Happy Thanksgiving!! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Does it get any better than family and delicious food? My heart and belly are full, and I have so much to be thankful for. I hope you also find yourself with a full belly and happy heart this Thanksgiving. The beauty of this holiday is that it is all about being content and enjoying what you have. We spend so much of our lives striving for the next best thing whether it be clothes, a new electronic device, car, house, or better looking body. But today, we stop, we reflect, and we enjoy all the wonderful people and things we already have. Maybe we need to do it more than once a year? My heart is truly overflowing as I have more than I ever asked or imagined!
Cook Smarts is offering an amazing Black Friday deal. You will not regret this! It is a great way to learn to cook and branch out beyond your same cooking rotation! Start eating real, fresh food every night.
Do you spend more time on the couch than in the kitchen? If you want to eat well, look good, and feel great, you must adopt a healthy lifestyle. One supplement and a gym membership will not cut it. One of the easiest, least expensive ways to improve your health is by spending less time on the couch and more time in the kitchen!
Now some may be thinking, my problem is the kitchen, but I would have to disagree. The problem may be what is in your kitchen, but it is not your kitchen itself. You need to learn to use your kitchen as a solid foundation for a healthy lifestyle. It is also the #1 place your children will learn about food and nutrition.
So what keeps you from cooking? Time? Dishes? Inexperience? Are you overwhelmed by the challenge of planning and coming up with new ideas? Cook Smarts has done the work for you. It provides healthy, cost effective, step by step instructions at the cost of less than one meal out per month. Stop making excuses and start spending more time in the kitchen. You will thank me later.
It is national kale day! Happy national kale day!! How do you eat kale? My sister adds kale to anything it seems. She somehow makes it taste delicious. I, on the other hand, am not a huge kale fan. For one, I don't like to jump on food trends but also the thick texture of kale is just not my fav. I do have one way that I really do enjoy kale and this is not a paid post, it is just my preferred way to consume this green.
The bagged kale chopped salad. When I want a really crunchy, satisfying salad, this is the way to go. A great lunch idea. If you, like me, are not yet crazy over kale, try the chopped salad. For the rest of you kale crazies, celebrate, today is your day!!
When it comes to cookware, I am not fancy. I don't feel any need to impress anyone with my cooking tools and to be honest my pots and pans have been functional for the past 6 years, and I never gave them a second thought. That is until I was boiling my usual pot of water to brew tea and I looked in the water saw white stuff floating. My first thought was, oh I must have not washed it well. I dumped the water, re-washed the pot and boiled another batch. This time an even larger white film covered the water and after the water was dumped I could see stuff coming off the pot.
I was shocked, discusted, and immediately threw out my pots. Who knows what type of chemicals and heavy metals have been slophing into our food through these cheap, "non-stick" cookware. Now I have no idea how dangerous or safe this material is to consume, but I know that I don't want to consume it. And I sure don't want to be feeding it to my children even if simply for the fear of the unknown.
I acted immediately and trashed my pots and called my expert resource, Anna. I asked what type of cookware does a chef/dietitian like yourself use? The endless options are overwhelming and confusing, and some are very expensive. I don't have time or money for trial and error with cookware. She very quickly and confidently recommended cast iron for a skillet and stainless steel for the pots. The cast iron seeps some iron into the food which I could use more of. I love knowing it is good for my body. The stainless steel does not rust and is not altered by acids in the food. Both good choices.
Now, I have a cast iron skillet, but I don't use it all that regularly. Reason being, I never seem to season it properly and everything sticks. I was taught by the chef how to properly season my skillet, and we will see how this new cookware goes!! Do you need to change your cookware to be confident you are optimizing your health?
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Today, I am honored to introduce you to Cook Smarts. I met this amazingly talented and passionate lady, Jess Dang, who has developed a brilliant company, Cook Smarts. It was developed in order to help others live healthier, and I believe their products and materials can help us do just that. Cook Smarts is a meal planning service that has done most of the work for you.
It creates four meals for the week, then you can customize the plan to meet your needs: vegetarian, gluten free, etc, all with the click of a button. Then, you can delete a meal you may not want and add in a meal that better suits your needs. Or maybe you need five meals or only three, no problem. Click click and your meal plan is customized for you and your unique family. You can then email and/or print your grocery list it automatically generates for your customized meal plan. And as if that is not enough, it gives you an outline of what you can prep ahead of time for those of us who are busy and needing minimal after work labor! However, the real cherry on top for me is the real food, balanced nutrition accounted for in every meal!! As a busy mom, this really is a dream come true. I am not a cook and not super creative, but with Cook Smarts, I don't have to be.
Of course, I had to try the meal planner myself before deciding to partner with Cook Smarts, and it was better than I even imagined. The weeks have food themes such as Asian or Mediterranean which cuts down on the labor because elements of each meal are used in the next. It also cuts down on the cost and decreases waste by finishing the package instead of letting it go to waste. Oh, and the recipes are fabulous. I am producing food that tastes like something I ordered from a restaurant! Also, she never makes you feel lost, the website is full of tutorials on "how to" and will guide you through every step.
The lady to the left is Jess. Her story is beautiful, she says of her company, "It’s a testament that great things can grow out of difficult experiences. It’s a daily reminder of what health means and the joy that health can create."
Sign up today. This is by far the best healthy cooking program on the market today. It will pay for itself and help you eat well, look good, and feel great!
Nutrition can be a tough business because everyone wants to make a dollar and sound nutrition is typically not the easiest or most tempting option. We love to opt for the "lose 10 pounds in 7 days juice clease" rather than commit to daily exercise. It is amazing the amount of junk available at the click of a button. Sometimes scientific and sound is not sexy. Other times, it is too hard and unrealistic, but I have been searching. I have been looking for sexy, sound products that make life easier to offer my readers. Abrea Nutrition is excited, ecstatic, and head over heals for this new company!!!!! It is everything I was looking for and some. Check back tomorrow for all the info.
Do you tend to frequent the same restaurants over and over again? Isn't it getting boring? I was bored with our usual and decided to look to Yelp for a new recommendation. We ended up at this new jewel called the Skinny Pig Pizza Shack.
The owner greeted us at the entrance with a warm hello and her daughter (one of them) showed us to our table. The dining area is small, cozy and inviting.
Our Saturday beach plans were cancelled due to rain at the beach and left us looking for a family Saturday morning adventure. We ended up at a farm. Not just any farm: Calico Dairy Farm. A raw milk farm. Now, I have dairy farmers in my family, and I grew up visiting a dairy farm so this was nastalgic for me. Not to mention Westley LOVED all the animals (he is a pro at horse and cow sounds).
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