Friday, November 16, 2018

Meal Prep During a Hoilday Week

With the Thanksgiving holiday just days away, next week is probably a short week for you with regard to meal prep. I know that for me, when I know I’m traveling or have a holiday coming up, I need to adjust my meal prep plan. Even just prepping a few items can make all the difference when it comes to healthy eating, but, of course, you don’t want to waste food either. That said, here are a few tips and tricks to make the most of your meal prep during a holiday week.

1. Keep it simple – For real. Pick one protein and/or one super versatile recipe, like Crockpot Shredded Chicken, Chicken Sausage + Roasted Veggies, or One-Pan Taco Skillet, and call it a day. The last thing you want is a fridge full of prepped food when you leave to visit family or have one million leftovers after Thanksgiving dinner!

2. Prep your breakfasts – Make and prep the exact number of breakfasts you need for the week. Only have 3 workdays? Make 3 batches of overnight oats or only buy 3 containers of yogurt for the week. No need to buy extras!

3. Keep produce purchases to a minimum – Spoiled produce is truly the saddest thing ever. I really hate to see food go to waste, so I typically under-buy when there’s a short week, so nothing goes to waste.

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4. Rely on your freezer – Out of fresh produce or meat? No worries! Dig into your freezer (or pantry) for healthy options. I love frozen veggies in a weird way and utilize them ALL the time. Check out some of my favorite ways to use them! I also love Banza chickpea pasta for a high-protein, easy, and delicious meal – just add some frozen broccoli florets! 🙂

5. Be flexible – Instead of creating a strict meal plan, keep a framework in mind. That way, you can use up what’s in your fridge and not worry about wasting food or money. Speaking of flexible meal plans, have you checked out my Weekly Macro Meal Plans yet? It’s a great option for meal planning and macro tracking! (Additional details tomorrow!)

Question of the Day

What are your favorite tips and tricks for meal prep during a short holiday week?

from Carrots 'N' Cake

Primal Changed the Lifestyle of My Entire Family

KERF Lately: Food + Activity + Bod

On the one hand it’s hard to believe we’ve had a new baby for 2.5 weeks, and on the other hand it feels like it’s been a month! Little B isn’t even 3 weeks old yet – he is still so young! Yet being pregnant feels like a very distant memory. I have a post in the works about becoming a mom of two, but until then I wanted to share some of the meals we’ve been eating and my progress on the activity front!

Yummy Meals

We’ve had some dear friends bring us meals, which has been so nice. Not only are we fed for dinner, but I’ve been living off the leftovers for lunches as well.

Turkey enchiladas + chopped salad


Broccoli + cheese + bacon soup

Butternut squash soup + crusty bread

Pie Chest pot pie + salad

Sticks kebobs buffet!

Homemade burgers made from our most recent Butcher Box order with a simple pear spinach salad

Chocolate chip whiskey pie from The Pie Chest

Breakfasts have been the usual rotation of eggs, oatmeal, and smoothies. Plus Great Harvest pancakes for everyone on a Sunday morning!

Baked goods from Albemarle Baking Co!

Sub-Zero Superfoods (a smoothie delivery company) sent me some of their blend-at-home smoothies, and I have been loving them. It’s great to be able to make breakfast with one hand on the days when I’m solo.

This flavor has been my favorite (and that’s an extra large jar!!)

Thomas and I ventured out last week and went to Three Notch’d on a whim for lunch. I was prepared for Birch to wake up at any minute (he was asleep in his car seat) and he slept through the whole lunch!

Pretzel bites

Tiny beer (SO yum!)

Fall pumpkin salad


I have been slowly easing back into activity. The weather has been really cold and rainy so I haven’t been able to take as many walks as I’d like. But one day we went to ACAC where I walked around the track for 45 minutes! It was weird to be back – I miss that place! I also can’t wait to do sweaty exercise again, but I know I’m not there yet. I also don’t know if I’m going to be putting Birch into KidsZone until after cold + flu season is over, so it might be a while before we get to the gym regularly. I’m trying to figure out a way that I can go without him, like if I can squeeze in a noon workout on Thomas’s lunch break, maybe just once or twice a week for a class and do the rest of my workouts at home or outside on nicer days. I don’t think I’m going to have the energy to go at 5 am or 5 pm. I would also love to have a treadmill at my house for this winter, but I’m not going to buy one for such a short season of life. But that would be so convenient. I should ask around if anyone has one I could borrow (or just rent??) for the winter.

