4 Tantalizing Mythical Creature Smoothie Bowls

24 May

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Smoothie bowls are all the craze on IG lately! They all look super yummy and healthy! Almost too pretty to eat! Beware though, because they can be HUGE sugar bombs. The goal is to make the smoothie bowl properly balanced, and not 100% fruit. Make sure your smoothie bowl has four components: 1. Fruit 2. Vegetable 3. Protein and 4. a Healthy Fat Component. This will keep you fuller for longer, and prevent blood sugar spikes! I created for you 4 Mythical Creature Smoothie Bowl recipes that are both balanced and beautiful! 🙂

1. Unicorn Bowl

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Recipe: Blend Together…

4 Balanced Components 

  1. Fruit=Banana, Blueberries, Raspberries
  2. Vegetable= Cauliflower
  3. Protein= Protein powder, Hemp Seeds
  4. Fat= Hemp Seeds, Macadamia Milk

2. Siren Bowl

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Recipe: Blend Together…

  • Dark Green Side: 1/2 Frozen Banana, 1 tsp Spirulina Powder, 1/2 tsp Moringa Powder, 1/4th Cucumber, 1/2 cup Green Melon, 1/2 cup Baby Spinach, 1/2-1 cup Coconut Water
  • Light Green Side: 1/2 tsp Matcha Powder, 1 Kiwi, 1/2 Frozen Banana, 1/2 Avocado, 1/2-1 cup Coconut Water
  • Toppings: Avocado, Hemp Seeds, Pistachios, Kiwi, Cucumber 

4 Balanced Components:

  1. Fruit= Banana, Kiwi, Melon, Cucumber
  2. Vegetable= Spinach
  3. Protein= Hemp Seeds, Spirulina, Moringa, Pistachios 
  4. Fat= Avocado, Hemp Seeds, Pistachios 

3. Yeti Bowlyeti

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Recipe: Blend Together:

  • Dark Blue Side: 1/2-1 cup Hemp Milk (unsweetened plain), 1/4th cup Almond Yogurt, 1/2 Banana 1 Tbsp Butterfly Pea Flower, 1 tsp Maca Powder
  • Light Blue Side: 1/2-1 cup Coconut/Almond Milk (unsweetened plain), 1/2 Banana, 1/2 cup White Stem of Bok Choy, 1/4 cup Raw Cashews, 1/4th cup Almond Yogurt (plain unsweetened), 1 tsp Butterfly Pea Flower
  • Toppings: Fresh Coconut Meat, Dried Coconut Flakes (unsweetened), Chia Seeds, Blueberries, Blackberries

4 Balanced Components: 

  1. Fruit=Bananas, Blueberries, Blackberries
  2. Vegetable= Bok Choy Stems
  3. Protein= Hemp Milk, Almond Yogurt, Cashews, Chia Seeds
  4. Fat= Cashews, Coconut Milk, Coconut Meat, Chia Seeds

4. Phoenix Bowl

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Recipe: Blend Together…

  • Pink Base: 1/2 cup Frozen Mango, 1 Tbsp Pink Pitaya Powder, 1/2-1 cup Cactus Water, 1/4th cup Cashews, 1/2 Frozen Banana
  • Purple Base: 1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries, 1/2 medium Purple Carrot, 1/4th cup Purple Cauliflower, 1/2-1 cup Cactus Water
  • Toppings: Dried Goji Berries, Cherries, Raspberries, Hemp Seeds, Apple Slices

4 Balanced Components:

  1. Fruit= Bananas, Blueberries, Raspberries, Apple, Goji Berries, Cherries, Mango
  2. Vegetable= Purple Carrot, Purple Cauliflower
  3. Protein= Hemp Seeds, Cashews
  4. Fat= Hemp Seeds, Cashews

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Peace, Love, Superfoods ❤ Colleen Poling, RD

4 Guilt-Free SuperFood Dark Chocolates🍫

10 May

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These chocolates are so easy to make that you will never want to buy chocolate at the store again! They are infused with superfoods, and have no sugar added! Dark chocolate is very nutritious because it is packed with antioxidants, iron, magnesium, copper, and can improve blood flow,  raise good cholesterol, protect your skin form UV rays, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, improve eyesight and improve cognitive function…and since these recipes have additional superfoods added to them, and no added sugar, you can feel 100% guilt-free!!

To make these all you do is melt the coconut oil and/or cacao butter on a double broiler, then mix in cacao powder and other ingredients listed, and garnish with the superfoods you mixed in as you please! Then pour into a silicon mold. I used this one click here. Freeze overnight, and there you have it! Best to keep these refrigerated once they are done freezing overnight.

