Healthy Living

3 Basil Recipes That Aren’t Pesto

If you’ve got a overflow of basil in your garden and need some good recipe ideas that aren’t pesto, this is for you.  These are my 3 favorite recipes using basil, plus a few other easy ideas.

Building the Perfect Plant Based, Protein Rich Smoothie

Whether you’re new to the smoothie game or looking for some fresh ideas, you’ve come to the right place.  Learn how to build a balanced and healthy drink that can be packed with greens and veggies without the greens and veggie taste.

Beginners Guide: Cooking with Jackfruit

Whether you’re looking for a meat substitute or just want to add more vegetables to your diet, jackfruit is a great option.  This beginners guide to jackfruit explains what it is, the best cooking method and an easy recipe.

Beginners Guide: Going Soy Free

Going soy free can be very challenging, and it is shocking to learn how many foods out there have soy in them!  From frozen french fries to vegetable burgers to dips to granola bars, soy can be found in a multitude of products.  If you’re trying to cut out or cut back on your soy

Beginners Guide: Gluten Free Grains & Breads

Whole grains are an excellent source of nutrition.  They contain essential enzymes, iron, dietary fiber, vitamin E, and B-complex vitamins, and because the body absorbs grains slowly, they provide sustained and high-quality energy.  However just because you’re gluten free doesn’t mean whole grains are off limits.  Nutritionally, you want to try and add a whole

Beginners Guide: The Best Non-Dairy Brands & Alternatives

When I started my plant-based journey, one of the biggest issues I had with it was cutting out dairy.  I wanted to do it for my own personal health, but let’s be honest, I can eat an entire wheel of brie on my own, so I knew this would be hard.  Luckily, I have discovered

Arbonne 30 Days – Getting Started

If you are researching the Arbonne 30 Day Detox and looking for information on how it works, what a typical day would look like and some real life results, you’ve come to the right place!

Detoxing Naturally

I feel like whenever I say the words “detox” or “cleanse”, it sends a shudder through my body.  That absolutely doesn’t sound enticing to me, and probably doesn’t sound great to many other people either. Detoxing doesn’t have to mean skipping or drinking your meals.  It’s really simple actually, and your body will naturally detox itself

How to Meal Prep Salads + 3 Salad Recipes

A tutorial with tips, tricks and 3 different salad recipes so you can prepare fresh, crunchy salads for the whole week ahead.  For a busy week of work, salads can be a great meal prep option.  Load them up with lots of filling vegetables and lean proteins and get creative with what goes in your

Meal Prep: A Week of Effortless Dinners

An easy guide to getting dinner on the table quickly and easily.  Download your menu, recipes, grocery list and tips to help you get through it all effortlessly.

Sample Meal Plan

Hello fellow meal planners!! To keep life easy, I have put together a meal plan for you that is summer-perfect and healthy.  No hot ovens, just fresh salads, grilled goodies and delicious sides. I know the word “healthy” means something different to everyone, but for this meal plan, healthy simply means using fresh vegetables and good sources

Make Your Home Healthier in 5 Ways

Recently I was taking a walk through my neighborhood and noticed that almost all the houses had their blinds shut using blackout shades – something that has truly boggled my mind for years. Why don’t people want to let the light in?  It’s true that everyone needs a little vitamin D in their healthy diet, so

Eat Well All Week: Chickpea Salad + Meal Prep Tips

A few years ago, I would order out for lunch every day, leading to a terrible looking bank account and a terrible feeling all over my body.   I quickly realized that something had to change, so I overhauled my whole routine and started devoting time each weekend to preparing for the week ahead.  I taught

8 Healthy Travel Tips

Hey travelers, this one is for you! Over the last few months, I have done a ton of traveling – both for work and play, and it’s not always easy to stay on track when you’re away from the comforts of home and a routine.  Whether you stay in the country or go abroad, there

Navigate the Grocery Store Like a Pro

I’ve had a lot of conversations recently with people who are struggling with the weekly chore of grocery shopping. Considering you’re walking into a store with thousands of products and so much advertising it could make your head spin, how do you know what the good versus the bad foods are?

Stay on Track This Winter

Think back to last January when you made your resolutions.  Did they stick or did you forget all about them by spring?

How to Handle Rising Food Costs

It’s getting harder and harder to grocery shop these days without breaking the bank.  It’s easy to rack up a $200 grocery bill if you’re not careful, and especially if you go multiple times a week, that cost rises without you even realizing it.  Here are my recommendations on how to stay on budget at the

How To: Keep Berries Fresh

When you can find berries in bulk for a really good price you just can’t beat it.  Learn how to keep them fresh.

Juicing & Smoothies for Beginners

For anyone who is trying out the juicing/smoothie “thing”, I have put together a helpful list of what ingredients to use, their health benefits and how it will make or break your drink.

