8 Simple Valentine’s Day Dinner Classics


Take the hassle out of your Valentine's Day by spending a romantic evening at home making and eating one of these classic, simple Valentine's Day dinners! 8 Simple Valentine's Day Dinner Classics ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #easy #valentines #dinner

 

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Valentine’s Day can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth when it comes to finding a good restaurant. Everything is crowded, noisy, and wait times can be lengthy! Take a break from the mayhem this V-day and instead spend a romantic evening at home preparing and eating one of these eight classic but simple Valentine’s Day dinners. Each one has less than ten ingredients (give or take a spice), all of them easy to find in your local grocery store. And with short cook times, you’ll have plenty of your evening left for more romantic endeavors!

 

Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

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Seafood always makes for a classy dinner, and this creamy pasta recipe will hit the spot for any pasta-lover. The recipe uses refrigerated linguine, but a dry pasta of your choice works too – just cook it as directed and add your shrimp to the pot in the last 3-4 minutes.

 

Oven-Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Using shortcuts like Italian seasoning and a store-bought sauce make this special dish quick and easy without sacrificing taste. A crispy artisan bread and a roasted vegetable or two will round things out nicely.

 

Maple Glazed Salmon

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This simple salmon is perfect for a meal that fills you up without leaving you feeling bloated the rest of the evening – because there’s nothing that kills romance quite so quick!. You can choose to make the pickled vegetables or leave them out, but they do make a nice addition to this dinner!

 

Seared Steak with Onions and Gorgonzola

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A steak can make for an especially decadent meal, especially with additions like caramelized onions and gorgonzola! Follow this simple guide to get the perfect steak at your desired “doneness.”

 

Oven-Baked Fajitas

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If you enjoy Latin flavors there’s nothing better than the sizzle of a fajita! This recipe makes it easy to get your fajitas on the table by baking your meat and vegetables. You can stick with chicken or get even fancier by using steak! Serve it up with corn or flour tortillas and a little salsa and sour cream.

 

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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A crisp layer on the outside and a melty cheese center make chicken cordon bleu a go-to romantic dinner. Keep things easy using boxed bread crumbs and cutting chicken breasts in half before pounding them thin.

 

Pork Tenderloin

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A special cut of meat makes any dish more fantastic, and a seasoned rub will ensure yours is packed with flavor. Serve it with vegetables and a baked or mashed potato and gravy for a full plate.

 

Vegetarian Lasagna

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For the vegetarian couple (or a couple looking to be more health conscious), this vegetarian lasagna is a great Valentine’s dinner. Mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach add textures and flavors even a meat-lover could appreciate.

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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Healthy Foods to Eat When You Crave Sweets

Don't give in the next time you crave sweets, instead try snacking one of these healthy foods and keep yourself on track. Healthy Foods to Eat When You Crave Sweets ~ Tipsaholic.com #healthysnacks #craving

 

 

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Trying to lose weight while battling a sweet tooth? These simple snacks can help keep you on track when the cravings hit. With combinations of nutrients like protein and fiber with small amounts of more natural sugars, you’ll be able to feed your need for sweet without going overboard.

 

Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a great snack and are often sweet enough to ward off the desire for a cookie or two. Use bananas for sweetness, berries for an antioxidant boost, and Greek yogurt for protein. You can even add in mild greens like spinach for extra health benefits without sacrificing flavor. If you need a recipe to get you started, try one of these simple superfood smoothies!

 

Dark chocolate

Chocolate seems to be one of the more irresistible sweets when it comes to cutting back. Dark chocolate is a good alternative for the typical sugar-laden chocolate you may be accustomed to. Remember that the higher the cocoa content, the better the chocolate is for you.

 

Yogurt or a yogurt parfait

Plain Greek yogurt or plain yogurt are the best types because they are the lowest in sugar, but mixing in berries or adding a bit of honey can sweeten things up if needed. Make your own parfait by layering the yogurt in a cup with berries and a bit of granola.

 

Plain or chocolate dipped fruits

Fruits like berries and bananas are great foods to grab when a craving rears its ugly head. Plain is obviously best, but the occasional addition of chocolate can make a fruit more like a dessert. Stick with dark chocolate to keep things as healthy as possible.

 

Cottage cheese and fruit

Protein and fiber are the star nutrients in this snack. These and the little bit of sweetness provided by the fruit makes it a well-rounded addition to your afternoon.

 

Trail mix

A trail mix combination of nuts and seeds is a great way to ward off hunger of any kind. Some dried fruit or even a bit of chocolate tossed in may be just enough of a treat to keep your sweet tooth at bay.

 

A cracker or graham cracker with peanut butter

If you want to avoid sugar altogether, a whole-grain cracker is the way to go, but a graham cracker is a great place to start when you crave sweets. Peanut butter contains protein and healthy fats that will knock out any hunger you might feel. Eat a snack like this when the first signs of hunger begin to show and you may be able to stop a craving before it even begins.

 

Flavored popcorn

Plain old microwave or stovetop popcorn can be dressed up with seasonings to make a snack for any afternoon slump. Try one of these recipes for popcorn toppings from Spark People, all for less than 150 calories, too!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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8 Easy, Healthy Snacks and Their Benefits

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We all know it’s better to snack on almonds than peanuts, or pick up a banana instead of potato chips.  But why?  If you only have a few minutes to grab healthy snacks, which ones should you grab and why are some better than others?  If you want to encourage healthy eating habits in your family, here are some simple, no-stress ideas.  Grab an easy snack and arm yourself with all their health benefits!

 

1. Trail mix – All trail mix is NOT created equal.  Make it yourself, and you know for sure what health benefits you’re getting!  Use a variety of nuts and seeds for vitamins A, C, E, and K, iron, zinc, magnesium and antioxidants.  Add dried fruit for more vitamins and antioxidants, as well as calcium and fiber (but watch portion sizes as they can be loaded with sugar).  Healthy grains can add fiber and keep you fuller longer.  Toss it all with different spices and seasonings and your trail mix will go from boring to gourmet!  For a complete low-down on mixing and matching healthy options in custom trail mix concoctions, click the above link!