I did go on a long outdoor walk one day when I was getting cabin fever. It was my longest walk yet and it felt great. I am halfway to my 6 week appointment, and I think it’s going to take that long to want to do high intensity exercise again. It’s actually not my energy that is lagging – it’s my pelvic floor (I think!) I can tell I just need to ease in. This is the car seat cover. It’s great for winter! It fits over the seat like a shower cap and does not impact the straps so it’s safe for automobiles too.

My Bod

I’m not putting any pressure on myself to workout right now. In fact, I’m not putting pressure on anything for the first six weeks. These days are the hardest (and sweetest!) and I just do what feels right in the moment, whether that’s a nap or a walk. I’m also just eating intuitively whenever hunger or a craving strikes and letting things settle where they may for now. I’m feeling really good and very much like my old self already and that is what matters most. I feel no rush or desire to fit into old jeans or wear a bikini anytime soon (or ever?!) I don’t even know where my jeans are! I think they’re in a bin in the back of the guest room closet with a sticker that says “do not open until 2019.” I am happy to live in my Align leggings for now : )

We accidentally wore our matching jammies the other night! Thomas dressed B in his and I was simultaneously putting on mine. The fabric is so soft! I like them more now that my body has shrunk a bit more : )

Hope you guys have a great weekend!

from Kath Eats Real Food

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Enjoy The Holiday Season Without Missing Out [FREE Macro Ebook]

In a perfect world, we’d all “hit our macros” every single day, but, in the next few weeks leading up to the holidays, your days will likely be jam-packed with opportunities to eat, drink, and be merry. Of course, it’s the most wonderful time of year and you should enjoy yourself, but if you’re not careful with your choices, too many splurges can really add up and wreak havoc on your goals. I mean, no one wants to ring in the new year a few pounds heavier, right?

For those of us who are focused on our health, it can be easier said than done, especially when seasonal food temptations are just about everywhere. But being super focused on our food choices takes away the joy that comes along with the holidays – and no one wants that either!

It’s all about finding this holiday season, so I’ve included several tips to keep you on track with your nutrition without obsessing or being “chained” to your macro numbers. Also included are 10 (!!) nutritious, delicious, and macro-friendly, holiday-inspired recipes to help you enjoy your healthiest holiday season yet – my gift to you!



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Why I almost stopped writing.

I almost let corruption win.

When I started revealing how big food manipulates us, I thought everyone would be happy. And most people were.

But what about the companies we demanded change from? They were mad. And before I knew it, I became the target of a national smear campaign.

They called me a quack, a fearmonger, and a pseudoscientist. And they threatened me.

All I wanted to do was show people how to live a healthier life, and there I was. Getting death threats.

I became a mom, and I didn’t know whether it would be safe for me and my family. So, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to publish my new book…

…but then I realize it’s not just about me and my family. It’s about all of us. It’s about you. Your friends. Your children. Your family. And that’s why I knew I had to finish my book Feeding You Lies.

And wow. Yesterday was one of the best days ever. My book is finally available for pre-order, and seeing your reaction gives me hope…

“I am blown away that you wrote a book instead of cowering, it shows amazing courage” – Tammy“Just pre-ordered my copy. Thanks for taking this on!” – Elaine

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“Keep up the good work. Don’t let them stop you. Personally I have learned from you and I look forward to what’s new from FOODBABE. You have helped open my eyes and made me more inquisitive. Thank you for fighting.” – Sandi

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Thank you so much.

Pre-ordering is very important in the book world.

It sends a signal to bookstores everywhere that they should carry Feeding You Lies when it comes out in February.

It also helps to ensure that bookstores are stocked up with enough copies. We need to get this book into the hands of more people, as quickly as possible, when it hits stores.

It’s so exciting to see this book come to life. It was a VERY emotionally draining book to write – but it had to be done.

I could not sit on the piles of information I’ve been compiling over the last 4 years and just keep it to myself. I want you to know everything that I now know about WHY and HOW the food industry manipulates us.

Even more so, I want to show you how to identify their lies, so you can move past them into a healthier way of life.

It’s not like any diet or health book you’ve ever read…

Feeding You Lies isn’t only a manifesto that recounts the sins of the food industry. I go beyond that…

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I provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions.

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I help you dig deeper and look for evidence of deception in today’s food world.

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Here’s where to pre-order your copy of Feeding You Lies:

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P.S. Remember, pre-ordering is very important for helping this book get off the ground! After you place a pre-order, it will be shipped to you on its release date on February 19, 2019, so you will get to be one of the very first people to read it.

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A Thanksgiving Menu For Everyone At the Table

20 Clean Eating Thanksgiving Side Dishes

These 20 clean eating Thanksgiving side dishes are just what you need for a healthier Thanksgiving!

Aside from your main course, the side dishes on your Thanksgiving table are basically the most… Read more →

from The Gracious Pantry