Raise your hand if you’ve ever combined the words “too busy” and “cook” in one sentence.
I think we’re all guilty of this one from time to time.
But the truth is cooking a healthy meal doesn’t have to take hours. And it certainly doesn’t have to be fancy.
Especially when you’ve got some time-saving tools of the trade up your sleeve.
You need to accept that you’re going to have to step outside of your comfort zone. Maybe pretty far outside it. You might even have to move into a different zip code than your comfort zone.
And that’s scary.
Embrace the scariness. Embrace the uncertainty.
But do it anyway.
Would you believe me if I told you hummus was super easy to make?
I wouldn’t have believed me a couple years ago because my first attempts were pretty lackluster.
With the passing of my 33rd birthday even though I still look like I might have just celebrated my 21st birthday, I decided to write down a few thoughts. Some are deep, some not so deep.
But they are all things I’ve learned about health, wellness, and taking care of me.
A sort of manifesto, if you will.
I hope you can take away some lessons, too.
Friend, if you take nothing else away from this post, please remember this: It’s not you. No matter how polite you are or no matter what you say, someone will find a way to be offended or upset or take it personally that you aren’t partaking in the party.
It’s totally a reflection on them. And you have to learn to be okay with that.
If you’re looking for an easy, healthy snack that takes all of five minutes to whip up and is perfect for sports fans (because, you know, balls), I present to you the Seedy (in a good way) Snack Balls.
Cheese is like that job you hate because it makes you feel shitty about yourself but you can’t stop yourself from going back every single day.
Or that toxic coworker who makes you feel terrible about yourself and your work but who you also kind of secretly admire and can’t stop trying to impress.
Let’s face it: Cheese, much like weird relationships, can be addictive.
Today, my friend, I present to you a very timely (or just-missed-the-perfect-time, depending on your perspective) roundup of some of my favorite supplies that don’t require a microwave, blender, an oven, or any power to prepare whatsoever. Except maybe willpower to stop after just one serving of chips…
Today, I’m going to share with you three practical, totally actionable tips for dealing with snacking and snacking setbacks in the office.
If you’re doing it right, a smoothie is a perfectly portable, perfectly plant-packed, perfectly protein-rich, perfectly perfect not to mention epic way to get in a whack ton of nutrition.
Today’s smoothie, the Monkey With a Mean Right Punch, is no exception.
Introducing the Powered Up Protein Chocolate Mylk!
It’s nutty, it’s creamy, it’s plant-y.
It’s made of clean, good-for-you stuff that tastes pretty damn good when you blend it all together.
And it’s got about 6.5 grams of protein.
But even the best laid plans get a little wonky when you’re working in an office, am I right?
There’s catered lunches, leftover chips and salsa in the break room, birthday celebrations like every day, and gift baskets galore.
Here are five ways you might be sabotaging all that healthiness while you’re working your life away in that dimly lit four-wall hellhole you call the office - without even knowing it.
I have a super important question for you: Who decided it’s cool to be stressed? Somewhere along the line, someone decided that our value is tied to how packed our calendar is.
Here’s an even more super important question: Why do we accept this?
What I wish I could have accepted was that one “bad” meal or one “slip” or one “bad day” doesn’t ruin everything. Just like one “good” meal or one “success” or one “good day” doesn’t make everything better.
I'm hitting you with another post about snacks today.
But this one, my friend, is a little different.
It's an original recipe by yours truly.
Have you ever eaten a meal at a so-called fancy restaurant and been disappointed because you’re pretty sure you could have made it yourself instead of paying $35 for it?
Have you ever turned a package over, read through the ingredients, and scoffed because you could totally make it at home?
And have you ever noticed that you actually feel better when you actually make something yourself?
And one of the easiest ways to make sure that you’re eating and that you’re eating good-for-you food that doesn’t make you feel dizzy, bitchy, or sleepy when you’re at work is to keep emergency supplies stocked at all times.
It’s not hitting up the vending machine. It’s not relying on lunch meeting leftovers. It’s not stealing your coworker’s yogurt from the fridge.
I know it can be hard to get back on track when your healthy habits have taken a back seat.
