3 More Reasons We Love Home Chef (NEW!)

By now, you’ve heard of Home Chef. You either know about it, love it and use it regularly, or you know about it but have yet to try it. Short on time? Can’t run to the grocery store? No problem – Home Chef sends you everything you need (ingredients, spices, & easy detailed instructions) to cook amazing and nutritious meals in about 30 minutes. 

As a single mom of 3 elementary-aged kids, with a full time job, getting Home Chef delivered weekly has saved me more times than I’d like to admit. As if these aren’t reasons enough to love this Chicago-based startup, here are three brand new ways Home Chef is changing the “cook-at-home” game.

Oven Ready Meals

They’ve recently added new meals called “Oven Ready” to every menu. These meals are no-prep, no-mess, and even include the cooking tray. (No dishes? — hallelujah and yes, please!) I got the Cranberry glazed chicken and wild rice dish last week and it was a hit with all of my kids. It’s definitely going into our weekly rotation.

New oven-ready meals are being added to the regular Home Chef menus, so keep an eye out and let me know your favorites! We’re always looking for the best recipes.

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Fresh & Easy Meal Plans

This is a brand new type of plan, dedicated to ready-made meals, and includes oven-ready, grill-ready and dinner salads. This is separate from the traditional Home Chef meal plan, and is great for people who want minimal prep work and zero clean up.
Any busy full-time working moms out there, or am I the only one? 

We tried the Shrimp and Sirloin Steak Grill Pack and grilled it by the pool last weekend, and let me tell you – it was the quickest and easiest meal ever! (And kid approved!) No prep, no clean-up – just enjoying time by the pool with our friends and family!

Customize it

Did you know you can customize a number of Home Chef meals? Food allergy or intolerance? Vegetarian? Does that chicken taco recipe sound great, but you’d just really prefer beef? No problem! 

I’ve been pretty conscious about what I put into my kids bellies recently, and after talking to their primary care doctor, we decided to reduce the amount of meat that they eat on a regular basis. This customizable option has really come in handy. We’ve been swapping a lot of chicken for tofu and my kids have loved it!

I know there are a ton of other meal kit delivery services out there, but Home Chef is changing the game with these customizable and no-clean up options. Try it and let us know what you think! We got you a coupon for $30 off your first order – click here

8 Sam’s Club Member Perks You Didn’t Know About

Sam’s Club is a one-stop-shop for every day bulk items, cheap gas, and wine, but did you know there are a ton of other member perks? Keep reading for our favorite member perks that you probably didn’t know about.

1. Early Shopping Hours

If you’re like me, you would rather wake up early on a Saturday morning to knock out your errands, than fight traffic and the hoards of people emerging from their work week later in the day. Thankfully, Sam’s Club doors open at 7am Monday-Saturday. To keep crowds down, this perk is available for Sam’s Plus members only.

2. Business Services

Are you thinking about starting a business but don’t feel like you have the tools to get started? Sam’s Club members have access to trusted partner business loans, payment solutions, printing and more! You truly can get your grocery shopping and business to do list covered all in one place!

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3. Accounting and Tax Services.

Let’s be real, nobody likes taxes. So why not let Sam’s Club take care of it for you? Members of the club have special access to a full service accounting firm offering a full suite of solutions for your accounting needs. They offer everything from personal taxes, business taxes & accounting, and bookkeeping.

4. Cheaper Prescriptions.

All Sam’s Club members get access to low prices for medications, across the board. There’s even an 8% discount off regular priced pet meds. Bonus – If you are a Sam’s Plus Member, you can get up to five select prescriptions, completely FREE! This alone might be worth the upgraded membership!

5. Free Health Screenings & Cheap Immunizations

All members have access to monthly free health screenings that check glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, vision and hearing. On top of that, members also get 8% off select immunizations for shingles, pneumonia, HPV, Tdap, meningitis and the flu. Why spend at least $100 on a co-pay at your doctor, when you can go to Sam’s Club for a fraction of the cost?

