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Disclosure: I am working with Colgate and Walgreens to spread the word about Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste and have been compensated for my time and efforts. All opinions, and this recipe, are my own.

I have shared healthy recipes and tips for a few years now but healthy eating is only one part of the game. I think it is time to give a few more suggestions about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle before we get to this ridiculously fabulous recipe. Each of these tips are so easy to incorporate in your everyday routine, that you won’t even notice you’re doing them!

*Up the Ante: Incorporate nutritional boosts with each meal by mixing in some quinoa, kale, and fruit. Consider adding quinoa to soups, stews, stir-fry and even egg dishes. You won’t taste it and the complete protein quinoa will be loved by your body. When mixing up a smoothie, use extra fruit and even veggies to take your health factor to the next level.

*Have a Balanced Snack – include some low-fat cheese with crackers, some peanut butter with your apple, raw veggies with low-fat ranch dressing, rice cakes and cottage cheese.

*Healthy Eating’s BFF: I am a firm believer in regular exercise being part of your lifestyle. Therefore, eat healthy and get in some exercise 4-5 days week – be it walking, swimming, biking, yoga, or whatever you most enjoy.

A healthy lifestyle also includes good dental hygiene habits. These include a great toothpaste, flossing and mouthwash. I really improved our habits a few years back when I had my teeth straightened and we have stuck to them. It’s something that many people never even consider as part of their ‘health’ routine, but having a healthy mouth is just as important as having a healthy body!

Our son is actually the pickiest and most demanding when it comes to toothpaste – it needs to be minty, leave his mouth fresh and his teeth clean. Naturally, as a parent, I have more stringent requirements besides tasting minty and leaving my mouth clean – the toothpaste must actually do something.

Colgate Total Daily Repair goes beyond the basics and repairs teeth and gum issues at their earliest stages by preventing gingivitis, cavities, and plaque buildup. Plus, and good for everyone around us, it also fights bad breath and whitens teeth. Next time you’re out and about, think about picking up a tube or two at your local Walgreens.

Now that you know how to stay healthy throughout the rest of your day, what about dinner time? This is one of my favorite recipes, which the kids adore, that leaves me feeling great at the end of a long day!  To save time, cook the Salmon and quinoa the night before so you are ready to make the burgers when you are done working for the day

Quinoa Crusted Salmon Burgers with Sriracha Dill Cream Sauce

I would love for you to share your healthy lifestyle tips with me, so simply post on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest using the hashtag #GiveASmile.

You can also follow along on my Pinterest board, “A Better Life Through Simple Changes” for more fantastic tips about living a healthy, active lifestyle!



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Since Labor day was yesterday, I am ready to allow all things Autumn, Fall, and Pumpkin into my life and home.

The kids even want to start decorating the house today so in honor of this time of year in New England (55 this am but will be 90 this afternoon), here is the Ultimate Pumpkin/Pumpkin Spice recipe guide.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Baked Wonton Chips – fun to make and eat!

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies:

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream


Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream Cheese


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal


Pumpkin Spice Sweet Potato Muffins


Pumpkin Spice Soup

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Pumpkin Pie Banana Smoothie


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls


Healthy Spiced Pumpkin, Yogurt & Granola Parfait Recipe

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Fiery & Spooky Sriracha Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte



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