Posts tagged with "healthy cooking"

Happy National Chocolate Day + Almond Butter Chocolate Sauce

Posted July 7, 2014 in recipe, chocolate, dessert and 5 more

I know you're trying to get back to the real world after celebrating the Fourth of July, but you must keep the party going! It's National Chocolate Day! 

Chocolate is definitely my fave sweet treat - chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice cream. Mmmmmm. I could eat chocolate every day.

But sadly, I can't sustain myself on chocolatey desserts. So when I'm craving chocolate, I make this amazing, healthier chocolate sauce.

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 1-3} - Summer scones, champs and more moving

Posted August 3, 2014 in weekend, Weekend Recap, running and 12 more

(Hanging out on the couch with the BF's dog, Coda)

After spending the last three weekends moving, unpacking and cleaning, the BF and I spent the first half of this weekend doing...not a lot. We got in a couple of workouts, made some delicious meals and relaxed. It was much needed!

But we got back to work cleaning the BF's old house on Sunday. Moving is hard work! I feel like I need a vacation from moving! 

I promise that my Weekend Recaps will be a little more exciting as soon as we finish all this moving stuff!

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Healthy After School Snacks Kids Can Make!

Posted September 17, 2014 in healthy kids, kids, cooking class and 5 more

My niece took a Kids Cooking Class at Hy-Vee to learn how to make healthy after school snacks, and it was adorbs!

A few weeks ago, I saw that the store was offering the class and I asked my sister-in-law if my niece would want to take the class. She said definitely, and we signed her up!

I asked my sister-in-law if I could tag along because I'm a crazy aunt and I thought it would be fun to see what the kids made.

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Experiencing Relationship Weight Gain {Happy times = Scale Woes}

Posted October 2, 2014 in weight gain, weight loss, healthy living and 7 more

The BF and I moved in together in July, and it has such a wonderful experience so far. I love that I get to spend every day with him after four years of having a long distance relationship. 

To be honest, I hadn't weighed myself since August and didn't realize I had gained weight until I put on a pair of pants and they were uncomfortably tight. At first, I thought it was because I had eaten super salty foods the day before and I was a bit bloated. 

But I asked the BF if he had gained any weight since we moved in together and he said he'd put on 5 pounds. I weighed myself the next day and there it was - 3 pounds up since July!

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What I Eat in a Day {Oct. 8, 2014}

Posted October 9, 2014 in What I Eat in a Day, food, eat and 6 more

I haven't shared a day of eats for quite some time! 

Right now, I'm trying to eat energizing foods to keep me going because I'm teaching 7 fitness classes a week now! But I'm also trying to lose a few pounds because the BF and I gained a couple of pounds after we moved in together

This is a pretty typical day of eating for me. No two days are ever exactly alike, but these are some of the foods I eat consistently. I actually eat oatmeal 75% of the time, but I was short on time so I made a quick breakfast instead.

Here's what I ate...

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Oats

Posted October 14, 2014 in breakfast, oatmeal, oats and 7 more

As soon as the weather started to get cooler, I switched my usual morning muesli to warm oats. Oatmeal is my absolute favorite breakfast.

I probably eat oatmeal five times a week! 

Luckily, oats are great way to start the day because they are high in fiber, help control blood sugar levels, contain cancer-fighting phytochemicals, help control blood pressure, help with weight control and give you lots of energy! I always feel so much more energized on days I've eaten a bowl of oats.

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Healthy and Delicious Whole Food Breakfast Recipes

Posted October 28, 2014 in breakfast, whole food, healthy eating and 8 more

Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day. I just love breakfast food.

Also, what I eat for breakfast sets the tone for the rest of my day. When I eat well, I have lots of energy all day long. I typically eat oatmeal in the morning, but I'll occassionally change it up and make protein pancakes, French toast scramble, an omelet, oatcakes or an egg sandwich.

The weekends are a different story. I love to spend a little more time making breakfast and enjoying something a little more decadent like waffles, French toast or frittatas.

Today, I'm sharing my favorite weekday breakfasts. These will keep you energized and feeling great all day! And they're all quick and made with whole foods. 

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Grocery Haul {Nov. 2} + Meal Planning

Posted November 6, 2014 in grocery haul, groceries, healthy eating and 8 more

For the past two months, the BF and I have been keeping track of our grocery spending in an attempt to create some kind of food budget.