6. Tire Center

My favorite perk is their tire center because they make it so easy. You order your tires online (they have all the top brands and are Michelin certified tire technicians), and make an appointment to get them installed at the location closest to you. Every tire installation includes 24 hour emergency roadside service, road hazard protection, rotation, balancing and flat repair for the lifetime of your tires. Doesn’t get better than that!

7. Flower Services

Sam’s Club has a full flower department including bulk flowers for weddings and special occasions, floral arrangements, potted plants, and even flowers for fundraising. They have a variety of floral styles, bouquets, and more at exclusive Member Only prices. Go ahead, treat yourself!

8. Complimentary Tech Support

As a Sam’s Club Member, you get exclusive 24/7 access to free tech support for electronics purchased at Sam’s Club. It’s okay if you can’t figure out your new laptop or your Alexa won’t listen to you. Sam’s club will take care of it, free of charge. Gone are the days of spending more than $200 on Apple Care!

A Sam’s Club membership costs $45 for the year, and these perks more than make up that cost, plus more. But for a limited time, they are offering an additional $50 in savings, which means they are essentially paying you $5 to sign up. The $50 in savings includes a $20 gift card, and $30 off when you purchase certain Member Mark products (all beef franks, ground beef, hamburger buns, potato salad, water, etc). Looks like it’s time for a barbecue!

Top Ways to Prevent or Reduce Bloating

Bloating is something that most people deal with – unless they hardly eat anything. That’s because bloating is a consequence of eating and digesting that food.

Some foods make some people bloat more than other foods, but figuring which foods those are and then avoiding them can be difficult.

As you start the journey of figuring out what will help you prevent or reduce bloating, consider these 10 ways.

Eat Slower and Less

Eating too much too quickly can cause bloating. Your body isn’t able to process all that food in such a short amount of time. The result is bloating.

When you eat, take each bite with mindfulness and then think about how it tastes. Be sure to drink water in between some of the bites. Just take your time and really enjoy what you’re eating. Not only does this help you with bloating, but it can help you stay on top of whether you’re done eating instead of overeating.

Identify Food Allergies

Some foods cause people to bloat because they are allergic to them. The only way to really identify what you may be allergic to is by eliminating them from your diet.

Dairy causes bloating for a lot of people, so start with that. If you cut out dairy and still deal with bloating, introduce it back into your diet and try another possible culprit such as gluten. As you take out and put back in foods in your diet, you’ll start to see what each of them does to your body.

Avoid Gassy or Airy Foods

The reason your stomach is bloated is because you have air inside of it. This air can come from gas or simply just air. The biggest cause of air in the abdominal is soda or other carbonated drinks. Cut down on those, or eliminate them all together to see if that cuts down the bloating.

To avoid swallowing a lot of air, don’t chew gum, drink from a straw or eat while talking. All of these can cause you to swallow air that could lead to bloating.

Eliminate FODMAPs

Some foods are harder to digest, and people with irritable bowel syndrome should stay away from them. These foods are:

  • Watermelon
  • Wheat
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Artichokes
  • Beans
  • Apples
  • Pears


Try to eliminate these foods from your diet to see if they help with bloating. Many people with IBS report that bloating is the biggest problem they have with their condition, and eliminating these foods can reduce the severity of that symptom.


Constipation causes bloating, and one way to beat constipation is by exercising. By doing something physical for 30 minutes a day, you can get your digestive system more on track so the bloating may be less.

Use Probiotics

Probiotics are good for the digestive track. Take a supplement each day to keep you regular and to help your body digest foods effectively and efficiently. It can take some time before probiotics start doing their job, so give it a couple of months.

Now you know some new ways to help you with bloating. Try them out to see what works for you.

Keto Diet 101: What You Need to Know for Success

The keto (ketogenic) diet has grown in popularity over the last two years. People are drawn to it because not only does it help them lose weight, but it can cut down on cravings, it’s been known to improve mood, mental focus and energy.

Before you embark on this fat-burning endeavor, you should learn about it in this Keto Diet 101 guide.

The Keto Diet: Low Carb / High Fat

People lose weight by entering a state of ketosis. This physiological state breaks down fat into ketones, which the body uses for energy. The only way to enter the ketogenic state is to reduce the number of carbs in the body and increase the amount of fat.

