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  1. Nutrient-Rich Sweet Treats and Desserts

    rich-nutrientEating empty calories just to sate a sweet tooth is so outdated. But does that mean that you have to give up desserts entirely?

    Not if you follow a few simple guidelines and focus on nutrient-rich sweet treats!

    Guidelines for Making Nutrient-Rich Desserts a Part of a Healthy Diet

    1. Remember that balance is the key. If you completely remove sweets and desserts from your diet, you’re more likely to overindulge rather than just have an occasional treat. So plan ahead and know what and when your next dessert is going to be. That way you never feel deprived and more likely to binge.

    2. Make substitutions in your favorite desserts to make them more nutrient-rich. Use fresh fruit that’s been macerated rather than jam or jelly. Swap whole grain flour for white flour and apple sauce or coconut oil for vegetable oil. The options are endless, and your food will still taste delicious.

    3. Search out nutrient-rich desserts. Sweets and treats can be healthier and still be satisfying. Expand your horizons a bit, and try new flavors and textures. Yes, you can certainly make substitutions in your standbys, but spread your wings and try new desserts, too. You very well may find new favorites to go along with your old favorites.

    4. Remember that portions matter. No one wants to weigh every bite and count every calorie. We get that. But portions do matter, and to stay healthy, you need to remember that. Even nutrient-rich desserts can be high in calories and sugar. So, have a single serving – and make sure it actually is a single serving.

    5. Stay healthy in other aspects of your life. It’s easier to work nutrient-rich treats into your diet without causing damage to your health when you’re generally healthy to begin with. Make sure you’re getting plenty of vegetables, lean proteins, healthy carbs, and good-for-you fats. Move every day. Aim for your 10,000 steps, along with thirty minutes of exercise daily. The occasional indulgence is hardly a drop in the bucket when you’re maintaining health in every other way.

    Nutrient-Rich Desserts to Get You Started

    Now that you’re ready to try nutrient-rich sweets, where do you even start? How about right here! And just in time for the holiday baking season…

    Chocolate Coconut Truffles

    The fresh fruit, dark chocolate, coconut, and avocado all combine to take these from empty calorie treats to nutrient-rich ones!


    • 140 grams dark chocolate (higher percentage of cacao the better)
    • ½ avocado
    • ¼ cup mixed berries (think blueberries, raspberries, pomegranate and/or cherries , whatever you prefer)
    • Pinch of salt
    • 2 T pure maple syrup
    • ½ t pure vanilla extract
    • Shredded coconut


    1. Stirring constantly, melt chocolate over a double boiler. Remove once melted, but before chocolate starts to scorch.
    2. Add the avocado, berries and vanilla to a food processor or blender and combine until smooth.
    3. Drizzle in the melted chocolate, a pinch of salt and the maple syrup. Blend until smooth. The mixture will be very runny. Put mixture into the freezer until you can roll it into a ball and have it still hold its shape.
    4. Once chocolate is firm, roll a heaped teaspoon of the mixture into a ball, then roll in the shredded coconut.
    5. Place in a dish lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Apple Oat Crumble

    Fresh fruit and whole grains make this a seasonal, nutrient-rich treat everyone will enjoy.


    • 2 medium apples (granny smith or macoun have a nice tartness that works well with the sugar, and a texture that will hold up to the baking, but any variety will do)
    • 2 T fresh lemon juice
    • 2 T packed dark brown sugar
    • 1/4 c water
    • 1/4 c old-fashioned rolled oats
    • 1/8 t ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 t salt
    • 2 t cold unsalted butter, cut into bits


    Preheat oven to 375°F.

    Slice apples into thin slices, or dice into medium sized cubes. Leave the skins on for a truly nutrient-rich dessert.

    Toss with lemon juice and 1 T brown sugar. Transfer to oven-safe baking dish and sprinkle with water. Cook for about 20 minutes.

    While baking, combine dry ingredients. Cut butter into dry ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over cooked apples, and return to oven for another 25-30 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and apples are bubbling.

    Serve hot or at room temperature.

