Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Friday 5

Hi and happy Friday (the 13th)!

I’m still in Seattle today for the Brooks Running Innovation Summit. (I’m taking a red eye home tonight.) Yesterday, we learned all about some of the brand’s new shoes that are hitting the market in early 2020. They’re under wraps for now, but I’m excited to share the details once they debut. We also got to train with Shamrock (Shaddy) Biwott, who is a Brooks-sponsored athlete. He also came in 3rd place at last year’s Boston Marathon!

In today’s edition of The Friday 5, there’s everything from my new favorite sweet snack, life-changing book, and face serum… plus, a hilarious dog costume for Murph!

Enjoy your weekend!

1. Double Chocolate Protein Muffins from Health Warrior

I’ve been loving these double chocolate protein muffins from Health Warrior. They are not only gluten-free (made with chickpea flour), but are also low in sugar (just 6g) and have 13g of plant protein. Plus, they take just 1 minute to cook up in the microwave and they are delicious – definitely one of my new favorite healthy snacks or desserts!

Double Chocolate Protein Muffin from Health Warrior gluten-free

2. Perfectly Imperfect Tank

Sweaty Betty gifted me the outfit below, and it couldn’t be more perfect for me. I’m ALL about the tank top. I strive to be “perfectly imperfect,” especially when it comes to healthy living. I truly believe the more imperfect you are with your habits and expectations, the more consistent and successful you’ll be in the long run. The leggings (Power Workout Leggings in Beetle Blue Interlinked Geo aka “bum-sculpting leggings”) are easily the comfiest I own, and they don’t show sweat AT ALL, which is super important to me because I’m the sweatiest person ever when I work out. These leggings are not only cute and comfy, but the super stretchy fabric and strategically placed seams literally shape and lift your bum—it’s not just an illusion!

Use code Carrotsncake to receive 25% off full-priced Sweaty Betty items until October 1.

perfectly imperfect tank Sweaty Betty

3. Beautycounter Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum

I have been loving this serum from Beautycounter’s new Countertime skincare line. I use it at night after I cleanse and before I moisturize. The nights that I use the Overnight Resurfacing Peel, I skip the serum as they both contain active ingredients. The serum is designed to increase skin firmness and elasticity while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I’m starting to see improvements in just a few weeks!

Beautycounter radiance serum new packaging pink

4. Brave New Medicine by Cynthia Li, MD

This book was life-changing for me! I got an advanced copy from the author, but you can find it on Amazon. It’s written by a traditional western medicine doctor who is diagnosed with an automminue disease that knocks her down to the point where she can’t get off the couch. She shares how she totally changed her thinking to heal. It was really interesting to read about the mentality of a doctor’s point of view as she writes about the various elements to wellbeing. It’s a really good story, and I highly recommend this read if you’ve ever struggled with chronic disease.

Click here to read about some of my other current favorite self healing and mind body books.

5. Poop Factory Dog Costume

How stinkin’ (haha!) cute and hilarious is this poop factory dog costume!? We are definitely those people who dress up our dog for Halloween, and I think I know what Murphy’s wearing this year!

Poop factory costume for a dog

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17 Easy Whole30® Recipes

A special thanks to Aimee McNew at Paleohacks.com for today’s keto recipe roundup.

Trying a Whole30® can be a great way to refresh your diet or routine. If you’re already busy or overloaded with life, you might wonder how you have enough time to do even more prepping or cooking.

The Whole30 diet means doing 30 days (or longer) of a restricted version of Paleo. Any added sweeteners, even those that are Paleo, are not allowed, and neither are Paleo baked goods or alcohol. Foods like soy, dairy, grains, and other non-Paleo foods are definitely off the table. While it can feel restrictive, it’s only for a month—and it’s a great way to give yourself a dietary reset.

Going Whole30 recipes don’t have to be time-intensive or complicated. These 15 recipes are the perfect way to maximize your time in the kitchen. Even if you hate cooking, these easy Whole30 recipes are so delicious, you’ll keep eating them long after your 30 days are up.

1. Silky Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

You don’t need sugar to enjoy a Whole30 dessert. These deliciously dark chocolate truffles are a bite of silky perfection.

Silky Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles | PaleoHacks

2. Whole30 Easy Steak Fajitas

Dinner is a snap with this satisfying meat and veggies plate that’s ready in a half an hour!

