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The Ultimate Guide to Food Prep for a Plant-Based Diet

Do you struggle with finding the time to provide healthy, nutritious meals to your family?

Have you tried meal prepping on Sundays only to waste a whole day cooking and end up throwing away half of the meals you prepped?

Well, if you feel like you’ve tried meal prepping and completely failed or if you’ve never even considered it, but you’re looking for an easy solution to get healthy meals on the table each night, then I have a secret to share with you!

The answer: Food Prepping, not Meal Prepping

The idea is simple. Instead of trying to make a bunch of meals for the week that you aren’t even sure you will want, you just prep a bunch of different food items that you can mix and match into meals. For example, you could make a large batch of rice, quinoa, or beans. You could roast some broccoli, carrots, and potatoes. You could make some dips and dressings. You could also chop a bunch of veggies. Then throughout the week you could make rice bowls, salad bowls, tacos, wraps, or soups.


How to Simplify the Process:

Get Organized - Before meal prepping, make sure you have a plan for the week. How many days are you going to be eating at home? What is your schedule going to be like? What food do you already have on hand? I always recommend looking at what you have already and what you need to use up before going grocery shopping. Once you make a list of what you have, then you will want to decide how you can use those ingredients and create a baseline from there. Check out my meal planning post for my tips & simple process!!

100 Days Of A Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet

Have you ever thought about trying a whole foods, plant-based diet?

I want to invite you to join me as I share my experience and transition to a whole foods, plant-based diet over the next 100 days.

Now, let’s rewind and start from the beginning so you can understand why I am doing this and why you may want to give it a try too!


My Journey Towards a Plant-Based Diet

About ten years ago, I read a book called Skinny Bitch. At the time, the only reason I was reading this book was to lose weight. It was right after having my first child and I desperately wanted to get back to my pre-baby weight. Now, if you’re familiar with Skinny Bitch at all then you know that they heavily promote a vegan diet. The book emphasizes all of the reasons you should eliminate processed food and animal products. I remember being totally convinced after reading this book and ready to completely overhaul my diet. I think the inspiration and excitement lasted for about a day after finishing the book and then I continued on with my “ normal”eating habits. Back then, it truly seemed impossible and only for “extreme”  people. I was definitely not ready for the information or a transformation at that time.

A few years later, I came across another book, The Beauty Detox Solution. Once again, I was faced with a lot of scientific research and evidence showing that a whole foods, plant-based diet was beneficial for weight loss, beauty, and overall health. Since this information wasn’t completely new and it was more of a reminder, I was definitely more open to it and ready to implement some of the tips. I never went completely plant-based or vegan, but I started eating a lot less meat and started incorporating more greens and vegetables into my diet.

Fast forward a few more years, which brings us to about 2013, my sister went completely plant-based vegan. She had been vegetarian her whole life, but she didn’t exactly like vegetables or most healthy foods. Prior to becoming vegan, her diet had been primarily based on pizza, mac and cheese, and french fries. It was shocking to me that she was suddenly eating beans, salad, quinoa, and... lentils?! The fact that my sister was able to completely change the way she ate was definitely fascinating and encouraging to me.

10 Daily Steps to Less Stress for Busy Moms

10 Daily Steps to Less Stress for Busy Moms

As an entrepreneur with a side job, 2 kids, a dog, and a household to care for life can be overwhelming and stressful.

I used to have the belief that when I was stressed it was a good sign because it meant that I was busy and I would performed better with the added pressure. I also didn't believe there was a whole lot you could do about it. 

After many years of stress and struggle and a whole lot of research, I finally learned the importance of managing stress and I've created healthy habits that help me stay calm.

The truth is while some stress can be beneficial, stress can also be extremely detrimental to your health.

Did you know that studies have linked stress to:

  • increased appetite

  • higher risk of heart disease and related death

  • pre-existing conditions get worse

  • higher chance of picking up unhealthy habits (such as smoking, drinking, binge eating, ect.)

  • higher chance of fat around the abdomen

  • weakened immune system

  • and some studies even show a link between stress and cancer

Pretty crazy, right?

10 Tried-And-True Simple, Healthy Dinner Recipes for the Whole Family

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Yesterday I shared with you 15 tips to simplify healthy eating for your whole family, and today I am taking it a step further to share with you my tried-and-true staple recipes from some of my favorite blogs.

I’ve personally tried these recipes (and make some of them weekly) and they have been kid and husband approved!

There’s no need for you to spend hours on Pinterest (I’ve done that for you!) trying to figure out which recipes taste as good as they look and that your family will actually like.

These recipes are all very simple and easy to make and I hope your family loves them as much as mine does!

10 Tried-And-True Simple, Healthy Dinner Recipes for the Whole Family

 

1. Nourish Bowl by Nutrition Stripped

This is my go-to easy lunch or dinner. I love to mix up the types of veggies I use or the dressing. If you haven't jumped on the Bowl bandwagon yet - What are you waiting for? Go try it now! 

2. Spicy Corn Chowder by Vegetarian Times

If you love corn chowder and a little spice in your life, you will love this recipe. I usually make a double batch and I only add the chipotle at the end to half of the portion so I can save some for my kiddos without the spice. This is definitely a staple recipe in my house for Fall and Winter! 

3. 8-Minute Pantry Dal by Oh She Glows

Ah, I recently became obsessed with Dal and curry and this recipe does not disappoint. It's vegan and seriously takes only 8 minutes! I was shocked, but my kids even loved it. I love to make a big batch of this in the beginning of the week and eat it for lunch almost every day with a salad. I rarely get sick of it!

