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How to Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget

It may seem like eating healthy on a tight budget is impossible (because let's face it junk food does tend to be cheaper) but we promise it's actually not. Eating healthy on a tight budget can not only be done but it can be done more easily than you think with only a few simple changes to your lifestyle. How you shop, how you cook, even organizational skills can help in your quest for a healthy lifestyle!

The Delightful Frittata

If you're a fan of eggs, you might just be a fan of the frittata. What exactly is a frittata? The short answer is “an Italian dish made with fried beaten eggs, resembling a Spanish omelet” (thanks, Google dictionary!). The longer answer is a frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to the omelet, crustless quiche, and scrambled eggs that have ingredients like meat, cheese, or veggies. The word “frittata” loosely translates to “fried”. So, a somewhat fried absolutely delish quiche-like delight!

What to Eat Post-Workout

What you eat after a workout is almost as important as the workout itself. There are a lot of contradictory ideas out there about what you should eat post-workout too – “eat ALL the protein! No protein at all! Carbs are the enemy! No wait, they're you're friend! FAT IS BAD! Actually, put a tbsp. of butter in your coffee (yes, we're serious, it's a thing. Ew...)”. So, what should you believe? What are you supposed to eat after that will help boost weight-loss and keep your body healthy? We're here to let you know.

Tips for Eating Gluten-Free

Whether you've recently been diagnosed with celiac disease or are simply trying a Paleo or gluten-free diet for the health benefits it provides, you're probably feeling a little overwhelmed (and maybe a little sad) by the list of foods you'll be cutting out of your life. We won't lie; going gluten-free can be difficult at first but it's definitely worth it. Here are a few ways to make the transition easier and things to watch out for on your journey.

Time for a Tasty Treat

The heat of summer requires cool desserts. We're talking ice cream, ice pops, yogurt, sorbet...all the good stuff! But why spend money on things like sugary ice pops when you can make a yummier, healthier version at home? We have just a few of the easiest versions of ice pops you can make at home this summer that you and your kids will love for less cost and less unhealthy stuff. It's time for a tasty treat!

Creamy Strawberry-Coconut Ice Pops
3 cups coconut milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup honey
1 cup strawberries
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup finely shredded toasted coconut

The Truth About Calories

Working Out with Calories

Being healthy & maintaining a healthy body requires BALANCE – and let's be honest, balance can sometimes be a hard thing to find in this world. So, we're going to have a chat to learn the basics about calories and how many of them you (approximately) need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, because calories really are kind of the building blocks of nutrition. This primer will enable you to come up with a basic, baseline “healthy self” plan and from there you can branch out into further research. Let's go!

Whether you need to lose weight, maintain your ideal weight, or gain weight, the main idea is – calories count! Weight management is all about balancing the number of calories you take in with the number your body uses. A quick refresher on calorie basics:

Pre-Workout Plan

Working Out

So you've got everything you need to workout – gym clothes, gym bag, bottle of water – but are you possibly forgetting something? Have you eaten? You may think it best to not eat before a workout, thinking you're burning or saving more calories, but the truth is that skipping food beforehand will actually hurt you instead of help. Not eating enough before a workout can make you dizzy, lightheaded, nauseated, or lethargic. It can also make you more likely to injure yourself. Think about it this way – if you're headed out on a long car trip, would you skip going to the gas station first? Of course not! Just like the car, your body needs fuel to perform at its best. Read on to learn more about what exactly you should be eating – and when – pre-workout.

Kids & Healthy Eating

Kids Eating Healthy

Instilling good eating habits in your children is an essential part of raising happy, healthy kids. Starting when they're young is important, but sometimes getting young children to eat their veggies can be a bit...difficult (to say the least!). However, using fun and engaging ways to interact with food and making meals fun will help your child develop a healthy relationship with eating. Here are some great ways to encourage healthy eating habits 1that will make the journey through childhood eating a bit easier!

Top Chef vs. The Rest

Top Chef vs The Rest

Life is busy, often too busy and time has become a precious commodity. In addition, we know you value your time and money and we want you to spend as wisely as possible, while getting the most bang for your buck. You want to spend those hard-earned dollars on quality products that enhance your family's well-being and enjoyment. So, what is it you want you may ask? It’s our delicious professional chef-prepared food, shipped directly to your home, and ready to eat in about 2 minutes!! (Yes, you read that right – delicious meals in ONLY 2 MINUTES!) Sounds pretty good, right? There are SO many services out there but choose the absolute best – Top Chef Meals. Before browsing around any apron-y type sites, let us tell you why we're different and why we’re better than the rest.

How to Live a Sugar-Free Life

It's nearly the new year, and with the new year comes New Year resolutions. What are yours? If one of your New Year resolutions is to cut sugar from your life, we're here to help! And if you haven't considered a sugar-free lifestyle might we suggest it?

Why dump refined sugar? You already know sugar isn't the healthiest item around but you may not be aware of just how much sugar you're eating. Did you know we average 130 pounds of sugar per person in the United States? All those sugar-y drinks and sweets add up, right? So does all the sugar in things like sauces, condiments, crackers, and more – refined sugars that you may not even be noticing.

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