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My Super Simple and Cheap Vegan Meal Plan for a Family of Four

Need a cheap vegan meal plan that won't break your families budget? Check out this affordable meal plan AND learn how to to eat cheap meals on a vegan diet! Includes a shopping list and more ideas on how to save money!

My Super Simple and Cheap Vegan Meal Plan for a Family of Four

So, you had an unexpected expense come up….again, and you’re determine to still come up with a way for your family to eat healthy. Even when you have a tiny budget to get your groceries; much less than the average amount people spend on groceries in this country!

Because, let’s face it, in the U.S. food prices are constantly creeping up; whether you eat a vegan diet or S.A.D. (Standard American Diet), and there’s no increase in pay to help even out costs.

According to the USDA, the cost of food for a family of four ranges from $130 and $300…a week! (Source can be found here, I’m not making it up!)

That price range simply blows my mind.

I knew I was a bit frugal when it came to my families grocery budget and trying to keep it around $60 to $80 a week. But, I didn’t know that wasn’t even close to the norm. It’s amazing what you find out when you do a little bit of research!

Even for families who aren’t really frugal, but are simply living paycheck to paycheck, can have difficulty keeping their grocery bill in line.

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And, what about with your unexpected expense? How are you to lower your grocery bill then?

You may already feel like you’re stingy when you go to the store.

That’s where meal planning and being intentional about the food your family eats during the week comes in!

With a few tips and a super simple meal plan (with a few repeat meals) you can make it through the tough times and not have to give up eating healthy, or give in to eating non-vegan foods (that contribute to animal cruelty and the destruction of the planet).

Though, my husband thinks it’s perfectly alright to eat ramen during these times- sodium filled packets and all; I like to opt for meals that actually contain nutrients for myself and two girls.

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A Few Quick Tips for a Vegan Meal Plan on a Budget

Make sure you make a vegan meal plan for a week!

You won’t stay in your small budget for the week if you don’t write down your families meals. And, then make a grocery list from your meal plan.

Being as detailed as possible when doing this is key.

Make sure you write down EVERYTHING anyone will be consuming that week, and include EVERYTHING that you will need on the grocery list. No one likes running out to the store because they forgot something they needed.

This includes items you’ll need that you have everyday but may not think to write down, such as if you need more coffee. That is something you won’t want to forget to write down!

Meal plan around the food you already have.

If you’re already used to making healthy meal plans on a budget, then you may have some ingredients you can use during the weeks where you’re barely scraping by.

Or, if you’re planning out your budget in advance and can see that money will be tight for a week in the future, consider stocking up on some cheap and healthy food now.

Some suggestions for what to stock up on:

  • dried beans
  • legumes
  • rice
  • pasta
  • bread (and freeze it)
  • peanut butter
  • oats (for oatmeal, baked goods, and more)
  • baking ingredients
  • bananas (to cut up and freeze for smoothies)
  • avocado (to puree, freeze, and use for toast/sandwiches)
  • frozen fruit
  • frozen veggies

What you may want to stock up on may be slightly different than my list; what we eat tends to be a personal decision. I know many people who hate being told what they should eat. (My children included!)

 

 

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Avoid Eating Out at All Costs

This should be relatively easy, seeing as how you may not have the extra money to do so. And, with being on a vegan diet, there aren’t as many choices for eating out. (Unless of course, if you live in or near a city with vegan restaurants. And, in that case, I’m a bit jealous!)

Never Buy Name Brand

Name brand products are almost always more expensive than store brand products. And, in some cases the ONLY difference is the outside box or container; you’re literally paying for the name.

Don’t Forget Your Cheap Vegan Meal Prep!

Once you have your meal plan (or use mine below), your grocery list, and have bought your groceries; make sure you prep your meals as much as you can.

Doing this will ensure no one will have to eat out during the week; everything will be ready for them to take to work or school. And, if you’re a stay at home parent, like me, you won’t have to spend time making food everyday. Which means more time to get things done, spend with your kids, or read that book you keep trying to get to while your kids nap!

Learn to Meal Prep for a plant based or vegan diet here!

Need a cheap vegan meal plan that won't break your families budget? Check out this affordable meal plan AND learn how to to eat cheap meals on a vegan diet! Includes a shopping list and more ideas on how to save money!

Focus on Nutrition and Whole Foods

Ironically, many people associate a healthy or vegan diet with an expensive diet, but the opposite it true.

It’s the unhealthy, heavily processed food that is the most expensive. Plus, when you eat junk food, you have to eat more of it because your cells are starving for nutrients. So, not only are you spending more money because the processed food is more expensive to begin with; but you’re also buying more of it to try to fill yourself and family up.

(Along with increasing your chances of becoming obese, getting diabetes, and other food related chronic illnesses.)

By focusing on nutrition, you’ll be thinking of how to get healthy proteins, carbs, and fats. And, how to get them in your shopping cart as cheap as possible.

This is where your beans, legumes, rice, veggies, and fruits come in.

Dried beans and rice are ridiculously cheap and often overlooked. And, a cup of brown rice contains 5 grams of protein and 3 and a half grams of fiber. Combine that with half a cup or broccoli and your up to about 7 grams of protein and 5 and a half grams of fiber. (Who was it again that said vegans don’t get enough protein in their diets? This isn’t even a full meal calculated out.)

You can get a 5 pound bag of brown rice and 2 pounds of frozen broccoli for about $6 and it’ll last you quite awhile, seeing as how the rice doubles when cooked.

Now that you know a few of my inside secrets on how I’m able to spend so little on my families groceries every week, let’s get to My Super Simple and Cheap Vegan Meal Plan for a Family of Four!

 

 

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 My Super Simple and Cheap Vegan Meal Plan for a Family of Four!

I may meal plan differently than others, and as a fair warning I’m not a nutritionist, dietitian, or will ever claim to make a perfect meal plan (because a perfect meal plan doesn’t exist). But, I do consider myself to be fairly healthy and follow a vegan diet. I only ever want the healthier food being consumed by my children!

Instead of going day by day for meal planning; I meal plan by the meal or snack for each day. This allows me to move around different meals depending on what myself or family are in the mood for.

Like I said before, what we eat is a personal choice, and sometimes we can’t even stick to our own strict meal. Instead of driving myself crazy, I created a system to be more lenient, and that allows us more flexibility in what we eat when.

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Super Cheap Vegan Breakfasts

The cheapest and healthiest vegan breakfast options (that are also child approved and requested) are:

  • oatmeal (my 2 girls under 6 suggest apple cinnamon oatmeal- recipe coming soon!)
  • crepes (depending on the filling/toppings)
  • green smoothies (or peanut butter smoothies- recipe coming soon, you’ll just need to omit the cocoa)
  • muffins

All of these options are very cheap and the ingredients can even be bought ahead if you have some time to prepare for your low food budget week. Plus, many of the ingredients are ones you probably already have in your cupboards.

If you don’t have any the ingredients, it of course, will be a little more expensive. To give an example, let’s go over all the ingredients for my girls favorite oatmeal recipe (be advised prices may differ depending on where you live):

  • oats: just under $3 for about 3 lbs
  • apples: $3 for a bag of about 9 (you only need one apple per 1 cup of oats)
  • brown sugar: $2
  • cinnamon: $2
  • (optional: raisins, but they can get a little pricey, as in almost $4 for the larger 20oz container)
  • water: free (it’s getting boiled, but you can use filtered water if you prefer)

So, there you have it; $10 for breakfast that will last your whole family at least a week. Feel free to mix it up, especially if you already have ingredients in your home for other breakfasts!

 

 

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Morning Vegan Snack Ideas

I am a huge advocate on eating snacks during the day, for children and adults alike!

Just check out the A to Z healthy snack challenge my girls and I did when they were a little younger, you’ll find over 130 snacks we tried in a 26 week time frame!

With that being said, I also admit that making 130+ different snacks over 26 weeks wasn’t the cheapest challenge we’ve ever done. Some weeks were much cheaper than others, and we felt that hit our bank account. Luckily, it wasn’t too expensive where we couldn’t afford it, but we would’ve saved money by choosing two or 3 snacks per week instead!

Some of the cheapest snacks ended up being:

  • smoothies
  • baked goods, like muffins
  • and single serving of fruit (my girls love cuties and bananas)

The cheapest way to buy smoothie ingredients is by buying the 64 oz frozen bag of fruit you find at stores, buying bananas in bulk (and cutting them up to freeze and save them), buying greens not prewashed, and using water instead of non-dairy milk. Anything else you add to the smoothie is an extra and not crucial, like flaxseeds or chia seeds; however, when bought in bulk they’re pretty cheap.

The bulk frozen bag of fruit may seem a bit pricey at first, costing almost $10. However, this bag should last you at least two weeks for smoothies everyday for your family, if not longer. It lasts my family about a month because my husband opts out of these.

You should also consider that this is much cheaper than buying fresh produce, even when bought in bulk. The frozen bag has the produce already peeled, cut up, and pits removed; all of which would be weighed and paid by pound if bought fresh.

You can also get about 10-12 bananas for around $3, which is plenty for the week, whether in smoothies, all by themselves, with peanut butter (my girls favorite), or used in baked goods. As for greens, you can get a enough kale for the week (or two weeks) for about $1 when it’s not prewashed or bagged. So, that’s less than $15 for a breakfast or snack that will last you about 2 weeks.

 

Green Smoothie Recipe

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Cheap Vegan Lunches

Lunch can be a tricky meal for some, as many people aren’t home to eat lunch, but rather at school or work.

But, one of the cheapest ways to save money for lunches is by simply eating leftovers from dinner the night before, whatever it may have been. I know, that’s vague and not too helpful, especially when you have picky eaters.

In this case, let’s get back to basics, and our childhood favorites!

If you can’t feed your family leftovers for lunch, what about sandwiches?

My picky eater insists on eating sandwiches for lunch at school; so, why not let her! They’re not that unhealthy and they can be good on the wallet, too.

To ensure a healthier sandwich than a simple peanut butter and jelly, try peanut butter and banana sandwiches, or avocado and tomato.

You can get bread for as cheap as $2 a loaf, which will make about 12 or so sandwiches (so you’d need 2 loaves). Or, make the bread yourself. This is my go to bread recipe.

Peanut butter is a bit more expensive, but you can get a 4 lb jar for about $6; which should last you a month. (Or, at least 2 weeks, depending on if your kids eat it right out of the jar with a spoon like mine do.)

So, you could get away with spending only $10 additional on lunch for your whole family for the week. (Bananas were calculated above.)

 

avocado tomato sandwich

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Afternoon Vegan Snack ideas

You can do one of other options for afternoon snack as was listed for morning snack, or make it more fun and something your children can look forward to for after school. Such as apple donuts (apples cut with a whole in the middle and peanut butter on top), or chickpea cookies!

If you check out the chickpea cookie recipe, you’ll see that it doesn’t have many ingredients, and most of the ingredients you probably already have. The ones you may be missing are probably chocolate chips, which you can get fairly cheap or omit, and chickpeas. A one pound bag of dried chickpeas is about $1.50, and is enough to make 6 batches of those cookies! (Hint- use the same amount of brown sugar mixed with water to replace the maple syrup, since maple syrup tends to be a little pricey, and omit vanilla.)

To help even more with your budget, and to prevent the ‘Mom, I’m hungry’ rant from your kids every afternoon; make sure this afternoon snack is full of protein. This is why I don’t mind feeding my girls my protein rich chickpea cookies!

 

chocolate chip chickpea cookies

 

For other protein rich vegan snacks, check out 23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School Snacks

 

Super Cheap Vegan Dinner Ideas

Whenever I know my families budget for food is going to be tight; I always rely on the stockpile of brown rice, beans, and pasta I have, along with frozen veggies.

A common meal my family may have is a rice, tofu, and veggie bowl. Brown rice can be as cheap as $1.50 for a 2 pound bag, tofu as cheap $1.50, and the price for veggies varies depending on the type.

