Apple Pie Smoothie

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This tart, but sweet, cinnamon smoothie is reminiscent of an apple pie. (A much healthier apple pie) This smoothie is quick and easy to make and will fill you up thanks to the fiber and protein. This smoothie includes maple extract which should not be confused with maple syrup. It also includes hazelnut extract. You can find maple and hazelnut extract in the seasonings and spices section of your grocery store over by the vanilla extract. If you can’t find maple extract you can omit (although we love the taste with it) and the hazelnut extract can be substituted for almond extract. This recipe can be used as breakfast while on the diabetes or weight loss program. Enjoy! Continue reading


It’s Still Beautiful

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Several months ago I was struggling to deal with the everyday difficulties of raising my family. I remember feeling discouraged, overwhelmed and frustrated. I decided to give my brother a call to describe my feelings and perhaps get some advice or empathy from him. As I finished telling him how I was feeling he decided to tell me a little about a trip that he had just taken with his wife to New York. While he was there he had the opportunity to visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Part of the exhibit included the experience of the singular American that wasn’t on earth during the September 11th attacks. Astronaut Frank Culbertson was in the International Space Station about 250 miles above earth that day. When Culbertson was informed of the attacks he grabbed a camera to record the smoke that he could see from space, coming from New York. As he recorded the images he said these words:

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(Green) Orange-Vanilla Smoothie

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This breakfast smoothie is packed with 14 grams of protein and healthy greens. This smoothie has quickly become a family favorite and tastes similar to an orange creamsicle. If you haven’t tried making a smoothie with tofu you will be pleasantly surprised. The tofu adds creaminess to the smoothie and gives it a healthy serving of protein. This recipe can be used for breakfast for the diabetes or weight loss program. Continue reading