Keep a small garbage bowl near you when cooking. Simply choose a kitchen bowl to throw scraps, peels, and trimmings away. You could also line the bowl with a plastic bag for easy clean up. This will save needless trips and time going to and from the garbage can. While chopping and cooking, there is a nice easy reach for throwing garbage away. This is a great way to clean as you go and stay organized.
Before heading out to an outing, errands, a party, or even dinner, eat a small snack before. This will help prevent overeating and “eyes bigger than your stomach.” If you are fully hungry before going out, this can lead to snacking more than usual, eating large portions, fast food, etc.
Healthy small snack ideas:
Cheese and crackers
Celery and peanut butter
Piece of fruit and peanut butter
Hard boiled eggs
Hummus with veggies and pita chips (or beet hummus)
Vegetables with a homemade dip
Pair protein and fat with some carbs! The protein keeps you full, slows digestion, and keeps blood sugar level.
Happy Saturday! I love having morning pastries, especially on the weekends. I don’t go out very often and buy them, but I do bake my own on a monthly basis. They are so homey, warm, and delicious to pair with breakfast. The trick is to have a small portion and not make it your WHOLE breakfast.
An immersion blender is a small hand stick blender that is compact. This gets submerged into a pot or bowl to puree, rather than pouring liquid into a regular blender. Main uses for this type of blender are for pureeing soups, sauces, vinaigrettes, pesto, mayonnaise, etc. Typically the immersion blender will come with a small measuring cup to puree items in, very handy! If something is made that is lumpy or too chunky, simply use your immersion blender to quickly puree. Move the blender and tilt around the pot or bowl for best use. I love mine because I can quickly puree items or take it with me to another house – very portable and easy to clean!
Tomorrow is Labor Day typically filled with family, friends, food and drink. We gather in the hot sun in the backyard with the grill fired up and pool floating. I strive to make a variety of food or have it be potluck style. There is always beer and cocktails flowing but this year I want to make some fun hydrating mocktails.
Spend one day a week or once a month cooking your healthy grains and pastas – true meal prep! This will save you so much time when trying to prepare lunch or dinner (usually last minute). Cook the grains or pastas, then once cooled place into gallon bags, press flat, and label with the name and date cooked. Then store in the freezer flat.
Vitamin A is the fourth fat soluble vitamin in the series. Fat soluble means that the body stores this for later use, mainly kept in the liver. This vitamin is found in food sources such as in animal products and plant foods – dairy, liver, fish, fruits, vegetables, and oils. Think of foods in the orange and yellow color family.
Vitamin K is found in two sources: green leafy vegetables; in some animal foods and fermented food
Helps to make some proteins that are needed to build bones (osteocalcin) and blood clotting (prothrombin). This vitamin is absorbed in the small intestine and stored in fatty tissue and the liver. Also found in the liver, brain, heart, pancreas, and bone.