Healthy Arugula & Spinach Pesto

Calling all Pesto sauce lovers!!! I have a recipe that you will not only love but it’s actually healthy too.





Do you love Pesto but hate all the calories associated with it? Traditional pesto is loaded with oil which is just empty calories. Did you know that each tablespoon you use will add on 120 calories to your meal? I don’t know about you but I’m not interested in adding on all these extra unneccessary calories. I also don’t know any person that just adds one tablespoon of oil to their food when they cook. Think about how much oil is called for in traditional pesto recipes. Add up all those extra calories. It’s actually pretty horrifying. If those extra calories came from wholesome unrefined foods then I wouldn’t worry about it. Oil of any kind has been refined and adds no benefits to our health contrary to popular belief however.

If you want to read more about the hazards of including oil in your diet I recommend you check out Dr. Mcdougall’s website and pick up some of his amazing books. The Starch Solution will open your eyes to a weath of information and practical tips.

My recipe for pesto is oil free, nut free and dairy free. I eliminated a ton of calories and I only use real whole foods. I believe that the food we eat should be full of nutrients and vitamins. This is the food of vitality and wellness. This is the food I want to fuel my body with and I hope you do too.

So what if pasta isn’t your thing? Yes some people just aren’t big pasta fans. It’s true but hard to believe I know! Don’t fret because you can also use this fresh oil free pesto sauce on baked or boiled potatoes which is amazing. It will take your plain potatoes to a whole new level trust me! It’s also a great alternative to adding unhealthy butter or sour cream to your potatoes. I also like to top my rice with a little of this pesto sauce too. It gives your rice a bit of extra flavour and colour which is really nice.

Here is my healthy and super easy to make recipe for Pesto. This recipe is made using Arugula and Spinach which is probably very easy to find for everyone. I do like to use Fresh Basil when I have it but it doesn’t have to be the staple ingredient in pesto. I love how you can play around with different healthy greens to create new and wonderful pesto recipes. You can never get sick of pesto sauce when you try new greens and create new ways of making this fabulous sauce.

Healthy Arugula & Spinach Pesto Pasta

Ingredients:

• 3 cups Arugula & Spinach Mix
• Juice of 1 large lemon
• 5 cloves of garlic
• 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds or Sunflower seeds
• Salt & Pepper
• 1 cup chopped Tomatoes
• 1-2 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
• 5 cups pasta of choice. I used Quinoa Pasta.

Method:

1. Boil large pot of water and add in the pasta. Cook according to directions on pasta packaging.


2. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Combine well.


3. In a large bowl add the pasta and mix in the pesto sauce.

* Serves 4 people *

Enjoy!

If you want to see how I made my recipe then just take a peek at my video below. It’s my latest recipe video on my YouTube channel.

Much Love & Gratitude,

Debbie

~VeganMommyDee~

Best Ever Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My most popular homemade cookie is my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie recipe. It’s healthy, nutritious and keeps you feeling full super long. They even qualify as a great breakfast cookie in my opinion. I say if they include oatmeal then they qualify as breakfast!

This recipe can also be altered to suit your preferences. You can mix it up a little by replacing the chocolate chips with raisins or cranberries if you prefer. Those options would be tasty. My kids like them best with vegan chocolate chips, so I stick with this option pretty much every time I make it.

I feel good knowing that although I’m eating a cookie that it’s a healthy alternative. I love guilt free options!

I will indulge in store bought baked goods sometimes but they just don’t seem to settle with me well. These treats are usually too sweet and contain oil in them. I’m not used to either of those things in my diet. I now avoid outside treats as much as possible and try making my own healthy snacks.

If you don’t like bananas then I apologize because the star of the show is banana in my recipe. It binds everything so nicely and provides all the sweetness we need without adding any extra sugar. I avoid adding extra sugar in my baked goods whenever possible. You can use sweet potato as an alternative to banana however and that should work really well too.

BEST EVER OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

• 2 cups oats
• 4 cups oat flour
• 9 bananas
• 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
• 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
• 1/4 cup hemp hearts
• 6 flax eggs.

FLAX EGGS: 1Tbsp. Flaxmeal + 3 Tbsp. Water. This will make 1 Flax Egg. Allow to thicken up for 5 minutes.

