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How to Cut Colorful Matchstick Carrots

How to Cut Colorful Matchstick Carrots

Did you know that making your food look beautiful actually helps you digest it?

The other night I taught a virtual cooking class with my friend Amanda (we don’t look like we should be allowed near sharp objects, do we?) and we talked about why it’s so important to make your dishes glamour shot-ready.

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You see, when you spot an appetizing meal, you begin to secrete more saliva — hence the term “mouth-wathering”. And in your saliva? Are enzymes that help you break down your meal – especially the carbs and starchy foods.

So yes, digestion begins even before your food gets to your tummy! And the more efficient your digestion, the less work your gut will have to do, and the more energy you’ll have.

Want to give your gut a helping hand? Style up your supper.

And one of the easiest ways to make your food visually appealing is to add a pop of color! My favorite way – carrots!

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But a lot of times raw carrots in a salad can overpower the texture with their extreme crunchiness. Or they take too long to cook down in a stir-fry. But if you cut them small enough? They’ll blend in beautifully.

Ever wonder how they get those pretty little carrot “matchsticks” at a fancy salad bar? I’m showing you how to do it in today’s video.

Click below to watch:

How else can you add a pop of color to your dishes? Share your favorite ideas in the comments!

P.S. It’s that time of year where it’s getting too cold to leave the house to work out. What do I turn to? Erin Stutland in my living room!


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Her wildy popular Say It, Sweat It, Get It Challenge is coming up soon – a perfect way to keep yourself moving despite the holiday craziness. Check out her toning & uplifting workouts by signing up for the challenge here – I can’t wait to do it with you!

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Supercharged Avocado Toast Recipe

Supercharged Avocado Toast Recipe

What do you do when you come home after a long weekend and you’re… too lazy to cook or shop? too impatient to order takeout? too worried that greasy takeout will make you feel gross and bloated? You make this Supercharged Avocado Toast, that’s what! I whip this up as a healthy meal/snack at least… Continue Reading

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How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in Under 10 Minutes

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in Under 10 Minutes

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know three things: 1. I am incapable of ditching the excited “muppet face”:             2. I’m obsessed with my parents’ giant fluff-ball, Duncan:             3. There’s a new ingredient in my breakfast:             Thanks… Continue Reading

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3 Healthy Things to Bring on a Trip

3 Healthy Things to Bring on a Trip

That jerky kid kicking the back of your seat on the plane, the corner street light glaring directly into your hotel room, air conditioning cranked so high you wish you brought your parka…to Florida. And the closest you can get to a vegetable? Is the iceberg lettuce on a turkey club sandwich. When you’re traveling… Continue Reading

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Cinco De Mayo Tortilla Soup Recipe

Cinco De Mayo Tortilla Soup Recipe

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo and I have a killer, top secret recipe for you today. Well, top secret until now. I had the absolute pleasure of cooking with my buddy and brilliant coach, Jeannine Yoder, for this week’s video. Jeannine swiped an addictive tortilla soup recipe from her favorite restaurant in California when she… Continue Reading

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Asparagus Recipe Formula: A Side Dish That Helps You De-Bloat

Asparagus Recipe Formula: A Side Dish That Helps You De-Bloat

A few months ago I co-hosted a Beauty Bites party with my pal Monique from Goddess Huntress. We rustled up an exquisite grapefruit vodka cocktail, a homemade olive oil skin toner, and a tasty meal full of superfoods that promote a sparkly complexion. The main ingredient? Asparagus. Turns out these suckers are anti-aging powerhouses —… Continue Reading

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A Healthy Lunch You Can Bring to Work

A Healthy Lunch You Can Bring to Work

Do you ever try to be good little girl or boy by bringing your lunch to work? I don’t blame you! Buying lunch every day can put a strain on your bank account and your butt…even if you’re just ordering a salad. The culprit? Impulse cornbread purchases, obviously. But if you do bring a bag… Continue Reading

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Easy Yet Impressive Weekday Chicken

Easy Yet Impressive Weekday Chicken

I used to think this dish was something fancy that only people like my mom or grandmother would made on special occasions. Definitely not something I would ever do on my own, but I loved ordering it at a restaurant. But the more I nerded out on cookbooks (yes, I curl up with them and… Continue Reading

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Like You Needed an Excuse to Eat Chocolate

Like You Needed an Excuse to Eat Chocolate

Ooh it’s almost Valentine’s Day and while I find the idea of waiting for a set day in the calendar to show someone how much you love them RIDICULOUS, I’ll tell you what’s not ridiculous: any excuse to get your hands on chocolate. If February 14th is not enough of an excuse, here’s a few… Continue Reading

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10-Minute Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

10-Minute Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

If you’re freezing your buns off, you may be feeling the urge to swap your morning smoothie for something soothing, hearty, and warm. After all, how can you “curl up” with a frozen mango-strawberry smoothie?! My teeth are jittering just thinking about it. A warm oatmeal might feel like more work, but it doesn’t have… Continue Reading

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