Another meal we rely on when on a tight budget is homemade soup. I tend to stockpile veggie stock, dried beans, and pasta.

The soup I make will sometimes be based off of this one, with the ingredients adjusted for my families preference and to ensure savings.

For this soup you’ll basically need veggies, veggie stock or a bouillon cube, beans, and pasta.

You could easily get all your veggies, including the onion and garlic, for under $5, pasta at $1, veggie stock for $2, and the beans at $3 (dried, and will last quite awhile). And, this soup make A LOT! As in, it lasts my family of four 2 weeks if I chop and freeze the veggies and don’t cook the beans or pasta til needed.

That’s $11 for dinner for 2 weeks, though, you may want to do the rice, tofu, and veggie bowl as well. So, it could creep up to $20 for dinner for 2 weeks.

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Other Base Ingredients or Food

If you may have noticed, everything you may consume in a week may not be noted above. Maybe you’re thinking, ‘but where’s the coffee?’

Extra items that we believe we need, we can simply go without when need be. OR, simplified to make them cheaper.

For the coffee that we, as parents, always need so badly; never buy it out, and buy the big container at the store that will last you at least a month. This way you won’t have to worry about your coffee fix when your budget is tight.

And, instead of buying non dairy coffee creamer, buy flavored soy milk instead! It’s a bit healthier and a lot cheaper, plus it’ll last you longer. If it’s not sweet enough, add some brown sugar to it; you probably already bought it for the oatmeal or cookies anyways!

So, what does this look like in a meal plan template?

 

Click here to download the meal plan! Feel free to print it out and use it for yourself, or use the extra adjustable meal planning template for your own cheap meal plan. (This also includes the grocery list for the meal plan, for your convenience!)

Grocery list for a super cheap vegan meal plan

To make this section as simple and as easy to digest as possibly, I’m just writing it out in lists depending on sections in a regular grocery store.

Fresh Produce

  • Bananas: ~$3
  • Apples: $3
  • Veggies for soup: ~$5 (broken down below)
    • onion: ~75 cents
    • garlic: ~50 cents
    • zucchini: ~$1
    • yellow squash: ~75 cents
    • carrots: ~$1
    • kale: ~$1
  • (optional) Avocados: ~$4
  • (optional) Tomatoes: ~$1.50

Frozen

  • Broccoli: ~$2
  • Mixed Fruit: ~$10 (will last at least 2-3 weeks)

Cold

  • Tofu: ~$1.50
  • Soy Milk: ~$2.50

Pantry

  • Oats: ~$3
  • Cinnamon: ~$2
  • Brown Sugar: ~$2
  • Peanut Butter: ~$6 (will last 2-3 weeks)
  • Baking Powder: ~$1
  • White Beans: ~$1.50 (dried- will make equivalent to 6 cans)
  • Kidney Beans: ~$1.50 (dried- will make equivalent to 6 cans)
  • Chickpeas: ~$1.50 (dried- will make equivalent to 6 cans)
  • Rice: ~$1.50 (should last all month)
  • Veggie Stock: ~$2
  • Pasta Sauce: ~$2
  • Pasta: ~$1
  • Olive Oil: ~$2
  • Salt: ~$1
  • Italian Seasoning: ~$2

Bakery

  • Bread: ~$4

The Price

Alright, so if you added up all of those groceries you’ll end up with a grocery bill of about $66.50.

This may seem super cheap to some people, but a little high for others (such as myself) when thinking of a super cheap vegan meal plan for a family of four.

What you need to consider is the fact that you probably already have some of these ingredients, especially if you’re used to eating vegan on a budget.

For example, this is what I usually have already in stock (and recommend you keeping in stock as well) just in case the budget gets tight:

  • Broccoli
  • Mixed Fruit
  • Oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Peanut Butter
  • Baking Powder
  • White Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Rice
  • Veggie Stock
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Pasta
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Italian Seasoning

These ingredients are non-perishables and I buy in bulk when getting them, making them cheaper to buy for the long run.

Having these items already at home brings the grocery bill down to $24.50. That’s the power of buying in bulk when you can!

And, if that is still too much; don’t make avocado and tomato sandwiches and replace that with peanut butter and banana sandwiches. It’ll bring the bill down to $19, and even if your budget is extremely tight; you should be able to spend $20 on groceries for the week.

You can’t get much cheaper than that!

A few things to remember to for a super cheap vegan meal plan

To recap, let’s go over the gist of eating healthy (and vegan) when money is tight.

  • Make sure you make a meal plan
  • Make your meal plan based on food you already have
  • Avoid eating out at all costs
  • DON’T buy name brand
  • Write down your grocery list and stick to the list
  • Meal Prep as much as you can
  • Focus on Nutrition and whole foods
  • Don’t buy pre-washed veggies
  • Drink water
  • Buy dried beans and rice
  • Buy in bulk when you can to save money when times are tough

It’s never fun to be on a tight budget, especially with kids or when it changes what you normally eat. But, it is still possible to eat vegan on a budget; just don’t expect to be eating something different everyday of the week or buying the highly processed fake meats, or anything else like that.

The closer we get to whole unprocessed, or even local, foods; the cheaper our grocery bill gets. If you live in a place where you’re able to grow your own produce, then you’ll be able to save even more money on your grocery bill. However, that takes time and won’t help out in an immediate situation.

So, take this for what it is; use it to the t, adjust it as need be, or only use the tips I provided. Anyways, I hope it’s able to help you out in a time of need, or if you’re simply trying to cut back on expenses to pay off debt or save up for something.

Don’t forget to grab the print outs for this exact meal plan, grocery list, and blank templates to help you become organized and save money!

p.s. Also share with friends and family; they don’t have to be vegan to appreciate this cheap meal plan!


Need a cheap vegan meal plan that won't break your families budget? Check out this affordable meal plan AND learn how to to eat cheap meals on a vegan diet! Includes a shopping list and more ideas on how to save money!

Need tips on how to avoid overeating during the holidays, or for life in general? Check out these simple ideas to learn how to stop eating the food you know you shouldn't, and keep your health in mind this holiday season!

9 Ways to Help You Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming up, and so are all the other holidays; if you’re like me then you eat a lot during this time of year. (And, I mean a lot a lot.)

I can’t remember a year in December when I didn’t have to make extra batches of cookies because the ones I made wouldn’t make it to Christmas; oops.

Luckily, for me, I don’t have a problem with overeating during Thanksgiving; I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 20 years. But, I know for many people, they eat to their hearts content this day; which is far past feeling full.

I’m gonna say it now, there’s nothing wrong with overeating one day a year. It’s perfectly fine and normal.

Even our ancestors who were hunters and gatherers would do this. That’s where the phrase ‘feast or famine’ came about. So, if you pig out on this day, no problem, chances are you won’t even gain an ounce from it. The problem with overeating is if it starts to become the ‘norm’ for you.

**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitian or a professional nutritionist. I am simply passionate about health and nutrition. I studied a little bit of nutrition in college and have been learning outside of college ever since, and I specialized in eating disorders my last year of college before graduating with a bachelors degree in psychology.

If you don’t want to overeat this Thanksgiving, due to any reason you have come up with; then let me at least give you a few helpful tips. These tips will help you avoid overeating, but also make sure you can still enjoy your Thanksgiving ‘feast’.

1. Grab a smaller plate

This is a psychological trick to make you take a smaller amount of food. And, it works, for the most part.

If you want to see this experiment in action, there’s a documentary currently on Netflix called In Defense of Food which shows how this trick works.

But, the basic concept is that you don’t dish yourself up as much food when you have a smaller plate than if you had a large plate. So, if you’re having a hard time with portion sizes because you feel like you need to fill your entire plate up at Thanksgiving, or in everyday life; go with a smaller plate.

Find summaries of other Health Documentaries available on Netflix HERE.

2. Take a very small portion of everything

This way you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything, or tempted to consume more food because your first plate of food didn’t have room on it for everything you wanted.

Plus, if some of your relatives experimented with some recipes this year, you can still try what they made and eat everything on your plate; and, if you don’t like it, simply don’t take seconds. You can do this with more than just the dinner; do this with the dessert, too. That way you don’t feel deprived of you favorite dessert when you have more than one favorite.

3. Eat normal during the day

If you try to ‘save’ all of your calories for the day for Thanksgiving dinner, then you’re most likely going to eat close to that many calories at dinner, if not more.

The problem with this is that when you try to ‘save’ calories for later in the day it also slows down your metabolism, and you feel starving. (This is when your body will try to go into starvation mode; so if you’re trying to lose weight, doing this may have the reverse effect.)

Don’t be so harsh on your body or mess up your metabolism; it’s worse to do this than to eat normal during the day and then slightly more for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Remember, this ‘feast’ is one day out of the year; it’s not going to make you gain weight if you eat a little bit more than normal. Don’t starve yourself so you can eat more later on; no one likes the feeling of starving. (At least, you shouldn’t like the feeling of starving. If you do enjoy this feeling and do it to yourself on a regular basis; please seek professional help.)

4. Drink more water

The more water you drink, the more full you will get.

The signals your body sends you when you’re dehydrate, or even just thirsty, can sometimes be misread as hunger.

Sometimes when this happens and you try to fix the problem with eating, you can’t, so you continue to eat until the signal goes away. And, eventually it will because many type of foods contain water in them, like fruits and veggies.

Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid overeating. Drink a cup of water before the meal and keep sipping water all throughout the day, especially during your ‘feast’. This will help prevent you from overeating.

(But, I’m also the type of person known to carry their water bottle with them everywhere; so, I may be a little biased when it comes to the many benefits of drinking plenty of water.)

5. Fill your plate like you do for your children

You’re most likely to fill your children’s plates with plenty of healthy options for them to choose from; in a child sized Thanksgiving portion. This is a larger portion of food than what they’re used to, but not so much that they’ll have a food coma afterwards. And, you maybe allow them to choose one dessert after dinner.

Try using the same portion size for yourself; a child’s Thanksgiving portion size, with one dessert after.

It’ll be enough to fill you up, but not make you feel stuffed, and not even close to a food coma.

(Though, a food coma tends to come about from the turkey you eat rather than the amount of food you consume. Turkey, and some other foods, contain tryptophan which increases the production of melatonin. Or, if you wanted to explain this to your child; eating a lot of turkey can help them be sleepy. Some carbohydrates and other types of proteins can do this, as well. Like milk and bananas combined.)

6. Play games afterwards

Or, have something else planned for after Thanksgiving dinner so you have a reason to not stay at the table til the night is over.

If you simply stay at the table all night talking, you’re more likely to continue eating all night, as well. So, even if you don’t plan anything for after dinner, at least try to get up and move to another room so you’re not tempted to continue eating.

Don’t forget to help pack up the leftover before they go bad. Just because you’re not eating it all now, doesn’t mean it should go to waste.

7. Keep the serving dishes off the table

If hosting, have the serving dishes away from the table, if not hosting try to suggest it.

This was always how Thanksgiving was when I was growing up, for the most part. There were small side dishes at the table, like the cranberry sauce or mashed potatoes. But, everything else was either on another table in another room, or on counters or an island in the kitchen.

This makes you think twice before getting up for seconds; you’ll lose time chatting with friends and family, and everyone will notice if you left for more food.

Plus, you’d have to get up.

When I was growing up, I didn’t want to bring attention on myself, so I usually wouldn’t get up for seconds (until dessert).

8. Be mindful when you’re eating

You’ve probably heard this before; when you eat mindlessly, you eat more.

Guess what, it’s true.

Have you ever been watching a show, or on your computer with a drink, or food, next to you and you go to have another sip, or bite, and there’s nothing left?

I have, and I hate that feeling because I thought I had some left and I’m so disappointed when I don’t.