Preheat Oven to 350 F. & Make your Flax Eggs

1. Mash Bananas and add Vanilla

2. Add in the thickened Flax Eggs and mix with a fork
3. Toss in the Oats and combine well
4. Next add in the Oat Flour

5. Add in the Hemp Hearts & Vegan Chocolate Chips
5. Combine Well
6. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and shape the cookies out with a spoon. Flatten them as well.
7. Bake for 18 Minutes at 350 F

ENJOY!


Bake at 350° for 18 minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

My simple Guilt Free Cookies!

I hope you enjoy my recipe as much as we do at my house! Healthy foods can taste exceptionally good when you use the right ingredient combinations. These cookies make me feel like I’m eating a decadent treat but in reality it’s just a wholesome snack.

Stay Healthy my friends! Much Love & Positive Vibes to you. 💚

My Covid 19 Grocery Staples

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all coping with all the craziness that’s currently happening. It’s all very overwhelming and a lot to take in at times. The isolation is starting to get to most of us and we truly miss that connection with others.

I’m still going to work and commuting as usual because I’m an essential worker. I’m just trying to use all the preventative measures possible but it’s still a scary time. I’m grateful to have a job during this difficult time however. These are hard times but we will get through them. Together collaboratively we can get through anything.

I’ve learned that we took things for granted before. We now have to line up outside grocery stores to buy basic items instead of just walking in sometimes multiple times a week. We have to plan when we have to go and try figuring out where the shortest wait will be. We now have to deal with limits on items as well so that there is enough to go around. At the end of all this we will all be master meal planners however! See there is always something positive to reflect on.

My go to for groceries has been the Business Center Costco. We like to shop there nornally because we need super large quantities of food items. I have five kids and we like to stock up on most used items. I’m very grateful for stores like this. It’s a bit of a drive but it’s well worth it for us. Buying in large quantities like this also provides me with the opportunity to share our food. I off load lots of grocery items at my parents house so that they have plenty during this ordeal.

Please remember to connect with others and see if they need assistance. For many older individuals it’s very risky to go out grocery shopping. They should stay at home and try finding alternative options for getting essentials. If we all lend a hand it would make a huge difference for them.

I also love how we can also the advantage of grocery delivery or pick up services. Many grocery stores have this convenient and safe method of shopping which is fantastic. Yes the waits are long and you’re not going to get groceries right away but it’s worth waiting. I’ve been planning a week or two ahead so I know what we will run out of.

I made a staple covid 19 food items video on my YouTube channel because people were curious about what types of things I stocked up on. So I walked you through what my family of 7 needs during this time.

Let me know what you found was the easiest way to shop. How did you stock up on essentials? Drop me a comment below and let me know how things are in your neck of the woods currently.

I would be so grateful if you could Subscribe to my YouTube channel. Thank you for the support and love.

Stay Healthy my friends.


My Epic Immune Boosting Soup

Happy Sunday to you all! I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. It’s pretty crazy how quickly things have changed in the world and it’s definitely a scary time.

With all the extra time on most people’s hands I’ve noticed a lot more people cooking up a storm. People are trying new recipes and getting inspiration from each other. I think this is fantastic because we can now get back to basics and learn how to prepare healthier homemade meals.

Many people are worried about weight gain because of all the inactivity during isolation. This is definitely valid but It’s pretty easy to keep our diet clean. By eating whole foods, drinking plenty of water, and making those homemade meals this is easily controlled. Yes we will snack a little more but if we choose wholesome foods then we shouldn’t worry to much about weight gain. When weather permits then get outside and take a walk or go for a run. It’s not only good for our waistline but also for our mental health.

I’ve had many people ask me for my simple instapot immune boosting veggie soup. I decided to make a little video making it so you can see how easy it is to make. It’s filled with amazing immune boosting veggies and you can use fresh or frozen veggies. It will all work for this easy soup. At this point in time it’s sometimes difficult to get certain foods because of the COVID-19 situation. We are also limited to how many items we can buy so this can be difficult at times. I’ve been making this soup a lot because it’s easy to make, fast, I can use whatever veggies I have and I feel like my family could benefit from the immune boosting properties in the soup. It’s a win in every way! Let me know what your go to meal is these days in the comments.

