Just a simple WV girl, 20 y/o, studying Dietetics, and blogging my life-learned happiness of a healthy lifestyle. What is the secret? Go back to the basics...live simply.

{New} Healthy Living Essentials:

1. I am obsessed with Evolution:SweetGreens juice! They have it at Starbucks and I get one everytime I go- so delicious & refreshing after a workout!

2. I’m complicated and wanted a heart rate monitor that doesn’t require a chest strap. Well, I found one [New Balance: LifeTrainer] it was about $50 and calculates calorie burn, steps, and heart rate. The heart rate doesn’t always take so that is kind of a bummer, but it’s nice to have to track my steps & runs without the hassle of a strap.

3. If you have trouble finding good workout pants you need to check out Athleta. Their yoga pants are AWESOME, I always have a hard time finding pants that don’t ride down when I run and that go over my hips.. They are pricey but SO worth it if you live an active lifestyle- or just like yoga pants that fit good. :) I have 3 pairs now and got them all on the sale… Just as good as the full price!

    Spinach Salad, Roasted Veggies, & Grilled Salmon!

      Had a little photo shoot at the farm with my sister today. Here’s some pics.

      “I think we like to complicate things when it’s really quite simple- Find what it is that makes you happy & who it is that makes you happy, and you’re set. Promise.”

      ||EnjoyTheSimpleThings
        New, healthy microwaveable breakfast! 

So good & filling- “Breakfast In A Bowl”. I tried the Chicken Apple Sausage.. 220 calories, 21g carbs, 24g protein, 14g fat, and 3g sugars! 

Perfect for on the go lifestyle- no added, nasty stuff!

        New, healthy microwaveable breakfast!

        So good & filling- “Breakfast In A Bowl”. I tried the Chicken Apple Sausage.. 220 calories, 21g carbs, 24g protein, 14g fat, and 3g sugars!

        Perfect for on the go lifestyle- no added, nasty stuff!

          {Continuing my posts about how I use my perfect babysitting job to benefit them {& myself} as I stay involved in sharpening my skills for my future as a Dietitian.}

          You have to teach children how to grocery shop not just down the cereal and chip aisle, how to read a recipe, and how to make food from complete scratch even though it is quicker to go buy most things already made & packaged. || With teaching kids though, you HAVE to make it a fun & positive experience, or they will have bad vibes with the task and not want to do it more.

          Today I let the kids help me create a grocery list and learn how to scope out the aisles! We got everything from a healthy lunch to what we needed for our recipes (The trip would have went smoother if I didn’t let Grace get her own cart, but it added some laughs to our time!) We made soft pretzels from scratch & they were delicious. It took awhile and patience, but the kids {& I} had so much fun in the kitchen giggling and singing while we worked away! Better yet, no nasty ingredients and now they know how to read a recipe & make something they love from scratch!

            'Sweet Greens' Evolution drink & small black coffee for this fine Starbuck's date with my sister (@seriesandseasons). Some days you just need a good conversation, the sun shining on your skin, and yummy drinks to rejuvenate your body! 

**I like this green juice way better than Naked’s version. It isn’t loaded with any excess sugar, just straight vegetable juice and herbs!

            'Sweet Greens' Evolution drink & small black coffee for this fine Starbuck's date with my sister (@seriesandseasons). Some days you just need a good conversation, the sun shining on your skin, and yummy drinks to rejuvenate your body!

            **I like this green juice way better than Naked’s version. It isn’t loaded with any excess sugar, just straight vegetable juice and herbs!

              Homemade Strawberry Shortcake was a hit this 4th of July! It is the perfect ‘all American’ dessert in my book, the taste of fresh, sweet strawberries and the light whipped cream and shortcake is a match made in Heaven. Pair with vanilla bean icecream, coffee, or just a slab of cake plain! *It tasted best when refrigerated before serving so the whipped cream is firm. I found the recipe on Pinterest and modified it slightly to make healthier —

              My changes:
              -1/2 butter, 1/2 unsweetened applesauce
              -Instead of confectioners sugar, I used 2 T lemon juice & 1/4 C light, organic brown sugar to mix with the strawberries to make the filling. I also refrigerated this mixture for about 30 minutes while the cakes cooled to allow it to soften & goop together.