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🍫Matcha-Reishi Chocolates:

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🍫 Blueberry-Vanilla Chocolates:

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🍫 Mint-Chlorophyll Chocolates:

Peace, Love, Superfoods ❤ Colleen Poling, RD

8 Mouthwatering Paleo-Vegan Breakfast Wraps

15 Apr

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What is a Pegan Diet? It is a hybrid of the paleo diet and a vegan diet, taking the best of both worlds and combining them together! I take the completely vegan (no meat, dairy or eggs) approach, and apply the best paleo recommendations for max benefits! 🙂 Focusing on: real whole, fresh food in its natural state free of processed ingredients, refined carbohydrates, and additives.

Colleen’s Pegan DOs:

Fruits and Vegetables: Organic green vegetables like leafy greens, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach, asparagus, romaine lettuce, and organic low sugar fruits like berries.

High-Quality Fats: Olive, coconut and avocado oils, in addition to avocados, hemp seeds, chia seeds, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, olives, Brain Octane, and daily algal oil for omega 3’s from a supplement or from a culinary oil like Thrive. 

Healthy Grains: Reach whole grains, such as quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice or forbidden rice. Keeping this to a very minimum, 1 serving/day max. A traditional paleo diet would not allow for grains. If you include hemp seeds, and even a protein powder like Vega one then will have an excellent essential amino acid profile while still limiting, or eliminating grains.

Beans and Lentils: A nutritional powerhouse and great source of protein. Choose only sprouted beans and lentils. A traditional paleo diet would not allow this, but vegans need beans and lentils in their diets.

Colleen’s Pegan DON’Ts:

Sugar: Added sugar should be kept to a minimum, if not completely eliminated. Watch out for sneaky sugars, even in the forms of agave, maple syrup and coconut sugar. A lower carbohydrate, low glycemic load is what to aim for. Sugar subs like Lakanto is a great alternative.

Gluten: Gluten free grains are recommended when following a pegan diet.

Dairy: On a vegan and paleo diet there is no dairy allowed! There are plenty of substitutes!

Franken-Foods: No processed vegan meats allowed! No chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, MSG, or artificial sweeteners. No vegetable oils like canola or safflower. Choosing organic, non-GMO foods whenever possible.

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Here are 8 easy Pegan Wraps I created that you can make for breakfast, or enjoy at any time of the day! All wraps are made with Seite Almond Flour Tortillas. Click on the underlined ingredient to learn where you can buy it, or how to make it!

1.Fat-Adapted Wrap:

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2.Galaxy Wrap:

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3.Crunch-Wrap Supreme:

  • Organic Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Heirloom Tomatoes, Organic Avocado, Watermelon Seeds

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4. Fermented Wrap:

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5. Forest Wrap:

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6. Lizard Wrap:

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7. Buddha Wrap: 

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8. Bob Evans Wrap:

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Which one is your favorite????!!!?

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❤ Colleen Poling, RD

One Bowl Dark Chocolate Walnut, Pecan, Banana Bread. Vegan, GF, No Sugar Added

3 Apr

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 4×8 -inch loaf pan with parchment paper. 
  2. In a food processor blend together all ingredients except pecans and walnuts. Pour Batter into lined loaf pan.
  3. Add nuts on top and cook in oven for 60 minutes or until fork inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Let cool. Slice, Serve and enjoy! Works great as a snack in between meals!

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No Sugar Added, GF, Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins with Blueberry Coconut Whipped Cream

28 Mar

 

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Ingredients for Muffins

  • 1.5 cups organic gluten free oat flour (gluten free oats ground into a flour)
  • 1/2 cup organic almond flour
  • 1/2 cup Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener 
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 tsp organic cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup mashed organic sweet potato
  • 2 T shredded organic carrots 
  • 1 cup cashew milk unsweetened 
  • 1 flax egg 
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 6 T smooth organic almond butter

Ingredients for Whipped Cream

  • 1 14-ounce can (414 ml) organic full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4  cup Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener 
  • 1 tsp organic blueberry powder
  • 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract

Directions for Muffins:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 12 muffins tins with organic coconut oil.
  2. In a high speed blender, combine all your ingredients and blend until a fine batter is formed. If your nut butter is not smooth enough, you may want to melt it slightly beforehand.
  3. Divide the batter amongst the muffin tin and bake for 25-30 minutes. Ensure you check by inserting a skewer and once clean, they are done.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, top with whipped cream (below).