Enjoy my recipe and please tag/mention me here or Instagram if you make it. If you haven’t already followed me on YouTube I would truly appreciate your support.  Please Like and Subscribe to my channel. Don’t forget to stay connected with me across social media as well. Stay Healthy my friends!

Light & Love,

Debbie

~VeganMommyDee~

Simple Healthy Habits that Anyone can implement.

I want to share with you some of my simple healthy habits. I often get asked what people should start doing on their wellness journey. This is sometimes a difficult question to answer because we can implement many small yet important steps.

These healthy habits are surprisingly super easy to implement and they sure do make a huge difference in our health. These habits are also super easy for people who are just stepping into the wellness zone. It can all seem so overwhelming but really it’s not that hard at all. Back when I started my health journey I started by eliminating flavoured coffee whitener and implementing more water into my diet. Two pretty simple things but yet I instantly lost 10 lbs by making these changes. Every small change makes a big impact on our overalls health and wellness.

Let’s get into my favourite easy healthy habits. These habits are simple and anyone can truly implement them in their lives.

Wellness is a big picture with many pieces to the puzzle. By implementing these small tasks one at a time it makes sticking to them long term very possible. I feel like adding too many new healthy habits to your routine all at once is just too overwhelming. Most people will get frustrated and stop everything all together with time. I always suggest that people pick one or two healthy habits that they want to work on. Implement changes slowly and they will just become a natural way of life. This will help you stick to this long term and truly benefit from it.

I add simple things to my diet but over all they make a huge impact on my health, energy levels and the way I look at wellness as a whole. All these pieces together make the future brighter.

One of my favorite things that I implement into my diet and lifestyle is Lemon Water. I love the energy lemon water gives me and I always have a water dispenser dedicated to it. This is such a basic health addition to my diet but yet it makes a huge impact. Lemons are known to purify the blood, improve our skin, they have Vitamin C, and they aid in digestion. The list can continue with all the amazing benefits of lemon water. I feel much more energetic when I consistently add this one simple healthy habit to my life.

Another one of my favorite additions to my wellness routine is adding Chia Seeds in my diet. If I had to pick one thing that I couldn’t live without, yep this would probably be it! These tiny amazing seeds are full of protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber and calcium. I love making easy treats like chia pudding for the family. We love to make vanilla or chocolate chia pudding. It’s so easy and super healthy! I even add chia seeds to my water and drink them up when I don’t get a chance to incorporate them into my day.

I included simple things like Gratitude Journaling because this will definitely start your day off on positive note. It puts us in a state of joy and we can really feel appreciatation for all that we have. It keeps us focused on all the good things happening in our lives. It has been proven to increase self esteem as well. This is a great way to really reflect on all the things we have accomplished. Also by putting ourselves in a positive state we reduce stress. When you put yourself in a state of gratitude and positivity it completely shifts how you feel and the way you look at things. Negative feelings and thoughts seem to float away. I like to start my day off with writing in my Gratitude Journal because it starts my day off on a great note. It only takes a few minutes and it makes a tremendous difference in how I feel and sets the tone for the day ahead. My journal asks that we reflect on 3 things that we are grateful for and it also includes a positive quote as well. Find a journal that suits you and try implementing this simple habit.

Check out my YouTube video to learn about further simple healthy habits that I implement in my life.

Have a wonderful week & stay healthy!

Health, Joy & Positive Vibes,

Debbie

~VeganMommyDee~

My experience with the Mary’s Mini Diet

I completed my 1st ever Mary’s Mini diet this month! I loved it and it truly wasn’t that hard to follow at all.

Are you wondering what the Mary’s Mini is? It’s a simple diet created by Mary Mcdougall. If you’re not familiar with Mary, she’s Dr. Mcdougall’s wife and she’s brilliant. The Mcdougall’s promote a Starch based diet. If you’re interested in more information about their views a good book to read is The Starch Solution.

As far as the Mary’s Mini goes it’s a diet used by many in order to regain control over their eating patterns, shed some weight quickly, and reset their taste buds. The idea behind the simple diet is that you pick one starch and only eat that one starch for 10 days along with a variety of non starchy vegetables. You would eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It gets boring but the diet works. You will only eat when you truly are hungry and the endless snacking will stop. Things that you once craved will no longer interest you. I found I became very conscious of my body’s cues and fueled it accordingly. I ate until I was full and only ate when I was truly hungry.

