Getting kids fed during the morning chaos can get super tough. It’s every mom’s struggle. Especially if you want to make sure your kiddos are getting a well balanced, healthy meal. Pop Tarts might be quick but they lose points in the nutrition department. So I have decided to get my 8 favorite meal prepping foods together for quick, healthy breakfasts for kids. These are 8 quick breakfast options that we have in our house. We simply rotate them to keep things interesting. As always, prepping these meals is minimal work, few ingredients and can easily get you through a week’s worth of breakfasts. Because I am all gluten free, all these recipes are gluten free as well! For some of my other gluten free recommendations you can read my post all about it: Gluten Free Shopping List.
Have I mentioned how forever thankful I am to have a best friend? My family and I went over to her house the other night and she had these amazing pork tacos (or at least they smelled amazing, I don’t eat pork.) Tonight, for my own family, I decided to see if I could come up with something similar only using chicken. I think they would all agree; I nailed it. These paleo spicy chicken and pineapple tacos are the perfect combo of sweet and spicy and of course, low on carbs. Which is perfect for dinner because, this body doesn’t need carbs when it plans to sit on the couch and watch Friends re-runs all night. If you are planning on doing the same, let me just get right to it.
Alright, let’s start this off with a WCW. (Woman Crush Wednesday.) In all my years of fitness, healthy foods and genuinely caring about what I put into my body, I always go to my favorite female celebrities for inspiration. No, I don’t buy their posters and plaster them to my wall like I used to. Seriously, you should have seen my room as a kid. Instead, I do research what they are chowing down. After years of busting my butt in the gym, I eventually found out that most of the work I do is in fact, happening in the kitchen. This is OK by me because I’m usually a 30 min workout kind of gal. Oh yeah, so my woman crush: Blake Lively. Not only is blake stunningly beautiful and fantastic when it comes to fashion, but she now has an easy way to eat clean and slim down.
My crush started a few years back when I decided to start binge watching Gossip Girl on Netflix. Now of course, Blake is a mommy of 2, which makes her even better in my eyes. So when she released her newest move, “The Shallows” not too long after giving birth to her second child, I had to find out what her get back in shape plan was. Some sources say she cut out soy and gluten, others just say soy. We all know I’m a firm believer in what cutting gluten has done for me. You can read about my story here: Gluten Intolerance Symptoms. However, I was very interested to read about why exactly her trainer encouraged her to cut out soy and why that is not the only ingredient we should be looking out for.
In my last post, What to do with Pineapple Peel I talked about how I wanted to make the most of my pineapple. So, I decided to juice the peel and use the juice to make a smoothie! Well, the end result was absolutely delicious. Nothing beats a tropical, organic, totally healthy fruity drink on a hot summer day. This dairy free tropical smoothie recipe is so simple and so fresh, you can easily add this to your daily smoothie must have.
There are no yogurts, added proteins or mixes. This is just an all natural, plant strong smoothie that is naturally sweet and delicious. So many smoothies these days are loaded full of veggies and greens. Trust me, I am not complaining, my Kale and Banana smoothie recipe will always be one of my favorites. I think too often fruit gets a bad rep and people think the sugars will just be too much. I tackled this issue in another post that you should definitely check out if you are one to second guess a fruit loaded smoothie like this. Sugar Detox: What About Fruit?
I very much live by the “waste not, want not” philosophy as much s I can. So when it comes to my fruits and vegetables, I make every effort to make each part get used as much as possible. Pineapple is probably one of my favorites to do this with. Naturally, I want to share the knowledge, so here is a quick tutorial on how to use ever part of your pineapple, including the peel, because who doesn’t love pineapple? Especially during those hot, summer months.
If you are tired of throwing away all that good pineapple, let me share with you all the different ways you can make the most of this yummy, tropical fruit.
So, hear me out on this. As a Holistic Nutritionist, why I will never help you lose weight.
I have done that mirror-of-shame stare down with myself. Cutting out pictures of other women and posting them up in hopes that I would be inspired to change who I am and be more like them. There have been times when all I could do was fixate on what physical aspect I wanted to change about my body. I have cut myself down and felt like I would never be good enough.
No one deserves to feel this way. Lately, I have had someone very close to me open up and admit that they hate their body. Honestly stating that they feel worse about themselves around me, because I have a smaller build. At first, I took offense to this, but truthfully, as a female today, I get it. Who of us hasn’t stood next to someone who was thinner, more toned, better “endowed’ and didn’t start to think less of themselves? As a society, we are so quick to pinch and poke at our reflection in the mirror and we are more and more losing touch with how we are really feeling.
Think about this for a minute; if you didn’t have a full length mirror, a scale or Photoshopped images all around you, how would you truly feel in your own body? No number dictating your self worth. No unreachable body image to live up to. Would you feel at peace in your body? My goal, as a holistic nutritionist is to help this answer be: “yes.”
There are so many self help books out there on all the best ways to get happy. Don’t get me wrong, I am a self proclaimed self help lover. While these books are loaded with a ton of helpful information, most of them bay be leaving out a few major details. The big detail being that there is actually food for your mood. Yes, crazy as it sounds there are foods you should eat to boost dopamine levels naturally. Dopamine being the “happy hormone” that our bodies naturally produce. Dopamine levels boost naturally with Vitamin D rays from the sun just be smart about how much sun you get.
Our dopamine levels also increase with things like exercise or when we are around people we love. Well, I’m pleased to tell you, you have another source as well in the foods that you eat! So what exactly are the eating requirements for joyful living? Read on to learn more.
Finding out that you have a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease can be a real bummer to say the least. It can feel like the end of the world. Strolling the grocery isle or glancing at a restaurant menu is enough to make you burst into tears and scream, “My life is over!” Maybe you haven’t determined an intolerance or Celiac and are beginning an elimination diet to see if your symptoms improve. Either way, knowing what to do as far as a gluten free diet for beginners doesn’t have to be as stressful as you may think.
Thankfully the supermarkets and restaurants are hopping on board with more and more amazing gluten free products. I will say, if you are suffering with some serious tummy troubles or other gluten induced symptoms, supplementing your diet with highly processed gluten free foods is not the best way to go. However, I fully get that it is stressful and you have to start somewhere. The idea of having to give up some of your favorite foods is enough to make a person want to bail before even starting. I touched on this a little with my post Gluten Free Shopping List but today I am going to help you get really start sifting through all the products on the market and start figuring out the cleanest way to start your new diet.
*I am not a medial professional. If you have health concerns, before making any changes, please consult a physician.
Sugar detoxes are becoming more and more popular, but one big question a lot of people have when starting their detox is: “What about fruit?” We all know fruit has sugars, so naturally our panic alarm goes off in our head. There is tons of talk these days about the damage that fructose can do to your health and fructose is in fruits. That’s a pretty scary thought. If you are supposed to avoid fructose, does this include fruit? We grew up learning how great fruit is for us…so shouldn’t it still be included in our diet?
Many people have different theories on this. I don’t know about you but personally, I love hearing evidence backed up through serious scientific studies. So I’m going to break down a few different sugar studies that have been done specifically to determine whether or not fruit is a sugar we should keep or kick to the curb.