Last month, we spent over $500 on groceries!! (details here) We were both pretty appalled by our spending, so we tried to keep ourselves in check during October.

Our spending...

Grocery total = $427.62

Eating out/Going out total = about $300 (we paid in cash and didn't keep receipts at a few places)

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Weekend Recap {Nov. 7-9}

Posted November 10, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, healthy living and 11 more

My weekend was actually a little more eventful than I anticipated (I told you in my Friday Faves post that I didn't have much going on!). 

But I attended a conference, I taught three fitness classes, I went for a run, I spent some quality time at Target, a did lots of cooking and baking and I went to a yoga class!

I'm actually sore today from all of my workouts. I'm glad I made the time for fitness over the weekend. It always makes me feel so much better!

Here's what I did this weekend...

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Super Healthy Cranberry Sauce + Ideas for Leftovers

Posted November 11, 2014 in Thanksgiving, cranberry sauce, holidays and 5 more

Growing up, I never ate the canned cranberry sauce that was served at our family Thanksgiving dinners. I always thought it was kind of weird. It wasn't until I was well into adulthood that I tasted actual homemade cranberry sauce, and the game was changed!

I love homemade cranberry sauce! But most recipes call for a whole cup of sugar for just 12-ounces of cranberries!! And I actually think most homemade cranberry sauces are way too sweet (shocking coming from me, I know). I just prefer to keep some of the tartness of the cranberries.

So I created a super healthy version! But why is it SUPER healthy? 

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted November 19, 2014 in Hy-Vee, cookies, powdered peanut butter and 5 more

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*My local Hy-Vee provided me with Hy-Vee brand Powdered Peanut Butter, but all opinions are my own.

Chocolate and peanut butter is probably my favorite sweet combination. My favorite candy of all time is Reece's Peanut Butter Cups! So I'm always looking for ways to enjoy my fave sweet combo without all the icky ingredients and crazy amounts of sugar that is in packaged candy. 

When Hy-Vee gave me their Powdered Peanut Butter in Chocolate, I knew I wanted to create some kind of cookie using a natural sweetener. 

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Healthy Holiday Party Cook-Off + Quick Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted November 25, 2014 in healthy cooking, healthy eating, cooking challenge and 4 more

I don't really think of myself as a competitive person. 

But when I received an email at work about the Healthy Holiday Party Cook-Off Challenge organized by the Kinesiology and Sports Sciences Department, the Employee Health and Wellness Program and the Physical Activity and Wellness Lab (at the University of Nebraska at Kearney), I was intrigued. Then before I knew it, my office neighbors were forming a team, and I was on it!

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Pesto Caesar Kale Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Posted December 11, 2014 in dinner, salad, kale and 6 more

A few weeks ago, the BF and I went out for a little date night at Sozo, a local modern American restaurant. I ordered a kale salad, and pretty much freaked out over how amazingly delicious it was.

I realized that it was something I could easily make at home (for a fraction of the price)! The restaurant version was topped with crab cakes, but the version I made at home was more of a side dish. You could totally add some kind of protein and make this a whole meal. You could also add some crumbled bacon (or turkey bacon) for a little saltiness - the restaurant version had little bacon crumbles.

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Grocery Haul {Dec. 6} + Meal Planning

Posted December 16, 2014 in grocery haul, healthy eating, healthy cooking and 9 more

I'm super late on posting this month's grocery haul (the BF and I went shopping on Dec. 6)! I usually post our grocery haul early in the month to share our spending from the previous month. (Read about our October spending and November's grocery haul here).

I don't know what happened. This month is just flying by!

But I still want to share our grocery haul and meal planning because we've been making some delicious meals this month! 

But first, here's our spending..

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Gingerbread Pancakes {gluten-free}

Posted December 17, 2014 in breakfast, pancakes, Christmas and 8 more

*My local HyVee provided me with a package of their HealthMarket Natural Blanched Almond Flour. All opinions are my own.

One of my favorite holiday food memories is the French toast casserole my mom used to make on Christmas morning. 

My brother and I would open the gifts that were in our stockings (from Santa), and then we would eat the delicious breakfast casserole. Gift opening would then resume after eating. Just to clarify, this is a memory from my early to mid-20's, not my childhood. Yes, Santa still delivers gifts to my brother and I at our parent's house.

But I loved having a special breakfast to enjoy on Christmas morning. 