 

2. Cracker and Tuna Sandwich - Make sure to use a multigrain cracker – such as a low sodium triscuit or crisp bread.   Healthy grains keep you full longer without eating large portions and are full of fiber and minerals.  Two big bonuses of tuna?  It’s brain food and it’s protein!  It also reduces your risk of stroke and some cancers.  It can lower cholesterol and triglycerides and it’s good for your heart.

 

3. Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Granola - Portable and easy to make, these “sandwiches” are full of healthy protein, thanks to the nuts.  Almond butter is a healthier version of peanut butter, with healthy fats, high fiber content, vitamin E and magnesium and calcium.  Granola contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, iron, fiber and calcium.  Health benefits include energy boosts, weight loss, lower cholesterol, cognitive ability and anemia prevention.

 

4. Avocado Toast – This yummy snack is packed with flavor and a little kick!  The avocado is a power food – it’s chock full of vitamins (E, K, B, C) and folates.  They’ve got a ton of potassium, and are loaded with healthy fat and fiber.  They can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  Olive oil can prevent heart disease, inflammatory diseases and different types of cancers.  It has even been known to counter the effects of aging.  Multigrain bread is packed with fiber and complex carbs, which is great for energy.  It also contains magnesium and essential fatty acids.  All of this can help fight infections, illness and add in tissue reparation, along with helping with metabolism.

 

5. Kale Chips - If you’re craving something super crunchy and bad for you – AKA potato chips – try these instead!  Kale boasts tons of vitamins and minerals – A, C, K, plus iron, copper and potassium.  It also has a bunch of protein packed away and is low calorie.  It’s been shown to help prevent diabetes, cancer and heart disease.  It also aids in digestion, and if that’s not enough, it makes your bones, hair and skin uber healthy!

 

6. Cucumber Roll-ups with Greek Yogurt - These delicious looking roll-ups are the perfect afternoon snack!  Cucumbers have vitamins to spare – K, B, and C – along with potassium and copper.  They’re full of antioxidants and also have unique properties that protect against chronic illness.  They can reduce your risk of cancer, support heart and digestive health and can help manage stress.  They fight inflammation, freshen your breath and protect your brain!  Plus, they are amazing to help you stay hydrated.  Greek yogurt is full of vitamin B, potassium, calcium and protein.  Plus there’s probiotics to aid in digestive health.  Turkey is rich in protein, iron, zinc and potassium.  It’s a lean meat and low in fat.  It can lower cholesterol levels, boost metabolism and strengthen your immune system.

 

7. Skinny Green Popcorn - You can turn soya beans into a delicious, popcorn-like crunchy snack with some seasonings and baking!  Soya beans, AKA edamame, has some key nutritional elements – namely fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals and phytosterols.  Edamame aids in digestion and lowers cholesterol levels.  It can help prevent certain cancers and diabetes.  It also boosts your energy.

 

8. Fresh Fruit Pops – If you’ve got a sweet tooth and can’t ditch the sugary snacks midday, try these frozen treats!  They have only two ingredients – your choice of fresh fruits and coconut water!  Fresh fruit – as we know – is full of vitamins (tons!  A, E, D, C, K, B!) and minerals (potassium, magnesium, zinc!) and the coconut water has lots of nutrients too, like potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium.  Put these together?  It’s like a power house.  These pops can aid in weight loss.  They can help with healthy digestion, lower blood pressure, boost your hydration and give you healthy skin.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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How to Eat Less Sugar: 8 Tips to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet

Too much sugar can cause health problems, energy crashes, weight gain, and cavities. Check out these 8 tips on how to reduce sugar in your diet! How to Eat Less Sugar: 8 Tips to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet via tipsaholic.com #health #sugar #snacks #diet #fitness


How to Eat Less Sugar 8 Tips to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet
Too much sugar in your diet can cause health problems, energy crashes, weight gain, faster aging, and cavities. But if you’re addicted to sugar or just love it too much, you might feel like it’s so hard to reduce sugar in your diet. Here are some great tips on how to eat less sugar and get more energy, lose weight, and many other health benefits!

 

1. Read the labels.

Before you start eliminating things from your diet, look at the food in your pantry and refrigerator and take the time to read the labels. Sometimes you’ll find sugar in unexpected places. Yogurt, cereal, bread, and canned baked beans are just a few examples of packaged food that might pack in a lot of sugar in a small serving for a boost of flavor.

Then when you do your grocery shopping, look at the labels on the food there before putting them in your cart. It might take you a while to finish your shopping trip the first time you read labels, but with time, you’ll know which products to buy and which to leave behind.

Especially watch out for food products that proclaim that they’re low fat. They’re often packed with more sugar to make them more palatable.

 

2. Drink less sugar.

You probably already know that a can of soda gives you up to 40 grams of sugar, but also watch out for other sugary drinks such as lemonade, orange juice, energy drinks, flavored water, ice tea, alcohol, and even certain packaged soy and almond milk. Again, check the labels of your favorite drinks and see if you can make some healthy replacements.

You don’t have to quit all of your sugary drinks all at once. Just drinking one less soda per week (or day, if you drink more than one per day) can help you lose weight in the long run. Eliminate sugar from your diet slowly to make permanent changes.

 

3. Edit your pantry and refrigerator.

When you’re hungry at random times during the day, do you reach for a sugary treat? If it’s there, it’s harder to resist. Try removing the sources of sugar in your diet from your home, such as cookies, small pieces of candy, and ice cream. Even if you have kids, it will benefit everyone in your home to have less sugar easily available. If you’re jonesing for a sweet treat, take everyone out for a cone of ice cream! Make it a special treat instead of an everyday (and boring) one.

 

4. Replace sugary treats with fruit.

When you eat less sugar, you’ll start to realize just how sweet fruit can be. Fruit do contain sugar, but they also include lots of other good stuff, like antioxidants and fiber, that help boost your health. Instead of a bowl of ice cream after dinner, try a bowl of frozen cherries or sliced fresh mango. Yum.

 

5. Drink water when you feel like eating a little sugar.

Sometimes a craving for sugar is just thirst. Try drinking a glass of water every time you want to go out to the store to grab a cookie (you don’t have any in your home anymore, right?). Often, you’ll forget your craving and be satisfied with that glass (or two) of cold water.

 

6. Try snacks that are satisfying and healthy.

Instead of stocking your pantry with sweets, try some snacks that satisfy your sugar cravings. You might want to experiment with a few snack ideas to see which ones make you happy and crave sugar less. Apple slices with almond butter, fresh berries in greek yogurt, and roasted almonds with dried cranberries are just a few examples of nutritional snacks that don’t contain too much sugar.

