4 Ways To Add Flavor To Your Food Without The Extra Sugar

You can eat enjoy exquisite cuisine without sacrificing health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people should limit added sugars to no more than 10% of daily calories. To meet this limit, add these four ideas to your culinary arsenal now.

Fill Up On Fruit

So many people do not realize raw and cooked fruits can deliver an incredible amount of sweetness to the tongue. However, fruit is the ideal substitute for sugar in cooking. To add creaminess while reducing sugar, trade applesauce for butter in many desserts. Top cold and hot cereals with raisins, berries and bananas for a punch of sweetness. Ban store-bought drinks and invest in a juicer or smoothie blender, to combine greens and vegetables with oranges and pineapples as an alternative juicy beverage.
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The Secret Life of Grease


How many of you pour grease down the drain?  Guilty!!

After grease travels down the drain, it is washed into the plumbing system. The grease sticks to the insides of the sewer causing build up. Eww!

Eventually, it can block the entire piping causing

  • Raw Sewage overflow into your home, yard, or street
  • Expensive clean-up
  • Potential contact with disease-causing organisms

I usually try to dump a little.  However, a little builds up too!

Leftover Grease – What do we do with it?!


  • Use an old container to pour excess grease in.
  • Scrape food scraps from plates in the trash can for disposal.


  • Pour grease/oil or any food scraps down drains.
  • Use HOT water to rinse grease off of any cookware or surfaces.

I always thought cold water was best for rinsing cookware with grease.  Now that I have been doing it all wrong for 20 years, I will be using hot water from now on.  EEK! 

Remove Harmful Ingredients from Your Cosmetics

Do you ever wonder how to make your life habits healthier? You probably do, since we are constantly exposed to many harmful substances contained in almost everything including our food, our drinks, the air, and even in our cosmetics. In order to help you reduce the negative impact of such ingredients, we will draw your attention to some of them and give you some useful advice on how to live healthy.

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How to do Your Winter Beauty Detox in 5 Steps

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Winter holidays are truly magical and we all enjoy ourselves during this festive break. Still, with so many parties, heavy eating and lounging around, your health and skin are bound to suffer. Therefore, once the holidays are over, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your winter detox.

If you used to follow a specific regimen for healthy lifestyle before the holidays, this won’t come as something too troublesome for you. On the other hand, if you neglected your health and appearance a lot longer, then it’s time for some healthy New Year’s resolutions!

If you’re curious on how to detox properly but simply and effectively, keep on reading.

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Summer Dinner Party Menu Ideas

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Summer is the best time to have a festive gathering for family and friends. Here are some great ideas you may want to include on your menu. These items are quick and easy to make for your summer dinner party. They don’t require a lot of cook time and your guests will really enjoy them!

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How to Stop Stress Eating

 stress eating

So here is the usual scenario: you are at work and it is the middle of the afternoon. You have 32 work e-mails waiting to be answered and you have a report due on your manager’s desk in less than an hour. So, what is the first thing you are going to do? Well, if you are like most people in this situation, you will most likely head to the breakroom and grab a donut or potato chips from the vending machine in order to relieve some of that stress. We are probably all guilty of stress eating at some point in our lives but there are things you can do when the urge strikes.

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The Best Ways to Store Fresh Food


Did you know the average family throws out nearly 15% of their fresh food in one year?  That is a lot of waste! I always feel guilty throwing out food.  Especially produce that wasn’t cheap or bought with coupons!  Here are a few of the best ways to store fresh food in your home.

Store your vegetables like onions, carrots, and potatoes in a cellar or basement.  This will keep these vegetables cool and dry, away from direct sunlight.  When you store them in the fridge, they will spoil a lot faster.  If you do not have a cellar or basement, try storing your vegetables in brown paper bags.  If using the bag storage, you may want to consider keeping them separated by kind.

A vacuum sealer is great option for storing fresh foods.  This is a small investment but worth it. Vacuum-sealed foods can stay fresh for months longer than other stored foods.  Also, you can vacuum seal foods and keep them in the freezer for later use.

Storing cheese can be another mystery.  Try wrapping the cheese in wax paper before storing it in the fridge. This will allow the cheese to breathe but will keep out any excess moisture.

Do you use fresh herbs?  Always store your fresh herbs in water. Try keeping parsley, basil, and cilantro in a glass filled with approximately one inch of water in the cabinet.   Place your non-leafy herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage in a damp paper towel and store in a reusable plastic bag in the fridge.

