Health in the Fast-Lane

All About Me

My name is Roxanne, and I have a passion for natural health and wellness.  My job at Swanson Health Products also allows me to research and review supplements, cosmetics, health foods, and various other items that can help us to lead healthier lives.  I graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition and a minor in Chemistry.  I am also a Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

While my husband and I were both going to college, we had our two children.  This is when life really started to challenge us: high stress, little sleep, and minimal free time.  The college days are long gone, but our fast paced lifestyle with our kids and jobs is here to stay.  Exercising, grocery shopping, or making a healthy supper is sometimes the last thing on my mind after a long day at work.  In today’s world, grabbing take-out on the way home and watching an itinerary of TV shows in the evening is all too tempting. 

We all work hard and deserve to be rewarded, right?   Treat yourself with a long bike ride, make a new healthy recipe, or take the time to educate yourself about the benefits of supplements and health foods.  The choices we make today determine the longevity and quality of our lives.  We all want to age gracefully, and now is the time to make positive choices that can become permanent healthy habits for you and your family.  Through this blog, I’ll be sharing some of my ideas and personal experiences to help you lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Homemade Ham & Bean Soup

Saturday, February 25, 2012 by Roxanne E.

As promised in my post yesterday, here is another hearty soup recipe that is sure to be a hit with the whole family.  My favorite part about this recipe is that the pureed beans give the soup a thick, tasy texture that is good for you!

Ham & Bean Soup
1 1/2 cups chopped celeryOrganic Great Northern Beans
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 chopped medium onion
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 cups (32 oz.) fat free chicken broth
2 cups cubed ham
2 - 15 oz. cans great northern beans, undrained
1/4 cup tomato...
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Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Friday, February 24, 2012 by Roxanne E.

As the temperature dip well below zero, I look forward to making two of my favorite soup recipes.  These recipes are fairly easy, and they are so much better for you than heavy cream based soups or canned soups full of preservatives.  There's nothing better than a warm, hearty bowl of soup on a cold winter day.   

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

2 cups diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1 diced medium onion
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons flour
2 - 14 oz. cans fat free chicken broth
2 1/2 cups...
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DASH Diet Ranked as Best Overall Diet for 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Roxanne E.

The DASH Diet Action PlanIt’s a new year, and many consumers are dieting with new resolve. Of 25 diets evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, the DASH Diet received top honors as the best overall diet.

According to the report: “DASH was developed to fight high blood pressure, not as an all-purpose diet. But it certainly looked like an all-star to our panel of experts, who gave it high marks for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes, and role in supporting heart health. Though...

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month by Helping Your Kids Eat Right with Color

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by Roxanne E.
When it comes to food and nutrition, even the most knowledgeable parents can use help making sure their children are eating healthy meals. Each March, the American Dietetic Association celebrates National Nutrition Month®, and this year's theme, "Eat Right with Color," encourages parents to take time to make sure their children are getting all of the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. The good news is that shopping, cooking and eating healthfully have just gotten easier with assistance from...Read More »

Homemade Organic Taco Seasoning Recipe

Monday, January 24, 2011 by Roxanne E.

TacoI recently found myself at the grocery store in front of the taco seasoning packets searching for an ingredient listing that didn’t remind me of chemistry class: monosodium glutamate, autolyzed yeast extract, sugar, caramel color, and sulfites.  Why would anyone want to ingest these things?  I typically use natural food products, but this particular grocery store didn’t give me this option.  Knowing my cabinet at home was full of spices, I made this homemade taco seasoning recipe.  Not only is...

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Pumpkin Oat Bran Muffin Recipe

Thursday, November 4, 2010 by Roxanne E.

pumpkin bran muffin recipe
The sweet smell of pumkin and cinnamon baking in your oven is one of the most delicous things about this time of year.  Pumpkins are a a natural source of carotenoids, phytonutrients that give them their brillitant orange color.  This recipe is a fall classic that serves a dual function - gets rid of your hunger and satisfies your sweet tooth. These muffins are full of essential fatty acids benefits from the walnut oil and are sure to be a favorite.

Pumpkin Oat Bran Muffins
1 ½ cups oat bran

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Blueberry Bran Muffin Recipe

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 by Roxanne E.

Earlier this week, I shared with you the first of my favorite muffin recipes: Banana Oatmeal Muffins.  Today’s recipe is Blueberry Bran Muffins--another great natural health food recipe. A lot of the ingredients are available at Swanson Health Products, and you can get the others at your favorite local grocery store or health and nutrition store.

Blueberries are a remarkable super fruit loaded with beneficial antioxidants. Their deep blue color comes from phytonutrients known as anthocyanins....Read More »

Banana Oatmeal Muffin Recipe

Sunday, October 24, 2010 by Roxanne E.
Banana Oatmeal MuffinsThe aroma of muffins filling your home is almost therapeutic on a cool fall day.  I have three recipes I regularly make at home, but I’m only going to share one with you today.  Watch for the other two recipes to be posted throughout the rest of the month.

I always make my muffins in a mini-muffin pan, that way I get “double the muffins.”  The mini-muffin size is perfect when you pair a muffin with a piece of fruit, yogurt or organic raw nuts.  It’s also the perfect size for my kids if they...Read More »

Top Kids Vitamins and Supplements for Back to School Time

Monday, September 13, 2010 by Roxanne E.
The summer days are over, and it’s time to switch gears and get back into the school routine.  Back to school is the perfect time to emphasize healthy habits, such as healthy snacks, healthy meals, and taking vitamins and supplements. We did our traditional school shopping for supplies and clothes, but I also made sure to stock up on natural health supplies for my kids.

Here is my family's list of top health supplements:

Nature's Plus Animal Parade Multivitamin - A comprehensive multivitamin and...
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Consumer Reports: The "Dirty Dozen" Dietary Supplements

Thursday, August 12, 2010 by Roxanne E.
Consumer Reports' September 2010 issue features an article entitled “Dangerous Supplements”. This CR article includes testimonials of adulterated products, 12 supplements to avoid, 12 supplements you should consider, and how consumers can research health and nutrition supplements. The media has had a blast reporting this news story, and it is disappointing, to say the least, to see how one-sided some of the reporting has been.  

Every year thousands of people get sick from eating...Read More »