That feeling is the result of mindless eating; you don’t even realize that you’re eating as much as you are. Though, I’m usually drinking coffee mindlessly most of the time, it’s just as bad, if not worse, with food. You’re still hungry because your mind didn’t grasp that you were eating because you were doing something else.

Simply, pay attention to what you’re eating and how it tastes.

What’s the texture like? Is it sweet or savory?

Does it have a flavor in it you don’t recognize?

If you think of these things while you eat, it will help you to stop eating mindlessly. You can also give better compliments to whomever made the homemade dish you just enjoyed.

Maybe you’ll even ask for the recipe!

9. Remember there will be leftovers

Leftovers are great, aren’t they?

I know some people aren’t fans of huge leftovers and food goes bad before they can get to it.

But, when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers, I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t enjoy them. Some people may even go crazy over them. Ever see the episode of Friends when Ross’s leftover Thanksgiving sandwich was stolen, and half of it was thrown out, by one of his co-workers?

Of course, there are always some foods, like the homemade applesauce, that will never be placed in a container as a leftover, but there are many other delicious dishes that will.

If you don’t stuff your face during Thanksgiving, these leftovers could last you a week.

Wouldn’t that be wonderful to not have to go grocery shopping for a week after Thanksgiving?

Especially when you spent a whole weeks worth of grocery money, or more, on Thanksgiving dinner.

Don’t overeat, if that’s what you want

I hope you enjoyed and found my tips for reducing overeating helpful.

I hope some of these you already know, but I also hope you learned something, as well. Like I said, I’ve never really over ate during Thanksgiving because I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years, but I’ve also used many of these tips myself, without even realizing it.

And again, if you accidentally overeat this Thanksgiving; don’t worry about it.

I don’t know of a single person who has gained weight from overeating at a single meal. Our ancestors use to have ‘feast’ or ‘famine’, and if you want to use that as your excuse to eat to your heart’s content this Thanksgiving, go for it (unless you have a medical condition in which you shouldn’t).

Share this, or pin it on pinterest, if you found it interesting or helpful. You may want to read it over again next year!!

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Have you ever wanted something that made it easier for your to be healthy, for you children to eat healthy? A machine that had more than one use? Using a nutribullet can do this! From making smoothies to home made baby food, to grinding oats into flour and making ice cream. There are quite a few uses it has!

10 Clever Nutribullet Uses You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

Have you ever wanted something that made it easier for you and your children to eat healthier?

Something that maybe had more than one use to it?

Well, I’ve had my nutribullet for over four years now, and I’ve found at least 10 different nutribullet uses, and I’m not talking different types of nutriblasts, or smoothies, I’m talking different foods and uses!!

It took the place of 3 other small appliances I had, saving me time, space in my tiny kitchen, and money from trying to keep everything working. I’ve never once had an issue with my nutribullet for the time I’ve had it!

I got rid of a blender, that seriously needed to be replaced, my coffee grinder, and the baby bullet that I used to make baby food, til it broke (not even a year after I got it).


**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitian or a professional nutritionist. I simply believe in eating well for people of all ages, and I believe that a whole foods plant based diet is eating well, whereas processed foods are not.

Now, you’re probably wondering, what all does it make?

And, why are you so psyched about it? Right?

Well, it’s amazing! You can check out 10 Nutribullet Benefits for Moms if you need more proof!

But, let’s get on to what it makes and how it can be used!

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10 Nutribullet Uses:

Nutribullet uses #1: Nutriblasts

These are the SUPER healthy drinks it makes that includes fruits, veggies, and some type of super food! And, to be honest, this is probably the one thing you did think of when a nutribullet comes to mind.

These blasts have a blast of nutrients in them after the ingredients are pulverized in the nutribullet, releasing all, or most, of their nutrients. Making it easily digestible and ensuring you get all the health benefits you can from the real food you put into it!

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Nutribullet uses #2: Healthy Smoothies for your Kids

If your kids, or you, aren’t keen on adding veggies or super foods into a drinkable form (yet) you can still us this to make a healthy smoothie.

Use the same ingredients you would as always. No need to have that bulky blender anymore!

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Nutribullet uses #3: Make Milkshakes

This small appliance makes it super easy to make milkshakes. My 5 year old is constantly asking me to make her a strawberry milkshake. It certainly beats spending money on fast food, or letting my daughter get a milkshake from a fast food restaurant; who knows what’s in those things!

It’s super simple to make a milkshake with a nutribullet, too. First, chop up and freeze a banana or two. Once frozen, add that and frozen strawberries to the cup, then add in some soy milk (or your preferred milk), and blend. That’s it!

Just make sure you add more milk than fruit, and add a little bit more at a time to find the right consistency for you! You can add a sweetener, too, if you like. Maple syrup works well to sweeten things up, or add some vanilla extract.

Nutribullet uses #4: Popsicles!

My two little girls love popsicles, even in the winter!

I don’t love keeping them in the house, or maybe it’s that I can’t keep them in the house because my girls love them so much!

Either way, it’s cheaper, healthier, and easier, to make my own popsicles for my girls; simply by freezing a nutriblast, or fruit smoothie, in popsicle molds.

This way I have complete control over what goes into the popsicle, and can customize it exactly how my girls want them!

Nutribullet uses #5: Ice Cream!

An ice cream recipe did not come in the recipe book that comes with the nutribullet, so it took me a few months to figure this one out.

I figured it out by accident; but, I am so glad I did! I’m a woman, who loves chocolate and peanut butter.

You know the nutribullet is meant to get the most that it can out of fruits, veggies, and super foods to help provide you with optimal health. But hey, sometimes we need that chocolate fix, am I right?

Do yourself a favor; cut up a banana or two and let it freeze for a few hours, add it to the nutribullet cup, add in a quarter cup or so of peanut butter, about a tablespoon of cocoa powder, and some soy or almond milk. Blend it all together; it makes a creamy, and delicious, super soft serve ice cream! It’s amazing! Plus, it’s still healthy, much healthier than regular ice cream!

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Nutribullet uses #6: Makes baby food

I got the nutribullet about a year after my first daughter was born, and had been given a baby bullet when she was almost three months old so I could make her home made baby food. So, for my first daughter I used the baby bullet…it broke just as she was transitioning to real food from baby food. I would not recommend the baby bullet, unless you only need it for less than a year and don’t care if it stops working on you.

For my second daughter, however, I already had my nutribullet for about two years, and it has basically the same blades as the baby bullet (but it doesn’t wear out over time). So, I decided to simply use my nutribullet to make baby food. It worked flawlessly! Even better than a baby bullet because it has more power to it! With the nutribullet I could make weeks worth of baby food and freeze it. This was such a time saver, and sanity saver!

When we had our second child, I was working full time. My second daughter exclusively drank breast milk til she was three months old, then I started making her home made baby food. You should have seen our freezer during this time; it was completely full of breast milk and baby food! This way I knew my husband wouldn’t run out of milk or food for our baby while I was at work. We actually had such a large supply that we decided to get a chest freezer for our other freezer food. With me working, I was a little obsessed with batch cooking and batch baking and then freezing, so we would always have some type of healthy food available!

Nutribullet uses #7: Makes baby cereal

I wasn’t only able to make baby food with fruits and veggies for my second daughter, I was also able to make her baby cereal with it, too. When I saw the nutribullet had a grinding blade, along with the regular extracting blade, I was so happy!

No need for buying commercial baby cereal, not that we had to with our first, because we had the baby bullet at the time. But, I hated the thought of having to buy any of the expensive store bought baby food or baby cereal. I loved the idea of making it all myself! And, I may have been the type of mom with an infant that would get offended when other people tried buying my baby store bought baby food.

(Just because I went to college full time and worked part time when my first daughter was born, and then worked full time an hour away from home with my second, did not mean I couldn’t find the time to make healthy home made baby food to provide for my little girls.)

Wouldn’t you love to have complete control over the food that goes into your precious child, right from the start? No store bought food that you don’t know how it was made or kept, just fresh homemade baby food and baby cereal from nutrient rich ingredients!

Nutribullet uses #8: Grind oats into flour

I never knew how nutrient lacking regular flour was until I started watching health documentaries, and actually started learning some common sense about nutrition.

Like, you shouldn’t only look at the nutrition label, you should look at the ingredient list, and the vitamins and minerals that the food provides, too.

Regular flour isn’t all that great for you, as I started to realize; having little kids and being responsible for providing them the nutrients they need in life; I didn’t want to mess that up.

I want to give my girls the best, especially when it comes to what they are putting into their bodies to help them grow into healthy, strong, and independent little girls.

And, as much as I enjoyed eating cookies and breads made from all purpose flour when I was little; I wanted to make sure my girls were benefiting, not only from enjoying these baked goods, but also from the nutrients the baked goods can provide them.

I even ground up quinoa in my nutribullet to make quinoa flour. Now, that makes an amazing replacement for flour in blondies!! But, with cookies, breads, or muffins, I opt for oat flour!

Nutribullet uses #9: Grind flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are known for a few of their super-food-like health benefits. From being high in omega-3’s to helping people lose weight from the high fiber content.

However, you can’t benefit from flaxseeds when they’re whole; they need to be ground into flaxmeal, first. The nutribullet, unlike a regular blender, has the power to grind these seeds up and make them digestible, so you can actually benefit from them!

Flaxmeal is also used by vegans, or people trying to avoid the high cholesterol and fat from eggs, to make flax eggs to use in baked goods.

So, combine this with the oat flour and other healthy baking ingredients, and you’ll be eating super-powered, and delicious, baked goods. Something every mom needs; making it easier to get the nutrients our kids need into them, and making it more delicious for us to eat healthy! It’s a win-win!

Nutribullet uses #10: Grinds Coffee

And, of course, if the nutribullet can grind oats and flaxseeds into a flour like consistency, then it can grind coffee! No need to have small kitchen appliances that only have one use to them!

A powerful little machine

So, you see, a nutribullet has many more functions than it was probably even meant to have. It helps us, as moms,  feed our children from the day they start eating food, til the day they leave our home.

It helps us eat better and have more energy.

There are so many things we can make with this little machine! I don’t know what I did before I had one. Then again, I didn’t eat as well back then!

I’m sure I’m missing something in this list of what a nutribullet can do or make, so please leave a comment if you can think of anything else! Don’t forget to pin this for later and share!

A nutribullet was a game changer for me when it came to being healthier!

You can go get one for yourself here!

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How to Make a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

Want to eat healthy but don't think it will fit in your families budget? Think again! Use this step by step guide to eat healthy when meal planning weekly, biweekly, or monthly. (This works for whatever size family you have, for 2, for 4, for 6, it doesn't matter.) This guide is easy to implement and allows you to choose kid friendly meals; it starts with finding your grocery budget, to making grocery lists, all the way to meal prepping!

How to Make a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

When people think of creating a budget, they tend to think about the bills they have and things they enjoy spending money on; not on making a healthy meal plan on a budget.

Many people overlook the amount of money they spend on food. Which could end up being a thousand dollars or more if you’re not careful; whether trying to eat healthy or not!

You may just say ‘well, we have to eat’ and leave it at that.

Not really thinking about how much you spend every month because it’s such a necessity!

Or, maybe you just don’t know how to make a meal plan on a budget, or honestly just don’t want to know how much you are really spending on food!

But, thinking of spending money on food in this way is dangerous…food isn’t as cheap as it used to be!!

I used to be a cashier at a grocery store; I know how much some people spent on food weekly. And that was 5 years ago, prices have only increased since then!!

I knew those with kids spent way more on food than those who lived alone; by a lot!

Yet, it’s us people with kids who may want to eat better or at least feed their kids healthy food anspend less on food. But, how?

Well, there’s some obvious things to do, like stop eating out. But, other than that; MEAL PLAN!