Whole30 Easy Steak Fajitas | The Movement Menu

3. Bone Broth

Simmer your own gut-healing bone broth packed with collagen to help heal the gut. It’s perfect as a warming beverage in the morning or evening.

Bone Broth | PaleoHacks

4. Easy Whole30 Compliant Egg Cups

You’ll get all the protein you need in these little cups. Batch cook them for easy on-the-go snacks and meals.

Easy Whole30 Compliant Egg Cups | Sunny Sweet Days

5. Chili Lime Steak Bites with Grilled Avocado

Elevate dinner with these hassle-free zesty steak and avocado bites. With a total prep and cook time of less than 25 minutes, it’ll be the least stressful part of your day.

Chili Lime Steak Bites with Grilled Avocado | PaleoHacks

6. Whole30 Easy Ramen

This Paleo, grain-free ramen is the perfect cup of comfort after a chaotic day. With just the perfect amount of heat, this will satisfy any takeout craving.

Whole30 Easy Ramen | The Defined Dish

7. Whole30 Chicken Tenders

Kid or adult, you won’t be able to resist these crispy chicken tenders. Pair with your favorite veggie or side salad and voilà, dinner is served.

Whole30 Chicken Tenders | Little Bits of Real Food & Real Talk

8. Easy Turkey Meatballs

Serve these light-yet-filling turkey meatballs alongside your favorite cauliflower side for a yummy, low-carb meal.

Easy Turkey Meatballs | Fashionable Foods

9. Bacon and Broccoli Cauliflower Fried Rice

Skip the takeout junk and enjoy a delicious, almost-feels-like-cheating homemade fried rice instead. It’s made with cauliflower and bacon for a hearty, simple dish.

Bacon and Broccoli Cauliflower Fried Rice | PaleoHacks

10. Easy Paleo Salmon Salad Bowls

Boost your omega-3s and fight inflammation with this easy salmon salad. Pack it for a lunch your coworkers will envy!

Easy Paleo Salmon Salad Bowls | Real Simple Good

11. Whole30 Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is the best because you can prep a big batch and eat it all week for lunch. Pair it with lettuce wraps or your favorite Whole30 crackers for an effortless meal.

Whole30 Chicken Salad | 24 Carrot Kitchen

12. Easy Whole30 Skillet Steak Fajitas

Make taco night even better with these juicy steak fajitas made in a single cast-iron skillet.

Easy Whole30 Skillet Steak Fajitas | Do You Even Paleo

13. Whole30 Sweet Potato Hash

Who doesn’t love a hash for breakfast? You can enjoy any leftovers for dinner—if it lasts that long.

Whole30 Sweet Potato Hash | The Movement Menu

14. Easy Whole30 Chili Recipe

Prep this beefy Paleo chili ahead of time so you come home to a warm, comforting dinner.

Easy Whole30 Chili Recipe | Wicked Spatula

15. Easy Grain Free Cinnamon Date Granola

Enjoy this warming cinnamon granola for dessert, or add a drizzle of almond or cashew milk for a satisfying grain-free breakfast.

Easy Grain Free Cinnamon Date Granola | Paleo Gluten Free

16. Light Pasta Primavera with Veggie Noodles

Pasta night doesn’t have to be off the table on Whole30 thanks to this wonderful veggie noodle dish. Plus, you’re getting most of your day’s worth of veggies packed with a ton of flavor.

Light Pasta Primavera with Veggie Noodles | PaleoHacks

17. Easy Mashed Cauliflower

Whip up this easy side dish to hit that comfort food spot without sacrificing your Whole30 goals.

Easy Mashed Cauliflower | Real Food with Jessica

Thanks again to Aimee McNew from Paleohacks.com. Interested in seeing a certain recipe or roundup of a certain category—Whole30, Primal or Primal-keto? Let us know below!

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Meal Prep Hacks for a Long Flight

Greetings from somewhere over Minnesota! Are you ready for some meal prep hacks for a long flight? Oh, I bet you are! 😉

I was up and at ’em this morning to catch an early-morning flight across the country to Seattle to visit the Brooks Running team and fellow #runhappy ambassadors. The flight is nearly 6 hours long, so I packed all sorts of food, including breakfast and lunch as well as snacks (just in case).

Even though airports have lots of healthy options nowadays, it’s still sometimes a challenge for me to find something that fits within my diet. For instance, breakfast is always a struggle because I mostly eat gluten-free, limit dairy, and don’t eat eggs. I mean, what else is there?! Long story short, I packed a half day’s worth of food to keep me satisfied for the long flight.