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Since the body doesn’t have enough carbs to run, it switches over to fat, which is a more efficient fuel source. This is what makes people lose weight faster.

The amount of carbs that people should consume in a day varies when trying to enter ketosis, but the recommendation is no more than 20 net carbs.

Medicinal Uses of the Ketogenic Diet

The keto diet has been used to help people with neurological conditions, such as seizures, especially in children.

Research has found that this type of diet can be effective in controlling brain conditions as well. In particular, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s symptoms may be lessened following the high fat/low carb diet. This could be because of the brain’s need for fat due to it being mostly made up of it.

What to Eat on the Ketogenic Diet

Due to the limited carb intake, it’s incredibly important to look at all of the ingredients in manufactured foods. Sugar is a carb, so avoiding all sources of it can help people stay under the 20 net carbs.

Most people who follow a ketogenic lifestyle stick with whole foods since it’s easier to control the carb, fat, and protein in meals.

The biggest surprise that people encounter when switching over to keto is the focus on fat. For years, most dieters stayed away from things like chicken skin or fat on ribeye steaks, but those are highly encouraged with the keto diet.

Some of the best meats to eat are:

  • Brisket
  • Salmon
  • Pork shoulder
  • Ground beef (grass-fed)
  • Bacon

Vegetables are still important, but many contain carbs. Stick with leafy greens such as kale, lettuce, and spinach. Broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers are also good choices.

Oils are often made up of fat. Avocado, palm, canola, and olive are the best.

Dairy products should include whole milk and cheese.

Can’t make it through the day without a coffee? Don’t worry – you can still have it. Use ghee in your coffee as a creamer substitute. Stevia and other artificial sweeteners can replace the sugar.

Beginning the Ketogenic Diet

Most people have a difficult time getting through the first couple of weeks on a keto diet. Carb withdrawals can include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Mental fogginess
  • Hunger

If you can get through the second week, the third and fourth weeks are much easier. Weight loss is faster at this point, especially for those who are active.

How to Know When You’re in Ketosis

The signs of being in ketosis are different for everyone. The ones that most people experience are:

  • Bad breath
  • Positive blood test for ketones
  • Positive urine test for ketones
  • Reduced appetite
  • Increase focus
  • Improved energy
  • Enhanced performance
  • Insomnia

Most people report that ketosis feels like a huge cloud is lifted off of them. All of a sudden, they feel free from the weight that has been holding them down, and it’s not just because of the weight loss. The mental fog is gone, the cravings have ceased, and they simply feel better than they have ever felt. It’s a switch they feel that can’t be compared to how they felt before entering the state of ketosis.

Following the Keto Diet Long Term

The keto diet is not meant to be followed for a long time consistently. It’s best to cycle in and out of the keto diet, especially for women due to hormone fluctuations that can be influenced by limiting carbs.

Carbs are good for the body, but most people consume too many. Limiting carbs for a certain amount of time can help people control how much is in their system and it’s harm over time.


Before starting any diet, discuss it with your doctor. You should never follow a new diet or exercise program without the consent of your doctor.

3 Best Family Tips for Healthy Eating Habits

It has been said repeatedly that in order to form good eating and exercise habits that will a lifetime, good practices and techniques must be taught and learned at home. Use the following three strategies to help your family get more active and start choosing great-tasting, nutritious food instead of unhealthy, empty foods.

Bad Foods Shouldn’t Be Available

If you have the cupboards and fridge filled with unhealthy, bad foods then you and your family are much more likely to indulge in them versus ignoring the tasty temptations to eat a healthy snack instead. In order to get off the bad food cycle for the entire family at once, you have start at home. Pull out the paper bags and fill them up with the junk food to either toss out or give away.

If you are going to have unhealthy foods in the house, then make sure they are just for special occasions or on a moderate basis (such as weekly). This will go towards preventing old habits from creeping their way back into your lives. Stock the fridge and shelves with healthy, nutritious choices that your family actually likes and will eat. Reduced-fat dairy, lean proteins, fresh fruits, raw vegetables, oatmeal, and natural smoothies are all great choices to please your family’s taste buds.

