Do These Three Things More To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

Listen, we all indulge around the holidays. What else are they meant for?

Just kidding. Jesus is the reason for the season. And friends and family are the back bone of life. But the food, festivities, and holiday activities are amazing and we want to celebrate them and enjoy them!
There are things you can do to be the healthiest you can be, even with constant parties, food everywhere, sweets at every turn, and decadent and delicious holiday dinners.
Do these three things more to stay on track and keep a healthy base this holiday season.

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It’s been a while since I shouted from the rooftops about drinking enough water. But seriously, drink enough water! I have a 32-ounce water bottle that I fill and strive to drink at least two of a day. It is NOT a failure if I miss a bottle’s worth or drink barely any in a day. But it is a fail if I ‘give up’ at drinking water because I didn’t hit my goals.
Goals are important but remember, staying positive and always striving for your best is better than perfection. (Perfection is not real and you will only let yourself down. Just be as consistent as possible.)

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There is nothing healthier on this earth than vegetables. Every diet needs vegetables in it and the more, the better. Plus they are full of water and if you didn’t get it from my first paragraph, we all need more water!

Rest More

It is so important to rest in this life. This means as much sleep as you can get each night (I advise as I am up working late, LOL.) Also, if you need a minute to step away and take a deep breath, take it. Need a walk around the block, do it.
Don’t give up! One mistep is not a fail. An extra indulgent meal (or a few of them plus dessert,) do not make you instantly unhealthy and it’s ok to have grace with yourself. In fact, you must! Just do the best you can to make the most healthy decisions each day, and never stop striving for wellness! Happy Holiday season!

Homemade Popcorn (with Lots of Mix-Ins!)

We love popcorn around here, but it’s got to be homemade. My Dad made it when we were kids and I’ve loved it ever since. I taught Nick his recipe and now he makes it. Yum

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  • avocado oil (or peanut)
  • popcorn kernels
  • butter (or Vegan substitute)
  • salt

Just take a large soup pan and turn it on medium heat. Add a high heat oil like peanut or avocado oil to the bottom of the pan, just enough to cover the bottom. Place one popcorn kernel into the middle of the pan and cover. When the kernel pops, you know the oil is ready.

Remove the popped kernel and pour in popcorn kernels to cover the bottom, just like the oil, and cover the pan. Once it starts popping, wait about 30 seconds but then shake it around with the cover on, so that all the kernels have a chance to pop and nothing burns.

As good as popcorn is, there is nothing worse than burnt popcorn.

Pour the popcorn into a bowl and finish it off with melted butter and salt for the perfect homemade popcorn.

Possible additions:
chili powder
parmesan cheese
parmesan cheese and black pepper
parmesan cheese and garlic
peanut butter
peanut butter and caramel
caramel and chocolate
chocolate and peanut butter
salt and pepper
italian seasoning
Everyone loves popcorn so make some tonight and maybe even try a new flavor!

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Pudding

Nick loves chia pudding. And chia pudding is quick, easy, healthy, and a great dish to have on hand. So we have it a lot and I am always trying new combos.

This is my newest version and according to him, it’s a winner, too. Make this quick so you can get some of the last of the summer strawberries to add in. Yum!

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  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Combine all the ingredients and let chill in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight. (Stir a couple of times in the first couple of hours to make sure that everything is combined.)

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How-To: Perfectly Grilled Sweet Corn

The summer is almost gone, but wait! If you’re in WI, you can still get fresh, local sweet corn, and have a summer meal, even now=)

I love to grill sweet corn, it’s the best. It’s super easy, too. Just soak it, grill it, shuck it, and eat it. Here’s how:

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  • 4-6 sweet corn
  • 2 gallons of water (or until the corn is completely submerged)
  • 1 large roasting pan (for soaking)

Place the corn, full husk, into a roasting pan and fill the IMG_20180830_133456pan with water. Soak for an hour or as long as you can.

Light your grill (gas or charcoal,) shake off any access water and grill the corn until the husks are burnt and black, or about 20 minutes.

