Real Food on a Budget?

When we are traveling, one of our favorite things to do is find local restaurants and try them out.  Although we are all very adventurous eaters, we do try to eat as healthy as possible, even while on the road.  You’ll often find us enjoying vegetarian dishes, beans & rice, salads and fresh fruit.  Not to say that we don’t tend to indulge a little more when away from home, we just try to keep what we eat as close to real food (food that isn’t heavily processed, has simple, whole food ingredients, and isn’t high in sugar) as possible. Because we aren’t as strict when traveling, when we are at home, it’s super important for me to create meals that are as healthy as possible.  That way I can ensure we are following my 80/20 rule of 80% healthy eating and 20% not quite as healthy.  I do love to cook, but with a full-time job, kids in two different schools, and year-round sports it can be challenging to get a real food meal on the table. One of my favorite tricks is to find cookbooks I love that have pages full of delicious real food recipes.  Then I’ll plan the weekly menu using just that one cookbook – it’s fun for me, easy as I’m not looking up recipes all over the place, and if I like the author, I find I’m happy with the meals. Lisa Leake’s cookbooks are some of my favorites.  I’ve been using 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food and 100 Days...

Healthier Eating in ONE Step!

Looking for an easy healthy fix?  One simple step that will automatically make you healthier? Add a fruit and vegetable to every meal. Doing this one small thing will automatically increase your produce intake to at least six servings a day.  You’ll eat less unhealthy foods if you fill up with healthy and low-calorie fruits and vegetables.  If you mix up which fruits and veggies you enjoy with each meal, you’re also likely to hit your appropriate amounts of daily vitamins and minerals. How easy is this?  If you took my challenge last week, even on your busiest days you can just pull out your bowls of prepared fruits and vegetables or create a quick and healthy salad with your already prepared greens and dressing.  So no excuses of “I don’t have enough time” are allowed here. This is also something you can make fun for the whole family.  Create a challenge for your kids to see who can hit their servings for each meal.  Let them pick out a new fruit and veggie each week from the grocery – often kids are more likely to try something they have chosen themselves. This week I challenge you to try it for a week and see how you feel.  Don’t overthink it, just make sure to include at least one fruit and one vegetable every time you have a meal.  I’d love to hear in the comments how this made you feel, so please share! Looking for more ways to improve your health (and by default your family’s health)?  Let’s talk – I love to help busy working moms create a healthier and...

Food Prep for Weekly Success

It’s pretty apparent I believe strongly in preparing ahead of time.  Last week I shared how I keep lunch making stress to a minimum.  To keep things even easier and to help with all meals during the week, there are a few things I regularly do right after grocery shopping.  These few tasks will make EVERY working mom’s mealtimes go a little bit smoother. I know some of you will read this, roll your eyes, and say to yourself  “NO WAY!  I don’t have time for this nonsense.”  BUT, I timed myself and it took me twenty minutes start to finish.  The benefits include healthier eating and less stress for the whole week.  that’s worth twenty minutes to me.  Got older kids?  Make your life even easier and enlist their help. As soon as I get home from the grocery, I pull out the cutting board and a knife and prep a bowl of veggies.  Once that’s done, I can pack the veggie portion of school lunches in seconds, and if dinner is rushed, this bowl can be pulled out as a healthy side.  I also make a small bowl of dip or hummus to enjoy with the vegetables, and a pint size mason jar of healthy salad dressing (Just mix a few T of extra virgin olive oil with a few T of some type of vinegar, add salt, pepper and any other herbs you’d like.  You can also add a t or 2 of dijon mustard.  Yum!). Greens are washed and spun dry, then packaged in bags with a damp paper towel.  Now they are ready to be...
The easiest, healthiest lunch around

The easiest, healthiest lunch around

So, this is my current go-to lunch – it’s the healthiest, easiest and tastiest meal, and I am addicted to it!  This simple combination covers your bodies cravings for sweet, sour, greens and it’s filling.  (and did I mention easy and delicious).  Although it’s a frequent lunch, I have been known to add a scrambled egg and enjoy it for breakfast too!  I typically roast up a few sweet potatoes early in the week (while cooking dinner one night – how’s that for multi-tasking?) and then keep them in the fridge to add to the skillet – that one step means this meal will come together in minutes.  Ditto for the brussel sprouts. Sweet Greens 1/2 of a large sweet potato, cut into bite sized pieces and roasted 1/4 cup cooked brussel sprouts (don’t like sprouts?  leave them out – this will still be delicious) 2 cups greens (I like a combo of spinach and kale) sea salt 2 to 3 T sauerkraut (my favorite brand is Bubbies Of San Francisco Sauerkraut, 25 Ounce — 12 per case. – it’s full of healthy probiotics –  I typically find it at Earth Fare, Whole Foods or even Publix sometimes) Extra virgin olive oil 1.  Add sprouts and sweet potatoes to 1 T olive oil in a non-stick or cast iron skillet.  Saute until warm. 2.  Add greens and continue to saute until they are all wilted. 3.  Season with sea salt and serve with sauerkraut. I know this sounds a bit crazy, but seriously, GIVE IT A TRY.  There is something so wonderful about the combination of bitter greens, the sweetness...
Healthy Loaded Potato

Healthy Loaded Potato

Do you love loaded potatoes?  I know I do.  However, at a typical steakhouse restaurant by the time they are covered in sour cream, butter, cheese and bacon, they aren’t the healthiest thing to consume.   Enter a healthy loaded potato – this makes a terrific side dish or a perfect lunch! Healthy Loaded Potato 1 potato 1/4 cup sun (or oven) dried tomatoes 1 T chopped chives Organic sour cream or cream cheese (your choice) sea salt and freshly ground pepper Step one:  Bake your potato – HERE is my fool-proof method. Step two:  Place a few T sour cream or cream cheese on top. Step three:  Add tomatoes, chives and any other veggies you find in your fridge (roasted peppers would be nice, broccoli or even sauteed spinach) Season with salt and pepper and enjoy! Just a tip – next time you are making baked potatoes, bake a few extra and keep them in the fridge for a quick, easy, healthy lunch! Interested in tips on how to survive the holidays healthfully?  You may have missed the first call, but the second one is coming up Tuesday, December 20th at 12:00 EST.   The call will be recorded for those who can’t attend live.  Sign up HERE and make your holiday season healthier this year!  As a bonus, I’ll also send a copy of the first call to anyone who signs up to attend the second! shared on Create with Joy, WFMW, Real Food Wednesday and The Mommy Club...

Pin It on Pinterest