Are you Hungry for a “Clean food” Cook Out? {Giveaway}

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It’s summertime – and that means its barbecue season. The traditional supermarket hamburgers and hot dogs are out (it’s sooo last season)! Clean meat is in.

You are not alone. Millions of Americans have been suffering from bad meat decisions. Hooked on hot dogs full of steroids and chemicals, you’ve been chowing down at barbeques and trying to quiet the guilt (and likely indigestion) in your stomach.

Abscorbic acid? sodium diacetate? Let’s be frank, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you definitely shouldn’t be eating it. That’s why Applegate is staging a Wienervention.

An Applegate Wienervention is the first step to a cleaner wiener with simple ingredients – just beef, water, salt, and spices. By choosing Applegate hot dogs, you can release yourself from hot dog remorse.

I received my clean hot dog kit from Applegate a few weeks ago and we really enjoyed everything. It included gluten-free buns from Rudi’s which is one of my favorite brands of gluten-free bread products. They really do taste like the real thing. Hot dogs have been a no-no for me and my family because the conventional hot dog brands do not live up to my “clean eating” standards but Applegate has changed that…

Applegate gives us “real foodies” the chance to have a hot dog once in a while and not feel guilty about it.

For the last 7 years I’ve been eating clean. Until I discovered applegate products I completely gave up on hot dogs and cold cuts. It’s great to now have the option to eat these foods from time to time and share them with my family without having to worry about giving them harmful chemicals and processed garbage. I have to admit, it actually feels a little liberating!

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Applegate has generously offered to send a kit to one of my readers! The winner of this kit has the opportunity to share these clean hot dogs with their friends and share the reasons WHY to choose a BETTER hot dog. It’s an opporuntity to start the conversation around eating better quality foods without totally giving up on a family favorite.

Are you ready to talk to your family about clean eating? Cook up some Applegate hot dogs and talk about it! Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Enter to win this kit from Applegate in the rafflecopter box below:

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My Top 5 Favorite Healthy Spots on Cape Cod & Local Giveaways!

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You may or may not know that I live on Cape Cod.  I really still consider myself a New Yorker but I do love it here. When we first moved here it took me a while to find all the places where I could get healthy food. Even in the last couple of years there have been a lot more places with healthy food popping up. Since Cape Cod is a popular place to visit I thought I would share some of my favorite places to get healthy food – even some healthy treats (since we all want treats when we are on vacation).

White Lion Baking Company

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When I first moved to Cape Cod a few years ago there were very little gluten-free options. I heard rumors of a gluten-free bakery opening up through talking to people around town. Last year, I was excited to see a mention of it in the newspaper and hear that it would be included in the farmer’s market. When I finally met Liz Miles at the Farmer’s Market on Main st. in Falmouth, I realized that White Lion Baking Company was so much more then just a gluten-free bakery. All of the products are paleo which in my opinion is much better then just gluten-free because they are grain-free. She also uses top quality ingredients and natural sweeteners – which are all things I do with my own baked goods at home. Everything at White Lion is delicious, healthy, and high quality. It is a privilege to have a place to get something locally where I don’t have to compromise my own quality standards for a sweet treat. Visit Liz at White Lion Baking Company located at 439 Nathan Ellis Highway in Mashpee. Enter our giveaway below for the chance to win some grain-free granola and a paleo muffin mix.

Coonamessett Farm


Coonamessett Farm is one of my favorite places to go in the summer. I found this farm because I was looking for a place to get fresh produce that was not sprayed from a local source. Coonammessett provides that, and so much more. They have two options, you can join their CSA or you can become a farm member and pick  your own. We chose the pick your own option last year and really loved it. My daughter had so much fun picking all the vegetables and fruits – and so did I and my husband. It is a great way to show children where food comes from, how it grows, and when it grows in the growing season. Last year we went crazy over the blueberries and I am sure we will again this year. Visit Coonamesset Farm at 277 Hatchville Rd, East Falmouth. Visit their website here for more information about what you can pick now and membership options

Earthly Delights

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Earthly Delights was the first healthy restaurant my husband brought me to on Cape Cod. I love this place becuase the food is delicious, everything is made healthy, ingredients are organic and high quality, and the owners Tom & Mary are awesome. It’s always a pleasure to stop in there to get some nice healthy food from two really cool people. If you are around Osterville and looking for a healthy lunch this is the place to go. Visit Tom & Mary at Earthly Delights at 15 West Bay Rd in Osterville.  See the menu online here.

