Cheesey Macaroni with Chickpeas and Spinach

Cheesey Macaroni with Chickpeas and Spinach

This is a low fat recipe that is also vegan and gluten-free. It makes for a simple yet hearty dinner and can be packaged for lunch throughout the week as well.

Ingredients
2 cups dry brown rice macaroni
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
16 oz of organic baby spinach
1/4 cup plain unsweetened coconut yogurt. I use So Delicious brand*.
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
pepper and sea salt, to taste

*If you cannot find this yogurt, you can use a little unsweetened plain almond milk. To thicken (if needed), you can try adding a bit of corn starch.

Instructions
1. Cook the pasta in a medium-large saucepan following the package instructions. Drain (although not in excess) and return back to pot immediately in its slightly damp state.

2. On the lowest heat setting, add in all of the ingredients and stir together gently until everything is mixed and the spinach is lightly wilted.

This recipe yields 4 small servings for a side dish or two large servings for a meal.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Oat Pancakes Topped with Hot Strawberries

Homemade Oat Pancakes Topped with Hot Strawberries

Pancakes! Most conventional pancake mixes have additives, preservatives, and processed soy and whey in them. If you are looking for a quick, healthy, and delicious alternative to this weekend breakfast favorite, look no further.

Ingredients
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 of one large ripe speckled banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
A tiny pinch of sea salt
1 16-oz bag of organic frozen strawberries
Pure maple syrup (optional)

Instructions
1. In a high speed blender, blend all of the ingredients (except berries) to form a light-medium consistency pancake batter.

2. In a medium saucepan with a lid, heat the berries on low, stirring often. They will become a compote-like consistency. Turn heat off and keep covered.

3. Heat a nonstick skillet on low-medium. You can use coconut oil spray to coat the pan too (optional).

4. Pour the batter onto the pan to desired pancake size. Cook on one side until bubbling on the top and the edges are golden brown, then flip, as you would cook any pancakes.

5. Plate finished pancakes and top with the strawberries and a drizzle of maple syrup (optional).

This recipe yields 3 large pancakes or 6 small – good for one very hungry individual or two people. This can easily be doubled for a family of 3-4 people. Enjoy!

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Vegan Banana Bread

Vegan Banana Bread

Wow. This is the first post I’m writing since having my baby. It feels good to be writing and creating again. So many people have asked if I will be sharing info about my pregnancy and birth story, and yes that will be coming soon. But first… Banana Bread!

Ingredients
1 and 3/4 cup spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
3 very ripe large bananas
1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup*
2 heaping tbsp coconut oil
+extra oil to grease pan
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp applesauce

*I wanted a mild, lightly sweetened bread, but if you want a sweeter bread, add more maple syrup.

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Then grease a 9-inch loaf pan with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients until well-incorporated.

3. In a separate medium bowl, mash bananas with a fork, then add in all remaining wet ingredients and mix together. I kept my bananas moderately chunky.

4. Add wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix with a large spoon until combined evenly. (I tasted the dough at this point and it was pretty delicious.)

5. Spoon out mixture into the loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and the center comes out clean with a toothpick test.

I served mine with baked apples and pears (pictured below).

Enjoy!

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Homemade Maple Coconut Bacon

Homemade Maple Coconut Bacon

No piggies were harmed in the making of this bacon. Holy wow! I’m so proud of myself for this one (but honestly, it’s quite simple to make). I really got a solid coconut bacon recipe down. It took only 20 min total including prep and bake time. It’s low-effort and ummm… tastes better than bacon made from a pig, in my honest opinion. REALLY good! You don’t have to miss bacon at all when you have this delicious treat! Salty, savory, sweet, and crunchy – plus it’s a healthy fat made with organic shaved coconut (a real, whole food, my friends).

You can eat this by itself for a treat, in a breakfast scramble, in an avocado sandwich, in wraps, on top of salads – you get the idea.

Ingredients:
2 cups of organic shaved coconut (Note: not shredded; and the only ingredient should be coconut)
1.5 tbsp liquid smoke
1 tbsp maple syrup
Option 1: 1 tbsp (or to taste) tamari or liquid aminos – this option will taste saltier and more like bacon
Option 2: sea salt generously sprinkled (or to taste) – this option is less salty and more mild in flavor

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place nonstick baking paper on a cookie sheet.

