Homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe

homemade pico de gallo

If you follow along with me on Instagram then it's definitely no surprise to you that I'm a Pico de Gallo addict! I love that pico is such an easy way to add fresh veggies and lots of flavor to my favorite foods-whether it's over eggs, on my Cilantro Lime Chicken, or in a Burrito Bowl-pico de gallo is perfection (especially with a little chopped … [Read more...]

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Cafe Rio Copycat Shredded Beef Recipe (in the Crock Pot!)

crock pot cafe rio shredded beef

Do you all live near a Cafe Rio? I had never heard of it until we moved to DC last year and a coworker of my husband's took him there for lunch.  He came home raving about it and insisted on taking the entire family and of course, we were hooked immediately on the fresh Mexican food! As soon as I tasted their shredded beef I started searching … [Read more...]

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Skinny Strawberry Fizz Cocktail

strawberry fizz skinny cocktail

You might notice that there has been a lot more in the way of cocktail recipes here lately.  I've always loved a good cocktail but my recent move towards cleaner eating (I talked about it here) has me abandoning the red wine I used to swear by in favor of trying less caloric cocktail options. I love experimenting with different combinations of … [Read more...]

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Healthy Gourmet Yogurt Popsicles

strawberry basil yogurt pops

As it's getting warmer here in Virginia the grocery stores have been making their popsicle displays a bit more obvious in the stores.  My boys saw a big endcap of those ubiquitous brightly colored sugary popsicles in the plastic tubes I think we all ate as kids and it was meltdown city because I wouldn't buy them.  To convince them that I wasn't … [Read more...]

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How to Eat Clean While Traveling (and our cruise recap!)

clean eating while traveling

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind.  We drove with our three sons from Washington DC to Port Canaveral, Florida to take a 7 day cruise in the Caribbean.  I received so many sweet comments and emails wishing us a fun trip and asking how I was going to handle my new found clean eating habits on the road that I thought I'd give you a little … [Read more...]

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

spaghetti squash lemon asparagus

When I first started trying to eat clean a few months ago I was really worried how I was going to deal with my carb addiction.  Pasta is my absolute favorite thing to eat (or at least it was!) and I couldn't imagine how I was going to cut back.  I was also having a hard time getting in as many vegetables as I wanted each day-I knew I needed to … [Read more...]

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Easy Weekday Dinner: Chipotle Burrito Bowl Recipe

clean eating burrito bowl recipe

Can I make a confession? I never ate at a Chipotle until a few months ago.  They didn't have them in the small North Carolina town we lived at this time last year, and while I had heard about them, I had never actually visited one.  When we moved to the DC area last May and finally visited one I was honestly a little bit overwhelmed-it struck me a … [Read more...]

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Watermelon Berry Mint Salad

warermelon mint salad lime

When I was a little girl I would love playing with my cousins down in South Carolina.  Many of my aunts and uncles all lived along a dirt road just next to my grandparent's farm and my cousins and I could run from house to house playing -like a little herd of chaos moving along on bare feet, making mud pies and playing tag.  We'd get hungry and run … [Read more...]

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How a Wine Loving Chocoholic Learned to Eat Clean

How a wine loving admitted chocoholic totally revamped her eating style and started eating clean, whole foods-if she can do it, anyone can!

  You know those memes you see all over Pinterest about how women need chocolate and wine? Yeah, those were written for me.  For pretty much all of my adult life there have been two things I wanted each evening-chocolate and wine (well, when I was pregnant and nursing each of my three boys I settled on double the chocolate and no wine...I … [Read more...]

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars

chocolate peanut butter healthy bars

I have a love affair with PB2 happening right now, have you tried it yet? For those that don't know, it's a powdered peanut butter that has a lot of the fat and calories removed.  For a peanut butter addict like myself it's pretty much one of the best things ever.  I've been trying all sorts of recipes with it lately and these 4 ingredient no bake … [Read more...]

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Homemade Hummus Recipe

hummus recipe

Last week my Facebook news feed was blowing up with people sharing the news of the hummus recall due to fears of Listeria.  One friend replied to someone suggesting she make her own with "nobody has time for that," and I knew from reading that thought that I needed to share my super easy homemade hummus recipe here on the blog.  This hummus takes … [Read more...]

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