Posts tagged with "recipes"

Weekend Recap {Dec. 12-14}

Posted December 15, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, party and 8 more

Is it really Monday already? The weekend flew by!

My weekend was very Christmasy! I threw a holiday party, I looked at Christmas lights, I wrapped gifts, I watched Christmas movies, I wrote my Christmas cards, I bought some seasonal tea and I did some Christmas shopping. I love this time of year!

Here's what I did this weekend...

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Weekend Recap {Dec. 19-21}

Posted December 22, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, Christmas and 8 more

Merry Monday before Christmas! I hope your weekend was festive.

I definitely felt festive over the weekend! The BF and I celebrated the holiday with friends at a gingerbread house making party, and we finished up our Christmas shopping and gift wrapping.

I celebrated the Winter Solstice with 108 Sun Salutations! And we ate some absolutely delicious food (inclduing gingerbread house ingredients).

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Weekend Recap {Jan. 2-4}

Posted January 5, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, recipes and 6 more

I'm back at work today after nearly two weeks off! My holiday break flew by and, to be honest, I'm not ready to be back at work.

I had a long list of things I wanted to accomplish during my break, and I got through just a handful of them - watching as many Christmas movies as possible, relaxing, launching my new health coaching business (!!), creating a Sweet Success newsletter (sign up here), teaching extra fitness classes, spending tons of time with my family, organizing my home office and taking time to myself.

There were some things I didn't get to, but I feel like my break was a good mix of spending time with people I care about, relaxing and being productive. Full disclosure, I was either wearing workout clothes or pajamas during my entire break. It was the best.

I'm actually feeling a bit under the weather today. This happened to me last year also. As soon as my holiday break was over and I had to go back to work, I got sick. Maybe my immunity gets weak because I drink wine and winter beers nearly every evening during my vacation!

Anyway, here's how I spent the last few days of my wonderful break...

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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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How I Survived an Elimination Diet

Posted February 25, 2015 in elimination diet, healthy eating, headaches and 5 more


In January, I started an elimination diet to determine if my recurring headaches and migraines were caused by food. Read more about that and how to do an elimination diet here.

I eliminated gluten, dairy, soy, corn, sugar, eggs, nuts, alcohol and caffeine for about three weeks. I reintroduced each food one by one every few days and took note of how my body felt.

Before I tell you how I felt after reintroducing foods, I want to share how I felt and what I was eating when all the foods were eliminated. Mostly because everyone kept asking me, "So what are you eating?", like I was starving to death.

So here's what I ate...

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Self-Love February Recap

Posted February 28, 2015 in Self-Love February, self love, self-care and 11 more

Today is the last day of Self-Love February. I hope you go into March feeling a little more love for yourself!

Creating content based on this theme was really important to me because there are so many women (and men) who spend too much time criticizing themselves, which leads to self-hate, which leads to not treating your body with care.

Each week this month, I challenged you to do something every day that would help you love yourself a little more. If you didn't participate or missed a week, do it in March (or April or May). Finding self-love is a journey and takes work!

Here's a recap of Self-Love February...

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Health Coach Approved Meals That Will Keep You Happy and Satisfied

Posted July 8, 2015 in recipes, healthy living, healthy eating and 7 more


After traveling for a couple of weeks in June, I came home feeling extra inspired to get back in the kitchen to make home-cooked meals.

I got back to eating some of my usual meals, but I also tried a few new recipes and whipped up some delicious new dishes that I created myself.

Keep in mind that these are examples of the healthiest foods that I eat. I eat like this most of the time, but I do enjoy cocktails, cold beer on hot summer days, a trip to the fro yo shop on occasion and pizza (oh, how I love pizza!).

Living a healthy lifestyle isn't all or nothing. The majority of my diet is made up of nutritious, healthy food, so when I have a piece of cake at a birthday party or go out for drinks with friends, I don't feel guilty. I never have to start over or get back on track.

