Fit Friday: Go-to Snacks

Well, my computer is working… kinda… kinda not. I have a new battery and charger, but it still shuts down on me randomly. Frustrating, but currently it’s on, so I’m going with it.

I wanted to share with you my top 5 go-to snack foods. These are items I always have ready to go in my house for all those times when I just need something… like RIGHT NOW.

So here ya go, my 5 foods you should have in your kitchen always.

1) Hard-boiled eggs

Eggs are fabulous. Eggs fill you up. They are high in protein to keep you full for a while but they can also be a pain to cook if you should have been out the door 5 minutes ago. I usually get 2 dozen eggs when I go grocery shopping; 1 to cook with and 1 for hard-boiling. That way I have all set a super easy breakfast, or snack, or lunch. Have a few minutes? Chop them up, mix in an avocado, add some lemon juice, salt and pepper and you have a delicious egg salad. Or try on top of a salad. Either way, hard-boiled eggs are indispensable in my house.

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2) Trail-mix

Trail mix is one of those foods I’ve always adored, since I was a kid…. then again, when I was a kid I usually just ate all the  M&M’s, but still, I love it. And it’s super easy and extremely versatile. Plus, it’s almost always paleo. I like to keep a large container all ready to go in my pantry. As it starts to empty, I can add new ingredients so it’s ever changing. I start with nuts of any type (just not peanuts), add dried fruit (no added sugar), unsweetened coconut, dark chocolate chips; the possibilities are endless. Toss a handful in a ziploc and put in your purse for anytime that you feel your blood sugar dropping; or munch on some after a tough workout- your body will thank you for it.

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3) Veggies veggies and more veggies

I like to keep a good sized gladware container full of ready to go chopped up veggies in my fridge at all times. It makes everything from snack time to dinner prep easier. I try to keep the veggies organic and seasonal, but usually there are carrots, celery, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, etc. It’s easy to grab a handful with some dressing to add to my lunch. A little dicing and they are set for my morning omelette, or a quick saute and they can be added to dinner. I prep a bunch on the weekend so I’m all ready to go throughout the week.

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4) Plain cooked chicken

Chicken is one of those foods that can be used for just about any meal at any time of day. It makes the week run a whole lot smoother if I have several chicken breasts precooked from the weekend ready for whatever and whenever. I can shred it, add some salsa, and wrap it in a lettuce cup for lunch. I can add it on top of a salad. I can toss it in a stir fry. Really, it can go just about anywhere. And since Paleo doesn’t bode well with “fast food” or those frozen meals from the grocery store; it’s nice to have something that can be just as quick.

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5) Fruit

Uh… I don’t think this one needs much explanation, but don’t think it’s not just as important. I can’t tell you how many times I’m about to run out the door when my stomach growls and I stare at the kitchen looking for inspiration. My savior? A peach, or banana, or apple, or pear…. Anything that’s easy to grab and go, I’m all for. For fruits that aren’t so easy, just make sure to have some prepped before hand. When it’s berry season, I like to have a huge bowl of strawberries, tops cut off, to add to smoothies, top a salad, for on the road, etc. Same with pineapple, oranges, or any other fruit that needs some preparation.

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If you’ve noticed, each snack tends to take a bit of preparation. But I’m always so thankful that I’ve put in the time to have these healthy snacks ready when I need something quick. Just find a day when you have 30-60 minutes, and get your kitchen all set for the rest of the week. You’ll be just as glad as I am when you end up reaching for a cup of strawberries and a hardboiled egg instead of some nasty chemical concoction.

By the way, most of you know that I’ve been Paleo for a few months now and that I’m working to lose weight for my wedding… well I’ve hit a bit of a plateau (lost 13lbs so far!) and I decided that the biggest push I’m going to get is from sharing even more, so…. now on Fridays I will not only be sharing tips and tricks that I’ve discovered, but … I will also share my weight…………..

OH MY GOSH!… what have I done…. lol.

and maybe a picture… that one still really scares.

So … here goes.

I started at 170lbs. I am now at 157. My goal is between 130-140.

Phew, ok. Not so bad. 😛

Do you have a weight loss goal? Do you have any tips  and tricks? I would love to hear about your journey!

Love!

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Small Change Saturday: Green your Clean

Hello Fabulous People! How is everyone?

It’s time for our 3rd installment of Small Change Saturday. Have you been flossing? Have you spent time outdoors? How are you feeling? I would love to know how things are going.

Ready for your next challenge?

This week I want you to Green Your Clean. I am going to share with you some simple recipes and products that will give your home that clean feeling without loading it up with a bunch of yucky toxic chemicals. Plus, it’s safer for you, your kids, your pets, and the Earth.

