Chocolate No Bake Cookies: Protein-Enhanced

Chocolate No Bake Cookies recipe | Low-glycemic, high protein | Girlfriend is Better

Our mom somehow raised seven kids with a hot breakfast every morning! Oatmeal was a household staple as a little bit went a long way to sustain us through the morning. Not just for breakfast, an easy family night dessert was also her famous oatmeal Chocolate No Bake Cookies.  I’ve doctored the recipe up a little over the years to create […]

5 Cell Phone Rules for Healthy Teens

5 cell phone rules for healthy teens | Kiernan Shipka with beach cruiser | Girlfriend is Better
Girlfriend: Kiernan Shipka | Photo courtesy: Vanity Fair

Given a choice, all kids will choose an electronic device over any other activity. Trial and error (and some good advice from other parents) has helped us manage electronic devices of every sort for toddlers and teens alike! We got together and compiled 5 cell phone rules that create a healthy balance between digital time and down time. Cell phones […]

Aloe Juice Works to Improve Skin and Detox the Body

Skin benefits of aloe juice | Girlfriend is Better
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Living in this modern day, we are constantly bombarded by toxins of every kind. We subject our bodies to dangerous chemicals through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. One of my new little miracle workers is aloe juice, a tangy beverage that helps detox the body and combat skin problems. Aloe Vera is […]

Jambalaya: Healthy Southern Comfort

Healthy Jumbalaya Recipe | Girlfriend is Better
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Is healthy Southern comfort an oxymoron?  Not with this recipe!  Since we’re still in the cold weather months, I like to eat my veggies warm.  This jambalaya recipe is a household staple and my kids will even eat the leftovers!  I especially like to cook it in a big cast iron skillet which adds some extra iron into our diets. […]

Meditation 101: Try Not to Hallucinate

Meditation 101 | Try not to hallucinate | Girlfriend is Better
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I started to do some light research on meditation and came across a freaky warning! “You might get visions and some of them might be horrible. Stop when it happens.” WTF? I of course took a screen shot of the warning and group-texted it to my mom and sisters. One sister replied, “I was just watching Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon […]

Herbal Tea is a Friend With Benefits

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It’s finally getting chilly outside. Brr! Pick an herbal tea that suits your mood or health need this season. Calm an upset stomach, get a mild pick-me-up, or soothe yourself to sleep naturally. Be sure to avoid teas packed with artificial sugars and add honey instead if you need the sweetness. You will get the added benefits of flu prevention! […]

Skillet Cooking, Care + Recipes

Skillet care, health + recipes | Girlfriend is Better
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Feeling tired?  Add a little iron to your diet with a skillet!  Cast-iron skillets are my new obsession as of early this year.  Not only do they conduct heat beautifully, they go from stove top to oven easily, too.  Learn how to cook with less oil, increase the iron in a meal by almost 20%, and save time in the […]

Honey Home Remedies: Health, Naturally

Honeycomb | Honey Home Remedies Health | Girlfriend is Better
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Did you know that honey is a versatile ingredient in health and beauty home remedies? Honey combined with another household staple transforms into an elixir guaranteed to satisfy. Ward off a flu bug or do an easy detox without spending all those dollars. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for your consideration. Weight Loss Home Remedy Starting with […]

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe Helps You Stay Well

Vegetable Beef Soup slow cooker recipe | Girlfriend is Better
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Now that we’re getting into official Fall-mode, I’m leaning away from salads and am getting my veggie quota in soups. When it’s earlier in the season, I like something hearty but with a broth to keep it on the lighter side. This week, I pulled out my favorite recipe for Vegetable Beef Soup and thought you might like to try […]

Health + Well-Being: Get Centered w. Feng Shui

Health + Well-Being Feng Shui | kitchen decor | yellow + green | Girlfriend is Better
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Anyone on a health kick? You can use the decor in your home and a few basic principles from Feng Shui to enhance this part of your life.  Your health affects the way you view what’s currently happening in your life.  It can effect whether a positive flow of events are able to reach you. Equally as important, eating healthy and getting enough rest […]

Yerba Mate: Euphoria of Chocolate

The Black Angels poster by Misoka Westell | Yerba Mate + the euphoria of chocolate

I was at Trader Joe’s this weekend looking for a new tea to try.  I am in the midst of swearing off coffee and am a little bored with the herbal teas I have on hand.  I came across a cute paper bag with big green leaves and little white flowers drawn on it that read ‘Organic Yerba Mate’.  I […]