Chequessett Chocolate

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I spent a few summers in Truro and my pet peev was the lack of healthy food options. That has changed now with this new chocolate shop and cafe. Although chocolate might not seem like a health food, it can be if it’s made right. I met Katie, one of the co-owners, years ago and I am thrilled to see what she has built. The chocolate is made on site with lots of care and attention and doesn’t contain any unhealthy ingredients. It’s really delicious, dark and smooth – just how I like it. In the cafe they also have green juices, smoothies, and raw vegan treats. Next time I am in Truro I will definitely pick up some juices and smoothies for our beach day. Visit Chequessett Chocolate at 8 Highland Road in North Truro. Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win some of their delicious chocolates.

Amber Waves

Amber Waves is a great little health food store in Falmouth. As most “real foodies” do I make the rounds to different stores to get all of the things we need. There are a number of items I need regularly that I can’t get at the standard grocery store so my go to place is Amber Waves. They even have a small bulk food section with nuts, grains, seeds, beans, spices etc. Within the community of “healthy” people in town, Amber Waves is well known. It’s funny though, sometimes I’ll mention it to someone who isn’t a health nut and they will say, “there is a health food store in town??” If you are looking for some healthy staples like coconut oil or raw nuts, or even some organic ketchup and relish for a Cape Cod barbecue, Amber Waves is the place to go in Falmouth. Visit Amber Waves at 310 Dillingham Ave in Falmouth. 


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Visit my Cape Cod blogging colleagues and read about their Top 5 Favorite things on Cape Cod

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for some local products!

  If you do not live on Cape Cod or are not visiting anytime soon, please still feel free to enter the giveaway becuase the prizes can be shipped if you are not able to do local pick up.     a Rafflecopter giveaway

Candida Recipes that Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth & a Giveaway

softcover & saleI’m excited to announce the arrival of my friend Paula’s book, The Sweeter Side of Candida dessert cookbook in softcover!

Candida is a health issue that effects many of us. It’s a internal fungus that almost everyone has. No one really takes notice of it because it’s usually harmless. . .until it begins to grow out of control. The resulting list of symptoms are long and harmful to our health.

The kicker? Two of the foods we love most, sugar and starches, are a huge part of the reason candida becomes a problem. When a person eats too much sugar and starch, they’re feeding the candida monster. A significant part of reversing that growth is by eating a healthy candida diet.

For many that’s a lot to ask. No cookies, no brownies, no ice cream. . .and not many people stick to it long enough to heal themselves. But today, all that has changed!

The Sweeter Side of Candida is a dessert cookbook with over 70 safe recipes that anyone on a candida diet, who eats sugar or gluten-free, or who struggles with diabetes can enjoy.

Do you eat a Paleo or Primal diet? Many of these recipes are for you too! Are you a THMer (Trim Healthy Mama fan) – get on over here! Wanna lose weight and still enjoy dessert – yep, you too!!

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Wanna sneak peek for what awaits you in The Sweeter Side of Candida?

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Now can you enjoy molasses cookies, lemon bars, pumpkin cheesecake, and even caramel candy without hurting your diet or harming your health. Look through the Table of Contents and take a peek inside to discover a world of desserts nearly anyone can have.

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The Sweeter Side of Candida Giveaway!

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I’m Gifting my Winter Cleanse to One Subscriber ($127 Value)

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Next week The Busy Mom’s Winter Cleanse kicks off! I am really looking forward to eating clean and also can’t wait to hear all the great things that happen to everyone in our cleanse group. The results of a cleanse are different for everyone so it’s always fun to see what happens!

I decided I wanted to say thank you to my loyal subscribers by offering the chance for one of you to do this cleanse for free! Group programs are so effective because there is a specific plan to follow with structure – but its loose enough to be customized for anyone. The piece of this program, like my past programs, that really makes the difference is the support. Not only support from me, but support from your peers. We all go through the same thing together and support each other to keep up!

The most fun part of what I do is helping my community and getting to see the results. I absolutely love to hear health success stories from my programs and even just from a simple blog post or email tip that helped someone. So, I can’t wait to see what your transformation will be! Enter your information below for the chance to join this program for free.

It starts on Monday so I hope you are ready!

If you really want to get started now and you don’t want to wait to find out if you are the winner, click here to join now. If it turns out you are the winner of this giveaway and you already purchased your program you will received a full refund. So, why wait?? Join us now and get started.

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The winner will be announced on Monday morning February 24, 2014.