It’s been especially cold here in D.C. that it’s made going for walks and family hikes difficult with a small baby in tow. Baby aside, I always find February a tough month to trudge through. It’s near the end of the wintry months when you’re so very over the frigid temperatures, snow and short days! To beat the winter blues, I’m sharing with you 3 healthy and hearty veg friendly meals that are sure to warm you from the inside out.
Up until recently, meal planning was a serious stressor in my life. Most weeks I would scramble to come up with dinner dishes moments before running to do my grocery shop for the week. Or I would become so inspired that I would overcommit to making a handful of dishes, buy all the ingredients, and then life would get in the way. I could not seem to get into a proper rhythm of planning and executing meals and it left me in a major rut. It wasn’t until I piggybacked on to an existing habit that I’m now able to meal plan with efficiency and ease.
Do you like spaghetti squash as much as I do? It really is the perfect swap out for noodles or traditional spaghetti. To get a low-carb, delicious alternative to pasta, all you need to do is bake it in the oven and then use your fork to pull apart the strands. Last week while I was preparing dinner, I did a quick Google search to figure out what temperature I needed to set my oven to, when I came across a brilliant and super simple hack for cooking spaghetti squash. Not only does this trick eliminate a few steps but it also saves you from washing a dish! Sounds too good to be true? Well, it’s good and also it’s true.
Have you ever heard of or tried Beachbody’s Shakeology? If you Google, “Beachbody Shakeology” you’ll find hundreds of testimonials and praise from the Beachbody community as being the gold standard of superfoods and the only shake you’ll ever drink again. After doing some of their workout videos (which are excellent by the way), I thought I’d give the vegan chocolate Shakeology a go for a month or two to see what all the hype was about.
Back in December, I started a new at-home workout program that is done in tandem with a macro-timed nutrition plan. Not only was I new to a structured workout program (hello, COVID life) but I had never tracked my macros, or calories for that matter, before. I’m now more than halfway through the 13-week program and I have seen many wonderful changes in both my performance and overall health. It’s like a completely new way of living and eating and I can’t stop telling all my friends about it.
Are you on the everything-can-be-made-with-cauliflower train? If not, I encourage you to get on! This cruciferous vegetable is a great source of fibre and vitamin C, plus it’s a low-carb alternative to grains and legumes. Some nights I’m all fired up to pull out my food processor, pour myself a glass of wine and make something adventurous for dinner. Other nights, I’m just not in the mood. Enter my favourite dinner hack – riced cauliflower. Stocking your freezer with frozen cauliflower will save you time, help you cut back on your carb intake, and allow you to add more fibre and veggies into your diet. Intrigued yet? Here’s three easy things to make with frozen riced cauliflower this week.
Hands up if you love yogurt but need to limit or omit because you have a food sensitivity or are lactose intolerant? *Raises hand* I love dairy but if I eat too much of it, I will become sick, e.g., sore throat and plugged ears for days. Because of this, I need to be extra choosy when it comes to what I eat and how often, dairy-wise. A few months ago I moved to the USA from Canada and I’m beyond thrilled for all the new foods and health products I can now try out. And friends, Siggi’s vegan yogurt did not disappoint! It’s everything I have ever hoped for in a plant-based yogurt alternative.
Last week while shopping at Trader Joe’s, I came across Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust and thought, let’s give it a go! Frozen pizza crust is a good option for nights when you’re short on time but still want to incorporate fresh ingredients into your meal. When I brought it home, my husband wasn’t entirely impressed. But after I read out loud the 7 simple ingredients from the back of the box: Cauliflower, Cornflour, Water, Cornstarch, Potato Starch, Olive Oil, Salt – and expressed enthusiastically – that it was made in Italy, he shrugged his shoulders, walked away and said, “fine, I’ll try it.”
There is no denying it, I love my smoothies thick and cold. Years ago, I learned this genius hack for making my smoothie super chilly and creamy, like a milkshake, that has forever changed the way I make my post workout drink.