**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitian or a professional nutritionist. I simply believe in eating well for people of all ages, and I believe that a whole foods plant based diet is eating well, whereas processed foods are not.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to spend $500+ on food every month, even with a family of 4.

According to the USDA back in 2013 (which was also around the time I quit my job as a cashier) the average family of 4 spent between ~$150 and ~$300 a week on groceries ₍₁₎. And, that was 5 years ago! Prices have gone up since then, even if you haven’t noticed it. Even in the past year, prices on somethings have gone up. I used to get my 5 year old the individual nutella snacks when we got groceries. They were only a dollar, but about 8 months ago they increased to $1.50! Therefore, I stopped buying them.

So, if you’re concerned with setting a budget, and staying in that budget while food prices continue to sky rocket; keep reading for some ways to save money on food!!

You’ll need them!

I’ll guide you each step of the way and provide helpful tips. What I can’t do, is actually make you do it. (Or, make you follow through with the meal plan, which is a struggle all in itself.)

I do have some helpful printables for meal planning that’ll make it easier on you, though, get them here!

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Let’s Get Started on Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

Step 1 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: Work out your food budget

Yes, I said food budget, not groceries.

Because some people will create a budget for their weekly grocery trip and then completely forget about it when they go out to eat. Like my husband, who will go get fast food on his lunch, or spend $10 on prepared food at the grocery store, after I tell him how much we can spend on food for the month. (If you couldn’t guess, I’m the one who handles finances in our home. If I let my husband do it then we’d be living on the street.)

So, make sure everyone in your home who has access to money understands the budget and that it is for all the food that is bought. Otherwise, you’re going to go way over; a $10 meal for one person, or $20 on food out for the whole family is going to hurt if your budget is $100 or less a week.

But, to set the budget; there’s a couple different ways you can do it, and it’ll depend on the amount of money you have to play around with for your budget.

If you’re like me and are living paycheck to paycheck, then you’ll want to budget like I do.

  • Figure out your average monthly income (estimate low)
  • Subtract all your monthly bills (estimate high)
  • Subtract what you spend on gas each month and other necessities (I’m talking things like toilet paper and toothpaste)
  • The leftover money for the month can be your monthly budget for food (if you feel this number is too high, you can always lower it; save the rest, or pay off some debt so you don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck!)
  • Divide your monthly food budget by 4 to get how much you can spend weekly on food

If you want more in depth instructions on how to budget when living paycheck to paycheck; read How to Budget (When You Have No Money) I even explain how we’re able to afford all the small purchases my husband has to make, when, from the outside looking in, it looks like we’d never be able to afford them!


If you have more money to play around with, there’s a better solution to finding your budget; one that will be a little easier to stick with and more realistic with the rising prices of food!

  • Go through your receipts from grocery stores and from when you eat out (or go through bank statements)
  • Find the average you spend each week, or each month; use this as your base for setting a budget
  • Depending on your goal for your budget, you may need to adjust this amount

(Many people want to lower the amount they spend, because they looked at how much they’re spending and are shocked by the amount they spend! Try lowering it by ~$25 each week until you get to a reasonable budget for you and your family. Since everyone’s budget is going to be a little different, and since we all don’t eat the same food; we can’t all be expected to have the same budget.)

Once you figured out your budget, move on to the next step.

Step 2 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: What are your Food Necessities?

What food do you have to have in your home at all times?

For my family, we need coffee creamer, coffee, soy milk, bananas, apples, peanut butter, frozen fruit, and frozen veggies. And, besides the frozen food and coffee, we need to purchase the other items once a week.

(Yes, we go through a whole jar of peanut butter a week; the 40oz jar. Update: We can get a 5 pound jar to last us 3 weeks now and is only $6.50, so much cheaper to buy in bulk!!)

These are the things that we can’t live without and are always on our grocery list, budget or not.

I’m sure your list of absolutes are different than mine.

So, go find out!

Ask others in your home if you need to.

If you know you always have to have bread, pasta, or veggies for salads stocked at all times, write them on the list.

Then, find out how often they need to be bought.

Some items will need to be bought every week, other items may last 2 or 4 weeks, maybe even longer.

If you’re not sure how long they last; write down the date the next time you buy them. This way you can budget in the more expensive items (like the 64oz bag of frozen fruit I get for smoothies), and not go over budget. (Either by saving a few dollars each week for the item, or by planning cheaper meals the week you need to get the more expensive monthly item.)

Figure out what you need and how much they cost before moving onto the next step.

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Step 3 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: Find out what meals you want to eat for the next week or two!

Go on pinterest, look in your cookbooks that are collecting dust, or ask your family for their suggestions.

Check out some new fun, or old and loved, recipes and see which ones have ingredients that you may already have.

Or, if you don’t have any of the ingredients; find out how much they’ll cost.

You’ll need enough meals to fill out your meal planner. If you have a tight budget, this needs to be considered when you’re planning meals. Sometimes having a certain type of food all week is cheaper than doing a different kind of meal each night. Or, eat leftovers from dinner the night before, for lunch the next day!

 

I know other people may tell you to have a taco Tuesday, Italian food on another day, Chinese food on another, and so on.

But, with being on a budget, is that even realistic?

How many of those meals have ingredients in common?

How about you have all Mexican food one week, Italian the next, and so on. That way, if you have extra ingredients, you can use it in another recipe later that week; no waste.

For example, if you chopped up tomatoes for your pizza on Monday, you could use them the next night in your pasta, salad, or veggie lasagna.

If you’ve been able to find a enough recipes that you and your family will enjoy; it’s time to move onto the next step. Which is the best step if you like scheduling!!

Keep this current step in mind, though, when you and your family try new dishes and keep a running list of food you like. If you need a place to write them down; go ahead and print out my meal planning templates!

 

Step 4 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: Schedule your Meals (in pencil)

Once you have your meals picked and recipes at hand; fill out your meal plan for the next week or 2 in a way that makes sense and prevents waste. No one likes spending money on food for it to just go waste!

2 week meal plan

You can see above what my meal plan looked like at the beginning of the year.

That’s for a family of four, of course the portions could always be changed to accommodate for more or less! And, at the time, I didn’t know how much soup the minestrone soup recipe was going to make; it was a lot!

That’s why it’s good to choose some meals with ingredients that don’t go bad within a week or two; ingredients that are shelf stable.

On the days I didn’t have the minestrone soup scheduled for dinner, I replaced the pasta for lunch with the soup. Easy enough, now I still have pasta in my cupboard for another week!

If you’re unsure if you and your family will like one of the meals, or if you’re unsure how much the recipe will actually make; give your schedule some wiggle room.

Have back up meals with ingredients that won’t go bad. Or, if you do end up with too many perishables that you can’t get to with meals that week; try freezing them, or making some snacks out of them. Try smoothies or juicing if you have extra fruits and veggies!

Also, don’t forget about snacks and drinks, especially if you have kids!

And, remember, plans don’t always go as they should; don’t be afraid to move meals around when something comes up.

It’s not set in stone, and as moms, it’s sometimes hard to come up with the energy to make an extravagant meal, even when planned. Have some easy meals in the mix for those particularly hard days!

When you’re set with your meal plan and are happy with how it looks, head on to step 5.

Step 5 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: Make your grocery list!

Consider what you already have in your cupboards, fridge, and freezer (if you subscribed to get my meal planner above, you’ll also get a cute printable for writing down what you have in each of these places and a place to write down your grocery list for 3 weeks!).

Then estimate how much everything, that you don’t already have at home, that you need for your planned meals and snacks, will cost.

Is it within your budget? If so, great!!

If not; you have a little bit of editing to do with your meal plan.

This is why you wrote your meal plan in pencil! Or, at least I hope you did. If not, then you may have to rewrite it, or not mind things being crossed off and changed!

If you need to edit it; you’ll want to see if you have any obviously expensive meals you can replace with cheaper meals, or even swapping out some of the ingredients; so it’s not so expensive.

Do you have a lot of dishes with beans and veggies planned for the week; use any leftovers to make a soup one night.

Or, even doubling your dinner recipe to provide lunch for the next day; this can be cheaper than making two different meals, or worse, eating out!

When you’re done editing your meal plan to fit within your budget you can move onto the next step.

Step 6 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget: Go grocery shopping 

If you really want to stay in your budget, you may want to go alone, too!

I know when my family goes with me grocery shopping, we never stay in our budget.

There’s too many people looking at all the food and the ads in the store.

It just doesn’t work!

I’ll have a nice neat grocery list with everything I need, and then my husband will say that he doesn’t like sticking to a list and adds in about $40 worth of food! It’s even worse when I ask him to pick up a few things at the store on his way home from work. I’ll ask for things that cost about $10 altogether, and he’ll come home and had spent $35. It’s a struggle sometimes to stay in budget!

So, my advice is to go alone, on a full stomach, and with a good list, and don’t stray from the list.

When I was the working parent (and worked 3pm to midnight), I’d always get groceries after work by myself and always stay within budget! (It’s so peaceful getting groceries when hardly anyone else is in the store!)

Also, don’t forget to download the Ibotta app on your phone; it’ll give you cash back depending on what you buy! Their offers change, but they range anywhere from bananas to name brand food to diapers! My first month using Ibotta I got $26 cash back, no joke! (Update: I’m up to ~$100 now!)

Step 7 for Making a Healthy Meal Plan on a BudgetMeal prep 

Believe it or not, this can actually be one of the toughest steps of all!

But, don’t worry, it’s totally worth it; you can even recruit your kids, if they’re old enough.

My girls love helping me in the kitchen. They even sometimes get mad at me if I make something without them; and they’re 5 and 2!

And, you know what?

Anyone can plan to do well on a budget. But, to go through with it and make it work; that’s another story!

And with food, part of making your budget work is eating what you actually plan and having it ready for you and your family so you don’t hear the headache inducing question of “what’s for dinner?”

If you skip this step you may be tempted to eat out, grab some fast food, or make another stop at the grocery store for convenience foods; like a frozen pizza. Simply because it’s easier!

This is what we’re trying to avoid here!

So, go through those recipes you have planned and see what you can prep ahead of time. Are you making a soup that needs chopped veggies? Need to cook some dried beans for chili later in the week?

Spend an hour or so when you come home from grocery shopping and prep all the food you can for the week.

This will prevent you from eating out because you don’t feel like cooking, and it’ll make sure the ingredients don’t get used for something they’re not intended for. I know from experience how frustrating it is when you plan a meal, go to make it, and realize someone else in the home used one of the key ingredients for something else.

Plus, if you suffer from the ‘mom, I’m hungry’ syndrome that kids have everyday between lunch and dinner; simply prep some snacks for your kids and show them where they are. I do this for my 5 year old and she loves it. It helps her feel more independent and lessons the stress for me.

Need help meal prepping, go here.

To Sum up all the steps…

  • Step 1: Work out your food budget
  • Step 2: Figure out your Food Necessities

  • Step 3: Find out what meals you want to eat for the next week or two!

  • Step 4: Schedule your Meals (in pencil)

  • Step 5: Make your grocery list!

  • Step 6: Go grocery shopping

  • Step 7: Meal prep 

I know meal planning isn’t easy, and for some people it’s not much fun, either (like for my husband who refuses to meal plan with me).

And, I know at first it can be overwhelming, but after a couple of meal planning sessions, you’ll get better at it and won’t mind it so much.

It may even start to bring you some relief, knowing that you’re done with it and knowing what you and your family will be eating for the week.

I hope you found this step by step guide useful and find that it saves you money each and every week!!

Please share with friends and family!!

And, don’t forget to grab your free 2 week meal plan printable to help you out with meal planning!!

Want to eat healthy but don't think it will fit in your families budget? Think again! Use this step by step guide to eat healthy when meal planning weekly, biweekly, or monthly. (This works for whatever size family you have, for 2, for 4, for 6, it doesn't matter.) This guide is easy to implement and allows you to choose kid friendly meals; it starts with finding your grocery budget, to making grocery lists, all the way to meal prepping!

References:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/01/grocery-costs-for-family/2104165/

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10 Nutribullet Benefits for Moms

Looking for new ways to raise healthy kids and be an awesome mom? Check out 10 nutribullet benefits to help with your childrens health, provide them with the nutrition they need, and make green smoothies for them and yourself to increase your energy!!

10 Nutribullet Benefits for Moms

Have you ever wanted to be healthier, but don’t know where to start?

Or, know that as a mom, you probably should start caring about your own health, now that you’re responsible for another human beings health, as well?

Well, what if I told you that it doesn’t have to be hard or take an hour of prep work to start being healthier, for yourself and child(ren)!?!

What if I told you that you can add at least 3 more fruits and veggies, along with amazing (and cheap) super foods, into your diet in about 5 minutes a day?

And, what if, the same small appliance that can help you do that can also grind oats into flour, for healthier desserts like cookies and muffins, and make home made baby food and baby cereal. No more buying baby food at one or two dollars a serving! No serving your toddler, or older child, baked goods with nutrient lacking white, or all purpose, flour!

As a mom, I think we could all appreciate something that allows us to provide healthier food to ourselves and our children, while saving money and possibly even time! A nutribullet can do all of that for us, plus more!

Why I Honestly Love it SO Much

I got my nutribullet over four years ago as a Christmas present!

I had been doing my research and comparing it with other products similar to it, and I so hoped that someone in my family would be awesome enough to get it for me. (At the time it was more expensive than it is today and my husband was laid off from his job right before Christmas that year.) I was so thankful that his grandma bought for me, it’s helped me out in so many ways since then!

I’m much healthier because of it, and others see me as much healthier, as well.

Ask anyone I’ve worked with when I worked outside the home! People saw me as super healthy, especially when they saw me drinking something green in the break room.

I was like the health guru, wherever I worked, or at least that’s how it made me feel!

I have used this small machine almost everyday since I’ve gotten it, over 4 years ago, and there is no sign that it’s going to break down anytime soon! If I don’t use it to make a nutriblast (the healthy smoothies it creates by pulverizing fruits and veggies), then I use it for something else, like grinding oats for flour, or flaxseeds to make flax eggs.

Ok, ok, I may be a bit of a health nut. But, is that really a bad thing to be, as a mom?

strawberry pineapple smoothie recipe
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

Let’s get onto those 10 Nutribullet Benefits for Moms!

Nutribullet Benefits #1. It’s fast

On average, it takes about 20 seconds to make a nutriblast.

It may take 10 to 20 seconds longer to grind oats for flour.

But, with the power this product has, it doesn’t take long to get the consistency you are looking for, no matter what you grind or blend!

Nutribullet Benefits #2. It’s Safe

The nutribullet is safe to use, not only for you as an adult, but also for kids.

My 5 year old helps me use this all the time, she actually gets upset when I don’t let her help, because she thinks it’s so much fun to use!

The part with the blade screws onto the cup and can be difficult for a child, or yourself, to get off quickly so you don’t have to worry about chopping off a finger with a blade before it stops blending, like with a regular blender. And, when you’re using it, the cup can lock into place on the base.

This way you can lock it onto the base and let your little one hold onto it, making them think they’re doing it all by themselves; just help them, or unlock it, when they’re done!

Note: You must supervise little ones with the nutribullet to ensure safety. Do not let them use it all by themselves, it could potentially be dangerous.

Nutribullet Benefits #3. Everyone around you will envy you for your good nutrition

No joke on this one. I used to work at call centers and I’d always bring a nutriblast to work to drink.

I would always get so many comments when drinking it. From disgust because it was green, to people who wish they had the will power to eat as healthy as I do, and not just buy something from the vending machine!

So, if you want to start being thought of as a health guru where you work, or just want to be seen as healthy; start bringing and drinking these at work!

Some people have even seen weight loss after starting to use the nutribullet. I never used it as a weight loss aid, but anything that will help you eat more fruits and veggies, and less junk, is always going to have the potential to help you lose weight!

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Nutribullet Benefits #4. Show your kids how delicious it is to be healthy!

As moms, we want our kids to be healthy, but we don’t want to have to shove veggies down their throats. So, let’s meet them in the middle and make them milkshakes and ice cream!

Kids love desserts, and we love for them to eat what’s good for them. The nutribullet makes it possible for both of us to get our ways! If you need suggestions on how to make delicious desserts for your kids using the nutribullet; check out this post!! Or, use my go to smoothie recipe from below!

Add the healthiest ingredients into your kids favorite desserts, without them even knowing!

Nutribullet Benefits #5. Teach your kids how EASY it is to be healthy!

Using a nutribullet is so easy, a kid can use it; so let them.

(Make sure you supervise, though, you know your child better than I do and whether they will need help or not. Maybe, pretend to let them help…)

There’s no better way to teach a child to be healthy than to be a good example and let them experiment with food themselves. They are much more likely to try eating something healthy if they are the ones who made it!

So, let them see you use your nutribullet and drink your nutriblasts on a daily basis. If they’re anything like my girls, you won’t be able to finish it without sharing!

Pretty soon they’ll be asking for their own and begging you if they can help make it!



Nutribullet Benefits #6. It Pulverizes ingredients, making it easier to digest

The nutribullet isn’t just a blender, it’s an extractor!

It extracts the nutrients from the fruits, veggies, and other healthy ingredients you put into it; making them more easily digested by our bodies. Which in turn provides us with more health benefits than a regular blender ever could!

This makes nutriblasts the perfect revitalizing drink for when you start to feel low on energy or simply not feel at your best. It literally takes only about 5 minutes for me to start feeling better after starting to drink a nutriblast! (More specifically, the recipe above!)

Nutribullet Benefits #7. It Can Replace multiple Small Kitchen Appliances to save you valuable space!

So far, I’ve replaced 3 of my small kitchen appliances with the nutribullet!

  1. a blender
  2. coffee grinder
  3. and baby bullet

It saves me space in my small kitchen by having multiple functions, and it saves me money and frustration by not having to deal with blenders that wear out, and replacing a baby bullet that fully gave out within a year! This appliance is still going strong after 4 years of everyday use!

Nutribullet Benefits #8. It comes with a Healthy Recipe Book

The recipe book isn’t just full of nutriblast recipes, it has information about how to eat healthy, and basically a meal plan to help you eat better!

There’s a recipe for a wrap with quinoa in it, that’s just amazing!

It’s focused on real foods, not processed or chemically laden foods like weight loss companies.

With the nutribullet, it’s all about health and getting the most out of real food that you can!

Just like my free recipe ebook that’s mother and child approved; get my recipe ebook here!

Nutribullet Benefits #9. Helps save food, and time!

If you’re sick of buying produce because you’re trying to be healthy, and then having it all go to waste, then you need this!

First off, you could use that produce in your nutriblasts to actually be healthy.

It only takes about 5 minutes to prep, make one, and clean up.

Secondly, you could simply buy frozen fruit and veggies to make nutriblasts; no more wasting money on fresh produce that’ll go bad before you even wash or cut it up!

And, third; if you notice you have produce about to go bad in your fridge, quickly extract all the nutrients, pour it into an ice cube tray and save it for making nutriblasts in the future!

(I do this with avocados when they’re about to go bad; they’re too expensive to got to waste!)

Nutribullet Benefits #10. Easy to Clean

We all know how important it is to clean our kitchen appliances after using them, even if they’re a pain in the butt to clean (I’m looking at you, juicer).

But, with the nutribullet, it’s super quick and easy.

After using it, (don’t forget to take the rubber piece out of the part with the blade) wash in hot soapy water.

There’s no hard parts to get to, or special cleaning tool you need, and you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself cleaning it!

If you do feel like you need something special to get under and in between the blades, a bottle brush with the nipple cleaning attachment works perfectly! (Or, a toothpick.)

Or, you could always do it the lazy way and add warm water and soap in the nutribullet and blend it like you would a nutriblast!

But, I prefer to wash the parts in the sink (not the motor part, though, that’ll probably ruin it; just wipe that part down if it gets dirty).

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Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

Why I Personally Recommend It

This little machine has done me wonders over the past four years.

When I first started working full time after I gave birth to my oldest daughter, coffee was not enough to give me the energy I needed through out the day.

So, I tried a little experiment and brought a nutriblast to work to sip on instead of coffee!

I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of energy I had to stay awake during the training and the tedious everyday tasks at my job; it was amazing!

Even now, staying home with my two girls, if I start to feel faint, or just sick or weak; I make myself a nutriblast, sit down on the couch, and start drinking it. Within 5 to 10 minutes after I start drinking it; I feel better!

I have my energy back and I’m ready to take on the rest of the day!

My girls tend to get a few sips of it, too. I can never have one all to myself!

So, if you’re serious about being a healthy mom with energy to get through each and every day, and providing your little ones with healthy baked goods, home made baby food, or delicious (and healthy) ‘milkshakes’, then I’d highly recommend this product!

 

Looking for new ways to raise healthy kids and be an awesome mom? Check out 10 nutribullet benefits to help with your childrens health, provide them with the nutrition they need, and make green smoothies for them and yourself to increase your energy!!

Know anyone researching the Nutribullet, or trying to be healthy; share this honest nutribullet review with them!

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8 Steps to Raising a Vegan Child

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Have you ever wondered how you can best nurture your children with food?

Provide them with the best nutrients on this planet?

Well, when thinking of this, one of the first things that comes to mind is probably to give them tons of fruits and veggies.

Why?

Because they come from the earth, and are loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that our bodies need to thrive.

But then, why do some people criticize vegans so heavily for not eating meat?

(Seriously, it’s literally rotting carcass. How is someone supposed to thrive eating rotting carcasses?)

Because our society, at least in the U.S., has been brainwashed to believe that we need a ton more protein than we really do; or that vegan sources of protein aren’t good enough (which is certainly not true).

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A Stupid-Simple Way to Get Toddlers to Eat Veggies

How to Start Eating Healthy Again (after getting off track)

As you’re reading this, I’m not going to sugar coat things.

I’m not going to tell you that everyone is going to be happy with your, or your child’s decision, to eat a vegan diet.

But, the closer your diet gets to being completely plant based; the better you’ll feel and the healthier your child will be!


**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitian or a professional nutritionist. I simply believe in eating well for people of all ages, and I believe that a whole foods plant based diet is eating well, whereas processed foods are not.

With that being said, I have a step by step guide to help you feel a little more confident when helping your child transition to a vegan diet!

Raising a Vegan Child Step 1: Congratulate yourself, or your child

…for wanting to eat healthier, and aiming to avoid the Standard American Diet (and all the chronic diseases that come along with SAD). You’ll also be sparing the lives of innocent animals, promoting a sustainable way of living, and many other great things!

They’ll learn to treat their body with respect by feeding it the right food.

They will be healthy from the inside out, and not have to worry about health concerns that others may eventually encounter on standard american diet.

Raising a Vegan Child Step 2: Do your research

If you know nothing about nutrition; now is the time to start learning!

Research the nutritional needs of children.

There are going to be plenty of people criticizing you for allowing your child to be vegan; you better have a response for all of the remarks they make and questions they have for you. Such as the oh so famous question of ‘how do they get enough protein without eating meat?’.

Apparently, when you tell someone that you or your child is vegan, or even vegetarian, they immediately assume the only way to get enough protein is by eating animals; they don’t believe that beans, tofu, or veggies have nearly enough!

To be polite, as you should be, calculate the amount of protein a child needs; then show them the labels on the food your child eats. For produce, you can bring up a nutrition label online….Or, tell them to mind their own business, as they should. Because you know best for your child!

Related Post: 10 Myths of a Vegan Diet (the assumptions vegans hate)

During your research, if you feel you can’t find all the information you’re looking for; don’t be afraid to reach out.

