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Self-Care Month

Self-Care Month

It’s Self-Care Month, and if you’re not sure why self-care matters, these TED talks can explain why your emotional and physical health should be a priority.

If you’ve never focused on self-care before, these 10 habits are a great way to get started.

Taking Time for Yourself

 

Create a relaxing routine for self-care. Whether it’s herbal tea and reading a book before bed or coffee and the newspaper in the morning, taking structured time for yourself is a great way to wind down and prepare you for the next thing.

Relaxing Routines

 

Take a break from technology. Whether it’s picking up a book, heading outdoors, or just spending time with friends or family, turning off the news and social media can help you refocus on yourself.

A Break from Tech

 

If you need to be more mindful or focus on relaxation, even if it’s only for 5 minutes, find a meditation app that can help guide you.

Mindful Meditation

 

Learn something new. Cooking or baking new recipes, knitting, or playing an instrument requires you to focus but can also give you time to yourself.

Learn Something New

 

Mixing up your day-to-day routine, like taking a different route to work, can help you get out of a rut, and these little changes can help you create new neural pathways to keep the brain healthy and build new habits.

Changing Up Your Routine

Healthy Radicchio Recipes

Healthy Radicchio Recipes

This week, we’re helping you get ready for spring by featuring in-season, healthy radicchio recipes.

First up is an easy Radicchio, Avocado, Chicken, Grape, and Hazelnut Salad.

Raddichio, Avocado, Chicken, Grape and Hazelnut Salad with Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette

 

­Whip up these simple Quesadillas with Apple, Radicchio & Pomegranate for a healthy app.

Fall Quesadillas with Apple, Radicchio & Pomegranate

 

Grilled Radicchio, Summer Squashes, and Scallions go great with fish or chicken for a healthy dinner.

Grilled Radicchio, Summer Squashes, and Scallions
Image and Recipe via Martha Stewart

 

These Tuna and White Bean Radicchio Lettuce Wraps make the perfect light lunch.

Tuna and White Bean Radicchio Lettuce Wraps
Image and Recipe via Brook Lark

 

Fig, Green Bean, and Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts is a surprisingly delicious combination.

Fig, Green Bean, and Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts
Image and Recipe via Gourmande in the Kitchen

 

Radicchio, Pear, Gorgonzola, Pomegranate, and Walnut Salad is a tasty lunch or pre-dinner salad.

Radicchio, Pear, Gorgonzola, Pomegranate, and Walnut Salad

 

This beautiful Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi with Pancetta and Seared Radicchio will impress guests.

Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi with Pancetta and Seared Radicchio
Image and Recipe via Yummly

Healthy Beet Recipes

Healthy Beet Recipes

Summer is nearly over, which makes it the perfect time to make the most of in-season beets before it’s too late with these healthy beet recipes.

First up is a super simple and delicious Raw Beet Salad.

Raw Beet Salad
Image and Recipe via Health

 

Whip up Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Basil for a beautiful date-night appetizer.

Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Basil
Image and Recipe via Feasting At Home

 

Get your veggies first thing in the morning with a Beet Banana Breakfast Smoothie.

Beet Banana Breakfast Smoothie

 

Skip takeout this week with this lighter Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese.

Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese
Image and Recipe via The Roasted Root

 

Use pickled beets to make this refreshing Easy Summer Salad.

Easy Summer Salad
Image and Recipe via Health

 

No one will suspect your beautiful Raw Chocolate Beet Cheesecake has veggies in it.

Raw Chocolate Beet Cheesecake
Image and Recipe via Unconventional Baker

 

Meal prep this weekend to snack smart with these Rosemary Sea Salt and Vinegar Beet Chips.

Rosemary Sea Salt and Vinegar Beet Chips
Image and recipe via Running to the Kitchen

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Healthy Blackberry Recipes

Healthy Blackberry Recipes

Beautiful blackberries are in season, and we can help you make the most of the tasty berry with healthy blackberry recipes.

Make simple and refreshing Blackberry & Lime Popsicles for your 4th of July parties.

Blackberry & Lime Popsicles
Image and Recipe via Angie’s Recipes

 

Whip up easy Watermelon Feta Blackberry Skewers for your 4th of July gathering.

Watermelon Feta Blackberry Skewers

Watermelon Feta Blackberry Skewers

 

This delicious Blackberry Glazed Salmon is the perfect summer dinner.

Blackberry Glazed Salmon

 

These light Lemon Blackberry Breakfast Cookies are a great way to start the day.

Lemon Blackberry Breakfast Cookies

Lemon Blackberry Breakfast Cookies (Gluten, Egg, and Dairy-Free) + Why I’m Going Gluten Free

 

Impress your guests with Smashed Blackberry & Goat Cheese Toasts as an app.

Smashed Blackberry & Goat Cheese Toasts

 

Sit down for a refreshing lunch with this Blackberry Chicken Spinach Salad.

