Curb Cravings - April Likins
Clean Living & Wellness

5 Ways to Curb Cravings (and the Extra Pounds)

Sweet tooth? I hear you! Sugar cravings can be one of the biggest roadblocks in a person’s health and wellness journey. They're powerfully addictive. Studies have shown sugar can be as addicting as cocaine, stimulating the same brain signaling pathways that signal dopamine. And while a little extra sugar consumption may not seem like a big deal, year after year, if these habits continue, the weight can add up.  It can also lead to things like obesity, insulin dysregulation, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, premature aging, and worsening menstrual cycles. High sugar consumption has also been linked to depression and
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Boost Your Immune System Naturally During Cold or Flu Season
Clean Living & Wellness

6 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally During Cold and Flu Season and Times of High Stress

We are no doubt in unprecedented times and in a place that none of us have seen in our lifetime. People are feeling a mix of emotions ranging from fear, panic, loneliness, indifference – the whole gamut. Even though we are in unchartered waters, we all want the same things – to stay healthy and to keep our families healthy, now more than ever. The good news is there are still things within our control that are invaluable for our immune systems and wellbeing. Here are six natural ways to boost your immune system when your body needs it most.
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Self Love_April Likins
Clean Living & Wellness

Why Self Love Matters

People often say, "You have to love yourself before you can love others." And while you may have heard this in the context of cheesy dating advice, self love is, in fact, a necessary step in living a happy life. It’s true that we cannot give to others that which we don’t first possess. What Is Self Love? Self love is all about learning to show up and care for ourselves in all seasons of life in the same way we do for others. It means showing ourselves grace and compassion regularly, regardless of what the scale says, how we
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Homemade Guacamole Recipe
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This May Be the Easiest Homemade Guacamole Recipe Ever

This is the easiest homemade guacamole recipe EVER - one I love making! It’s delicious too and is always a big hit when I bring it to get-togethers. Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to your brain and skin. They are also an excellent source of vitamins C, E, K and B-6, as well as folate, magnesium and potassium. Because of their nutritional value, avocados make guacamole a perfect clean eating recipe to bring to gatherings and parties. Gluten Free | Paleo | Vegan Homemade Guacamole Recipe Ingredients: 3 avocados (peeled,
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe
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Roasted Garlic & Pomegranate Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron and Potassium. They are one of my favorite vegetables when prepared properly. Here's a roasted Brussels sprouts recipe that's packed with flavor. Makes 3-4 servings Gluten Free | Optional: Paleo | Vegan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Ingredients: Brussels Sprouts 1 lb of trimmed Brussels sprouts 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp of garlic powder Sea salt to taste Sauce 2 tbsp of fresh or dried diced chives 1 tsp of minced garlic 3 tbsp of grass-fed butter Topping 1/4 cup of
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Simple Overnight Oats Recipe
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3 Simple Overnight Oats Recipes

Overnight oats are one of my favorite breakfasts because they are rich in fiber, protein, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins like vitamin B, iron, selenium, magnesium and zinc. They can easily keep you satisfied until lunch and are fairly inexpensive, especially when you buy ingredients in bulk. Oats are delicious and easy to make, taking less than 5 minutes of prep time – all without cooking. Seriously, it couldn’t get any easier! You can quickly make them the night before for a grab-and-go breakfast. They’re also easily customizable with a variety of add-ons or toppings to suit anyone's taste.  Gluten Free
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Healing Vegetable & Beef Soup
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Healing Vegetable & Beef Soup

I believe firmly in the healing power of food! If you’re feeling under the weather or are looking for a healing anti-inflammatory soup, you’ll love this recipe! It’s packed with garlic, which is anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants and vitamins, and it acts like a natural antibiotic. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant best known for fighting inflammation. According to Anya Guy, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, "Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory compounds called curcuminoids, and these curcuminoids have been associated with a positive effect on various diseases." Onions are rich in antioxidants, in particular Quercetin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound that helps
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Homemade Coconut & Vanilla Granola
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Homemade Coconut & Vanilla Granola

This homemade coconut and vanilla granola recipe is super easy and makes for a delicious breakfast or snack! In addition to being filling, granola has been linked to some health benefits like improved blood pressure and reduced cholesterol levels. This recipe is also full of whole grains and healthy fats (anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids) along with magnesium and zinc. Gluten Free | Paleo | Anti-Inflammatory | Low Histamine Homemade Coconut and Vanilla Granola Ingredients: 2 cups of rolled oats 1/2 cup of shredded coconut (unsweetened, no preservatives) 1/2 cup of raw pumpkin seeds 2 or 3 tbsp of chia seeds
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Healthy Vinaigrette Dressing
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Healthy & Easy-to-Make Vinaigrette Dressings

The unhealthy truth is that store-bought dressings are often heavily processed and full of inflammation-promoting fatty acids and artificial additives and preservatives that can be damaging to your health and gut microbiome. They’re also often full of empty calories, sugar, saturated fat, and sodium that can add up quickly! Here are a few of my favorite recipes for vinaigrette dressings that are simple to make at home and fantastic over your favorite salads. Gluten Free | Vegan | Low Sugar Options  Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients: 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil 1/2
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Detox_April Likins
Clean Living & Wellness

Detox Your Body, Mind, and Home with These 3 Easy Steps

When you hear the word "detox," does your mind automatically think about health fads like juice cleanses and fasts? If so, you're not alone. However, there are many more ways to renew your mind, body and soul. Here are three simple steps that will help you cut through the noise and renew your whole self. 1. Detox Your Diet When it comes to food, detoxing is all about eliminating toxins from the body that cause inflammation in the gut and disrupt the body's natural waste removal process. Foods to limit include refined flours that contain additives and preservatives without any
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