Whether you reach out to an online vegan community, nutritionist, or other people you know in real life who are vegan or on a plant based diet; there are plenty of resources out there, you may just need a little help finding them. You could even search for facebook groups, there are some vegan or plant based facebook groups that have a ton of members in them and are really supportive! (As in, if you ask a question, you won’t have to wait too long for a response, and may even get hundreds of responses!)

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Raising a Vegan Child Step 3: Create a meal plan for your child

Create a meal plan for your child.

While you’re at it, create a family meal plan. If you’re not already vegan, join them on this life long venture; it’ll make it easier on them, and help you feel healthier, too!

The meal plan is to ensure proper nutrition for your child. And, to ward off those criticizers who think they know better than you; while they’re feeding their own kids processed junk and fast food.

All parents should meal plan to ensure the best nutrition for the children. Sadly, not enough parents do this. If you need help meal planning, read How to Make a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

 

Raising a Vegan Child Step 4: Buy some nutritional yeast

Seriously, go to the store and buy some. This stuff is great on vegan mac and cheese, pasta, cous cous, popcorn, or pretty much anything. Plus, it has the one vitamin that vegans may actually have to worry about getting enough of; vitamin B12.

The kind I get, which even Walmart sells, is Red Starr Nutritional Yeast Flakes. (See, you don’t even have to go to some fancy all natural, or organic store, to buy food for you vegan child.) It contains 130% daily recommended amount of vitamin B12 in one serving.

Raising a Vegan Child Step 5: Let your child’s doctor know the next time they go in

No need to make a special trip to the doctors to tell them this, unless your child has health concerns. But, if your child is in perfect health then there’s nothing to really worry about.

Always a good idea to let their doctor know, though. They may even be able to give you some recommendations!

But, don’t expect them to, most doctors aren’t required to learn a lot about nutrition. They have a medical degree, for knowing about medicine, not nutrition. Let’s just hope criticism of a vegan diet doesn’t come from the doctors office, too. It may just depend on where you live.


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates


When my oldest daughter was just a baby and starting to eat solids, her doctor said she could eat anything we eat.

Even more specifically, he mentioned that we could even start her eating meat.

She wasn’t even a year old yet!

I wasn’t vegan at that time, but I had been a vegetarian for about 13 years when he was telling my husband and me this information. So, there was no way I was about to feed my precious baby dead animals after keeping her on a healthy, home made baby food diet!

Raising a Vegan Child Step 6: Meal prep and save money!

If you’re big into saving money, there’s a ton of ways to do this for a vegan diet! Even more so than on SAD.

Don’t listen to those people who say they can’t eat healthy because it’s too expensive; that’s a complete lie, that they probably don’t even know.

Luckily, you don’t have to go into debt buying your child ‘special vegan food’. You’ll most likely be saving money, instead!

Ways to save money include (but aren’t limited to):

  • buy fruit and veggies in bulk by buying frozen
  • buy rice and beans dry and in bulk
  • tofu is cheaper than meat (believe it or not, I’ve been buying a pound of tofu a week for $1.44!)
  • don’t buy the processed fake meats (you don’t need them)
  • buy produce that’s in season
  • buy quinoa from the bulk section
  • chia seeds and flaxseeds last awhile, buy in bulk to save money (use in smoothies, or chia seed pudding!)

(Honestly, these are tips that anyone can use to save money, because all of these foods should be in everyone’s home if they’re trying to eat well.)

A lot of ways that you can save money with this diet is to buy in bulk and to buy items that last a long time.

Fortunately, that’s one thing that many vegan foods have in common, with a few exceptions.

With this being said, I hope you didn’t skip step 3 (create a meal plan). You’ll need this plan to figure out what you should prep for the week.

Do you need to soak and cook beans for later in the week?

Cook a large batch of brown rice?

Grind up some flaxseeds for smoothies? (Don’t add flaxseeds whole- they’ll go right through the digestive system. If you don’t want to grind them yourself; look for flaxseed meal. Or, invest in a nutribullet, it has no problem grinding flaxseeds; while making your smoothie at the same time!)

If you help getting started meal prepping and feeding your child, or yourself, healthy nourishing food all week, go check this out!! 

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Raising a Vegan Child Step 7: Feed your child

Now, there’s no sense in doing all of the work and then not feeding your child a healthy vegan diet. So, make sure you’re actually feeding your child these healthy meals and snacks to help them grow up nice and strong.

Don’t forget to meal prep to make your lives a thousand times easier, especially during the busy school year!

Also, let them have some say in which meals they want, and when, during the week. Or, let them help with the meal planning.

It’s hard enough being a child and not having much say in things. Give them choices to help them feel important and in control of what they are putting into their bodies.

If they chose this way of eating, then that’s probably a big reason why; they want the say in what they eat.

Let them be the ones making the healthy choices; it’ll go a lot further, and smoother, if they have control over it. They may even feel proud to make the right choices!

And, isn’t it completely worth it? To know that your child wants to eat to be healthy. It’s such a wonderful feeling, especially knowing that you helped and made every effort to make it possible for them and ensure outstanding nutrition for their health.

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Raising a Vegan Child Step 8: GO YOU!!!

Rejoice in the fact that you are supporting your child on a lightly taken path in life. A path to better health and a healthier planet. They couldn’t do this without you!

Just in case they don’t thank you for all your hard work and effort you put in, I’ll thank you for them. (*High five* ’cause I’m a 90’s kid at heart and that’s how we do.)

 

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If you feel that there is any other step that is missing, or have any more tips for raising a vegan child; feel free to leave a comment!

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How to Start a Plant Based Diet

How to Start a Plant Based Diet – an easy step by step plan for beginners

Did you just watch a healthy documentary, like What the Health?, Food Choices, or Food Inc.?

If so, then you’re probably wondering how to start a plant based diet, or at least improve your eating habits.

Maybe you’re unsure how to do that; it can be overwhelming at first. And, the first thing you may be tempted to do is to simply throw out all of the things bashed in the documentaries. If you have a very strong will-power and self-discipline and won’t simply go out and buy it again, go right ahead. But, most of us aren’t that strong.

Most of us need baby steps.

We need a plan to get us to where we want to be without being too uncomfortable, and without feeling we’re missing out on the unhealthy food surrounding us.

Some of us need to be told exactly what to do (or to eat), step by step. Some of us will rebel and not eat what we’re supposed to, simply to rebel. We need to strengthen our self discipline and self control. It will help us feel better, look better, and have enough energy to chase after our little ones. (Moms, you know what I’m talking about, especially with toddlers and driving around very busy older kids. No coffee needed, promise!)

I’m not going to tell you it’s going to be super easy and I’m not going to tell you that once you start this journey to health that you won’t slip up once in awhile, it happens.

What I am going to do is provide you with a step by step plan that will get you where you want to be in terms of your eating, if you follow it.

If you don’t follow the steps I provide, I can’t help you and you may have more difficulty than necessary.

p.s. Before we begin, I’m going to let you know some of the steps are baby steps, but you still need to do them.

 Step One for How to Start a Plant Based Diet: Decide How Badly You Want it

If you just finished watching a health documentary and are highly motivated; how long do you think that motivation will last?

It likely won’t last for more than a couple of weeks. You could keep watching documentaries for motivation.

Or, if you’re determined to go plant based, you need to show it. You need to feel the need to improve your life.

Basically, you need to determine how badly you want this lifestyle change.

If you kind of want it, but are unsure, you may not last very long; at least not without support.

If you know you want this, the next step is to think about why you want it so badly!

Step Two for How to Start a Plant Based Diet: Decide WHY You Want to Change to a Plant Based Diet

There are tons of reasons why to change to a plant based lifestyle or plant based diet. Some examples of why people change are below. Your reason why may be below, or it may not, but, take a look anyways. Maybe it’ll give you more than one reason why you should switch to a plant based diet!

Help reverse existing health issues

If you watched health documentaries, you know a plant based diet can do this. Do you have any health issues you want t reverse? (Psst….if you do, talk with a doctor or nutritionist who knows you and your condition before you change your diet. I am in no way a doctor, and it’s been years since I’ve even taken an advil.)

Prevent Health issues

If you don’t have any health issues or concerns, are there any health concerns that run in your family that you’d like to try to prevent? (I sure do. I feel like every other month I get notified of another health issue that a family member has.)

Improve your overall health and well being

This pretty much speaks for itself.

Have enough energy to be a better mom (and chase after your toddler).

I feel ya on this one, every time we go outside, my toddler darts towards the road, she’s just at that stage. I have to throw off my flip flops and dart right after her before she gets half way up the driveway. Luckily, I eat the same healthy food I feed her, so I can run after her when I need to!

Feel better and have a more clear mind

Have you ever felt ‘uhhhhg….’ or ‘blah’? I used to all the time, you can check out my journey to health if you want to know why.

Eating plants will help you feel good from the inside out!

Lose weight

Ridding your diet of processed foods will help you lose excess weight effortlessly, other than the change in what you eat.

Be a good example for your children and raise a healthier generation for the future.

Children copy what they see; if they see you eat healthy, they’ll start eating healthy. Simple as that.

Leave a lighter footprint on the earth

It takes more resources (land, water, etc.) for someone to eat meat or dairy, than for someone to eat a plant based diet.

Help reduce the number of animals being abused and slaughtered

This is obvious.

Help reduce health concerns of others who live near industrial sized farms and animal waste

If there’s less of a demand for animal products then they’ll be less industrial sized farms and less animal waste that is causing health issues for those living near them.

Help reduce the destruction of rain forest

This goes along leaving a lighter footprint.

Help reduce the amount of sea life that is being affected by target fish consumption

What do you think happens to all of the sea life that is pulled up in nets with the target fish that people eat?

Help save the Earth

I could go on, and on, and on. But, those are the major reasons people choose to switch to a vegan or plant based diet. If the reason you choose isn’t in the list, it doesn’t mean it’s not a great reason; it simply means it wasn’t one of the first things to come to my mind.

So, choose your why and hold on tight; it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

No, seriously, hold onto it; write it down and don’t forget it. There are going to be times when you’re tempted to quit, when others tell you you’re stupid for changing your diet like this and that you’re not going to get enough protein. They’re going to use all the myths against you, and you’ll have to remember and gain strength from your why, to stay on track.

Step Three for How to Start a Plant Based Diet: Go Through Your Kitchen and Remove Some Items

You want to do this anyways, so start, just don’t go overboard.

Start with the easiest things to get out of your diet. Maybe the items that you don’t really like but bought because at the time you thought they were good for you.

Then start weaning yourself from all other animal products and processed foods.

This is a lifestyle change, not a diet!

Unless you’re great at changing your life over night, which most of us aren’t; it’s better to go slow than not at all.

Step Four for How to Start a Plant Based Diet: Get Prepared

Do some research

Check out some of my other posts on eating healthy. Or, google your questions about going plant based, find a nutritionist if you think you’ll need one. Do the research you need to do to feel comfortable going plant based.

Prepare your answers for all the silly questions you’ll get.

  • Where do you get your protein?
  • What do you eat?
  • Aren’t you missing important vitamins and minerals that you can only get from meat?
  • When are you going to stop depriving yourself of nutrients?
  • How can you afford to eat healthy food?
  • Well, I guess you can’t eat out with us now, right?
  • Don’t you miss eating ‘cheese’? (Insert any non-plant based food into the sentence.)

Yes, some of these questions may sound very silly with what you know. Just be polite and answer honestly, and try not to sound annoyed, as hard as it may be.

But, seriously, go find a notebook or open up a notepad on your phone and write out the answers to these, that way you won’t be caught off guard when asked; you’ll already know what to say, and be able to say it with confidence!

Find recipes

I want you to go download the Pinterest app on your phone, if you don’t already have it. If you haven’t signed up for Pinterest; sign up!

Go ahead, right now! Make sure to follow me and use the search feature to find recipes that you’d like to try.