Whether your job’s got you jumping, vacation’s got you vacant, you went a little crazy at that holiday gathering, or you’ve just gotten a little lazy, it is possible to get back on track.
Here’s a curated collection of some picnic staples (plant-based, of course) that you could waltz in with and munch happily on, knowing you won’t go hungry or resort to eating that suspicious-looking casserole.
What I am here to do is comment on something of far greater importance: the belief that, just because you’re buying something at Whole Foods, it’s good for you or healthy.
Yeah, that health halo we’ve talked about.
Because this smoothie is blue, creamy, and kind of cheesy but in a good way.
Here, my friend, is the Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie.
When did grabbing a snack at the store become more like wading through an employee handbook?
There are so. many. words. on every box, bag, and bottle.
And why are all those words as confusing as reading your terms of employment? Are they purposefully trying to be ambiguous?
Whether you’re a little short on PTO or even shorter on cash, I’ve got good news: You can bring paradise to work with you.
Sort of. I mean, it won’t be the same as lounging on the beach sipping something refreshing.
But some of the best tropical fruit is in season during the summer. I mean, who hasn’t bitten into a juicy slice of watermelon and been transported somewhere else?
Did you know there’s a huge connection between the health of your gut and the health of your mind?
Turns out, about 95% of your serotonin is produced in the gut. And serotonin is the neurochemical that makes you feel happy.
So we need to nourish our gut to nourish our mind.
Is it important to you to stay lean, reduce your risk of some nasty diseases, keep your bones strong, feel happy, have more energy, and up your odds of living longer?
Then, let’s talk about some easy ways you can move more throughout the day. I’m not even talking about a full-on, sweat-your-ass-off sweat session. I’m talking about small things that add up to make a huge difference.
Your pancake ass will thank me.
Despite what the interwebs will have you believe, dinner does not need to be a five-course gourmet meal.
It doesn’t need to be plated just so or presented on a beautiful, perfectly lit platter complete with flat lay-worthy props.
It doesn’t need to be served on a fancy table complete with placemats, candle sticks, and proper silverware.
You can DIY and make your own snacks, or you can throw together some store bought and/or pre-packaged ingredients to make a yummy snack. Your snack doesn’t have to be perfect, and it definitely doesn’t have to be Instagrammable.
Man, I used to dread lunchtime.
If you’re anything like me, you might have a little lunchtime anxiety as well.
What do I eat? When do I eat? How do I sneak away from my desk undetected?
Always check your labels. Just because a product was once clean don't assume it's always going to be clean.
Formulas change all the time.
All the green smoothies and chia seeds and quinoa, all the HIIT workouts, strength training, and foam rolling in the world won’t do you a damn bit of good if you don’t get that stress under control.
According to the USDA, adults 19 and older (yes, even if you act less than half your age) should be eating five to nine servings of fruits and veggies a day. That’s about 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit. Every day, people, every day.
If you feel yourself drawn to the green beer, step away.
Read on to learn how to pick a healthier beer and actually remember the festivities.
This one’s my go-to lazy lunch (or dinner) smoothie. Perfect for tossing in the blender when you just don’t want to think about much but still want to feel peachy keen.
Let’s talk about soy, baby. Let’s talk about GMOs. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things soy may be.
Please read that last paragraph to the tune of Let’s Talk About Sex by Salt-N-Pepa. (Oh 90s, I miss your musical stylings.)
I recently came across an article on a reputable news site that, frankly, pissed me off.
You've probably seen articles just like it.
Foods that you think are healthy but really aren't.
Holy shit, I’m legit.
I’m super excited to be working with the amazing ladies at GOOD and thought you might enjoy reading my debut article.
I totally used to binge eat cheese. Like three or four sticks of string cheese in a row.
I used to eat cheese sandwiches. Literally, cheese between two slices of bread.
My boyfriend is not plant based. He’s not a vegan. He’s not even vegetarian.
It’s one thing to read studies that use overly complicated concepts, but when you hear the information from a real person (that would be me) in real words, it’s easier to understand. So the focus of today’s post is some of the benefits I have personally experienced.
I’ll be honest with you. A plant-based diet isn’t for everyone. There are times it’s not for me.