Snacks to Boost Energy Naturally

Looking for snacks to eat throughout the day to boost your energy naturally? Raw foods like fresh tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, kale and sweet potatoes are easy to incorporate into satisfying snack recipes. Nutritionists have found that incorporating more raw foods into your diet will increase consumption of fiber, vitamins and minerals, aid in weight loss, and will increase energy levels.

Recipe developers from Excalibur Dehydrators ( created healthy chip recipes below- a raw twist on the classic potato chip.














Tomato Chips

8 Heirloom Tomatoes
½ tsp salt
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Wash, dry and core tomatoes. Then slice tomatoes ¼” thick. Season tomatoes by sprinkling salt, basil, oregano and ground black pepper. Place vegetables in a single layer on Excalibur dehydrator trays. Dry at 155º F for 8 to 12 hours or until tomatoes become crisp.

Let tomato chips cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container.














Carrot Chips

1 carrot
⅛ tsp salt
½ tbsp melted coconut oil
½ tsp cinnamon

Wash and dry carrots. Then thinly slice carrots. In a bowl mix carrots, salt, melted coconut oil and cinnamon. Place carrots in a single layer on Excalibur dehydrator trays. Dry at 125º F for 6 to 10 hours or until carrots become crisp.

Let carrot chips cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container.















Barbecue Cucumber Chips

3 large cucumbers
1⅓ tbsp smoked paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp mustard powder
¼ tsp cayenne

Wash and dry cucumbers. Then thinly slice cucumbers. In a bowl mix cucumbers and all seasonings. Place cucumbers in a single layer on Excalibur dehydrator trays. Dry at 125º F for 4 to 8 hours or until cucumbers become crisp.

Let cucumber chips cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container.













Nacho Cheese Kale Chips

1 cup cashews
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup filtered water
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp chili powder
½ tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 teaspoon pureed garlic (about 2 cloves)
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ pound stemmed curly kale
(about 1 ½ large bunches)

Soak the cashews in water for 4 to 6 hours.

Rinse and drain. To make the cheese sauce, combine the cashews, carrot, water, nutritional yeast, chili powder, lemon juice, salt, garlic, onion powder, cumin, and cayenne in an Omega high-performance blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Wash and towel-dry the kale and put it in a large bowl. Toss the kale with the sauce, making sure all the sauce is clinging to the leaves.

Place the leaves on Excalibur dehydrator trays covered with a nonstick sheet. Make sure that each leaf is separated from the others and none are on top of each other. This ensures that the leaves dry quickly and evenly. Dehydrate at 105°F until completely crisp, about 12 hours or longer

(Courtesy of Raw Food for Dummies by Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann)














Sweet Potato Chips

1 large sweet potato
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dried rosemary flakes
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp paprika


Wash and dry sweet potato. Then thinly slice sweet potato. In a bowl coat sweet potato slices with lemon juice and olive oil. Then add dry ingredients. Place sweet potato slices in a single layer on Excalibur dehydrator tray. Dry at 125º F for 7 to 11 hours or until sweet potato chips become crisp.

Let chips cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container.

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April 14, 2014 – 10:27 AM - | Posted in recipes | 1 Comment »

RIP The Ultimate Warrior 1959-2014

“Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life, then his essense, his spirit, will be immortalized.” – Ultimate Warrior


Only 3 days after being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame, the wrestling world has been shaken and saddened to learn that we have lost a legend so suddenly.

Warriors friends and family are in my deepest thoughts. His daughters are so young this is just so sudden and sad.


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April 9, 2014 – 1:11 AM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | No Comments »

Team TURBO Video Game & Sugar Cookies



Snail up for the next installment featuring five brand new episodes of DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo FAST (Fast Action Stunt Team) available now, only on Netflix!

Want to enhance your Turbo FAST experience? Get your hands dirty and bake the snail-licious Fast Action Stunt Team-shaped image008cookies below AND get in the driver’s seat – er, shell! – with the newest HTML5 adventure game, Savannah Slalom.

Savannah Slalom Video Game

Strap in for racing adventure in the great outdoors with Savannah Slalom — the newest HTML5 adventure game from Turbo FAST. Help Smooth Move race across the savannah, dodging hungry meerkats like Savannah Slalom as well as giant boulders and pick up diamonds for extra life or catch power ups from your pal Chet. Optimized for both Web and mobile, Savannah Slalom offers continuous racing gameplay, letting you earn points to level up as you image009go. Want to make it to the other side? Step on it! Play for free NOW at

Turbo FAST Cookies

All you need is food coloring, basic sugar cookie dough, toothpicks, mini marshmallows, colorful candy of your choosing, icing…and your imagination! Check out DreamWorks Animation’s Pinterest page for inspiration.

Turbo FAST is an outrageous, high-octane ensemble comedy series teaming the world-famous super-powered snail Turbo with his posse of adrenaline-junkie buddies to form the Fast Action Stunt Team (FAST). Together, they amp up everything to the extreme: extreme adventure, extreme challenges and extreme excitement. No matter how wild things get, the Fast Action Stunt Team always has each other’s backs. Snail Up! Anytime, anywhere, only on Netflix.