3. Spread out shaved coconut evenly across the pan.

4. Coat with all of the remaining ingredients. Mix with your hands until everything is coated well and spread out on the pan evenly.

5. Bake for 12 min for soft bacon or 14-15 minutes for crisp, well-done bacon. Please keep an eye on it from the 10-minute mark on, as oven settings will vary.

6. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Use it that day or store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for the week. This also keeps well in the freezer, so you can batch cook this in advance for the month so that you always have some on hand.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Raw Tahini

Homemade Raw Tahini

Homemade raw tahini is a winner! Making your own is such a money saver compared to buying a jar at the store (and in my opinion, it tastes better). You can use this as a spread in wraps, as a base for dressings and dips, or simply treat yourself to a spoonful for healthy, whole fats. It’s so good! 🌻

Sesame seeds are magical – they are an excellent source of manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and fiber. 🌻

They help with bone health, colon health, support vascular and respiratory health, and are cholesterol lowering. 🌻

Recipe:
🌾2 cups raw sesame seeds
🌾water
🌾juice of 1/2 a lemon
🌾touch of seal salt (opt.)

Directions:
Blend up in a Vitamix or food processor, adding water gradually 1/4 cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Enjoy!

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An Inspiring Look: Lauren Grogan on Health, Yoga, and Self-Love

An Inspiring Look: Lauren Grogan on Health, Yoga, and Self-Love

Last week, I had the opportunity to interview Lauren Grogan of
Center Your Health. Lauren is a holistic health coach and yoga teacher who is passionate about life. I wanted to interview Lauren because I find her to be incredibly positive, authentic, and kind. These are qualities that I admire most in others. I also love how Lauren lives a full life and manages to balance everything with grace and organization. After reading this inspiring information, please watch Lauren’s video which is embedded at the end of this interview. Her smile and shining light will brighten your whole day.

1) Thank you, Lauren, for taking the time to allow me to interview you. How would you define yourself to those who have never met you?

You’re so welcome! It’s funny that you ask that question, because I’m at the point in my yoga and spiritual practice where I’m trying to no longer “define” myself! It’s been a very, very difficult process since it’s easy to attach to certain labels or ways to identify ourselves. With that being said, hopefully this brief interview together can help others get a glimpse of who I am at this point of my life and accept me for what I’m all about!

2) You are a holistic health coach (like me ::high five::) and a yoga teacher. What are your coaching/teaching philosophies?

It’s pretty simple, do what’s best for YOU. We’re so conditioned to look outside of ourselves for knowledge or healing but we need to remember that our bodies are designed to heal. We each have an innate wisdom within us that’s always there as a guide, no matter what is going on. We must learn to listen to our bodies, hear what they’re saying to us and give them exactly what they need. I love explaining this to my students/clients in hopes to remind them of the personal strength that resides in each one of them.
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3) From what I can tell, you are an advocate of gluten-free living. Do you recommend this for all people or is this just something that has helped you personally?

The only thing that I advocate or recommend for all people is to eat more veggies! Otherwise, I love explaining to my clients how gluten effects our system (it’s an anti-nutrient that causes inflammation) and then ultimately leave it up to them if they’d like to minimize their gluten intake or avoid it all together. Either way, I support them and always remind them to take it slow. It certainly takes awareness, patience, and practice. If they decide to give gluten-free a try though, I’m thrilled! I’m amazed at the symptoms that clear up in my clients after they’ve gave up gluten such as less body (joint) pain, no more bloating or gastrointestinal issues, weight loss or less headaches. To clarify though, while (in my opinion) gluten stinks, whole grains in general may be pretty disruptive to our health in large quantities. It varies person to person though.

How has going gluten-free been a game-changer for you personally?

