My quest to help people become more informed about the very food they put into their bodies has led me to realize that not all processed foods are bad!
There are some simple principles that we can use to understand what food is good for us and what isn't.
With all of the mixed and manipulative marketing messaging out there, it's no wonder so many people have no idea how to eat healthy!
But first, let's define what is food that actually is nourishing:
So what is food that does not nourish our body? Well, it's:
What I hope this blog post does is give you a deeper understanding as you navigate the grocery store and learn to categorize all packaged, boxed, and bagged foods that you encounter.
The goal ultimately is to buy and...
Mother Nature provides humans everything they need to be healthy and heal.
It’s when humans think they know better and try to “outsmart” her is when they become the cause of their own demise.
Pesto is packed with one of my favorite herbs, basil!
This beautiful green herb offers the body many benefits as it is:
It can also provide protection against bacteria growth and has been shown to inhibit resistant strains of bacteria!
I try and include as many herbs as possible in my diet, as they not only provide us tons of health benefits, but they add flavor and depth to almost any dish!
One of the main things I do to stay on track is to make things in advance for hangry Becky that tend to show up once in a while.
I absolutely love dips like hummus, pesto, and guacamole, as they can be made in advance and devoured with cut-up veggies and gluten-free crackers.
This pesto recipe can also be combined with spiralized zucchini noodles, grain-free pasta, or mixed into sauteed veggies or added to a marinara...
Did you know that buckwheat isn’t wheat… it’s a seed.
So crazy, I know :)
This naturally gluten-free seed is nutrient-dense and is high both in protein and fiber. #boom
Buckwheat seeds, also called “groats” are packed with nutrients and antioxidants and are often referred to as a “superfood”.
They are also a high source of amino acids, vitamins, minerals all with relatively few calories.
What else do you need in life?!
This high fiber and easily digestible food can be made into a yummy porridge to mix up your breakfast.
I always recommend mixing up what you eat!
Just like I do in my oatmeal, I always add an egg, or two, to this porridge a few minutes before it's done.
The egg(s) make it fluffy and adds protein! Our bodies love and need protein and adding healthy protein will keep you satiated longer!
Okay, let’s do this.
BUT FIRST! SOAK YOUR BUCKWHEAT!!
Oh and always source organic...
One thing I love about marinara & meatballs… is that the WHOLE family enjoys it.
It's an easy dish to batch cook, make in large quantities, to feed us a couple of meals. This is my top tip to eating healthy.
When you are making a healthy meal, make more of it to bless your future self with leftovers.
Kids tend to take time trying new foods., at least mine do… especially those with LOTS of veggies!
I make this to accompany a yummy clean pasta, grilled sourdough bread, spiralized zucchini noodles, or top on the top of steamed veggies!
I always douse it with tons of high-quality parmesan cheese too! Yummy!
I add lots of veggies! You can pick and choose what you like, but garlic, onions, and peppers are never optional in my mind :)
A little tip I love to share too is that you can blend, using a blender or immersion blender, up to 1/2 of the mixture so a thicker texture.
Let’s do this.
If there was ONE thing we could all do to make our lives healthier, saner, and create less work, it would be meal planning!
Getting back in the kitchen is key... and if you want to save money, then meal planning is the path that will take you there.
Meal planning and prepping is an important part of creating healthy meals, saving money, and minimizing food waste… but it can also be overwhelming.
Trust me, I get it!
However, spending a little extra time to plan and prep meals can actually help you feel less overwhelmed throughout your entire week.
There are so many benefits to meal planning.
Some of the amazing benefits to meal planning are:
All of these benefits are AMAZING! Many of us were never taught to meal plan or even how to cook our own meals! This is...
Growing up I always loved a big glass of orange juice for breakfast alongside my favorite Captain Crunch or Cocoa Puffs bowl of cereal.
It was the way I began almost every morning before school.
The weekends were made for chocolate chip pancakes in the form of animals and a side of bacon... also accompanied by my big glass of orange juice.
I was always craving juice.
That quick sugar rush was what my body had learned to expect... but when juice wasn't around, soda was.
I stopped drinking so much juice when I picked up the habit of drinking soda.
Soda delivered the sugar my body craved and became my drink of choice.
When I was in high school the group I wanted so much to be apart of took soda drinking to a whole new level... they coupled it with camel wide cigarettes.
I was so grown up.
Drinking my soda and puffing on my cigarettes.
I was so cool.
Now, I'm not implying that orange juice is a gate-way drug... but for me it...
Waking up to water is one of the first piece of advice I give to anyone looking to move themselves towards optimal health!
It is estimated that over 75% of American adults suffer from chronic dehydration!
Don't be a part of that 75%! Dehydration causes a multitude of health issues and keeping hydrated is one of the most important things you can do every day of your life!
Rule of thumb drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of water every day! For example, a 120 pound woman would need to drink 60 ounces of water every day.
120/2 = 60 ounces. Simple as that!
Waking up to water can be an incredibly beneficial habit to create in your life!
This morning tonic combines anti-inflammatory spices and detoxifying lemon to help kick start your health! It's extremely cleansing and will get things moving, if you know what I mean!
What's also key is that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is highly anti-inflammatory and has a myriad of health benefits. Pairing it with black pepper helps us...
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