28 Healthy Foods You Should Always Have in Your House

Hi There!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written. Getting ready for Baby Erin to make her appearance has preoccupied my time and energy, as well as getting used to working from home – I’m a freelance writer and musician/worship director. It’s been an adjustment, but I’m glad that I have the opportunity to stay home with little Erin after she’s born, which should be some time in the next two weeks.

That being said, with all the preparations going on, one thing I’ve been thinking a lot about is what we’ll be eating, especially for the first two weeks. I’ll confess, I probably haven’t done as much freezer cooking as I should. But I have been collecting an arsenal of super easy recipes, and we just got a steal on a new blender, which we desperately needed, so we can make smoothies, after all, if you’re nursing you need something fast right?

Through the years, Micah and I have learned that if we want to eat healthy, there are certain foods we can buy in bulk to have on hand, so we won’t be tempted to grab fast food. Even though there’s two of us, soon to be 3, we’ve learned how to prep and freeze certain foods when they go on sale, so that we can get the best deals,and there are some foods we do eat a lot of quickly. You’re food list might look a lot different than mine, but I’m attaching a list for you to use so you can stock up on these delicious and nutritious foods too. It just so added up that we have 20 staple foods that we keep in our house on a regular basis. This is one of my favorite ways to plan a menu for the week. Why are these our staple foods? Continue reading “28 Healthy Foods You Should Always Have in Your House”

Fitness 5 Friday: 5 ways to flavor your water

This has been probably one of the most exhausting weeks I’ve experienced since Micah’s college graduation, but it’s been a rewarding week. Something I’ve been working on this week has been drinking more water…I’ve realized that I need to drink more water. You might be saying, “Yeah, me too, but water is boring.” Well, that’s where making my own water flavors has kept me from losing interest in keeping hydrated! I prep these foods, and then place them in a pitcher, or you can by an infusion pitcher. I love mine!
Here’s my top 5 flavors:

1. Cucumber and lemon – clears complexion, de-bloats
2. Raspberries – antioxidants
3. Lime and ginger – soothes and achy tummy and freshens breath
4. Watermelon – helps flush toxins
5. Mixed berries – a healthier alternative to gatoraid

These additives are all natural. Just slice as needed and add them to a pitcher of water. Chill and then serve! What’s your favorite healthy water additive?

Scrumptious Saturday: Flavored Water recipe

So the New Year is here, and if you’re like me, you’ve realized that there’s some small things you’d like to tweak in your health regimen. One of those things that I’m greatly lacking in is drinking water. I definitely don’t drink enough water, but desperately need to. For Micah’s birthday, he got this great infusion pitcher, (his mom got it at Marshall’s)which allows us to put fresh berries and herbs in our water. I love this method. I feel refreshed drinking infusion water, especially with raspberries.
Here’s one of my favorite combinations:
1/3 cucumber
1 sm. can mandarin oranges rinsed
2 teabags green tea.
1 teabag mint tea

This is a great tummy soother after all of those holiday treats, and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and rehydrated. With all the colds and viruses going around, that’s important to staying well. Enjoy!