Swanson Health Products 45th Anniversary Giveaway

Recently, I was contacted by Swanson Health Products to help celebrate their 45th Anniversary. AND one of you lucky readers will get the chance to win a $45 gift certificate to SwansonVitamins.com. In my recent order from Swanson Health Products, I was able to purchase treats and vitamins for my cats, restock my toothpaste supply, and so much more. 

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Healthy Banana Coconut Smoothie

Six months ago, I invested in an appliance that soon became my best friend: The Ninja Mega Kitchen System. It came with a 9 cup pitcher, 8 cup food processor bowl, 2 Single Serve cups, and all the blending attachments for each piece. I use it practically every day to make dough, smoothies, pesto, oat flour, and so much more. It’s the most versatile appliance I own and I don’t know what I would do without it. I love to make smoothies in the morning to give me a burst of energy and nutrition to keep cravings and drowsiness at bay.

Healthy Banana Coconut Smoothie | Natural Chow | http://naturalchow.com

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How I Wash Dishes (and Keep my Sanity!)

Ever since I was old enough to reach the sink on a stool, I’ve washed dishes. And since then, I’ve had a hard time enjoying it, or even just feeling okay with doing them. Alas, everyone knows that with cooking comes mountains of dishes, but there IS a way to get the dishes done without pulling your hair out or losing your mind. And you don’t even have to own a dishwasher to utilize these tips. 

How I Wash Dishes (And Keep my Sanity) | Natural Chow | http://naturalchow.com

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Classic Buttermilk Waffles

For the longest time, I was without a waffle maker. Talk about total devastation. Before my last hurrah with my beloved waffle maker, I would wake up early and make waffles while everybody was asleep. Then, when they would wake up, there would be a hot stack of waffles waiting on the table for them. But the good times didn’t last, and my waffle maker broke about 6 months ago. Six months without waffles. I know, right? And then, on one of my thrift store runs last week, I found a beautiful waffle maker sitting on the top shelf, and you can bet I was determined to get it. I am loving my new waffles maker—and these crazy good buttermilk waffles!

Classic Buttermilk Waffles | Natural Chow | http://naturalchow.com

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Baby Steps to Healthy Eating #3

It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you the last edition in the Baby Steps to Healthy Eating Series, so today we’re going to pick up where we left off. The purpose of this series is to encourage you to take the necessary steps, no matter how small, towards living a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy. This means not being afraid to try new things and cutting back on foods that are bad for you. When I started on my real food journey, I felt really overwhelmed because I was trying to take it all on at once. I literally quit shopping at Walmart and only bought my groceries from Whole Foods Market and Earth Fare. It didn’t take long to figure out that the transition was an uncomfortable one.

Baby Steps to Healthy Eating | Natural Chow | http://naturalchow.com

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