Vegetable Korma

With a busy schedule (as I am sure most of us can relate), the only way for me to truly stay on track with clean eating is meal prep. I am not a huge fan of the traditional chicken + broccoli for lunch & dinner (5x a week) especially because I’m vegetarian, but more because its BORING!

This healthy combo has been one of my go-to recipes recently!

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Simple. Creamy. Naturally Sweetened. & Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a dessert. 
Chia seed pudding is a mini powerhouse of calcium, antioxidants and omega-3’s. + I’m a big fan of anything that I can pop into the fridge & have breakfast waiting for me in the morning! (ahem, 0vernight 0ats)
I’ve avoided making + eating Chia Pudding for as long as I can remember. I was always so unsure of what the texture would be like + what it would taste like, but after some research, I decided to take the plunge & I’m so glad that I did.
We’ve been hearing for what seems like years, how great Chia seeds are. Just last year, I shared their many benefits. Sprinkle them on top of salads, sandwiches, blend them into smoothies or use them as an egg replacement… the possibilities seem endless.
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Organic: To Be or Not To Be?

foodiesfeed.com_red-carrots-at-farmers-marketOne of the most perplexing questions for even an accustomed grocery shopper is whether or not organic produce is worth the extra dollar. Organic foods offer a number of benefits, including lower pesticide exposure and a lessened environmental impact. In all honesty, buying organic can be expensive but you can get the most out of your next shopping trip by prioritizing which foods you should purchase organic.
Each year, The Environmental Working Group releases an annual dirty dozen list, which includes foods that you should buy organic. The group analyzes data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little the samples have. It is important to note that some crops face high numbers of fungus and insect threats, therefore prompting farmers to use more pesticides.
Often times, a cocktail of pesticide residues remain on the food after we purchase them and when we consume them, doesn’t that sound yummy?
Find out some of the worst pesticide residue culprits below! The list contains a culmination of the most recent dirty dozen list along with some additions.
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Turkey Day

I still can’t believe that the holiday season is upon us. I have been totally counting down the days until Thanksgiving… It’s so close I can taste it (especially with the acorn squash recipe below)! How fortunate are we to have a day dedicated to spending time with family and friends, eating, watching football and just being thankful for all that we have!? As you prepare your menu for Thanksgiving Day, consider incorporating some of the health(ier) recipes below!
Take a second to look around and realize how amazing this life is. I encourage each of you to grab a friend or a relative and spend some time giving back to your community this holiday season. Donate your time, a hug or a meal to someone in need because sometimes the impact that you can have on an individual can mean the world to them. Lets spread positive vibes this holiday season!
I am currently taking part in Lauren Gleisberg’s #LGfitmas challenge, which is comprised of daily workout challenges posted to her blog + a huge accountability base on Instagram + occasional recipes, and more! Fortunately, it just started today so it’s not too late for you to get on board! The holidays often times present a number of challenges with holiday parties, treats and more but I am looking forward to mixing up my routine with this challenge and holding myself accountable. PSA: Lauren offers variations so you can do the exercises at home, no excuses!
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What Your Food Label Really Means…

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Do you spend extra time and money to purchase “all natural” foods, in hopes of fueling your body with only the best ingredients?
If you fit in this category… Congrats! You are amongst the 60% of people that say they look for the term “natural” on food labels (according to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center).
About two-thirds of people surveyed said that they believed that “natural” means that there are no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). However… the FDA has not developed a true definition of the term for food labels and they won’t object to the claim that something is natural, as long as there are no artificial or synthetic ingredients in a product. This leaves a huge gray area for the term natural and is therefore misguiding consumers.
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Replace This With That

There are an endless number of substitutions or replacements that you can make in your daily meals to cut down on your fat, sugar and carbohydrates while increasing your protein and nutrient intake! While I have only listed a few, in the grand scheme of things, you can make substitutions on your own by looking at the nutritional information on the foods that you are eating!
Replace This With That
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17 of the Best Meatless Protein Sources

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I go through spurts… Sometimes I love a steak medium-well, other times just the thought of meat is repulsive. At times I crave an egg and cheese bagel, but most of the time I cannot stand the taste of eggs. Some people think it’s weird and others cannot understand how you can eat a balanced diet without eating meat everyday. For me, preparing the meat myself is the worst. It makes it a lot easier if I order meat at a restaurant, but even then…
Growing up, my family rarely ate meat. An occasional hamburger or grilled chicken, turkey on Thanksgiving, ham on Christmas, other than that we were fed meatless sources of protein. Carnivores often times laugh at the idea of tofu, calling it a hippie food, although there are a number of great tofu recipes (like my Black Soybean Tofu Lettuce Wraps). Tofu is definitely not the only meatless protein source; in fact the list below provides a number of options for anyone (vegetarian or not) looking to reduce their meat intake and increase their protein intake.
What is protein?
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How Your Food is Deceiving You

The smoothie was filled with strawberries, bananas and frozen yogurt and 55 grams of sugar!
Yes fruit is high in natural sugar, but it is important to recognize just how much sugar, sodium and fat you are taking in when eating out. Unfortunately some of the most innocent sounding meals are filled with the unhealthiest ingredients and they are invisible because you are not preparing the food yourself.
It is important to be wary of exactly what you are eating. While some options are much healthier than others, they might not be as healthy as you think!After my delicious smoothie this morning, I came to the understanding that many places add ice cream, sugar or sherbet to their smoothies for a better taste but the consumers are completely unaware. A smoothie can be a very healthy treat but making it at home allows you to control the amount of sugar and fat that is added!
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