I’ve eaten this way for a while now and travel quite a bit, so I’ve had plenty of practice when it comes meal prep hacks for a long flight. I know how to prepare and pack my food in a way that’s easy, nutritious, delicious, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly. I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful during your travels!

Here we go! Ready for a morning of travel! Boston —> Seattle

amazon fashion finds for travel on a plane

Comfy travel outfit details

Breakfast

Quinn loves the freshly ground honey peanut butter at Whole Foods, so I used the almost empty container to make my overnight oats. I mixed in collagen and Teddie peanut butter for added protein and staying powder. When I was finished eating it, I simply recycled the container.

overnight oats on a plane inside a plastic container

FYI: I almost got busted by TSA for my overnight oats. It might have been because of the big scoop of peanut butter in them. Peanut butter is technicallyconsidered a liquid, according to the TSA website. Next time, I’ll use add a packet of nut butter once I get through security.

I also brought an iced coffee at Starbucks. I didn’t bring my tumbler this time, but I had my Silicon straw with holder, so I saved at least one plastic straw from a landfill.

I brought my small shaker bottle (20 ounces) with marine collagen peptides and Ashwagandha inside to mix with my iced coffee, but I didn’t have time to mix it up. I was literally waiting for my iced coffee as I watched my plane board! But, hey, now I have extra collagen peptides and Ashwagandha for my future iced coffees! Ashwagandha what? Here’s why I’m loving it lately.

Lunch

I packed up spaghetti squash with ground turkey, grated Parmesan, and steamed spinach in a Collapsible Silicone Food Storage/Meal Prep Container. Have you seen these containers? They are AMAZING for travel and packed lunches as well as kitchens with limited space. You just collapse it down once you’re finished to save space in your bag/backpack/luggage.

collapsible meal prep bowl for travel on a plane

I also packed my water bottle and filled it up once I got through security, so I had plenty of water for my day of travel. Ok, this isn’t a very exciting meal prep hacks for a long flight, but it’s a good one because you save money and resources by not buying bottle water.

Snacks

I whipped up a small batch of oatmeal almond butter chocolate chip protein balls and packed them inside an empty RXBAR vanilla almond nut butter (so damn good) jar, so they didn’t get squished in my bag and then I could just recycle it when I was done.

I used this recipe to make my protein balls: The Only Protein Ball Recipe You’ll Ever Need

stasher bag with healthy snacks for a long flight

I also packed additional snacks inside a Stasher bag. I love Stasher bags for snacks. I use them pretty much everyday in Quinn’s lunch. If you haven’t gotten on the Stash bag train yet, be sure to do so. The environment and your wallet will thank you!

Some of my favorite travel-friendly snacks:

I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post with my meal prep hacks for a long flight! If you have any of your own, I’d love to hear them. I’m always looking for ways to make my travels healthier and more efficient! 🙂

 

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BREAKING: Kellogg’s responds to our petition on TV appearance

We’ve now surpassed 25,000 signatures on our petition to Kellogg’s. This is amazing!!! But our work is not done. We are taking on a multi-billion dollar food company, and need all the help we can get. 

** IMPORTANT: Please share our petition with everyone you know. Simply hit the social share buttons to share instantly. It takes 2 seconds. 

We are getting Kellogg’s attention. I made an appearance on Fox46 this morning to discuss how important this petition is and we received an official response. Watch the news clip here:

 

Kellogg’s provided Fox46 with the following letter in response to our petition: (red text is my comments)

The truth is that Kellogg’s has made NO PROGRESS. This brings up questions about their real intentions. 

Why is Kellogg’s creating brand NEW cereals with artificial ingredients if they truly want to remove these chemicals? 

Kellogg’s makes Froot Loops and Unicorn Cereal in other countries without artificial colors or BHT, so they already have the formula. They know how to do this. 

unicorn cereal ingredients in america vs. australia

 

Back in 2015 Kellogg’s said that 75% of their cereals were made without artificial colors. Now they are saying that 87% of their cereals are without artificial colors. And they call this “significant progress”? What has Kellogg’s been doing for the last 4 years? Which cereal did they remove artificial colors from? You’ll still find it in their ever-popular Froot Loops and Apple Jacks.

