4 Ways to Do Less and Have More

What if I told you that it IS possible to do less and have more?

A few years ago, I would have called my bluff, but it turns out that adopting & applying these 4 simple mindset shifts has helped me to do just that — do LESS and be MORE productive, have BETTER results in my health, my business and my relationships. Let’s dive in!

Honor the season of life you are in

When our first son was born, this was a tough one for me to swallow. Like, whyyyyyyy could I not continue to “do all the things?!” I am reminded of this space now, as we continue to transition to being a family of 4.

Whether it is a season with young children, aging parents, a move, or a job transition, each season brings new experiences, teaches new lessons, and as quickly as a new one begins, another ends. When we recognize that our life comes in seasons, this allows space for us to just be present in the season that we’re in & honor them!

 

Take inventory of your support system

Where can you ask for help? It may be asking your partner for more consistent help with the dishes, with laundry, or getting the kids to bed, or . Maybe asking a neighbor or family member to help with child, pet or lawn care each week to create a little more time for yourself. Or, even hiring someone to clean your home once a month, to cut your grass, or to plan your meals. You are one person and IT IS OKAY TO BE SUPPORTED!

 

Exercise your no

Have you considered that by saying YES to everything, you are saying NO to something else?

Saying yes to planning the Halloween party at school means saying no to your yoga class. Saying yes to the volunteer opportunity means saying no to meal prepping. Saying yes to the night out means saying no to crawling into bed early with your book. Catch my drift?

What I’ve learned is that politely declining not only allows time to focus on self care in this season of my life, but decreases my stress tenfold. It opens up more time to just be present with my family, take time to stay in my PJs all day and cook, veg on the couch and watch cartoons with my kids, share a few drinks with my hubs or just BE. Not being available for all the things all the time isn’t a sign that you are weak—it is a sign that you are human.

Let go of the way that it “should” be

The idea that there is a mold that we should all fit into not only puts the pressure on, but increases stress tenfold. I mean, who defines this stuff anyway, Instagram?! Listen, fancy filters may tell a fairy tale, but YOUR fairy tale is YOURS. Allow yourself space to break the mold of the way that your life “should” be, and create what you WANT it to be.

 

Which of these shifts feels easiest for you to begin to layer in? Comment below and let me know!

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4 Tips to Staying Healthy over Summer Holidays

You can attend your long weekend picnics & celebrations without feeling deprived!  #forrealyo

 

Here are some tips to help you get through:

CHOOSE water FIRST! 

  >> Going for seconds?  No probs!  Gulp down 12-20 ounces first! 

  >> Want the sugar cookie?  Sure thing!  Gulp 12-20 ounces of water FIRST! 

  >> Want a margarita?  Perfect!  Gulp 12-20 ounces (of water, not tequila ;)   first.  

BRING along a healthy option to share.  This is a kind gesture, while also guaranteeing a healthy option at your celebration! The Veg Out Meal Plan Series offers a wide variety of amazing, easy, healthy dishes!

EAT MORE PLANTS. Envision dividing your plate in half, and loading up HALF of that plate with fresh fruits & veggies. The Veg Out Meal Plans are another easy way to do this!

STAY active! A holiday is even more reason to move your body with intention.  Get a walk under your belt, a short hike, or run around and play an active game with the kids .  You will feel so much better by keeping your body moving!

→Most importantly, ENJOY yourself!! You are NOT dieting!! You are making making choices that SERVE you. And chances are, you will inspire someone today.  <3 

 

And here’s our favorite homemade hummus recipe, perfect for sharing! We’re sharing an awesome Labor Day weekend promo over here, too!  


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Caprese Hummus

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What You’ll Need:

1 pint cherry tomato

parchment paper

2 cans cannellini beans, drained & rinsed

¼ c tahini

4 cloves garlic

1 tsp sea salt

¼ c prepared pesto

1 box brown rice crackers

1 bag baby carrots



Preheat oven to 425*

Roast tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 12 minutes.


While the tomatoes roast, prepare hummus by combining beans, tahini, garlic & salt in a food processor or blender.

Spoon pesto over prepared hummus. Top with roasted tomatoes.

Dig in with carrots & brown rice crackers for a perfectly balanced lunch or share with friends.

Serves 4 as a main, more as a side

PS. Happy Labor Day weekend! 