By using these seven ideas for storing fresh food longer, you can save money, keep food out of your trashcan and in the stomachs of those you love.

Best Foods to Fill Sweet Cravings

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Make Dessert a Solution, Not a Problem

Women have quite a reputation for being head over heals in love with desserts and specifically CHOCOLATE! Think of the appeal: sweet, satisfying and always makes you happy. Now where else can you get a deal like that?Some scientists claim it will lower your risk of stroke by 20%. Other researchers claim small amounts of dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure and extend your life.

How much more proof do we need? I say, just hand it over!  So if dessert is the answer, than how do you stay trim? I fondly remember a line in the popular musical Hairspray where Velma Von Tussle, Amber’s mother, says she hasn’t had a dessert in 20 years!  Or, opposite of her, you could eat a huge ice cream sundae or piece of cake every day. These gourmet desserts easily amount to 700-1000 calories, or half of your daily calorie intake for weight maintenance. You can bet, if you’re eating too many high calorie desserts, then gaining weight is an imminent threat and diets aren’t going to work.  So if some dessert is good for you, but too much dessert is bad for you. I propose a solution! And if my tips help women stay slim eating dessert and sweet foods, I think I deserve an award for that! It would be for “Peace of mind”.

So my lady, don’t cut sweet foods out of your life. The relationship wasn’t that bad!  Just fill your cravings with these sweet wonders! Don’t try to fight it, just do it!

Eat Responsibly, Foods to Satisfy Your Sweet Craving

 1. Fruit is always your first go to, when craving something sweet. Pick your favorite fruits. To me, cherries taste like candy and I can never eat all the raspberries I truly desire. The more you get used to eating natural foods, the desserts that are all wrong for you won’t taste good anymore. Want to give your fruit an extra kick? Lightly dip your strawberry in high quality dark chocolate!

 2. Make a vow to yourself that your desserts must also have a good amount of nutrition in them. Remember food is for fuel and nutrition.  So, make a carrot cake with fresh grated carrots, some coconut macaroons with real coconut meat in them, a cupcake with fresh orange zest. And go as light as you can get away with on sugar for the rest of the recipe. With the smaller amount of sugar you are using, make sure it’s natural or comes from a natural plant like Stevia.

 3. Flavor your meat with sweet sauces. Sweet doesn’t always have to come from dessert. I love the Chinese sesame and sweet and sour chicken. And you don’t just have to use the sauce packets! You can make sweet and sour sauce from an actual pineapple, which is very healthy. Get creative with making sauces from actual fresh fruits. You could make a plum sauce, orange sauce or branch out and make fresh jellies and jams. If you’re not used to cooking with fresh fruits then gradually add in any extra sugar needed, or don’t use any at all if not absolutely necessary.

4. Invest in high quality dark chocolate. Not overly sweet. Get it from a health food store. Read the label. The percent of cocoa should be in the 70s, 80s or 90s! Kind of like your favorite type of music. Healthy chocolate rocks!

5. Make your own desserts and carbohydrate foods at home. I have found with my clients and customers that desserts and carbohydrates present the biggest challenge to them. So make them at home so you can monitor the sugar and use healthy ingredients. You can bake cookies, scones, banana breads, and strawberry sorbet to start with. Experiment and have fun! Keep your sugar intake to 12 grams sugar at one sitting with a treat.

6. Make your own fresh fruit juice or smoothies. Fresh orange juice, pineapple or grapefruit juice should take the place of sodas. Sure, it doesn’t come in a can, but think about what it “CAN” do for you!


Find Amazing Cookbooks to Help with Your Journey

The Domestic Diva has two brand new cookbooks on Amazon,  Healthy JunkFood and Italian Vegan Cookbook  that include weight-loss recipes for chocolate, spaghetti, nachos, tiramisu and the whole she-bang of yummy food. These comfort foods are great for keeping you satisfied and helping you get in shape!


 “I would love for you to get in shape eating the recipes I used to shed 20 lbs.  No more diets! It’s a healthy lifestyle with yummy food.  Good Luck and know that I believe in you!


Guest Post contributed by The Domestic Diva, owner of the health and nutrition company Healthy JunkFood.  She serves as a health coach and enjoys motivational speaking to the community about leading a healthy lifestyle.  You may contact The Domestic Diva by email: domesticdiva@healthyjunkfoodfun DOT com.  She will be happy to answer any health questions you may have!