February 22, 2019

I want to take a moment to talk about how we can take a good thing, such as caring for our bodies through exercise and becoming healthy, and make it a sin. This is really a matter of the heart. We can take good things given by God and make them sinful. For example, the enjoyment of God given rest is not evil, but it can become the sin of laziness. The enjoyment of proper self-respect can become the sin of pride… In this same manner, we can take the gift of exercise or making healthful choices and make it an idol.

When this happens, it isn’t a sin that just develops overnight. It may even start as a legitimate love that has proper placement and is God-rooted but can quickly be turned into an idol if we are not careful. This happens when our desire that was rooted in Christ ceases to exalt Him.

When I use the term idol, I do not mean a carved image that you worship, but rather anything in your life that you love more than God. Anything you desire more than God. Anything you treasure more t...

February 20, 2019

In this article we will be exploring what high intensity interval training (HIIT) is, why it is so effective, and who it is designed for, and how to structure a HIIT workout. As a bonus, we will even include a TABATA style HIIT workout that you can complete either at home with minimal equipment or at your gym. 

What is HIIT?

HIIT is exactly as the name depicts. It is a high intensity workout that is performed in intervals. In the time allotted for exercise, you are exerting yourself at 80-90% of your maximum effort for a short period of time and then recovering in between intervals. 

Not only can HIIT workouts be a time saver, but they can also help you burn calories more effectively. During your HIIT workout your body uses larger amounts of oxygen than before your workout in an effort to restore your body back to normal levels. EPOC results in an overall higher calorie burn post exercise and according to it can increase your metabolism for up to 48 hrs post worko...

February 16, 2019

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 Donuts


Applesauce Donuts

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup unsweeteed Almond milk

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1/4 cup cane sugar 

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups wheat flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup raisins 

For Optional Raisin Apple and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze 

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 ounces  Melanie's Medley Cinnamon Toast cream cheese * can substitute for any cream cheese if desired

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Spray donut pan(s) with cooking spray.

  3. Whisk together egg, milk, applesauce, sugar, and vanilla.

  4. Add flour, baking powder, and 1 tsp. cinnamon

  5. Whisk until smooth.

  6. Fold in the raisins.

  7. Spoon batter into prepared baking pan. Each donut opening should be filled almost to the top.

  8. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 m...

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