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Put New Spins on Family Favorites & Eat Dinner as a Family

The best way to get your kids to explore their taste buds and try new foods is to eat dinner as a family. Put new spins on the foods your family loves that aren’t so healthy. For instance, bake French fries instead of frying or introduce baked sweet potato fries to the table. Use ground turkey for taco night. Get reduced-fat mozzarella cheese and pita bread for pizza night. Bake chicken fingers at home instead of buying the same ‘ole processed or fried chicken nuggets. When in the grocery store, have everyone pick out their favorite fruits and veggies they can’t wait to eat. Get the kids involved, and have them help make and cook the foods they are going to eat for dinner. The fun and pride of cooking makes them extremely excited and motivated to want to taste the foods they just helped to create.

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Cut Down & Control Snacking

Kids and adults alike find themselves snacking through the day and then not eating a proper meal when it is time to sit down for lunch and dinner. Being less hungry also leads to kids being less willing to taste new foods, get proper nutrition and eat their vegetables. Set guidelines for snacking in your home and try to stick to a consistent schedule for meals to ensure better habits. Space all meals and snacks at least two hours apart. Don’t eat more than 2-3 snacks a day. Control portion sizes for everyone in the family and make sure most all snacks are no more than about 150 calories each. Air-popped popcorn, apple slices and peanut butter, healthy homemade trail mix, and low-fat organic Greek yogurt with fruit are all great options for snack time at home or on the go that will satisfy everyone’s sweet and salty cravings in a healthy way! For a frozen and healthy treat your family will love, pour your yogurt blends and fruit into Popsicle molds and put in the freezer.

Now is the time to get your family on the right track when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. While more and more people are screaming for healthier options, we still live in a culture obsessed with convenient and processed fake food options to satisfy our hunger pangs and sweet tooth. Explore how delicious real food can be right now and have the kids help to layout a menu of healthy meals they want to cook and eat for lunches and dinners. Don’t be surprised when the kids grow accustomed to the new routine before you do as they are much more likely to get on board if they are involved in the process and decisions along the way. Come up with activities and outings that focus on the family moving and having fun together rather than only having family time with everyone plopped on a couch or in a theater seat. Your family will reap the rewards and benefits of a healthy lifestyle starting at home faster than you can ever imagine once you get started.

8 Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil comes from Nigella Sativa plant seeds native to Asia. Arabic and Indian folklore referred to these seeds as the “seeds of blessing” attributing to the powerful ability of the plant to treat asthma, ease inflammation, aid in digestive issues, and treat multiple other ailments of the body. Read on to learn 8 amazing health benefits of BSO.


Black seed oil was used in a study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research and the findings were very promising. The study showed the power of black seed oil in the prevention and management of Type 1 AND Type 2 diabetes. Their findings showed the oil caused the pancreatic cells to partially regenerate. This lowered both serum insulin concentrations and previously high serum glucose levels. The study mentioned the improvement of glucose tolerance from the oil performing as well as a popular diabetes drug, but without the side effects. (Do not stop taking any prescription medication without consulting your physician).


Black seed oil has been shown to have powerful cancer cell fighting properties. Thymoquinone is the active compound in the oil and has multiple benefits. These include the reduction of size in malignant colon tumors, induction of cell death in breast and pancreatic cancer cells, and help in stopping the spears of cancer.


For those worried about liver damage, black see oil can be very helpful. It works to rejuvenate the antioxidants depleted in the body after radiation or other radioactive chemical exposure. It has been shown to protect against liver damage normally incurred from the effects of toxic metals. Black seed oil can be used in cases of hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury in combination with other treatments.


The anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil are powerful. The thymoquinone compound is effective in decreasing inflammation of the body, including in cases of osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. The compound works to inhibit inflammation causing substances. This also is helpful for those fighting allergies. Scientists have confirmed the ability of the compound to inhibit the molecules that cause inflammation in the lungs from an allergic source. After using BSO for two weeks—people suffering from allergic rhinitis should start to see relief from the symptoms of congestion, itchy/ runny nose, sneezing attacks, and excess mucus.