Going gluten-free was something I never even considered until I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease, an autoimmune condition effecting my thyroid function. When it comes to (any) autoimmune conditions, consuming gluten is like pouring fuel on the fire, so it must be eliminated. I realized that I had to finally give it up after my diagnosis. It was a slow and gradual process until I finally could feel the benefits enough to ditch it for good. It was a hard breakup, I must admit, one of the hardest I’ve ever gone through.  However, I’ve NEVER been happier! I breathe so freely each day (have absolutely NO congestion in my sinuses), I can focus and think clearly throughout my day (no more brain fog), I’ve lost weight and my muffin-top disappeared, my face/body in general is less puffy, my keratosis pilaris (a rash on my upper arms that I’ve had all of my life) cleared up, and I almost never have that “stuffed” feeling after I eat a meal (even when I’ve eaten a bit too much!). I’ve had a blast getting creative with prepping gluten-free meals. The best part is it’s made me eat more whole, real foods more than ever before. I’ll make cauliflower crust pizza, spiraled zucchini pasta, stuff half an avocado with tuna salad, enjoy hummus with fresh crudite, or create wraps with lettuce or collard greens. I steer clear of foods like breads, crackers, cookies and other goodies marketed as gluten-free. Let’s be real, that’s straight up junk food. Before I transitioned to gluten-free I viewed it as so restrictive. Now I see how wrong I was to think that since I’ve never been so satisfied or felt better!

4) I have written about being body positive and for people to focus on health and healing rather than their looks/weight alone. What are your thoughts on this topic?

I love that you’ve written on this subject. It’s so important, especially today. Obsessing over looks/weight only encourages unhealthy behaviors towards ourselves and effects our relationship with food. I think it’s so important to truly love yourself. This concept may be foreign to us since we are not encouraged to do this, but it’s an extremely important practice. Changing the way you speak to yourself is a great place to start. Most of us would never speak to others using the tone or words that we use towards ourselves. Part of my morning ritual is applying oil to my whole body after I’ve showered and silently thanking each and every part of my body. “Thank you, feet. Thanks, elbows! Thank you, eyes. Thanks, fingers. Thank you, belly.” It may sound silly, but I’ve grown to love, adore and appreciate so many different parts and aspects of my own body. It’s also helped me realize how grateful I am for the body I’ve been given and for its health. I highly recommend giving it a try!

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Where do you think most people go wrong when it comes to dieting and restrictive eating?

All or nothing thinking. I give so many lectures on different types of diets…just to lure people in, not to encourage them to subscribe to them. They think they’re coming to learn all about a plant-based diet, or even a paleo diet, and while I’ll educate them on it I like to give suggestions of how to take aspects of the diet that they like, “drop the label” and make it their own. Then, there is no longer restrictions and unnecessary pressure – two things that should never be associated with foods in the first place!  Create your own way of eating that’s best for you. 

5) Do you have any recommendations for people reading this blog who might be new to yoga and a little nervous to try a class?

Skip the free yoga class at your gym. While gym yoga teachers may be talented and great, it may not be the right environment for yoga if you’re a newbie. A simple google search for “beginner’s yoga class” in your area will bring up a bunch of local studios. Start checking out different studios and see what classes resonate with you and your schedule. Most studios even offer a discount or free class for your first time. When you attend class, go with an open mind. A true yoga class should be free of judgement and/or competition, so if you’re feeling any of that from the teacher or students (or sometimes even your own mind!) that may not be the class or studio for you. Your yoga practice is your own. It will look and feel different than anyone else’s, and that makes it beautiful and your own. Embrace that and you’ve embraced the essence of yoga…even as a beginner!

6) What is your message to more advanced yogis reading this blog?

I find that there is always something new to learn with yoga each and every time we roll out our mat. This mindset will keep us a beginner at heart when it comes to our advanced practice, remind us not to be so focused on “mastering” the asanas (poses) but rather enjoying them wherever we are that day. I have observed that as most yogi’s practice progresses (including my own!), the ego tends to be overconfident. It’s important to recognize when this happens so that you can realize you’re no longer practicing yoga with ego-driven thoughts. Yoga teaches us to be present and honor the body wherever it is. We must remember the fundamentals of yoga to truly excel in our practice…and that may or may not have anything to do with the asanas!

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7) Is there a personal struggle you’ve experienced in your life that you would feel comfortable sharing, as well as how you dealt with that challenge?

