How I Saved Myself Hours In The Kitchen With Freezer Smoothie Packs

You know when you get into the mood to make a super healthy meal, but you don’t have the time or motivation to make it happen?

Yeah, that happens to me all too often. In fact, while I try to make healthy choices most of the time – I almost always choose what’s fast over what’s healthy.

Which means that in my house the healthy options need to be fast. This last week, I discovered something that will ultimately save me hours of time in the kitchen – and it isn’t complicated at all!

So what did I do?

I prepared a bunch of smoothie ingredients all at once so that instead of taking the 5 to 15 minutes to prep fruits and veggies each time I want one, I can grab a bag out of my freezer, drop the ingredients into my blender, add some water or almond milk and turn it on.

In no time flat, I’ll have a smoothie ready for me and my hubby (and maybe even a second helping for later).

Freezer Smoothie Packs |

While prepping fruits and veggies for a smoothie isn’t complicated, having that one extra step taken out of the equation makes getting a healthy snack or breakfast is that much easier. Even just a few minutes regained in my life is worth it to me right now with my little guy running er, laying around.

If you want to save yourself hours in the kitchen like me, here are a few tips for making smoothie packs of your own for easy grab-and-go healthy breakfasts and snacks:

Think through approximately how many freezer smoothie packs – or servings – you want to make.

I had an idea that I wanted each of my freezer smoothie packs to contain enough ingredients for at least myself and my husband to have one serving. If there was a little extra, no big deal and we could have that as a snack later in the day or the next morning. I ultimately landed on roughly 10 servings, knowing that it might not come out perfectly depending on how far I could stretch my produce. [Read more...]

What does it mean to be a holistic health coach? What do holistic health coaches actually do?

What does it mean to be a holistic health coach? |

As a holistic health coach, I work with people on an individual or group basis, where we work together to identify small integrative steps they can take to become healthier. The work itself is really part listener and part recommendation-giver, and really encouraging and allowing the client to learn to listen to their own body and decide what’s right for them.

There are a number of things that most of us could be doing more of, i.e. drinking more water, eating more greens, swapping out whole grains for processed foods, etc. that I make recommendations on but I don’t ever tell someone how they should eat or live.

The main role of a holistic health coach is to help guide clients to live a healthy life in general, not just through their food, but in all areas of their life – and in particular, their relationships, physical activity, spirituality, and their career. For the most part, you can eat a healthy diet, but you aren’t truly healthy unless all these other areas are in balance as well. These are some of the things I focus on with my clients in my programs.

Many holistic health coaches go on to work one-on-one with clients, in group formats, lead corporate wellness programs, or integrate their offerings into other wellness offices (i.e. working alongside a chiropractor, massage therapist, or acupuncturist).

Health coaches also run nutrition and lifestyle programs, write books, offer workshops, cooking classes, webinars and teleseminars, and teach corporate wellness.

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I’ve Been “Shoulding” All Over Myself

This week, I had an aha moment. I’ve been “shoulding” all over myself and didn’t even realize it.

I have been going about my hours, days, and weeks doing things based on what I (or others) think I should be doing, rather than what I really want to do.

“I should be getting out of the house more.”

“I shouldn’t give my baby a pacifier or a bottle – breast is best.”

“I should want to hold and cuddle my baby all the time, because that’s what makes me a good mom.”

“I shouldn’t feel desperate to get out of the house – even though I do.”

“I should probably start thinking about how I’m going to get my pre-baby body back.”

“I should be able to take care of myself, my baby, my home and my business since I’m at home all day.”

“I should really stop using the disposable diapers and get my baby used to using the cloth 100% of the time.”

“I shouldn’t feel guilty leaving the house – even though I do.”

“I should feel grateful for the visitors who want to come by the house – even though I want my space on some days.”

Truth be told, I like to think of myself who is really in tune with their wants and needs. That when I start feeling a little bit “off,” I usually can tap into that discomfort and correct it pretty quickly.

But lately, with a brand new baby, life has been completely different. I’m out of touch with who I am. Probably because who I am has changed 100-fold.

I’m a mom and learning what that means.

I’m still a wife, but with the new title of mom – that definition seems to be changing every second of every day.

I’m a daughter, sister, and friend – roles that come naturally, but that I haven’t had as much time for in the past few weeks.

I’m a business owner and coach, but hardly have time for myself – let alone helping others along their journeys right now.

When I look back at the past few weeks, I’m kind of surprised at how I got to this place of “shoulding” on myself. I’d like to think that I saw this coming and that I avoided it – but I didn’t. [Read more...]