Blackberry Chicken Spinach Salad

Blackberry Chicken Spinach Salad with Blackberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

 

Dessert is quick and easy with this delicious Apple Blackberry Crisp.

Apple Blackberry Crisp

Healthy Apple Blackberry Crisp (gluten free & vegan)

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Healthy Endive Recipes

Healthy Endive Recipes

This week in food, we’re featuring healthy in-season endive recipes that are perfect for entertaining this summer.

First up is a light Endive Radish Salad with a Lemony Vinaigrette, perfect for lunch.

Endive Radish Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette + spring ricotta toasts!

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Endive Bites are a great summer version of the classic app.

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Endive Bites

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Endive Bites

Roasted Endives with Thyme are a refreshing side any time of year.

Roasted Endives with Thyme

Grapefruit, Endive, and Arugula Salad is a citrusy and light meal for summer.

Grapefruit, Endive, and Arugula Salad
Image and Recipe via Cooking Light

 

Endive Salad Bites with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans is an easy way to serve salad at a party.

Endive Salad Bites with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans

Beet, Endive & Quinoa Rainbow Salad has a great serving of fruits and veggies.

Beet, Endive & Quinoa Rainbow Salad

Beet, Endive & Quinoa Rainbow Salad

If you love BLTs, cut back on the mayo without losing any flavor with these BLT Endive Bites.

BLT Endive Bites
Image and Recipe via Paleo Leap

National Slow Cooking Month

National Slow Cooking Month

January is also National Slow Cooking Month. Your slow cooker can make meals easier.

First up is Super Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip that’s perfect for game day.

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Super Skinny Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip

 

Whip up an easy app with these Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

 

Choose Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Potatoes for a great side without effort.

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

 

Make bowls, tacos, and more with this Slow Cooker Mojo Pork.

Slow Cooker Mojo Pork
Image and Recipe via Iowa Girl Eats

 

Keep snacks simple with Slow Cooker Applesauce.

Slow Cooker Applesauce

 

Toss the takeout menu and make this Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef instead.

Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

 

Dessert is done ahead of time with this Slow Cooker Granola Berry Crisp.

Slow Cooker Granola Berry Crisp

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Time for Self Care

My Healthy Journey: Putting Self-Care First

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to re-evaluate and set new healthy goals. For me, that always means trying to refocus on self-care.

As those of you following along know, I always have a hard time prioritizing the little things. So far, I have 3 big self-care goals that help with that for 2017.

Get Organized for Self-Care

Planning in Writing

I always have a planner for scheduling our company’s social media because I like to have it in writing. But this year, I took it a step further and bought myself a Passion Planner.

If you haven’t heard of Passion Planner, it combines a lot of things, like keeping a bullet journal, setting goals, imagining your future, and reminders to take care of yourself. Here’s a peek at what that looks like:

Weekly View of Passion Planner

It’s built to help you track time, workload, and to-do tasks for your personal life and goals, and it even makes you find the good in your week.

Finding Time

In an effort to fight off my workaholic tendencies, I’ve been thinking a lot about time and time management. There’s one TED talk in particular that has had me thinking for weeks:

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Video via TED

This idea that there is enough time for the things that matter to you, even if you live an extremely busy life, feels so wonderful. Not only do I have no doubt that she’s right, it’s also an idea to live your life by.

For me, I’m adding a third-column to-do list to my Passion Planner, which is the self-care to-do list Laura recommends in that video. Too frequently things like my chipped toenail polish are such a low priority that I never make time for them (and I can only imagine this just gets worse as you have kids).

By putting them on my list, I give myself permission to make those little things a priority, to make time for them, even when they seem selfish or stupid. I can make time for reading a book, checking my personal email, playing with my dogs, anything. This is how I plan to make self-care a priority.

Soon, I will use the pages at the end of each month to evaluate how the first month of this is going, how my goals went, what was good and bad this month, and more.

Evaluating for Self-Care

Meal Planning and Tracking

I’ve been trying to make healthy meal plans and grocery shop in advance each week, which again, requires I make time for it.

This great video series of bento box lunches from Mind Over Munch, one per day in January,  has really been helping me to get inspired with each day’s meals. (She also has a digital cookbook of these if you need more than 30 days of inspiration!)

How I Meal Plan

To meal plan, I’ve been using a lot of tools to make it happen, which makes it a lot more fun for someone like me who loves checking things off.

First, I have a lovely Wonder Woman list that I write down meals for the week on, organized by breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I try to choose at least one recipe for a nice big breakfast on the weekends, at least one recipe for a few lunches (something I can make multiple times or a big batch of something, like soup), and then 5 or 6 dinner ideas that I’ll make over a week and a half or so (taking leftover days off from cooking). And finally, at least 1 dessert because I have a huge sweet tooth. I label where each recipe is coming from and use it as a weekly menu, marking off things I make as I go along.

