Heat 1/2 cup agave nectar and 1/4 cup coconut oil in a small sauce pan, add crushed red pepper, and a little chili powder. Find hundreds of delicious recipes- from bread and muffins to pizza and brownies… I am risking this flight of indelicacy on a food and recipe blog for the sake and comfort of those of you who happen to find yourselves in the same irksome boat, paddling (frustratingly!) upstream to symptom-free.

The following link will take you to a my website’s Healthy Recipes page! And, it works great when you buy a bag of carrots or a large stalk of celery or an extra large onion- because you end up using all your ingredients between the two pots and nothing is wasted or goes bad! That means when I go to make my smoothie first thing in the morning, I just dump in the pouch and add my coconut milk, water, flax seed, and any other fresh veggies, like a few tomatoes or a chunk of red cabbage and away we go!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE having fresh veggies in my smoothie (versus frozen because you loose a little food value when you freeze) but, on days when I don’t have any “smoothie friendly” veggies left on hand these Kale Cubes in handy! This recipe is great if you have left over chicken from another dish, if not, here’s what I did. If you are wondering what to do with kale, you can add it to a salad , it can be sauteed, it can be hidden in apple sauce , aoe ngo trai dat it can be made into chips, added to soups or smoothies and it’s packed with nutrients that will make your body happy!

The best part was that it was complete and stress free because I did not have to come up with the foods we were going to eat…it was all mapped out. A light went on inside me and I decided I wanted to cut out a lot of the process foods we were eating, but I needed help. When I tried to cook healthy, the meals were boring, simple meals.

Don’t be afraid of Pomegranates, they are so easy to prepare (see “Tip” below), I usually do 4-5 at a time in a cool bowl of water in the kitchen sink and then store them in a Ziplock bag, which makes them a perfect topping for this Harvest Morning Oatmeal! I also recommend adding more broth to the soup if you use the chicken because the chicken soaks a lot of it up. Also, for the record, I don’t measure all the vegetables out, I just eyeball it and it is yummy every time! If you DO add the shredded chicken, you can cook it easily in the crock pot the morning of. I usually just throw 2 breasts in the crock pot, 1/2 cup water and let it cook on high for 4 hours.

And speaking of smoothies, next time you make one, be sure you’re using some of these 20 Best-Ever Smoothie Ingredients for Weight Loss —and yes, oats made the list!