To celebrate Labor Day, we're offering $5 off the Veg Out Meal Plan Series!!  

This week brings lots of EASY, healthy meals, just in time to get back into the groove after the holiday weekend and school schedules.  

Use code LABORDAY at checkout for $5 off, access this meal plan, grocery list and all of the amazing resources inside the membership hub.  This offer is through Monday, 8/2 only!



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Tomato, Arugula & Olive Pasta

Tomato Olive & Arugula Pasta
 

What You’ll Need:

1 1/2 c brown rice or quinoa pasta  

4 cloves garlic, sliced

2 Tbsp olive oil

½ pound baby arugula

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

¾ -ish c pitted olives, halved

¼ c Parmesan, shredded

sea salt & black pepper to taste

OPTIONAL: crushed red pepper flakes to taste


Bring water to a boil for the pasta. 

Meanwhile, saute garlic in a large frying pan until aromatic. Add arugula, tomatoes & olives to pan with garlic & salt and pepper to taste. Heat over medium until greens wilt & tomatoes get super juicy.  

Serve over cooked pasta, top with grated Parmesan & crushed red pepper if your heart desires. Share with a friend!

Serves 2.

 
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Free Trial: Meal Plan Series!

Ever felt like you've bitten off more than you could chew?  Like, made a commitment to something and then been like "oh crap!  this is not what I bargained for?!"

We've been there.  And, we know this exact fear is what is holding many of you back from checking out The Veg Out Meal Plan Series!  

So, for this week only, we are offering a free trial.  Yup!  A real SNEAK PEAK to what is happening INSIDE our Membership Hub.  There is zero commitment to continue, just an awesome opportunity to see what you're missing out on.  We're pretty confident that you'll love what's inside! 

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This week brings such an awesome variety of bold flavors.  We are excited to share it with you!  

—A creamy pasta dish loaded with greens

—Chocolate for breakfast! 

—Stuffed peppers that are sure to go on repeat 

—A summer salad

—And a rice bowl that will knock your socks off!

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How to Cook Beets (Plus an Awesome Roasted Beet Salad Recipe!)

We host a local farm share pick up each week, and every time that beets are included, many share members leave them behind. And I get it — it wasn’t that long ago that I had never eaten a beet (let alone cooked one!)

The red globes can be intimidating & weird, especially when the greens are attached. Like WHAT am I even supposed to do with these things?!

Feeling sorry for the bin of stranded beets (and those of you that are missing out on this goodness!), I wanted to share a simple recipe, and the easiest, best way to prepare these bad boys.

So, how do I cook a beet?

If you feel confident baking a potato, you will crush this.

Preheat oven to 400*

Line a basking sheet with parchment paper.

If your beets have greens, cut them off at the base.

Give your beets a good scrub under running water to remove any excess soil.

Rub each beet with olive oil & sea salt, placing on the lined baking dish as you go.

Pop into the oven & set the timer for 45 minutes! You’ll know they’re done when a fork slides out smooth — just like baking a potato!

To prepare, allow time to cool (these can be roasted up to 5 days ahead of time!). Slice curly root off of the bottom, and, if desired, slice off the skin.

Slice into rounds, or cube, to toss onto salads, eat alongside your favorite protein, or with other roasted veggies & grains.


Best Ever Beet Salad

Be prepared to blow your mind. When strawberries aren’t in season, try unsweetened dried cherries!!

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What You’ll Need:

For the dressing:

¼ c olive oil

¼ c balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp honey, local to your area

Salt & pepper to taste

For the salad:

1 bunch fresh red or golden beets, roasted & sliced

½ pound baby spinach

8 ounces soft goat cheese

1 cup walnuts

1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced

Roast beets using directions above!

While they roast, combine ingredients for dressing in a jar. Shake to mix!

Divide salad ingredients equally into (4) separate containers for easy grab and go throughout the week OR combine all ingredients in one large bowl to share.

Toss with dressing just before serving.

Serves 4


If you like this recipe, you’ve got to check out the Veg Out Meal Plan Series!

We launched the new membership site and are so so excited for all of the value stashed in there waiting for you! We know you’ll love it!!

Head over and get your hands on your first meal plan and all the amazing resources inside!!


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5 Nutrition Principles to Live By

You’ve hit a plateau, are feeling super low on energy, irritable or with cravings gone wild. Your skin may be acting up, or your digestion in slow motion.

