Health

Keeping It Consistent with Mighty Spark

This post is sponsored by Mighty Spark, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to healthy eating - it’s too time consuming, the food is bland, recipes are difficult to follow, you can’t eat anything, the list goes on and on. It really doesn’t have to be so hard! Healthy eating doesn’t need to be all or nothing. It’s not about extremes; it’s about sustainability. To combat these misconceptions, I wanted to share a few of the things that have worked for me when it comes to trying to live a consistent, healthy lifestyle.

1.  I enjoy veggies with (almost) every meal.

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, I love to get my veggies in! Whether it’s enjoying a salad for lunch, having a veggie-packed omelet, or making veggie noodle “pasta”, I try to make vegetables a key part of most of my meals. That’s not to say I don’t eat meals without them, but generally, they’re a staple throughout the day. It's important to note that the keyword here is *enjoy* because I don't just get my veggies in, I make sure to pick ones that I genuinely like. I never force myself to eat something because I feel like I "should" but rather because it's what I want and am craving. One delicious way I like to get those veggies in is with these Bruschetta Chicken Meatballs over Shaved Asparagus!

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Recipe (Serves 5-6):

In a large bowl, mix together 1 lb Mighty Spark Bruschetta Ground Chicken Blend, ½ of a tomato, chopped, 8 chopped fresh basil leaves, and 3 chopped garlic cloves. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12 minutes. Flip the meatballs and cook for an additional 12 minutes.

In the meantime, using a peeler, shave 3 bundles of asparagus (or thinly slice with a knife). Heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Once hot, add in one small container of halved cherry tomatoes, the shaved asparagus, and 4 cloves of chopped garlic. Sauté for about 5-8 minutes until the asparagus softens. Add in ¼ cup of shredded parmesan and the juice of ¼ lemon. Cook for an additional minute until the cheese melts. Serve and top with the chicken bruschetta meatballs.

2. I choose the foods I’m craving and that will keep me feeling satisfied.

Just like with my choice in veggies, I try to listen to my body and what it’s craving in terms of anything I eat. If I’m not feeling a food, I won’t force myself to eat it, and if I’m craving something, I will have it. I also generally try to pick foods that will fill me up and keep my feeling that way. Lean protein and healthy fats are key. I love Mighty Spark Chicken Snack Sticks, avocado, or mixed nuts as an easy snack when I’m feeling hungry between meals

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3.  I keep it simple.

I love cooking most of my meals at home. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely go out to eat (multiple times a week in fact), but I like to cook the majority of my meals at home so that I really know what I’m eating. When cooking, I try not to over-complicate it. I like quick and easy meals that don’t skimp on flavor. Usually these will include lots of seasoned veggies, protein, healthy fat, and complex carbs. One of my favorite go-to easy meals is throwing a Mighty Spark Queso Fresco & Jalapeno Turkey Burger on the stovetop or grill and cooking it up with some side veggies and baked sweet potato fries.

Overall, living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to be complicated. It’s all about finding what works for you! Keep it simple, listen to your body, and stick to it! Consistency is key.

Celebrating National Nutrition Month with BabbleBoxx

This post is sponsored by  BabbleBoxx.com .

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.

March is National Nutrition Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with some delicious and nutritious food! That’s why I was super excited when my BabbleBoxx showed up at my door. I literally felt like a kid on Christmas morning diving into the box, and it did not disappoint! Packed with tasty food and beverages, this box was literally stacked with the best goods. I may even have some discount codes on these amazing products for you, so you’ll definitely want to keep reading. So what’s inside?

VeeTee’s Thai Jasmine Rice & Wholegrain Brown Rice & Quinoa

Microwavable in just 2 minutes with no artificial flavorings, colors, or preservatives, this rice is super easy to whip up and perfect for any meal! The Jasmine Rice has that traditional sticky texture to authentically enhance (and soak up) your favorite Asian dish, and the Wholegrain Brown Rice and Quinoa is super versatile. You can use it as the base of a dish, as a side dish, or in a salad. No matter how you enjoy it, you won’t be disappointed! Does it get any easier than microwaveable rice? Make sure to check VeeTee out here: http://bit.ly/veetee-rice.

Wonder Kombucha

With only 10 grams of sugar per serving, Wonder Kombucha is the perfect non-alcoholic prebiotic beverage to nourish naturally occurring probiotic bacteria in the gut. It’s certified organic, non-GMO, gluten free, AND vegan making it the perfect way to improve your gut-health regardless of any dietary restrictions. You can get a $4 coupon for Wonder Kombucha for the month of March here: https://amzn.to/2GwYmUe.

