Favorite Way to Eat Apples

One of my favorite things to do in the autumn once the air gets crisp is to visit an apple orchard and bring home a bushel.  Apples are a staple in my home during the autumn months, and I make sure to find a new way to enjoy them each year.

With so many ways to cook, bake, and consume apples — what’s your favorite way?!  Let’s fill up the comments with delicious apple recipes 🙂

How You Cook It Matters

It matters how you cook it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “I just don’t like veggies.”

Now, of course, we all have foods we don’t love or prefer — that’s a given.  But I do wonder how many foods you don’t currently like could turn into something you love with a different cooking method.  It’s worked for me with many types of foods.

Different ways of cooking and seasoning can make a world of difference.  For example, steamed broccoli may turn your nose up, but have you ever tried roasting broccoli in the oven with some olive oil, garlic, and black pepper?  It’s incredible. An entirely different taste, smell, and texture.

So before you swear off of a veggie that hasn’t won you over yet, look up different ways to cook it and give it a shot.

What’s Cooking?

What’s for dinner tonight?

Let’s share what we’re all having for dinner tonight, in hopes to inspire anyone who needs some delicious ideas to cook the rest of the week.

Bonus points for dropping a picture in the comments of something delicious you’ve made recently!

You can also check out my priceless resources page for a few eBooks with meal suggestions and recipes 🙂

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?

Golden Milk

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.

 

How to Sneak Greens Into Your Meals Without Noticing

Leafy greens are chock full of vitamins and minerals that our body needs, especially nutrients such as Iron, Calcium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K. For that reason, getting at least a cup of greens every single day is vital. There are many options when it comes to leafy greens and many ways to sneak them into your meals without hardly being able to notice.

When finding the right kind of greens, the primary focus that you have to consider is oxalates. Oxalates are particles in the food that prevent the absorption of certain nutrients, such as calcium. These can be troublesome in high amounts, so it is best to eat as little as possible and in moderation.

So as a result, you could stick with collard greens, mustard greens, and kale. These are low in oxalates, and thus have more usable calcium as opposed to greens such as spinach. By no means kick spinach to the curb, but do make sure you don’t overdo it
on spinach alone.

A great way to eat greens is to cut them into smaller pieces and add them to soups and stir-fries. This is a great way to incorporate them into your meals, not only because you will barely notice them if you aren’t a huge fan of greens, but also because by doing this, you will inevitably be eating a lot of other vegetables too. Soups and stir-fries tend to be full of delicious and nutritious veggies.

Another way that a lot of people utilize greens is in smoothies. Adding a cup of greens to your smoothie will not compromise taste, and adds an extra punch of nutritional value. Also, if you add darker berries to the mix, you will never even know any greens are in there.

And of course, salads. Enjoy a salad alongside your meal as often as possible to get your leafy greens for the day.

Eating greens is not tough to do, even if you dislike the taste or texture of greens. By utilizing a few easy tips, you will be able to enjoy all of the benefits that you get from greens, without having to worry about that taste or texture.

Did you know that eating simple foods can reduce your stress levels?  What do I mean by simple foods?  Healthy, whole foods that aren’t processed or filled with chemicals.  Generally, these foods are going to be found on the perimeter of your supermarket, you’ll hardly need to venture into the middle aisles at all.

Think about how much time you’ll save not looking up recipes, spending hours trying new recipes out in the kitchen, and all the extra food prep that comes along with it.  Stick to simple ingredients, meals with no more than six ingredients and see how much easier your meals become.

What’s your staple go-to recipe?  I know we all have one or a handful of recipes that we could make with our eyes closed.  These are always our back up plan when we have no idea what’s for dinner, and we want to avoid takeout.  What’s that for you?

I’d love to hear, and I’m sure others would enjoy reading the responses below to gain ideas themselves.  So let me know what your tried-and-true go-to recipes.

I like soup and salad or soup and sandwiches.

Navigating the kitchen without a plan is a recipe for disaster.

There’s an immense level of stress associated with not planning your meals for the week, especially if you’re cooking for more than just yourself.

Planning your meals for the week is an incredible way to take a load of stress off and make sure you’re eating healthy food consistently.  Planning takes the guesswork out of what to cook, what to eat, and what to buy at the grocery store.

An easy way to create a meal schedule for the week is to have a chunk of recipes you switch up weekly to avoid boredom.  You can choose the menu for the week together as a family, even, to include them in the decisions.

 

Foods That Fill Your Energy Reserves

Reaching for the coffee is something we’re accustomed to doing when we need a boost of energy. Instead of reaching for a quick boost, that comes with a crash soon after, let the foods you eat fuel your energy naturally. By choosing the right foods and adding them to your daily routines, you can pump up the power to conquer anything that comes your way. Here are some of my favorite energy boosting foods for the next time you’re feeling sluggish.

Quinoa. The hard-to-pronounce ancient grain is a fabulous source of proteins and amino acids, along with plenty of other stuff too. Because it’s so dense with nutrients, this kind carb is ideal for upholding high energy levels for longer.

Tuna. Scoop out the inside of a cucumber sliced lengthwise for a carb-less “bun” and stuff it with tuna fish. It makes a satisfying lunch that will beat that mid-day slump so you can trudge on through the rest of your day without defeat.

Lentils and beans. An economical way to boost your energy is with lentils and beans. They each have tons of fiber which keep your blood sugar levels steady, ideal for maintaining energy all day long.

Oranges. With plenty of vitamin C, oranges are a smart choice for boosting immunity and for increasing energy too. Have them with lunch before returning to work, and you’ll feel even-keeled all afternoon.

Nuts. Nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios, and even natural peanut butter contain the nutrients and essential fats you need, along with protein too. They make a great on-the-go snack that provides a satisfying crunch anytime you need a bite.

Spinach. Spinach is rich in amino acids that will keep you going all day long. Spinach is also an easy food to add to almost any recipe, so sneak it in as much as possible.

Dark chocolate. And finally, let’s end on a sweet note. Real dark chocolate with at least 80% cacao is a mega-energy booster. Savor a square of the good stuff, and you’ll be good to go. Plus, you’ll satisfy that sweet tooth all in one fell swoop.

Start adding these foods to your meals and see how more energetic you feel.