5 Pumpkin Goodies w/out Guilt

Healthy Pumpkin Goodies | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Ambitious Kitchen | Recipe: Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

PSL season is officially here!  Pumpkin pie has always been a childhood favorite. (With the Cool Whip topping-to-pie ratio being 1:1.) It’s totally possible to indulge in a little pumpkin with the 5 health-smart recipes below.   We’ve got gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, low-glycemic, and more!  You’re bound to find one that fits your taste/ diet criteria.  Guaranteed! Pumpkin Pudding {egg-free, dairy-free} First, consider […]

Green Smoothie Recipe Without All the Dang Sugar

Kale, Spinach, and Swiss Chard | Green Smoothie recipe that is low glycemic | Girlfriend is Better
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Alert! Is your healthy drink making you gain weight? We’ve got to warn you: most juice bars and smoothie shops are tricking you with their “skinny” green concoctions. Next time you get a green smoothie, take a closer look at the ingredients. Recipes tend to cover that “salad taste” with a myriad of high glycemic fruits or juices. Take a […]

Persimmons Add Festivity + Fiber to Boring Old Breakfasts

Toasted Persimmon Coconut Porridge | Persimmons recipes | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Fanny the Foodie | Recipe: Toasted Persimmon Coconut Porridge

Why are pumpkins getting all the hype? Persimmons are Fall’s most underrated fruit and work well in sweet or savory conditions. The Vitamin A and C rich darlings are wonderful as toppings or on their own. If you’re heading out to the Farmer’s Market this weekend, add a couple to your list! Persimmons in Season In our LA Farmer’s Market […]

5 Chia Seed Pudding Recipes to Make Overnight

Vanilla Greek Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding Recipe | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Little Broken

If you’re looking for a cold dessert, skip the ice cream and make a batch of pudding instead! Take a peek at our 5 favorite chia seed pudding recipes.  They need to set overnight, so a little advanced planning is required.  (We make big batches and enjoy the fruits of our labors the rest of the week.)  Bonus: you will […]

Watermelon Season is Upon Us! 5 Recipes to Try

Watermelon fruit pizza recipe | Girlfriend is Better
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We’ve got watermelons in our garden just in time for summertime barbecues. Since a watermelon is about 92% water, it is the perfect hydrating fruit for hot, sunny days. You can do the old slice-and-dice routine, or get a little more creative with some of our favorite recipes below! These are easy and delicious ways to get your Vitamins A, […]

5 Rhubarb Crumble Recipes Benefit Bones + Brains

Rhubarb crumble recipes | Girlfriend is Better
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Time to get in a few crumble recipes while rhubarb is still in season! Did you know? Rhubarb is red in color and grows in stalks like like celery. The tart, but sweet flavored fruit is packed with Vitamin K and pairs well with other berries. If you are over 30, you should focus on getting more Calcium and Vitamin […]

Easy Meals Delivered to Your Doorstep (Healthy, Too!)

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My friend Sarah recently turned me on to the meal-kit delivery craze. And I’m a believer! I recently had baby #4 and am definitely juggling kids and home responsibilities these days. Having 3 easy meals packaged and delivered to my doorstep was the highlight of my week! This is a smart solution to keeping your family away from fast food […]

Strawberry Season is Upon Us! Top 5 Recipes to Try

Strawberry baskets from farmer's market | summer recipes | Girlfriend is Better
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April showers bring May strawberries! Mother’s Day has got to be the easiest holiday for treats. Simply add a strawberry or two and you’ve got an instant tasty drink or dessert. Here are 5 easy ways to use Mother Nature’s most loving fruit. Sweeten up a Salad It’s easy to feel run down after the holidays and iron is always […]

Chicken Pot Pie at Your Service – Make it Tonight!

Hearty Chicken Pot Pie recipe | Healthier than you think! | Girlfriend is better
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They say, “April showers bring May flowers”. I say, “bring on the comfort food!” One of my favorite stand-by recipes for this time of year is the hearty old chicken pot pie. This menu staple is packed with protein and good veggies that I usually have on hand. That makes it a snap to whip up and feeds my family […]

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 […]

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. […]