Happy Healthy Co. Açaí bowls, Overnight Oats, and Smoothies

Eating healthy really doesn’t get easier (or tastier) than Happy Healthy Co.’s Açaí bowls, Overnight Oats, and Smoothies. Their smoothies come in 5 delicious flavors made from antioxidant-rich whole food ingredients. You just add your favorite milk or water, blend, and enjoy! The overnight oats come in 3 flavors made from heart healthy ingredients. You simply add your favorite milk or water, and place them in the fridge overnight. Voila! Delicious, easy oats to enjoy cold or hot. Packed with antioxidants, their healthy acai bowls couldn’t be easier. Thaw and enjoy same day or overnight in the fridge. All cups include only non-GMO ingredients and are produced in a nut-free and vegan facility. Find out more about them here: www.happyhealthyco.com, and get your mix and match bundle box delivered straight to your door anywhere across the continental US. New customers will receive $10 off their first order through the month of March.

Nutiva Organic MCT Powder Vanilla & Organic Squeezable Steam Refined Coconut Oil

Nutiva products have been a favorite of mine for years, and their Organic Vanilla MCT Powder and Organic Squeezable Coconut Oil just deepen my love. Made without chemicals, filler oils or additives, the vanilla MCT powder is the perfect way to boost you brain health and metabolism. It’s the perfect addition to your daily coffee, smoothie, or shake to keep you energized while providing mental clarity and fat burning benefits throughout the day. It’s a pure formula free form hexane, chemicals, GMO fillers, dairy, and gluten while also being certified organic, non-GMO, vegan, and Keto. The Organic Squeezable Steam Refined Coconut Oil is made from organic dried coconut without any chemicals. Thanks to the steam-refining process, it has a neutral flavor and scent making it perfect for baking, sautéing, stir-frying, and any and every other way you use butter, olive oil, and vegetable oils. Like the MCT powder, it is also certified organic, non-GMO, Keto, and vegan. Use the code NUTIVA25! or this link: https://store.nutiva.com/discount/NUTIVA25! now through 5/31/19 for 25% off all MCT powder flavors and refined/virgin coconut oil pouches.

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Laird Superfood Creamers: Original, Cacao, Turmeric, and Unsweetened

If you’re looking to upgrade your daily coffee, Laird Superfood Creamers are the all-natural way to do it! Did I mention they’re also great in tea, smoothies, and your favorite baked goods? With naturally occurring MCTs, these creamers provide an energy boost without the crash. They’re made from all-natural, whole food ingredients without anything artificial, and they fit into basically all diets. There’s the Original Superfood Creamer which contains just four ingredients, the Cacao Superfood Creamer for my chocolate lovers out there, the Turmeric Superfood Creamer which is my personal favorite to add to tea, and the Unsweetened Superfood Creamer which has just a subtle natural sweetness from real coconut. Learn more here: https://lairdsuperfood.com/pages/laird-superfood-creamers, and new customers can use the code BABBLE20 for 20% off their first order (offer expires 6/1/19).

Let me know which products you try and what you think in the comments below!

My Morning Routine with TeaWell™ Organic Wellness Teas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #BeWellTeaWell #TeaWell #CollectiveBias

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I don’t know about you guys, but my morning routine is everything! It literally sets the tone for the rest of my day. I like to start off with a nice balanced and filling breakfast and something to get my digestion and mind going. I found that coffee was giving me that dreaded caffeine crash later in the day, so I decided to try switching it up. Luckily I stumbled upon TeaWell™ at my local Sprouts.

TeaWell™ is a new brand of organic teas that is the first of its kind to deliver both delicious taste and health benefits. Each flavor features what they call the Daily Wellness Core which includes Antioxidant Support* green roobios, Immune Support* elderberry, Digestion* dandelion root, and Mental Vitality* panax ginseng. They’re also all caffeine free and non-GMO. They were basically exactly what I had been looking for with ingredients that help revitalize the mind and ward off fatigue while also helping to stimulate digestion. Plus the flavors sounded like the perfect compliment to any breakfast plate!

TeaWell™ comes in five different, delicious flavors - Organic Honey Lemon, Organic Lemon Chamomile, Organic Ginger Mint, Organic Turmeric Spice, Organic Matcha Green. I’ve been starting every morning with the Lemon Chamomile. I heat up water on the stove top while I prep my breakfast ingredients. Then I pour the hot water over the teabag in a mug, letting it steep while I cook. By the time I’m ready to eat, my delicious TeaWell™ Organic Lemon Chamomile is ready to go! It really works out perfectly to get the day started on the right foot. It’s also been a great way to get that extra immune support* and warm start during these cold months.

You can try one or all five of TeaWell™ tea flavors today at your local Sprouts store (found right in the tea department), or see here for other retailer options! Don’t forget to grab a BOGO coupon for your TeaWell™ purchase at Sprouts here!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

GNC’s Earth Genius - Superfoods Supreme

This post is sponsored by GNC Earth Genius, however, I am sharing my own
thoughts. All opinions are my own. The US Food and Drug Administration has not
evaluated the statements in this post. These products and statements are not intended
to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

I recently stopped into my local GNC to discover that they’ve come out with their own new comprehensive, wholesome line of products called Earth Genius! I decided to give the products a once over because they have a pretty big selection, and, honestly, I was really impressed. The retail associate was also super helpful because they’re specifically trained to educate customers about Earth Genius, matching them with products that address their nutritional gaps.

