I risk kicking the hornet’s nest with this topic, probably more than anything I’ve ever published here on my site. I certainly don’t intend to stir the pot, though I realize this topic evokes lots of strong emotions, and not everyone will agree with my views. But you know what? That’s okay. So many of us live our lives continuously seeking … Continue reading Omnivore, Vegetarian, Vegan and the Gray Area In Between

8 More “Food” Items to Replace With Better Choices

Where does the time go?! I can’t believe it’s already been seven months since I posted 12 Everyday “Food” Items to Trash & Replace – holy moly, it’s gonna be the holidays before we know it. Did I say that out loud? Um…I meant, uh…summer! Swimming! School’s out! Speaking of summer, I hope the first month of it has treated everyone very well so far, full of … Continue reading 8 More “Food” Items to Replace With Better Choices

Evolution of YOU: Seeking (and Loving) the Best You Possible!

Dearest readers, I know my blogs usually err on the “meatier” side of writing, with a lot of research and information that I jam-pack into each one. But, you know what? This one’s going to be a little different. No documents. No data. Think about how much we change as people throughout the course of our lives. On the inside, the unique cocktail of emotions, … Continue reading Evolution of YOU: Seeking (and Loving) the Best You Possible!

Healthy Body, Healthy Bank Account: Eating Well Without Spending a Fortune

If you’ve read any of my prior posts (or know me personally) you know that I’m pretty darn passionate about eating and living healthy. No surprise, I love discussing it with any willing participants, online or otherwise – friends, family, fellow shoppers at the grocery store, whatever! Time and time again, though, one concern repeatedly comes up as a limiting factor for eating healthy (especially if … Continue reading Healthy Body, Healthy Bank Account: Eating Well Without Spending a Fortune

Semantics of Eating Healthy: Basic Terminology 101

Well, well, well, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I have to apologize for my mini hiatus lately. I’ve had some eye-related shenanigans going on, so I unfortunately have had very limited ability to be in front of bright things. And boy, when you’re in that dilemma, you really realize how time much we as a society spend in front of glowing screens! Anyways, I’m … Continue reading Semantics of Eating Healthy: Basic Terminology 101

Homemade Garlic Dill Pickles

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love pickles? If there were no such thing as sodium, I’d probably eat a jar a day. I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but store-bought dill pickles can have some really unappealing (and dangerous) ingredients hiding in that jar among those innocent little cucumbers! This should be a no-brainer safe product! How do you manage to screw … Continue reading Homemade Garlic Dill Pickles

Ditching Dairy: Going Nuts Instead!

You know, it seems these days that almost nothing escapes being a hot-button issue. Especially in Health & Wellness Land. No matter what you do, someone out there has got a loud opinion about it. So here’s the scoop: we’ve stopped buying cows’ milk. Cue the dramatic music. No, we’re not going vegan. Not that there’s anything wrong with going vegan, of course, but that’s … Continue reading Ditching Dairy: Going Nuts Instead!

Product Review: Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake and Frosting

Who wants cake?! Mmmmm cake. Okay, I admit it, this one was a total impulse buy. Sheer curiosity got the best of me. Let’s pause for one brief moment. Let’s address the question that may be forming in your mind, something to the tune of, “Wait. She runs a wellness blog. What in the Sam Hill is she doing promoting cake mix?!” I know. I … Continue reading Product Review: Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake and Frosting

Kicking Aspartame, One Piece at a Time!

Some of you may have some awareness of aspartame thanks to Yoplait making a big deal of removing it from their Yoplait Light Yogurt starting in 2014, when they finally listened to consumers who wanted this neurotoxin out of their yogurt! (Although this was a step in the right direction, Yoplait unfortunately still chooses to use sucralose in their Light product, another artificial sweetener. Shame, … Continue reading Kicking Aspartame, One Piece at a Time!

12 Everyday “Food” Items to Trash & Replace

*Friendly reminder to trash the contents only, not the containers! Recycle those little buggers appropriately, everyone!* It’s pretty amazing that what started out as just making smoothies for breakfast has morphed into where we stand today, but it goes to show that one good decision leads into many others! Little by little, as I started learning more and more about the reasons why most processed … Continue reading 12 Everyday “Food” Items to Trash & Replace

Homemade Banana Oat Bars

These little gems are a personal favorite of ours, a little something of my own creation that have been a big hit every time I’ve shared. I’m enjoying one as I type this, so I’d like to share from our kitchen to yours!  I actually came up with this recipe before I was super gung-ho about reading ingredients, so I originally was using Betty Crocker … Continue reading Homemade Banana Oat Bars