I’ve had a few personal struggles with my health over the years that I can now confidently say that I healed myself. That’s a lot easier said than done though! However, since I’ve done it more than a few times by now, I approach any struggle or health issue the same way and can execute the healing process much faster. I catch myself when I’m being the victim and instead look at whatever I’m going through as a blessing. I look at it as a challenge for me to go through so that I can learn from it and then help others to overcome similar issues. I make sure that I recite positive affirmations each day during my struggles and most of all allow myself the time to practice self care. I make rest and food prep my top priority so that I’m nourishing myself healthfully on all levels. I also reach out to the therapists, practitioners and mentors who I know will be helpful in my healing process. Healing takes lots of inner hard work and patience. After healing my IBS, anxiety disorder, autoimmune and thyroid disease, I feel pretty empowered to take on whatever is next. Our bodies are designed to heal themselves, we just have to realize that and give the body what it needs to thrive! 

8) What inspires you?

Yoga…on and off the mat, because it’s the thing that I resonate most with before anything else. 

Creating…in all different forms keeps me sane and allows me to express myself. 

Food…because I’m a total foodie. 

India…everything about it. The smells, rich colors, the rituals. To me, it’s the most beautiful place on the planet. 

Nature…the colors, the patterns, the textures, the taste! 

Connecting with others…because I make it a point to surround myself with others who leave me feeling empowered rather than drained. 

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9) Can you name one public figure who you admire and share why?

Lately, I’ve totally been admiring Daniel Vitalis of Rewild Yourself. I heard him speak about the domestication of human beings and it blew my mind. I’ve been a fan ever since. He reminds us of that wild wisdom that resides in our DNA which most of us have lost touch with. He’s got an online magazine and informative podcast. Check him out! His girlfriend Ali Schueler, of Wild Woman Speaks, also offers a similar approach that I’m totally jiving with. These past few years I’ve been so intrigued by primal living and working towards making little shifts here and there to get back to a more ancestral way of living.  

10) What are the most important lessons you have learned so far in life?

(Cue John Lennon’s song, Love.)

LOVE. Just love. Love yourself. Love everyone. Love every being. Love everything. Love cures all. Love nourishes all. Love is what we all desire. Love is what it’s all about. Give it, get it, share it, enjoy it! 

Also, my Italian Pop-Pop, Mike the barber, would always say, “The darker the vegetables, the better they are for you.” I have fond memories as a child of watching him tend his garden harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables for us to eat.

12) What are some of your future goals?

Bhakti yoga has been a major part of my life in these recent years and I want to continue diving deeper into the practice as time goes on. My husband and I plan to start a family and I look forward to making that a big part of our children’s lives. Chanting each day has brought me so much joy and satisfaction and I look forward to sharing that with any kiddies we may have. 

Any additional thoughts or comments?

Thanks so much for having me, Mary. I’m so inspired by you, your recipes, your homemade soaps, and your warm, positive message in general. Your smile lights up a room and is unforgettable! 

Thank you, Lauren! Keep shining bright!

Eating Healthy on a Budget: Cut Your Grocery Costs and Feel Amazing

Eating Healthy on a Budget: Cut Your Grocery Costs and Feel Amazing

Many people have the misconception that enjoying healthy food is not affordable. Years ago, I used to have this opinion myself, until I started learning more about healthy, whole food prices and how to prepare my own meals at home.  I hope that this article helps give you ideas regarding how to save money as well as how to save your health. Plus using this method, you will know exactly what is in your food, because you will preparing the food yourself using whole ingredients.

This post is for a variety of people. I tried to approach this in a way that would be feasible for many individuals and families. With that said, I understand that everyone’s budget and lifestyle is different, but I also want to point out an interesting fact:

“America spends less on food than any other country.” –Source

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Sometimes we need to take a step back and look at how we are really spending our money. Some people who claim they cannot afford to eat healthfully find ways to spend money on cable TV and internet, daily coffees, alcohol, recreational drugs, lottery tickets, take out food, and the list goes on.

I have found that we spend money on what is most important to us. By monitoring your/your family’s spending habits for a couple of months, it might be eye-opening to see exactly where the money is going, and there might be room for change.

Also, eating healthy now will save you money in the long run. Type II diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other Western illnesses, in most cases, are preventable. These diseases cost tax payers billions of dollars every year, and moreover, it costs you time with your loved ones and more money out of your pocket for medications and medical care. In my opinion, eating REAL FOOD is a better option.