    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Everybody needs a good chocolate chip cookie recipe in their repertoire. So why not make it a nutrient-rich chocolate chip cookie? No one will ever know the difference.


    • 6 T unsalted butter
    • 1/3 c granulated sugar
    • 1/2 c brown sugar, lightly packed
    • 3 T honey
    • 2 t pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 t espresso powder
    • 1/2 t butterscotch or butter-rum flavor, optional
    • 3/4 t salt
    • 1 T cider vinegar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 t baking soda
    • 1/2 t baking powder
    • 2 c White Whole Wheat Flour or Organic White Whole Wheat Flour
    • 2 2/3 to 3 cups dark chocolate chips


    • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
    • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugars, honey, vanilla, espresso powder, butter-rum flavor, and salt until smooth.
    • Beat in the vinegar, egg, baking soda, and baking powder.
    • Stir in the flour, then the chocolate chips, mixing just until combined.
    • Drop the dough, by tablespoonfuls, onto the prepared baking sheets.
    • Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes until their bottoms are barely starting to brown (gently lift one up to peek). If they look underdone, that’s really okay. These are meant to be soft and chewy.
    • Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

    And want to make these or any of your favorite desserts even more nutrient-rich? Just add a scoop  of BenVia Gold ground chia seed.

    Packed with the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and fiber to make any recipe nutrient-rich, BenVia Gold is perfect for just about any baked good you’re craving.

    Plus, it imparts a subtle, nutty crunch, making it perfect for your favorite treats!

    Nutrient-rich doesn’t have to mean bland, blah, or boring. Not with these recipes, and not with BenVia Gold ground chia seed!

  2. You’re Always Exhausted Because of These 7 Everyday Items

    exhausted alwaysNo matter how much sleep you get, or how much you exercise, it seems you’re always exhausted.

    Even changing your diet only improved your energy so much.

    If this sounds familiar, it may be time to start looking around your home for less obvious reasons you’re always exhausted!

    1. Your walls. What color are the walls in your house? If they’re blue, you may have just stumbled onto the reason you’re always exhausted. The color blue has been linked to relaxation and a sense of peace. In fact, it’s been shown to help lower heart rate and make people tired. So it’s a great color for bedroom décor, because you want to be sleepy when you head to bed. But blue has the same effect no matter what room it’s in. If your living room walls are blue, they’re helping make you tired!

    2. Electronics. Speaking of blue, the blue light from your electronics – think television, pad, and smartphone – may be tamping down your body’s production of melatonin. Since melatonin helps make you tired, it would be easy to think that less melatonin would mean more energy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Instead, the blue light prevents the production of melatonin, you don’t fall asleep as quickly or sleep as well, and end up always exhausted. Turn screens off an hour or two before bedtime, and get the rest you really need.

    3. Clutter. This is a housekeeping cycle many people fall into – you’re always exhausted, so you put off straightening the house, which creates clutter. The problem is that clutter causes stress, which creates exhaustion. So you’re too tired to straighten, which causes more clutter. In fact, a study out of Princeton University linked a messy house to emotional exhaustion. Take a day or two and push through your fatigue long enough to get the house in order. Then keep it that way. It really will help.

    4. Your curtains. When you first get up in the morning, throw open your curtains! Dim, dark rooms put your body into sleep mode, ensuring you stay tired throughout the day. But that’s not the only reason you should open up. Exposure to light during the day, especially natural light, helps you sleep better, for longer, at night. So open up your curtains during the day to improve quality and quantity of sleep at night.

    5. Lavender oil diffuser or scented candles. The scent of lavender has been valued as a sleep aid for years – but as with the color blue, the aroma is indiscriminate and doesn’t care if it’s bedtime or noon. No matter what time it is, lavender is going to help make you sleepy. So leave the lavender in the bedroom and swap it for citrusy, fruity scents in the rest of the house. They will help perk you up instead of leaving you always exhausted.

