High Protein: No Powder

High Protein: No Powder

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Guest post by Tiffany from Don’t Waste the Crumbs.

Early in our marriage, my husband and I spent nearly three years living on as little as possible so that we could pay off our debt. The process of becoming debt free requires a lot of determination and discipline, but as many of you might know, the work doesn’t stop when the last bill is paid. Poor spending decisions are a hard habit to break and if we’re not careful, we’ll end up right where we started in the first place!

That’s exactly where I found myself a couple years ago when I started an “official” exercise program that came with an “official” nutrition program. Ordinarily I’d just eat what we normally eat – wholesome, real foods – but I really wanted to give this program 110% and see the amazing results that everyone else was seeing, so I wanted to follow their diet plans too.

That is, until I saw what they wanted me to eat.Continue reading


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Using a Nutrimill: The Video

Using a Nutrimill: The Video

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You’ve been asking for the longest time for me to do a video showing you how my grain mill works – so here it is! I hope you enjoy. Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll put the links that I mentioned below so that you don’t have to go hunting for them. Continue reading


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50 Healthy Smoothie Combos

50 Healthy Smoothie Combos

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I’ve been working on this post for a few months. I like variety, and I got it into my head that I could make up 50 smoothie combos that were fast and easy…because, ain’t nobody got time for smoothies that take a bunch of prep work – isn’t that the point of  a smoothie? To blend and go? Preach it – that was spiritual.

So, here is my list of 50 smoothie combos that are actually good for you – I put it together with my own geniousness and the help of my sister and Barry. You’ll find that they don’t call for any hard-to-find ingredients or stuff you can’t pronounce. Continue reading


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Natural Sweeteners – A Video

Natural Sweeteners – A Video

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I already have a post about the natural sweeteners our family uses, but I thought it might be helpful to actually SHOW you those.

Let me dispel a myth right now. Sugar is sugar. I can use white sugar, or I can use sucanat with honey…they’re both sugar, and in excess they will BOTH make your butt big. So, don’t fool yourself into thinking that just because honey is more natural that you can eat it by the spoonful without consequence. We just choose to use sweeteners that have a little less processing – and we use honey because of the health benefits.

Note: I am now using sucanat with honey (honey granules) that I mention in the video. I say that it’s “white” but what I really mean is, it’s not dark brown. It’s creamy in color. I now find that I actually prefer it to plain sucanat. I purchased it from Honeyville.

Sucanat = substitute for brown sugar

Honey Granules/Sucanat with Honey = substitute for white sugar

I do like the NuNatural stevia best, but have found that we also like Kal stevia – it’s what I will use when my NuNaturals is all gone.

When I substitute honey for a granulated sweetener, I use half the amount of honey and play with my liquid amounts just a tad until I get them right. It’s easy to do once you do it a few times and know what you’re doing.

Another note: I didn’t mention we also use maple syrup…sometimes as a sweetener, but mostly for pancakes and oatmeal. I use grade B maple syrup. Check out Trader Joe’s for a good price!


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A Look at Freeze Dried Foods + Giveaway

A Look at Freeze Dried Foods + Giveaway

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Maybe you’re like me – maybe you’ve seen the recent hype about freeze-dried food and wondered, “good grief – that stuff is just plain expensive and who in their right mind would want that? I mean it looks all hard and ewey looking. No thanks.”  Guess what? I was wrong….again.

When Teresa from Thrive Life Foods contacted us and wanted me to try the freeze-dried foods they offered, I didn’t really want to do it. Honesty is the best policy…but I agreed to think about it for a few days. And I’m glad I did, because it hit me like a rock between the eyes (except it didn’t kill me like it did Goliath). Freeze dried foods keep for a long time! We’re talking 25 years unopened and two years after they are opened. Continue reading


Comment Policy: I love hearing your thoughts and input on what I write. Since I write about what works at my house, what pleases my handsome hubby and darling children; I'm sure we'll disagree sometimes. In those cases, do what's right for you and yours. As with any form of communication, please only post comments that move the discussion in a positive direction.