Since getting my first full-time job, I honestly can't remember the last time I didn't meal prep for my work week. Seriously. I know that sounds crazy but it is so habitual for me, it would feel weird not to. Why did I create this habit? For one I've always been health conscious. After graduating from USC, I knew I wouldn't have the flexibility of cooking at home in the middle of the day. I also began to fully understand the value of a hard-earned dollar. I wasn't going to throw money away at overpriced lunches when I could make just as satisfying meals from home. Aside from the calories, added sugars, and unhealthy fats that come with dining out
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Pumpkin rightfully holds a lot of the spotlight this time of year. However, I think it's about time to give it's close running-mate a little bit of the stage. If we're being honest, I would choose an apple crisp or pie over pumpkin any day! Oh yes, I said it. Come for me pumpkin police! I love the tangy and sweet taste of apple. I also love the crisp texture of raw and the soft, gooey texture of baked apples. Unfortunately, eating apple crisp on a regular basis would make me feel sluggish, bloated, and give me crazy blood sugar crashes. That doesn't mean I'm not enjoying the decadent taste of baked apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and buttery almonds. Instead,
The best part of October? Well other than it being my birthday month, the excuse to eat more chocolate (and cake... or chocolate cake)! Unfortunately, most store-bought Halloween treats are filled with artificial ingredients, tons of extra sugar, and trans fats up the wazoo! Homemade Snickers bars are great - if you have two extra hours to spare to food process and an extra paycheck to buy all the necessary ingredients. Stop the discrimination! I believe busy girls should also be able to enjoy healthier homemade sweets too. So, I came up with a delicious and healthy Halloween (or anytime) dessert recipe that only looks like it took lots of effort! It’s blood, no guts, no brains, no raspberry topping!!
It's October, so naturally I'm due for a delicious and super nutritious pumpkin recipe. Oh yes, count me in for this #pumpkineverything time of year! Pumpkin is the obvious superstar of fall. Go into Trader Joe's and you'll see aisle after aisle of pumpkin products - sauces, cereals, snacks, chips, teas, treats, and canned pumpkin itself. So why do we obsess over this special squash? For me, it's its creamy texture, rich taste, and nutrition value. It's the perfect butter alternative in healthy baked goods and flavorful addition to pasta sauces for my zoodles. It's also full of antioxidants vitamin-A, C, E, and radical fighting B-carotene. Not to mention, this fall gift also contains folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin,