What’s Your Biggest Struggle?

What’s the hardest part of eating healthy for you?

There’s always that hang up that veers us off track from our sincerest efforts at a healthy lifestyle. For many, it’s sugar cravings, junk food, or even the inability to cook well. We all have at least one little pesky reason we veer off-road and back on often — what is yours?

What’s Your Go-To Snack?

Are you a snacker?

I’ve found that some people are snackers, and some are not.  With different levels of metabolism, some may not feel hungry in between meals, and some may need that snack to hold them over.

So, I’m so interested – are you a snacker or do you wait?

I am a snacker 🙂

What’s your favorite snack to keep on hand for when the hunger strikes?

How Often Do You Eat Out?

How many days per week do you eat out?

Eating out is usually looked at as a break from the kitchen and a treat to be enjoyed with friends or loved ones.  Celebrations typically take place around a table at your favorite local restaurant— but some nights, you simply don’t have it in you to whip dinner up yourself. I get it, we all get it.

I’m curious, how many nights per week do you eat out?  Do you hit the same spots over and over, or branch out each time to keep a variety?

What Veggie Can You Not Live Without

What’s that one veggie you absolutely love?

I’m so eager to hear what your FAVORITE veggie is.  That one you’d pick if someone gave you one of those ultimatums like you’re moving to a deserted island, and you can only take one veggie to harvest there.

What is it?

Mine is asparagus and my favorite way to cook it is roasted with a bit of salt and pepper.

Let me know below what your favorite veggie is and your favorite way to cook it.  Always looking for new ideas!

 

Favorite Breakfast

Everybody loves breakfast, but so few make the time to enjoy it — wouldn’t you agree?  Mornings can be a blur of scrambling to get out the door, leaving little time for those delectable breakfast items we long for. There are plenty of quick breakfast ideas that are healthy and portable, and even ones you can make ahead, so there’s no extra time out of your morning.

Of course, I absolutely suggest pulling as many strings as possible to make a healthy breakfast a priority in the mornings, but I fully understand that’s not always possible.  If this is a problem you’re struggling with, I suggest you take a small chunk of time out of your day today to search for quick, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas.  Try one or two out this week and see how it works for you.

Need some ideas to get you started – check out these resources: Breakfast Recipes and Breakfast in a Pinch.

What’s your favorite breakfast?

5 of My Favorite Uses for Lemons

What’s summertime without a cold glass of fresh lemonade? Lemons are abundant this time of year and are often used for that picturesque glass of lemonade to conquer a hot summer day. But did you know there are other uses that you can get out of lemons that go far beyond the delightful summer beverage?

Today, I wanted to share with you five other ways that you can use lemons:

1. Deodorizing your garbage disposal
If you have a garbage disposal in your sink, you may notice that over time, it starts to smell. This scent is because any food that sticks to the side of the disposal will begin to mold and emit an odor. Adding some lemon rinds in the garbage disposal and turning it on will allow the great scent of citrus to flow through the air as it cleans out any stuck residue in your disposal.

2. Excellent for soothing a sore throat
You may have heard of this recipe from your grandmother, but tea made with honey, and freshly squeezed lemon juice does miracles for your sore throat. This is especially true if you mix it with some chamomile tea, this can help you feel much better in the long run. Even when you aren’t feeling under the weather, this concoction is great to drink on a regular basis to keep your immune system working in top notch.

3. Cooking
Lemons can add a fabulous taste to a variety of dishes and help them taste incredibly fresh. For instance, adding it to fish or a salad works wonders in giving them a much cleaner taste. You can zest some of the lemon rinds that are left over and add lemon zest to many recipes, too.

4. Insect Repellent
Citrusy scents drive bugs away — since lemons are acidic and have such a strong flavor, bugs cannot handle the smell. Mopping your floor with a lemon juice concoction, or cutting up some lemon and leaving slices on the counter will help to drive off flies and ants.

5. Cleaning
Adding some lemon to a water and soap solution can help make your counters smell nice and fresh. And since you are creating your cleaning solution, you know it’s a greener option and not filled with all of those chemicals we’re trying to avoid. So spray some cleaner with lemon on a counter and clean as usual, and then relish in the pleasant fresh scent.