I hear you sister, I hear you.

When we find ourselves in this space, we often feel like giving up on ourselves— like all of our efforts are null & void. Well, let me let you in on a little secret. YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. And, giving up on yourself is disservice not only to you & your quality of life & health, but to those that you love.

Today, I’m sharing 5 simple shifts that, when done consistently, will keep you out of this rut. These aren’t quick fixes. They are LIFESTYLE changes.

If you’re feeling like you in a place in your life where you’re ready to uplevel, I invite you to adopt all 5 of these into your daily routine! BUT, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or like you don’t even know where to start… Start with ONE and commit to it consistently for 21 days before layering another one in.

These little tools will be a game changer!


Water First. This is #1!! Your body needs AT LEAST half of it’s body weight in ounces in water each day. So, if you weigh 160 pounds, you’re aiming for at least 80 ounces each day.

Start your day by drinking down 12-24 ounces of water upon waking. Before meals, before grabbing for a snack, before going for seconds...think & drink: WATER FIRST.

 

Eat more plants. At each meal, focus on filling HALF of your plate with fresh veggies & fruits. Plant foods are packed with fiber, water, antioxidants, phytonutrients and are super nutrient dense, meaning you get the most nutrients for calorie consumption. The Veg Out Meal Plan Series is an awesome way to up your veggie intake, while also saving time, money & taking the guesswork out of what to cook each week. At all meals, think EAT MORE PLANTS.

 

 Rest and digest.  Remember that food is ENERGY! We don’t need energy to sleep ;)  Ideally, your last bite of the night is dinner. Practicing a 12 hour fast between your last bite in and your first bite the following morning allows your body to rest and digest, and speed up metabolic fire, and increase energy.  After dinner, close the kitchen & think REST & DIGEST.

 

Track.  What you don’t track goes whack.  Are you moving more (or less)? Changing your movement/exercise routine has a huge impact on how your body needs/uses energy!   Are you snacking more than you thought you were? Old habits creeping back in? Are you achieving more than you are giving yourself credit for?  Track it, journal it, do honest reflecting.

The 14 Day Cleanse is the perfect way to not only tune in to how your body FEELS when you eat certain foods, but also your habits around food.

 

Check in with your thoughts. How is your mindset? Are you focusing on what is going well? Celebrating the wins? Seeing obstacles as an opportunity for learning and growth? This piece is SO CRUCIAL!

If you stay focused on what is not going well, you will attract more of what is….not going well. Stay focused on the wins, what you are grateful for and what brings you joy & you’ll have more wins, more joy, and more to be grateful for. Download this free journal template to help you stay focused on what serves you! Remember, MINDSET WINS!

 

Which of these simple steps feels most important for you right now? Comment below & let me know!


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Breakfast Tacos

We love these bad boys for dinner….or lunch…or breakfast. They come together in less than 15 minutes and do not disappoint. Let us know how you like them!

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What You’ll Need:

1 Tbsp coconut oil

4 c fresh spinach

4 eggs

4 corn tortillas

salt and pepper to taste

Toppings:

Handful fresh chopped cilantro

1 avocado 

about 1/2 c crumbled goat milk cheese


Melt coconut oil in a frying pan.  Add spinach, saute on medium heat until wilted.  

Crack eggs into pan with spinach, scramble to cook. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, quarter avocado and smash 1 part onto each

tortilla*.  

*If you have a gas range: Torch the tortillas on each side over high

heat. (Set tortilla directly on flame; 30 seconds each side yields a

perfectly crispy, chewy tortilla.

Divide egg scramble evenly onto each tortilla.  

Sprinkle each with about 2 Tbsp cheese and cilantro.

Enjoy with a friend!

Serves 2.


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Lessons from Mother Nature

These flowers got me like 🤩

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I've been working on establishing these perennial gardens since we moved into our house in NINE years ago. It’s taken a lot of trial error, lots of love, support from seasoned gardeners, patience and consistency. 🌸

People come to me often looking for a quick fix; a magic pill.

The magic pill? It’s a little trial and error, support from others, patience, consistency, and most importantly, loving yourself along the way. ❤️

If you’re ready to take your magic pill, be in touch HERE.

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PS you have to try this chop salad recipe. It is so easy and delish!