Acne is found to be healed with the potent powers of black seed oil. Applying it topically has endless benefits, including anti-aging magic. The anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and immunomodulatory properties have numerous benefits to the health of the skin. Research has shown acne can be resolved in less than two months by incorporating black seed oil into the daily skin regimen.

Infection and Yeast

A huge problem in the medical field is the current state of antifungal and antibacterial resistance. Researchers and scientists have already been spending time thinking outside of the box for solutions. Black seed oil is a promising one in itself, as it has already been found to help stop the growth of candida yeast and staph infections. Since the modern diet is full of processed sugars, it is wonderful news to hear BSO may work to fight candida.

Body Weight

Weight loss is attributed to many healthy ways of life, but one of them not normally considered is oil. However, black seed oil works to promote weight loss because its ability to decrease inflammation while improving glucose tolerance in the body. Adding in the benefits to liver health, the results are a great contribution towards achieving a normal body weight, without the hidden dangers of fad dieting.

Immune System

As mentioned previously, black seed oil works in prevention radiation damage to the body. Consuming the oil is a great way for naturally increasing your own immunity. The oil has the power to restore the body’s fight against lethal and viral infections alike. The black seed oil works to enhance the T-cells in the body. They are also called the ‘Killer-T cells.’

Purchasing BSO

When searching for black seed oil make sure the product is organic, cold-pressed, and packaged in a dark glass. There should be no additives in the black seed oil if it is truly pure. There are other names black seed oil may be packaged under; including black cumin oil and black oil. Read the ingredient list to verify you are spending your money on a pure product. Amazon, the internet, and local health food stores are all places you can find black seed oil for sale.

9 Prescription-Free Painkillers in Your Kitchen

Prescription medications seem to be a combined simultaneous solution and problem for aches and pains in America. More and more, women are looking for natural ways at home to get rid of their pain and ailments. A lot of women may not realize just how many natural painkillers are sitting inside their very own kitchen, ready to fight painful misery on a moment’s notice without risky side effects or jacked up pharmaceutical costs.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn

By consuming a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal, heartburn can be cleared up in as little as a day. The tartaric and malic acids in the ACV work as strong digestive aids that speeds up the breakdown of proteins and fats in the body, so the stomach can empty quickly and before the esophagus ends up with food in it and causing heartburn pain.

Horseradish Hacks Sinus Problems

Sinusitis is a common chronic health problem affecting women all over the world. You may feel achy throughout your entire body, plus be dealing with awful facial pain and congestion. But with horseradish, you can kick this problem in the butt! Horseradish works naturally to open and drain sinuses clogged and infected. The results are seen much quicker than from using a decongestant spray. Get one tsp. of horseradish into your diet two times a day until symptoms are gone.

Ginger Puts Pain Away

Ginger contains a powerful compound named gingerols that works in the prevention of pain-triggering hormone production. Using ginger everyday to ease joint and muscle pain, stiffness, and swelling. Getting ginger in your diet is easy. Take a morning health shot containing ginger or add 1-2 teaspoons to daily meals.

Cloves for Curing Toothaches

UCLA researchers have said the gentle chewing on a clove can have pain relieving advantages for a full two hours. Gum inflammation and tooth pain benefit from the natural anesthetic of eugenol found in cloves.

Cherries Chase Headache Pain Away

Studies show nearly 25% of women struggle with chronic headaches, gout, or arthritis, as well as the painful symptoms associated with them. Consuming a bowl of cherries can ease the aches and pains, plus without the side effects of over the counter painkillers. The compound anthocyanin found in cherries delivers an anti-inflammatory punch that is over 10 times stronger than aspirin and ibuprofen. This compounds also helps shut down enzymes causing inflammation, so they work well in the prevention and treatment of pain. Getting in 15 – 30 cherries a day is a great way to eat away the pain.

Honey Heals Mouth Pain and Sores

Use unpasteurized honey to dab on your painful cold sores and canker sores 4 to 5 times daily until the wound disappears. Honey has been show to heal faster than prescription creams—up to 43% faster! Raw honey has natural enzymes that work wonders in healing damaged body tissue, getting rid of inflammation, and killing invading viruses.