 

7. Don’t get too hungry.

Skipping meals will lead to hunger, which can lead to a full-blown sugar binge. Keep your body energized and happy by eating every meal and that includes breakfast. If three meals aren’t enough for you, try adding healthy snacks between meals or a six small meal plan if you have access to food all day.

 

8. Give it time.

Reducing (or quitting) sugar in your diet takes time and some thought. Don’t expect to break free of your sugar addiction quickly. It’ll take you a few weeks, or months, to permanently change your diet to include less sugar and more good stuff. This investment in your health will be worth it and it will definitely show up in both your scale and your health! Make small changes every week and it will all add up by the end of the year, promise.

 

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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8 Healthy Baking Substitutions

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Let’s face it, when you’re trying to be healthy baked goods are a serious pitfall.  Who can deny a delicious, gooey brownie every now and then?!  If you love to bake, or more important, if you love to eat baked treats, you don’t have to suffer through denied cravings.  With a few easy tweaks here and there, your baking will be much healthier and better for you and your family.  Best of all, these healthy baking substitutions are delicious and will leave your sweet tooth satisfied!

 

1. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Black Beans

Why: It may seem odd, but black beans are a great swap for regular white flour.  They make your baked goods gluten-free and add some extra protein to your diet.

How to do it: Rinse and drain your black beans as per normal, then use a food processor or blender to make a black bean puree.  Use a one to one ratio – one cup of black bean puree for one cup of flour.  This is best in brownies.

 

2. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Wheat Flour

Why: This may seem like a no-brainer, but wheat flour contains grains which add fiber and helps to prevent heart disease and diabetes.

How to do it: For every cup of white flour, substitute 7/8 cup of whole wheat flour.  It’s a great substitute in nearly any baked good you can think of.

 

3. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Nut Flours (almond flour, etc.)

Why: It’s gluten-free, adds protein and minerals, and adds a slight nutty flavor.

How to do it: Almond flour is a lot heavier than regular flour.  A blend of almond flour and wheat flour is a good way to go, and it’s good to add it in 1/4 cup increments.  If you use only almond flour, increase your rising agent (like baking soda or powder) by 1/2 tsp for every cup of almond flour.  This works well in nearly everything, especially cookies, sweet breads and cakes.

 

4. Ingredient: Vegetable Oil or Butter

Substitution: Unsweetened Applesauce

Why: It’s just a touch sweet without any of the fat.  There’s a bunch of added vitamins and minerals, too.

How to do it: When making a recipe, swap out 1/2 the fats (oil and butter).  If you can’t tell the difference, you can increase the amount of fats you swap the next time.  This works really well in muffins and sweet breads, and can also be good in boxed cake mixes.

 

5. Ingredient: Butter

Substitute: Avocado

Why: Avocados are chock full of vitamins and minerals – with more potassium than bananas!  The subtle flavor blends in well without much added difference and they’ve got lots of healthy fats – unlike butter.  Plus, the consistency of both is relatively similar which makes them a good substitute.

How to do it: Peel and cut your avocado, then use a food processor or blender to puree it.  Use about 1 cup avocado puree for each cup of butter, though it may take a bit of trial and error to perfect.

 

6. Ingredient: Heavy Cream

Substitute: Evaporated Milk

Why: Evaporated milk has the same consistency as cream, but contains less than half the fat!  That’s reason enough to swap, but also consider the benefits of being able to keep it on-hand in your pantry instead of having to run to the store every time you need it.

How to do it: This is a simple one to one swap – so one cup evaporated milk for every one cup of cream.  This works well in creamed sauces, custards, etc, but doesn’t have the same consistency when whipped.  Not that it can’t be done, but it’s definitely not the same whipped!

 

7. Ingredient: Cookies, Oreos, Nilla Wafers, etc.

Substitution: Graham Crackers

Why: Graham crackers have the same consistency and texture as cookies, which makes them the perfect substitute.  Use reduced fat graham crackers and you’ll cut the fat in half!

How to do it: Use this substitute for pie, tart and bar crusts.  You can also use it instead of cookies crushed up as a garnish.

 

8. Ingredient: Milk chocolate, Chocolate candies (like M&M’s)

Substitutions: Cacao Nibs or Dark chocolate flakes

Why: Cacao nibs contain a healthy dose of antioxidants and are less processed than milk chocolate morsels.  They have less sugar and less calories.  They can be a bit difficult to find in some stores, though, so opting instead for dark chocolate morsels or flakes has the same effect (just not quite as un-processed).

How to do it: Just swap exact amounts.  They can be used in anything you use chocolate candies or milk chocolate in – melted for ganache or frosting, added to cookies, cakes and muffins, sprinkled on top of different baked goods, spread into bars, the possibilities are endless.

 

This infographic is a great quick reference while you’re elbow-deep in a recipe!

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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10 Things You Need to Know About Chia Seeds

What’s so great about chia seeds? Are they really as healthy as some people say they are? Read on to learn about chia seeds and how they’re good for you. 10 Things You Need to Know About Chia Seeds via @tipsaholic.com #chiaseeds #healthy #health #seeds #protien

 

10 Things You Need to Know About Chia Seeds

You might have heard about chia seeds and how they’re a superfood that you should include in your diet, but what’s so great about them? Are they really as healthy as some people say they are? And how do you eat them, exactly? Read on to learn about chia seeds and how they’re good for you.

 

1. Chia seeds are a great source of protein.

Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. And if you’re trying to lose weight, protein is even more vital because it helps reduce appetite and cravings. Chia seeds are very high in protein for a plant source, so it is a great option for people who don’t eat much meat or other animal products.

 

2. Chia seeds can replace eggs in some recipes.

When dry, chia seeds look like poppy seed, but soak them in liquid for at least 15 minutes and they’ll turn into something that resembles gelatin. This unique physical feature makes chia seed a great egg replacer for vegan recipes and a thickening agent for smoothies, puddings, and jams instead of sugar.

 

3. Chia seeds are very nutritious for only a few calories.

Chia seeds only have 138 calories per oz, which is low when you consider how dense they are with nutrients. In one serving, chia seeds have 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 9 grams of fat. You’ll also get zinc, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2 when you consume one serving of chia seeds.

