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Meet Tricia and Cary Bush.
Tricia is one of my good friends, and my official LIVING HEALTHY Mentor!  She is a focused, uncompromising homeschool mom.  Somehow, she runs the healthiest home I’ve ever seen for her husband and 5 children!  

I’m now very excited to say that Tricia is passing along her HEALTH wisdom to more of us through her new 
Isn’t that a great idea?  

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or just trying to EAT BETTER,
you NEED to try this!
 Question:  Have you ever scrapped the toppings off of a pizza to avoid eating the crust?  No fun.  It’s basically the toppings of the pizza and I don’t miss the crust at all this way.  
This is the way I’m kinda obsessed with making it right now.  
You should be really creative with this and then tell me what YOU did!
Boars Head Pepperoni or Turkey
we use this kind.  They don’t Compromise!
Pasta/pizza sauce
purple onions
artichoke hearts
green bell peppers
a little mozzarella
1. Toss pepperoni/turkey, onion, bell peppers into a skillet and “Stir Fry”
2. Add artichoke hearts and cook a while longer.
 3. Then add pasta sauce.  Cook it until it’s bubbly and thickens up.
Crazy easy to make and kind of confused I didn’t think to do this sooner.  
But oh well, I have it now and I hope you do too 🙂

SMOOTHIE SHOPPING LIST… for all the WOC kids :)

Tonight I had the privilege of sharing healthy fitness and food tips with some energetic k-4th graders at the World Outreach Church summer FITNESS CAMP!  My goal was to show them how to get healthy greens and other goodies in their diet in a yummy way.  The best way I know how to do this is with smoothies!  
So we had a smoothie bar with a lot of good looking food and quite a bit of questionable food – like spinach, kale, and parsley – on the smoothie menu.  
I loved the looks on the kids faces as I grabbed handfuls of spinach and kale and dumped them in!  WELLLLLLLLLL, I must report that every kids seemed to love their sample and lots of them left Fitness Camp asking their parent to go buy some smoothie foods for their home!  WOOOWHOOOO!!!
If you want to make healthy smoothies, I hope this will make it easy for you.  
I’ve put together a 

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As I was making this weeks meal plan, I realized I hadn’t put this  ZUCCHINI LASAGNA recipe we had on the  Fitness Vacation last November with all of my other recipes.    This week I am making homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs.  It is VERY good and leaves me with lots of delicious spaghetti sauce, so that’s why I will be making ZUCCHINI LASAGNA as well this week.  YUM!

This is how I make 

spaghetti sauce – diced zucchini – ricatta cheese – pepperoni
Top with Cheese
Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  And done.
This is definitely one to add you your menu.  
Super good, easy and quick to make.
Enjoy 🙂


The fastest, easiest thing I make… and SO good!
2 boxes of organic, free range chicken broth
red, orange, and/or yellow bell peppers
pkg of egg noodles
3 chicken breasts
baby carrots
1.  Heat broth to a boil and then add chicken.  I use frozen and drop it right in.  I love that I don’t have to touch the uncooked chicken 🙂

2.  Boil chicken about 15 minutes, and then add in diced bell peppers, celery, onion and carrots.  Cook 10 minutes.  Take out the cooked chicken and cut it up.   Add it back to the soup.

3.  Add egg noodles and cook according to the package.  I always add water.  I don’t ever measure… just want to make sure there is enough liquid to cook the noodles.  At this point, make it as soupy as you’d like by adding more water or broth.
And done!
Try this recipe for you, your family, or friends who get sick.  It’s LOADED with goodness!  And also make it when you are short on time and need something cozy for dinner.  For my friends who are sick, here are a few tips that can boost your immune system and help you kick the cold…
* SLEEP – at least 8 hours at night, and take a nap!  (That’s hard for me… HATE naps.)
* Nasal rinse at least 2 times a day.  This helps SO much.  This will help avoid sinus infection and other unwanted sick drama.  I always use purified water.
* Take a probiotic daily – BUY NOW
* Take a high quality multivitamin daily – BUY NOW
* Take omega 3 fatty acids daily – BUY NOW
* Drink Throat Coat Tea and Breathe Easy Tea as needed
* Eat foods that will power your body and will promote recovery – nutrient rich food!
* Keep a healthy hand sanitizer with you and your mini humans at all times!
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My favorite soup EVER is the Tomato Basil Soup from La Madeleine Cafe.  It is SO delicious.  Have you had it?  Well, when we moved away from Houston, Tx, we moved away from my favorite soup. 🙁  So I found a recipe inspired by La Madeleine’s soup and tried it out.  My first attempt took me hours and I ended up with hot tomato soup all over me, my walls, and my ceiling.  That’s right.  RED SOUP ON THE CELING.   After I cleaned myself up, I told myself I will NEVER make this again!  Ever. Then we ate it.  It was THE BEST!  At this point I realized I had to find a cleaner, more time friendly way to do this.  After a few batches of experimenting, I came up with this recipe… and BTW, it is JUST AS GOOD as the first attempt 🙂  So this is what I do now…
4 cups of crushed tomatoes
(28 oz & 14 oz can)
4 cups of tomato juice
Fresh basil leaves
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
salt & pepper to taste
a dash of lemon juice
Simmer crushed tomatoes and tomato juice over medium heat for 30 minutes.
Puree the soup, adding in 14 basil leaves.
* to keep from getting soup on your ceiling :/ blend in small batches at a time, make sure the lid of the blender is on good, and hold it down with a towel under your hand while you blend. 
Add heavy cream, butter, salt, pepper and lemon.
Heat, but don’t boil!
I toasted up some Ezekiel bread from Food For Life to go with the soup.  So Good 🙂
Absolutely a keeper!

Slow-Carb Sandwich

It was a sandwich for lunch kind of day.  And this is a good way to eat your sandwich. 
BoarsHead lunch meat.
Purple onion.
You can add anything you want to it.  This is very good and I like it better now than a bread sandwich.  The only thing… kinda messy.  Keep your napkin close!


I have made Zucchini Pizza before but the cheese was the key in making it good.  Now I’m avoiding dairy.  So this is the  Zucchini Pizza 2, and I actually liked it better!  I didn’t miss that cheese at all!
I made these for the Slow-Carb sampling party we had on friday.  It was really fun by the way!  Because we were sampling, I cut them into smaller pieces.  It’s much faster to cut them into long slices.

  • Put them in a zip-lock and drizzle olive oil. 
  • Shake up.
  • Lay them flat on foil lined cookie sheet.
  • Put them under the BROILER for 2 minutes.
  • Turn them over and broil an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add spaghetti or pizza sauce on top.
  • Add a slice of pepperoni or turkey on top.
  • Put them back under the broiler for a few minutes.  Watch closely and take out when the pepperoni looks good to you!