The BEST Roasted Beets

I only became a fan of beets in the past year. I loved juicing them (I actually like the earthy taste) but I never ate them any other way.

Enter: roasted beets. I was inspired by my love of homemade sweet potato chips to try some beet chips as well. However, I realized that in my opinion, beets taste best crispy on the edges, and soft and slightly crispy on the insides. And for this recipe, you dont even need to peel the beets. Just make sure you scrub them first!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Step 2: Rinse and Scrub 1 large beet

Step 3: Slice into 1/4 inch (or slightly thinner) slices

Step 4: Toss beet slices in 1(ish) tbsp of avocado oil, and a bunch of salt.

Step 5: Spread beet slices out onto a pan. Make sure they aren’t touching! Bake for 12 minutes.

Step 6: Take beets out and flip! Bake for 12 more minutes.

That’s it! I top mine with goat cheese or eat them as is. You can leave them in a little longer if you want them more crisp. Up to you!

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Sprouting Seeds and Almonds – How to, and How Easy!

I first got interested in sprouting my own almonds after reading a post on Lil Sipper about how it is WAY better for your digestion, and also how easy it was to do it on your own. Buying sprouted nuts is really expensive, and with how easy it is to do it on your own, it is more cost effective to try it yourself! Here’s how:

Fill a mason jar about 3/4 way with raw almonds. Cover with water, and let sit overnight in the fridge. (About 10-12 hours). When you wake up, the almonds will have sprouted at the tip! I peeled mine because the skins are hard on your gut, but that is your choice. They are softer, but generally taste the same! Store in the fridge for freshness.

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Before –> After
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Now, seeds. My husband recently heard on a podcast that broccoli sprouts are one of the most nutritious veggies you can consume. They are SUPER high in enzymes, which boost the immune system. They are high in antioxidants. The nutrients and minerals in sprouts are easily and more rapidly absorbed into the body. AND! The best part, they are high in sulforaphane, which is an anti-cancer compound. WHAT? It’s true. Sulforaphane is found in cruciferous veggies such as broccoli and cabbage, but it is super high in broccoli sprouts.

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My husband purchased organic broccoli sprouting seeds, as well as sprouting lids from Aozita on Amazon. Linked here.

Fill a quart mason jar about a half inch high with your seeds. Then, fill up the mason jar with water, and screw on your sprouting lid. Let it sit for 24 hours to soak. Then, drain the water from the sprouting lid (it has holes in it). Take the lid off, fill the jar with water, put the lid back on. Drain the water out through the holes, and then put the jar upside down on an angle (we leaned it against some dishes, or the wall). Every day for the next 4-5 days do the same thing. Rinse the sprouts, drain the water out, put the mason jar upside down on an angle. The sprouts grow FAST! After 4-5 days they will be edible. We usually freeze 1/2 for smoothies, save half fresh for toppings.

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First Step (2 broccoli sprouts, 1 wheat grass)
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End Result (1 wheat grass, 2 broccoli sprouts)

Let me know if you have any questions about the sprouting process! I can tell we will be doing this for a long time, and will experiment with other seeds and sprouts soon. Any you suggest? I’m thinking mung beans next!

Disclaimer: The wheat grass experiment was not as successful as it looks! It did not grow properly in the jar, which made it very difficult to get out and use for juicing. Although it looks fruitful, it really wasn’t. This is why I am not explaining how to grow wheat grass in a jar because I wouldn’t do it again, or recommend it.

Small, Easy Ways to Make Your Meals More Nutritious, Filling, and Delicious

  • There are MANY different ways to make your meals more nutritious, filling, and delicious, without adding too many ingredients, or ingredients that are too expensive, or hard to find.

Here are some ways I make my meals more nutrient dense:

Spinach under everything. Spinach has a very simple, hard to detect taste when it is put underneath your meals. And I don’t mean make every meal a salad. That’s just wrong. I mean, if you have a poke bowl with rice, put some spinach underneath it. In every bite you will have more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that you don’t even notice! If you’re having a burger for dinner and choose to have it without a bun, have it over greens. You’ll use a knife and fork to eat it anyways, so why not have the extra nutrients in every bite. Go organic!

