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  1. Balance   
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  1. Healthy Eating   
       15 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       6 posts
  1. Inspiration   
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  1. Parenting   
       5 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
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  1. Cheat Day   
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  1. Meal Planning   
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  1. Guest Post   
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Meal Planning

Tips and tricks for planning healthy meals for yourself and your family.
    • Meal Planning

    I don't necessarily love to travel, but with many of my family members and friends in New Jersey (I live in South Carolina), traveling has become a pretty regular part of my family's schedule.

    Everyone always asks me...

    "Isabel, how do you keep up with this way of healthy eating while you’re on the road?"

    The very simple answer is PLANNING, PLANNING, PLANNING...but then again, that's the answer to eating healthy even when you're not traveling.

    Below is the travel packing strategy I have used and refined pretty successfully over the past few years. It works for airports, car travel, during the holidays, and even just being away from the house for the day (like going to work all day long!).

    Isabel's Healthy Travel Eating Tips:

    You must have a really good travel cooler bag. You want to find one that is light (it will get pretty heavy when you pack it with food), easy to carry (this one has a shoulder strap), and contains many compartments (side pockets and front pocket). You also want to invest in some ice packs. For airport travel, I like to use the small soft ice packs as opposed to those hard blue blocks. Remember, you want to keep this as light as possible.

    I keep some plastic containers on hand for travel. I always use glass storage containers in my house for all leftovers, but if I’m going to be eating something at an airport or rest stop, I want to be able to eat my meal and then throw away the container. I obviously don’t want to throw away my nice glass containers, so I use plastic. Again, I wouldn't recommend using plastic regularly, but for these once in a while instances, it makes things easier.

    Now here is where the major planning comes into play...you must think a few days ahead about which foods you need to have in the house to prepare and cook for your travel day. Some of my favorites are hard boiled eggs, cut up carrots and cucumbers, healthy baked goods (homemade is best), leftover chicken (which you'll see below), raw nuts and fruits (especially apples and bananas which are super easy to transport).

    Here's one of my travel meals for a past trip. The 2 leg quarters came from a whole baked chicken I baked the night before (remember, you have to plan ahead). We ate the breast and wings for dinner, but I saved the leg quarters for my trip. The spinach, asparagus, and spaghetti squash are also left over from the night before (I made more than we needed for dinner for this purpose). My travel meal was all leftovers...super easy!

    The next time you travel, remember, you don’t have to surrender to poor airport food. Use the tips above to turn all your travel days into healthy days.

    What are your favorite travel foods?

    • Healthy Eating
    • Meal Planning

    There are thousands of different combinations you can make to come up with the perfect smoothie. These drinks are a great choice when you're on the go, bored with your old breakfast and snack ideas, or just want to satisfy a sweet tooth.

    Follow these steps to build the perfect smoothie.

    Step 1: Choose a base.

    Step 2: Pick your favorite fruits/vegetables.

    Step 3: Add a liquid.

    Step 4: Give your smoothie a little something extra.

    • Parenting
    • Meal Planning

    As a mom of two very young boys, it is within my control to feed them the nutritious and healthy food their little bodies need. But I know that as they get older, I will not always be able to control what they eat. (Yikes!)

    I've heard parents talk about their frustrations with our schools – elementary through high school – offering junk food and really making it quite easy for our kids to eat unhealthy while they are at school.

    From vending machines stocked with soda, potato chips, and candy, to the cafeteria selling pizza, fries, and a host of other unhealthy foods, it can be very hard for kids to make healthy choices at school.

    One solution to this problem is obviously eliminating all the junk food that schools currently stock. It would definitely be a shock to some people – students and teachers alike – to not have the option to purchase this food while at school. But this would likely be a huge step in improving the health of our children.

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed that schools make some changes to what they offer to students. Candy and high-calorie soda would vanish from vending machines, replaced with water, diet soda, and food items like baked chips. (Note that although this would be an improvement, diet soda and baked chips aren't healthy either!)

    Students would no longer have the option of getting mozzarella sticks and nachos at lunch. Instead, there would be options like healthy pizza (whatever that looks like), fruit, and yogurt. Again, that would be a definite step in the right direction, but it is still not what kids should be eating (or adults, for that matter). What about lean protein and veggies and good fats?

    So, what's a concerned parent to do? If your child’s school doesn't offer healthy options, or if you’re worried that the unhealthy options will be too tempting, packing a healthy lunch is usually the best choice. But that isn't to say that you should give up! Let your school’s cafeteria director, principal, and the school board know how important it is to offer healthy food and beverages for students. Better yet, band together with other parents – there's more power in numbers!

    Another thing you can do: model healthy eating habits yourself.

    Tom Vilsack, the USDA Secretary, said, "Parents and teachers work hard to instill healthy eating habits in our kids, and these efforts should be supported when kids walk through the schoolhouse door." I agree with Mr. Vilsack, but I also think it is our responsibility as adults to demonstrate good behavior for kids, and that includes eating healthy food. If kids see their teachers or parents chowing down on unhealthy food, they aren't going to listen to those same teachers and parents urging them to eat healthy.

    The good news is if you are committed to eating healthier and following Beyond Diet, your kids will be more likely to do the same!

    What do your kids eat for lunch at school?