Create a few boards for recipes. Label one ‘recipes to try’, label another ‘recipes I like’, or anything that makes sense to you. This way you can keep track of the food you want to try, what you like, and you could even create a meal plan using the recipes you find on Pinterest.

If you already have Pinterest, or once you’re signed up, spend 10 or 15 minutes searching or plant based recipes that look good, and save them to try later!

Read some books, or get some cookbooks if you’re a book person.

Check out my influencer page on Amazon to see a few of the cookbooks I started with!


Follow some healthy bloggers- like me! Sign up for my email list here.

Following healthy bloggers will help provide you with the information you’re already looking for give you inspiration to keep moving forward, and give you more people to help support you in your journey towards better health!

Follow my friend, Farin at spiritedvegan.com, too! She’s a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, so you can be sure she knows what she’s talking about!

Step Five for How to Start a Plant Based Diet: Start Swapping out Foods

Instead of going straight from whatever you currently eat, to eating an all plant based diet with foods that are foreign to you; try swapping foods.

This is supposed to make the transition easier.

If you love hot dogs, try carrot dogs.

Swap out chicken nuggets for soy nuggets; they may still be processed, but it isn’t meat and you won’t notice the difference.

Do this for any animal products you eat or drink. Swap in soymilk for cows milk, make banana ice cream in place of store bought, and so on.

And, make sure you add in plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, and legumes. Add in so many of these that there is literally no more room fr the animal products.

Honestly, that’s the easiest way to do it. How can you continue to eat animal products when your diet is so full of all the healthy plant based food you eat? There’s no room left!

Step Six for How to Start a Plant Based Diet: Meal Plan and Meal Prep

This last step is the most important step in this how to guide.

It goes hand in hand with the last few steps. And, these are the steps that you’ll need to constantly repeat.

You’ll constantly be searching for more recipes to try, and inspiration for continuing on this healthy eating journey.

But, the one thing that will help you the most is creating a solid meal plan, and meal prepping each week.

These two actions will ensure you stick with your plant based eating goals.

They will also help you lose excess weight, save money, and save time!

Who doesn’t want that?

If you’re new to meal prepping, new to plant based eating, or just need more help than what this simple guide was able to give you; I highly recommend you check out Farin’s Plant-based meal prepping course, Wholly Prep.

Remember her from above?

She’s a Certified Holistic Nutritionist!

Wholly prep was designed to be the very next step after watching a health documentary or becoming inspired to take on a plant based diet.

It was designed to help you meal prep 21 meals in 2 hours (enough for the whole week)!

Meal prepping is the ultimate way to ensure your health, save you time, and save you money.

If you’re still feeling lost on how to start a plant based diet, or simply need more support or guidance; you need this course!

Even if you’ve come a long way in your journey to health, but just haven’t made it to where you want to be; you need this course!

So, go ahead and check it out.

If you’re hesitant about it, or investing in your health; sign up for the free trial.

Honestly though, your health is the one thing you should invest in. You only get one body for your entire life; you need to treat it right, with respect, and feed it the food and nutrients it needs!

This course will guide you, in an easy to understand way:

  • to become an expert in your own kitchen
  • reach your health and wellness goals
  • to feel confident that you’re feeding yourself the nutrients your body needs
  • to spend less money while eating healthier food
  • and a lot more!

(Psst….you’ll even get bonuses, including weekly Q&A sessions with Farin that her clients in real life pay quite a bit of money to receive. It’s like going to a certified holistic nutritionist without actually having to go anywhere.)

 

Don’t hesitate on signing up for Wholly Prep; it WILL change your life and improve it!

This is your health we’re talking about; you’re worth it.

How to Start a Plant Based Diet

How to Start Eating Healthy Again (after getting off track)

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How to Start Eating Healthy Again (after getting off track)

You know how it goes with eating healthy.

You start January first with all of this hope and excitement that this is going to be the year you finally keep that New Year’s resolution all year long and eBat healthy!

Then a month passes. Two and three more pass, then it’s summer and just eating whatever you feel like, or whatever is quickest for the kids and you so you can get back to doing what you were doing.

You loosen the reigns on your healthy eating habits, and it’s just a spiral down from there.

You’re welcoming soda, chips, and ice cream back into your body simply because it tastes good and it’s hot out.

You know you need to take control again and start eating healthy again, but maybe you need a little help; you know it’s not going to be as easy as you hope.

The best time to start eating healthy again is now, and you know it!

But, if you need a little more motivation, the next best time to start eating healthy again, after January first, s back to school time; everyone is getting back into habits. Waking up early, meal planning, getting on a set schedule; it’s the time for change, and it’s the time for you to start eating healthy again!

There are some things that will help you, though, that isn’t purely motivation. I’ve gathered 7 ways below to start eating healthy again, after you fell off track with you healthy eating habits (no matter how long you had them for).

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Start Eating Healthy Way #1: Clean Out your Fridge, Freezer, and Pantry

You know how hard it can sometimes be to eat healthy; don’t sabotage your efforts by keeping unhealthy food around!

Believe me, trying to eat healthy with unhealthy and easy to just grab and eat food (or food products) within your reach, is really hard. It’s like a hundred times harder. It requires some true self discipline and will power; something we may not have quite yet, and may be the reason we got off our healthy eating track in the first place.

So, do yourself, and your household, a favor, and get rid out the unhealthy food in your home.

You know this will help you in your efforts to eat better. So, just take five or ten minutes a day to do this until all you have left is healthy, and real, food.

Some things you’ll want to consider getting rid of:

  • processed snack foods (such as poptarts)
  • processed dinners (such as pasta sides or mac and cheese in a box)
  • white sugar and white flour
  • anything with high fructose corn syrup, or corn syrup (they’re the same thing)
  • anything with color dyes
  • anything with BHT
  • and basically any food product you find where you don’t know what the ingredients on the label are

*If you’re a smarty pants and know what every ingredient is on the label; make sure you only keep the foods that you know are healthy!

Looking for more to help you live a healthier lifestyle? Check out this year’s Healthy Living Bundle! It’s only on sale through 9/10 this year (2018), but will save you thousands of dollars on resources!. So take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

Start Eating Healthy Way #2: Stock Your Pantry for Success

While you’re in the process of ridding your kitchen of all the unhealthy food, you’ll want to start replacing the unhealthy food with healthy ones.

Some foods to consider keeping stocked:

  • Oats (lots of plain oats, we use old fashioned oats in my home)
  • Brown Rice
  • Dried beans (all or any)
  • Legumes, Lentils, and Split Peas
  • Quinoa
  • Peanut, Almond, or Cashew Butter
  • Nuts (any or all)
  • Dried Pasta (whole grain, veggie, or other)
  • Couscous
  • Tea (if you drink tea)
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Dates, raisins, other dried fruit
  • Spices (including cinnamon)
  • Nutritional Yeast (especially if vegan)
  • other healthy items…

If you live with someone else who does not have the goal to eat healthy (maybe, your husband, because some guys seem to be immune to gaining weight…), then you may need to compromise. You could split the fridge; half healthy and half unhealthy, just don’t cross the invisible line! Maybe, have one shelf, or one cupboard dedicated to their junk food (and make sure you don’t go into that cupboard.

It may be difficult, especially at first, but if that’s what you need to do, do it.

Start Eating Healthy Way #3: Meal Plan

I cannot say enough good things abut meal planning!

If you don’t already meal plan; you NEED to start ASAP.

Meal planning is a total game changer when yo’re trying to eat better. How are you supposed to know what you need to buy to eat healthy, if you don’t know what you’re going to eat for the week?

And, if you don’t buy everything you need for the week to eat, then you’re much more likely to eat out.

If you need meal planning templates, be sure to sign up in the form below to get them delivered to your email!

*Hint- eating out is not healthy, check out these 6 Healthy Eating Rules to Live By, to find out more!

Looking for more to help you live a healthier lifestyle? Check out this year’s Healthy Living Bundle! It’s only on sale through 9/10 this year (2018), but will save you thousands of dollars on resources!. So take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

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Start Eating Healthy Way #4: Meal Prep

Meal prepping is kind of like meal planning, but you can’t meal prep unless you have already meal planned and bought groceries for the week.

Meal prepping is where the magic happens for eating healthier!

It takes the barrier or not wanting to cook during your busy week right out of the equation.

It saves you time, money, and the need to think about what you’re going to eat.

No more dreading eating healthy because it can take time everyday to prepare your meals; do it all on the weekend in just a couple hours.

If you don’t know where to start with meal prepping, check this out! It’ll walk you right through meal prepping to improve your health and get your energy back!

Start Eating Healthy Way #5: Start Your Day Out Right!

I don’t know about you, but what I first eat or drink during the day sets the stage for my eating for the rest of the day.

Think about it.

If you start your day with coffee and a sweet, what are you going to want to eat for the rest of the day?

You’re probably going to keep craving sugar and caffeine (I know I do).

But, if you start the day with a smoothie, or some fruit and water, how does the rest of your day look in concerns to food?

Probably pretty good, huh?

Remember that before you head for the coffee and donuts while half asleep; grab some water and an orange instead!!

Try it for a few days and see how much you improve with your eating habits, I dare you.

Looking for more to help you live a healthier lifestyle? Check out this year’s Healthy Living Bundle! It’s only on sale through 9/10 this year (2018), but will save you thousands of dollars on resources!. So take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

Start Eating Healthy Way #6: Actually Eat what You Prepared

Alright, so meal planning, meal prepping, and starting your day right will always help set you up on the right path; staying on that path can be a bit trickier, though.

One of the hardest parts of eating healthy isn’t the planning, it’s actually sticking with what you planned and what you prepared to eat.

You can plan and prepare food til you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t stick to the plan and eat what you made then all that effort just went to waste.

I know this is hard, especially when you can order food and have it delivered to your door.

Our bodies are designed to crave fat and carbs and the densest foods out there. Unfortunately, the dense foods high in calories lack in nutrients and are high in empty calories.

This is where we need a little self discipline. It can be done, people eat healthy all the time. And, guess what? The more you eat healthy, the more you’re body will adjust and start craving the healthy food; and the less it’ll crave the unhealthy food. So, just stick with it, it will eventually get easier. It may take awhile, though, so be patient.

Start Eating Healthy Way #7: Drink Water to Help You Stay on Track

When all else fails; drink water.

Water has so many health benefits, it’s silly to not drink it.

You should be sipping on water all day long. Find a nice water bottle and bring it with you everywhere!

Water will help keep you on track eating healthy, it’ll help keep you full, hydrated, and it’ll help keep your energy up on a molecular level!

Many times when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually just thirsty, so drink some water and wait a few minutes. It can also help cure cravings (learned through personal experience). If you drink enough water you can help keep yourself satiated and calm a craving down to just a simple thought.

Try it for yourself and see if it helps!

It can be tough…

It can be tough to get back on track and start eating healthy again after you had stopped. That’s why you fell off track in the first place, but it’s never too late to try again….and again….and again!

Eating healthy is a journey, not a destination. There will be rough times, but they’ll also be amazing times. Like when you discover ‘Nice Cream’ and copycat healthier candy bars. Or, are eating a fruit salad, or smoothie bowl, for breakfast; nothing can beat those times when you find amazingly healthy and delicious foods!

But, you may need some help. You may need some encouragement, some fresh and healthy recipes that you haven’t tried before, information in the form of books. And, you’ll absolutely want support and guidance from others with the same goal!