Now remember, I’m on the same journey you are. I have recently purged my home of my regular go-to cleaners and replaced them with easy to make, easy to use, natural homemade cleaners. I have tested them, and they work. Plus, I want to make your cleaning routine easier, simpler. It’s hard to make a new change stick if there are barriers in the way. I want to give you the tools to succeed. So here goes…

Ingredients:

white vinegar

baking soda

hydrogen peroxide

That’s it- just 3 ingredients to clean your whole house.

I recommend picking your ingredients up in bulk… they’re cheaper that way, and you will find yourself using them for everything!

 

Recipes:

All purpose cleaner- (and I mean all purpose- floors, windows, counters, etc.)

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1 part vinegar + 1 part water

For really strong cleaning- you can use vinegar undiluted. Don’t worry, the smell will dissipate relatively quickly. 🙂

 

 

 

 

All purpose scrubber-

Baking soda + water to form a paste

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Got something super yucky? Say really gross soap scum in your bathtub? First use scrubber, then spray with all purpose, then scrub again.

 

 

 

 

Disinfectant

hydrogen peroxide- use anywhere you would use bleach

*only keep hydrogen peroxide in a container that is opaque. Light can break down the peroxide making it uneffective*

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If you have an item that you need to make sure is completely disinfected (ie cutting board with chicken juice); wash with soap and water, dry, spray vinegar solution and hydrogen peroxide (keep in separate spray bottles), scrub, let dry. The mixture of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide has been shown to be better than chlorinated bleach.

 

Deodorizer- 

baking soda…uh that’s it

Sprinkle in trash cans, on carpets before vacuuming, in your gym shoes, and anywhere else that gets gross. Wait 15-30 min, depending on stench, and shake or vacuum up. Tada! No smell.

 

If you want to get super fancy… or feel the need for extra credit (silly over achiever you!), you can add essential oils to your vinegar mixture or baking soda. Here are some ideas.

Tea Tree Oil

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Lemon

Lavender

Rosemary

Peppermint

Eucalyptus

or a mixture of the above

I’m currently working on creating my own “signature” blend for cleaning and body products. I’ll let you know what I come up with.

So what should you use with your new cleaning products?

There are only a few items that you need to really clean your whole home.

1. A good handheld scrubber

2. A small scrubber (or an old toothbrush works well too)

3. Microfiber cloths and/or old t-shirts cut up into rags

          You can gather the items above, along with your two spray bottles, and         your box of baking soda in a handy carryall like this one.

4. Extendable duster for ceiling fans and cobwebs

5. A floor “mop”– use something like a swiffer that you can attach the microfiber cloths to. You can even use the “wetjet” and just add your vinegar solution to it.

Extra Credit- a steam cleaner. These things are fabulous for floors, curtains, anything. They sanitize with no chemicals. yay!

Love! (and cleanliness!)

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My life by the seasons

I love the seasons. I love everything about the seasons. I love the idea that time ebbs and flows, back and forth, that not every moment is like every other… that life has a rhythm, a cycle.

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.  ~Stanley Horowitz

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This is what I’ve discovered…

Winter is for contemplation and rest

 In winter, your focus should be on yourself. This is the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. Now is the perfect time to do a self inventory. Find out where you are, where you want to go, and how you want to get there. Love on yourself. Get some much deserved rest and prepare yourself for the year ahead.

 Spring is for new beginnings and creation

 In spring, your focus should be on new challenges. This is the time when your creative juices are their strongest. Take your cue from nature and create something. Take risks, be bold, and go way outside you’re comfort zone. Take all that energy that you stored up in winter and send it out into the world. This is the time of change and new beginnings.

 Summer is for adventure and leisure

 In summer, your focus should be on keeping the momentum going that you started in the spring. Now is the time to “up the ante” so to speak. Nature is exploding with life and energy and you should be too. But summer is also a time to spend time enjoying life. Find something that you love doing and spending time with it everyday. Even better, take your hobby (whatever it is) outdoors. Soak up the sun, breathe the fresh air, and enjoy yourself.

 Autumn is for family and harvest

 In autumn, your focus should be on reaping the bounty that you have sown. Complete the task that you have been working towards all year. Harvest all that you have sown. This is also a time to focus on family. Bring all the energy that has been out in the world working to attain your goal back towards home base. Nothing can be achieved without a strong base. Soak up love, joy, peace and share it with those closest to you.

There is a reason God did not make everyday sunny and 70. There is a need in life for ups and downs, times for creation and times for contemplation. Life is meant to have rain and sunshine. Life is meant to be lived by the seasons.

Love!