Posts tagged with "healthy food"

Grocery Haul {June 2, 2014}

Posted June 3, 2014 in groceries, grocery haul, healthy food and 6 more

It's been nearly two weeks since I got groceries! I had made a few too many trips to our new Hy-Vee and my fridge and cupboards were overflowing with food, so I had to take a little break from my new fave store.

But when I was finally out of some staples and totally low on fresh produce, I had to head to Hy-Vee!

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Almond Plantain Pancakes

Posted June 19, 2014 in breakfast, food, healthy food and 5 more

These gluten-free pancakes are made with a surprise ingredient - plantains! They're delicious and totally nutritious!

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I impulse purchased a plantain the other day because the plantains were nearly perfect and I realized it had been forever since I bought one.

But when I got home I couldn't remember what I used to make with plantains back when I was on a plantain kick. I still can't remember. All I know is that there were a few weeks of my life (last year) when I bought plantains all the time, and I made something with them.

I even searched my Sweet Success archives, my Pinterest boards, and I looked back at some of my fave blogs for recipes I may have made. Still nothing.

So I created a new recipe with my plantain. 

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How I plan to stay healthy during my trip to Georgia

Posted June 25, 2014 in travel, Georgia, healthy living and 6 more

Staying healthy while traveling is hard! Airports don't usually have tons of healthy options. You have to eat out for nearly every meal. When you go-go-go, you are exhausted and crave carbs. And you give yourself an excuse to eat all the food because you're on vacation!

I do believe it's possible to have a healthy vacation. But it takes planning!

I'm heading to Georgia this week for an 11-day adventure - FitBloggin Conference in Savannah + vacation time + being a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding in Atlanta. I want to feel fit, healthy and full of energy during this trip, so I'm planning ahead to make sure this trip is a healthy one.

Here's my stay healthy plan:

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Chocolate Coconut Banana Trail Mix

Posted July 31, 2014 in snack, coconut, dark chocolate and 9 more

I LOVE trail mix. It's such a satisfying and delicious snack that provides you with lots of energy. 

But when I buy a bag of trail mix or make a large batch at home, it's hard to stick to just one serving size. A serving of trail mix is usually just 1/4 of a cup or so.

That's why I like to make a single serving of trail mix for a quick afternoon snack, to eat before a workout or to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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Salted Watermelon Margarita

Posted August 1, 2014 in cocktail, Friday, margarita and 5 more

It's Friday! You made it through another week. Why not celebrate with this delicious summery cocktail!?

I made this margarita last Friday for National Tequila Day. But I really don't think you need to wait for a day like that to come around to enjoy some tequila!

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Q & A: What do you buy when you are starting to make healthy changes to your diet?

Posted August 6, 2014 in healthy living, weight loss, nutrition and 4 more

I got a great question from a reader recently. I thought I would share her question and my answer with you because I thought you might be interested in this one!

Q - How do you change how you shop for food?

I grew up (probably like you) on typical midwestern meat and potatoes with corn as the vegetable and sometimes a can of green beans or peas here and there and my husband's diet was worse growing up, if you can imagine.

What are some easy ways to overhaul the pantry/fridge and go about changing your tastebuds?

What are your top five ingredients that can begin to change a person's fridge and pantry? I also feel like there's a hurdle to be cleared for those of us who aren't used to investing moo-lah in groceries other than the occasional steak or hard cheese--a reminder as to why healthier, high-quality whole foods are worth the cost would also be welcome (even though the answer is pretty much in the question...)

Thanks for considering! Know that your blog is loved and inspires me on a daily basis!

-Meg

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Healthy (store-bought) After School Snacks

Posted August 21, 2014 in snacks, healthy food, healthy eating and 5 more

Can you believe the school year has already started? My niece started third grade last week! Why does the summer always fly by?

Luckily, she was excited for the school year to begin. She thought the summer was too long! But she LOVES school. She comes home from school and plays school. 

Although I don't have kids, now that the school year is here I've been thinking about quick and easy ways for parents to get their kids to eat healthy. I know my niece will sometimes reach for an ice cream bar or candy when she wants a snack. But I want her to be healthy, full of energy and self-confident! 

From watching my brother and sister-in-law, I know that life can get crazy as a parent and packaged foods or fast foods are often the easiest. But there are healthier options out there (that don't cost a ton)! 

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How to Avoid the Freshman 15

Posted August 26, 2014 in healthy eating, college, freshman and 6 more

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It's been 14 years since I was a freshman in college (yikes!), but working at a university makes me think back to my days as a newbie on campus. 

I had so much anxiety about finding my classes, getting my work done on time, making new friends, etc. What I ate wasn't really something I thought about. 

But as a new student, the days of having your own personal cook (your mom or dad) and someone telling you not to eat that ice cream sandwich before dinner are gone! 

Also, if you were a student athlete and you're not playing sports in college, you'll need to pay close attention to what you're eating! Sorry, you can't eat like you're practicing every day!

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One-Day Detox Diet {What to eat after a day of not so great eating}

Posted September 5, 2014 in detox, healthy eating, health and 4 more

Although I do eat healthy most of the time, I occasionally have a day that's not so fab.

I usually follow the 80/20 rule - 80% of what I eat is whole foods and 20% is things I love to indulge in like dark chocolate, champagne, wine, ice cream, etc.

But there is (very) occasionally a whole day or most of a day that is full of crap. This week, I had one of those days.

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Weekend Recap {Sept. 5-7}

Posted September 8, 2014 in weekend, Weekend Recap, healthy living and 5 more

How was your weekend?

The BF and I enjoyed a very relaxing weekend! We did get in a few workouts, but we really practiced the art of relaxation. Sometimes it's totally necessary! In addition to doing some serious lounging, we ate a few delicious meals (both indulgent and healthy).

Here's what happened this weekend...

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