So those are a few of MY favorite ways to use lemons in my everyday life, aside from enjoying a tall glass of fresh lemonade. Do you have another way you love to use lemons that isn’t listed here? Let me know in the comments below.

Have you ever heard of golden milk? It’s a concoction of turmeric, ginger, nut milk, cinnamon, and honey. It can be enjoyed any time of day, but its calming properties are great for your bedtime routine. The turmeric, which gives it the gold color, has incredible anti-inflammatory properties and helps to boost your immune system.

If you’ve never tried golden milk, now is the perfect time to start.  Search “golden milk recipes” and find a simple one that you can easily make, so you can learn to perfect your process before the colder months arrive.  Having this powerhouse during the autumn and winter will help keep your immune system fighting off those flu germs, and will help you relax throughout the busy holiday months.

 

Now that the temperature is warm outside, a tall glass of water may sound even more appealing than usual. Staying hydrated throughout the day is of utmost importance this season to avoid any of the harmful effects of dehydration. It also just makes us feel better overall, so it’s a win-win!

Infusing your water is a special treat I love to have during the warm summer months. Including some cucumber and fresh mint sprigs in your water bottle not only tastes like a day at the spa, but it also adds nourishment to your water.

A few favorite water infusion combinations are Strawberry & Basil, Lemon & Lavender, Cucumber & Mint, Watermelon & Basil, and Cherry Lime.  Enjoy!

Healthy Ways to Lose Weight This Summer

The summer months are among us — when we start to break out of our hibernation and get out into the sunshine. We shed our sweaters for shorts and tank tops, swimsuits and sundresses. But if you didn’t quite reach the New Year Resolutions you set for yourself, you may be feeling a little apprehensive. Swimsuit weather can trigger self-conscious thoughts as we so easily get lost in comparison-mode.

Here are a few of the tried and true ways to get healthy this summer — no fad diets, no pills, no tricks.

1. Daily Movement
Many people seem to ignore the significant beneficial results merely walking around has. While jogging or running can be better, not everyone enjoys it as a form of exercise. That “not being able to breathe” side effect of a decent jog can make some people forgo the activity altogether. However, if you want to walk for an hour or two instead, that is an entirely acceptable alternative. It doesn’t have to be hours at the gym to be a good workout.

2. Eat Healthy
Food advice changes by the month it seems. One day coffee is good for you, and the next it’s on the do not consume list. It’s so hard to keep up with the controversial information and know what is acceptable, right?

In general, the science itself is pretty clear (and common sense in many areas) on what we should be eating to be healthy, and what we should be avoiding. Eat plenty of plant foods, ditch the junk food, and drink plenty of water. Salads may sound boring, but a delicious veggie stir-fry or a hearty white bean soup can mix it up quite a lot. Don’t overthink it, just reach for foods the Earth grows and you’ll be feeling fabulous in no time.

3. Drink Fluids
Most of us do not drink nearly enough water each day. This can cause us to eat more and feel more tired, even when in reality, all we are is a bit thirsty. Strive to drink half of your body weight in ounces each day, spreading it out throughout your day. You will no longer get hunger pangs as often and will learn over time to know the difference between hunger, and thirst.

So regardless of how much you want to lose, just doing a little bit every day works like a charm. If walking alone is not impact enough for you, then jog, run, dance, or do whatever else will get you to move and more often.

A lot of small footsteps makes up a long walk.

Think about if you were to sprint instead.

You’d zoom right past everything, missing the details.

You’d end up there out of breath, covered in sweat and ready to collapse.

That’s precisely what happens when we try to marathon our new healthy habits.  We excitedly jump in head first and end up overwhelmed and frozen.  The next time you make promises to yourself for change, I want you to take the stroll route.  Choose one small step you can change and master before you add another small step to your plate.  Before long, you will have integrated each small step into your life in such a natural and effective way, and you’ll reach the finish line happy, healthy and ready for more.