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Quick & Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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Maybe it’s a little strange to be posting this the week of Thanksgiving, but hear me out…. After cooking a big meal (or contributing to a big Thanksgiving meal) what meal could be better than something warm and filling, yet super easy and a little lighter on your stomach than Chicken Noodle Soup? Bonus: If you have leftover Turkey, you could easily adapt this recipe to be a Turkey Noodle Soup and use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey instead of chicken. … Read More

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THRIVE MARKET FAVES

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We have been using Thrive for a couple years now and it’s taken me a bit of time to find what about Thrive makes sense for our family and our budget. While I don’t buy a ton of the basic pantry items via Thrive (I feel like I can find the same quality locally) I do have a lengthy list of items I find easier + better to buy via Thrive. The small yearly membership fee pays for itself over … Read More

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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I’m a little ashamed to admit I *haven’t* had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year. Yes, I love them (usually with oat milk, no whip and half the syrup, please) and no, I’m not ashamed to admit it. And while I haven’t been able to enjoy a PSL at home, I have been sipping on this amazing Pumpkin Pie Smoothie on the regular. Packed with pumpkin, protein, a bit of peanut butter (optional, but the extra fat really … Read More

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Let’s Talk Body Image + Nutrition with The Gentle Nutritionist, Lisa Nolting

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Hi, friends! Today I’m SO excited to share with you a conversation I had with a friend of mine, nutritionist Lisa Nolting. Lisa and I have known each other for a few years over social media and have connected over our shared love for clean products (Beautycounter) our shared love for my alma mater (ISU! Where she worked for almost a decade as a nutritionist) and our strong belief that diet culture is NOT the path to living a healthy, … Read More

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Peppermint + Greens Smoothie

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A while back I shared a Mint + Cacao Daily Harvest knock-off smoothie. But over the last couple of months I have been tinkering with my recipe to perfect the taste + consistency of my favorite Daily Harvest smoothie. Since nailing this knock-off recipe (truly! This is the best!) I could eat it for lunch every single day. It’s filling, refreshing for summer and packed with good-for-you ingredients. Bonus: The mint extract really helps disguise any of the “greens” flavor … Read More

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The BEST Healthy and Easy Mug Cake

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I’ve shared a version of this recipe before, but I recently updated my favorite mug cake with an added ingredient and it’s made the mug cake exponentially better. What’s the secret ingredient? Collagen! Adding a scoop of collagen to this recipe makes the mug cake so light, fluffy, and cake-like! My favorite collagen is from Primal Kitchen Foods that I buy through Thrive Market. (The link here will get you 25% off your first order and I think my membership … Read More

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Perfect Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

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Can I make an honest confession? I don’t LOVE slow cooker meals. Gah, it’s true. While I love the convenience of a slow cooker, sometimes a meal that is made in the slow cooker can taste a little, well, bland in the texture department, especially when it comes to meat. Sometimes it’s just a little TOO soft and mushy for my liking. When it comes to slow cooking meat such as this barbecue chicken, I learned a trick years ago … Read More

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Instant Pot Black Bean and Rice Bowls

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Over the last couple years I’ve added both an Instant Pot and Air Fryer to my kitchen appliance round-up. I’ve slowly been searching for uses for both tools that make sense for our family. I was a FAST convert to the air fryer. And a bit slower to share the Instant Pot love. But over time I’m finding my groove in terms of what I enjoy making in the Instant Pot and what makes sense to make in the instant … Read More

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Current Favorite: After School Smoothie

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I have one fairly picky eater (ahem, Ainsley) who isn’t a big fan of things like foods touching on her dinner plate, anything remotely “spicy,” and anything that isn’t a very familiar food. It’s been a tad frustrating, to say the least, when her siblings are happily eating whatever I serve and our oldest is complaining about what mom made for dinner. I’ve read a lot about helping kids develop a healthy relationship with food and not forcing things too … Read More

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What I Buy at Walmart // Weekly Meal Plan

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Hi Friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I’m sitting down to sketch out our family’s meal plan for the week and wanted to share our weekly Walmart haul with you all. We are aiming to swap out as many conventional products with organic alternatives this year, in an attempt to lessen our toxic load and continue to evolve our family’s wellness journey. Many of you know that we live in an area with only a handful of options … Read More

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Healthy Cookie Dough Breakfast Bowl

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This is going to sound laughable, but I eat cookie dough for breakfast nearly every morning. Truly! Okay, so there is a hook. It’s a better-for-you cookie dough recipe that leaves you feeling full and energized. Bonus? It isn’t packed with sugar, either. You can get as creative as you want with mix-ins (sometimes I’ll add in chocolate chips, M&M’s, etc. for a treat) or keep it simple. When I want it to have a bit more staying powder, I … Read More

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Grocery Budgeting + Meal Planning (part 2)

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Hi Friends! Checking in with part 2 of our grocery budgeting strategies. Over the years I’ve dabbled in a lot of different ways to “meal plan” including meal boxes, meal prepping websites that provide you the week’s recipes, making my own recipes for the week, etc. There are a LOT of great resources and strategies out there, but for me, the strategy that works best for me is reverse meal planning. (full disclaimer that if you aren’t super comfortable in … Read More