These seeds are also filled with antioxidants, which are great for your body but also helps them last so long in your pantry before going rancid. When stored correctly, they can last up to two years!

 

4. Chia seeds are good for bone health.

One serving of chia seeds gives you 18 percent of the daily requirement of calcium, 30 percent of magnesium, and 27 percent of phosphorus. These nutrients, along with protein, are excellent for bone health, making chia seeds a great option for people who don’t eat dairy. Actually, those that do eat dairy might still benefit from eating chia seeds, since these seeds contain more calcium per gram than most dairy products.

 

5. Chia seeds have been shown to lower blood pressure.

A study was done on patients with type 2 diabetics to evaluate whether chia seeds could improve the patients’ health. At the end of the study, it was shown that the patients’ blood pressure went down significantly. If you’re concerned about your blood pressure, it might be a good idea to try including chia seeds in your diet.

 

6. There is not enough evidence that chia seeds can lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels.

Even though chia seeds have been shown in research to lower blood pressure, that doesn’t mean that they can also improve your health in other areas. Some people claim that chia seeds can lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels, but there haven’t been any studies that show that to be true.

However, there are generally not much scientific studies on natural remedies, so a lack of proof in research doesn’t mean that chia seeds won’t improve your health. As long as it’s safe for you to consume, you can try adding it to your diet and see how it helps you.

 

7. You can eat chia seeds whole or ground.

Chia seeds have a lot in common with flaxseed, which became very popular a few years ago. However, to receive the health benefits of flaxseed, it must be ground. Chia seeds, on the other hand, do not have to be ground. It’s much easier to just throw in whole seeds of chia seeds into your food without having to ground them like you would have to with flaxseed.

 

8. Not all chia seeds are created equal.

Just because the label says it’s chia seed doesn’t mean you should buy it. Red chia seeds are immature seeds, while very small black seeds are actually weed seeds. Stick with the white seeds or black seeds that aren’t so small. Compare brands and reviews to choose the best chia seed you can buy.

 

9. Two daily doses of 20 grams are recommended.

So now you know that chia seeds are good for you, how much of them should you eat daily? It’s recommended to eat 20 grams of chia seed twice daily. That amounts to almost two tablespoons per dose. You could add a tablespoon to a salad and another tablespoon to a smoothie, for example, to meet your daily dose.

 

10. If you have food allergies or you’re taking blood pressure medication or blood thinners, talk to your doctor before you try chia seeds.

As always, check with your doctor before trying a new addition to your diet. It’s even more important to talk with your doctor if you’re allergic to mustard seed or sesame seeds. Also, if you’re taking blood pressure medication or blood thinners and want to try to reduce your blood pressure by consuming chia seeds, call your doctor first.

 

Are you ready to try chia seeds? You could start with this smoothie and see how you like it. If you love pudding and creamy breakfast cereals, you’ll especially enjoy experimenting with chia seeds.

Do you include chia seeds in your daily diet? How do you add it to your food?

For more health living tips, check out 18 Ways to De-Stress Your Life and 5 Natural Home Remedies for Fall Illnesses.

SOURCES:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/top-10-health-benefits-chia-seeds-6962.html

http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/truth-about-chia

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/03/chia-seed-benefits-_n_3379831.html

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10 Healthy Snacks That Will Satisfy Your Cravings

When you're hungry, do you grab something convenient and maybe not so healthy? No more -- here are 10 healthy snacks that are tasty and easy to prepare! 10 Healthy Snacks via @tipsaholic #snacks #healthy #food #recipes 10 Healthy Snacks That Will Satisfy Your Cravings

When you find yourself hungry between meals, do you grab something convenient and maybe not so healthy? No more — here are 10 healthy snacks that are tasty, easy to prepare, and will satisfy you until your next meal! Some of the healthy snacks listed are paleo-approved, so there’s something for everyone here.

1.Candied Almonds

Nuts are very filling and will keep you full for longer periods of time than empty carbs. Almonds are one of the best nuts to eat thanks to their nutritional content. My favorite way to eat almonds is to roast them with a little honey and cinnamon. This recipe also includes ginger, brown sugar, and salt. You could adjust the seasonings to find the perfect combination of flavors.

2. Parsnip Chips (Paleo)

Who doesn’t like to eat chips for a snack? But they aren’t as good for our waistlines or hearts. Try making parsnip chips — they’ll give you the starch you’re craving for, but they’re much healthier. The recipe says to fry them, but you can always bake them after tossing them in olive oil. You’ll need a mandoline slicer for the best results, but a sharp knife and a steady hand should be fine; your chips might be less crunchy, though.

3. Nori Wraps (Paleo)

Nori wraps aren’t just for sushi! Use them to make wraps — add vegetables, meat, and anything else you like in your wraps. This recipe uses smoked salmon, avocado, fresh basil, and cucumber, which sounds really delicious! You could swap out these ingredients for practically anything, from shrimp to mango. Just make sure you include some protein and fats to make your healthy snack filling!

4. Ricotta and Tomato Toast

Ricotta isn’t only for lasagna and it’s actually a good protein to eat, but just be sure to grab the part-skim version. Make this easy ricotta mix, spread it on a toast, and enjoy it with a slice of fresh tomato. This could be a healthy snack or a pretty appetizer!

5. Peanut Butter, Strawberry, and Banana Quesadilla

This healthy snack recipe reminds me of a crepe stuffed with nutella and banana, but healthier, of course! The roasted strawberries in this recipe are a delicious addition. You could easily use almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.

6. Hummus and Avocado Toasts with Roasted Tomatoes

Hummus and avocado is very good combo, if you haven’t tried it already. Add a roasted tomato on top and a toast on bottom and you’ve got a great, healthy snack! If you’re in a hurry, a slice of fresh tomato or jarred roasted red pepper would do the trick.

7. Avocado Heirloom Tomato Toast with Balsamic Drizzle

Yep, this is another healthy snack that includes avocado. Avocado is an excellent, healthy fat and is so satisfying. This snack is similar to the previous recipe, but it doesn’t include hummus and adds balsamic reduction. Short on time? Just drizzle balsamic vinegar right on the toast, it’ll still taste good and tangy!

