Friday Favorites: January

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As January comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on those 2017 goals that we were so excited about on New Year’s. How are you doing? Still going strong? Losing steam? Planning and ready to start in the coming months? To give us all a mindset boost to keep going into February and beyond, here are some great nutrition-related articles from fellow RDs and other reputable sources. And to add to the momentum, a roundup of delicious, nutritious foods for on the go or to freeze for quick meals later when we’re really running out of steam!

Neat:

  1. This is How Your Body Detoxes // Skip the juice cleanse, and let your body go through its natural detoxifying process.
  2. How to Make Almost Any Recipe Vegan // Trying a plant-based diet for the first time? Here are some super simple swaps for your old favorite recipes.
  3. 7 Tips for Sticking to Your New Vegan Diet // To go along with the above article, a few terrific tips from The Vegan RD.
  4. Adding, Not Subtracting for a Healthier New Year // Tired of cutting out foods and feeling deprived? Try adding a few things instead.
  5. Healthy Habit Challenge // Continue the “adding, not subtracting” by starting a healthy habit challenge next month!

Nutritious:

  1. Curried Cauliflower Chowder // Simple, flavorful, and filling on a chilly night.
  2. Loaded Garlic Kale Potatoes // Hearty and freezer friendly!
  3. Buckwheat Green Apple Cranberry Avocado Salad // As the weather starts to warm up and the days get longer, this salad makes me long for Spring!
  4. Marinated Peanut Tempeh // A protein and healthy fat packed addition to your standard salad or stir fry.
  5. Morning Glory Breakfast Cookies // Treats for breakfast! Or a midnight snack. Or freeze for anytime.

Simplify: Freezer Meals

standard January 13, 2017 Leave a response

Welcome to a whole new year of Simplifying! While most of these monthly posts this year will be centered around making life easier with a baby, they are definitely universal enough for everyone! January is a perfect month for cleaning out and restocking the freezer. A lot of us are gearing up for new schedules, big goals, and with the momentum of the new year, we have the energy to prepare ahead for the approaching slow down that usually happens late February. We are ready for Spring, but it may still be cold and snowy. We have lost our energy from the new year’s sheen. And a freezer full of healthy meals will keep us going until the warmth and sunshine comes back. Ready to get started?

Make a plan.

Ready to go all out and make all this month’s meals at once and eat out of the freezer every night? Or do you just want a handful of staples for those extra hectic weeknights? Making a list of meal ideas, recipes, and a schedule for making it all will really help once you get to cooking day. You may be able to do it all at once. Or you may need to break it up. For example, I am working on stocking my freezer for after baby comes, so I have a plan for breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and dinners for at least a month to balance out what friends will bring over. Each week I pull a handful of meals from this list to shop, prep, cook, and store to keep things manageable over the coming weeks.

Don’t try new recipes.

It may be tempting to make all the recipes from a brand new cookbook you just got for Christmas. Or a blog recipe you saw yesterday. But since these meals won’t be eaten right away, you want something you know is good to look forward to. And you want something that you know will hold up to freezing, thawing, and reheating. While adding one or two new recipes can be okay, make sure most of your plan include tried and true family favorites, that everyone can look forward to eating.

Store in manageable portions.

It may seem convenient to freeze entire casserole dishes of food, but if you are wanting to feed just one or two in a hurry, thawing a whole casserole can take a while. And once an item is thawed, you don’t want to refreeze it. Think ahead to how each dish might be enjoyed and store accordingly. For me, this means single serving containers of everything, so I don’t have to worry about the husband wanting something else or needing to feed myself for lunch during the day or wasting the food already in the fridge.

Keep it simple. 

Don’t bite off more than you can chew! Start out small. Make Plan A, then build on it with Plan B, until you get an idea for how long it takes you to shop, prep, cook, and store meals. Some people can multitask easily, cooking up two or three dishes at once. Others, like me, prefer to do one recipe from start to finish before starting on the next one, cleaning as I go. Whatever your method, keep it simple. And don’t stress out about it. This is supposed to be helpful, time-saving, and possibly fun (if you are someone who loves being in the kitchen and the sense of accomplishment of filling your freezer with delicious meals!)

 

Be Present: 2017 Goals

standard January 6, 2017 Leave a response

Happy 2017! This post is coming a week later than usual because, to be honest, I didn’t have goals set by January 1st. And that is OKAY. It took me a solid few weeks to really dig in and articulate what I wanted to focus on this year. As a planner, it is so hard to have most of this year be completely unknown due to Baby Darby’s arrival in March. I don’t know when I’ll get back to running. Or when I’ll be able to figure out a work schedule. I don’t even expect myself to keep up with my goals for most of this Spring and into Summer. And that is hard for me. In order to let myself sit in today, enjoy every moment, and not worry about the schedule or the next step or the to-do list, my word for this year is PRESENT. And each of my goals for the year is also loosely based on this mentality of giving each day what it deserves. These will most likely change as I get to my mid-year check in over the Summer, but I love the freedom in knowing that and it being okay, despite publicly stating these intentions. I love, love, LOVE PowerSheets for helping me to set these goals and to give the space and flexibility for a year of unknowns.

2017 Goals:

  1. Increase self-awareness and knowledge in order to be a strong woman in today’s world. // There is so much I want to learn and do this year, and knowing I also need to give myself rest and a balance of self-care alongside motherhood, this is here to remind me to not neglect myself.
  2. Look UP every day to remember what matters most. // “It has been said that to know the mystery of life we must turn our face toward the sun, for only when we look upward can we begin to understand.”
  3. Give myself grace as I learn to be a mother. // The to-do list can wait.
  4. Cultivate relationships well. // Continue to grow and give to the husband, friends, family, neighbors. We spent the last two years building a community, so that we could have people to surround us as we start this next adventure as parents, and all relationships need to be tended regularly.
  5. Build back up to marathon-ready fitness level. // Ambitious, I know. I am longing for my usual training routine and am excited to get back to feeling myself and teaching my child to be strong and confident.
  6. Build consistency and growth in my business. // The flexibility of working for myself is an incredible privilege right now, and I have a lot of items in the works to grow Celebration Nutrition to be able to continue this career well and allow me to spend time with my family.

January Goals:

  1. Read one book.
  2. Finish baby’s room.
  3. Update Celebration Nutrition website.
  4. Have a date night out.
  5. Make 3 freezer meals each week.
  6. Take 1 day completely off each week.

Who else set goals for 2017? Did you set a word or intention for the year? 

 

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