Meal Planning Tools

From there, I make a grocery list on the lovely Wunderlist, which is my favorite because it syncs across devices, but there are lots of other grocery shopping apps you can try.

And I use that whiteboard beside my Wonder Woman list to keep track of all the meal prep I need to do, like boiling eggs, making homemade salad dressing or sauces ahead of time, or prepping veggies and snacks for the week.

Then, I keep a calendar whiteboard on my freezer with dinners scheduled out. It helps me plan which days I’m eating leftovers, which ones I need something easy, or when I’m going out.

Monthly Meal Calendar

I also keep a more thorough list in my planner of what I eat for each major meal.

Meal Tracking by Month

I’ve also just been trying to find little things that make my life easier in the kitchen, like my new knife block, which swivels to hold a cookbook or tablet while I’m cooking:

Kitchen Recipe Holder

Tech and Digital Organization

Finally, on the organization front, I’m trying to clean up from a digital standpoint. This means a lot of things. I got a wireless speaker for Christmas. Syncing it to my cell phone lets me play music wherever I am in the house without needing a stereo or getting my computer close to water, like while I’m cooking or showering.

I’ve also been trying to clean up my digital presence, like organizing my iTunes, consolidating multiple Netflix and Hulu profiles I’ve had on different accounts, organizing all my bills online, backing up files like my writing on Google Docs, keeping track of my different passwords and profiles, and more.

I’ve also been taking the time to use digital solutions to solve some of life’s inconveniences, from the Tile on my keys to organizing all of my loyalty cards and memberships with Key Ring and  tossing all of those business cards without guilt by backing them up in CamCard.

It’s amazing how satisfying throwing away all that clutter can be.

(Looking for more ways to clean out your wallet?  This Real Simple article can help! It even has handy suggestions for using the leftovers off all your gift cards!)

Reading Challenge as Self-Care

There are all kinds of reading challenges all over the internet, practically one for every interest you could have. Popsugar’s yearly challenge is always a good general challenge, but looking at it, I just kept thinking about all the books I already know I want to read.

So instead, I’m making my own reading challenge. I used a Christmas Amazon gift card to buy a big stack of books that have been on my list for a while and combined them with a handful I’m in the middle of or have been hoarding,

Reading List Start
(Why yes, that is a dog toy “hidden” on top of my books…)

On my self-care list, I’m forcing myself to dedicate at least 15 minutes a day to reading a book. Not the news, not my phone, a physical book.

And once I’ve forced myself to sit still and focus for those 15 minutes, I inevitably find time for at least 15 more.

Healthy Eating Self-Care

In keeping with all that self-care and meal planning, I have to follow through with making those healthy meals too.

For Christmas, I also got 3 cookbooks, which are keeping me going. Both of Skinnytaste’s cookbooks and The Dude Diet cookbook.

My New Cookbooks

Skinnytaste

Skinnytaste’s cookbooks have a variety of recipes to make up for my comfort food favorites, from chicken enchiladas, chicken parm, and baked potato soup to staples like homemade marinara, which I’m trying to avoid buying at the store.


Chicken enchiladas with homemade enchilada sauce and lime cilantro rice.


Teriyaki pork chops, with homemade teriyaki sauce, and spicy pineapple salsa.


Oven-fried chicken, which tastes a lot like Shake ‘n Bake, with cheesy cauliflower mash.


Baked potato soup, which is filled with hidden cauliflower.

The Dude Diet

And, you may not know it from looking at me,  but nachos, bar nachos especially, and chili cheese fries are my top 2 favorite foods. (Closely followed by all things sweet, mostly candy, but that’s beside the point.) So The Dude Diet is perfect for me.

It has all kinds of healthier takes on hearty classics, even going so far as to have Taco Bell copycat tacos. (Be still my beating heart!)

So far, from simple Pad Thai, where the weirdest ingredient I needed was Sriracha, to truly bar-worthy BBQ chicken nachos, this cookbook has yet to disappoint.

Chicken Pad Thai
I substituted chicken for shrimp in The Dude Diet shrimp Pad Thai recipe.

BBQ Chicken Nachos
Drool-worthy spicy, baked BBQ chicken nachos.

Using these cookbooks, I’ve been slowly tasting my way through their wonderfulness, and it’s making a difference! Not only can I see it, but I can feel it. And the best part is I’m not sacrificing anything. These recipes are delicious and doable.

Build your own group of recipes that you trust and love, or start exploring healthy cookbooks yourself. Enjoying what you’re eating is the only way you’ll be able to make a healthy lifestyle feel achievable.

Do It Yourself

Not sure how to get started setting your own goals? Our wellness tool, Rally, can help you set food, exercise, organization, and even reading goals.

Follow us on Pinterest for more healthy recipes, or find us on Instagram to see my progress and what I’m cooking up.

And join me in setting your own healthy goals for 2017. Let’s make this our healthiest year yet!

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