Recipe Roundup: Simple Summer Recipes

Summer is also a time when our food intake can take a sharp increase. There are so many great summer cookouts, tasty cocktails, late night BBQ’s, etc. And with longer days, it’s easy to fill our time with things on our to-do list and cooking healthy meals quickly becomes a low priority.

Because I know the struggle of summer planning, prepping & cooking, I did half of the work for you. I gathered up 15 DELICIOUS and super simple recipes in this Summer Recipe Roundup.

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Change Your Mindset About Exercise With These Five Simple Steps

Starting an exercise program is challenging, not hard.  And do you want to know why it’s challenging? Because it’s something you were not previously doing. It’s new. It’s breaking down something old, in order to allow for growth. You’re literally tearing your muscles at the fiber level, in order to allow for regeneration, and improved strength.  

Don’t tell yourself it was hard, focus on whatever good feelings you have for achieving this huge accomplishment.

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We're Not A Normal Family

I hope you’re not comparing yourself or your family to anyone else you see online. I hope that you go against the flow on occasion, make the most of the little moments, even if they are unscheduled, at random and far from what “normal” should be.

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Mandarin Orange Sesame Chicken Salad

A simple, healthy salad recipe the whole family will enjoy. This Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad Recipe is not only full of flavor, but it’s a great source of proteins, vitamins, antioxidants to help keep you healthy throughout the year.

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I Tried An Elimination Diet and Here’s What Happened

With today’s Standard American Diet (SAD) it’s no secret that sugar is hidden everywhere, and I mean everywhere. There’s a really good chance if the food you’re eating has a label on it, it also contains sugar. As we now know, sugar is an inflammatory product that wrecks havoc on our system.

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Motivation Is Created

January in particular seems to be a struggle for most people. Strange right? It’s January, the month of a new year, full of motivation, resolutions, excitement. The problem is, that motivation typically lasts about 7-10 days at the most. On average, only about 65% of people even make it past the first month

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The Diet Culture, What's The Deal?

It’s no wonder that today’s generation of adults struggle with understanding what’s healthy and what isn’t. Our perception of healthy foods is so limited. We place foods on a good versus bad spectrum that we don’t even understand. Aside from that, most American’s have no concept of a healthy diet beyond our own culture.

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Real Milk 101

The diet of a cow, has an impact on the cow’s health and the health of those who eat the cow.  When cows have access to a well-maintained pasture in summer months and are able to winter graze or consume hay in the colder months, they are consuming a diet as nature intended.  

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Five Impactful (& Free) Self-Care Changes For 2019

When planning for the future, we often forget several important things. What did you do WELL in the past? What is occurring in your life at any given time? Did you break down your goal? What personal habits will you need to acknowledge? Why is this important and what impact will it have? How can you simplify the overwhelm to really focus on what matters?

Tackling one big goal is seemingly impossible for almost anyone. There is a beginning, middle, and end to every journey, but that is often ignored in goal planning. If you want to make a big change, you have to look at the whole picture and break it down as small as you possibly can.

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Honest Thoughts On Morning Routines

Your morning may not look anything like mine.  And I will not be that person who recommends that you just try it.  Listen, I fully understand that waking up at 4 AM is not for everyone.  In fact, if you’ve been TRYING to wake up early and it’s not working for you then stop!  Evaluate what is actually happening. Is it the problem really with the time you’re waking up?  Or is it what you’re doing with that time?

If it’s not working then give yourself permission to stop.  Throw out your morning schedule, write down everything you want to accomplish in a day, give each task an estimated amount of time and then try again.  Experiment, give it some time, and evaluate - is it working or is it not? When it’s working, pat yourself on the back and keep going. When it’s not working?  Keep experimenting and try again.

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A Good Reminder

Despite all that I wanted to “accomplish” this at home, it simply didn’t happen. On the other hand, Kenna, the dogs and I cuddled, watched a heck of a lot of movies, and enjoyed a little bit of snow as we watched winter creep into our lives. We also still managed to make several great dinners, and I even snuck in a few workouts once my health bounced back.

It was the perfect reminder that despite what WE plan, life happens and sometimes we just need to enjoy the rest and the journey as much as we can.

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Keeping The Fridge Clean And Tidy

IF possible, keep grocery day consistent every week. But regardless, clean out that fridge BEFORE you shop. If you wait until after, you’re going to feel exhausted from the hard work ofC grocery shopping, chopping (food that is), and putting away.  With this quick work weekly, your monthly deep clean should be a breeze!

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