January Detox Meal Ideas

January Detox Meal Ideas

Good Morning Team! 

As I promised in my last blog, I wanted to make sure I shared a couple of my favorite recipes to try over the next three weeks during my January detox. But you don’t have to be on a detox to try them, they can also be used as inspo for some healthy meal options! 

Whenever I read about detox or meal plans, they will tell you what vegetables, proteins, and carbs to eat but I’m always left thinking, “how?”. How do I make those foods into delicious meals that I actually want to eat and will keep me full? 

I hate when people say, “Eat a garden salad with chicken!” Barf. I’ll be hungry again 20 minutes later. No thank you. I need enough food and the right kinds of food that are healthy options but won’t have me searching for the snack cabinet 20 minutes later. 

That is the point of this blog. =] I want to help answer your “but how?” question.  

These also are honestly some of my favorite go-to meals when I want something that will be delicious, good for my body and will keep me full. Emphasizing the “keep me full” part. 😉 Continue reading “January Detox Meal Ideas”

The MUCH Needed January Detox

The MUCH Needed January Detox

If you are anything like me over the holidays you totally overdo it. When I say “it”, I mean legitimately everything. I overate, I drank (more than I should), I overspent, I over partied, I was overjoyed ;). And I don’t regret one second, bite, or drink of it. But because of all the holiday cheer and fun that I have, January tends to be a bit of a tough month.  

Last weekend I had a New Year’s Day brunch with my girlfriends and we were all talking about needing to detox after this holiday season. Which made me think that maybe the blog should be about a January detox! Continue reading “The MUCH Needed January Detox”

Apple EVERYTHING

Apple EVERYTHING

In our society today, once fall hits it is officially the time of “pumpkin spice” everything.  We’ve got the pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin candles, and every pumpkin-flavored treat you can imagine.  Anything and everything you can consume or smell, has a pumpkin stamp on it and is sold and posted everywhere.  

But I have to be honest with you…I don’t get the hype.  There it is! I said it!   Continue reading “Apple EVERYTHING”

My Must Haves When Flying

My Must Haves When Flying

This past weekend I traveled to Chicago to go to a Notre Dame Game with my husband and his best friend.  It was epic, as tailgating and watching a college football game often is.

But as I was packing for the trip I noticed that I was writing down a checklist of things to have for my flight.  Of course, these items didn’t include the most important things that would actually get me ON the flight (ticket) and TO Chicago successfully (credit card and license), because for some reason that’s not where my mind goes to when writing a list of the things I HAVE to have on my flight. 

For me, the most important things in my bag are items that help make the flight a healthy and occupied one.  Here I am focusing on keeping it a “healthy” flight because I just need a good book and I am occupied for hours.  Continue reading “My Must Haves When Flying”

4 Rules When Starting a Workout Routine

4 Rules When Starting a Workout Routine

I was driving home from a pure barre class this past Saturday morning, and I thought about my weekly workouts.  I had just bought a new class pass to Pure Barre and was thinking about all of the different studios/gyms/workout classes I have memberships to that I use on a weekly basis. 

It got me to thinking more about my overall workout routine, how drastically it has changed over the past couple of years, and how many different workouts I currently do, have done and tried. 

Today I thought I would share a bit with you about the different types of workouts I do, and my overall philosophy around working out.   Continue reading “4 Rules When Starting a Workout Routine”

Auntie Carol’s Secret Salad Equation

Auntie Carol’s Secret Salad Equation

Coming off of a long Fourth of July party weekend I am feeling like I shouldn’t be eating anything BUT salads.  This past weekend I way overindulged in s’mores, wine, Twizzlers and chips, guac and blueberry buckle. It’s how we celebrate the fourth, like total gluttons, and I love every second of it.  #balance

But when you get whiplash from snapping back into reality Monday morning, I am almost ALWAYS reluctant to putting greens back into my system, especially salad.  Continue reading “Auntie Carol’s Secret Salad Equation”

Summer Picnic Essentials

Summer Picnic Essentials

Since this past weekend was Memorial Day, that means the summer barbeques and picnics have officially begun!  Praise the Lord our 3 months of warm weather is FINALLY here!!

Summer is my favorite time of the year for many reasons, but one of the things I most look forward to is parties with friends at the beach.  While this is super fun and an awesome time, it can be a little taxing on some of us with our health goals. Having pasta salad and hot dogs is great in May and then mid- July comes and you’ve already eaten 10 hot dogs over the recommended ‘1 hot dog a year’ limit, and it feels that if you just look at another pasta salad your shorts may bust open.  Or at least this is how I feel…

To keep myself on track with my healthy lifestyle during the summer party sessions, I make sure I always come prepared.  I come with healthy food options. I offer to bring foods and side dishes to share so that I know that I will always have healthy choices.   Continue reading “Summer Picnic Essentials”