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Chop Salad

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What You’ll Need:

For the dressing:

½ c olive oil

½ c balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp honey, local to your area

Salt &amp; pepper to taste


For the salad:

1 large head lettuce, chopped

4 carrots, diced

4 stalks celery, diced

2 c shelled edamame

1 broccoli brown, finely chopped

½ pint cherry tomato, quartered

6-ish ounces bleu cheese

Fresh ground black pepper


Combine salad dressing ingredients in a jar. Shake to mix!

Prepare salad ingredients and toss together. Divide equally into (4) separate containers for easy grab and

go throughout the week OR combine all ingredients in large bowl to share.

Toss with dressing just before serving.

Serves 4

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Nutrient Dense Diets for Healthy Hormones

🚬On July 5 2015, I smoked my last cigarette. I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 19 years.

🌱All of the weird shit I eat? lentils...bok choy...curry...beets...chia...I didn't know what any of it was or what it tasted like for most of my adult life.

🍫I used binge eat chocolate every afternoon at work. Like 1/2 bag of Hershey's kisses kind of binge, on the regular.

🏃🏻‍♀️It took me years of practicing 3 mile running intervals in my neighborhood, and several 5Ks before ever completing my first 3 miles without stopping to walk.

🤰🏻 We had 4 pregnancies. 2 resulted beautiful babies, and all continue to teach us such valuable lessons.

📲 This week, I had the opportunity to share more about my journey to healing my relationship with food, holistically balancing my hormones, our pregnancies, and more on my dear friend and colleagues podcast, Well Women Radio.

Check out the episode during your commute or upcoming road trip, and then dive into all of the amazing content and interviews Ellie Thomas - Holistic Nutrition Consultant has to offer!!

 

Tune in by clicking the image below!

 

🌟PS. Your story? It’s important. Share it!

 

🌟 PPS. You've got to try this recipe for chocolate chia pudding.  It's on the meal plans this week, and too good not to share! 

 
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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

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What You’ll Need:

3 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk

8 Tbsp chia seeds

4 Tbsp ground flax

4 Tbsp hemp hearts 

4 Tbsp pure maple syrup

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

4 c frozen mixed berries

Wisk all ingredients well (with exception of berries) in a medium size bowl OR divide equally into separate containers for easy grab and go breakfasts throughout the week.

Top with berries. Pop into fridge overnight.

Pull out of fridge and enjoy as a super nutrient dense, energy filled breakfast!

 Serves 4.

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Thai Rice Bowls

Buddha bowls are a super trendy thing now.  The name for this grain based bowls inspired by Buddhist monks and nuns, have been eating this way for over two thousand years.   I'm feeling grateful for this super healthy, balanced meal inspiration, which always offers a colorful balance of plants, additional fiber, healthy fats and protein!

 
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What You'll Need:

For the dressing:
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/4 c olive oil
2 1/2 Tbsp all natural peanut butter (no Jiff here guys, like for real)
1 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp Tamari or soy sauce
squeeze Sriracha

1 block tofu, sliced lengthwise and pressed*
2 c cooked brown rice
1 sweet bell pepper, diced
2 c cabbage, thinly sliced (use purple cabbage to make this plate pop even more!)
1 c fresh cilantro, chopped
2 c lettuce greens, chopped


1/4 c peanuts, roasted & unsalted

*Press tofu by layering on a plate: tea towel, tofu, tea towel, something heavy-ish. While water presses out of tofu, prepare dressing and salad ingredients:

Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

Prepare and arrange ingredients in a large bowl or dinner plate. Cube press tofu  and toss with salad. Drizzle with dressing, sprinkle with peanuts, and DIVE IN!


Serves 4. Want more awesome recipes like this? Check out our meal plans!

What is a Plant-Based Diet?

If you’ve ever Googled “what is a plant-based diet” and came away more confused than when you started, you’re not alone.

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Who knew there were a million answers to that question?!

 

Rather than describing a specific pattern of eating, like veganism, it’s more of an umbrella term that covers different types of diets that emphasize one thing: eating mostly plants.  While that looks a little bit different for every {one} body, we ALL reap the benefits from incorporating more plants into our diet.  

The #1 question I get when around plant-based eating is always the same:

"Where do you get your protein?!?"

