Healthy Living

25 Comforting Sweet Potato Casserole Recipes to Complete Your Thanksgiving Menu

25 Comforting Sweet Potato Casserole Recipes to Complete Your Thanksgiving Menu

25 Comforting Sweet Potato Casserole Recipes to Complete Your Thanksgiving MenuI know there’s a lot of attention paid to the turkey on Thanksgiving, but for me, the real stars of the show are the sides.

In particular the sweet potato ones.

I adore a good sweet potato casserole, and these days they come in all styles and flavors: marshmallows, no marshmallows, pureed sweet potato, cubed sweet potato, healthy, totally indulgent, etc. 

If you’re finalizing your menu for Thanksgiving dinner and are on the hunt for the perfect sweet potato casserole, you’ve come to the right place. One of these recipes is sure to satisfy your Thanksgiving side-loving guests. More →

Super Useful Snacking Tips for Busy Moms

Super Useful Snacking Tips for Busy Moms

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Super Useful Snacking Tips for Busy Moms

Things I never did before becoming a mom:

Consume a bowl of cereal for every meal and snack of the day.

Pull a crushed pack of goldfish crackers out of my bag and dump it in my mouth in a ravenous rage. 

Utter the words, “I’m just too tired to eat.” 

These days, however, those experiences aren’t too far outside the realm of possibility. 

Eating healthy and at regular times often seems impossible when your focus is consumed by the safety and well being of little ones. We moms tend to put so much emphasis on wholesome meals and snacks for our kids, we forget that we need those things too. 

These super helpful snacking tips for busy moms can help you get back on track—so you don’t have to spend another day living off cereal and crushed goldfish crackers.  More →

How to Restart Exercising in 5 Simple Steps

How to Restart Exercising in 5 Simple Steps

5 Simple Steps to Restart Exercising

Back when I was still pregnant with my second baby, I was certain I’d restart exercising as soon as my doctor gave me the green light.

Now here I am—almost five months postpartum—and I’m just now beginning to re-discover my exercise groove.

I guess I’d forgotten how tough it can be to find the energy and motivation to break a sweat when you’re consumed by your baby’s needs and running on just a few hours of (broken) sleep.

That’s how life goes sometimes, huh?

In the end, however, I know how important exercise is to my wellbeing, and I truly believe that taking care of myself makes me a better mom. That’s why I’m re-committing myself to an active lifestyle—for my own sake and that of my family.

Just how am I going to make it happen? Here’s a peek at my plan.

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6 Handy Healthy Eating Tips for Families On the Go

6 Handy Healthy Eating Tips for Families On the Go

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Healthy Eating Tips for Families On the Go

A skipped breakfast.

A lunch packed so quickly it lacks any fruits or veggies.

A processed pack of cookies as an after school snack.

A trip to the drive-thru after soccer practice for dinner.

If yours is a busy family on the go, then one or more of these scenarios might look familiar. I know I recognize a few.

As the pace of our lives increases—and the open space on our calendars decreases—some corners have to be cut. Unfortunately, those corners often involve our health and wellbeing.

But that doesn’t have to be so.

My family is trying our best to keep our health a priority—that goes for the kids and the grown ups alike—even in the face of crazy schedules and full plates. Here are a few of the healthy eating tips we’re relying on as our lives take us here, there, and everywhere. More →

25 Seriously Delicious Pumpkin Recipes for Fall—Or Anytime!

25 Seriously Delicious Pumpkin Recipes for Fall—Or Anytime!

25 Seriously Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

Over the past few years, pumpkin has become the “it” food for fall. It’s as trendy as trendy food gets. All the cool kids are adding pumpkin puree to their muffins and cupcakes and smoothies

I don’t want to be a cool kid, and I usually don’t love trendy stuff. But for pumpkin, I make an exception.

Why? Well, it’s trendy for a very good reason—because it’s delicious! 

So if the back-to-school craze, the slightly crisper air, and other signs of fall have kicked your annual pumpkin craving into high gear, don’t miss these seriously delicious pumpkin recipes—which are really perfect for any time of year! More →

5 Habits of Healthy Pregnant Women

5 Habits of Healthy Pregnant Women

5 Habits of Healthy Pregnant Women

When it comes to health and fitness, pregnancy causes a lot of internal conflict for most of us.

We desperately want to have a healthy pregnancy that leads to an easier recovery and a healthy baby. But we’re also absolutely exhausted and immensely uncomfortable, and many days we just want to drink milkshakes and lie on the couch.

It can be quite a predicament!

No pregnancy would be complete without a bit of junk food and a few Netflix marathons, of course, but overall it’s really important to maintain your healthy habits. That’s because a mother’s nutritional status at conception, during pregnancy, and throughout breastfeeding plays a key role in her health and well-being, as well as that of her child.

So before you reach for that second helping of French fries or ditch your gym membership, consider adopting these five habits for a healthy pregnancy.

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5 Practically Effortless Ways to be a Healthier Mom Today

5 Practically Effortless Ways to be a Healthier Mom Today

I received a free bottle of Nature Made Multi for Her plus Omega-3s Adult Gummies from Nature Made to review. Nature Made did not require that I write this post or any of the language in this post. All opinions and views expressed are my own.