Oats for Ending Endometriosis Pain

Women suffering from endometriosis may endure days, weeks, or even months of severe cramping that has resulted from the heavy inflammation on the outside of the uterus. A daily bowl of oats can possibly end the pain. Scientists have said an oat-rich diet can help to minimize the cramping pain within a period of six month for up to 60% of women. Colombia University’s Professor of Medicine Peter Green, M.D. comments gluten is a protein trouble-maker that causes inflammation for women suffering from endometriosis, and oats does not contain gluten.

Grapes Give TLC to Back Pain Sufferers

Ohio State University has released studies suggesting that eating a large cup of grapes every day can work towards relieving back pain. Their research states it is often relieved within three short hours of eating the little balls of goodness. Grapes work in relaxing tight blood vessels in the back, which in turn improves the blood flow to back tissue that is damaged. The vertebrae and discs are dependent on healthy blood flow to bring them oxygen and healing nutrients, making grapes an excellent choice for relieving back pain naturally at home.

Blueberries Blast Bladder Infections

Tannins are a plant compound found in blueberries. Tannins make themselves at home on the problem causing bacteria found in the bladder, preventing them from creating an infection. Eating blueberries in any form; juice, fresh, or frozen is beneficial and can cut the risk of getting a urinary tract infection by up 60% per New Jersey’s Rutgers University researchers. One cup a day is recommended for optimal benefit.


Those suffering from painful conditions and diseases continue to seek alternatives to harsh medicines and the side effects of powerful treatments, but most of it can start in the same place you prepare your daily meals. Start discovering the power of earth’s painkillers to kick your pain to the curb! Plus, it’s much nicer to think about shopping the farmer’s market for painkillers versus visiting the local drug store filled with sick people waiting for prescriptions.

The Foods Nutritionists Will Not Eat

There are a plethora of foods we all know are classic ‘don’t eats,’ such as deep-fried foods and sugary drinks, but have you ever wondered what specific foods the nutritionists and dieticians avoid feeding their families? If you have become more concerned with the foods your family is putting in their mouths, this is a great place to start. Here’s a list of foods to avoid as much as possible.

Processed Meats/ Cheeses

  • Deli meats
  • Bacon
  • Canned meats (tuna
  • Sausage
  • Pepperoni
  • Hot dogs24
  • Canned cheese
  • Processed cheese
  • Convenience packed processed meats (bags)

While these foods are fine every now and then, a diet full of processed meats can raise your risk of getting a cardiovascular disease or cancer, which can be fatal. It’s important to not be fooled by packaged ‘healthy options’ because some low calorie snack packs or baked ‘junk food’ can be just as bad for you. If you must have the taste of smoky bacon on a regular basis, then start adding chipotle, paprika, and other smoky seasonings and spices to your cooking.

Sugary-Filled Cereals

Cereals filled with loads of sugar provide much else. They have minimal fiber, are high in calories, full of sugar, and laden with preservatives and artificial colors and flavors. If you must have cereal, opt for an all-natural cereal blend that has only ingredients you recognize. Throw some fruit or honey on top to sweeten it up.

Fancy Coffee Drinks

Fancy coffee drinks hit the market and will not be going away anytime soon. But, partaking in these drinks on a frequent basis can be very bad for your health and your weight alike. You don’t want to consume 400 calories in one drink. You don’t want 10 to 20 teaspoons of sugar in one drink. The American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than six teaspoons or sugar (100 calories/day) and no more than nine teaspoons for men (equal to about 150 calories/day). This can more than double the risk of dying from heart disease.

Canned Frosting

Okay, so this one surprised me, but canned frosting is a major trans-fat and artificial trans-fat offender, meaning it’s a food that can boost bad cholesterol levels, plummet good cholesterol levels, and raise your risk for heart disease. The occasional birthday party isn’t a big deal to your health, but canned frosting is certainly not something you should use at home for your desserts. Instead, make homemade icing.