Directions for Whipped Cream:

  1. Chill your coconut cream or coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight, being sure not to shake or tip the can to encourage separation of the cream and liquid. 
  2. The next day, chill a large mixing bowl 10 minutes before whipping.
  3. Remove the coconut cream or milk from the fridge without tipping or shaking and remove the lid. Scrape out the top, thickened cream and leave the liquid behind (reserve for use in smoothies).
  4. Place hardened cream in your chilled mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds with a mixer until creamy. Then add vanilla, blueberry powder, Lakanto, and mix until creamy and smooth – about 1 minute. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
  5. Use immediately or refrigerate – it will harden and set in the fridge the longer it’s chilled. Best if devoured in a couple days! Enjoy! 

❤ Colleen Poling, RD

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Low-Sugar Strawberry Almond Oat Pizzas. Vegan+GF

31 Jan

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Reducing the amount of added sugar in your diet is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Even if you just reduce it 10%, it can have a significant effect on your health! Reducing the added sugar in your diet can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, decrease risk of heart attack, keep your brain sharp, decrease risk of developing dementia, keep skin looking younger and clearer, lower your risk of diabetes, reduce certain cancers, fewer cavities, balance hormones, reduce anxiety, give you more energy, help you maintain a healthy weight and have fewer crashes!! I highly recommend to challenge yourself, and start reducing the added sugar in your diet today!! Know though, that it is possible to go through a type of withdraw from added sugars, and it can take a week to start feeling better.

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So, what is a person with a sweet-tooth to do? No worries, you can still enjoy yourself! Check out this delicious low-sugar recipe:

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Low-Sugar Strawberry Almond Oat Pizzas:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Blend Oats, almond flour, baking powder, oil, Lakanto and salt into a food processor until cookie-dough consistency.
  2. In a 9 inch circular pan lined with parchment paper, press down the dough evenly.
  3. Top with Jam, and evenly coat to desired thickness
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until crust lightly browned.
  5. Once cool, cut into pizza pieces!

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❤ Colleen Poling, RD

You Are Dining Out All Wrong!

30 Dec
ally_07About the Author: My name is Ally Kuehn. I am a 21 year old, senior at Ohio University majoring in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics. I am preparing myself to graduate in May 2017. My goals are to become happy and healthier person through nutrition, health and wellness.   Instagram: Kuehnhealth Website: Click Here to see KuehnHealth Blog

 

The struggle I have faced with my new diet and lifestyle change has been dining out.  In the restaurant, trying to get something on the menu that I would like and would be a healthier choice for me. My family and friends sometimes tease me for going for the healthier option on the menu or customizing it to fit my needs. Don’t let those comments get you down. Every time you pick up your fork you are investing in yourself! 

 Here’s some top tips that have helped me when dining out:

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 Order Up: What would you like to drink?

Personally, I get a craving for soda, lemonades, or alcoholic drinks sometimes with dinner. The hard thing at the restaurant is the waiter or waitress will refill your drink. Which isn’t bad at all, they are doing their job! But, if you ever find yourself craving those sugary or alcoholic drinks with dinner, have one. You don’t have to shame your choices or body. Then, after the one drink switch to water for the rest of the meal.

If you don’t have certain cravings. Just opt for a water with your meal every time. One time, I was asked what made me happy in life. I said “a nice, cold glass of water” and its still true to this day, as silly as that sounds! Water helps your whole body function and operate, so drink up friends! Cheers with my refillable water bottle, that I cart around everywhere.

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We ordered our choice of drink, now what are we eating?  

You’ve scanned through the menu several times. You cant pick what to eat, or it seems like the restaurant doesn’t have a lot of vegan or vegetarian options. Don’t worry I got you! Harvard Healthy Eating Plate guidelines are how I choose my meal. The overall goal of the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate guidelines is to consume all the food groups in certain portions. Half your plate should be fruits and vegetables. One fourth of the plate should be grains like quinoa or brown rice, and the last fourth of the plate should be protein like tofu or tempeh.

A struggle when dining out is the portions are too large. I often ask for them to bring a take out box at the beginning of the meal. I then proceed to put half of my meal in the take out box; to ensure I wont overeat. Another option, if the restaurant serves large portions is to eat your vegetables or fruits first and fill up on those. If you are not seeing anything that fits these guidelines don’t be afraid to make your own meal. Choosing items and sides that will be delicious and nutritious. Finding an a la carte menu or ordering an appetizer as your entrée. The possibilities are endless. Again, don’t let the haters bring you down. Whats on your plate should be what you like and will fuel your body. 

