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Sunday Preparation

I’m a long-time fan of The Lean Green Bean’s Sunday Food Prep series as I like to spend my Sundays chopping, storing, and prepping – I’ve always found her pictures & recipes really inspirational.

While I definitely go through periods where my schedule is so hectic that I can’t manage to get to the grocery store, and I’m not as good about food preparation when I’m traveling, I still do a decent job of eating healthfully on a regular basis. And that means cooking for most of my meals.

In my book Sundays are sacred. I rarely make plans and prefer to spend my Sundays relaxing and preparing for the week ahead. A perfect Sunday begins with a few hours of work and productivity before running errands, going to the grocery store, and spending some blissful time in the kitchen.

Read on for some of my Sunday Preparation guidelines!

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On Mondays I fill a tote with goodies to take into the office for the week. Some of the usual contenders are:

  • Veggies
  • Hummus
  • Dried fruit or dehydrated veggies
  • Coconut Water {I’m a Zico girl – I’ll try any brand, but I always seem to go back to Zico}
  • Smoothie ingredients: Spinach, kale, chopped raw sweet potatoes, ginger, lemons, bananas, and frozen blueberries. {I keep protein powders & wheatgrass under my desk like a crazy horder…}

Portion control is not my strong suit so I make things like breakfast bars & energy bites in moderation when I know it’ll be a hectic week, rather than every week.

In addition to preparing snacks & meals to take into the office for the week, I like to make sure that my fridge is filled with easy-to-assemble ingredients that mean a quick weekday meal on busy nights every night.

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Salad Ingredients – I’ll cut up carrots, celery, radishes, cucumbers etc. and store them in sealed glass containers to be tossed into salads.

Stirfries – After salads, a quick & easy stirfry is one of my favorite “school night” meals. I’ll cut up sweet potatoes, break apart broccoli & cauliflower, and halve brussel sprouts in advance so that they can just be tossed into the pan. {Tip: Want to speed it up even further? Boil your sweet potatoes & brussel sprouts before you saute them – They’ll be ready in minutes!}

Beans & Grains – I’ll make a batch of quinoa and rehydrate some beans on Sunday. Both of which can be tossed into a salad or stirfry.

What’s YOUR Sunday preparation routine?

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Healthy Snacks Round-Up

Since so many New Year’s Resolutions revolve around health each year I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes for healthy snacks that’ll help you keep your resolutions!

Some of my personal favorites are: Energy Bites, Mini Gluten-Free Pizzas & Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins.

Sweet:

Over the last two years baking has become a part of my routine – I love bringing fresh goodies to the office or for friends. In fact, baking is basically my therapy these days!

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5 Minute High Protein Muffins

Chocolate Vanilla Marshmellows

Strawberry Goji Muffins

Dark Chocolate Emerald Truffles

Single Serving Baked Thin Mint Cake

Savory:

While I love the occasional sweet treat my favorite snacks and quick meals are always savory ones. Makes sense then that my all time favorite indulgences are chips and fries!

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Quinoa Pizza Snack Bites

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower

Healthy Spinach Recipes

Vegan Eggs Benedict

Crunchy Curried Chickpeas

What are YOUR favorite healthy snacks?

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Blogger Confessions {VII}

Welcome to another Blogger Confessions post – Today you’re going to learn what I’m drinking & munching on, a serious movie vice, and some other fun factoids about yours truly.

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{This is Bones. He’s the man of the house.}

I’m a cat person. There, I admitted it. All I have to say is this – You can leave them alone for the weekend, they don’t need to be walked, they don’t eat shoes, and they don’t jump up on you. Ok – Bones does the last one, but he can only reach my knees. I love dogs too, don’t get me wrong, but I’m also a cat girl.

I couldn’t live without tea. I started drinking coffee this year but the only coffee drink I like is a soy cappuccinos so tea is still my go-to comfort beverage.

When I love something I will read or watch it over, and over, and over again. I’ve read my favorite books dozens of times and I won’t even try to tell you how many times I’ve watched Pitch Perfect. That number got embarrassing months ago.

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{Follow me on Instagram to find out what new recipes I’m experimenting with – These vegan, raw, gluten-free chocolate peanut butter cups should be up on the blog soon!}

My favorite foods are grapes, raw desserts, and chips of any kind. Can’t turn any of these down. Ever.

Want to know more about me? Related Reading: Blogger Confessions, Blogger Confessions II, Blogger Confessions III, Blogger Confessions IV, Blogger Confessions V & Blogger Confessions VI.

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Healthy Thanksgiving: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free Recipes

Staying healthy this time of year can be a challenge, but who wants to head into New Years with 10 extra pounds of padding? So with that goal in mind I wanted to collect some delicious but slightly more guilt-free recipes to share with you all as we start preparing for Thanksgiving.

These tasty treats run the gamut from vegan to gluten-free to paleo so be sure to check out these Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes if you or your guests/hosts have food allergies.

Appetizers & Starters:

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Sides:

Snacks:

Entrees:

Desserts:

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Breakfasts:

Need some more ideas? Check out these vegan recipe round-ups: Thanksgiving Dinner Inspiration from Carrie On Vegan, 40+ Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas from Herbivore Triathlete, and 15 Ridiculously Delicious Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes from Laura Beck.

What’s YOUR favorite Thanksgiving dish?

More recipes on Pinterest!

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Links You’ll Love

Let’s start this week’s round-up of Links You’ll Love with this beautiful, inspirational piece shared by one of my favorite Bay Area writers – 25 Things Every Woman Needs to Know.

Fashion & Beauty:

If you’ve ever wrinkled your nose after slipping out of your shoes – This is a Must Read! The Smelly Leather Flat Conundrum: Some Suggestions

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Curious what goes on backstage at the world’s biggest lingerie fashion show? Me too. Read CR Fashion Book’s Backstage at the VS Fashion Show for all the goods.

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There are few things I love more than a fabulous braid – From chic updos to bohemian crowns, there are just so many fun options. Braid Lover has just what you’re looking for.

Tis the season for weekend trips and airport queues, but don’t worry, the perennial traveler behind Hitha On The Go has you covered – Travel Tip – Pre-Pack Your Suitcase.

Eye-catching textures and bold outerwear are trends to try this Winter and these coats are just the think – Show Stopping Shearling.

Health & Fitness:

I don’t know about you, but this time of year my stress levels are through the roof. I really love these practical tips from Tiny Buddha that can help you regain control – 4 Tiny But Powerful Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety.

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Each week I look forward to Friday for a myriad of reasons, and one of them is the publishing of Carrie On Vegan’s Healthy Vegan Friday series. It’s a round-up of killer recipes that inevitably make it onto my dinner plate, this week’s list includes everything from crock pot recipes to healthy breakfast ideas to mason jar desserts that are perfect for holiday parties.

I’m a long-time fan of Epson salts, I’ve used them since I was a young athlete to help with recovery after particularly brutal workouts and competitions. So when I saw this great article on Dear Crissy about Epson salts I was intrigued – 25 Uses For Epson Salt.

Interested in trying yoga but not sure where to start? This is a great explanation of the benefits of yoga and the different types available to you from Lift Love Life – Yoga Breakdown.

Home-Workout

During the hectic holiday season it’s easy to come up with excuses to skip the gym, but after you read this post from Women’s Health you’ll realize that even if you don’t have time to get to the gym you still have time for an impromptu workout – How to Turn Household Items into Exercise Equipment.

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