Margarine Sticks

Another trans-fat offending food is margarine sticks. Daily consumption of this major no-no food can be detrimental to your heart health and cholesterol levels. While there is a substantial amount of fat in butter, it is by far a better choice than margarine.

Other Avoided Items

  • Packaged snack cakes and treats (cupcakes, toaster pastries, pastries, breakfast biscuits)
  • Coconut water (filled with sugar)
  • Healthy popcorn/ microwave popcorn
  • Preservative filled protein bars
  • Frozen yogurts
  • Items promoted as ‘gluten-free’ (expensive & filled with tons of other junk instead)

Disease is on the rise, heart-disease kills more women than any other thing, and consumers are asking more questions about the true cost we pay for processed and packaged foods. With this being said, people are on the lookout for all the ways they can eat healthier and feed their families better foods at home that don’t compromise their health.

Buying fresh, whole foods like vegetables, fruits, healthy oils, healthy fats, fish, and lean meats is absolutely the way to go. When your kitchen is stocked with the right foods and you don’t buy the bad stuff, then you can be sure you will cook and prepare your meals with a significant amount of better foods. Prepare snacks in advance for the kids and yourself so you don’t need to resort to ‘bad’ foods when on the go. When the kids ask for a snack, point them in the direction of the fruit bowl. If nothing else, throw an orange or apple in a bag. Don’t take on the extra ‘unknown’ risks of shelf-life foods any more.

Processed foods are cheaper it seems many times, which is what a big part of their appeal is. If you would like to learn how to buy health foods instead of processed foods, read here for ways to do it on a budget.


Fall Foodie Recipes That Won’t Leave You Feeling Heavy

With fall well and truly here, it’s time to hunker down and get cosy. Cooking up a storm is a great way of staying warm and getting into the spirit of the season and when it comes to fall, soup is your best port of call. If your thought of comfort food is heavy and fat laden, however, you’re about to be in for a big surprise. These hearty fall soups will put a little warmth into your bones without weighing you down in the process. Turning to your kitchen this season is the perfect way to celebrate the changing weather and bringing together your nearest and dearest. Looking for an excuse to get cooking? Let these hearty soup recipes be your calling!

Beef and Cannellini Bean Soup

Rich, hot and oh-so tasty, this beef and cannellini bean soup will warm you up even when it’s getting cold outside. The beauty of this recipe means that you can leave it in your slow cooker in the morning and it will be ready by the time you get home from work. Try whipping up a bigger batch and leaving it in your freezer; you’re going to want to dip back into this broth time and time again.

Fresh Vine Tomato Soup

If you’ve been feeling a little under the weather, there’s nothing quite like a fresh tomato soup to have you on your feet again. This recipe takes all of the goodness out the fresh fruit, giving up a hefty serving of your daily nutrients in the process. With a minimal ingredients list, the soup is incredibly easy to knock together, even if you’re short on time. All you need to do is prepare the vegetables and the rest practically cooks itself.

Tuscan Tomato Tortellini Soup

Want to relive a few last memories of summer time? This soup will transport you all the way to Italy. Taking influence from the country’s ingredients list, the broth is packed full of only the freshest, most delicious ingredients. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try adding in a little more fresh pasta. You’ll have an entire meal in your bowl without even having to make the effort.

White Bean Chicken Soup

There’s nothing quite like a bowl of chicken soup when you’re feeling less than great. If you want to go one further with the whole thing, however, you have to try whipping up this white bean chicken soup recipe. Taking the classic dish and kicking it up a gear, the recipe is packed full of all sorts of good stuff. Make a batch of the stuff, invite over all of your friends and get to eating.

Mason Jar Ramen

Soup is a great lunch time dish and by putting the whole thing in a mason jar, you can take the dish with you wherever you might be going. This homemade ramen is the perfect dish to take with you on the cold, rainy days that fall will bring your way. Just pile your ingredients high, close the lid and eat with you on the go.

Beef Barley Soup

Cosy, comforting and filling, this beef and barley soup is the ultimate for cold fall days. Slow cooking the beef for a long period of time, the soup is rich in flavor and as tender as they come. Keep a pot of this on your stove throughout the kitchen and let the soup just bubble away, dipping into it when hunger calls.

Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder

While this soup might have all the trappings of a traditional chowder, it is featherlight, filling you up without leaving you feeling weighed down. If you’re not a fan of the curry powder, try cutting out a little of the spice and adding in a fragrant flavor instead. You’re the master of your own soup, so don’t be afraid to go a little off piste with your seasonings.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

‘Tis the season to pile up on vegetables! Fall is a great time to stock up on seasonal veggies and thanks to their diversity, many of them can be turned into killer soups. This roasted pepper offering brings out the natural sweetness in the vegetables, slowly cooking the food to intensify the flavor. While you can top the soup off with a little cream, it works just as well on its own, letting you enjoy the taste of the vegetables.

Star Studded Eating Tips For A Healthier You

Over the years, our favorite starlets have gathered up some of the most effective healthy eating and lifestyle tips on the market. Privy to the foodie secrets of the world’s top nutritionists, fitness coaches and health gurus, celebrities have some of the best insight into what’s best for their bodies and now, they’re sharing them with the rest of the world. Despite having some of the finest chefs and food experts at their disposal, these healthy celebs prefer the more down to earth things in life and overwhelmingly, their eating choices are ones that can be taken up in any kind of lifestyle. The trick is to know where your food is coming from; once you’re in control, you can really start to focus on the right things for your health.

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Visit The Farmer’s Market – Shailene Woodley

Everyone knows that fresh is best and no one is advocating the strengths of the farmer’s market more so than Shailene Woodley. The actress claims to head to the local produce market wherever she is, scouting out the best food in any location. The key, she says, is the freshness of the produce. Having been grown and nurtured in the local environment, the food in these kinds of markets is in the best possible shape you will find. Better yet, these kinds of events tend to be less expensive, more diverse and are a great way of understanding more about the local foodie culture.

Keep It Green – Miranda Lambert

Getting your fill of the right kinds of colors is a sure fire ways to enjoy a better, more balanced quality of health. When it comes to rainbow foods, however, there is no better color for you than green. Singer Miranda Lambert certainly knows this fact and wherever so goes, she advocates the green eating movement above all else. Eating greens in any capacity is a great way to fill up on your vitamins, pack your body full of nutrients and feel more energized. Try to eat a few portions of green, leafy vegetables throughout the day; you might just end up feeling all the better for it!

Indulge In The Right Foods – Heidi Klum

Following a balanced diet doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself from time to time; it just pays to think about how you’re going to do it beforehand. Stars like Heidi Klum allow themselves the odd indulgence and if you’re going to veer off track a little, make sure that it’s worth it. If you’re going to be eating the richer, creamier foods that might normally be kept for another day, make sure you pick your moments. Indulging from time to time can make it easier to stay healthy and balanced throughout the week; it’s all about getting the quantities right.

Forget Faddy Diets – Shakira

With every new month, a new eating fad seems to rear its head and according to the reports, each one gets better and more effective as time goes on. Fad diets might seem like a good idea in the short term but they are rarely sustainable over longer periods of time. If you really want to do your health some good, try taking a leaf out of Shakira’s book. The singer doesn’t bother with dieting, choosing instead to follow and healthy and balanced diet. Eating foods that are rich in fiber and protein and low in processed ingredients is a great way to boost your health, sustain a healthy weight and feel better about yourself.

Stop Obsessing About It – Maria Menounos

In the world in which we live, it’s easy to become obsessed over body image and weight but essentially, you should feel comfortable enough to live according to what makes you happy. While eating right and exercising sufficiently are both essential to a healthy lifestyle, you shouldn’t take your regime so far that it begins to consume your life. Just ask Maria Menounos. The star advocates living healthily, rather than focusing on all of the tiny details. As long as you’re healthy and happy, you should try not to focus on the way you look.

Eating right and moving enough are both sure fire ways of staying in shape but sometimes, you need to focus on the bigger picture, too. If you’re happy in your body and have a good level of fitness, you should focus on doing what makes you feel good above all else. Eating for your health can improve your well being a huge amount, so make sure you take care of yourself like a star.

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