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The Meal Prep Blueprint

Are you hearing the term ‘meal prep’ over and over again? When it comes to eating better, meal prepping seems to be the advice everyone likes to give. And there’s a lot of logic behind the reasoning. If you make healthy food for the week, you’ll have healthy food to eat throughout the week. While we will do a post of some fantastic meal prep recipes out there, we wanted to do a post that maps out the basics. We’ll tell you some things to have cooked or chopped and ready, so that you can piece together different meals throughout the week. This way, you won’t find yourself eating the same meal every single day, which some people may find to be boring to the...

10 Ways to Eat Broccoli

What the what? Why in the world are we writing about 10 different ways to eat broccoli? Because it’s crazy good for you and it’s delicious. And if you don’t think that it’s delicious, it’s probably how you have been eating this cruciferous veggie. If cooked poorly, we agree, broccoli can be an icky and mushy mess. However, if you steam it or roast it just right, you have a winning masterpiece on your plate. See 10 ways to eat up broccoli all year round. We’re sure that it will even inspire you to have some dinner guests over! Broccoli Tips: Stay away from yellowing broccoli, as that means it’s just getting old. Look for vibrant green broccoli with tight buds. Short on time? Get pre-washed, cut broccoli and cook...

Vegan on a Budget

Think it’s expensive to be vegan? Think again! There are lots of affordable and tasty ingredients you can stock up on to whip up some amazing, animal-free meals. Certain shops will even allow you to buy in bulk, which means extra savings. Check out the items you should head out and purchase right now if you are looking to prep some vegan dishes.   Lentils Lentils are our preferred dry bean to always have in the pantry because no soaking is required and they take only about 20 minutes to cook from the dry stage. Pre-cook a bunch to add to soups and salads at a moment’s notice. Nuts.com Lentils, $2.69-$3.29 per lb.     Potatoes Packed with carbs, fiber, and antioxidants, potatoes are incredibly versatile. Bake them whole, roast them with olive oil...

Holiday Potluck: 10 Light & Tasty Dishes

A potluck always comes around during the holiday season, so it’s best to be prepared with an arsenal of tasty recipes. Now, while we love rich and creamy dishes, this post is dedicated to lighter ones. Why? Because we remember a holiday party we attended one year where one of our favorite dishes with a delightful, raw Brussels sprouts salad with a simple lemon dressing. Great holiday dishes don’t always have to be made with a ton of butter, fat, and cream. Keep reading to see! Taste of Home Cilantro-Tomato Bruschetta Each bite will be so fresh and lively! We love the incorporation of cilantro because it’s one of our favorite ways to add flavor and color to a dish.   Food Network Roasted Cauliflower with Capers and Chile Cauliflower...

What to Eat for a Mental and Physical Boost

Have you ever felt kind of ‘bleh’ even though you think you’ve been eating pretty good? Maybe there’s something missing in your life! Check out the physical and mental wellness boosters below to see if they might be what you need to get you where you want to be.   Fat Don’t be scared of eating fat! We think that it’s actually gotten a bad rap through the years. Eating the RIGHT fats are thought to sharpen the mind, do wonders for your skin and even help with heart disease. Now, we aren’t telling you to go down a dozen cupcakes and eat a gallon of lard, but we are saying to be sure to add some healthy fats to your diet if you aren’t already eating them. Roland...

Slow Cooker Soup and Stew Recipes

Sitting down with a warm, hearty, and flavorful bowl of soup or stew is a must for the cold weather season. There is just something so comforting about it. And while we typically post ‘healthier’ recipes on this blog, we thought that for this post, we would just write about any type of soup or stew that makes our mouths drool. After all, there is nothing wrong with eating something a bit more on a decadent side once in a while, as long as you eat better the majority of the time. All of the recipes shown here are to be made in a slow cooker. We figured it would save you a lot of time at the stove so that you could go off and...

Holiday Party Punch Bowl Recipes

Add glamour to your next holiday get-together with a gorgeous bowl of punch for everyone to share. Not only do these concoctions look wonderfully festive and decorative, but a punch bowl will allow guests to serve themselves so that you have one less thing to worry about. This way, you can go ahead and enjoy the party as well! Pro party tip: If you are serving a cold punch, there are multiple ways to keep the punch from getting watery. 1) Keep a bowl of ice cubes on the side for guests to help themselves too. 2) Place the bowl of punch into a bigger bowl filled with ice. 3) Create a large ice ring and place in the punch. While the ice will melt, it...

8 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

It seems like everyone and their mother…and father…and best friend…and co-worker (you get the point) has an Instant Pot nowadays. The Instant Pot is a programmable pressure cooker that is also known as a smart cooker. Food cooks up to 70% faster, there are easy touch controls, and it even remembers the way that you cook certain dishes! Many people have attributed this technology-enhanced pot with helping them on their weight loss journey, as many healthy meals can be whipped up in it. If you are looking for a way to cook in bulk in order to meal prep for the week, the Instant Pot is something you will be able to use. Just place all your ingredients in it, set it, and go about your...

10 Healthy Air Fryer Recipes

The air fryer has been a favorite for those looking to trim the fat in their cooking. Less oil can be used to make items like French fries, roasted chicken, and much more. This contraption basically works like a convection oven, with hot air cooking food from all around. While the end result often does taste like a ‘healthier’ option, it will hit the spot. If you purchased one and are looking to cook up some dishes that can assist with weight loss, check out some of these delicious recipes right here.   Tasting Table Coconut Shrimp Coconut shrimp is great for dinner or for serving at parties. It’s a great shareable!   Grumpy’s Honeybunch Shishito Peppers Cooked shishito peppers are delicious! It’s no wonder why this is one of the most...

What To Do With Too Many Apples

Did you go apple picking this season yet? Or if you plan to, this is one post you are going to want to save! Apple picking is one of our favorite things to do in the fall, BUT there are only so many raw apples we can eat. Drumroll for some great recipes to use up those apples no matter what varieties you have on hand.   BBC Apple Puree Why in the world would you want to make batches of apple puree? Because you can eat it as is and tastes fantastic when made with fresh apples. Because it is great when used for baby food if you have a baby. Because you can add it to baked goods to add a natural sweetness and moistures. Because...