Health Tips for Grocery Shopping

Hello lovelies! 🙂

It is almost the end of January and I know that so many of us had a New Year’s Resolution to eat a healthier diet.  Were you one of these people but honestly didn’t know where to start?!  I know that it can be so confusing and I am here for you.

Here is a start.  On today’s video I’ll take you through some quick basics on what to buy (and what NOT to buy) when shopping at the grocery store.  I hope that you find it helpful.  Please comment if you have any questions.

I’ll be back soon with more food videos so that we can make this the healthiest year yet!

Health Tip of the Day: WATER!

Do you know how much water you should be drinking to lose weight and to maintain a healthy lifestyle?  Watch my video to find out more!

 

My story has been published…have you read it yet?!

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I am so, so, so excited (did I mention that I’m excited?!) that my personal story on body shaming has been published by a wonderful blog (Healthy is the New Skinny).  If you haven’t read my blog, My Struggle with Being Perfectly Imperfect, please take a moment to do so.  Empowering women, teens and girls is something that I feel extremely passionate about.  I hope that together we can decrease violence, bullying and body shaming.

Please SHARE my post (on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter) and together let’s take a HUGE stand to be #perfectlyme 🙂

You can view my post on my blog or at http://www.healthyisthenewskinnyofficial.tumblr.com.

Are you drinking enough water?

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Are you drinking enough water?

Did you know that you should be drinking half your body weight (in oz.) of water per day?! To make the math simple, let’s pretend I’m 100 pounds. That means that I should be drinking 50 oz. of water EVERY day!

This is extremely important to remember, especially while experiencing HOT weather like we are in San Diego. Signs of dehydration can include low energy, headaches, cravings, brain fog and constipation. Also, sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water and wait 20 minutes to see if you are actually hungry.

Try sprucing your water up by adding cucumber, lemon, mint or berries. And NO, I’m sorry, but tea, coffee, and juice do not count as water.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate 🙂

A vegan recipe that is made with only 5 ingredients!

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Here is another one of my favorite, vegan, gluten-free, recipes from The Oh She Glows Cookbook.  It is originally intended for a breakfast meal, but I prefer to eat it as a warm, comforting dinner.

Loaded Savory Oatmeal & Lentil Bowl

-1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats

-**1/4 cup red lentils (see note below)

-1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth

-1 small clove garlic, minced (optional)

-1 small shallot, chopped, or 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped onion (optional)

Optional toppings:  Salsa, chopped green onion, hummus, crackers, avocado, salt and pepper

Instructions:

**I prefer to soak my lentils for a day beforehand to promote healthy digestion.

1.  In a medium saucepan, combine the oats, lentils, broth, garlic (if using), and shallot (if using).  Bring the mixture to a low boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 12 minutes, or until thickened.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2.  Spoon the oatmeal into a bowl, add your desired toppings, and enjoy!

3.  Store any leftovers in an airtight container  They will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.  To reheat, simply combine the oatmeal and a splash of vegetable broth in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until warmed through.