Kara Swanson

Kara Swanson is a certified nutritionist, recipe developer, and meal plan creator over at Life Well Lived. Her passion is to show that eating clean + healthy is not only simple but also really delicious. Life is crazy and Kara loves making the food part a no-brainer by sharing quick + easy meals for those busy weeknights. No more boring chicken + broccoli. Come say hi + follow along on Instagram @karaswanson where Kara shares all her fave recipes + tips for living a healthier life.
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How Traveling Can Help You Break a Habit

It's almost summer break and family vacation is right around the corner. I’ll be honest – when it comes to travel and vacation, we don’t usually think about good habits. In fact, it usually...
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Healthy No Bake Brownie Bites

I'm always looking for healthy, quick, and simple snacks...oh, and ones that my kids will actually eat...I know you know what I'm talking about! Let me introduce you to our family's favorite no bake...
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5 Minute Morning Routine to Help You Feel Great (and Lose Weight)!

What is your morning routine? The way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day.   If you want to feel GOOD all day or if weight loss is your goal,...
smoothie bowls wit berries and bananas. Lose Weight. Des Moines Mom

3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Lose Weight

We're 6 weeks into the new year. For many women, weight loss is top of mind. So, I want to give you 3 easy things you can start NOW to lose weight.It can be...
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Healthier Puppy Chow You’ll Love

'Tis the season for all the extra goodies and we all have our favorites. I tend to crave puppy chow during the holiday season and this year is no different. I've already made this...

How to Boost Your Metabolism As You Age

Our metabolism can slow down, and we often notice it as we age.  It's tempting to just accept this reality and think you can't do anything about it or think that's just how it goes...
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Pumpkin Power Bites

Pumpkin season is here and whether you are all in or just need a little touch of pumpkin flavor, these pumpkin power bites are a must. I love this recipe because it's lightly sweetened so...

5 Reasons You Should Give up Your Diet

I’m going to share a little secret with you… Diets don’t work. Sure, you may lose a few pounds at first… but your chances of keeping that weight off for more than 5 years...
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How to Create the Habit of Exercise

It's a myth that you'll always be motivated to work out. That's just not the case. It really comes down to two things: habits and consistency.  Motivation comes and goes. But when you have created...
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What to Do When you Binge

Binge eating: Whether it's on cookies, pizza, or ice cream...   ...you know the feeling after you've eaten too much.   You're bloated, frustrated, disappointed in yourself because, ugh, you told yourself you wouldn't do this again...   And then...