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SunButter

If you or your children have nut allergies and cannot use peanut butter or other nut butters, give SunButter a try. Unlike Soy butter (yuck), it tastes just like peanut butter. It is made from sunflower seeds I use it in recipes that call for peanut butter, so that my allergic son can safely enjoy t...

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Easy Clean Up

Instead of scrubbing the baked on gook from your crock pot, fill with water and add a fabric softener dryer sheet. Soak overnight (or a few hours). It will wipe clean! Works for stoneware casserole dishes and porcelain coated cast iron pots as well.

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Zevia (diet soda sweetened with Stevia)

I just discovered Zevia in a local grocery store today. Zero calories, no artificial sweeteners, uses Stevia for sweetness. I picked up a few flavors, and have tasted 2 so far. They are delicious! They do have a small number of carbs depending on the flavor, but well worth it for a soda treat. ...

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FOOD SHOULD TASTE GOOD CHOCOLATE TORTILLA CHIPS

My new fav snack! the "Food Should Taste Good" is a great brand - small number of ingredients for a "snack" food & I can pronounce them all. The chocolate tortilla chips are great - very chocolatey with a hint of sea salt, so you get your chocolate and salt fix in one. 10 chips - 140 calories.

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Sourcing Locally Grown Organic Foods

If you are looking for local producers for things like grass-fed beef and organic vegetables, a great web site is eatwild.com -- you can search by state, and they have a link that maps out all the producers for your state so you can easily find the ones closest to you.

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No Fat Vinagrette Dressing

Quick no-fat salad dressing: 1 (6 oz) can V-8 juice, 2 oz balsamic vinegar, 1 pkg Good Seasons Italian dressing mix, 2 packets Stevia. Shake it up, store in fridge. Tasty NO fat dressing!

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Chiropractic care has many benefits

I never "believed" in chiropractors until a few months ago, because I never understood how important your spinal health is to your overall well-being. Finding a "Maximized Living" doctor in my area has helped me tremendously. I highly recommend getting checked, even if you "feel good."

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Blow Torch Vs. Twinkie

Go on You Tube and watch the "Blow Torch vs. Twinkie" video. If a blow torch cannot burn up a twinkie, how can you expect your body to burn it properly? It really is a great visual on how bad Trans Fats are for you. Stay as far away from those trans fats as possible!!

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