8. Sweet Potato Chips (Paleo)

Again, you’ll need a mandoline slicer to make these chips crispy, but I always cut them with a knife and end up with soft but, oh so good sweet potato chips. Try them with guacamole.

9. Roasted Chickpeas

If you haven’t tried them, roasted chickpeas are a tasty snack that will remind you of popcorn. This recipe roasts canned chickpeas in the oven, but you could easily cook them in a skillet at medium heat until they’re nicely browned and ready to nosh on.

10. Paleo Banana Bread

Banana bread isn’t normally considered as a healthy snack, but this one is! I love this banana bread recipe because it’s so easy to make. Just throw everything in a food processor, blend, and then pour in a muffin tin or a bread loaf. I recommend turning this into mini-muffins, because it’s much faster to cook and a mini-muffin (or two) is the perfect size for a quick, healthy snack.

Add some of the above healthy snacks to your grocery shopping list and you’ll never find yourself hungry without anything good (and quick) to snack on. What are your favorite healthy snacks? I’m always looking for great healthy snacks for me and my family, so share ‘em!

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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10 Delightful Hot Drink Recipes for Cold Nights

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The nights are getting colder and colder and that means it’s time to break out the hot drinks! After a long and busy day, there’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing with a steaming hot drink and good conversation or a good story. Here are 10 delicious hot drink recipes that you’ve just gotta try for the coldest of nights.

1. Caramel Apple Cider

This is a comforting drink that’s pretty easy to make. All you need is apple cider, caramel topping, whipped cream, and a few minutes to whip up this sweet hot beverage.

caramel apple cider

2. Coffee with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many health benefits, so this hot drink is both healthy and delicious. Make it with a immersion blender, a counter-top blender, or a milk frother to better blend the coconut oil into the drink. You could drink this in the morning, but I love a good cup of coffee after dinner.

Coconut Oil in Coffee

3. Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a traditional remedy for a cold, but it’s truly a good hot drink to enjoy in cold weather. This recipe combines your preferred alcohol with honey, lemons, apple cider, earl grey tea, and cinnamon sticks.

Hot Toddy

4. Pumpkin Spice Steamer

This hot drink requires only two ingredients and is so simple to prepare! Try this one if you’re a fan of pumpkin but you don’t really like pumpkin lattes, or if you just want to flop on the couch already and want something easy to make.

pumpkin spice steamer

5. Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

This is another pumpkin hot drink, but it’s a little more involved than the previous one. But it’s so good! And it’s perfect for fall parties or a delicious hot drink after a big Thanksgiving dinner.

Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

6. Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

Here’s another hot drink recipe that will work great for a big party. The best part is that all you need to do is put in the ingredients, which include cranberry juice, apple cider, and fresh cranberries, in the crock pot and let it get nice and hot. It’ll make your home smell heavenly and your guests can serve themselves–the drink will always be hot without you having to do any extra work!

Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

7. Hot Coconut Cream Pie

Forgo the dessert after dinner and enjoy this sinful hot drink instead! It’s pretty easy to make as well; you just toss in all the ingredients into a mug and pop it in the microwave. If you’d prefer not to nuke your drinks, you can just as easily heat it up in a pot.

Hot Coconut Cream Pie

8. Wassail

Try this exceptional holiday drink and you just might add it to your list of favorite hot drink recipes for parties and special guests. A combination of apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, and spices make up this unique version of hot apple cider.

Wassail

9. Khmer (Cambodian Coffee)

Hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk is so good. If you haven’t tried this combo yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s easy to make and fun to drink.

Khmer

10. Hot Tang

Love citrus and hate coffee? Try this unusual hot drink recipe that includes the Tang we all know and love with cinnamon and cloves.

Hot Tang

Warm up your winter nights with these great hot drink recipes. What other hot drink recipes do you love for cold nights? Oh, and don’t miss these 25 Great Hot Chocolate Recipes!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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The Truth about Apple Cider Vinegar

The Truth about Apple Cider Vinegar

tipsaholic title divider - apple cider vinegarApple cider vinegar is an ingredient in many home remedies and some people recommend a dose or two of the vinegar daily for many health benefits. But is apple cider vinegar really that good for you? Here’s what you need to know about apple cider vinegar before trying it for yourself!

1. There is not much scientific evidence that shows the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not good for you.

It’s important to realize that there are not very many studies being done on apple cider vinegar and other natural remedies. Therefore, it’s hard to say whether apple cider vinegar is truly beneficial because there’s not a lot of strong evidence for it, but on the other hand there’s not much evidence against it either. It’s unfortunate that this is the reality; wouldn’t it be great if more scientists were studying natural remedies? But as long as a health remedy is not harmful, you can experiment on yourself and see what works and what doesn’t work for you, as long as you talk with your doctor before you try anything new.

2. There is some evidence that apple cider vinegar may lower blood sugar levels.

Elevated blood sugar levels are bad for people with type 2 diabetes, but people who don’t have diabetes still can get health problems from high blood sugar levels, such as certain chronic diseases. A common recommendation for keeping blood sugar levels stable is to avoid refined carbs and sugar. However, consuming apple cider vinegar may also improve blood sugar levels as well as improving insulin sensitivity, as shown in several studies.

3. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Many people have claimed that taking a daily dose of apple cider vinegar has helped their health in a myriad of ways. These health benefits include:

  • Clearing up sinus infections and other infections in the body
  • Getting rid of kidney stones
  • Improving sleep
  • Relieving constipation and other digestion problems
  • Fighting overall inflammation and arthritis
  • Removing moles, warts, skin tags, acne scars, and age spots
  • Soothing bug bites
  • Healing cold sores
  • Reducing dandruff
  • Easing sunburns
  • Reducing mucus
  • Lessening allergy symptoms
  • Reliving acid reflux

Will apple cider vinegar work for you in the same ways? Every human body is different, so there’s only one way to find out: try it for yourself.

4. It is generally recommended that you should only consume organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar if you want to reap the health benefits, but there is no proof that it’s “better” than regular apple cider vinegar.

Some studies suggest that it’s actually the properties of vinegar that give you all the health benefits, so you would probably get the same benefits if you took a daily dose of a different type of vinegar, such as balsamic vinegar. Again, experiment with the various types and see what works for you.