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First, you don’t necessarily need to give up animal-based foods if you don’t want to.  Secondly, let’s think about this for a minute. Where do some of the worlds largest living things get their intense strength and power?

I'm taking elephants. Giraffes. Rhinoceros. Gorilla. Hippopotamus. Elk. and when they roamed the Earth, Tons of DINOSAURS.

 

Yup, you guessed it! Plants!

 

One cup of lentil soup will deliver nearly 20 GRAMS of protein. When combined with a balanced diet, deliver a complete protein profile, which is exactly what the body needs.


A  diet comprised of 100% plants isn't for everyone.  

What IS for everyone are the benefits we reap from incorporating MORE plants into our diet.  Plant foods are packed full of fiber, water, phytonutrients, antioxidants and micronutrients that the body needs to give us optimal energy, regularity,  increase immunity and maintain a healthy weight.

There’s a good change you are already incorporating more plant-based protein than you realize!

Check out some of these delish sources of plant-based proteins.  Prepare to be surprised!

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Beans (kidney, black, garbanzo/chickpea, white, lima, etc) dried and cooked or drained & rinsed

Lentils, cooked & drained

Edamame, shelled, organic

Tofu, organic sprouted if possible

Tempeh, organic

Seitan, organic

Green peas

Hemp Hearts

Unsweetened nut butters (peanut, almond..)

Nuts; peanut, almond, macadamia, walnut, brazil, pistachio, cashew, hazelnut, pecan

Seeds; chia, pumpkin

Wild rice

Nutritional yeast

Quinoa

Spirulina

Steel cut or whole (not quick cook) oats

Protein powder, vegan; to add to smoothies

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And, even these powerful green plants carry 2-5 grams per 1 c serving:

Organic, sweet corn

Broccoli

Broccoli rabe

Potato

Avocado

Spinach

Brussel sprouts

Kale

Zucchini

Portobello mushrooms

Hubbard squash

Collard greens

 

With all of this said, there’s no rule that says you have to label your eating style.  

 

There are as many diets as there are people on the planet -- each as unique as you are.  The most important thing is to find a way of eating that makes you feel fabulous, works for your lifestyle and one you can stick with for the long term.  Eating more plants is one easy way to do that!

We know this can sometimes feel overwhelming, so we wanted to share a sample plant-centered meal plan with you! Get your free download, and browse our meal plans, HERE.


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Plant Based, Gluten Free Meal Plan!

If you want want to…

Save time.  Weekly meals, printable grocery list, pantry staples & meal prep list done for you!

Save money.  Plant-centered, seasonal ingredients are kinder on the wallet, saving you hard earned moo-lah on your grocery bill each week!  Recipes share ingredients, eliminating food waste, too..

Improve your health.  Lower your blood pressure or cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, balance hormones, regulate bowels, lessen joint pain, eliminate brain fog, increase energy, control cravings, feel happier, reduce anxiety/depression, improve hair, nails & skin.

Learn how to make healthy cooking easy & delicious. Incorporate healthy meals that aren't bland, boring, or taste like cardboard.


…then this is for you.


And something exciting is happening this week. (I mean look at this bowl, omgeeeeee)

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This week’s plan is launched ,and there are TWO amazing ways you can get all of this deliciousness in your belly.

1) Join The Veg Out Meal Plan Series! For less than the cost of 1 Starbucks coffee per week, you’ll receive colorful, nutrient dense recipes, grocery lists, kitchen staples, simple meal prep tips and video hacks delivered to your inbox weekly.  Amazing, right?! If you want in on this goodness, sign up here by this Thursday (June 13th)

2) Not ready for the Series? Download this week’s plan available a la carte here!

Want a sneak peak at what’s inside? For a limited time, check one out, on us. <3


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What is Inflammation?

Do you remember ever falling when you were a kid and busting open your knee? It hurt, right?!

In the days following, it would get red, puffy, swollen, black and blue… and depending on how mad the fall was, maybe even a little oozy. This was just your body’s response to the trauma — and after a week or so of keeping it clean & taking good care of it, the wound would heal and you would be as good as new.

Imagine that instead of bandaging it up, you just keep rubbing dirt into the open wound. And every day, it gets worse. As it gets worse, it gets more painful. And as it gets more painful, you just keep rubbing more and more dirt into it. You would be crazy to do that, right?!

