Top 9 Low-Sugar Fermented Foods for Gut Health
Elizabeth Rider Blog | Healthy Recipes & Whole Living Tips
by Elizabeth Rider
1w ago
Let’s talk about low-sugar fermented foods and why they are important to maintaining good gut health. The fermentation process doesn’t just preserve food—it enhances its nutritional profile by fostering the growth of beneficial bacteria. These bacteria, or probiotics, are crucial for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Moreover, from a culinary perspective, fermented foods cut through rich and fatty flavors, balancing out your meals and making them more digestible. Naturally, fermented foods contain a multitude of friendly bacteria (aka probiotics) that your body needs to thrive. They als ..read more
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The Many Names of Hidden Sugar
Elizabeth Rider Blog | Healthy Recipes & Whole Living Tips
by Elizabeth Rider
1w ago
By now you know that too much sugar isn’t great for your health. But what many don’t know is how crafty food companies can be at disguising sugar, even in foods that don’t taste sweet. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises less than 25 grams of added sugar daily (that doesn’t include the natural sugars you find in fruits and veggies). This is why it’s crucial for you to become a label detective to spot hidden sugars! The Sugar in Disguise When you dive into packaged or ready-made foods, that 25-gram sugar limit can be reached surprisingly quickly. It’s similar to managing a budget durin ..read more
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“Goes with Everything” Black Beans Recipe
Elizabeth Rider Blog | Healthy Recipes & Whole Living Tips
by Elizabeth Rider
1w ago
This is my go-to black beans recipe because, as the name suggests, it goes with everything. I use it as a side dish, as a vegetarian taco filling, in a burrito bowl with rice and fixings, or eat it plain right after I make it. You can turn this recipe into just about anything you want. Black beans are loaded with fiber, protein, and good nutrition. Plus, they’re inexpensive! This dish is not just a side; it’s a foundation for countless meals, adding depth, nutrition, and flavor to your dishes. Whether wrapping up a taco, filling a burrito, or simply looking for a hearty addition to your bowl ..read more
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Our Dreamy French Countryside-Inspired Wedding
Elizabeth Rider Blog | Healthy Recipes & Whole Living Tips
by Elizabeth Rider
2w ago
Today I’m thrilled to share with you the magic of our wedding day, inspired by the charm and romance of the French countryside. For me, the day was pure of joy and elegance. We were surrounded by the lush lavender fields and plush greenery as we exchanged vows around 4 pm in front of 40 of our immediate family and closest friends. It was exactly what M and I had envisioned. Location: A Dream Setting Amidst Lavender Fields Woodinville Lavender: Woodinville, Washington, about 25 minutes northeast of Seattle Woodinville Lavender is a lavender farm right here in the Seattle area. Its rolling fie ..read more
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10 Healthy Ways to Use Fresh Thyme
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by Elizabeth Rider
2w ago
Fresh thyme not only smells and tastes delightful, but it also has wonderful health benefits. Fresh thyme is characterized by its earthy, soothing, slightly minty flavor. Plus, along with fresh mint, it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow! I recommend planting from an herb start in early spring to use fresh thyme all throughout the spring, summer, and fall. For around $3-$4 dollars, you can grow herbs like mint and thyme for months without having to spend extra money or worry that they’ll go bad in the refrigerator. Thyme has been used for centuries as a cornerstone of both culinary tradition ..read more
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My 80/20 Rule with Beauty Products
Elizabeth Rider Blog | Healthy Recipes & Whole Living Tips
by Elizabeth Rider
2w ago
Let’s talk beauty products! As someone who enjoys beauty products (I think the kids call it being a “beauty girlie?!”), I’m always trying to balance having fun with new things and keeping my routine simple and healthy. Just like I embrace the 80/20 lifestyle when it comes to food—prioritizing wholesome, nutrient-rich choices 80% of the time and indulging the other 20%—I carry this philosophy over to my beauty routine as well. This approach is all about balance, allowing room for flexibility and pleasure without compromising overall goals or well-being. This principle encourages me to choose m ..read more
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How Your Gut Health Affects Your Mental Well-being
Elizabeth Rider Blog | Healthy Recipes & Whole Living Tips
by Elizabeth Rider
2w ago
Over the last decade, the conversation around health has taken a holistic turn, with a growing recognition of the interconnectedness of our bodily systems. In fact, one of the very first blog posts I wrote over 12 years ago on this blog was after I heard Dr. Deepak Chopra speak about our “gut feelings” and how we that a gut feeling is actually every cell in your body making a decision. (I leave old posts like this on the blog so readers can see how far it’s grown!) The science has evolved tremendously in the last 12 years. One of the most fascinating discoveries in this realm is the gut-brain ..read more
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7 Tips to Be Healthier Without Extremes
Elizabeth Rider Blog | Healthy Recipes & Whole Living Tips
by Elizabeth Rider
3w ago
Living a healthy life doesn’t have to mean strict diets or rigid eating habits. As someone with over a decade of experience in health coaching, I’ve come to realize that balance and moderation are key to sustainable health. Here are some insights and tips to help you embrace a healthier lifestyle without resorting to extremes. 1. Make Your Own Food, Most of the Time Cooking most of your food at home is one of the simplest yet most effective strategies for better health. I can’t stress this one enough! When you make your own food, you control the nutrition and quality of ingredients, not to m ..read more
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Almond Flour vs Almond Meal: What’s the Difference?
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by Elizabeth Rider
3w ago
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if almond flour and almond meal are the same thing, then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve been baking with almond flour for over a decade, and I can tell you that almond flour and almond meal are not the same thing. The key difference between almond flour and almond meal is their consistency. Almond meal is finer, while almond meal is courser (read the details below). When making any recipe, do not use them interchangeably unless the recipe indicates it’s okay to do so. Almond flour and almond meal both have distinct characteristics. In this article ..read more
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Understanding the NOVA Food Classification System
Elizabeth Rider Blog | Healthy Recipes & Whole Living Tips
by Elizabeth Rider
3w ago
Have you heard of the NOVA Food Classification System? I’m excited to share with you the essentials of this system because it simplifies healthy eating without extreme dieting. It’s a non-restrictive approach for people who value both health and food. The NOVA food classification system is a way to categorize foods based on the extent and purpose of their processing. This system was developed by a team of nutrition and health experts as a tool to evaluate food processing and its impact on public health. It is a fantastic tool to help us make healthier food choices. What I appreciate most abou ..read more
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