Husk and eat with lots of butter (or Vegan substitute,) salt and pepper! For me, make some BBQ chicken and you’ve got the perfect summer IMG_20180830_201024meal.

BBQ chicken and grilled sweet corn= summer meal perfection. I’m sorry to everyone who will miss the summer. But me? I actually get to experience some Fall this year and I AM TOO EXCITED!

Are you a Fall lover, too?

 

Crock Pot Stewed Apples and Raisins

If you read my Fall posts last year, you know I am not a pumpkin fan. I don’t want Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I don’t want pumpkin seeds, and I don’t want pumpkin cake. What do I want?

Apples, I want all the apples. Apple cider, dehydrated apples, raw and fresh apples, apple everything! And these stewed apples take next to no time at all, smell up your whole house with real apple flavor, and taste super indulgent all while being super healthy. Here’s the recipe:

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  • 6 medium apples, cored and cut into thick slices (I got about 6 pieces per apple)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a crock pot, add the apples and lemon juice and combine. Then on top of that add the raisins. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top and drizzle with honey. That’s it! Turn the crock pot on high and cook for about 1 1/2 hours. It’s done when you can poke a fork through them, but before they are mushy.

Seriously, this recipe couldn’t be easier or quicker, and the taste will fool anyone into thinking you put serious time and effort into this dish. Enjoy the apples of the season and Happy (almost) Fall!

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Chocolate Coconut Pecan Chia Pudding

I love chia pudding. It takes next to no time to prep and then all you have to do is chill it in the fridge. How easy is that?

This flavor combines chocolate, nuts, and coconut. Yum. And this recipe has been friend-tested, and they loved it!

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  • 2 cups chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut shreds
  • 1/2 cup pecans, diced

Combine all the ingredients and let chill in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight. (Stir a couple of times in the first couple of hours to make sure that everything is combined.)

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Red, White, and Blue, With Lemonade, Too!

Who loves lemonade? I do! I love limeade, too. But there’s something about lemonade!

Lemonade tastes so bright, it’s like your drinking in summer. It’s refreshing and delicious and one of my all time favorite summer drinks! Speaking of all time favorites, Happy 4th of July! Well, almost, tomorrow!

The 4th of July is hands down my favorite holiday. Why? Fireworks, that’s why. This is our last 4th on the beach in FL and hot as it is, the fireworks show is amazing! Because you’re on the coast, you can see up to five fireworks shows at once! The coolest.

Fireworks are my favorite! The way the gold ones drape and fall like an elegant chandelier is so beautiful and the grand finale is like the celebration of all things fireworks!  Anyhow..

back to lemonade.

This recipe is tart and crisp with a sweetness, and berries, too! This 4th of July lemonade is perfect for your festive celebrations and everyone will love it!

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  • 5 cups cold water
  • 1 standard-sized tray of ice cubes
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced

Stir together with whisk, dissolving the sugar. Add the blueberries and strawberries and enjoy!

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You Are Going To Love This Veggie Pasta

Wait!

This is NOT veggies, spiraled, claiming to be pasta.  There IS pasta in this dish. And..there are veggies that are spiraled and sliced, too.

The thing is… I.love.pasta. I love all the things you can add to pasta. Protein and sauce and cheese, oh my! It takes me right back to my Midwestern roots. Meat, starch and cheese LOL.

Anyhow, this pasta dish has pasta, zucchini that has been zoodled, and onions that have been sliced. This way, you get more flavor, a little bit of color, and an all around healthier dish.

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  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 zucchinis, zoodled or cut into long, thin strips
  • a quarter-sized diameter of gluten-free spaghetti

Boil the noodles per package directions.

In a separate skillet, add the oil and the onions. On medium heat, cook bout 5 minutes. Remove the onion and set aside. Add the zucchini into the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes or until slightly softened. One the zucchini is done salt and pepper it and add the onions and pasta. It’s done!

You can top this with a cheese sauce, spaghetti sauce, garlic, and so much more! Yum!

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