    6. The thermostat. In summer, people blast the air conditioning. In winter, people keep the heat low and put on a sweater. Which can often keep the temperature of the house low year-round. That would be fine, if 60-68 degrees wasn’t an ideal sleeping temperature. If you’re fighting fatigue, make sure you set the thermostat so the house stays warmer than 68 degrees during the day. Then lower it again in the evenings for the best sleep. Just remember that getting the temperature too warm can sap your energy, too, so aim for a comfortable, happy medium.

    7. Your schedule. Technically, this isn’t an item around your house, but it is part of your daily life. Everyone enjoys being busy, and an active social and professional life has been tied to a healthier quality of life. But if you stay too busy – working during vacation, not taking any time for yourself – you will tired yourself out. That constant stress overloads your adrenal system, so it’s producing an overabundance of cortisol, the stress hormone. The flood of cortisol negatively impacts your emotional and physical well being, so you’re worn down on every level. Find ways to lighten your schedule and reduce your stress. It will help you sleep better at night and have more energy during the day.

    And since your adrenal glands have been working overtime, under all that stress, give them some rest, too – with Peak Adrenal X6. We’ve specially formulated Peak Adrenal X6 to nourish and support your adrenal glands, giving them the boost they need to work the way you need them to work.

    Don’t be resigned to being always exhausted. It’s no way for you – or your adrenal glands – to function. Get your days back, get your life back. Get Peak Adrenal X6.

  3. The Secret to All-Day Energy in 8 Easy Steps

    energy all dayMaybe you wake up feeling rested and alert.

    Or maybe you wake up feeling like you didn’t get any sleep at all, no matter how many hours you’ve been out.

    Either way, by afternoon, you’re already ready for bed because all-day energy is a dream that seems to stay just out of reach.

    But a nap is out of the question – you’re too busy and won’t sleep come bedtime.

    You need to find a way to have all-day energy without sleeping your day away or loading up on caffeine!

    The good news is having all-day energy, is easier than you might think.

    Just follow these eight steps and see what it’s like to be able to go all day, every day –

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  4. 9 Tasty Recipes That Can Help With Stress

    stress help withSo much has people stressed these days – health, work, finances, family.

    As far as your body’s concerned it’s like you’re in a state of fight or flight all the time!

    You need help with stress.

    So why not get help with stress from a health source you’re already thinking about: your diet!

    That’s right, what you eat can help with stress.

    And since you’re already taking care to make healthy food choices, it’s not much of a stretch to start making dietary choices that will help with stress, too.

    Give your body a break from stress with these recipes –

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  5. 12 Tips to Help Restore Energy the NATURAL Way

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    energy restoreNo one ever likes to feel lethargic – but having energy during the summer months seems particularly important.

    The days are long, the sun is out, and the weather is perfect.

    Who wants to be tired and dragging then?

    But you’re also looking to restore energy naturally.

    The goal is to be able to participate and enjoy summer, not bog yourself down with chemicals and artificial stimulants.

    Luckily, if you’ve been feeling a little worn down recently, it’s easy to restore energy and feel great, naturally.

    Just start here –

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  6. Get An Energy Boost with These Deep Breathing Techniques

    techniques deep breathingSome days, you’re tired from the moment your alarm goes off. Other days, you’re fine until mid-afternoon – and then you’re exhausted.

    Or what about the nights you’re dozing off in front of the television, but don’t dare go to sleep this early…

    This is when an energy boost would come in handy – and when deep breathing techniques are exactly what you’re looking for.

    No caffeine to keep you up into the wee hours of the night. No sugar that will spike your energy but then make you “crash”.

    And certainly no scary chemicals that could lead you down a path you want to avoid. Just deep breathing using techniques that rejuvenate and recharge, so you’ve got the energy to get through the day and still sleep at night.

    In this article, you’ll get a general overview of deep breathing techniques, how to perform them, and what they will do for you.

    We will also explain four very specific deep breathing techniques you can choose from whenever you could use a lift.

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  7. 10 Tricks to Help You Fall Asleep Quickly

    You’re exhausted all day, but wide awake at night.

    If you don’t fall asleep quickly, you know you’ll just end up repeating the process tomorrow…and the next night…and the next night.