When HyVee gave me their almond flour, I knew I wanted to make something sweet and delicious that could be enjoyed on Christmas morning or around the holidays. I've also been a bit obsessed with anything gingerbread, so I knew that was the direction I needed to go.

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Grocery Haul {Feb. 22, 2015} + Weekly Meal Plan

Posted February 24, 2015 in meal planning, grocery haul, healthy cooking and 6 more

How do you find healthy recipe inspiration?

I find recipe inspiration in a few ways - I watch The Chew, I flip through my cookbooks, I read health magazines and I read health and fitness blogs. I keep track of the online recipes I want to try on my Pinterest boards.

Before the days of Pinterest, I would tear recipes out of magazines and put them in a 3-ring binder. I still have a few binders full of recipes! (I should probably go through those!) I still tear recipes out of magazines, but I'm not as good about organizing them.

I also keep a list on my phone of all of our favorite recipes. Whenever the BF and I try something new and we love it, it goes on the list. Whenever I'm struggling to figure out what to add to our weekly meal plan, I often go back to our favorites list.

I always try to include one or two new recipes each week. I love trying new recipes, and it helps keep things interesting! This week we tried a rice and mushroom soup that went right onto our favorites list!

Here's this week's grocery haul from HyVee and our meal plan for the week...

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Summer Slimdown 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge

Posted May 12, 2015 in clean eating, healthy living, weight loss and 5 more


Want to feel absolutely vibrant, energetic and healthy this summer? You're in luck because I'm hosting a 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge!

I spent so many summers wearing jeans and baggy T-shirts because I felt uncomfortable with my body. I avoided fun adventures because I didn't feel confident. That is no way to spend the summer! Losing weight and getting fit helped me to gain confidence and embrace summer fun!

I don't want you to miss out on summer adventures, which is why I'm launching this challenge on Monday, May 18. We'll finish up the challenge just a few days before the first day of summer!

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Blueberry Almond Chia Pudding

Posted June 12, 2015 in chia pudding, chia seeds, recipe and 8 more

Chia pudding is one of my favorite sweet snacks. I always crave a little sweet treat in the afternoons, and a bowl of chia pudding always satisfies my sweet tooth.

Chia seeds are packed full of fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, so I'm also getting a nutritious little snack.

I'm currently obsessed with berries. Berries are finally flavorful and affordable enough to buy, so I've been buying them all!

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Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats

Posted June 17, 2015 in breakfast, oatmeal, overnight oats and 7 more


I eat oatmeal for breakfast almost every day during the work week. My go-to in the spring/summer is always old fashioned oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, goji berries, stevia, almond milk, berries and almond butter. I throw it together in the morning, and eat it cold. I love, love, love it.

But I decided to change things up, and prepare my oats ahead of time. I got a crazy idea to combine the flavors of lemon and blueberry, and it was magical.

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Pear Gorgonzola Walnut Salad

Posted September 29, 2015 in recipe, salad, Fall and 8 more


To be honest, I don’t love eating salads in the fall and winter.

During the summer, salads are my fave. I could eat one every day. But when the weather starts to cool off, I start to crave comfort food - warm, cheesy, carby comfort food.

But I feel better when I eat lots of produce. So to make sure I eat enough fresh produce during the fall and winter, I try to get more creative with my salads.

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Everything you need to know about kale!

Posted October 7, 2015 in National Kale Day, kale, recipes and 8 more


Kale has been having a major moment for awhile now, but it seems like people either love it, hate it or are scared to try it.

Almost every time that I buy kale, the grocery store associate ringing up my groceries says she's never tried kale before and doesn't know what to do with it. I always suggest massaging the kale, and I get blank stares.

So today I'm putting it all out there. I'm sharing everything you need to know about kale!

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Dairy-Free Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Posted October 26, 2016 in vegetarian cooking, dairy-free cooking, vegetarian and 6 more

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I've been eating dairy-free since August 17!

My functional medicine doctor, Dr. Allison Blessing, recommended that I cut out dairy to balance out my hormones. I also went off my birth control because there's no way I could balance my hormones while on birth control. (read more about it here)

So far, I've felt amazing. Within the first couple of weeks, I noticed that I looked a bit slimmer. I was most likely experiencing some bloating from the inflammation that dairy was causing. Best of all, I haven't had any hormonal migraines! 

I'm feeling really optimistic about my journey so far. Later, I'll share more about how a hormone imbalance can impact your health, but today I wanted to share what I've been eating. 

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