Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi Friends! It has been a while.  SORRY! But I’m back! I just made these cookies, and had to get it to y’all ASAP.  I have been making this recipe for years, and never thought about how it was dairy free.  It is delicious. Tonight, I tried making it using flax eggs and it was delicious! The batter was great, and you could enjoy it without worrying.   Continue Reading →

PodCast and Work

Need a little me time?  Just a little multi-tasking idea for inspiration.  Turn your work time into your me time with podcasts and audiobooks! I spend a ton of time in the kitchen, and really enjoy listening to audiobooks while I cook. I used to feel frustrated that I had to spend my kids’ naptime slaving away in the kitchen, but now I look forward to it because I get to listen to great stories; it makes it fun and relaxing for me, even while I cook. I even look forward to that time now! Continue Reading →

Hydration Goals

The benefits of good hydration are many! Water is what helps your kidneys to function well in flushing out your system of waste products. Drinking plenty helps you feel full, and also prevents you from confusing thirst for hunger (which leads to overeating). Water helps with digestion. It can even help improve your mood, as even slight dehydration can lead to a negative state of mind! Water can help you think more clearly. Good hydration helps prevent headaches, gives us energy, and keeps our muscles and joints supple and lubricated. Did you know that water can do all of that????

So the next question is how much to drink? The standard guideline of 8 glasses (64 oz) of water a day is somewhat arbitrary. It’s a good starting off point, so if you’re not there, maybe make this a goal. The key do good hydration is mostly to listen to your body! Drink plenty when you are thirsty.  Drink before and after exercise to replace fluids. (For standard workouts, water is sufficient. Endurance workouts may require some additional electrolytes.)

So, for the sake of health, good moods, and energy, drink up, ladies! What’s your hydration goal this week?

PurposeFull with Spouse

Being FIT isn’t just about what you eat or how you  move your body!  It  is about all around wellness, it is about being FULL in life and PurposeFULL in the things you choose to do (whether that is what you eat or how you move or who you hang out with).

Here are a few awesome tips on how to be purposeFULL with your spouse! Continue Reading →

Reboot the Fiber Intake

Don’t forget about fiber. In a society that tells us WHAT NOT to eat..lets chat about what TO eat!  While the general recommendation is for women to get 25 grams of fiber, (and men 38,) most women only take in about 15! So what’s the big deal about fiber, you ask? There are tons of benefits! Fiber:

  • Helps keep you regular. (Always a good thing)
  • Lowers cholesterol, particularly helpful with this is soluble fiber from foods like oats, flaxseed, and beans.
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight. Fiber fills you up and takes a long time to digest, leaving you feeling more full for longer. High fiber foods also tend to be those that are lower in calories, like fruits and vegetables.
  • Aids in controlling blood sugar levels by slowing absorption of sugar.
  • Keeps your colon healthy.
  • Potentially reduces cancer risk. Current research shows this as a likely possibility, but has yet to be thoroughly researched.
  • Improves skin health. It does this by helping to flush out toxins that would otherwise be excreted through the skin, causing irritation and breakouts.

The best sources of fiber are fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. All of which should make up a significant part of any diet!

Chicken Schnitzle with Leah

Another Foodie Friday recipe from Leah for you!  Options to prep side by side and make a vegetarian option as well!

This has become an easy family favorite.  Sometimes I’ll prepare a block of extra firm tofu (pressed and sliced into about ¼-½ inch thick pieces) in the same fashion.  Delish served with buttered noodles and roasted broccoli Continue Reading →

Healthy Snack Prep

Anyone feeling super crazed between writing kid valentine cards, picking up something for the hubs and getting everything in and done in a day?  Hopefully it isn’t just me.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m hungry and busy, I want to just be able to grab something now! I don’t want to mess around with making a snack. Let’s try planning a little bit, doing a smidge of food prep, and stocking our fridges with snacks that are ready to go. Continue Reading →

Sticking to Your Workout Routine

Ever notice how your mood can sway you? Your workload? Your energy levels? Your to-do list? Your schedule? All of these (and more!) can derail even your best intentions for the day. While you will feel energized, motivated, and less stressed after your workout, sometimes it’s hard to truly understand that until after the fact.

Rather than letting yourself be swayed by these roadblocks, help yourself stick to your plan by actually making a plan! Pull out your calendar and plot your workouts for the week or month. Write them down and keep them like you would any other appointment. Writing them out will help you, too, to look ahead and plan realistically. If you have a crazy busy day, make that your rest day or contingency workout day. Be honest with yourself and what you can put in your schedule so that you can be successFULL in meeting your goals. Continue Reading →