5. A daily dose of apple cider vinegar is usually one tablespoon in a big glass of water, at least as a starting point.

Some people recommend that you increase the dosage slowly over time to build up to 2 or 3 tablespoons per day if you find the increased dosage beneficial to your health.

6. Don’t drink apple cider vinegar straight-up because it can harm your body.

The vinegar is so acidic that it can damage your tooth enamel and your esophagus.

7. Apple cider vinegar capsules probably don’t work as well.

You might want to avoid the acidic taste of apple cider vinegar by taking capsules, but many capsules are very questionable in their contents and some of them might not even contain apple cider vinegar at all.

If you’re curious about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and want to try it for yourself, here are 5 delicious drinks to make your daily dose a more enjoyable experience.

Do you take apple cider vinegar? How has it helped your health?

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15 Mouthwatering Soup Recipes

Feeling cold during the fall and winter seasons? Warm up your tummy with a delicious soup! Try all of these 15 great soup recipes during this cold season via @tipsaholic #soups #recipe #soup 15 Mouthwatering Soup Recipes

One of the best things about enduring a cold and windy day is warming up your tummy with a delicious soup! Try these 15 delicious and satisfying soup recipes throughout the cold season.

1. Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana

This is a great soup and so easy to make. Best of all, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to freeze and save for lazy winter days.

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2. “Creamy” Crockpot Chicken and Tomato Soup

Just throw frozen chicken right into the slow cooker when you make this soup and it’ll come out moist and easily shreddable. Enjoy it on a bed of spinach and a few slices of avocado on top.

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3. Paleo Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon

You’ll use a lot of bacon in this soup recipe and you’ll enjoy every spoonful that comes with crispy bits of delicious bacon. This thick soup recipe is also really good with sausage if you prefer that.

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4. Roasted Corn Chowder with Lime

If you like the taste of roasted corn, you’ll fall in love with this soup. You can make this soup recipe with chicken or tofu, but just don’t forget the lime or the cilantro.

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5. Black Bean Soup

This soup recipe could be just another black bean soup if it wasn’t for the sweetness of the sweet potato, along with the cocoa and honey, that gives it an unique flavor.

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6. Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese and Walnut Toasts

Try this soup recipe that combines cauliflower with butter, onions, cream, and parmesan cheese. The blue cheese and walnut toasts elevate this soup into a fancy meal.

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7. Lasagna Soup

Yes, this soup recipe is really lasagna in soup form, complete with a dollop of ricotta cheese on top. Don’t skip this one!

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8. Creamy Tomato, Basil, Parmesan Soup

Tomato and basil soup is a classic, but this soup recipe also includes carrots and celery for even more veggie power.

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9. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

This soup recipe includes all the goodness of chicken enchiladas, only in soup form. I love to top my bowls with a squeeze of lime and a few shakes from my favorite hot sauce.

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10. Shrimp Bacon and Corn Chowder

Shrimp and bacon in a soup sounds kinda fancy, but this soup recipe is so simple to prepare and so good to eat.

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11. Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup

Make this healthy soup in less than 30 minutes and make it creamy with Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream.

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12. Italian Wedding Soup

Assemble the meatballs while the soup simmers and make it simpler by cooking the meatballs right in the soup.

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13. Hearty Beef Soup

Red wine, chunks of beef, and hearty vegetables all combine to make this beef soup recipe that’s perfect for the coldest of winter nights. Enjoy it with a glass of wine and a crackling fire!

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14. Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

This delicious and exotic soup takes only 15 minutes to make. If you can’t find lemongrass stalks at your grocery store, try this lemongrass paste.

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15. Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, try this lemon chicken orzo soup recipe instead of the usual chicken noodle soup. It’s perfect to make when you’re not feeling well, since it only takes 30 minutes to whip up.

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All this soup talk has me thinking about my next big bowl of soup! What are your favorite soup recipes?

For more recipes that are perfect for fall and winter, check out 10 Flavorful Acorn Squash Recipes and 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes!

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe

 

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On Christmas morning, the last thing you want to think about is what you’ll make your hungry brood for breakfast!  With a little advanced planning, breakfast can be a special Christmas crowd-pleaser without any added stress.  Making the same breakfast every year can be a fun tradition the whole family looks forward to.  So take a look at these holiday breakfast ideas and plan your menu now!

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Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe1. Pecan Pancake with Caramel Apple Topping, My Recipes – This version of the classic pancake is actually made as a pan-baked jelly roll, instead of individual cakes.  It cooks up much faster with less effort, making it ideal for serving 6 or more people.  All the flavors combine to make a sweet winter treat.

 

