28 Healthy Foods You Should Always Have in Your House

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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”

Raspberry Protein Muffins

Hi All! I recently got inspired by a recipe in Oxygen Magazine’s Beach Body edition…I saw this recipe for blueberry breakfast muffins, and I thought I’d try to add some more protein, so here was my first attempt. My hubby gives this recipe two thumbs up! These little muffins are nutritious, delicious, and kept me satisfied for hours…and that’s saying something, because usually, I need a snack between breakfast and lunch.

Let me know if you tried this recipe, and how you liked it!

What’s your favorite breakfast recipe?

Julie

4 Ways I Keep Fit While Traveling

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Today, we’re going to be talking about how you can stay fit while traveling! Ok, holidays are coming up soon. And a lot of individuals allow their health and fitness routines to pretty much…well, crumble to pieces. Oh, and I was asked to write on this topic by Vegas.com . Look for more posts on Twitter under #TravelFit2014. They’re so reliant on using machines at the gym that they don’t know what to do if they in a place that doesn’t use equipment that they’re used to or their travel dates cause them to miss their gym dates that weeks. I used to run into the same issue, but I’ve since changed up my approach to fitness in such a way that I can pretty much get in a workout any time any where, and I’m not stressing over how to do it, without spending an arm and a leg!

1. Be flexible. Let your routine change a little, and don’t freak out. Know you may have to squeeze in a half hour of bodyweight moves instead of your usual 2 hour gym stint, but let’s face it, the change of pace will keep your body from plateauing, in fact, you may even get some results if you don’t go overboard with your diet.

2. Take advantage of your surroundings. Walk don’t drive. Take the stairs. Go for a hike. Use the hotel pool/gym area. Make sure you’re in a safe area though. If you’re somewhere like Vegas, try the Hotel Hike at the Area Las Vegas. See the sights and get a workout. The resort even loans you a bag with handweights, a water bottle, and a yoga mat!

3. Pack travel-friendly tools. I love to carry my resistance bands with me when I travel. I also take my PiYo or 21 Day Fix dvd’s with me because all I need is body weight and/or resistance bands. I also like to print off the workouts from Workout Labs and Ace Fitness if I don’t have access to a tv and dvd player.

4. Pack protein powder. I carry my Blender bottle and Shakeology (or protein powder) with me every where. This actually saves me money, and I don’t end up eating icky fast food. I also buy bags of mini peppers, bananas, and almonds and eat them as snacks.

These are some suggestions that I use to stay fit while traveling. I find that if I stay in some sort of routine, it’s not a struggle when I return home. Get creative and think outside of the box. The best fitness regimen is a maintainable fitness regimen.

Happy Travels!

-Julie Auler

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