Broccoli Slaw. Broccoli slaw is typically just shredded broccoli, carrots, and cabbage. Broccoli has way more nutrients than the typical slaw, so using it instead of normal cole slaw mix is definitely more beneficial for your body. Broccoli is high in fiber, vitamin C and K, iron, and potassium. I put it on my tacos, mix it in my salads, put it on top of burgers, put it in wraps, and mix it with lemon poppy seed dressing for cole slaw. It is located right by the regular cole slaw, and it’s usually pretty inexpensive. You can even make your own!

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Flax Seed Meal: Mix it in pancakes, put it in smoothies, put it in your muffins, or other baked goods. It thickens up whatever you are making, and adds protein, fiber, magnesium, and more.. I got a HUGE bag of organic Flax Seed Meal for cheap at Walmart.

Collagen Peptides: I started taking collagen peptides about a year ago, after seeing people using it with success on Instagram. Yeah, I got suckered in. But it was SO worth it. I’m hooked. I put a little less than 1 scoop in my coffee every morning, and I put it in my smoothies, baked goods, and sauces. In the original unflavored Vital Proteins collagen peptides, you cannot detect the taste or texture when mixed into things. My hair and nails have never been stronger! It is also a great source or organic, grass fed protein.

Let me know if these tips are helpful, or if you have any of your own!

 

 

Simple Dressings For Salads, Buddha Bowls, Veggies, and More!

When I’m making pretty much anything, I need a sauce to go with it. So over the past few years, I’ve tried to figure out what I can put on salads, sandwiches, etc., that has simple ingredients, is easy to make, and good for you. Some are only 1 ingredient! (You’ll see what I mean)

Pico De Gallo: The way I make it is simple, I throw 2 tomatoes, 1/2 onion, 1/2 jalepeño, a bunch of cilantro, and 2 cloves fresh garlic in a food processor. Pulse a couple of times. Then I add about 1 tsp salt, and a the juice of a lime. Pulse a couple more times. DONE!

Chimichurri: Another easy sauce that can be used on any meat or fish, but also as a great salad dressing or veggie dip! I usually just throw a bunch of cilantro or parsley, about 1/4 cup evoo, 3 tbsp red wine vinegar, 3-4 cloves garlic, and salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until your desired consistency. I also like to add a couple shakes of crushed red pepper. This isn’t a standard recipe for chimichurri, but I like to keep it simple. Click here for a great recipe for a standard chimichurri.

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Tahini Dressing: So this one I really eyeball the measurements, so feel free to adjust to your liking. Here is approximately what I do. I add 1 tbsp tahini, juice of a lemon, 1 clove fresh garlic, and salt and pepper to a bowl. Whisk until combined. PRO TIP! Leave the tahini out of the fridge to reach room temp before you use it, it will mix much more easily.

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HOT SAUCE: You guys, this is the easiest thing ever. If you like spicy, just add hot sauce. I do this on sandwiches, bowls, wraps, you name it. It’s the easiest way to add flavor, without adding all the extra sugar, weird ingredients, or calories.

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Hummus: Hummus is another one of my favorite condiments, or “sauces”. If you are buying store bought like I do, make sure it’s a brand that only uses organic, non-gmo, whole ingredients. Such as my favorite lately, Hope Foods! This flavor above is the coconut curry.

Balsamic: 1 ingredient! Just drizzle it on your salads, veggies, whatever! No olive oil is really needed unless you want to add some extra healthy fats like I do sometimes. I especially like balsamic on brussel sprouts, or a spinach salad with dried cranberries, walnuts, and crumbled blue cheese.

Let me know if you try any of these dressings, or if you have any other recipes for me to try!

How to Save Money on Groceries – 3 Easy Steps

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Below is how I save money at the grocery store using 3 simple steps, that are NOT time consuming! We are all busy in different ways, and I hope these tips help you save time, AND money the next time you go to the store.

Download your grocery store App – these apps have extra coupons, and the Safeway App has a “Just 4 U” section where there are digital coupons for things you usually buy, which they track using your club card.