And again, they keep churning out new children’s cereals full of them…

They refuse to address the preservative BHT in their U.S. cereals. In 2015 Kellogg’s told reporters they were “actively testing natural alternatives” to BHT. So, are they going to remove it like they do in other countries? 

Does Kellogg’s really intend on dumping the artificial ingredients? They keep saying one thing, but doing another. This is unethical. Don’t you agree?

Call out Kellogg’s Lies and continue sharing this petition. We can’t let them get away with this! 

We’ve got to hold Kellogg’s accountable. Artificial colors should NOT be in food – especially in food marketed with cartoons aimed at our children. These dyes require a warning label in other countries because they cause hyperactivity in children. Kellogg’s knows this. This is outrageous!

Even if you’re not a parent, or would never ever feed your child Kellogg’s Baby Shark Cereal, your support for this petition is helping others. Not everyone knows what these artificial ingredients are doing to their kids. I get emails like this one all the time…

“After being told about your blog by family members, I have completely changed how I shop and feed my family. And have seen improvements in my kids when we’ve cut out food dyes from our diet. I have one son that is borderline ADHD, has classic symptoms, and when he’s had a red Gatorade, for example, he’s off the chart crazy and goes bonkers. It’s insane what is in our food system in the USA, of all places!! It drives me crazy when I talk to moms who’s kids have actually been diagnosed with ADHD and are medicated for it, but they give them colored gatorade or Cheetos or other foods that have food dye in them that are just pouring fuel on the fire and they don’t even know it. So, I gently point them to it because it’s crazy how unaware most consumers are. It makes me sick and I for sure put my money where my mouth is and only shop organic and brands I know are striving for more whole natural foods. Thank you for all you do to push this agenda!! “ – Emily

It is time to stop Kellogg’s lies! If you do anything today, please share our petition and help spread the word.

You are making a meaningful difference in our world and I can’t thank you enough!

Xo,

Vani

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Tips For Clutter Zones

We all have clutter zones in our house that seem to accumulate things while we sleep. Here are some tips for managing the clutter.

One would think you could organize your entire house from top to bottom – ONCE – and then just live happily in order forever. You find a place for everything and that’s that. While there are some areas of my house where this rings true, most areas tend to accumulate stuff without me even knowing. All of a sudden something that was once organized now looks like a tornado came through, and I have to spend an afternoon sorting, reorganizing and donating.

The most common clutter zones in my house are:

What do these areas have in common?

Things are coming in but things are not going out. That doesn’t always mean I’m shop-a-holicing items into my Target cart – a lot of the time the imports come from gifts, school, goodie bags, birthdays, and blog freebies. Of course intentional shopping is also involved, such as when I buy new clothes and don’t remove any old clothes from my closet or new ingredients come into the pantry but old ones don’t get used up first. So it’s a little bit of both.

Too many items will always feel cluttered

The first rule of organizing is always to reduce the number of items you’re trying to fit in a space. For example, your closet is only so big, so just removing 10% of your clothes will make your closet feel more organized. (Or maybe 25% for some of you!) So for those areas that have a high frequency of incomers, you have to have a system for outgoers too. It’s easier to do this with your own closet since you’re most familiar with the contents and harder with your kids stuff. I try to focus on birthday and Christmas time (when Mazen has a large inflow of gifts) and clear out space in his closet before these holidays take place so the newer things have a place to go on day 1.

The Ultimate Outbox: The Garage

Our garage is the least organized spot in our house, despite getting an overhaul at least twice a year. That’s because it’s our home’s outbox. Anything outgoing – from boxes to recycle to our Goodwill basket to anything I don’t have a spot for inside – gets tossed in there. At least the inside of the house is neat! I’m OK with having to sort through the big outbox a few times a year. Maybe one day it will get a FIFO method too.

A Place For Everything

My goal for my house is always to have a place for everything. This requires that you are intentional with both the places and the contents of each space. Things will naturally accumulate – that’s just part of life (and having kids!) Having systems to sort through the overflow will help keep that natural accumulation to a minimum. I always deal with mail the second it comes inside, and I have an inbox for Mazen’s school papers and art that I sort through when it’s 3/4 full. I have a basket for Goodwill items in the garage. When you have a place for everything – even the extra you know will come – then you’ll keep the clutter cycle to a minimum.

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Vegan Taco Recipes

This vegan taco recipes collection is sure to jazz up your next taco night!

One of the things I find the most amusing about being vegan is all the non-vegans who think I don’t eat regular food. Like… Read more →



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