5 Practically Effortless Ways to be a Healthier Mom Today

I recently had my second baby, and during the newborn phase I lost touch with a lot of the healthy habits I’d established before and during pregnancy.

Understandably so, of course!

But now I’m ready to start easing my way back into a healthy lifestyle. “Easing” being the keyword—because between going back to work, keeping up with my preschooler, and handling middle-of-the-night baby feedings, I can’t expect much more from myself.

I’m guessing you can relate, right?

The good news is that little changes can make a difference—in the way we look, yes, but more importantly in the way we feel. That’s why I’m starting small, with these super easy, totally doable ways to be a healthier mom right now.

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How to Bust Your 9 Biggest Exercise Excuses

How to Bust Your 9 Biggest Exercise Excuses

How to Bust Your Biggest Exercise ExcusesIf there were a million reasons to exercise, we as a people could probably come up with a million and one reasons why we’re still not going to do it.

There’s just always some justification for why our couch, bed, to-do list, or Netflix queue should come first. 

That’s not necessarily a bad thing; when we’re being pulled in a thousand different directions, it’s perfectly okay to say that at this stage in our lives, finishing a marathon isn’t feasible (not a running one, anyway). 

But at the same time, when we shortchange our health and fail to take care of ourselves, we suffer. And our families suffer. Our children suffer

So if all that’s holding you back from getting in some exercise—and finally feeling better, both physically and emotionally—is your running list of excuses, it’s time to bust ’em.

How? By replacing them with these exercise mantras to keep you motivated to work out!

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Kid-Approved No Recipe Dinner Ideas

Kid-Approved No Recipe Dinner Ideas

Kid-Approved No Recipe Dinner IdeasNow don’t get me wrong, I love trying new recipes. But let’s be honest: Using a recipe requires a certain degree of effort that I’m not willing to put forth most evenings of the week.

Finding the recipe.

Saving the recipe.

Making sure I have the proper ingredients for the recipe.

Pulling the recipe up on my tablet before I start cooking, then fearing I’m going to spill sauce on the screen while referencing it.

Measuring, measuring, measuring.

That’s why most nights I rely on my family’s list of “No Recipe Dinner Ideas.” These suggestions don’t really require an ingredient list or a measuring cup. They’re easily customizable depending on what you already have in your fridge or pantry. And best of all, they all come together in relatively little time!

Kid-Approved No Recipe Dinner Ideas

The next time you want to get dinner on the table without looking anything up beforehand, just turn to one of these suggestions. They’re kid-friendly, and many of them stand on their own. Otherwise you can always serve a salad, cooked veggies, and/or dinner rolls on the side. 

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20 Small Steps to a Healthier You

20 Small Steps to a Healthier You

Thank you to UnitedHealthcare for sponsoring this conversation. The ideas, thoughts, and opinions are all mine.

20 Small Steps to a Healthier You

One of the main reasons people put their health on the back burner is that it feels too overwhelming. 

Home-cooked dinners every single evening? Definitely don’t have time for that.

An hour of exercise seven days a week? Never gonna happen.

Drop twenty pounds by summer? Keep dreamin’!

We’re simply too busy and too stressed to overhaul our entire lifestyles in one fell swoop.

But here’s the good news: Major overhauls like that aren’t actually necessary to getting your life on the healthy track. Focusing on small, baby steps—little changes you can incorporate one day at a time—is not only more doable, but also more sustainable for the longterm.

That’s the message behind UnitedHealthcare’s We Dare You to Share campaign. More →

Why I’m Signing My Toddler Up for Sports

Why I’m Signing My Toddler Up for Sports

Why I'm Signing My Toddler Up for Sports“Startin’ him a little young, don’t you think?”

“Are you gunning for an athletic scholarship in a few years?”

“What, do you think he’s the next Pelé or something?”

Those are the general reactions I get when I tell people I signed my 2.5-year-old up for soccer this spring.

They think I’m either delusional—believing my son to be some kind of athletic prodigy who should be groomed for the big leagues right away—or crazy competitive, obsessed with watching my son win from the sidelines.

But I don’t think I’m either of those.

Today I’m over at Coach Daddy talking about the reasons why I’m signing my toddler up for sports. Are there real benefits for the preschool-aged group or not?

Join me there and let me know what you think!

The Ultimate List of Healthy Pregnancy Snacks: Over 50 Healthy Snack Ideas for Moms to Be

The Ultimate List of Healthy Pregnancy Snacks: Over 50 Healthy Snack Ideas for Moms to Be

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quidsi. All opinions are entirely my own.

50+ Easy, Healthy, and Satisfying Pregnancy SnacksHealthy snacking during pregnancy is absolutely essential, for several reasons.

First, it’s a simple way to get the extra calories your body needs to support your growing baby—without relying on extra servings of cookies or French fries. (There’s a time and a place for junk food, of course, but moderation is just as important in pregnancy as it is at any other time, if not more so!)

Second, as your baby gets bigger and takes up more and more space, you’re likely to feel full more quickly than usual, which makes eating large meals next to impossible. A mixture of small meals and lots of snacks is much more doable.

Similarly, being pregnant makes you more prone to bloating, gas, and constipation (lovely!), which are all made worse by eating big meals. Snacking frequently throughout the day can help ease your digestive symptoms.

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