It took me a long time to get here. I used to have A LOT of food guilt. But it's so freeing to just let go of the guilt and truly enjoy food!

Here are some of my recent eats...

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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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How to open a pomegranate + pomegranate recipes

Posted November 11, 2015 in pomegranate, recipes, healthy eating and 8 more


I am totally in love with pomegranates. They are juicy and crunchy, sweet and a bit tart - absolutely yummy.

The pom is also said to be extremely rich in antioxidants, and has been shown to naturally lower blood pressure. They are also high in vitamin C and fiber. (Source)

For a long time, I would rarely buy pomegranates because they were a huge pain to open. You only eat the arils that reside inside the pomegranate so you have to get those things out somehow. But I've tested out a few methods for opening the pomegranate and I found a super easy way to get these seeds out.

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Delicious Fresh Juice Recipes + the Benefits of Juicing

Posted January 12, 2016 in fresh juice recipes, juicer, juicing and 6 more

I know it's super cliché, but if I could wear yoga pants and drink green juice every day I totally would. 

But I live in the middle of Nebraska where juice bars don't exist. My local grocery stores carry bottled juices, but at $4 to $8 each, I refuse to buy them regularly. So about two years ago, I bought an inexpensive juicer (I have this Hamilton Beach Juicer). Now, I absolutely love making my own fresh juices. 

For me, drinking fresh juice makes getting in my necessary vitamins and nutrients easier. I especially love drinking fresh juice in the winter, when I don't eat as much fruit. 

The liquid extracted from fruits and vegetables contains vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Some say that drinking fresh juice allows your body to absorb the nutrients better than when you eat whole fruits and vegetables. It is recommended to drink fresh juice on an empty stomach or about an hour before a meal. 

Juicing is also said to allow your digestive system to rest because juice is much easier for your body to process. 

I'm all about finding a healthy balance. I love including juice in my diet, which is made up of plenty of whole fruits and vegetables.

I highly recommend watching the doumentaries Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2. Joe Cross, the filmmaker, has a more intense approach to juicing, but the films really outline the benefits of juicing and eliminating processed food from your diet.

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Avocado Toast topped with Scrambled Eggs with Herbs

Posted May 13, 2016 in avocado toast, eggs, breakfast and 6 more

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Are you as obsessed with avocado toast as I am? 

I usually top my avocado toast with over easy eggs, red pepper flakes and pink Himalayan salt. But I decided to give my eggs an upgrade after watching Michael Symon make scrambled eggs with herbs on The Chew (one of my fave shows).

Now I feel like I've been making avocado toast with eggs all wrong. 

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Meat Free July

Posted June 27, 2016 in Go Veg July, vegetarian, meat-free and 5 more

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Are you ready to take your health to the next level? Join my Meat Free July challenge! Sign up now --> bit.ly/meatfreejuly

I'm so excited about this challenge! I've been eating vegetarian most days for the past year or so (maybe longer), and I feel pretty awesome! I have tons energy, I sleep well, my skin is glowing and so much more! 

How does going meat-free make me feel so great? On days that I go meat-free, I eat more veggies, whole grains and nutritious plant-based sources of protein. 

I've never gone full veg before, and I'm interested to see how I'll feel. I was also inspired to go meat-free after watching the documentary Cowspiracy and from my yoga teacher training. I'll share more about the yoga perspective on being vegetarian later!

I can't do this alone, so you have to do it with me!

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You had me at guacamole

Posted September 16, 2016 in National Guacamole Day, avocado, healthy eating and 7 more

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Happy National Guacamole Day!

Since eliminating dairy from my diet nearly a month ago, I've basically replaced cheese with guacamole. The amount of guacamole and avocados that I've eaten in the past four weeks is a little obscene. 

I can't even tell you how many times I've eaten sprouted grain bread toasted and topped with guacamole and eggs. But I have no shame!

Which is why I feel like this is a (internet) holiday worth celebrating.

Here are some amazing guac recipes and fun guac goodies...

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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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