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Tomatoes : the PERFECT Skinny Food

Tomatoes : they're basically the best food item for a babe on a balanced diet. With ENDLESS health & nutritional benefits, it's really the perfect skinny food. Click through now to Extra Balanced for the full deets!

The tomato. Such a controversial food, no?

I mean, really – IS IT a fruit? Or is it a vegetable?

My theory? It’s totally a fruit – I definitely eat it like one!

I’m talking : light breakfasts, juicy snacks, or a lil’ sweetness in my salad – YES.

Of course, I adore all fruits ( seriously, fruit is SO good – taste-wise & health-wise! ). But, tomatoes are probably one of the healthiest fruit choices out there.

First off, tomatoes are clearly not as sugary as apples or bananas … Seriously, 1 tomato only has 22 calories. You’d prob be burning more calories from slicing & eating the tomato! Or even just taking a huge bite out of it & trying not to make a mess ( been there, done that ). Negative calorie foods are the SH*T.

But, they also have so much more to offer …

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The BEST Hummus ( even better than store-bought )

Seriously, the BEST hummus recipe ( even better than store-bought! ). A versatile, savory snack with a skinny recipe that's ridiculously easy to make. Click through to Extra Balanced to start making your own bomb-ass hummus today!

YES, hummus.

Okay, I know most people have a sweet tooth. Me? I have a salt tooth – savory is totally my thing.

I explain myself like this :

“Eat less sugar … You’re sweet enough already!”

So in order to live a more balanced lifestyle, instead of reaching for chips ( namely : XXTRA Flamin’ Hot Cheetos ), I reach for a delish lil’ tub of hummus – that I made MYSELF!

Whenever I’m at the store, I always find myself wanting to get some … so I decided to just make my own – & I swear it’s BETTER.

Let’s go make some, shall we?

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The Ugly Truth Behind Processed Foods

Always be aware of what you’re putting into your mouth, even if it’s delicious. Click through to the full post at Extra Balanced to learn the ugly truth behind processed foods & find out how to differentiate between highly processed foods & healthier, minimally processed foods.Today I’m throwing it back to a time when I would eat junk food like it wasn’t a huge problem. YIKES! – we’ve all been there, right?

WEIRD because I basically I grew up in a house that almost never had candy, chips, or soda at an arm’s reach.

I think what really makes junky processed foods SO alluring is that they’re easy to eat & packed full of flavor – WAY too much flavor than necessary.

Crazy thing though : While inhaling an entire bag of chips or cookies, I never ever wondered “Oh gosh, I wonder what makes these so damn good?” … Until one day I randomly decided to read past the nutrition facts & glimpse the ingredients label.

MAN, what a totally eye-opening, life-changing moment that was!

Like, curiosity killed the cat?

… NOPE, just my appetite.

Not even being extra ( okay maybe a lil’ – who am I KIDDING ), but just WTF was sodium stearoyl lactylate? High fructose corn syrup? Sorbic acid? Artificial flavors?

These are all ingredients commonly found in highly processed foods – kind of as if we’re eating out of a chem lab instead of a kitchen.

Sketchy, sketchy.

I decided I wasn’t a fan & I wanted to cut down on the unnecessary chemicals going into my body – food should just be food, y’know? & thinking back, these processed foods tasted good for about 2 mins before I ended up feeling sluggish & gross – just not the best version of myself AT ALL.

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