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Slow Cooker Soup and Stew Recipes

Sitting down with a warm, hearty, and flavorful bowl of soup or stew is a must for the cold weather season. There is just something so comforting about it. And while we typically post ‘healthier’ recipes on this blog, we thought that for this post, we would just write about any type of soup or stew that makes our mouths drool. After all, there is nothing wrong with eating something a bit more on a decadent side once in a while, as long as you eat better the majority of the time. All of the recipes shown here are to be made in a slow cooker. We figured it would save you a lot of time at the stove so that you could go off and...

Holiday Party Punch Bowl Recipes

Add glamour to your next holiday get-together with a gorgeous bowl of punch for everyone to share. Not only do these concoctions look wonderfully festive and decorative, but a punch bowl will allow guests to serve themselves so that you have one less thing to worry about. This way, you can go ahead and enjoy the party as well! Pro party tip: If you are serving a cold punch, there are multiple ways to keep the punch from getting watery. 1) Keep a bowl of ice cubes on the side for guests to help themselves too. 2) Place the bowl of punch into a bigger bowl filled with ice. 3) Create a large ice ring and place in the punch. While the ice will melt, it...

8 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

It seems like everyone and their mother…and father…and best friend…and co-worker (you get the point) has an Instant Pot nowadays. The Instant Pot is a programmable pressure cooker that is also known as a smart cooker. Food cooks up to 70% faster, there are easy touch controls, and it even remembers the way that you cook certain dishes! Many people have attributed this technology-enhanced pot with helping them on their weight loss journey, as many healthy meals can be whipped up in it. If you are looking for a way to cook in bulk in order to meal prep for the week, the Instant Pot is something you will be able to use. Just place all your ingredients in it, set it, and go about your...

10 Healthy Air Fryer Recipes

The air fryer has been a favorite for those looking to trim the fat in their cooking. Less oil can be used to make items like French fries, roasted chicken, and much more. This contraption basically works like a convection oven, with hot air cooking food from all around. While the end result often does taste like a ‘healthier’ option, it will hit the spot. If you purchased one and are looking to cook up some dishes that can assist with weight loss, check out some of these delicious recipes right here.   Tasting Table Coconut Shrimp Coconut shrimp is great for dinner or for serving at parties. It’s a great shareable!   Grumpy’s Honeybunch Shishito Peppers Cooked shishito peppers are delicious! It’s no wonder why this is one of the most...

What To Do With Too Many Apples

Did you go apple picking this season yet? Or if you plan to, this is one post you are going to want to save! Apple picking is one of our favorite things to do in the fall, BUT there are only so many raw apples we can eat. Drumroll for some great recipes to use up those apples no matter what varieties you have on hand.   BBC Apple Puree Why in the world would you want to make batches of apple puree? Because you can eat it as is and tastes fantastic when made with fresh apples. Because it is great when used for baby food if you have a baby. Because you can add it to baked goods to add a natural sweetness and moistures. Because...

ETP Tips: How to Hit Your Macros

Eat to Perform is a food/diet lifestyle where one has to keep track of their macros. Where it differs from many other diets is that people report losing weight and getting lean, even when eating higher than normal calories. Hunger is rarely an issue. However, hitting those macros of carbohydrates, fat, and protein can be difficult if you don’t plan ahead. For example, you might have met the carb and fat numbers, but still have 30 grams of protein to go or you might have hit the fat and protein numbers, but still have 30 grams of carbs to go. If you find yourself short in one of those departments, check out these foods that you can eat to bulk up your numbers. Carbohydrates Bananas: This filling...

Seasonal Eating: Summer Vegetable Recipes

Gardeners rejoice! Or if you don’t have a garden, maybe you love browsing farmers’ markets for the choicest produce of the season? If so, this post is a must for you! From vibrant squashes to the most flavorful tomatoes, summer is a fantastic time to utilize vegetables in your cooking. Not only will you be giving your body an extra dose of nutrients, but your palate will be blown away by how different in-season produce tastes compared to what you get the rest of the year. Serious Eats Summer Vegetable Lasagna For those looking for a lasagna dish that packs a big punch of flavor and utilizes a bunch of summer vegetables, this is it. This flavorful lasagna has ingredients like zucchini, squash, and eggplant. And if...

Refreshing Summer Cocktail Recipes

We’ll never say ‘no’ to a lovely glass of rosé. It’s somehow become the unofficial drink of the summer season. However, why not give your next get-together some extra ‘oomph’ with some refreshing summer cocktails instead? There are so many fantastic, at-peak produce to utilize like fragrant lemons, mouthwatering strawberries, and sweet watermelon. And don’t worry, you don’t have to make each drink to order. That would make us sad because you wouldn’t get to spend time with your guests. Instead, you have two options. 1- Keep a tray of ready-made cocktails out and ready. 2- Keep a pitcher of your creation out without ice. The ice can be kept separately in a cooler. Guests can combine the two to make a new drink whenever...

Healthy No-Bake Dessert Recipes

No-bake desserts are a must for the summer! Not only will you be keeping your home cooler without having a hot oven on, but you won’t have to worry about burning anything. While we have no issues with people wanted to indulge in some fattier, sweet treats, this post is for those who are looking to watch their calorie or ingredient intake without having to sacrifice a ton of flavor. Try each one out before the summer is over! Dolly and Oatmeal Vanilla Bean Icebox Cake Holy crap! Not only is this a beautiful dessert to bring out, but it is dairy free, gluten free, and vegan! We might need to repeat this recipe because icebox cakes are one of our favorite desserts in general to eat.   Spry Living...

Delicious Whole 30 Recipes

Looking to give your body a reset? Or have you already started the Whole 30 diet and are looking for some new ideas? HSL editors have rounded up some of their favorite Whole 30 recipes to check out. Those who have no clue what Whole 30 is, should check out the Whole30 site. The basics of Whole30 is to eliminate things like sugar, alcohol, dairy, legumes and more to let your body heal. After 30 days of doing this, your body should begin to feel better and issues that you have had whether it be in the gut, with your skin, etc. may begin to clear up. Then once the 30 days is over, you begin reintroducing foods to your diet so that you can hopefully...