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Here is this week’s round up of recipes to help you plan some delicious, healthy, homemade meals!

need to make this creamy almond butter + honey apple dip to have for desserts instead of all the Easter candy I still have hanging around

can’t even explain how much I want to make these cuban black bean & rice burgers with mango slaw

more fresh fruit popsicles!

sometimes I get stuck in a rut buying the same ingredients and making the same recipes – I feel like this mango salad would be a great way to change things up

wish I had a grill for this grilled salmon salad

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about people looking for alternative sports drinks without all the articifial colors. why not make your own?

any reason to eat mexican food for another meal is ok with me. it helps that these breakfast quesadillas would be a great portable breakfast for busy mornings

speaking of quesadillas, these look like the most outstanding chicken quesadillas of all time

how about a fresh green spring soup? this kale pesto and pea tortellini soup only takes 15 minutes!

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I have one article to share this week too and it is a fantastic one written by Sally Hara, another registered dietitian, about the new documentary “Fed Up” that attacks sugar as the cause of obesity. I highly recommend reading the whole article, but here are some very important points:

  • Sugar does hit the blood stream quickly, that much is true; but it only turns to fat if it isn’t needed as fuel. In other words, if the sugar eaten does not put you over your calorie needs it will be burned as fuel, but if the added sugar equates to excess calories (more energy than our bodies needs to operate) it will be converted to fat. But guess what? The same is true for excess calories from any other source – protein, fat, alcohol. Our bodies burn calories (energy) required to keep us alive and fuel our activities, and then store any excess – mostly in the form of fat. So it really doesn’t matter if the excess comes from sugar, fat or whatever… if it’s excess it will likely be stored as fat. So on one hand, yes – excess sugar in our diets is a problem. But on the other hand, so is excess fat, alcohol or protein if it pushes us over our daily calorie needs.”
  • “…so many people who have adapted the “sugar is to be avoided” attitude are also embracing a cleaner plant-based diet. In their efforts to avoid sugar, they are limiting or avoiding processed foods and eating more whole foods –fresh fruits, vegetable, whole grains, and legumes. Many are also adapting exercise as a regular part of their routine…Do you see a pattern? It’s not about fat, sugar, or even grains or gluten. For most people, what is improving health is all of the positive changes that are added…. much more so than what is being subtracted. Subtracting without adding won’t give the same results. It’s all about a healthy BALANCE – in your diet, and in your habits.”
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