All of This Food for Less Than $95
This would feed 2-3 people for a week or more. So if you are an individual, you could easily eat this way for around $50 a week with proper planning. Compare that to the price of two-three people eating out for just two dinners a week, and that does not cover all of the family’s other food needs. Yikes! You can take that money savings and go on a nice vacation.

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Pictured here is all of the food I purchased for less than $95. This would easily feed a family of two-three people for a week or more (depending on how much you eat). I personally eat a lot and love having an abundance of options available at home. I purchased this food in NJ (an expensive state to live in) with no coupons.

I shopped at Aldi’s, Shop Rite, Dean’s and Natural Foods General Store (for the raw cacao and corn tortillas), Nuts.com (for the sesame seeds) and my own garden. However, most of this stuff is from Aldi’s. Surprised? It’s true. I wanted to show how virtually anyone can make this work and you definitely do not have to go to more than one or two places to make it happen, if that is not an option for you.. It just takes a shift in food choices.

Here is the breakdown of the food items with prices:
Note: Many of this would carry over into another week or more, so that is even greater savings. In other words, this might be enough food for two weeks (again, it depends on how many people and how much you eat). I offer a suggestion for meal planning below. The prices shared are for the entire bag/container/item, unless otherwise noted.

1. Organic sprouted corn tortillas: $2.99
12 tortillas total – enough for one-two weeks easily

2. Frozen peas: $0.95

3. Organic Frozen Blueberries (4 bags x $2.99 ea.): $11.96

4. Organic Frozen Strawberries: $2.99

5. Natural Whole Oats: $0.99
There is easily enough here for two weeks, if both people eat oatmeal or every single day, so I calculated for one week’s worth. You can also use this to make my 3-ingredient banana chocolate chip cookies.

6. Unsweetened Almond Milk (2 cartons at $2.49 ea.): $4.98
This variety is carrageenan-free and does not have other junk in it. However, I recommend trying to make my homemade raw, vegan organic almond milk. It’s so easy, delicious, and healthy!

7. Guacamole: $2.99
Again, I recommend making your own, but this blog post is for a variety of people. This brand of guacamole I found out Aldi’s uses only real ingredients and contains no preservatives.

8. Organic Baby Spinach: $2.49

9. Organic Mixed Salad Greens: $2.49

10. Carrots: $1.39

11. Walnuts: $3.25
The total was $6.49 for the whole bag, so I calculated half of this item for the week. These will last 1-3 weeks depending on how many nuts and seeds your family eat.

12. Organic Bananas (18 bananas total): $4.14

13. Sweet Potatoes (1 bag): $2.49

14. Navel Oranges (1 bag): $3.99

15. Multi-colored Peppers: $3.29

16. Green Onions: $0.99

17. Celery: $1.59

18. Organic Grape Tomatoes (1 x $1.99 ea.): $3.98

19. Avocados (2 x $0.99 ea.): $1.98

20. Dry beans (black, garbanzo, and split pea, 3 bags total): $2.97
Dry beans are healthy and are not packed in BPA-coated cans.

21. Cabbage: $1.79

22. Pure Vanilla Extract: $0.50
I calculated this item for a weeks worth, a person used vanilla every day (it’s $1.99 for the entire bottle.)

23. Pure Maple Syrup: $3.99

24. Organic Pasta Sauce: $1.99

25. Pineapple: $1.89

26. Organic Red Grapes: $2.99

27. Organic Apples (1 bag): $4.99

28. Organic Sesame Seeds: $1.00
I calculated this item for a week’s worth, if a person used sesame seeds everyday. The total was $3.9 for 1 pound.

29. Organic Cinnamon: $0.99
I calculated this item for a week’s worth, if a person used cinnamon everyday.

30. Organic Dates: $3.25
The total was $6.49 for the whole bag, so I calculated half of this item for the week. These will last 1-3 weeks depending on how many dates you use.

31. Lemons and lime: $1.75

32. Organic Brown Rice: $1.99

33. Organic Quinoa: $4.00
The total was $7.99 for the whole bag, so I calculated half of this item for the week. These will last 1-3 weeks depending on how many dates you use.

34. Fair Trade Organic Raw Cacao: $6.30
I purchased a month’s worth. So this calculation is based on a serving of cacao used in a recipe every single day.