While on the mini we are allowed to have light condiments on our food which makes our meals so much easier. She allows things like ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, vinegar and hot sauce. We have to use them sparingly but they are allowed on this diet which I thought was very helpful.

So what isn’t allowed on this diet? You can’t mix starches while on this 10 day diet. You can’t have any oil at all! Remember to check all the ingredients on your condiments because oil is in a lot of them! We are not allowed to consume any fruit for 10 days as well on this diet. Food is meant to be on the boring side and it would be very easy to overeat fruit if it were allowed. It would taste like true candy and it would get hard to control those portions accordingly. It’s only 10 days so I don’t think it’s the end of the world. Another thing to watch out for in condiments is refined sugar. That’s also hidden in way too many store bought sauces and dressings.

I tried out the potato mini because I found that I was eating when I wasn’t even hungry. I became a snacker and wanted to regain some control over my eating patterns. I also couldn’t believe how fast my taste buds reset. By day 3, I couldn’t drink my beloved dark roast coffee anymore. I started drinking a weak coffee or a coffee alternative called Dandy Blend. I also lost 7 lbs in 10 days which was shocking since I was eating a ton of food! Overall I had great energy, felt I enjoyed all my meals, became more mindful of my eating habits, and the bloating in my tummy disappeared. I felt great! So good in fact that I want to try completing a rice mini next!

Whole Starchy foods like potatoes do indeed have all the micro and macro nutrients that we need in order to stay healthy. Dr. Mcdougall assures us that this is a perfectly healthy diet to try and we shouldn’t be worried. He talks about this in the webinar which I will attach in this post for your reference.

I’ll also add my 1st Mary’s Mini video where I explain what this simple temporary diet is and how to complete it properly. If you haven’t already Subscribed to my YouTube channel please consider doing so. I appreciate your support and hope you find the information helpful. I will include handy charts to help you along the way if you choose to try out the Mary’s Mini. I created a simple non starchy veggie list as well as a list of approved starches.

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Perspective is Everything

A couple weeks back I had a scare and yes that lovely sweet stuff was involved. Sugar!!!! This is the downside of a healthy lifestyle as it can sometimes make you obsessed about being perfect at all times.

I ordered breakfast on my mobile app at work and totally forgot to add a note on it requesting that they not add brown sugar to my oatmeal.

I definitely wasn’t in that jolly “a spoonful of sugar” zone like the lovely Julie Andrews was in the movie Mary Poppins. I found I started panicking as I was super worried about ingesting that much sugar! Why isn’t there an option to remove toppings on the app I thought? Ugh! I didn’t remember the last time I consumed brown sugar.

I use things like date paste to sweeten things because I try and eat whole foods as much as possible. I strive to cut out as much processed foods as possible in my diet.

I just went with it and forced myself to stop obsessing about it. My past with an eating disorder crept out and I nipped that in the bud real fast. I will not let food control my life ever again.

I ate that oatmeal and guess what? I didn’t die or feel sick after eating it. You see I’ve preprogrammed myself to think that refined sugar of any kind will make me sick. To my shock that actually didn’t happen! I might break out but that’s pretty much it.

I still eat my homemade oatmeal without any sugar added on a normal basis at home. I think berries sweeten it perfectly. If I have to order my oatmeal however from my local coffee shop then I will do so without guilt. Now and again it’s ok to enjoy some sugar and we shouldn’t obsess about it! It’s called living in the moment and sometimes you just have to roll with it.

I had to remind myself that I don’t over indulge in sugar filled goodies daily so over all my health wouldn’t be affected. I’m a far cry from the 22 teaspoons of sugar consumed by the average person these days. That’s the equivalent of 355 calories!!! Wow! Yeah no thanks. I like to eat real food and consume calories that actually fill me up and nourish my body.

Here is the infamous oatmeal that caused me to sweat and panick below. It’s funny how an innocent serving of oatmeal can cause a person so much unnecessary stress and worry. Look’s tasty doesn’t it? Why was I obsessing about it?