                8 Things Nutrition Experts Wish You Would Stop Saying About Food

                Love this! & agree with it all! || Especially #2.. I hate that people put guilt to enjoying French fries and ice cream. Life’s short & food is delicious, eating should be a blissful experience! :)

                  Life just got even better. I found Starbucks Unsweetened Iced Coffee @ Kroger. (I know, I know, I could just brew my own.. But the Starbucks label lured me in quickly.) 

Pour over ice & almond/coconut milk blend- or the milk of your choice & sweetener as you like.. I like my coffee not sweet better, just my preference! 

*I recommend drinking it out of a mason jar with a pretty straw. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from growing up in a small country town it’s that ‘everything tastes better out of a mason jar’ :)

Happy Caffenation!

                  Life just got even better. I found Starbucks Unsweetened Iced Coffee @ Kroger. (I know, I know, I could just brew my own.. But the Starbucks label lured me in quickly.)

                  Pour over ice & almond/coconut milk blend- or the milk of your choice & sweetener as you like.. I like my coffee not sweet better, just my preference!

                  *I recommend drinking it out of a mason jar with a pretty straw. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from growing up in a small country town it’s that ‘everything tastes better out of a mason jar’ :)

                  Happy Caffenation!

                    Kid Lunches: How to make healthy eating fun for little ones!

                    Being a full time babysitter I have learned what an impact I can make on kid’s and how healthy eating can be yummy & fun to prepare for them! Yes, they still eat chips and cookies sometimes.. But when I first started watching them this little girl wouldn’t touch turkey or carrots & now she loves packing a lunch with healthy choices! You have to make small changed first.. Have them try the colorful, sweet fruits. Cut them in different shapes, arrange it on the plate in a design, make it enticing for them to eat wholesome food!

                    With kids, it’s important to give & take! They may not like 100% whole wheat grainy bread and leafy spinach & they’re probably not going to start out eating sautéed onions and grilled chicken.. BUT if you can switch from white to honey wheat bread with some turkey breast, carrots instead of gummies, and pretzels instead of Doritos, well that is healthy and an improvement in health for their little rapidly growing bodies that need nutrition the most! And of course, they still deserve a cookie every once in awhile, depriving kids is not the answer to get them to eat healthy- even better, you can make cookies homemade & they can help you make it!

                    Grace’s little lunch today:
                    -1 sandwich on Honey Wheat bread with Turkey Breast meat.
                    -1 C sliced fresh Strawberries
                    -1 Carrot washed & cut in half (the only way she’ll eat it)
                    -Pretzel Sticks
                    -Water

                      I have never made a pie completely from scratch.. no pre-made dough or pre-canned cherry filling. It took about 2 hours for the whole process and it was very relaxing; I put on some music, made an iced coffee, and tied uo my “Move Over Martha” apron and was ready to head to town baking. and the reward of eating a piece at the end is all worth it. I think we need to get back to the old times and stop taking short cuts when preparing our food. What would our great-grandma’s think of buying a crust already made with additives and preservatives?. I think they would shake their finger at us and tie an apron on us. Ok, here’s the recipe!

                      For the crust: {Makes 2 9” pie crusts}

                      • 2 C All-Purpose Flour
                      • 1 t Salt
                      • 2/3 C Butter (I used Organic- nothing but sweet cream as the ingredient)
                      • 5-7 T ICE cold water

                      *Preheat oven to 400F. Blend the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into slices and using a pastry cutter chop up the butter in the bowl, the cutter should make the butter into little pea size balls. Once all butter is cut into the mixture, add the water 1 T at a time. The water should be very cold! Using a fork push the mixture to the edge of the bowl until all water is added and the dough is completely moistened and able to form a ball. Roll out the dough (Split in 1/2 and make 2 balls). Butter & flour a pie dish and form the rolled out dough to the pan. Cut off the excess dough and press your finger into the dough to make a ruffled look.

                      For the ‘Cherry Pie Filling’:

                      • 6 C fresh cherries, washed & pitted {A cherry pitter will save your life here!}
                      • 2 C water
                      • 1 C corn starch
                      • 1/2 C lemon juice
                      • 1/4 C sugar
                      • 2 t Cinnamon
                      • 1/2 t Nutmeg

                      In a saucepan, stir the water and corn starch until they reach a boil. Stirring frequently to avoid clumps. Add in the lemon juice, spices, and sugar and reduce heat.. The mixture should be a gel now. Add in the cherries and stir well. Let simmer for about 10 minutes atleast, the cherries should be softened. 