35. Red onions: $0.99

36. Organic Zucchini and Yellow Squash: Free, from the garden

TOTAL = $94.43
What to Make with All of this:

I will be making a variety of dishes including wraps, soups, salads, smoothies, roasted vegetables, quinoa dishes, rice and bean recipes, fresh fruit salad, desserts like chocolate walnut truffles and oat cookies, and the list goes on. I can also make hummus and enjoy it with fresh vegetables for a snack, or just snack on fruit. I can also freeze the bananas to make banana ice cream and blend with frozen berries. I can use seeds, avocado, nuts, lemon, lime, tomatoes, or even fruit to make combinations of homemade, blended, oil-free dressings that taste really delicious. So many possibilities!

Money Saving Tips:

1. Grow your own food. Not pictured here are fresh greens, herbs, jalapeño peppers, cucumbers, and heirloom tomatoes in my garden right now. These treasures would add even more food to this already abundant landscape! My garden has been producing for the past couple of months. It’s a labor of love. I am not perfect at it, but I approach it all as an adventure. I don’t have a large property, and I still grow my own food. I know people who live in apartments who grow their own food. It’s possible!

2. Buy dry items like nuts, beans, seeds, spices, etc. when they are on sale, or from bulk bins, or support websites like Nuts.com. This website has an assortment of items that are organic and affordable. You will be pleasantly surprised when you do the math. I will be doing a product review blog post on this company soon.

3. Eat plant-based, whole foods entirely or as much as possible. Eating whole foods, plant-based vegan is one of the most economical diets there is. In fact, I cannot think of another diet that is healthier for people and our planet and is as affordable as a whole foods plant-based diet. Many people think eating this way is expensive, but look at the array of foods listed above and see how inexpensive it can be. And to be honest, I did not spend hours mapping out prices as much as I could have. I just purchased the majority of items from one grocery store and that was that. If you plan ahead, your grocery bills will be even less than mine.

Meat, eggs, dairy, and processed foods all come with a cost. The cost is more than what hits our wallets. It can have an impact on our health and it certainly has an impact on the environment, our drinking water, and the animals who suffer.

4. Eat seasonally. Eating fruits and vegetables that are in season will certainly help your wallet. Check out this informative seasonal food guide, so you can see what is in season where you live.

5. Use a shopping list and plan your meals. This has helped me with my money saving immensely. I recommend using a cash budgeting system (no more credit and debit card swipes), so you can visually see what you have to work with each week. I always go into a grocery store with a list that corresponds to the meals I plan to make that week. This saves time and money, and prevents impulse buying.
For great, healthy meal plans for individuals or families, I recommend The Happy Herbivore. My next blog post will be a product review on their meal plans.

6. Have fun and be creative. Food is nourishment and energy. It should be wholesome. The problem is that most Americans no longer cook or bake or make meals at home. It takes just a few minutes to make a smoothie in a blender or prepare a delicious salad. Baked sweet potatoes, grains, and roasted vegetables can be made in advance for the week, as can soups in the crockpot. The options are endless. Use this opportunity as a bonding time with your family. Preparing meals together can be fun and rewarding!

7. Support Local Organic Farmers through Farmer’s Markets, CSAs, and Co-Ops. You can also try having fresh, organic produce delivered to your home by trying Door-to-Door Organics. Here is my blog post where I explain how this works and how I rate the service.

8. Buy food that is in bulk or on sale and be mindful of prices. This comes down to planning again, and it can be especially helpful to look for sales on the dry items and produce. I recommend looking out for when items go on sale, or buy from a discount store like Aldi’s which now carries a variety of organic items such as salad greens, kale, spinach, apples, tomatoes, bananas, and frozen berries.  Buying at a bulk grocery can be helpful and cost effective too, but just do not fall into the trap of buying pre-made items or anything you do not actually need.

9. Avoid convenience foods. When it comes to eating healthy, this is where a lot of people go wrong. Buying pre-made, store-made, or pre-packaged health foods is always more expensive than making the recipes at home in advance. The same goes for things like salad dressings and treats; it’s always more cost effective to make your own.

I hope some of these tips give you ideas of how to save some green and live green in the process.

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