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I love blueberries and especially their health benefits. This blueberry streusel bar was just so darn good! Of course I used fresh blueberries because I do not care for the messy frozen version – the blueberry juice is dangerous when thawed! The blueberries do need to be at room temperature so plan ahead since using …

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For as much as I love the main meal and side dishes – appetizers are just so much fun to make and eat! It is so much fun to go to a party where you get to pick from a variety of appetizers instead of having a traditional dinner format. Over the years I have …

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This is a beautiful cake that is nice for a special occasion or whenever you need a dessert that is a bit different and not covered in a sweet icing. It is a small cake, which means servings are small and pretty much guilt free! I adore ginger, which means there is a lot and …

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Today is day 6 of the 21-Day Challenge! I have been eating clean all week with the exception of a small piece of ice cream cake for a co-worker’s birthday. By keeping the portion small I could join in the celebration without adding too many calories! Monday through Thursday included a 30-minute workout: Total Body …

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This is a delicious recipe if you like muffins and would like a healthier alternative. One muffin can often be several hundred calories and even as high as 500 calories! For this recipe the muffin is about 100 calories! There are different options you can select from when making these muffins. My preference is walnuts …

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I made this wonderful Curry Chicken Salad with Raisins and Pine Nuts as an appetizer and it would also make a nice lunch! For an appetizer consider serving with crackers, mini pita bread sliced into smaller pieces, or crusty Italian bread. For lunch use a larger whole wheat pita bread or serve on top of …

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This is a wonderful recipe for an appetizer that combines a few great ingredients that ends up with a delicious turnover! Be sure to top with chives or basil before baking. Fresh chives were used for the filling and before baking they were topped with dried chives. Can you believe I ran out of dried …

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