Product Review: Healthier Soda Alternatives

About a week and a half ago, I spent the evening with the Texas A&M Aggie Dance Team talking about nutrition and healthy eating. I always love the time I spend with them. I know from my time on the team during college how important fueling your body with proper nutrition is. One of my favorite parts of meeting with them is the questions they have for me. And, one of the most popular questions I received this year was regarding healthier soda alternatives.

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Chocolate Avocado Peanut Butter Pudding

Im always looking for healthier alternatives to dessert, and this one takes the cake! It not only tastes great, its rich in omega 3’s, has no refined sugar, and offers a healthy dose of protein. It is extremely easy to prepare and only takes six ingredients that you likely have in your pantry right now!

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Food Cravings and How to Beat Them

Food cravings. We have likely all had some type of craving at some point, and for some its a daily battle. One of the more common questions I have been asked as a dietitian is how to beat cravings or how to manage them. There is not a quick and easy answer because cravings themselves are pretty complex. Cravings result from certain brain chemicals, like dopamine (the feel good hormone), being released when you eat certain foods. As a result, your brain continually seeks this “feel good” reaction, thus craving that food that stimulated dopamine release in the first place.

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Clean Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

This homemade and dairy free version of pumpkin spice coffee creamer is the perfect addition to your cup of coffee. Filled with spices and natural flavors, you will be hooked on making your own creamer from now on!

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Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

I have always been aware of the cost of food and my weekly grocery bill, but I had never paid too much attention to how much I was actually spending in any given month. For the most part, I shop once per week and plan my meals/snacks which helps keep the grocery budget under control. I had the occasional Costco trip, Trader Joes run, and those last minute grab a couple of things on your way home from work trips as well.

My husband and I have recently started actually budgeting to try to reign in our frivolous spending. When we were setting our budget for groceries for the month, I was more than sure the amount we agreed on would be more than ample. Well, we are only a couple weeks into this and I have already spent more than 60% of the budget for the month…and that was with trying to be a little more cognizant of spending! I have already learned a lot in the couple weeks we have been following our new budget, and have realized that I’m going to have to get creative for the last couple of weeks of the month if I’m going to stick to this predetermined budget we set! At first I felt discouraged, but to be honest, I’m now looking at it as a challenge. I have decided I’m going to get creative and do my best to stick to our budget without relying on cheap, processed foods to get us through! I plan to do a follow up post on how I end up faring, but for now I wanted to share some of my tips for eating healthy on a budget!

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