10 Time-Saving Green Smoothie Tips

Green smoothies are an excellent healthy habit to add to your life, but adding more time in the kitchen probably isn’t something you’re looking for in your life (who is?!). At this point in my life, with a 9-month old kiddo at home, I have very little time to myself – let alone time to be hanging around in the kitchen all the time.

With that said, I never want to scrimp on eating healthfully. It’s one of the things I’m the most passionate about – eating well means I’m living well, setting an example, and feeling my best. Green smoothies are an excellent way for me to get a ton of nutrition in a very quick and simple manner. Chop a few fruits and veggies, toss them into the blender, turn it on and off, then pour and drink. This health food couldn’t be simpler.

Save some time in the kitchen and reap the health benefits of drinking green smoothies with these 10 tips.

1. Prep ingredients ahead and store them in the fridge. 

An easy way to make sure you have ingredients ready for a busy morning or afternoon snack is by preparing ingredients the night before or once at the beginning of the week. Chop fruits and veggies and keep them in sealable containers for an easy drop and blend in the blender.

2. Make freezer smoothie packs.

This is one of my favorite tricks for staying on top of my green smoothie habit when life is incredibly chaotic. Toss chopped fruit and veggies in plastic bags for easy smoothies. Just add frozen smoothie pack, water and turn the blender on. For more tips on how I create my smoothie packs, click here.

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3. Make smoothies ahead of time.

When you know you won’t have time later in the day to prep smoothie ingredients or spend any time in the kitchen, make your smoothie and put in the fridge. I love using old Kerr canning jars with the screw-top lids to keep them fresh. You may have heard that fresh smoothies are always best, but a two-day old smoothie from the fridge is still better than a bag of chips from the grocery store. [Read more…]

What You Need To Know About Buying Organic Food

At one point, as humans, we were only eating “organic” food. There just wasn’t any option. Food was food. And food was organic.

These days, food is big business. Most everything we buy that isn’t labeled as “organic” has some form of herbicide, fungicide, pesticide, growth hormones, or has come from genetically modified seeds in order to produce a consistent shape, size, color, and taste.

While you may be thinking “what’s really the big deal with all those things? If everyone else is eating out, is it really doing me any harm?”

The short answer is yes. And it’s damaging your already leaky gut too.

Chances are if you’re dealing with any sort of food intolerance or leaky gut issues, you’re more susceptible to those things making their way into your bloodstream and causing even more damage than what you’re dealing with right now.

That’s why buying the highest quality food – and most of the time that means organic – is important.

There’s a ton of misleading information out there about organic produce, so let’s just cover a few basics today, shall we?

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(Note: this is a highly biased post – I’m all for organic food as you’ll read further. I know most people can’t afford all organic food all the time – I’ll cover that topic in a different upcoming post)

What is organic food really?

To put it simply, organic foods are the way foods are supposed to be enjoyed. Organic food is simply that – organic. Which means there are no chemicals, no fertilizers, no altering of what nature intended. Instead, these are fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meat which have been grown and raised naturally. [Read more…]

How To Save Money While Eating Gluten-free & Dairy-Free

Gluten-free and dairy-free products can be CRAZY expensive!

One of the biggest shocks I had when I first discovered I needed to cut gluten and dairy out of my diet was how much a loaf of bread was, let alone any dairy-free products.

I don’t know if you find this to be true, but it feels like for every food I need to cut out, the price seems to multiply. Gluten-free? It’ll cost you. Dairy-free? It’ll cost you even more. Egg-free or nut-free? You better be ready to shell out the big bucks.

Eating gluten and dairy-free can be expensive, but it certainly doesn’t have to be!

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These are my best tips for how to save money while eating gluten-free and dairy-free:

  • Structure your meals around lean meats, whole grains, and produce – instead of trying to replace ingredients one-for-one (example: cheese isn’t always budget friendly, BUT dairy-free cheese is outrageously priced!).
  • Produce can get expensive if you try to eat organic, so stick with buying only the Dirty Dozen in organic items and going the conventional route for the rest – of course if you can’t do any organic – that’s okay too!
  • Center your meals around cheap ingredients – beans, potatoes, rice. These staples along with cheaper produce like lettuce, spinach and in-season produce will help you stretch your buck a little farther
  • Use meats and lean protein in smaller quantities to get more for your dollar. Make meat stretch further by adding beans or quinoa (which is high in protein) alongside to help fill you up. I like to make bit batches of soups so that my higher priced ingredients last longer.

When you’re sticking to a gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle, you CAN eat in a way that accommodates your diet without breaking the bank.

What’s your best tip for saving money without the gluten and the dairy?