The Ultimate Guide to Olive Oil Health Benefits, Buying Tips, and How to Use It

olive oilLast winter, my skin was not happy. I had lots of dry, red, scaly patches all over, mostly on my legs. They burned and it was extremely uncomfortable. I don’t know if it was winter skin, or some condition like psoriasis. I was going through lotion by the gallon but it didn’t make much difference. My husband had read about the benefits of olive oil and suggested I look into it for my skin problems. I did, and began drinking a tablespoon or so a day. My skin loved it!

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5 NuWave Oven Recipes from the Web

recipesAll week I’ve been talking about what I love about my kitchen appliances, especially my NuWave Oven. You can read my full review here. I love how versatile it is, how easy it is to use, and the fact that using it doesn’t make my house hotter in the summertime. Today I’ve rounded up some amazing recipes you can make in the NuWave Oven that showcase how versatile this kitchen appliance truly is. Continue reading

How to Survive Without an Oven

ovenThis will probably sound weird, but I haven’t had a working oven in over 3 years. This makes cooking more of a challenge, but definitely one that can be overcome. We use a countertop roaster, a slow cooker, a NuWave induction cooktop, and my favorite, a NuWave oven. We have a few other kitchen appliances, too, but those are the ones we use the most. Sometimes I use more than one at a time to complete a meal. I’ve cooked everything from scrambled eggs to a turkey meal for 20 people. It definitely takes a little extra planning, but I haven’t even missed my oven. So how do I do it? Continue reading

Amazing Avocado Chicken Salad

chicken saladI often struggle to find good lunchtime ideas for myself. Eating gluten free (and not liking to spend $5 or more on a loaf of gluten free bread) means I don’t eat sandwiches much. Egg salad and chicken salad are a couple of my favorite options. They’re easy to make at home, too. And while I do enjoy a good salad, sometimes I just want a little more variety. So I’m always looking for new lunch ideas. Continue reading

Why Cold-Brewed Coffee is the Best

cold-brewed coffeeI’ve just learned to make cold-brewed coffee. I have to be honest here….I’m a coffee addict. I can’t start my day without it and I even occasionally enjoy a cup in the afternoon. I’ve even tried going decaf to see if caffeine was causing some of my health issues. I can’t tell you how relieved I was that caffeine doesn’t seem to affect me and I could go back to regular coffee!

As much as I love a cup of hot coffee when it’s cold outside, I don’t like it so much in the summer time. But I still need my caffeine fix. I used to drink a lot of iced coffee when the weather warmed up, but it always ended up tasting diluted. Then I discovered cold-brewed coffee and now it is my favorite method for making coffee. Read on to learn why I like it so much better and how to brew up your own batch. Continue reading

10 Gluten Free Pantry Essentials

I’ve been eating gluten free for about 4 years. I’m not celiac or allergic, but for me eating gluten free causes extreme fatigue and chronic joint pain. I’m talking sleeping all night, waking up exhausted and in so much pain I’m nauseous, barely staying awake until 1 in the afternoon, sleeping until 5 or 6, spending the evening groggy, and crashing out again by 9. I could barely function and had no life. Continue reading

Chickpea Recipe Roundup

chickpeasIn my attempt to eat more plant based meals, I’m discovering how versatile chickpeas are. I’ve always loved them in salads or pasta salads, and who doesn’t love hummus? But I’ve realized they are good for so much more. Plus they pack a protein punch! So today I’m sharing some of my favorite chickpea┬árecipes from around the web. And as a bonus, most of them are vegan! Enjoy!

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High Protein Breakfast Ideas

breakfastI’m not much of a breakfast eater. The earlier I get up, the harder it is for me to choke something down. I usually end up drinking coffee until mid-morning and then have something to eat. I know that probably isn’t the healthiest way to start my day, so I’m working on it.

A high protein breakfast will keep me full longer. Anything I can prepare ahead of time is great, too-I love convenience, especially when I first wake up in the morning. (I get my coffee pot ready in the evenings so that all I have to do when I get out of bed is stumble into the kitchen and push the button.) Keep reading for easy, high protein breakfast ideas. Continue reading