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Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe3. Eggnog French Toast Casserole, Babble – Combine flavors of the holidays with classic french toast in casserole form and you’ve got one exciting breakfast!  French toast is a favorite, and it’s much more crowd-friendly when made as a casserole.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe4. Christmas Breakfast Strata, Back To The Book – This is an eye-catching dish that tastes amazing to boot.  Gruyere cheese, sundries tomatoes, and spinach take this yummy strata from your average egg breakfast to a holiday feast!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe5. Christmas Breakfast Skillet, Creamy Crunchy Sweet – This mouth-watering skillet is a hearty, savory breakfast option.  Prep takes only 10 minutes, then you just sit back and let it bake while you open presents!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe6. Cranberry Orange Breakfast Bread, The Lady Behind the Curtain – A yummy alternative to pastries or cinnamon rolls, this recipe is sure to be a hit!  Tastes of the season combine in a sweet bread that takes less time to make than cinnamon rolls or sticky buns.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe7. Three Bears’ Porridge, bugaboo, mini, mr & me – Think porridge is plain old ordinary breakfast slop?  Think again.  The rich and creamy vanilla porridge is topped with fruit filling (or fresh fruit) for a delectable morning meal your family will beg for.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe8. Cream Cheese Filled Wreath, My Recipes – This is a delicious nod to the classic pine bough wreath.  It’s a make ahead recipe you can start over 24 hours before you eat it, which is nice when you expect a hectic morning.  The vanilla icing with light sugar sprinkle look and taste amazing.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe9. Hashbrown Casserole, Ezra Pound Cake – On a cold morning, there’s nothing like wonderful, warm comfort food, and this casserole is just that.  Cheese, butter, potatoes all in a creamy sauce.  Your family will swoon.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe10.  Blueberry Maple Breakfast Bake, Simply Recipes – This is yet another make ahead breakfast.  It’s lighter fare than some other french toast bakes, and the berries add a nice pop of fresh flavor.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe11. Italian Brunch Torte, Taste of Home – This torte is an amazing blend of savory flavors from Italy, including ham, salami, provolone cheese, parmesan cheese and red peppers.  Mix in some Italian seasoning, put it between crescent rolls, bake it up and you’re family will be amazed with this delicious concoction.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe12. Creme Brûlée French Toast, Better Homes and Gardens – Yes, it’s another french toast recipe.  This one is reminiscent of indulgent creme brûlée dessert, and better yet, you make it in the crockpot!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe13. Aebilskivers, Rad Megan – Here’s a traditional Danish treat seems a bit like donut holes – only ten times better.  A rich, buttery flavor and powdered sugar topping ensure that these won’t sit on the table for long.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe14. Baked Berry Oatmeal, David Vale Fitness – If you’re looking for a breakfast with all the flavor and warmth of heavier comfort foods without the added calories, try this delicious version of traditional oatmeal.  It’s oatmeal, but fancy enough that your family will request is on holidays!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe15. Pull-Apart Sticky Buns, The Yummy Life – What do you get when you combine the delicious flavor of sticky buns with make ahead convenience?  A Christmas breakfast miracle, that’s what!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe16. Wonton Breakfast Cups, Cooking With Mel – Cute and bite-sized, these little creations are a happy combination of savory flavors and crisp wonton wrappers.  Bake them up for a healthy take on wontons.  They’re perfect for customization as well, since you can add just about anything you like to eat with eggs into the recipe.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe17. Cranberry Scones, Two Peas and Their Pod – Scones are classic holiday fare, especially when they’re stuffed with cranberries.  These are a lighter option than glazed breads and gooey buns.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe18. Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce, Ezra Pound Cake – This is no ordinary bread pudding.  This is delectable, warm, creamy goodness.  You can make the sauce ahead and whip the pudding up day of.  Combine to wow the crowd.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe19. Breakfast Biscuit Sandwiches, Delish – Topped with eggs, cheese, country ham and jam, these are some biscuit sandwiches that put restaurant variations to shame!  Make the flaky, buttery biscuits well ahead, then put the sandwiches together in the morning.  Easy and delicious!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe20. Monkey Bread Muffins, My Baking Addiction – Your plain Jane monkey bread gets an overhaul in this recipe!  You’ve got all your favorite tastes, gooeyness and fun of the bread in individual portions.   You can have them from bowl to table in less than 30 minutes, so you can savor them while focusing on other Christmas matters!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Refrigerator and Freezer

8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Refrigerator and Freezer - Tipsaholic
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Organize your refrigerator and freezer and you’ll reduce food waste, prepare meals quickly, and clean faster. Take the time to organize your refrigerator and freezer with these eight tips and you’ll find yourself smiling every time you open the refrigerator door.

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Categorize food in clear plastic bins

Putting things in bins is always a great organizing tip and your refrigerator is no exception to this rule. Unpack all of your food, especially kids’ snacks, from their packaging and organize them in clear plastic bins. It’ll be easy for you and your family to find what they want to eat. It’ll look great, too! This organizing trick works well with soda cans, just make sure to grab plastic bins that are designed for cans like this one.

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Put extra condiments on a lazy susan

Do you love your condiments? Most people store their condiments in the doors of their refrigerator, but maybe that’s not enough space for your collection. Organize your refrigerator and freezer by adding a lazy susan on a shelf. Store the rest of your condiments on it and you’ll be able to quickly find what you need by just rotating the lazy susan.

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Get extra space with cabinet shelves

Instead of stacking your plastic containers on top of each other and having to unstack them every time you need something that’s on the bottom, use cabinet shelves to gain extra space in your refrigerator.

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Another idea is to use a corner cupboard organizer and put it in a corner of your refrigerator. Put your leftovers or your packaged lunches on your shelves and grab what you need without unstacking anything!

corner organizer

Store opened wine with a wine holder

If you like to drink wine, you can easily store leftover wine in your refrigerator with this stackable wine holder. This organization tool prevents your wine bottles from rolling around in the refrigerator or taking up space in the shelves on your refrigerator doors. They would also work great for water bottles and glass soda bottles.

wine holderUse bowls to hold fruit

Round fruit, like oranges and apples, can roll around in refrigerator drawers and become bruised as a result. Grab a few bowls and put them in your refrigerator to hold your round fruit. Very simple and clever! Bonus points if you use pretty bowls in bright colors.

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Keep it clean with refrigerator liners

Make clean-up even easier by using refrigerator liners, such as these fridge coasters. Instead of scrubbing the plastic drawers and compartments in your refrigerator, simply lift up the fridge liners and wipe off the dirt. You could also make these DIY refrigerator liners using placemats.

refrigerator liners

Freeze soup in freezer bags

To save space in your freezer, put soup in plastic freezer bags and lay them flat so you can stack them up. This is much more space-efficient than using bulky containers. Put freezer labels on them to keep track of the contents and the expiration dates. You could simply use masking tape and a sharpie to label them. If you’re not sure when your frozen food will expire, check this guide to expiration dates for frozen food.

freezer bags

Write on the refrigerator or freezer (yes, really)

Here’s a cool idea: you could write right on the refrigerator or a deep freezer with a dry erase marker to keep track of the food you have in there. Another idea is to paint your freezer (or refrigerator) with chalk paint and write on it with chalk. Fun and practical!

write on fridge

What other ways do you organize your refrigerator or freezer? For more organizing tips, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and Tips for Organizing Your Garage.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Top 10 Tips for Planning and Organizing Thanksgiving Dinner

Don't let hosting Thanksgiving dinner stress you out. Here are the Top 10 Tips for Planning and Organizing Thanksgiving Dinner ~ Tipsaholic.com #thanksgiving #dinner #planning
 

10 Essentials for planning Thanksgiving Dinner

If you have plans to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, you’re probably wondering where to begin. The amount of “to-dos” on your list can be overwhelming and you certainly don’t want to leave anything out! Start here with our list of ten things you need to do to plan and organize the best Thanksgiving dinner ever.

