Healthy Eating Hacks

Don’t I have a tough act to follow today?  Adorable puppy!  Cute kids!  Christmas surprises!

Well, back to reality now.  It’s January and many of us (me included) are dialing back the party train and re-focusing on eating healthy.  This has absoultely been me for the last 2 weeks.  Ok, for the last month.

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I’m most definitely not a nutritionist.  But, I’m all about progress, not perfection (sound familiar, Beautycounter peeps?)  Here are some of my favorite healthy eating hacks.

  1. True fact:  I eat popcorn almost every single day.  It’s a great fiber filled snack, and shouldn’t just be reserved for the movies (Loomis!).  My new favorite is Pipcorn.  If you are a Shark Tank junkie, you will remember the brother/sister duo who founded the company. Pipcorn is actually mini popcorn — about half the size of ordinary popcorn.  And doubly as delicious

Here is reason enough to love Pipcorn.

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The flavors are ridiculously good, with no added butter or cheese.

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Still dying to try the new Salt & Vinegar flavor.  You can shop here and Garden City locals, Natural on 7th Street also carries Pipcorn.

2. If you are trying to give up that afternoon coffee fix (Long!),This Warm Winter Smoothie smoothie recipe from Unprocessed Living does the trick.

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It’s easy to make. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you!

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Plus this warm smoothie is energizing, filling and delish.

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(Sorry, Dunks!)

3.  Hungryroot offer fresh, vegetable-based foods that are ready-to-eat in under 7 minutes.  They use raw vegetables instead of processed flour to create craveable noodle dishes, and vitamin-rich cauliflower instead of rice to deliver a feel good couscous. Their meals are all naturally nutritious, gluten-free and preservative-free.  Hungryroot also donates 1% of their profits and volunteer 1% of their time to support nutritional education and healthy eating (woot woot!).

I started with the Starter Set for $60. This included one breakfast, one lunch, 2 dinners, 1 side, 1 snack and 2 sweets. All items are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free.  If you are not ready to go all the way to plant-based goodness, you can add grilled chicken or roasted tofu for an additional cost to 3 meals.

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I am no chef de cuisine, but even I could make them delicious, in under 7 minutes, natch!  These meals are a great stand by to have in the fridge when you are starving and more likely to make a bad food decision. For me, they broke up the routine of my usual go-to convenience foods like a veggie burger or Amy’s Mac & Cheese.  My favorites are the Beet Noodles with Savory Almond Sesame and Sweet Potato Noodles with Creamy Cashew.

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Full disclosure, as much as I wanted to get on board with the almond chickpea cookie dough, even I couldn’t. And my kids said no go!

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Click here to can get 20% off of your order.  Hungryroot is now also available at Whole Foods, Fresh Direct and Amazon Fresh.

4. Daily Harvest is great for when you want a smoothie, but can’t deal with researching recipes, buying ingredients, chopping or prepping.  Or, you don’t want to stand on line and wait forever at your local health food store.  They will deliver vegan, whole food, 98% organic ready-to-blend smoothies right to your door. I love being able to grab a smoothie and take it on the road with me first thing in the morning without all of the production!

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All you have to do is simply add a liquid base (like coconut oil) to the ready-to-blend smoothie ingredients and toss into the blender. The smoothies come in ready to use cups with tops, so all you have to do is pop a straw in (cups are recyclable, for the record). A good place to start is their bestsellers box, which includes yummy flavors like Strawberry & Peach, Acai & Cherry and Pineapple & Matcha.

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You can start with a weekly delivery, where it is $7.99 per smoothie (you can cancel or freeze delivery at any time) If you go up to a monthly delivery of 24 smoothies it goes down to $6.99 per smoothie. If you want to give it a whirl, you can try Daily Harvest here.

5.  If you really need to phone it in, there is Sakara, an organic plant-rich, gluten-free, superfood meal delivery program.  Meals arrived in a chic insulated tote bag on your doorstep before 6am.

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Here’s what’s on next week’s menu.

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It’s not cheap, so usually when I do it, I just do dinner/breakfast, skip the lunch and substitute with my own smoothie or meal replacement bar. There are a lot of salads, and they are BIG. Food is tasty, fresh and original.

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I also dig the Sakara Life girls’ philosophy.

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Use this link to save $50 on a 3 or 5 day program.

Cheers to more healthy eating in 2017!

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