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Healthy Chocolate Desserts for Valentine’s Day

Food for Grownups
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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I’m thinking about options for a little sweet treat. (I’ve already shared some ideas for home-cooked meals and DIY gifts.)

Maybe you’re excited to have a special event and splurge a little on the calories. Or maybe you just came home from a vacation to Hawaii where you used up all of your ‘splurge guilt-free’ cards. It could happen to anyone.

No matter the motivation, I’ve rounded up a few recipes that are chocolate and don’t break the bank on calories.

And on that note, haven’t scientists affirmed that chocolate is, in fact, healthy for you? Bless them and bless their work.

The best part about these recipes is that no one will even know that they are actually healthy. It’s just so sneaky. I love it!

 

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For the Love (of Food): 5 Home-Cooked Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

Food for Grownups
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Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating those you love – whether it be your spouse, your girlfriends, your family, or yourself. Regardless of who you’re showering with love this year, the dinner you celebrate with should be indulgent and rich, right? (I know, I know, I’m usually saying that we should eat healthy but Valentine’s Day is a special holiday that deserves special treatment).

Instead of making reservations at a crowded restaurant, why not set up an intimate dining experience in your own home, complete with candlelight and the timeless music of Frank Sinatra? Skip out on the busyness that comes with a restaurant’s atmosphere, say no to a pricey prix fixe that doesn’t live up to the hype, and ditch the waiter who interrupts your conversation every 10 minutes.

The best news is, you don’t need to miss out on great food just because you’re staying in. We’ve collected some of the most romantic meals for you and yours. Don’t be shocked if people can’t believe it’s a home cooked dinner and start digging around to try and find take-out containers.

Let’s not stop the celebration with a delicious dinner. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine, eat some dessert (guilt-free), and pop in a favorite rom-com.

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Go Pro with These Three Healthy Super Bowl Recipes

Food for Grownups, Hospitality and Entertaining
healthy super bowl recipe chicken chili
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It’s almost time for the Super Bowl (and the Puppy Bowl and Super Bowl commercials, take your pick of which one you’ll spend your time watching!)

No matter which you are watching it’s almost guaranteed you’ll be eating something. Because food and the Super Bowl go together like chips and salsa. (Or chips and guacamole, but more on that later!)

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Cauliflower and Avocado Wraps with Easy Tzatziki

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I am always so conflicted this time of year. After the holidays, I typically aspire to be less indulgent when it comes to what I eat. But it’s so darn cold and all I want is comfort food!

Usually, I dive right in to my zero point chili or chicken and veggie stew on the regular, but recently I’ve been needing to spice things up.

So that’s exactly what I did. Bring on the smoked paprika and the cumin, baby!  continue reading

How to Change Up Your Winter Exercise Plan (And Stay Warm!)

Health and Fitness
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What’s the weather like where you are?

Here in Central Oregon, we’re in the middle of a cycle of snow, rain, ice, repeat. Yuck.

I imagine it’s about the same where you are. Unless you’re reading this on a beach in Brazil  (I hope so! Send me a postcard if you are!) then you’re probably dealing with something pretty similar when you open your door.

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Cheers to Your Health: Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes for That Healthy Glow

Health and Fitness
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Looking for that healthy glow? Especially in the dead of winter when nothing is glowing and nothing feels healthy? I’ve got the answer.

Smoothies!

I know what you’re thinking.

Ok, Marie, don’t tell me that I can just live off of green smoothies and magically drop a ton of weight. 

Don’t even think about asking me to forego a meal and eat pureed vegetables.

Don’t tell me I need to buy a $700 Vitamix for the occasion. 

Do not worry, my Fierce friend! I don’t advocate any of those things. What I do recommend is swapping out unhealthy snacks for a frosty, fresh smoothie that you’ll enjoy. I look forward to mine. I crave them. It’s usually a mid-morning or post-workout treat for me. continue reading

Workout Clothes for Women after Fifty: Sweating Fierce

Beauty and Fashion
Workout clothes women over 50
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We’re going to talk about workout clothes today. Why?

Well, if someone hasn’t already told you, I’m the friend who is here to say it. Your husband’s old college t-shirts just aren’t cutting it anymore.

Workout clothes have changed so much since we were kids. Back then, heavy, suffocating polyester was the height of chic.  “Athletics”, and the gear that went with it, was for people who played a specific sport. There wasn’t an entire industry devoted to making clothes just for working out.

We put a man on the moon and deregulated the telephone industry. Then finally we learned how to make a supportive and comfortable sports bra. Which is to say, the innovation took time. But now that it’s here, let’s take advantage of it!

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Asian Pear Salad with Basil, Toasted Almonds and Creamy Ginger Dressing

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I don’t know about you, but the holidays have left me feeling like a partridge in a pear tree. And not in a good way.

With all kinds of health and wellness goals and resolutions circling around social media this days, I decided I would join in on the fun and make a healthy salad that actually tasted good.

One that I would actually look forward to making again and again instead of it serving as a repentant, guild-laden, self-inflicted punishment following the fattening flurry of gingersnaps and eggnog and cheesy green chile casseroles and homemade ravioli (more on that later!).

I know what you’re thinking. Salad can never be as good as gingersnaps.

You might be right.

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Meet the Green Chile Egg Puff, the Best Christmas Morning Recipe in the World

Food for Grownups
Best Christmas Morning Recipe

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet because we all probably have a few things to do this week.

Every family has their own traditions when it come to Christmas morning. I love holding on to these and enjoying them year after year. (Like forcing my children to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, much to their chagrin).

But I also love finding new traditions.

What I’ve learned since I’ve acquired three beautiful and advanced daughters-in-law is that new members of the family mean new traditions.

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The Best Roasted Butternut Squash Salad Recipe

Food for Grownups
the best roasted butternut squash salad recipe
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Two weeks ago, I promised you that I’d share the recipe for the utterly fantastic salad I served alongside the various soups at my Watch Party. I said I’d share it the following week.

Obviously, I didn’t follow through on that promise. Sorry. If you could see my kitchen right now (and there is no way I’m letting you do that) you’d see that I’m up to my earlobes in boxes, wrapping paper, and ribbons, and…Well, you get the picture. Chances are, it’s the same at your house this week.

Anyway, back to that salad. I love salad. In summer.

For some reason, about the time the leaves turn colors and start to drop, so does my interest in eating salad.  When the weather turns cold, I want my vegetables warm and start making a lot of soup. continue reading