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Download the Ibotta App. This is a way to get money back after buying your groceries. How you use it is, you browse the app for items/groceries at the store you will be shopping at. Each item has a different amount of cash back. For example, any brand of organic milk might be on there, and you would receive $.50 back. Or maybe Drink Orgain protein powder would be on there, and you would receive $5 cash back. I have only been a member for 2 1/2 months and I’m already almost up to $100 in cash back!

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Check your mailbox. I am NOT one to scour the weekly ad for coupons, however often my grocery store and even my local organic grocery store will mail out large coupons for 20% off your total, or $5 off $25. Just throw it in your wallet next to your method of payment and you won’t forget to use it!

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Using these simple steps, over the past 4 months I have saved hundreds of dollars on my grocery bill. Seriously! And it is NOT time consuming. I spend about 5-10 minutes before I go grocery shopping looking over the 2 apps, and sometimes I make my list based on what is on sale at safeway, OR by what Ibotta has great cash back on.

For example: I absolutely LOVE Perfect Bars They sell a giant 12 pack of them at Costco for about $20. Now, that is pretty expensive for a convenience food. (They sell for usually around $3 each at the grocery store). The Ibotta app had a $5 cash back offer on them, so I bought a box. I got $5 back in my Ibotta account which can be taken out as cash, an Amazon gift card, a Whole Foods gift card, and much much more.

I am in no way sponsored by any of the companies mentioned above, I am just passionate about spreading the word of how easy it is to save money using simple tools right at your disposal!

If you download the Ibotta app, use my referral link, linked here, and we will both save money. How else do you save money at the grocery store?

Self-care Doesn’t Have To Be Fancy Or Expensive, You Just Need YOU.

When I have been reading about self-care lately, I can’t help but think…how do these people afford this EVERY Sunday? Fancy non-toxic manicures, 8$ matcha lattes, massages, collagen eye masks, the list goes on and on.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things! BUT! It IS possible to create self-care without breaking the bank.

So, here are some ideas to treat yo’ self. I believe that self-care doesn’t always have to be about BUYING things, or have to be super time consuming. It’s about making some alone time for just you, even if it’s just 5 minutes.

  1. Bathtub, and wine.
  2. Coffee by yourself outside with a book or podcast.
  3. DIY facemask – just honey! Or if you’d like to purchase a super affordable one, my favorite is Aztec Healing Clay. I got it on Amazon for 6 bucks. It lasts forever.
  4. Play an instrument.
  5. Take a solo walk through a new trail or park WITHOUT headphones.
  6. Coloring – a great meditation technique as well.
  7. At home yoga practice.
  8. Write down 10 things you are grateful for.
  9. Spend time making a healthy meal for yourself or your family that YOU enjoy.
  10. Watch that movie/show on Netflix you’ve been meaning to dive into.
  11. Blast some music
  12. Read wellness blogs for new ideas 😊

What are your favorite affordable self-care ideas?

Healthy, Filling, One Bowl Dinner Ideas To Break Up Your Routine

These one bowl dinners are easy to make, can be meal prepped ahead, and are relatively low in carbs, higher in healthy fats. Hopefully these combinations of ingredients will help you to implement something new into your meal prep routine.

Enjoy!

Organic spinach topped with sliced chicken sausage, chopped then roasted yellow beets and sweet potatoes, some goat cheese, and a homemade tahini dressing.

Organic spinach topped with quinoa, homemade guac, mango salsa, black beans, edamame, and fresh jalepeños.

Organic kale and spinach topped with microgreens, pumpkin seeds, diced red onion, diced bell peppers, and hemp seeds.

Organic chopped kale topped with shredded carrots, sliced red onion, pine nuts, and a fancy avocado rose.

Organic chopped kale topped with a skin on, bone in chicken thigh, roasted asparagus, and roasted carrots, with a homemade tahini dressing.

Organic chopped kale topped with walnuts, shredded carrots, sliced red onion, and dried cranberries.

Organic spinach topped with sauteed eggplant, roasted delicata squash, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, sesame seeds, and a homemade sriracha tahini sauce.

Notice a pattern? I ALWAYS start with a base of leafy greens in my bowls. It just adds volume and extra vitamins and nutrients to my meal.

Tahini dressing recipe: equal parts tahini and lemon juice (about 1-2 tbsp), dash of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.