Author Archives: Amy Bellgardt


Detox Mania: Worth It or Not?

Everywhere we turn these days, there’s another detox diet or cleanse to try out. But are they worth all the hype?


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Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, or you’re making a romantic dessert for your significant other, chocolate covered strawberries are a great way to enjoy something decadent with the added freshness and nourishment of fruit!


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Cold Crunching Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

When cold season strikes — and if there are kids in the house there’s just no way to stop it — I like to whip up a big batch of chicken noodle soup in my beloved crockpot. This tasty, hearty, and warming soup makes my family happy when the sniffles plague them, and it’s a filling meal for all. Even better, this is very easy to make.


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Fruit and Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Do you need to prepare an easy breakfast? Try out this easy smoothie bowl!


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How to Make Baby Food and Why You Should

When my second son was a baby and ready for solid foods, I did something I swore I would never do – I made his baby food. I never thought in a million millennia that I would ever do this, and if it were not for a good friend showing me how EASY the process was, I would have never explored it. Thank goodness for my friend.


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Easy Chicken Dinner for a Busy Weeknight

Every weeknight at 5:00, my husband and I have the dreaded discussion – WHAT TO MAKE FOR DINNER. Why is it the dreaded discussion? Well, both of us are tired from a long day of work and neither one of us want to think about preparing and cooking dinner.


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How to Make Your Own Sports Drink

Last week, my family traveled downtown to watch a holiday parade. Though the weather was somewhat mild in the high 80’s, I still became quite dehydrated and had to head home earlier than planned. I was so concerned about keeping the kids hydrated that I failed to do so myself, which ruined our family plans for the day. Lesson learned!


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5 Tips for Beating the Summertime Blues

Every year, my kids and I look forward to the long summer break from school. Perks like sleeping in late, daily swims in the pool and traveling to new destinations all add up to a fun, memorable summer. So, why do I always get the summertime blues come August?


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Summer Recipe: Apple and Cheddar Salad

The more the weather heats up outside, the more I crave less-heavy foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables. I find myself eating salads nearly every day now, which helps to keep me cool, while not hurting the waistline. (Another plus for swimsuit season!)


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Kale and Cranberry Salad Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tour Tanaka Farms, a beautiful produce farm in Orange County, California that grows over 60 fruits and vegetables. During my tour, I tasted various vegetables and fruits, but of all of my samplings, kale stood out as my favorite produce.


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