 

1. Make a guest list and get a head count

Invitations need to be extended early if you want certain friends and family to make an appearance. Make a list and start making phone calls and sending emails as soon as possible, and make sure you ask guests to RSVP by a certain date so you can get a final head count.

 

2. Plan your meal and make assignments

Once you know how many guests you’ll have, you can start planning your meal. If you’re planning a potluck be sure to contact your guests and ask what they’ll be bringing, or give them an assignment so you’re sure to cover all the Thanksgiving classics. You’ll want to let everyone know how many people will be coming so dishes can be prepared accordingly.

 

3. Make a grocery list and plan your shopping

Gather the recipes you’ll be using and make a grocery list from them. Plan to buy as many items as you can in advance to be sure that you won’t be hunting for something at the last minute. Some items may need to be purchased closer to Thanksgiving day, so make note of these for a final shopping trip.

 

4. Plan your table and décor

You may want to plan something special for your supper table and holiday decorating, or you may need a few more place settings for the amount of guests you’ll have. If you’re not sure where to start, these simple Thanksgiving tablescapes are sure to inspire you! Add any decorations, dinnerware, and other special items to your shopping lists.

 

5. Make a cleaning and decorating schedule

A cleaning and decorating schedule will be your best friend in the weeks leading up to the big meal. You’ll want to make room in your freezer, arrange for guests who will be staying with you, and complete any DIY decorating projects in advance. Plan to have fresh linens, fully-stocked bathrooms, and plenty of room for all the food!

 

6. Complete your shopping

Make your shopping trips as simple as possible. Have your lists at the ready and take some helpers if needed. You may want to delegate the shopping to a trusted family member if you need to complete other tasks. Make sure your freezer, refrigerator, and pantry are clean and ready for the abundance of Thanksgiving items.

 

7. Plan “busy activities” for kids and adults

The last thing you want is boredom at your fabulous Thanksgiving bash! Come up with some simple crafts, games, or other activities for any children you’ve invited, and make sure there are a few things for the adults to do too, just in case. If you feel out of your element in the entertainment department, you may want to ask a friend or family member to take over this task. Check out Pinterest and other websites for ideas.

 

8. Make a D-day schedule

This may be the most important part of your Thanksgiving organization! When it comes to final preparations, you’ll need a master list for things like what to defrost and when, what to cook and when, what needs to be set up, what needs to be cleaned last-minute, and when guests will be arriving. Ask for help if needed, especially when it comes to the most important tasks like cooking the turkey, making the gravy, and setting the table. You may also want to set out an appetizer or start guests off with something to drink while you finalize everything.

 

9. List last-minute preparations

You can make these things a part of your D-day schedule by placing them at the end. This part of your list should include things like carving the turkey, setting out the gravy, pouring drinks, lighting candles, turning off the oven, reheating pre-made side dishes, adding dressings to salads, and more. Once you’ve got those things under control, be sure to take a breath and enjoy the meal with your guests – you’ve earned it!

 

10. Take it easy after dinner!

Hopefully the stress you may have felt leading up to the meal has abated and you can look forward to dessert. You may need to do a few more things like slice pies or whip a cream topping. Chances are you’ll have many willing hands to help clean up once the food has been eaten. Be sure to wrap up leftovers as soon as possible (within two hours is best). More than anything, take time to sit and enjoy friends, family, and your time together on this wonderful Thanksgiving day!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Flavorful Acorn Squash Recipes

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes 10 Acorn Squash Recipes

Have you tried acorn squash yet? They aren’t very expensive and will add a lot of vitamin A and C to your meals. Acorn squash is also versatile! Try these 10 acorn squash recipes for your next dinner… or breakfast or lunch.

If acorn squash is new to you, here’s how to prepare it.

Roasted Parmesan Acorn Squash

Roasted vegetables are always so good and acorn squash is no exception to this rule. Slice your acorn squash into moon-shaped slices and enjoy them roasted with grated Parmesan cheese. This is a pretty kid-friendly side dish, which is a big bonus!

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5 Ingredient Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is so tasty, it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients to cook a delicious side dish, as evidenced from this recipe that only uses five ingredients. Even though the recipe description says it’s for breakfast, its also delicious for lunch or dinner!

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Acorn Squash Fries

Everybody loves french fries, but they don’t always need to be made with potatoes. So many starchy vegetables can be turned into tasty fries and acorn squash is one of them!  Try this acorn squash recipe and then try these other healthy fries.

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Acorn Squash Paleo Wraps

If you’re looking for a good gluten-free or paleo recipe for wraps or tortillas, this is a great one. What’s more, this recipe only requires two ingredients. Enjoy them as Mexican tacos, lunch wraps, or alongside a steamy bowl of chili.

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Rice and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

Instead of serving rice and a vegetable side with your main dish, why not combine your rice and vegetable sides into one delectable package? If someone in your family doesn’t like acorn squash, just serve them the creamy rice stuffing mix. Problem solved.

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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Acorn Squash

When you combine two vegetables to make one vegetable side, you get two sets of nutrients and plenty of leftovers for lunch that week. This recipe is a great example of that and it’s made even better with the addition of chopped dates, walnuts, and a savory sauce of rosemary, mustard, and apple cider vinegar.

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Balsamic Glazed Acorn Squash

This is a pretty simple recipe but still tasty with the help of balsamic vinegar. This easy acorn squash recipe would work equally as well for a family dinner or a big Thanksgiving dinner. Gotta love recipes that you simply chop, season, and throw into the oven!

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Baked Acorn Squash Rings

This exciting acorn squash recipe was created as a healthy replacement for onion rings by covering acorn squash rings with bread crumbs and coconut flakes. Crispy, yet tender inside, what a beautiful combination.

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Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Winter squashes can be turned into creamy, thick, and delicious soups. This acorn squash soup recipe is made with sweet potato, coconut milk, and garam masala, which is a great combination for a fall soup that warms you up as it gets cooler outside.

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Acorn Squash Pie with Apples

We can’t forget dessert, can we? Yes, acorn squash can be turned into a yummy dessert that screams fall. Instead of making pumpkin or sweet potato pie again this year, why not try an acorn squash pie? This recipe uses sliced apples as a replacement for a pie crust, but you could still use one when you bake yours.

It’s amazing to see just how many different ways to prepare acorn squash there are. Is this list missing any great acorn squash recipes? Share your favorite recipes with us!

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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