A Simple Way to Save on Groceries

One way to save on food waste is to shop twice a week, instead of one big shopping trip each weekend.

When we only shop once a week, it’s much easier to over-buy to keep from running out of food during the week.  If you switch to shopping twice a week — once during the weekend and then mid-week — you will drastically improve your waste habits.  Not only is wasting food bad, but losing money is something none of us want to do, either!

For me, I usually go to the grocery store  1 x per week.

How many times per week do you typically visit the grocery store?

 

What’s One Food You Can’t Give Up

If you had to choose one food you could NEVER give up, what would it be?

For me, my food I would never give up is ice cream (I eat a dairy free variety now)

Let me know what yours is below.

Mushrooms – Love or Hate Them?

Do you have a love or hate relationship with mushrooms?

I’ve noticed that’s one of the foods people either stick their tongue out at or absolutely love.  What’s your stance?!  I don’t like them.

Mushrooms are packed full of antioxidants, boasting anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that are beneficial for your health.  They’re so versatile and can be thrown into nearly any recipe, so pick up a carton of mushrooms next time you make a grocery trip.

If you’re a mushroom lover, here’s an excellent recipe for you to try.

1 Carton Mushrooms (any type)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

3 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter (or vegan spread)

4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 Tablespoon Pesto

Generous Amount of Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Heat butter/vegan spread and oil in a pan until melted. Toss in mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes.  Add pesto and black pepper, stirring to coat mushrooms thoroughly.  Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes, until cooked through.  Enjoy!

6 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas You’ll Be Excited to Eat at Work

Bringing lunch to work is a surefire way to stay on track with healthy eating. Unfortunately, it can get boring bringing the same old stuff day in and day out. Your lunch needs a makeover, and thankfully, I have some super-tasty suggestions that will make you look forward to busting out your bento boxes and containers bursting full of flavors that rival takeout.

1. Mediterranean Munch
Satisfy your cravings for something Mediterranean by filling up your lunch box with triangles of whole wheat pita, tabbouleh, hummus, and grilled chicken slices. Greek yogurt and fresh grapes will make for a refreshing treat to finish with too.

2. Healthy Taco Salad Takeaway
The day after you have taco night with ground turkey meat(or fajita veggies as a vegetarian option) take the leftovers along with shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, guacamole, and lettuce leaves to wrap it all up in. You can add a whole wheat tortilla for more substance or go gluten-free with a crispy corn shell.

3. Sushi Unwrapped
Sushi is a filling and healthy lunch, but if you’re not good at rolling it or simply have no time, you can just deconstruct it and add it to your lunch box. Think cooked shrimp, cucumbers, crab sticks, and avocados along with brown rice and cut-up squares of nori to quickly wrap it all up and pop it in your mouth. Your co-workers will be jealous!

4. Perfect Picnic
For those days at the office that make you wish you could be out at the park or by the sea, try packing picnic-style foods in your lunch box to cheer you up. At the beginning of the week, make egg salad (use avocado instead of mayonnaise). Pack it up with some lettuce. Bring along a container of almond milk yogurt filled with sliced banana and blueberries for a filling and sweet dessert that you can feel good about eating. Add a handful of toasted granola for a crunch.

5. Crispy Crunchy Cobb
We get tired of salad because it gets soggy and dull. Instead, separate your salad into sections using a bento box. A Cobb salad is a perfect example of salad that truly shines when you have it all separated, ready to toss together when you are hungry!

6. Cucumber Wrap-Ups
Slice a cucumber into long, thin strips and roll it. Tuck spinach in the center and slice it up for a beautiful presentation you’ll love to eat. If you choose to eat meat, you could add a slice of fresh turkey in your roll, as well. Bring along fresh melon and crunchy nuts to satisfy all your senses.

Now that you know healthy lunches needn’t be boring or soggy, pack one of these up and make everyone in the office jealous of your homemade lunch!

Who doesn’t love avocados?!  They’re a great source of healthy fats our brains desperately need, and they’re such a quick food item to slice open and enjoy without much preparation.

A great way to enjoy avocado is making an avocado egg bowl for breakfast. It’s quick, easy, and keeps me satisfied until lunch.

Here’s how to make it:

Crack one egg into an avocado half, sprinkle with preferred seasonings.

Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.

That’s it!

 

Did you know the EWG (Environmental Working Group) releases a list of the “cleanest” and “dirtiest” produce each year?

This list is called the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 — and it is absolutely helpful to know when buying your fruits and veggies.  The gist of this list is to let you in on the most important foods to choose on the “organic” aisle, and the ones you can buy without the organic label.

The 2019 “Dirty Dozen” include:

Kale, Spinach, Strawberries, Apples, Peaches, Tomatoes, Celery, Grapes, Nectarines, Pears, Cherries, Potatoes.

This means focus on purchasing these “Dirty Dozen” items organic.

The “Clean 15” this year includes :

Eggplant, Kiwi, Cabbage, Pineapples, Asparagus, Onions, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Sweet Peas, Papaya, Cantaloupe, Avocado, Sweet Corn, Cauliflower, Honeydew Melon.

These items have the lowest amount of pesticides, so if needed, you can skip the organic label on these.

Do you slow down long enough to eat breakfast in the mornings?

From what I’ve noticed, people are split down the middle about breakfast.

Whether it’s a quick smoothie, a hearty warm breakfast, or a slice of avocado toast — breakfast can be absolutely simple, satiating and quick.

Here are some of my favorite healthy breakfast ideas:

–  a Smoothie

–  Egg Casserole

–  Toast with peanut butter and fruit

So, are you a breakfast eater or skipper?

 

Here are some guides that you should check out: Breakfast Recipes and Quick Breakfast Ideas.

How much of your food is homecooked?

Aim for 75% of the food you consume to be cooked at home.  Knowing precisely what ingredients are going into your meals, and the quality of your food, is crucial to your health — and if we’re being honest here, homecooked food just simply tastes better.

Let’s start a thread for dinner inspiration tonight… post what you’re having for dinner in the comments below!

 

 

Where do you go to find your recipes?

Are you a sift-through-the-cookbook-section kind of person?

Or on the scroll-through-Pinterest-boards-until-something-looks-delicious side of the fence?

I always find it interesting to hear how others do it in the kitchen, so let me know what camp you’re in!

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to symptoms that aren’t specific, which can include fatigue, anxiousness, body aches, poor sleep, and even digestive irregularities.  The adrenal glands are responsible for releasing the stress hormone cortisol — and chronic stress depletes your adrenal glands by making them work overtime.

The theory behind adrenal fatigue is that your adrenal glands are unable to keep up with the demands of chronic stress and as a result, they can’t produce quite enough of the hormones you need to regulate and balance your hormones.

Cleaning up your diet, improving your sleep, watching your caffeine intake and adding in meditation to help reduce stress are just a few ways to prevent adrenal fatigue.  If you feel you’re suffering from this, please see your licensed medical professional.