For more information regarding Harvard Healthy Eating Plate please follow this link: CLICK HERE

This is my final post for Nutrition Translator. If you like what you’ve read visit my page www.kuehnhealth.weebly.com. Thank you for reading this has been fun, I hope to see you again soon.

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Bring these Vegan Treats to Your Next Holiday Feast!

23 Dec

ally_07About the Author: My name is Ally Kuehn. I am a 21 year old, senior at Ohio University majoring in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics. I am preparing myself to graduate in May 2017. My goals are to become happy and healthier person through nutrition, health and wellness.   Instagram: Kuehnhealth Website: Click Here to see KuehnHealth Blog

The holidays are a time full of beautiful, glorious, food! Tables of side dishes and sweets from your friends and family! I have prepared these delicious vegan treats for your enjoyment.

Bring one of these vegan desserts to your next holiday gathering! I recommend to attempt to eat these in moderation. I am a big dessert person, so curb that sweet tooth with something with real ingredients! Each recipe has instructions and ingredients to make it yourself. I also have provided reviews from close friends and family members on their opinion of the vegan treats! Let’s take a bite!

Recipe One: Black Bean Brownies

These were so easy to make. I was able to find a brownie mix that contains no milk or eggs at my local grocery store. Just blend those black beans with water and fold them into the brownie mix. WOW they are very yummy!

Here’s the recipe card: 

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Reviews: 

What’s in these? Wait there’s beans in there? What, so good, is there more?”

“Very Dense, Moist. I would make these again. Really Easy to make.”

“I was hesitant at first because that doesn’t sound good at all. Pretty Good. I usually don’t like chocolate, this is rich, moist and I would eat these again.”

Recipe Two: Lemon Larabar Bites

Again a very manageable recipe. Next time I would double the recipe if I made it for a large holiday party. This is perfect for a small family gathering. The original recipe called for dates which I replaced with dried cranberries. I used my Magic bullet to grind up the almond, cashews and cranberries.  This treat is very simple because you put everything into the bowl mix it up let it harden in the fridge. Then, roll it up and add a little lemon for pizazz! Instant crowd pleaser.

Here’s the recipe card: 

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Reviews: 

Needed a little more lemon, good consistency, I enjoyed it”

“Perfect for on the go snacking, I would use these as a mid day pick up!”

“Wow what a nutty, great treat, I would give these to my grandpa. He’s a lemon fan!”

Recipe Three: No Dairy Ice Cream  

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This recipe I make for myself, a fruit popsicle with coconut milk! A must try! Checkout this website that provides 14 vegan recipes for banana ice cream to frozen “fro-yo”. Thanks Reader’s Digest for compiling all these ingenious recipes in one place.

http://www.rd.com/food/recipes-cooking/vegan-ice-cream/

Enjoy ❤ Ally Kuehn

 

 

The 411 on Protein

16 Dec
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About the Author: My name is Ally Kuehn. I am a 21 year old, senior at Ohio University majoring in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics. I am preparing myself to graduate in May 2017. My goals are to become happy and healthier person through nutrition, health and wellness.   Instagram: Kuehnhealth Website: Click Here to see KuehnHealth Blog

Why Protein?

Protein is an essential nutrient that everyone needs in their diet. No if, and’s, or buts about it, because its such an important energy source for your body! It’s involved in muscle, hormone, blood, skin and bone development. Fun fact, hair and nails are mostly made up of protein! How much protein do we need to consume daily? According to the DRI (Dietary Reference Intake), 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. For an average male who is sedentary  this calculates to about 56 grams per and 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman.

I personally am adopting a more plant based lifestyle. In the beginning stages of transitioning, I was personally so closed minded. My thoughts were “I couldn’t eat meat, welp there goes all my good protein”. Now, through the help from my nutrition and dietetics professors at Ohio University I was able to see that protein is in so many various food sources. Which blew my mind! Now, I get to share all of my knowledge with all of you!

Say What?

When people think about protein, they think meat, beans, and nuts.  Contrary to popular knowledge fruits and vegetables are sources of protein too! Fruits provide less protein than vegetables, but, are still a good source of protein! Who knew? I researched some of the top five high protein fruits:  thumb_600

  • Blackberries
  • Guava
  • Dried Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Dates
  • Any Many More Fruits!

 

Its very important to your body to consume adequate amounts of protein. I have attached a very informative info graphic to assist in the explanation of good sources of protein!