4. Warm & Roasted Winter Salad Bowl by Oh She Glows

Now, this recipe is one of my boyfriend's favorites. It's so quick and easy and the perfect warm salad for Fall and Winter. This is definitely a crowd pleaser and perfect to bring to a potluck! 

5. Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas by Minimalist Baker

If you think you don't like kale, go try this salad and get back to me! This is by far the best kale salad I've ever had and although you may have garlic breath for days, it's totally worth it ;) 

6. Garlic Mac & Cheese by Minimalist Baker

Another fabulous garlicy, vegan meal (can you tell I love garlic?!) that will trick anyone into believing it's made with real cheese! My kids even love this and have no clue it's actually cheeseless.

7. Veggie Burger by Tasting Table

I love making and freezing a batch of veggie burgers, but often times it's hard to actually find a recipe I love. This one is so delicious and perfect for the whole family! To make it easier you can skip the guac, but I wouldn't recommend it because it's SO yummy. 

8. Grilled Chilli Lime Chicken Fajita Salad by Cafe Delites

This is our goto chicken salad recipe. The dressing is light and tangy. The combination of peppers and onions adds so much flavor. I just love, love, love this salad. Also, if you want more salad ideas check out her site! She seriously has the best, most filling salads for dinner time! 

9. Beef Stew by Hemsley and Hemsley

I love a good Beef Stew recipe and this one has become a staple. No need to buy those processed beef stew packets with added ingredients. Make this with a good red wine, fresh herbs, and organic meat and you will be in heaven! 

10. Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup by 100 Days of Real Food

Another comforting, Fall and Winter staple in our house is a good Chicken Noodle Soup. I love the simplicity and deliciousness of this recipe. Go check it out! 


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Now Tell Me in the Comments Below - Do you have any tried-and-true simple, healthy dinner recipes you'd like to share with me? I'm always looking and I'd love to hear!!! 

 

How to Simplify Healthy Eating for The Whole Family

How to Simplify Healthy Eating for The Whole Family

Do you ever feel like feeding your family healthy foods is overwhelming and complicated?

I get it, because I used to think this way too.

Trying to meal plan and make healthy meals that everyone in the family would like felt like a challenge I was never going to be able to conquer. On top of that was all the conflicting nutrition information which lead me to spend hours researching “What to eat” instead of actually trying to eat healthier. I’d often just give up before I even really started.

It’s taken me years and a lot of practice, but overtime I’ve found ways to make healthy eating a lot more simple.

One of my personal and business core values is simplicity. I am always asking myself, “How can I simplify this?” So when I was really trying to get over the hurdle of getting my family to eat healthier more consistently, I asked myself this exact question, “How can I simplify healthy eating”.

If you are ready to stop feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or defeated when it comes to feeding your family healthy foods, then you are in the right place!

Busy Moms: Stop Saying You Don't Have Time {+ 10 Tips to Be Intentional With Your Time}

The number one excuse I hear from clients, friends, and family is "I just don't have the time.... to eat healthy, cook food, practice self-care, work out, etc."

I used to be guilty of using this excuse for pretty much everything. Exercise. Meditation. Healthy Eating. Hanging out with friends. There was just never enough time in the day to do all of the things I wanted to do.

Until a few months ago, when I listened to this podcast series & realized that I needed to start taking ownership of my time.

The Mindset Shift I Had To Make

I had to come to terms with the idea that I was in charge of my time and my relationship to it. I had the ability to spend my time exactly how I chose to. I had to let go of the idea that time was a limitation or that it had power over me.

You see, we all act like we are slaves to our to-dos, but most of the time we are overcommitting, people pleasing, and quite simply, not properly managing our time.

The Secret To Taking Back Control

The secret to taking back control of our time is to start honoring our "Yes's" and "No's".

We need to acknowledge that when we say "No" to something that means we are saying "Yes" to something else. When you say "No" to that event you were invited to, you may be saying "Yes" to spending more time with your children. Or when you say "No" to that chocolate cupcake, you are saying "Yes" to feeling healthy and energized.

Want To Be A More Intentional Mother? 13 Resources to Read, Watch, & Listen To To Get Inspired

If you read my post on My Quest for Minimalism & Living a More Intentional Life, then you'll understand why I am writing this post. 

Being a Mother, business owner, partner, and women can be overwhelming at times. The best thing I have done to help with my feelings of overwhelm and anxiety is diving into resources that help me to remember what is really important and how to make the most out of this one precious life. 

These are the books, documentary, and podcast that have informed & inspired me on this journey towards living with more intention. I suggest picking one that resonates with you the most and just get started!

My Quest To Minimalism & 7 Ways to Live More Intentionally

First, let me state my despise for the word "minimalism". It seems like such a trend or fad that I want no part in. It makes me think of some pretentious person who thinks shopping is evil and white walls are the only way to go. I even hate typing the word because I misspell it every single time. But I digress. As much as I wanted to not give in to this whole minimalism thing.. somehow after many articles, a documentary, and a podcast I got sucked in. And to my surprise it wasn't quite what I thought...

So lately, I've been on a quest to simplify all areas of my life. I've really been inspired by the whole minimalism movement & although I've always been quite the opposite of a minimalist (a borderline hoarder), I am really working hard to change my ways. Because lets be real, life is chaotic and stressful enough, why make it more it more complex & complicated?!

Minimalism, or simplifying, is really about peace of mind and living with intention to me. And I'm all about that living with intention! I'm just so over living in survival mode, ya know!?