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Foods You Should Know About: Beets

As we’re heading into the summer months, I’m reaching more for the fruits and the veggies! I like to cool off from my morning runs with a smoothie. Another great hidden gem for smoothies is beets. Beets are a GREAT veggie if you’re a runner or just want to round out your diet!

Beets

What are Beets?

Beets are the lovely red veggies that Dwight Schrute loves (any fans of The Office?). I’m sure you’re aware that a well rounded diet eats fruits and veggies of colors. Beets may not seem like the easiest veggie to prepare but it’s loaded with many vitamins and minerals, which leads me to my next point.

Why Should I Eat Them?

See that red color? It comes from the many different antioxidants in the vegetable. The antioxidants contained in beets are very helpful for eye and nerve tissue health. There’s still additional studies on how much beets enhance the health of the eyes and nerve tissue but you’ll be on the safe side with a normal dose of beets in your diet!

Beets also contain many anti-inflammatory benefits. Due to the unique phytonutrients present in beets, you get to experience the ant inflammatory effects! This along with the high fiber content of beets makes it a big candidate for those who wish to reduce the risk of certain cancer types. How we nourish our body is very important and I think beets are a big player!

Beets

How Should I Eat Them?

If you are lucky enough to have a Vitamix, beets are great in juices and smoothies! Try this recipe! A way I enjoy my beets is in a cold pressed juice from JuiceLand near my spin studio. I actually really like the taste of beets but I know that isn’t the case for everyone which is why a juice is a safe bet. When purchasing a juice, make sure it is cold pressed with no additional sugar. You’ll typically find a juice that contains beets along with other fruits to “hide” the taste.

Foods You Should Know About: Tempeh

One of my “resolutions” this year was to eat meatless one day a week. Some weeks weren’t as easy but recently I have been bitten by the cooking bug and have been trying to many protein and meat alternatives! Tempeh and tofu have become some of my go to ingredients when cooking vegetarian meals. Even if you’re not planning to become a vegetarian soon, I would give tempeh a try! Continue reading Foods You Should Know About: Tempeh

Foods You Should Know About: Quinoa

Now, I don’t think I can consider myself a foodie if there’s certain food groups I will NOT eat. However, I do feel like I can share some of my favorite nutrition foods with you! I meal prep weekly and I try to keep it on the healthier side. Lately, most of my lunches have been vegetarian which has allowed me to venture out of my comfort zone. This will be a weekly series sharing a new food or ingredient that you should try to incorporate into your diet. This week’s ingredient is: QUINOA! Continue reading Foods You Should Know About: Quinoa

Why I Stopped Counting Calories

It seems like almost every day I hear about a new diet or a new way of eating. People swear by shakes, pills, wraps and what have you. Heck, I’ve even fallen into some of those weird ways of eating. However, one of the things I’ve stopped doing and I’ll never go back to is counting calories.

My obsession with food started back in college. Growing up, I knew I wasn’t the thinnest girl in class and I hit puberty rather early so I knew I was different. I really didn’t care though that’s how I looked and that was that. College was a different story.


I first realized I was different was when I went to a social that the sororities on campus were hosting. All these girls were so tall and beautiful! They looked like models compared to me. I was five foot, mocha skin, and curvier than them. I just accepted that I was different and moved on.
When I joined the ROTC program, my height was my enemy. According to the height weight standards I needed to be very thin for my height. Even though I was active and could still pass the physical fitness test, I faced expulsion from the program due to my weight. This brought on stress and starving myself before height weight to make the cut. This continued for multiple check ins until my time in the program was over. I don’t think I ever lost much weight but simply dehydrated myself so I can meet the measurements.

I began obsessing and cutting out high calorie foods. I tracked EVERYTHING I ate and I would do multiple workouts a day to burn enough calories. If I wanted to have some sweets, I would go on runs to be able to have one BITE of chocolate. However, not one pound went away. I began eating less and doing more. I would mix protein powders with water and count that as a meal because it was only 200 calories and I could use the rest on real food.

When I finally graduated from college, my body hated me. I weighed more than what I did before I started school and my stress was through the roof. My obsession was somewhat tamed during my first year out. I had just gotten married and started a new job. However, it came back with a vengeance soon after.

I broke down when I finally admitted to myself that I purposely would ignore my hunger and skip meals at work because I was worried about calories. I would suck on mints all day so I could eat a good dinner. That’s when I declared enough was enough.

