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Food & Wellness Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner. This Food & Wellness Holiday Gift Guide is great for a friend or family member who is a health & wellness enthusiast. It’s also a great time to stock up on a new kitchen gadget or other food & wellness products that you may be able to find on sale during the holiday time.

My Food & Wellness Holiday Gift Guide includes some of my favorite kitchen gadgets as well as some more sustainable and nontoxic products. This list includes a variety of items, both big and small. It also covers a wide price range and gift items are listed from least expensive to most expensive.

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Chickpea Crunch Bars

Just because Halloween is over, doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making healthier Halloween treats. These Chickpea Crunch bars are my new jam. They are super easy to make and the taste reminds me so much of classic ‘Crunch’ candy bars. You only need 5 ingredients to make this recipe and the ingredients I used are gluten free and dairy free. I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are gluten free and dairy free, but you can use any chocolate that you like. My favorite “healthier” chocolate brands are Enjoy Life, Hu Kitchen, and Lilys Chocolate. Lilys chocolate is sweetened with stevia so it doesn’t taste as sweet. I wanted this recipe to taste sweet so I used Enjoy Life because it is sweetened with cane sugar. Hu Kitchen makes really great paleo chocolate. Check my Discounts Tab for 15% off Hu Kitchen chocolate.

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Sweet Potato Nachos

I just got a mandolin slicer and love it. It slices vegetables super thin, which is ideal for making chips. Lately, I’ve been making beet chips and sweet potato chips in my air fryer and they come out so good every time! I love making Sweet Potato Nachos and my new mandolin slicer was the perfect excuse to make them. This recipe is a great healthy alternative to nachos. These nachos make the perfect Football Sunday snack or party snack.

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Easy Ways to Add More Fruits and Veggies To Your Breakfast

It’s no secret that fruits and veggies are good for you! They are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that are so beneficial and necessary for our bodies to properly function. Consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, in conjunction with a healthy diet, can help reduce risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. According to the 2015- 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adults should eat 2 cups of fruit per day and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day (Dietary Guidelines for Americans). However, according to a study done by the CDC in 2017, only 1 in 10 Americans is meeting their fruit and vegetable needs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). So how can we increase our fruit and vegetables intake? Let’s start with breakfast. See below for three easy (and delicious!) ways to add more fruits and veggies to your breakfast.

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Crispy Chickpeas

I love crispy, seasoned chickpeas! They are crunchy and delicious and make the perfect savory snack. I eat them like chips or like topping them over a salad. This simple recipe only requires chickpeas, avocado oil, and spices. You do need an air fryer to make this recipe. Recipe is gluten free and vegan and can be made in less than 20 minutes!

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Healthier Halloween Treats

If you’ve been following my page, you know that I’ve been posting healthier Halloween treats for awhile now. I love Halloween! It is one of my favorite holidays. Given the climate of COVID this year, many of us may be celebrating Halloween in our own homes and maybe making our own Halloween treats. In this post I share some better ingredients that can be used to make Halloween candy. I will also share some healthier Halloween candy recipes that taste delicious, but are also super easy to make!

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Is The Keto Diet Healthy?

Since I’ve started studying nutrition, hands down the most common question I get asked is about the ketogenic diet for weight loss. I’ve previously discussed this on my instagram story (@wellbymel_), but since I get asked this so often, I also wanted to write a blog post on this topic. This post will discuss the ketogenic diet and some considerations for the diet when used for the purpose of weight loss.

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Apple Cinnamon Oats

Have you been apple picking recently? This past weekend, I went apple picking with some friends in upstate New York. I love apple season, so immediately started making some apple treats once I returned home to Brooklyn. I have personally been having my Apple Crumble (gluten free and dairy free) on repeat lately. It’s such a yummy treat, but full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. This week for breakfast I have been making Apple Cinnamon oats! This breakfast recipe is both gluten free and vegan.

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Low Sugar Reeses

Who’s ready for Halloween? If you’re like me and already looking for some healthier Halloween treat ideas, look no further! This recipe is a healthier twist on your favorite reeses candy. These Low Sugar Reeses are made with only two ingredients- Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips and natural peanut butter. Lily’s Dark Chocolate chips are vegan and sweetened the no-sugar sweetener, stevia. Be sure to chose a peanut butter without added sugar to keep these candies low in sugar.

This recipe is so easy to make- all you need to do is melt ingredients, add to baking cups, and let it sit in the freezer to set! This recipe is gluten free, vegan, and low in sugar.

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