I like to think I’ve come a long way since my dark days with an eating disorder. When situations like this kreep up though it reminds me that it’s so easy to fall into old behaviors. I have to snap out of it and regain control over the situation.

Life is always an adventure and you never know what will trigger scary feelings and situations within ourselves. I’ve learned that it’s best to feel the emotions and be kind to yourself in those situations. Then its time to get really real with ourselves. We must remind ourselves that we are in total control of the situation and our lives. We have more power and strength then we ever give ourselves credit for!

I always strive to be as healthy as possible but I will allow myself some wiggle room. I will allow myself to enjoy life to the fullest and sometimes indulge in unhealthy food. I’m always trying to strive toward balance. Balance is key. I will always have those off days. The days where yes the thought of sugar will send me into a sweaty panick and that’s ok. I’ll get over it. I always do. Again Balance is key right? Good days & bad days are normal parts of this human experience.

I think we need to focus on how far we’ve come on our health and wellness journeys. Living in a state of gratitude for the amazing body we have been given is vital in my opinion. Giving ourselves grace for the moments of unhealthy treats is vital. Love life and try not sweating the small stuff. We truly are blessed to be healthy, strong and vibrant.

Here is an Affirmation that might help you if you find yourself in a similar state one day. These health and fitness goals sometime send us into a frenzy and we forget that its really not that serious.

Health, Joy & Positive Vibes,

Debbie

~VeganMommyDee~

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Have a wonderful week everyone!

Much Love

Healthy Holiday Applesauce Muffins!

Hi everyone! I hope the holidays haven’t burnt you out yet and your still thriving. This time of year has many if us feeling depleted. It’s the shopping, events, decorating, cooking, entertaining and it gets so tiresome.

We also tend to over indulge in goodies and other foods this time of year. We all do it no matter how healthy we are. It’s also a very social time of year with all the gatherings. I think we should enjoy dessert and good food with loved ones. After all we don’t see them all the time.

I do find that in order for me to stay on track with my health goals however that I need that back up treat that’s legit healthy though. It’s gotta taste great but still be healthy. I know I’m asking for a lot here but it’s possible. I need that balance so keeping the healthy treat around the house makes me feel better. I’ll reserve my super indulgent holiday eating for when I’m out with family & friends.

The day I came across Dr. Neil Bernard’s recipe was probably one of the best days ever! It was an old recipe from a weightloss book that he wrote long ago. I only picked it up at a thrift shop because it was written by him and he is all about the oil free cooking too. I practically did the happy dance when I came across it. Yes I still modified the original recipe but the bones of the recipe remained the same. For that I’m thankful to him!

It’s such a simple recipe and it uses only a handful of ingredients. Again I can say “thank you Dr. Bernard!” Simple recipes using few ingredients are my way of life! I’m a mom of five and I don’t have extra time! I work 12 hour shifts in a hospital so again this girl has no extra time to spare! Anything that makes my life easier I’m down for.

I’ve tried this Applesauce recipe with and without raisins and it works out great both ways. My 10 year old is obsessed with these muffins and likes the raisins in them. I tend to make them without raisins for myself because I try and limit my dry fruit consumption.

I’m gonna link a video of me making the Muffins below for you. I also added the complete recipe and instructions in the video description box.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and checking out my video. If your not already Subscribed to my blog and YouTube channel please do so! I have more upcoming quick and healthy recipe videos coming up in the new year! I appreciate your support and love.

Please share this post or video with whoever you feel would enjoy it. If you know anyone who is on a weighloss journey this might be helpful. We all need a treat and this one is made with whole foods and natural ingredients. Simple & nutritious recipes can still taste great!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Health, Joy & Positive Vibes,

Debbie

~VeganMommyDee

Delicious Chickpea & Veggie Burger Recipe

I hope everyone is doing well! We’re entering the holiday season already!!! Can you believe it? How are we in November already? For us Canadian’s we’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving and we have Halloween behind us as well now. For my friends in the USA Thanksgiving is approaching for you guys and all the goodies will soon be eaten.

As we head into a season of over consumption that tends to throw our health goals on the back burner. We attend social engagements and host parties for family and friends. This is a time of a whole load of “cheat days”! We can’t say no to all these comfort foods and the loving people who made them. It’s definitely a difficult time and will power is at an all time low.