The process of learning how to eat healthy without obsession took some time but I’m here now. Once I fed my body with nourishing whole foods, I began to lose weight. My running reached a whole new level and I was finally able to achieve goals that I hadn’t been able to when I was counting calories.

Feeding my body when I’m hungry regardless of the calories has allowed me to develop muscles and become stronger than ever. Running a marathon was not something my body could do in its deprived state. These past two years, I’ve learned how to nourish and help my body. I’ve reached my healthy weight and medically all my numbers are where they are supposed to be.

I vow to never go back to counting calories again. I know that days when I run 10 miles will require more food than those when I run 3 but I don’t fret about it. I pack my diet with wonderful fruits and veggies and try to stay from processed foods. That being said, pizza is my absolute favorite food and we have it multiple times a month at our house!

Have you ever had a calorie counting issue? 

Want To Be Healthy But Can’t Cook!

I hear a lot of reasons why people don’t eat well.

“It’s too hard.”

“It’s too expensive”

“I can’t cook”

cookWhile I totally understand all of these reasons, I still say to get out there and try! Trust me, I’ve been there. I have people tell me that my meal prep looks so nice but they could never do it. YES YOU CAN! There’s a few ways to be healthy even if you think you can’t cook.

Keep It Simple, Sweetheart!

What comes to mind when you think of cooking healthy food? Tons of veggies, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, flavor free…..etc! Honestly it truly doesn’t have to be that way! It can get so overwhelming to look at recipes online and give up before you even start but don’t! Starting with easy recipes and simple ingredients gets you in the groove with cooking and you won’t get easily discouraged!

Practice Patience

Learning to cook really takes time! You may find one recipe that you’re really good at and you make that until you get sick of it! That’s totally okay. The thing about cooking is that you’ll have to keep doing it and trying new foods to find out what really works for you! Sometimes it takes making a few meals with a certain ingredient for you to know that it may not be for you. I would recommend tackling one new recipe a week. This way you still get to try new things but you haven’t gotten too overwhelmed.

Start Small

When I started cooking for my husband, I used to beat myself up because the dish never turned out like the picture in the cookbook. Most of the time, it never will! Those foods are professionally styled and are usually cold and DAYS old before they get photographed. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t cut the veggies in super tiny slivers. The fact that you got through it and make a delicious dish in the end is what matters! Celebrating the little victories can make cooking more enjoyable!

Get Help

There’s so many delivery services now that will deliver just the right amount of ingredients to your door and all you have to do is put it together! Blue Apron is such a big help because I believe it really steers you in the right direction. All you have to do is follow the direction to get everything together. Cooking these meals will boost your confidence and you’ll be more eager to try experimenting on your own!

Overall, cooking may just not be for you but I wouldn’t want that to stop you from living a healthy lifestyle. Why not try these out and see what works for you?

Do you like to cook meals daily?

Have you tried delivery services like Blue Apron?

Ranch Chili Recipe!

Now that the cold weather is hitting a lot of people, it’s time to bring out all the soups, stews, and chili recipes! I absolutely love thick and heart chili at the end of the day when the weather is cold. Texas winters are usually rainy as well so I feel like this recipe just hits the spot after running in from a cold shower.  Now there is some ranch in this but try it before turning your nose at it! It’s a very subtle flavor and it’s so good. Plus it’s the powder and not the regular dressing so it’s less weird. haha!

You can also throw this in a crockpot and make it your own!

Continue reading Ranch Chili Recipe!

Yummy Hot Chocolate Recipes!

What’s not to love about hot chocolate?! I love when it’s finally cold enough here to enjoy a nice cup. Ever since ditching coffee a few weeks back (shocking, I know!) I’ve been SOOOO ready for hot chocolate. Here are a few delicious hot chocolate recipes that I can’t help but share! Click the pictures below and support these amazing blogs! Continue reading Yummy Hot Chocolate Recipes!

Incorporating Supplements Into Your Diet

Let’s be honest here. I’m sure you’ve all been scrolling on Instagram and have seen multiple people showing off their protein supplements and things like that. Heck, I’m guilty of having a few posts about my favorite supplements: Unico Nutrition. I know some people have questions like, how do I go about incorporating supplements into my diet? Should I even take them? Let’s break it down! Continue reading Incorporating Supplements Into Your Diet