                      Now that you have all the components prepared!

                      Fill the prepared pie dishes with the filling until it is eye level with the brim. Roll out the other ball of dough and cut into equal strips, align about 6 horizontally over the filling, pressing the dough into the crust and trimming where needed. Then, add the remaining strips vertically to achieve a checkered look!(*You can also weave the strips in and out to achieve a lattice pie crust, but I was running out of time before my family came over for dinner!) Now, brush beaten egg whites over the crust and sprinkle with sugar, this will give that desirable golden brown pie crust!

                      Pop in the preheated 400F oven for 25 minutes, the crust should be golden brown! If using a glass pie dish check the bottom to see if it’s all cooked & golden. :)

                      Now… Grab a fork and dig into that 100% HOMEMADE GOODNESS! 

                        {Updated} Protein n’ Oat Pancake Recipe:
Played around with my favorite protein pancake recipe & came up with this! They are much fluffier now and not dense/flat, but don’t worry they’re still nutrition & flavor packed! :)
What you need: [Makes 2 large pancakes] -2 T Oat Flour  -3/4 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder {Plant Fusion}  -3/4 t Baking Powder  -1/4 t Baking Soda  -1 t Cinnamon  -1 1/2 t Pure Vanilla Extract  -pinch of Salt  {blend all the above.. Then, add}  -3 T Milk of your choice {I used almond/coconut blend}  -1 whole Egg  -1 t Ghee or Coconut Oil melted
Mix all up & pour onto coconut oil or butter greased skillet over medium heat! Wait until the first bubbles formed pop & flip.
* I paired mine with blueberries & bananas with cinnamon & 100% pure maple syrup!

                        {Updated} Protein n’ Oat Pancake Recipe:

                        Played around with my favorite protein pancake recipe & came up with this! They are much fluffier now and not dense/flat, but don’t worry they’re still nutrition & flavor packed! :)

                        What you need: [Makes 2 large pancakes]
                        -2 T Oat Flour
                        -3/4 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder {Plant Fusion}
                        -3/4 t Baking Powder
                        -1/4 t Baking Soda
                        -1 t Cinnamon
                        -1 1/2 t Pure Vanilla Extract
                        -pinch of Salt
                        {blend all the above.. Then, add}
                        -3 T Milk of your choice {I used almond/coconut blend}
                        -1 whole Egg
                        -1 t Ghee or Coconut Oil melted

                        1. Mix all up & pour onto coconut oil or butter greased skillet over medium heat! Wait until the first bubbles formed pop & flip.

                        * I paired mine with blueberries & bananas with cinnamon & 100% pure maple syrup!

                          'Austin's Homemade Icecream' date with my boyfriend last night because it's summer & why not. I got {Mint Chocolate Chip}… It was simply heaven in muh mouth! 

Austin’s is a local creamery that has brought in lots of customers day in day out for the past 60 some years. Now ya know it’s good.

                          'Austin's Homemade Icecream' date with my boyfriend last night because it's summer & why not. I got {Mint Chocolate Chip}… It was simply heaven in muh mouth!

                          Austin’s is a local creamery that has brought in lots of customers day in day out for the past 60 some years. Now ya know it’s good.

                            Something that came to mind today while sipping on my coffee. I thought it was worth writing down & sharing so maybe other people will see how you look is not of any meaning when it’s all said and done, just enjoy this life to the fullest & aim for good health!

                            Something that came to mind today while sipping on my coffee. I thought it was worth writing down & sharing so maybe other people will see how you look is not of any meaning when it’s all said and done, just enjoy this life to the fullest & aim for good health!

                              A new restaurant in my hometown meant this girl was there & ready to try it out! It’s called ‘The Peddler’. They offer organic, local, grass fed burgers with fresh & nontraditional toppings. Also, their fries are cooked in duck fat, a fat that is easier to digest. It was reallllly good!

                              I ordered:

                              1. Lamb Patty Burger {Feta, Olive Relish, Aioli, and Field Greens} 
                              2. Duck Fat Fries {Salt & Homemade Chipotle Ranch}
                              3. Water {Lemon}
                                CREDIT