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If you're looking for articles featuring inspiration or the latest in health and weight loss news, look no further.

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       9 posts
  1. Balance   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       3 posts
  1. Parenting   
       2 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

Meal Planning

Tips and tricks for planning healthy meals for yourself and your family.
    • Healthy Eating
    • Meal Planning

    There are thousands of different combinations you can make to come up with the perfect smoothie. These drinks are a great choice when you're on the go, bored with your old breakfast and snack ideas, or just want to satisfy a sweet tooth.

    Follow these steps to build the perfect smoothie.

    Step 1: Choose a base.

    Step 2: Pick your favorite fruits/vegetables.

    Step 3: Add a liquid.

    Step 4: Give your smoothie a little something extra.

    • Parenting
    • Meal Planning

    As a mom of two very young boys, it is within my control to feed them the nutritious and healthy food their little bodies need. But I know that as they get older, I will not always be able to control what they eat. (Yikes!)

    I've heard parents talk about their frustrations with our schools – elementary through high school – offering junk food and really making it quite easy for our kids to eat unhealthy while they are at school.

    From vending machines stocked with soda, potato chips, and candy, to the cafeteria selling pizza, fries, and a host of other unhealthy foods, it can be very hard for kids to make healthy choices at school.

    One solution to this problem is obviously eliminating all the junk food that schools currently stock. It would definitely be a shock to some people – students and teachers alike – to not have the option to purchase this food while at school. But this would likely be a huge step in improving the health of our children.

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed that schools make some changes to what they offer to students. Candy and high-calorie soda would vanish from vending machines, replaced with water, diet soda, and food items like baked chips. (Note that although this would be an improvement, diet soda and baked chips aren't healthy either!)

    Students would no longer have the option of getting mozzarella sticks and nachos at lunch. Instead, there would be options like healthy pizza (whatever that looks like), fruit, and yogurt. Again, that would be a definite step in the right direction, but it is still not what kids should be eating (or adults, for that matter). What about lean protein and veggies and good fats?

    So, what's a concerned parent to do? If your child’s school doesn't offer healthy options, or if you’re worried that the unhealthy options will be too tempting, packing a healthy lunch is usually the best choice. But that isn't to say that you should give up! Let your school’s cafeteria director, principal, and the school board know how important it is to offer healthy food and beverages for students. Better yet, band together with other parents – there's more power in numbers!

    Another thing you can do: model healthy eating habits yourself.

    Tom Vilsack, the USDA Secretary, said, "Parents and teachers work hard to instill healthy eating habits in our kids, and these efforts should be supported when kids walk through the schoolhouse door." I agree with Mr. Vilsack, but I also think it is our responsibility as adults to demonstrate good behavior for kids, and that includes eating healthy food. If kids see their teachers or parents chowing down on unhealthy food, they aren't going to listen to those same teachers and parents urging them to eat healthy.

    The good news is if you are committed to eating healthier and following Beyond Diet, your kids will be more likely to do the same!

    What do your kids eat for lunch at school?

    • Meal Planning

    It can be REALLY hard to find the time to make healthy dinners during the week. Trust me, I know...between work, taking care of my 2 boys, making sure the house is in order, and attempting to fit in a workout...by the time I get to dinner, I am beat and not always interested in making a complicated meal. That's where a dish like this comes in handy!

    Here's what you'll need:

    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
    • 1 lb ground beef
    • Taco Seasoning: 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
    • 2 cups diced tomatoes
    • Sliced jalapenos (amount will depend on your tastes)

    Here's what to do:

    Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat.

    While cooking, mix up the spices for the taco seasoning (chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, ground cumin, red pepper, oregano, salt, and pepper) in a small bowl.

    Add the spices to the skillet and stir it all up so the meat is evenly coated.

    Stir in diced tomatoes and jalapenos.

    Not a fan of spicy foods? Skip the jalapenos and add diced bell peppers instead. You could really add any vegetable you want at this point - sauteed onions, sauteed spinach, zucchini, etc. If you do opt for different veggies, you might want to play around with the spices you use in the previous step, too.

    Add cooked quinoa to skillet and stir until well incorporated.

    Let simmer for a few more minutes and voila! All done! The whole process should only have taken about 15 minutes...perfect, right? Serve warm with a little shredded cheese on top (optional).