Week 6

Week 6 Meal Plan With the right meal plan, you can save big $ at the grocery store,and still eat healthy. Lauren For this meal plan, it was time to get a little more real.  I haven’t done a meal plan in a while simply because It is so darn hard to stay around $50.00

Product Review: Go Raw 100% Organic Chocolate Super Cookies

I think I might have actually floated up to heaven.  These little cookies are SO GOOD!

5 Easy & Delicious Meatless Monday Recipes

There are so many reasons to explain why Meatless Monday’s are great.  Eliminating meats even just once a week can drastically improve your overall health by nurturing your body with essential vitamins and minerals without the excess animal fats that can overtake your body.

Week 5 – $54.25

Dinners: Caprese Penne with Prosciutto Cherry Tomatoes – $2.19 @ TJ’s Basil – $2.99 @ TJ’s Fresh Mozzarella $3.99 @ Whole Foods Prosciutto – $3.99 @ TJ’s (optional ingredient) Balsamic Vinegar (already had it, but you can get it for around $5-$6 and it will last a loooong time) Penne – $1.29 @ TJ’s (will

Week 4 – $49.00 – Using Up What is Left in the Pantry First

I realize I’ve changed the format of each weeks meal plan numerous times.  I’m just working on ways to make it as easy as possible for you to follow and stay organized.  If there is a certain way you felt was best, let me know! Now that it’s August, it’s a good time to load

Mad About Food – The Effects of Food on the Mind

Did you know that certain foods can trigger the same response in your brain such as cocaine? It’s true. With the high levels of salt, fat and sugar found in so many food products lately, it’s beginning to get scary.

Week 3 – Five Dinners for $60.61 (Plus Leftovers for Day’s)

There’s a sale at Whole Foods for 3lbs bone-in chicken breasts for $2.99 a pound this week!!! That means we can make a whole bunch of good things for super duper cheap! I’m talking about Sesame Chicken with Broccoli and Rice and Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup! As I was waiting for the nice

How To: Meal Planning for a Busy Day

Whether you’re headed out on a long day trip or just a busy day at work, it’s important to prep your meals in advance so you can have continuous energy all day long.

Tips to Reduce Stress Almost Instantly

Stress, although unfortunately very common these days, is such a dirty word. It can lead to so many health concerns – problems sleeping, elevated blood pressure, weight gain or loss, digestive issues, zero energy and much more.  It can also effect the relationships your have with your friends, family and co-workers.

Week 2 – $51.95

Since it’s summer and all those lovely fruits and vegetables are in season, I can’t help but stock up! Blueberries, tomatoes, strawberries, peaches, cucumbers, squash, asparagus…all on sale!  For this whole week I have been enjoying fresh meals with lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats all for $51.95.  It’s also important to note that

The Real Food Challenge

Convenience is so important to our society, however that shouldn’t mean relying on foods that aren’t really foods at all.  Just doing a little research can be so beneficial to your mind and body.  I want to show you just how easy it can be to live a healthy life, and see the beauty in

Create a Lasting Healthy Lifestyle

Want to take the first step in beginning a lasting healthy lifestyle?

The Creatively Delish Food Portfolio

If you appreciate the beauty and art of food, you’ve come to the right place. Below are my favorite photo’s I have taken so far. If you enjoy what you see and are interested in working with me to create beautiful photo’s for your own business, click here. If you enjoy my work and are interested

Week 1: $52.98

Yes that is exactly how much we spent this week on groceries and I am thrilled! A few things we already had though that you might need to add to your list: half a vidalia onion butter eggs spices olive oil spinach leftover steak in the freezer brown rice So here’s the weekly breakdown: Breakfast

How To: Navigate a Restaurant Menu Like a Pro

Going out to eat is fun!  Sadly though, we all know that most restaurant meals are full of fat and sodium – even the salads!  The problem is, how can we be social without the occasional meal out?!

The Card Game Workout

  A fun way to get a workout in that you can do by yourself or with friends!

Week 2

This week we will focus on a few more healthy snacks along with lunches and dinners.

Meal Planning: Week 1

Eat. Real. Food.

It’s as simple as that.  Diets may work for a little while, but soon enough you end up scarfing down a double cheeseburger and a 3 scoop chocolate fudge sundae as if you’re going to die within the next two minutes.  Read on for how to turn it all around and stay on track for

Clean Up Your Diet

10 Ways I Lost 18 Pounds (#3 was the most important!)

Ten easy, painless ways to loose weight and be happy, all tried and true.  There are no secrets to losing the weight, just little reminders and tips to keep you motivated.

The 7-7-7 Challenge


10 Ways to Get More Protein in your Day

Did you know that according to some nutritionists, we should be consuming almost 100 grams of protein a day?!  That seems almost impossible when you think about what you eat every day.  An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but where’s the protein?!  Sure you could throw some peanut butter on apple slices

Get Moving this Weekend!