Luckily, there is this awesome company who’s goal it is to bundle together thousands of dollars worth of products and put them on sale, with the permission of the creators of course, and sell them for about 98% off altogether! This year’s Healthy Living Bundle is only on sale through 9/10 this year (2018) and is even better than last years! So take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

The bundle this year has resources for:

  • raising healthy kids
  • gardening
  • wellness and selfcare
  • allergy free cooking
  • alternative health (such as if dealing with a health issue, like thyroid issues or crohns)
  • detox and reset
  • fitness and weightloss
  • home and beauty
  • homesteading
  • natural remedies
  • pregnancy and baby
  • real food
  • and recipes

There is a lot to it this year, and they aren’t just digital products that are useless or ones that the creators created to give away for free. These are solid digital products that, in general, aren’t cheap outside of this bundle. It includes full ebooks (some almost 400 pages!), courses, printables, and more! So take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

I’ve already combed through the resources and started on a few books. Sign up for my email list and let me know if you have any questions whatsoever about it! I’ll personally answer any question you may have! You can also always contact me here.

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Healthy Eating Rules

6 Rules to Live By When Trying to Eat Well

Have you been trying to eat well for some time now, but just can’t get it to turn into a habit?

Or, maybe you have, but you’re family is dragging you down by not eating well themselves, and you simply want to be like them, or everyone else in this country. You just want to give into your food desires and eat to your hearts desire.

Unfortunately, how most people eat in this country is not healthy and will, at some point or another, lead to some type of chronic disease. Unless, of course, someone is lucky enough to have amazing genes where what they eat doesn’t affect their health as much as it does for others. But, generally speaking, that’s not your case, or mine.

As we get older, the more important it is for us to eat well, and to eat for health, not comfort.

Whether you’re completely new to eating well, or have been at this for awhile; you’ll benefit from following the rules below!

Looking for more to help you live a healthier lifestyle? Check out this year’s Healthy Living Bundle! It’s only on sale through 9/10 this year (2018), but will save you thousands of dollars on resources!. So take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

Rule #1 for Eating Well: No ‘Eating Out’

This includes fast food.

It also includes dining out at restaurants.

Do you have any idea how much fat and sodium are in those meals?

Do you know where the food came from, or how it was prepared?

Do you even know what they put in their dishes?

If you’ve ever counted calories or macro-nutrients, you may be quite terrified to find out!

So, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, or at least eat well; do yourself (and your wallet) a favor, and don’t eat out!!

This is rule #1 for a reason.

It’s so easy to give in and eat out, especially if you’re tired and don’t know what you want to eat.

Don’t Give In!

Rule #2 for Eating Well: Drink WAY More Water than you Think you Need

Have you ever heard of water weight?

It happens when people don’t get enough water. In simple terms, it’s when your body holds onto all the water you drink because it doesn’t know when it’ll get more. (Same thing happens on starvation diets and not being able to lose weight; so don’t do those!)

You may even be dehydrated and not even realize it!

One way to tell, other than feeling thirsty, is by checking the color of your pee. Yes, I said it, and it’s true. It’s the one thing I actually still remember from my tenth grade health class. Your pee should be clear when you’re drinking enough water. If it’s not clear, go drink some water, NOW!

I’d also recommend investing in a nice water bottle, that’s easy to clean and bring with you everywhere.

Rule #3 for Eating Well: Avoid Processed Foods Like the Plague

This includes soda, frozen meals, canned soup, and especially anything with ingredients that you aren’t sure what they are.

If the food you’re about to eat has more ingredients in it than the number of apps on your phone; just throw it out. It’ll do you and your body no good. Same with food with ingredients that you can’t pronounce or don’t know what they are.

Or, at least use your smart phone to look up what the ingredients are if you don’t know. That way you’ll at least be able to make a more informed decision.

But, if you’re serious about eating well; simply rid your home of all processed foods. They’re created to be shelf stable and last a long time. Can you guess where else they will last a long time if you eat them?

Looking for more to help you live a healthier lifestyle? Check out this year’s Healthy Living Bundle! It’s only on sale through 9/10 this year (2018), but will save you thousands of dollars on resources!. So take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

Rule #4 for Eating Well: Eat All the Fruits and Veggies You Want

Meaning; add them into everything, include them at every meal and snack. Sneak them into muffins, burritos, pancakes, and everything else you can!

Fruits are natures candy and the ultimate ‘fast food’.

Veggies provide so many vitamins, minerals, fiber, and even protein!

No one ever said you have to eat them plain. Add spices or seasoning to them, cook them, bake them. You could even sneak veggies into your own food, not just your childrens. Or, do what I do and make green smoothies!

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Rule #5 for Eating Well: Keep a Running List of New Meals to Try

One thing that will ruin your good eating habits before it turns into a healthy lifestyle, is becoming bored with your food.

If you’re not a chef or a recipe creator, then there’s probably only so many ways you can figure out how to pair rice and beans to taste well together. (For me and my family, adding lime juice is not one of them!)

So, you may want to consider picking up a healthy eating cookbook, if you’re a book nerd like me. My husband buys me one every year. Or, look up new recipes or meal ideas online. Pinterest is a gold mine for this kind of stuff, go ahead and follow my healthy recipe board for fresh ideas!

Let other members of your family choose new healthy meals to try, too. Who knows, maybe something they chose, that you would never personally choose, will end up being a new favorite!

Rule #6 for Eating Well: Meal Plan and Prep

If you don’t already at least meal plan; Start NOW!!

Meal planning and prepping will save you time, money, and the stress from having to figure out what to eat on the spot.

This is the one rule that will help you avoid eating out, ensure that you eat your fruits and veggies, and keep processed foods out of your diet.

Eating Well Rules…

These rules are here to help you eat better; if you break them then you are only hurting yourself.

You know, eating well is not easy, especially when you live with others who aren’t trying to eat well with you. It’s so tempting to just eat whatever, whenever. But, doing that is not good for your health, your waistline, or your wallet.

So, do yourself a favor and start following these rules. Even if you take it one day at a time, or implement one rule at a time.

It’s said that starting is the hardest part, but staying consistent isn’t a piece of cake either. Live your life to the fullest.

These rules will keep you on track for the happy, healthy lifestyle you crave. And, satisfying that craving is far better than satisfying any food craving!

Looking for more to help you live a healthier lifestyle? Check out this year’s Healthy Living Bundle! It’s only on sale through 9/10 this year (2018), but will save you thousands of dollars on resources!. So take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

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4 Simple Ideas to Save Money on Groceries and Eat Healthier!

Have you ever heard that it’s expensive to eat healthy?

Well, it’s a myth.

You can totally eat healthy without it putting a dent in your wallet. In fact, you can actually save money by eating healthier.

I’ve been using the ideas below for so long, I sometimes actually gasp when I hear that someone spends $500 a month on groceries. Then I immediately want to help them save  money on their groceries and give them the same simple tips.


Go here to learn how to meal prep like a pro to get the very most out of your money and improve your health!!

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Save Money on Groceries Idea #1: Focus on Produce to Eat Healthier

Everyone knows that eating fruits and veggies are good for you. They provide you with vitamins and minerals that you can’t get from other foods, and they’re simply the healthiest thing you can eat or feed your family.

But, one thing you may not know is that they are pretty cheap. As long as you’re buying in season, and not trying to buy, say berries in the middle of winter, then it’s far cheaper to buy produce than pre-packaged snacks for you family.

And, make sure you look for the deals. Bananas and apples are usually cheap all year long, so they’re a good bet! But, I also got 4 pounds of cherries the other week for less than $4, which is an amazing deal; so keep an eye out for deals like those and then freeze whatever you don’t eat before they go bad.

Don’t think of buying produce only for snacks, though. Sure, fruits are probably the number one snack you should be giving to your kids, either fresh, in baked goods, or smoothies.

But, veggies are so easy to include in lunches and dinners, whether it’s the main dish or a side.

I regularly make a mac and ‘cheese’ dish that my children love! It uses a cauliflower and carrot sauce in place of the cheese to add in some extra nutrients at no extra cost. Plus, veggies help bulk up and add fiber into meals, to keep you and your family full longer.

Looking for more to help you live a healthier lifestyle? Check out this year’s Healthy Living Bundle! It’s only on sale through 9/10 this year (2018), but will save you thousands of dollars on resources!. So take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

Save Money on Groceries Idea #2: Buy Frozen to Eat Healthier

Buying frozen is a great way to save money and eat healthier, if you do it right.

You know how produce goes in and out of season and the prices vary along with it. Well, with frozen fruits and veggies, prices don’t vary, they stay quite consistent. So, if you’re a big smoothie drinker, like myself and kids, then that bulk bag of frozen fruit you should be buying will always be the same price.

(I’ve done the math, it’s cheaper to buy that bulk bag of frozen fruit even when the same fruit is in season; remember, it’s already peeled, cored, and cut up; most fruit is priced by weight.)

Buying veggies frozen, and in bulk, will also help lower the cost of meals…and make sure your produce doesn’t go bad before you get to using it.

Just don’t confuse buying frozen foods to eat healthier with buying frozen food for convenience. Sure, it can be very convenient, and generally cheap, to buy the pre-made frozen dinners. But, those won’t do you any good when it comes to your health.


Save Money on Groceries Idea #3: Dried Foods Are Your Friends

Dried beans should be your best friends.

They are so cheap!

Same with bulk rice, pasta, legumes, and other dried food you can get in bulk.

Please, don’t get scared away by this tip. I used to run away whenever anyone said something had beans in it. And, I didn’t even know what a lentil or legume was until I took a nutrition class in college!

Lentils, legumes, and beans (and sad to say it, but also rice) were completely foreign to me before I had kids and started trying to eat healthy; now, I make sure I always have a stockpile of them. One of my back up meals is always rice, beans, and some type of veggie. I never knew how many ways there were to use those types of foods.

Buying dry is also cheaper than canned, when dried beans cook they double or triple in size! It may require a bit more planning, but it’s completely worth it.

If you still think it’s expensive to eat healthy; I dare you to start eating more beans, rice, and lentils. You’ll feel full faster, and so will your wallet!

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Try this recipe with rice and beans: Delicious Diced Veggie Vegan Burritos

Save Money on Groceries Idea #4: Meal Plan to Eat Healthier

Whether you already eat somewhat healthy, or if you’re way off track; have you ever gone to the store without having meal planned or having any type of list?

Now, maybe you’re fine without bringing a list, but maybe your memory is like mine and isn’t what it used to be before kids, so you know you’d forget something.

Whether you have a memory like mine, or not, do yourself a favor and write up a meal plan and grocery list. This way, you won’t be tempted to buy unneeded items at the store, and you’ll make sure you don’t forget an item you needed for a meal.

Just make sure you stick with your meal plan through out the week so food doesn’t go to waste. And, to make sure you don’t spend extra money on food out.

With a meal plan and getting only the food you know you need; you know there’s food at home to eat, so eat it. Don’t waste perfectly good food you already bought and don’t waste money on eating out!

Go here to learn how to meal prep like a pro to get the very most out of your money and improve your health!!

If you don’t like meal planning, try out $5 Meal Plans for FREE!

Learn more about creating your own meal plan:

How to Meal Plan (when you have no motivation to do so)

How to Make a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

Save Money on Groceries by Eating Healthier

So, if you believed in the myth that eating healthier was more expensive; you should know by now that it was indeed a myth!

In fact, it’s easier to eat healthier on a budget!

There’s less ingredients in the food you buy, therefore it’s healthier and cheaper.

Simply remember to plan your meals out ahead of time and only buy what’s on your list. Produce makes better snacks than processed snack foods (their more filling, too). And, dried beans are your best friends.

Feel free to ease yourself into eating healthier and saving money. It can be a hard change at first, but your body, wallet, and family will all thank you….eventually.

Don’t forget to sign up for Ibotta to SAVE even more on your groceries!!
And, sign up FREE for $5 Meal Plan or sign up for Wholly Prep to learn how to meal prep to improve your health!

What’s your favorite way to eat healthy on a budget?

Looking for more to help you live a healthier lifestyle? Check out this year’s Healthy Living Bundle! It’s only on sale through 9/10 this year (2018), but will save you thousands of dollars on resources!. So take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

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