    Which just makes it harder to fall asleep quickly!

    It’s official – you’ve gotten yourself into a cycle that feels impossible to break.

    Luckily, getting to the point where you fall asleep quickly, every single night, isn’t as impossible as it feels. You just need to be deliberate, make some easy changes, and learn the right tricks! Continue reading

  8. Is Your Nighttime Routine Helping or Hurting You?

    Routine nighttimeYou’re tired every day. You’re stressed every night.

    You toss and turn, unable to turn off your brain long enough to get to sleep.

    Or you wake up in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep.

    If any of these sound familiar, maybe the problem isn’t you – maybe the problem is your nighttime routine.

    After all, we know a healthy morning routine can make or break your day. Once you think about it, it makes sense that a nightly routine can be just as important.

    These suggestions can help make up a nighttime routine that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time. Not all of them may work for you, but feel free to pick and choose the ones that do.

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  9. 9 Shocking Health Benefits of Eating Beets

    Eating beets benefitsYou know the superfoods: Kale…chia seeds…pomegranates…beets?

    I know, that last one may be shocking but there really are incredible health benefits to eating beets!

    So before you pass them by in the grocery produce section, read on. It’s time to start reaping the benefits of eating beets. Continue reading

  10. Peak Adrenal X6 Reviews – What Are Customers Saying?

    Reviews for Peak Adrenal X6You’re looking for Peak Adrenal X6 reviews because you want to know if everything you've heard is true. If it really can give you more energy than you've had in years… taking on your exhaustion right at its source… and even improve your mood.

    Because you've heard all that, and more.

    Peak Adrenal X6's unique formula has been specially researched and designed to support and nourish your adrenal glands, the very source of your tiredness, moodiness, even brain fog. Continue reading

  11. RegeneCell Ingredients: Feel Better & Look Younger within Days

    RegeneCell IngredientsAging isn't just about getting older. There’s very little we can do about getting older, and truthfully, getting older can be a good thing. But we can fight aging – the tell-tale wrinkles, the more regular doctors’ visits, the ever lengthening list of specialists, even the physical changes. You don’t have to give into them without a fight. That’s why Dr. Mitchell Ghen developed RegeneCell – the single most comprehensive anti-aging supplement on the market.

    Dr. Ghen has brought together more than 70 of the most effective, most reputable anti-aging fighters to create the formula that will help you rejuvenate every system and every cell in your body! How did he do this? By identifying the 10 signs of aging – and then researching the RegeneCell ingredients you need to address every single one of them and more. Continue reading

  12. Blood thinner Pradaxa requires blood monitoring like Coumadin

    Ticking-time-bomb blood thinner could kill you

    No more blood tests!

    That whopper of a selling point has been used to pedal the blood-thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) since it hit the market in 2010. And boy has it worked.

    At least 850,000 prescriptions have been written for the drug since Big Pharma giant Boehringer Ingelheim first introduced us to their 30-billion-dollar baby.

    Despite its $300 bucks a month price tag, Pradaxa has sold like hotcakes, and if you… or someone you care about… has ever been on the old standby drug Coumadin (warfarin) it’s not hard to understand why.

    Coumadin users… who spend about $4 a month on their drug… are forced to make frequent trips to see their doctor, or a lab tech, to get their blood levels monitored. It’s not long before all that poking leaves them feeling like a black-and-blue pin cushion. Continue reading

  13. ADHD drugs may double heart problems in kids

    Could your child’s ADHD drug stop his heart?

    That “THUNK!” you just heard was the other shoe dropping.

    A new Dutch study has confirmed that ADHD drugs could be dangerous, and even deadly, for your kids.

    Now if you’re thinking it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that feeding young children (or anyone for that matter) powerful stimulant drugs isn’t going to end well, I couldn’t agree more. But apparently what seems obvious to you and me, isn’t always so clear to those blinded by the shine of the Big Pharma alter where they worship.