I don’t like to say no to goodies during the holiday season but I do try to balance my diet on a whole. I will eat super clean and indulge on a few treats or calorie rich foods at parties. I feel like if over all your eating really healthy then it’s not terrible to enjoy the season fully.

One of the things that I’ve already started to do is make as much as possible homemade. Veggie burgers are a wonderfully easy lunch or dinner but boy do they pack in the calories for each little patty! I started thinking I should just avoid eating them during this time because they weren’t as healthy as I originally thought. Then I thought to myself hey wait, I can make my own and then I can control what’s in them! That decision was the best thing I’ve done in a long time. I’ve now created some pretty epic burgers now!

Below is my latest healthy burger recipe. It’s a Chickpea & Veggie burger that’s loaded with nutrition! No mystery ingredients in these healthy burgers. My burgers are made with whole foods and I use gluten free oats in my veggie burgers as well. If you follow a gluten free diet then I got you covered too. Hurray!

If you want to see me make these veggie burgers then check out my latest YouTube video. I’ll add a link below to my channel. If your not already Subscribed to my channel please consider doing so now. Please also share my videos with anyone you know that might find them helpful. I truly appreciate your support. I’ll be posting new healthy recipes this month that will be especially helpful during this holiday season. We all need a little help sometimes and I have your back. Together we can stay on track with our health fitness and wellness goals! We’ve got this! Here’s my recipe below, enjoy!

CHICKPEA & VEGGIE BURGERS

Ingredients:

– 2 cups canned chickpeas

– 2 cups mixed frozen veggies

– 1 cup cooked brown rice

– 1 cup oats flour

– 2 Tbsp. flaxmeal

– splash of coconut aminos

– 1 red bell pepper

– seasonings of choice. I used paprika, garlic, salt & pepper, and chili powder.

Method:

1. Process the chickpeas and pepper and then transfer them to a bowl.

2. Slightly process mixed cooked veggies & flaxmeal.

3. Add the veggies to the Chickpea mixture. Add seasonings & combine well.

4. Slowly add the oats to the mixture a little at a time. Mix well.

5. Place in fridge to set for 2 hour or at least 20 minutes if your in a hurry.

6. Place scoops of the mixture on a non stick cookie sheet or use parchment paper on the pan. Mold them into patties.

7. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. Flip them half way through.

Enjoy!

Have a wonderful day everyone & upcoming week!

Health, Joy & Positive Vibes,

Debbie

~VeganMommyDee~

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a moment and wish all my fellow Canadian’s a very Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a great opportunity to reflect on all our blessings. It’s a time to be thankful for the abundance we truly have in this country. We remember all those in our circle of family and friends who truly make a difference in our lives on a day like today.

I’m truly thankful for my loved ones and for my wonderful social media tribe! Thank you for reading my blog, my wellness FB page and following my health journey on IG and YouTube. You’re all amazing and I’m sending you immense love.

Enjoy your family get together filled with tasty treats and hearty food. Don’t skimp out on the dessert either because today is a day to embrace an abundance of food made with love. This year my Thanksgiving meal was tasty and I was still able to keep it healthy.

Roasted sweet potato with everything bagel seasoning, salad, steamed veggies and garlicy Black Beans with Brown,Wild rice and Lentils. I also made a nut free vegan cheese sauce to top all this healthy goodness.

I feel like we never have to sacrifice taste when cooking our meals. Healthy foods can taste fantastic and and most importantly give us energy. Yes energy! Most typical Thanksgiving dinners make people feel sluggish and people end up feeling like they need a nap after dinner. I’m not down for that at all, even on a holiday. My belief is that you can still have an epice meal and keep it healthy.

When it comes to dessert I never say no either! It’s my “cheat day” so bring on the tasty treat! I do try and find a healthy dessert version of course bit if I’m not making it then sometimes that task is difficult. I just strive for balance in life though. My meal was healthy so I don’t obsess about dessert. You just have to live life and enjoy these moments with loved ones. We sometimes need to remind ourselves that on a special occasion we just have to let go because it’s not the day to be counting calories.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and focus on making memories! It’s a wonderful time of year filled with love.

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