In a nutshell, I learned that Earth Genius is inspired by nature and crafted by experts. All of their products are non-GMO, gluten free, and made with wholesome ingredients with no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. They have a wide variety of products, so Earth Genius has you covered for pretty much any and every void you are trying to fill in terms of living a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t get much more convenient than being able to find all the reasonably priced products you need in one place!

I decided that I needed to give Earth Genius a try, so I picked up their Superfoods Supreme powder. I decided to go with the Superfoods Supreme because, if you couldn’t tell by the name, it’s packed with superfoods. My diet has been a little iffy between the end of summer and some big life changes, so this seemed like a no brainer. It’s the perfect supplement to make sure you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients that you need to have a balanced diet.

It comes in a delicious mixed berry flavor and is seriously loaded with goodness. It’s packed with 35 different superfood ingredients plus protein. It also includes a prebiotic and enzymes to support healthy digestion. Just checking out the ingredient list makes it evident just how good this superfood powder is – there isn’t a single one that I don’t recognize! It’s packed with whole foods fruits, veggies, greens, sprouts, and beans. It also includes a blend of adaptogenic mushrooms and 6 g of vegetarian, plant-based protein. Basically it’s loaded! They suggest mixing the powder into water, making it super easy to take. I also found it to be a delicious addition to smoothie on the go.

So what’s the consensus? I’m a big Earth Genius fan! I really loved the Superfoods Supreme. It’s such an easy and delicious way to balance out my diet and pack in those superfoods. I’m excited to give the other Earth Genius products a try because they seem to have a wholesome, clean, and smart solution for literally any health goal. I’ll definitely give you updates as I try them.

Want to try Earth Genius for yourself? Well, you’re in luck because you can easily find their products at your local GNC or online. GNC was also kind enough to give me a code to share with you guys for 20% off any Earth Genius products online and in store from 9/27/18-12/31/18! To redeem in store, use the code 34126, and show the store manager. You can use this link http://bit.ly/_StacyEG and enter the code 34126 at checkout if you’d like to order online.

Let me know what products you try and how you like them in the comments below!

Renew Life® Probiotics – Live Healthier and Feel Better from the Inside Out

This post is sponsored by Renew Life®, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

This post is sponsored by Renew Life®, however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Gut health is a big focus in the health industry these days and for very good reason! The gut isn’t just at the literal center of the body; it’s truly is the body’s center when it comes to health and affects so many other parts of our bodies and daily lives. It can affect everything from how you sleep to stress levels and happiness. When balanced and healthy, your gut promotes better digestion and stronger immune health. Literally 70% of our immune system is located in the gut just to put it into perspective.

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So how do we improve our gut health? A great place to start is by taking a daily probiotic. Probiotics help to restore the balance of flora in the gut. When the flora is unbalanced, it can lead to digestive and other health issues, so taking a daily probiotic helps to balance things out and keep them running and moving smoothly.

My go to daily probiotic is Renew Life. Renew Life is a potent probiotic with 3 times more good bacteria than leading brands as well as multiple scientifically studied strains to support digestive balance. These strains specifically reflect the natural diversity of your gut. Renew Life’s targeted release capsules help the probiotics to survive your stomach acid, allowing for more probiotics to actually reach the intestinal tract. Their potent formula contains 12 specifically selected Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus (often known at the “good bacteria”) strains to help restore digestive balance and support your immune health. They guarantee 30 billion live cultures per each capsule! The Renew Life vegetable capsules are also dairy free and gluten free.

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There are so many benefits to adding in a daily Renew Life probiotic into your routine. They help to regulate digestion and can aid in avoiding that uncomfortable feeling, which is something that I’m pretty sure we all want to avoid on our summer adventures! They also support your immune health keeping you going for all the fun summer activities. Nobody has time for sick days when you could be swimming in the ocean or hiking that trail you’ve been wanting to try. A daily probiotic can also improve your mood. Did you know that 95% of the body’s serotonin in produced right in the gut? So a happy gut can mean a happy you, literally. Basically your gut affects just about everything important to feeling the healthiest and best that you can!

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Renew Life offers a variety of products. I’ve been taking their Women’s Care Ultimate Flora Probiotic each morning with breakfast and have felt a noticeable difference. They also offer an Extra Care and Kids Probiotic, so they have something for the entire family. You can find out more about Renew Life and their products at: https://www.renewlife.com/extra-care-probiotics.html/. I’d definitely recommend giving them a try for yourself! Let me know what you think or if you have any questions in the comments below!

Get more information here about the full line of Renew Life® Ultimate Flora™ Probiotics here: http://bit.ly/2Lh8ceR #startstrong, #powerhour