    The enormous study, following 714,000 children in Denmark for an average of 9 and a half years, found that the ADHD pills they’re handing out like samples at the supermarket these days, could be putting your child’s or grandchild’s heart in grave danger. Continue reading

  14. Schisandra Berry Benefits – Get Charged Up Like Never Before

    Peak Adrenal X6 with schisandra berryLegend tells of Russian hunters who would go out at night and could hunt without stopping to drink…

    …or eat…

    ...or rest

    ... all because they chewed on something called a schisandra berry.

    Surely the schisandra berry benefits weren’t that great though. Stories about night hunters being able to go for hours without food or drink, immune to hunger pains or thirst were just stories. And the rumors of boundless energy that gave them the spark to track their prey through the Russian forests had to be exaggerated.

    These were just legends, after all.

    Or were they… Continue reading

  15. Siberian Ginseng – The Russian Secret for All-Day Energy

    Siberian ginseng in Peak Adrenal X6Have you heard about the Siberian secret that is Siberian ginseng?

    If you’re already taking Peak Adrenal X6, then you probably do. But if you’re like the rest of us, you may have only heard bits and pieces here and there.

    We’re about to change all that, because Siberian ginseng shouldn't be anybody’s secret any longer!

    If you know you have adrenal fatigue or if you’re just struggling with feeling tired and moody more often than you like (and this article might help you answer the question Why Am I Tired All the Time?), you need to know about Siberian ginseng. Continue reading

  16. Chia Seed Recipes: More Than Just Seeds

    BenVia Gold chia recipes You are really trying to find ways to get chia seeds into your diet with some chia seed recipes. After all, you know they’re unbelievably good for you. They've been shown to have more calcium than milk, more magnesium than broccoli and more antioxidant power than blueberries.

    But just how often can you sprinkle them on your salad or mix them into your morning cereal before even this super-food starts being boring? But you can banish boring, with the chia seed recipes found in our BenVia Gold Cookbook! Continue reading

  17. Is RegeneCell A Scam? The Truth Behind this Premier Antioxidant

    Is RegeneCell  A Scam?In this day and age, we understand why people ask a question like this one. But in this case, knowing everything we know about RegeneCell, the question kind of makes us laugh.


    Because not only is RegeneCell not a scam, it’s one of the ultimate anti-aging products available anywhere.

    What Is RegeneCell?

    But it’s not enough for us to tell you there’s no RegeneCell scam – we have to prove it. And we understand that. So let’s look at what RegeneCell is. Continue reading

  18. Dr. Ghen & RegeneCell – The Only Anti-Aging Team You’ll Ever Need

    RegeneCell Anti-Aging SupplementWhen researching anti-aging products, like RegeneCell, you've probably noticed the name Dr. Mitchell Ghen.

    Or maybe when reading about RegeneCell, you've run across his name. It makes you wonder - just who is Dr. Ghen, and what does he have to do with RegeneCell?

    Let’s take a closer look at RegeneCell and Dr. Ghen, both…

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  19. RegeneCell Reviews – Does it Really Work… SURE DOES!

    RegeneCell antioxidant supplement RegeneCell is NorthStar Nutritionals premiere antioxidant supplement, designed to help you slam the brakes on aging and help you feel decades younger.  So it is likely that you heard that RegeneCell can help you keep…

    • A brain so sharp you can be able to retrieve any piece of information--pin numbers, birthdays, phone numbers--on command
    • Energy that keeps you going through your day
    • Skin that wrinkles bounce off of like a trampoline

    And now, you’re curious to find out if RegeneCell really works, if it really is a premier antioxidant supplement. Just continue reading and you may be amazed at what our customers had to say about RegeneCellContinue reading

  20. Top 5 Health Benefits of Chia– Big Results From a Small Seed

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    BenVia Gold Dietary Support Supplement Have you heard about the health benefits of chia yet? Sure, you’ve heard about chia – the amazing little seed you get in BenVia Gold. After all, it’s sweeping the country, making a name for itself as the perfect food. While it may be hard to believe that anything could be considered a perfect food, this powerful gem will change your mind, thanks to these 5 health benefits of chia… Continue reading

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