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April 6, 2014 – 7:04 PM - | Posted in promotions | 1 Comment »

DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1

dragonsMy oldest daughter is a huge fan of the How To Train Your Dragon series, and has been so happy watching the first 10 episodes of the tv show Dragons-Defenders of Berk Part 1.

Based on the Academy Award nominated movie How To Train Your Dragon, Dragons-Defenders of Berk Part 1 follows Hiccup and his dragon training friends as they battle to protect their island home. These young Vikings must put all their dragon training skills to the test to defeat some dangerous and surprising new enemies! In addition to new adventures and villains this Cartoon Network TV series also introduces 4 brand new dragons to the franchise in its episodes.

There are some great features in this DVD. Not only do you get to watch all of the Dragons-Defenders of Berk Part 1 television episodes but you also get the Dragon Tracker bonus feature that takes an in-depth look at the 4 new dragons: Screaming Death, Fireworm Queen, Flightmare and Skrill. You also get to take a look at a featurette by visual effects supervisor David Jones as he explains the history behind the new dragon, Screaming Death. There’s also a fun Superfly Dragon Mash-Up music video. There’s also a code for the Digital HD UltraViolet download and an exclusive offer for battle gear and a one month’s free subscription to School of Dragons, an online game based on the How To Train Your Dragons franchise.

My daughter just loves this series and can’t wait for How To Train Your Dragon 2 coming to theaters in June. If you have fans like I do, this is something you may want to put this in an Easter basket this year!

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March 30, 2014 – 9:52 PM - | Posted in movie reviews, Reviews | 1 Comment »

Get Ready For The Happy’s!!


Meet The Happy’s, these new adorable toys are ready to play with you!

The Happy’s are a line of interactive puppy and kitty plush pets that play and can be trained to perform tricks. They also make more than 25 different silly sounds. You can play different games like “keep away” or if you roll their ball you can watch The Happy’s chase after it. They also love treats and will come running when you offer one as well as perform a trick just to get one!
All Happy’s treats work with any Happy’s pet – so the more treats, the more tricks the Happy’s will do! From the imagination of ZhuZhu Pets® toymaker Cepia, LLC, The Happy’s are scampering onto shelves this spring, just in time for Easter.

“With The Happy’s, we wanted pets that would really play with you and these little guys do that and more,” said James Russell Hornsby, CEO of Cepia LLC. “We captured the playful unpredictability of a puppy, a ball and a treat and multiplied it! The Happy’s play with you and with one another – get them in a group and witness a pet-palooza of pure magic.”

pTRU1-18161063dtThe Happy’s Characters

Four sweet and silly characters compose The Happy’s litter, each with its own name and unique personality. While each pet comes with its own treat to unlock special tricks, all of the treats are compatible and will work with any Happy’s pet.

Bentley –No ordinary retriever, Bentley’s GOLDEN and comes with the blue Happy Treat bone. His favorite trick is to chase his tail!

Sport -A sweet Goldendoodle, Sport comes with the red Happy Treat bone, is obsessed with chasing balls and loves to perform a wiggle trick!

Chance -A Beagle that’s true to his name, Chance loves to explore and comes with an orange Happy Treat bone and will perform a jump trick!

Mittens –A pure cotton ball white kitty, Mittens is anything but high maintenance! She comes with a yellow fish treat and loves to sneak up with a purrfectly-timed pounce!

The Happy’s™ Playsets and Accessories

The Happy’s show off dance and agility moves with special playsets and accessories:
Rockin’ Playground:Through the magic of IR technology, the Rockin’ Playground signals The Happy’s and they all come running! When they get close, they perform a trick. Press the button on the sign and The Happy’s will either chase their tail or perform a silly dance to music. Watch them wobble and bobble with the added fun of wobble toys

Agility Training Set:The Happy’s are always ready to learn new tricks. Teach them to go through the tunnel, play on the see-saw and maneuver through the cones.

Chase and Play:The Happy’s are magically drawn to the ball — they chase and pounce on it!
Happy Treats:Each Happy Treat unlocks a different trick. The more treats, the more tricks such as beg, chase tail, wiggle and pounce!

Ride-On Accessories:The Happy’s love to cruise around in the Speedy Sports Car and Zippy Skateboard! Both run on Happy Pet Power and work with all pets.

Fashion Carrier and Scarf:The Happy’s travel in style with the Fashion Carrier and coordinating scarf. The Fashion Carrier has a handle for easy carrying and a pocket inside for your pet’s Happy Treat. The scarf is pre-tied, and has a Velcro closure.

Deluxe Bed & Blanket:After a busy day of playing, The Happy’s need rest! You can tuck them into their soft, fluffy bed with five styles from which to choose.

The Happy’s will be available at major retailers beginning this spring, with even more pets to follow later this year. The Happy’s pets, playsets, and accessories range in price from $5.99-$24.99, ages 4+. The launch of Happy’s will be supported with a national media campaign including TV, radio and social media. For more information, please visit and watch for my review of The Happy’s coming soon!

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March 29, 2014 – 10:02 PM - | Posted in products, promotions, Reviews | 1 Comment »
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