    • Meal Planning

    I don't necessarily love to travel, but with many of my family members and friends in New Jersey (I live in South Carolina), traveling has become a pretty regular part of my family's schedule.

    Everyone always asks me...

    "Isabel, how do you keep up with this way of healthy eating while you’re on the road?"

    The very simple answer is PLANNING, PLANNING, PLANNING...but then again, that's the answer to eating healthy even when you're not traveling.

    Below is the travel packing strategy I have used and refined pretty successfully over the past few years. It works for airports, car travel, during the holidays, and even just being away from the house for the day (like going to work all day long!).

    Isabel's Healthy Travel Eating Tips:

    You must have a really good travel cooler bag. You want to find one that is light (it will get pretty heavy when you pack it with food), easy to carry (this one has a shoulder strap), and contains many compartments (side pockets and front pocket). You also want to invest in some ice packs. For airport travel, I like to use the small soft ice packs as opposed to those hard blue blocks. Remember, you want to keep this as light as possible.

    I keep some plastic containers on hand for travel. I always use glass storage containers in my house for all leftovers, but if I’m going to be eating something at an airport or rest stop, I want to be able to eat my meal and then throw away the container. I obviously don’t want to throw away my nice glass containers, so I use plastic. Again, I wouldn't recommend using plastic regularly, but for these once in a while instances, it makes things easier.

    Now here is where the major planning comes into play...you must think a few days ahead about which foods you need to have in the house to prepare and cook for your travel day. Some of my favorites are hard boiled eggs, cut up carrots and cucumbers, healthy baked goods (homemade is best), leftover chicken (which you'll see below), raw nuts and fruits (especially apples and bananas which are super easy to transport).

    Here's one of my travel meals for a past trip. The 2 leg quarters came from a whole baked chicken I baked the night before (remember, you have to plan ahead). We ate the breast and wings for dinner, but I saved the leg quarters for my trip. The spinach, asparagus, and spaghetti squash are also left over from the night before (I made more than we needed for dinner for this purpose). My travel meal was all leftovers...super easy!

    The next time you travel, remember, you don’t have to surrender to poor airport food. Use the tips above to turn all your travel days into healthy days.

    What are your favorite travel foods?

    • Healthy Eating
    • Meal Planning

    There are thousands of different combinations you can make to come up with the perfect smoothie. These drinks are a great choice when you're on the go, bored with your old breakfast and snack ideas, or just want to satisfy a sweet tooth.

    Follow these steps to build the perfect smoothie.

    Step 1: Choose a base.

    Step 2: Pick your favorite fruits/vegetables.

    Step 3: Add a liquid.

    Step 4: Give your smoothie a little something extra.

    • Parenting
    • Meal Planning

    As a mom of two very young boys, it is within my control to feed them the nutritious and healthy food their little bodies need. But I know that as they get older, I will not always be able to control what they eat. (Yikes!)

    I've heard parents talk about their frustrations with our schools – elementary through high school – offering junk food and really making it quite easy for our kids to eat unhealthy while they are at school.

    From vending machines stocked with soda, potato chips, and candy, to the cafeteria selling pizza, fries, and a host of other unhealthy foods, it can be very hard for kids to make healthy choices at school.

    One solution to this problem is obviously eliminating all the junk food that schools currently stock. It would definitely be a shock to some people – students and teachers alike – to not have the option to purchase this food while at school. But this would likely be a huge step in improving the health of our children.

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed that schools make some changes to what they offer to students. Candy and high-calorie soda would vanish from vending machines, replaced with water, diet soda, and food items like baked chips. (Note that although this would be an improvement, diet soda and baked chips aren't healthy either!)

    Students would no longer have the option of getting mozzarella sticks and nachos at lunch. Instead, there would be options like healthy pizza (whatever that looks like), fruit, and yogurt. Again, that would be a definite step in the right direction, but it is still not what kids should be eating (or adults, for that matter). What about lean protein and veggies and good fats?

    So, what's a concerned parent to do? If your child’s school doesn't offer healthy options, or if you’re worried that the unhealthy options will be too tempting, packing a healthy lunch is usually the best choice. But that isn't to say that you should give up! Let your school’s cafeteria director, principal, and the school board know how important it is to offer healthy food and beverages for students. Better yet, band together with other parents – there's more power in numbers!

    Another thing you can do: model healthy eating habits yourself.

    Tom Vilsack, the USDA Secretary, said, "Parents and teachers work hard to instill healthy eating habits in our kids, and these efforts should be supported when kids walk through the schoolhouse door." I agree with Mr. Vilsack, but I also think it is our responsibility as adults to demonstrate good behavior for kids, and that includes eating healthy food. If kids see their teachers or parents chowing down on unhealthy food, they aren't going to listen to those same teachers and parents urging them to eat healthy.

    The good news is if you are committed to eating healthier and following Beyond Diet, your kids will be more likely to do the same!

    What do your kids eat for lunch at school?

    Categories

    1. Balance   
         26 posts
    1. Healthy Eating   
         15 posts
    1. Gluten Free   
         6 posts
    1. Inspiration   
         6 posts
    1. Parenting   
         5 posts
    1. Clean Eating   
         4 posts
    1. Cheat Day   
         3 posts
    1. Meal Planning   
         3 posts
    1. Guest Post   
         2 posts

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