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How can you add more of these protein sources to your diet?

This is very achievable for everyone! From the tips from the ” Be Creative” portion of my last post called How to Start Food Budgeting with Less Than $100 A Month. Get inspired and add these alternative protein sources to your meals today!

Are you making rice for your taco night? Maybe add some beans, or switch to quinoa “fried rice”  Click here for an awesome recipe! (for vegan version subtract the eggs).

Are you making a salad? Add some crunchy pumpkin seeds, fresh spinach, kale, or mushroom for some added protein to that delicious salad!

In the morning, jazz up your toast with some almond butter! Maybe add  a little healthy monounsaturated fat to your toast  from avocados!

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Who to talk to about protein if you still need more assistance!

Consult with Nutrition Translator Colleen Poling RD, or a registered dietitian in your local area. With the new year coming up, a healthier you will never go out of style! Invest in your self this year and seek out some assistance from a Registered Dietitian.

❤ Ally Kuehn

 

 

 

How to Start Food Budgeting with Less Than $100 A Month

8 Dec

Ally_07.jpgAbout the Author: My name is Ally Kuehn. I am a 21 year old, senior at Ohio University majoring in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics. I am preparing myself to graduate in May 2017. My goals are to become happy and healthier person through nutrition, health and wellness.   Instagram: Kuehnhealth Website: Click Here to see KuehnHealth Blog

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients” Julia Child. Through my own personal experience with food budgeting, I can help you spend $100 or less on groceries each month.  Follow these steps to be successful with food budgeting and creating happy, healthy meals for yourself or loved ones! 

Outlining your financials:  

The first step to successs is to determine how much you currently spend on food each month. Try to include eating out, grocery shopping, coffee, etc.  From
here, you can then calculate your maximum and minimum monthly budget.

Let’s use the $100 budget for purposes of this article.  I go grocery shopping every week and spend about $25 or less each time.  This budget is for one person. Depending on how many people you are shopping for, you might spend a little more. How frequently you shop will depend on your personal schedule- sometimes when my schedule is crazy, I will go every other week and spend around $50.

Creating a grocery list:

The first step is to look online at you go-to grocery store’s website you and find the weekly ads to see what foods are on sale or discounted. This can help decrease your overall cost. I surveyed some friends of mine with various food budgets and food preferences to find out how they make their grocery lists. Some find Pinterest to be very helpful. Some know what foods they like or don’t so they just make a list based upon those preferences. Others just get the items they run out of or pick out two to three new recipes they want to try that have similar ingredients. Pick whatever method you think is the most realistic for you! Then, select the foods that can be used more than once. Know your staple items! Some of mine are eggs, almond milk, multi grain cereal, tortillas and bread. These are items I buy every two weeks to make my trip successful!

I have created a sample grocery list (vegetarian with eggs) that I have used many times in my travels. This is a $50 list (depending on weekly sales) that I use every other week.

Shopping:  

Selecting a grocery store or farmers market can play into how much you spend as well. One chain grocery store I have found to offer low cost, high quality ingredients is Aldi’s. Find one that you enjoy going to and also has lower cost options. If you have a grocery store you go to that has a rewards point system, I highly recommend signing up! You can save a lot of money
and earn coupons with reward points. Using coupons is not myth, they really do save you money! Again, also try to stay current with the weekly ad before going to the store.

All the while, don’t forget to keep in mind your overall goal to make healthy choices. It can be easy to just grab processed junk foods. While you might feel that the time you save is worth it, eating all this junk in the long run won’t make you feel better. Healthy food like fruits and vegetables help fill your stomach and can keep you fuller longer! Plus, making healthy choices can improve your overall energy levels and well being!

  • Get creative:

You know the feeling when you look in your closet and you have nothing to wear? This can also take place in the kitchen when you look in the fridge and you feel like you have no food. This is when it’s time for you to use that creative mind you have and be resourceful!

Sometimes it might feel like you have nothing left and you have to go shopping to make a decent meal, but you’d be surprised by the tasty and unique combinations you can come up with what you have left in your fridge/pantry! Try to use what you have before going shopping to avoid unnecessary waste. We want to stick to our original budget plan! So what can you do with those random items? Last week this happened to me and I threw together left overs I had in my fridge. I had rice in my cupboard, canned black beans, corn, green peppers, a veggie burger in the freezer, and salsa. I threw all those in a bowl and made an awesome burrito bowl. Honestly it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time and the fact that it was unplanned made it even better…and the leftovers were just as tasty!

❤ Ally Kuehn