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Blueberry Season: Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

It’s very likely I ate more watermelon making this watermelon bluerry mint salad than what actually ended up in it.

Plus, it's blueberry season in Michigan!

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Stephen Ausmus/U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Cook Well During Barbecue Season with These BBQ Tips

It's summertime and that means grilling season.

The Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has a new online tool through the Food Safe Families campaign to raise awareness about proper grilling techniques and the dangers of food poisoning risks.

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Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com
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Breakfast from the Heavens: Almond Joy Pancakes

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Pancake Sunday was a tradition in my family. I looked forward to those mornings when my mother poured her homemade buckwheat batter onto a warm griddle. Yummmm.

I haven’t met a pancake I didn’t like, but over the years I’ve come to find my favorite.

So, what are my favorite pancakes, you ask?

They are fluffy, chocolatey, whole wheat Almond Joy Pancakes, with plenty of chocolate chips, shredded coconut and sliced almonds. Breakfast from the heavens. They’re made with quality ingredients, too, including unsweetened organic coconut, almond milk and the oh so wonderful coconut oil. It's definitely a healthier pancake if you ask me!

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Serving up this Brussels Sprout Carrot Salad would be perfect for your next gathering. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Serving up this Brussels Sprout Carrot Salad would be perfect for your next gathering. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Salad Time: Raw Brussels Sprout and Carrot Salad

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Brussels sprouts, carrots, parmesan and toasted walnuts plus a yummy lemony garlic dressing equals a simple and refreshing salad.

It’s bright, flavorful and perfect for spring and summer.

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(Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
(Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Smoothies Naturally: Blackberry Banana Chia Smoothie

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

I cannot get enough of fresh berries in the warmer months.

Cherries.

Strawberries.

Raspberries.

Blueberries.

Blackberries.

Oh, and smoothies. I can’t get enough of those either!

They are breakfast made easy. Or have one as a mid-day snack. Or enjoy one as a post-workout replenisher. Or try one as a dessert!

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Apple cheddar salad with honey mustard vinaigrette makes for a great spring salad. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Apple cheddar salad with honey mustard vinaigrette makes for a great spring salad. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Salad Time: Apple, White Cheddar and Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Spring has finally sprung!

While everyone is spring cleaning and de-cluttering their homes, I think it’s just as important to cleanse our bodies.

They sure deserve it, don’t they? Especially after such a long winter of hibernation and comfort foods. Fresh salads, like this Apple, White Cheddar & Chicken Salad with homemade Honey Mustard Dressing, are the perfect way to lighten up a meal without compromising flavor.

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Mmm. Double dark chocolate brownies with avocado. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Mmm. Double dark chocolate brownies with avocado. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Sweet Treat: Double Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Avocado

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Double dark chocolate brownies with avocado.

Yes, you read that correctly: avocado! The avocado replaces butter in the recipe.

I hope you haven't left yet. These are also refined sugar and flour free.

Are you still here? ;)

I adapted this recipe from a fellow blogger. And let me tell you, these cookies do not disappoint.

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Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com
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Irresistibly Delicious Appetizers: Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

One thing my husband, Dan, has a knack for is creating appetizers that are irresistibly delicious.

I’m talking finger-licking good.

I can’t label everything he makes as healthy, but these Crab Stuffed Mushrooms make the cut! They're loaded with veggies, fresh herbs, parmesan and plenty of lump crab.

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This salted dark chocolate energy bark is from a recipe by Dan and Laurenda Marie Bennett. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett)
This salted dark chocolate energy bark is from a recipe by Dan and Laurenda Marie Bennett. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett)
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Serving Up Some Sweet Treats

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Hello everyone! I’m Laurenda Marie Bennett, or Ren for short. I like to make mouth-watering recipes made from real, clean and nutrient-dense food. I share recipes and healthy living advice via my blog, Laurenda Marie.

Good health is extremely important to me, but yummy food is, too! So, why not have them both?

My food philosophy is quite simple: Just eat real food! It’s naturally healing, energizing, satisfying and extremely nourishing. I'm thriving, not surviving!

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What Is The Tastiest Way To Cook A Turkey? [Poll]

Thanksgiving is just days away.  It's time to get your turkey and all of the ingredients for the side dishes.

Then there's a big decision to be made...how to cook your turkey.

What is the tastiest way to cook a turkey?

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Red Beans and Rice to Die For

I always like to share recipes with you when I find one I've done and it's worth every bite.  This one is worth every bite.  It's Red Beans and Rice.

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(Photo by Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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What’s for dinner tonight? Leftovers!

What are we having for dinner tonight?

Fair enough question.  Most of us look forward to dinner, and you'd like to know what to look forward to.  It makes the day so much more fun.

Since I'm the chef of the house most of the time, my wife works and I'm home early, it's up to me to meal plan

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