Now what if I told you that many of us are doing this to our bodies every day.

 

Would you believe me?

 

We can’t see it because it’s happening on the INSIDE. And because we can’t see the open wound on the inside of our body, we don’t think that it’s there. The wild thing is that our body is likely giving us clues every day....

You may be tired, struggling with brain fog, or having a difficult time focusing.

Your digestion may be sluggish, you may feel bloated, gassy, or gain excess weight in your belly.

You probably have insatiable cravings for foods that you know aren’t good for you, but feel like you can’t stop eating them.

You might even have a weird rash or skin condition that won’t go away, thinning hair, or joint pain.

It’s possible that you’re experiencing mood swings, bouts of low moods or anxiety.

And maybe even irregular cycles or fertility struggles.

Sound familiar?

It did to me for a really long time. It wasn’t that long ago that I struggled with a whole string of symptoms…my belly would blow up like a balloon every time I ate. I struggled with a skin condition called tinea versicolor, brittle hair and nails. I experienced chronic mouth sores, cystic pimples and chronic fatigue. I struggled with constipation.  The cherry topper was amenorrhea (no period) and low estrogen. I was 34 years old.

 

This is your body screaming from the inside out.

 

Inflammation is essentially like that skinned knee you had when you were a kid. It is the body playing a mean game of defense. It puffs up, swells and sometimes oozes.. When it’s not addressed, we start to feel any combination of the symptoms described above. And, like I did, we brush them off….

“I’m tired because I’m busy. “

“My digestion is just sluggish. “

“ The doctor said not to worry about this rash.”

“I can’t focus because I have too much on my plate.”

“This is just what it’s like getting older.”

We take prescriptions to manage our moods, over the counter meds to stay regular, and put topical creams on our rashes. We settle for being tired, sad, feeling like shit, and in pain. It’s crazy right?!

 

Now, what if I told you that ONE thing could begin to cure all of these things?

 

Yes, just one:

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Food.

Inflammatory foods are different for every {one} body. Now that I’m on the other side — TRUST ME — identifying your inflammatory triggers are BEYOND worth your efforts!

With summer fast approaching, I am opening up 10 spaces for people who would like to increase their energy, improve their digestion, eliminate the bloat, feel happier and begin to heal their body literally from the inside OUT.

This 14 day, gentle, yet effective program delivers an all access pass to boundless reserves of energy you didn’t know you had. You’ll find that every part of your body works better simply by “switching on” your metabolism and body’s natural healing abilities.

This is NOT a starvation cleanse!  A variety of nutrient dense, high fiber foods are conveniently planned for you, taking the guesswork out of wondering what is okay and not okay to eat.  No crazy juicing or shakes required.    

Package includes online membership site, complete with detailed program guide, tutorials & food journal.  Package includes (2) 30 minute coaching sessions, as well as recipe guides and resources! Enrollment is limited to the first 10 participants, and will fill fast!

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Mason Jar Salad 101

It took me a while to get on the mason jar salad train...maybe because they are trendy and I'm not? ! ha!

Turns out I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!  Super easy, practical and delicious way to up your meal prep game.

Choose any combination of ingredients, and layer in a quart size, wide mouth jar.  You can pick up a case of these bad boys for under $12 and use them over and over again.

The possibilities are literally endless here.  Jars can be as simple or crazy as you like, and can be made up to 5 days ahead of time.  

Check out the general method to the madness below, followed by one of my favorite recipes!

Mason Jar Salad 101
 

Layer, from the bottom up:

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3 Tbsp dressing

Protein*

Hard veggies/fruits

Softer veggies/fruits

Pack in the greens.

Optional add ins: Nuts, seeds, cheese


*I recommend having animal protein prepared, but on the side.  Think chicken, beef, HB eggs.  Plant based proteins (legumes, beans, etc) are fine to pack right into the jar!.

 
Greek Mason Jar Salads

Give this Greek variation a go. It does not disappoint! First, make the dressing. Then, layer Ingredients listed in order of appearance — from the bottom >> up!

What You’ll Need:

For the dressing:

1/4 c red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, smashed

For the salad:

2 cans chickpeas, drained & rinsed

½  red onion, sliced

¾ cup-ish kalamata olives, halved

1 large English cucumber, quartered

1 pint cherry tomato


2 heads lettuce, any variety #easybutton 2 bags salad greens

6 ounce-ish feta cheese, crumbled

Measure 3 Tbsp dressing into 5 jars. Divide salad ingredients equally into each jar, in order of appearance above. Dump into a bowl just before diving in, or give it a good shake and take your fork right to the jar.