    • Healthy Eating
    • Meal Planning

    There are thousands of different combinations you can make to come up with the perfect smoothie. These drinks are a great choice when you're on the go, bored with your old breakfast and snack ideas, or just want to satisfy a sweet tooth.

    Follow these steps to build the perfect smoothie.

    Step 1: Choose a base.

    Step 2: Pick your favorite fruits/vegetables.

    Step 3: Add a liquid.

    Step 4: Give your smoothie a little something extra.

    • Parenting
    • Meal Planning

    As a mom of two very young boys, it is within my control to feed them the nutritious and healthy food their little bodies need. But I know that as they get older, I will not always be able to control what they eat. (Yikes!)

    I've heard parents talk about their frustrations with our schools – elementary through high school – offering junk food and really making it quite easy for our kids to eat unhealthy while they are at school.

    From vending machines stocked with soda, potato chips, and candy, to the cafeteria selling pizza, fries, and a host of other unhealthy foods, it can be very hard for kids to make healthy choices at school.

    One solution to this problem is obviously eliminating all the junk food that schools currently stock. It would definitely be a shock to some people – students and teachers alike – to not have the option to purchase this food while at school. But this would likely be a huge step in improving the health of our children.

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed that schools make some changes to what they offer to students. Candy and high-calorie soda would vanish from vending machines, replaced with water, diet soda, and food items like baked chips. (Note that although this would be an improvement, diet soda and baked chips aren't healthy either!)

    Students would no longer have the option of getting mozzarella sticks and nachos at lunch. Instead, there would be options like healthy pizza (whatever that looks like), fruit, and yogurt. Again, that would be a definite step in the right direction, but it is still not what kids should be eating (or adults, for that matter). What about lean protein and veggies and good fats?

    So, what's a concerned parent to do? If your child’s school doesn't offer healthy options, or if you’re worried that the unhealthy options will be too tempting, packing a healthy lunch is usually the best choice. But that isn't to say that you should give up! Let your school’s cafeteria director, principal, and the school board know how important it is to offer healthy food and beverages for students. Better yet, band together with other parents – there's more power in numbers!

    Another thing you can do: model healthy eating habits yourself.

    Tom Vilsack, the USDA Secretary, said, "Parents and teachers work hard to instill healthy eating habits in our kids, and these efforts should be supported when kids walk through the schoolhouse door." I agree with Mr. Vilsack, but I also think it is our responsibility as adults to demonstrate good behavior for kids, and that includes eating healthy food. If kids see their teachers or parents chowing down on unhealthy food, they aren't going to listen to those same teachers and parents urging them to eat healthy.

    The good news is if you are committed to eating healthier and following Beyond Diet, your kids will be more likely to do the same!

    What do your kids eat for lunch at school?

    • Meal Planning

    It can be REALLY hard to find the time to make healthy dinners during the week. Trust me, I know...between work, taking care of my 2 boys, making sure the house is in order, and attempting to fit in a workout...by the time I get to dinner, I am beat and not always interested in making a complicated meal. That's where a dish like this comes in handy!

    Here's what you'll need:

    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
    • 1 lb ground beef
    • Taco Seasoning: 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
    • 2 cups diced tomatoes
    • Sliced jalapenos (amount will depend on your tastes)

    Here's what to do:

    Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat.

    While cooking, mix up the spices for the taco seasoning (chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, ground cumin, red pepper, oregano, salt, and pepper) in a small bowl.

    Add the spices to the skillet and stir it all up so the meat is evenly coated.

    Stir in diced tomatoes and jalapenos.

    Not a fan of spicy foods? Skip the jalapenos and add diced bell peppers instead. You could really add any vegetable you want at this point - sauteed onions, sauteed spinach, zucchini, etc. If you do opt for different veggies, you might want to play around with the spices you use in the previous step, too.

    Add cooked quinoa to skillet and stir until well incorporated.

    Let simmer for a few more minutes and voila! All done! The whole process should only have taken about 15 minutes...perfect, right? Serve warm with a little shredded cheese on top (optional).

    Categories

    1. Healthy Eating   
         9 posts
    1. Balance   
         4 posts
    1. Meal Planning   
         3 posts
    1. Gluten Free   
         3 posts
    1. Parenting   
         2 posts
    1. Clean Eating   
         2 posts
    1. Cheat Day   
         1 posts
    1. Inspiration   
         1 posts
    1. Guest Post   
         1 posts

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