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The Beauty of Basil: Five Ways to Use the Herb for Skin Care

The Beauty of Basil: Five Ways to Use the Herb for Skin Care

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Basil is one of the most popular herbs grown in home gardens, especially here in the Midwest where I live. This herb is at its best when used fresh in bruschetta or a caprese salad, but it also freezes well when made into pesto. According to the American Society for […]

How Yoga Benefits Your Body through Five Simple Stretches

How Yoga Benefits Your Body through Five Simple Stretches

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger It’s tough to find time to go to the gym, let alone a weekly fitness class, but there are several moves you can do right in the comfort of your home to help you prepare for the day ahead. From strength to stillness, Mayo Clinic suggests stretching can help improve […]

Healthy Lunch Recipes for the Ultimate Picnic

Healthy Lunch Recipes for the Ultimate Picnic

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger In order to pack the perfect picnic basket, fill up with the most nutritional snacks you can find. There are tons of great healthy lunch recipes to choose from, many of which can be made in advance for easy travel. Eating in the open air allows you to take in […]

When Preparing Vegan Recipes, Wake Up with Almond Lavender Pancakes

When Preparing Vegan Recipes, Wake Up with Almond Lavender Pancakes

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger I tried a variety of vegan recipes before I found the perfect combination of flavors and ingredients. Plant-based pancakes, for example, still hit all the satisfying notes of a breakfast classic. Almond lavender pancakes have become a favorite in my family thanks to their light, fluffy texture and subtle, sweet […]

Marathon Motivation: How to Stay Inspired While Training for a Race

Marathon Motivation: How to Stay Inspired While Training for a Race

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger I believe anyone can run a marathon as long as they complete their training, particularly if it’s recommended by expert runners like Hal Higdon. At some point, everyone hits “the wall” that makes you feel like your legs no longer work, but there are several fun and easy ways to […]

Vegan Recipes: Split Pea Soup

Vegan Recipes: Split Pea Soup

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Split pea soup is one of my favorite vegan recipes; it’s healthy, delicious, and keeps me full throughout the day. This meal is packed with flavorful ingredients while remaining vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free, making it a great option for people with allergies or dietary restrictions who love a tasty […]

How to Train for a Marathon

How to Train for a Marathon

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger If you’re truly wondering how to train for a marathon, you may not know where to start. Don’t worry; there are several training plans already in use to help you take your first steps toward that 26.2 miles. A great one to begin with is that of veteran runner, Hal […]

Great Spring Road Races to Kick Off Running Season

Great Spring Road Races to Kick Off Running Season

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger After months of being cooped up indoors (thanks to mountains of snow and frigid temperatures), runners, joggers, and walkers across the country are digging out their sneakers and stepping into the slush at our favorite annual road races. Running is a great way to meet the well-known recommendation by the […]

How Your Workout Regimen Benefits from a Little Nature

How Your Workout Regimen Benefits from a Little Nature

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger In terms of benefit, outdoor exercise isn’t just more enjoyable than a workout regimen at the gym. Adding nature to your fitness routine is an easy way to increase the reward of a workout. According to a report by the USDA Forest Service, the health benefits of nature may have […]

Vegan Gluten-Free Recipes: Three Bean Chili

Vegan Gluten-Free Recipes: Three Bean Chili

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger When it’s cold and snowing outside, few things beat a hot and hearty bowl of chili to keep you warm. This dish has become my go-to meal when hosting groups large and small, not only because it is delicious, but because it’s one of my favorite vegan gluten-free recipes. To […]