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Hey Readers,

There is a new store that carries natural and Eco-friendly baby products. They carry great brands that I’ve grown to love with having a 6 month old. Boppy pillows, gDiapers, Halo Sleepsacks and more.

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Use the coupon code “GNO10” for 10% off your entire order, compliments of Good Nutrition Online.

I know I haven’t written a post in a while, but I am going to post some more recipes soon.

Healthier Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

I just tried out this recipe that is an adjusted version of the recipe on, you can see the original recipe here:

These cookies turned out great, so I decided to share my version of the recipe with everyone.

This recipe makes about 3-4 dozen cookies that are whole wheat and taste great.


1/2 c. softened butter

1/2 c. olive oil

1/3 c. peanut butter

3/4 c. brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. Whole Wheat Flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 1/2 c. rolled oats

12 oz (2 cups)  Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips


1) Cream butters, oil and sugars in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, stirring until smooth.

2) In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, and oats. Add to creamed mixture and stir to make a thick cookie dough. Add chocolate chips, mixing with hands if necessary.

3) Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls or scoop the dough with a 2 tbsp. cookie dough scoop and place on greased cookie sheets. Press to flatten tops. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until cookies are browned and cooked to you liking. (I baked them for about 12 minutes so that the cookies would be softer).



MSG Hidden in Everyday Foods

Recently, it came to my attention that MSG and its derivatives (free glutamic acids) are hidden in everyday foods. These acids are used as flavor enhancers but have been shown to have greatly adverse health effects. The free glutamic acids “trick” your brain into really liking the taste of the food you’re eating and then you tend to overeat. The old “bet you can’t eat just one” campaign definitely comes to mind.

There are a lot of websites dedicated to the topic of the toxicity of these free glutamic acids. There have been studies with obese mice where they would inject infant mice with MSG to make them obese. ( There is no doubt that we are more than ever facing an obesity epidemic and being informed about what’s in your food is more important than ever.

Here are some examples of ingredients you should look for that mask the presence of free glutamic acids:

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Healthy Black Beans Crock Pot Recipe

I’ve started making black beans in a crock pot more recently. These beans come out tasting much better than from the can and make a generous amount of beans for plenty of burritos to come. I decided to share my recipe here, in case anyone would like to try it.  First, you need to have a slow cooker or “Crock Pot” in order to use this recipe. Preferably, you would have one that will allow you to program in a cooking time, but it is not necessary.

Soak Time: 6 – 10 hours

Cooking Time: 6-8 hours on low in crockpot


1 1lb. bag of uncooked, dried black beans of your choice

5 oz. of diced onions

0.5-2 tbsp of Garlic Powder or 4 cloves fresh garlic minced/pressed

0.5 tbsp of sea salt

1-2 tbsp chili powder

6 cups water (cooking)


1. Rinse and separate the black beans to remove any particulates. Soak the beans in 6 cups of water for a minimum of 6 hours, closer to 10 hours if you live at high altitude. Discard the soaking water and rinse the beans.

2. Place beans in the slow cooker and add the onions. Add the sea salt, chili powder and garlic to taste. If you prefer fresh garlic, then I would add 2-4 cloves of fresh minced garlic to the mixture.

3. Add 6 cups of water and stir the ingredients together.

4. Cook the bean/spice mixture for 6-8 hours on low (depending upon your slow cooker temperature) and then place on warm then rest of the time (if warm is a feature on your crock pot).

Note: Do not let the beans cook more than 8-10 hours on low and be sure to check that the beans have enough water at about 5 hours. If more water is needed, add about 1 cup more.

At the end of the cooking time, you’ll have flavorful black beans that are great by themselves, in burritos or with some rice. We add Siracha Rooster chili sauce to the beans for that extra kick of flavor. Enjoy!

Healthier Cinnamon Rolls Recipe using Bread Machine

For the first time, I tried to make cinnamon rolls from scratch. I adjusted the recipe to be healthier than the straight recipe. They turned out to be very yummy. Although they still have plenty of calories, they have a lot less fat, no hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup and low in cholesterol.

I adjusted the the recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook and substituted half whole wheat flour and olive oil for the shortening. I also adjusted the frosting to use 50/50 smart balance butter and reduced fat cream cheese and 1/2 the powdered sugar. I also used my bread machine on the dough cycle to save some time.

Hope you like the recipe. Read on.

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Healthier Food at Einstein Bros Bagels

Ever wonder what to choose to eat but you haven’t looked at the ingredient and nutritional information? In this blog entry, I thought it would be helpful to provide a list of foods at Einstein Bros Bagels that do not contain high fructose corn syrup, MSG or hydrogenated oils. For full nutritional information go to Check back later for tips on other restaurants.


Good Grains Bagel

Honey Whole Wheat Bagel

Braided Challah Roll

Ciabatta Bread

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Kick off your summer workouts

Hello Everyone.

I thought I’d share with you my new goal for the summer. Getting outside and enjoying the outdoors at least once a week. I know it sounds cheesy, but for many of us, including myself, we tend to stay indoors on the weekends or in the evenings. I’ve made a personal goal to get outside at least for a few hours every weekend that doesn’t include yard work. Since I live in a place with beautiful hiking, my goal is to go hiking every weekend at least once. It really gets my heart rate going and helps to burn off those extra calories.

Some people may not have the luxury of living near the mountains, so I would recommend getting out there and enjoying a walk around a lake or around a park in order to just get out and enjoy nature.

There are national parks in every state and are a great place to get away. Follow this link to find a national park near you:

Get out there and enjoy the summer! Obviously wear plenty of sunblock and a hat and bring plenty of water. There’s nothing worse than sun poisoning or increasing your risk of skin cancer.


Drink Mixers to Avoid

Now that summer is approaching, you’re probably thinking about having some yummy margaritas by the pool. Although the mixers sold for making these drinks taste good, they are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. What’s good about buying mixers though is that you can actually view the ingredients and make your choices with information on the bottle. When you buy pre-mixed drinks from the liquor store, they don’t have to list all or any ingredients a lot of the time.

It’s a challenge to find drink mixers that do not have high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in them. For example, you probably buy normal Margarita mix from either “On the Border” or from Jose Cuervo, but these both have HFCS as the main sweetener. If you wanted to make some martinis, the selection without HFCS is extremely limited and you would have a hard time finding any mixers without this horribly unhealthy sweetener.

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Healthy Nutrition Tips for Fitting in that Bikini

So, I just saw an article on about the 10 worst foods of 2007. It inspired me to write down some of my tips for dieting this time of year. Some of these may seem extremely obvious but it doesn’t mean they are the easiest to follow.

1) Bring your lunch to work at least 4 times per week.

I know for a lot of people this seems to be difficult to accomplish. I spend about 5 minutes in the morning making my lunch. I usually bring something that is around 300 calories for my main dish and then plenty of fruits/vegetables to go along with it. The produce in the supermarket is looking great this time of year.

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Healthy Deviled Eggs Recipe

I recently read an article at about a healthy recipe for deviled eggs.

It basically takes the egg yolks out of the recipe and replaces it egg yolk mixture with hummus and almonds. I think its a great idea. Not only are you cutting back on mayonaise that usually has hydrogenated oils, preservatives and sometimes high fructose corn syrup, you are also cutting out all of the cholesterol.

Hummus is available in your grocery store and is a puree of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and other flavorings. It tastes great on crackers/sandwiches. I’m sure that this recipe would taste great. I’ll let you know how it comes out after I try it.

Another option, could be to make an egg salad sandwich with the hummus and hard-boiled egg whites too.

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