Healthy Summer Grill Recipe

Since it’s summer grilling season for many people, I thought I would share a healthy and tasty recipe for your next cookout! This recipe is not vegan, but can easily be made so by substituting the chicken for “extra firm tofu” or extra vegetables like chunks of zucchini or eggplant, etc. Just keep the seasonings…

How to Make “Aspirin” From the Bark of a Willow Tree

The OTC medicine Aspirin is actually a synthetic derivative of salicylic acid which is found naturally in the bark of the willow tree. However, like most things, when we isolate them, try to duplicate them or combine them in unnatural ways (with synthetics, etc.) we tend to see side effects and the risk of the…

Willpower: A New “Muscle” Group

Did you know that willpower behaves like a muscle? Your ability to stay focused and stay at the top of your game, regardless of the size of the stressor, is directly related to how often you use your willpower and to what extent.  Similar to resistance training or cardiovascular training, proper usage and consistency lead…

Benefits of Cayenne (Capsicum)

Cayenne pepper has been used in herbal remedies for thousands of years. It improves circulation, accelerates weight loss and has the ability to heal ulcers. Cayenne pepper benefits also include pain relief and some studies indicate it may help eliminate cancer. The benefits of cayenne pepper are many and extremely useful. In fact, I would…

Vitamin Supplements: The Truth of the Matter

I am sure many people who will read this have by now heard the growing arguments both for and against taking vitamin supplements. I am equally certain that most of the arguments you will have read leave more questions than answers and seem to be a battle of “he said, she said” rather than a…

Vegan-Italian Pesto Stuffed Shells

I wanted to share a really fast and easy recipe that I fell in love with. Yes it’s Italian, and it’s delicious….but it’s also pretty healthy! I know that’s a hard combination to find sometimes, so I thought it was post-worthy. This recipe has plenty of vegetarian protein and tons of fiber, but it’s also…

The Importance of Focus

This might sound simple, but I think it’s something that is often overlooked in the health and fitness world. At the beginning of this New Year, I wanted to address the importance of focus and how it can be the key to success in both our long term and short term goals rather you’re wanting…

Easy (and Healthier) Pumpkin Muffins

It’s that time of year when we like a little treat and everything is pumpkin flavored again! So I thought I would share a recipe that I’ve been making about every other week lately. It’s a good protein snack, filling and organic. It’s another one of those things that I can have for breakfast or…

Taking a Peek at Elder (for colds & flu)

The International Herb Association named Elder as herb of the year in 2013. There is more romance, folklore, tradition, and superstition recorded in history about this remarkable plant than about any other herb known. The great herbalist, Henry Box of England, stated, “For colds, influenza, fevers, inflammation of the brain, pneumonia, inflammation of stomach, bowels,…

A Healthier Halloween

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Arfotografie at We Must Be Dreamers.   I wanted to share some of my go-to treats for this time of year. Of course since I…