I know it’s only March and we are a mere 3 months removed from our New Year’s Resolutions…I want to help those of you out who had “Health” as one of the things you wanted to focus on in 2018. Other than my “Soupy Saturdays”, I rarely devote posts to this type of thing, but it is a big part of my life as I try to make the best choices for my family…and I really love “real” & “practical” life posts from the blog communities I connect with.
Many of you have asked me over the last year about the physical transformation you have seen in my daughter Rylie, and nutrition was 80% of that change. I will tell you like I told her, if you are in doubt, you can DO THIS and you are WORTH IT. I will dedicate some future posts to specifics if you are interested…so leave a comment and let me know! By the way, I love your comments – I want to hear back from you 🙂
Real food is key.
Eliminate as much processed food from your life as you can. I know this is not always easy and takes more time and planning, but once again…you are worth it. I thought I would share with you a recent shopping trip to my favorite grocery, Trader Joe’s, for some of my tried and true family favorites.
Asian Stir Fry Veggies – Perfect to sauté stove top with some grilled chicken breast and brown rice
Spaghetti Squash – Incredible healthy alternative for pasta noodles
Feta Cheese – Love this in salads, omelettes, makes everything taste better
Cherry Tomatoes – Great for snacking or in salads
Strawberries – I can’t keep strawberries in my house. They are everyones favorite and don’t last long!
Small Cucumbers – Great for snacking and for school lunches
Dried Pineapple Rings – OMG…so good. Chewy and better for you than sour patch kids 🙂
Peanut Butter Protein Granola – Tribe favorite…so good on top of a yogurt and fruit parfait, smoothie, or alone
Apple Bars – So yummy. The kids love these and they are a good alternative to sugary granola bars.
Seasoned Brussel Sprouts – Ready to cook these are super easy and so good for you
Vegetable Fried Rice – need I say more? Perfect for a side dish with your stir fry and its super quick & easy
Chicken Cilantro Mini Wontons – OMG, literally so incredible
Edamame – One of our favorite appetizers, side dishes, snacks
Coconut Shrimp – Easy as 1-2-3 and delicious
Fresh Hard-Cooked Boiled Eggs – these save my life…perfect for snacking, breakfast, easy protein
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa – I got hooked on “green sauce” when we lived in California…its so good and this is one of my faves
Chicken Breakfast Sausage – I don’t like Turkey Sausage so this is very good and so good for you
Lemon Elderflower Soda – I love weird tasting things, but these are so good and refreshing
Parmesan Romano & Asiago Cheese – Great on top of salads, spaghetti squash, you name it
Bamba Peanut Snacks – literally a peanut butter alternative to cheese curls, and we love peanut butter
Cilantro Dressing – one of my favorite dressings, I will warn you it is very garlic-ey so be choosy about when you eat it 🙂
Chili Spiced Mango – dried mango with a kick
Cinnamon Roll Bread – need I say more? Pop in the toaster and voila!
Queso Cheese – Best snack when you are craving something with some substance – I will tell you how to make this below for a great game day snack
Organic Vegetarian Chili – SOOOO GOOD!
Fat-Free Cottage Cheese- Hearty snack with veggies or fruit
Strawberry Smoothies – Bellas favorite, and they have live cultures so helps provide probiotic for good digestion
Rhubarb & Strawberry Sodas – Told you I like weird things, no one else likes these and honestly I’m glad haha…more for me
Gyoza Dipping Sauce – perfect with the Cilantro Wontons!
This is Rylie’s Food – She is Vegan so she has some personal favorites
Sriracha Hummus – Spicy and so good…she loves to dip the small cucumbers in this
Vegetable Spring Rolls – Easy to make and really yummy
Veggie Burger – She loves these…fry in a little coconut oil on the stove-top
Carrot & Pea Vegetable Patties – This was our first time buying these…never again haha!
Absolute Black Dark Chocolate – for her sweet tooth
Cookie Butter – OMG AMAZING
Green Dragon Hot Sauce– This is definitely spicy but tastes so good
Sriracha Baked Tofu – Rylie loves this!
Soy Chorizo – We are big chorizo fans so her finding this was great!
Just mix these two together and microwave for about 3 minutes…scoop with some tortilla chips and you’re good to go!
Chili Lime – MY ALL TIME FAVORITE! I use this on cucumbers, raw veggies, I even sprinkle it on Frozen Fruit Bars!
Pumpkin Pie Spice – this is great on anything for added sweetness and if you are a pumpkin fan…you’ll love it. Especially good in smoothies 🙂
Onion Salt – good and a little goes a long way
Seasoning Salt – Staple and good on anything
Everything but the bagel – Incredible stuff…so good on chicken, in scrambled eggs, literally makes everything better!