One of the only downsides to officially ushering in the holiday season (a.k.a. the day after halloween), is the end of daylight savings. It’s the worst. Not only is it starting to get dark earlier anyway, we are now losing an additional hour of precious evening light.
5:30pm now feels like midnight. Awesome.
Despite the early onset darkness that now plagues our country, the cure to lifting your spirits might be easier (and tastier) than you think. Make some brownies! But not just any brownies (because let’s save those calories for grandmas pie at thanksgiving), we’re talking about chocolate sea salt protein brownies!
The best part?
They don’t actually require any baking… (we know, this just made your day. Us too!)Read More
Colorful fall leaves call for colorful fall soups. And fall soups are the best.
(Although, isn’t basically everything about this season the best?)
Not only are they warming and delicious, fall soups get the best spices. There is something so comforting about the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg. But it only really “works” when the fall chill is in the air.
When you use them in the summer, it kinda feels (and smells) like you’re trying to pretend it’s fall. And by the time December rolls around, we’ve all moved on to gingerbread and peppermint.
So while we have these few glorious fall months where sweaters abound (sans bulky coat), and trees still have a little life, give this delicious roasted butternut squash soup a try. It’s not complicated, and your neighbors will come knocking once you start making it.
This recipe makes ~4-6 servings. If you want to add a bit of heartiness to it, add ground turkey or lean ground beef. Also, the leftovers might just be better than the original as the veggies have time to marinade in the spices overnight.Read More
Healthy snacks are a big challenge, and they are usually the thing that derails an otherwise healthy eating day. Unfortunately, over-doing it on snacks in-between meals is all it takes to halt (or even reverse) weight and fat loss progress.
The struggle is especially real when you work long hours, or are constantly on-the-go balancing errands, soccer practice and after school pickups.
So basically, if you are a human in today’s day and age, snacks are likely a struggle.
For most of us, the challenge is not having enough time to cook or chop something healthy. Not to mention the fact that even if you in theory had time, who is actually near a kitchen around 3pm?!Read More
Healthy eating is simple in theory. Just eat real food. That's pretty much it. No matter the diet, paleo, vegan, pegan, vegetarian, etc (we could go on forever), the reason they all get results is because they all emphasize and prioritize eating real food.
So why is it so hard??
Because real food requires real food prep... and food prep requires time and energy, something that can feel very scarce at the end of a long day. (Or in the morning while getting ready for work)
Even though I'm no longer rushing out to an office job, I still find myself short on time and energy when it comes to lunch and dinner and what to eat. Which is how I began my love affair with brown rice pasta.Read More
I really enjoy a good cocktail or great glass of wine. I just do. Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who naturally "didn't like" alcohol (I mean, it's kinda hard to argue that it's healthy), but that's just not me. I'm a fan.
Which is why you will never hear me tell you that you have to give it up completely in order to be healthy.
(Quick caveat, there are times where I recommend taking a break from alcohol. As I said, it's hard to argue that it's "healthy", so if your fat loss progress is stalled, or you can't remember the last time you went 24 hours without alcohol in your system, I recommend taking a few weeks off to see how your body reacts.)Read More
Some of my favorite childhood memories happened in my backyard. In the summer my family would eat dinner outside because summer evenings in New Mexico are basically perfection (no humidity, need I say more?).
My dad was in charge of the grill, and my three siblings and I would run around like maniacs with our dogs (as kids do) while he cooked burgers.
Our house was also located down the street from the park where my town hosted the annual 4th of July fireworks display. This meant my family became the unofficial host of the summer holiday.
We'd always have lots of friends over to eat watermelon and burgers, and when it was time, we'd all walk down to the park to watch the fireworks. It always was a magical evening.Read More
Most green smoothies are the worst. A lot of them deserve an 'A' for effort, but how many times have you ordered one as you rush to work, only to throw it away after 3 sips because it tasted like grass? Or you suck it up and get through it as fast as possible because you refuse to let $9 go to waste?
It might just be me, but I get extra annoyed when I waste money on "heathly" things that taste awful... I mean, I'm all about the cause and eating clean, lean, and green, but come on, I work hard for that $9!!
The healthy struggle is real.Read More
Ok, ok, Meghan Markle didn't ACTUALLY approve this recipe, but it was inspired by her so that counts for something right?
Just in case you've been living under a rock, Megan Markle is an American actress who is getting married to Prince Harry on Saturday. It's a big deal because the couple is breaking with traditions all over the place (such as the fact that she's American and divorced, very edgy).
Last week I was listening to a short podcast about royal wedding traditions (for some reason I'm fascinated by the whole process), and I learned that traditionally the cake served at the reception is a fruit cake. Yep, you read that right, of all the delicious baked confections that the royal family has at their disposal, they decided to go with the world's worst option.Read More
Over the last 6+ years, I've experimented with every diet from vegan to paleo. My Mom (being the saint that she is) even got in the habit of calling before I'd come to visit to find out what my latest dietary restrictions were because she could never keep up.
(thanks Mom for always accommodating with a smile!)
My obsession with learning more about food and how it impacts health is actually what lead me to become a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach. I remember sitting at (yet another) health and wellness talk, and when it was over I thought, "hmm, I didn't learn anything... I already knew all of this!" And that's what gave me the courage to quit my cushy Wall Street job and dive into the health and fitness world.Read More
I used to only eat sweet potato at Thanksgiving. And by "eat sweet potato", I mean I would eat the toasted marshmallows off the top of the casserole, and leave the potatoes on my plate...
For some reason they weirded me out. They are similar to potatoes... but orange? Weird. It wasn't until I did my first Whole30 in January of 2014, that I really started EATING sweet potatoes.
If you aren't familiar with Whole30, it's a 30 day strict paleo challenge where you cut out all processed foods, sugar, legumes, dairy, grains, soy, and alcohol (it's kinda no joke). I quickly realized that without rice or white potatoes (when I did it, white potatoes were still restricted, this has now been added to the accepted list), I needed a carb alternative.Read More
I'm from a desert, which means I did not grow up eating much seafood (land locked state, things from the ocean are not really New Mexico's specialty). So I don't think I really tried salmon until well into my 20's, and it was kinda not by choice at first...Read More
I'm pretty sure banana wheels are the staple of most kids diet, so this snack (or some derivative of it) has been in my life since the beginning. But I don't love bananas... there's something about the texture that sometimes makes me gag. But banana wheels with almond butter and chocolate... now that's a different story!Read More