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Meal Prep Made Simple

I remember visiting my sister in Washington state the year before Ziggy was born, and seeing their weekly menu board hung in their dining room. My thought was, “wait, you guys really know what you’re going to eat every day of every week…like all the time? Who does that?!”

It’s funny how things change, because part of my career now is teaching others how to simplify nutrition, meal planning and meal prep. LOL! Incredible how things can shift, right?!

Becoming a mom taught me that time is more valuable than ever, and I continue to be on a mission to maximize it. Meal planning and prepping became one of those things that has done just that.

By carving out a little bit of time, one day a week, (I’m talking an hour) to prep what I have planned for the week, I suddenly find I don’t have excuses to eat crap (or skip) lunch, I don’t walk around hangry and irritable, and I save so.much.time in the long run.

Meal Prep

Pro tip: Hit the #easybutton by preparing the same thing for breakfast and lunch each week. This makes it easy to shop for, easy to plan and easy to throw together. Then, every week, switch it up so that you don’t get bored!

One of my favorite ways to get some easy lunch prep on is by making mason jar salads. It took me a while to get on the mason jar salad train...maybe because they are trendy and I'm not?! Ha! But it turns out I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!  Super easy, practical and delish. This can be done with any combination of ingredients, and I’m sharing a little tutorial and a favorite recipe right HERE.

What is your biggest struggle when it comes to meal planning and prep? I would love to know!. Share below, or always feel free to email >> info@sarahkaminski.com


With a breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes, printable grocery list and 5, actionable simple meal prep tips, The Veg Out Meal Plan Series makes meal planning and prep both SIMPLE and DELICIOUS! Check out what members are cooking up this week:

Plant Based, Gluten Free Recipes

We're really enjoying all the flavors spring has to offer -- BRACE YOURSELF! 

We're diving into 

—A taco you won’t forget

—Strawberry fields!

—Sweet little eggs in a nest

—A traditional, nutrient dense Italian favorite

—And a flavorful eggplant stack that marries the flavors of spring

If you want in, sign up here by this Thursday (June 6th).


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How to Make Mason Jars Salads
Mason Jar Salad Recipes

Memorial Day Recipes!

Happy Memorial Day weekend! 

To celebrate, we're offering $5 off the Veg Out Meal Plan Series!!  This is also the last week to get our May Bonus, The Freezer Stash Guide ($15 value) completely free! 

This week's meal plan includes lots of recipes that you can bring to your picnic and share with friends--including burgers, a divine salad and an appetizer platter. 

Not going anywhere?  No worries!  Enjoy at home with the people you love!  

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100% of the recipes included in the plans are plant-centered and gluten free. 

Here’s why: ALL bodies benefit from incorporating MORE plants, and fewer processed carbohydrates! 

This is an awesome way to incorporate more veggies into your diet, try new foods, and improve your health, energy and vitality. 

If you are looking for bland, tasteless meals, this will NOT be your jam. 🏻‍♀️

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"My GI issues are completely resolved."

"What I’ve learned has changed my life and my mind regarding food is changed forever!"

(I can’t make this stuff up 🏼)

Use code MEMORIAL at checkout for $5 off, access to your this week's plan PLUS The Freezer Stash Guide.  This offer is through Monday, 5/27 only!


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Black Bean Burger

I have been on a mission to find a great staple bean burger recipe for a while. It turns out to be so simple, that I must have overlooked it all along. Double this recipe, and freeze these guys to have on hand--they are worth it!!

What You'll Need:


1 c gluten free rolled oats

2 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 an onion
1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1 large egg
1/2 tsp sea salt

black pepper to taste


Pulse oats in a food processor until fine. Add most of the beans (reserving about 1/2 cup), puree until smooth.

Transfer to a large bowl.. Add egg, spices & remaining beans. Stir well!

Divide into 4 equal patties. 

Cook in a warm skillet until browned (about 4 minutes each side).. These grill well too!

Serve with your favorite fixings. I love mine open faced with sauteed spinach, pickles, fresh tomato, sprouts and avocado. 



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