We know that money can be tight this time of year, but there's no reason to break the bank over your best foodie friend. Here are 7 of my favorite finds this year that any food-lover will have heart eyes over!
(1) Grove Collaborative Reusable Bag Essentials Set $4.99
You've probably seen these reusable bags pop up on our Instagram account a time or two (or three). One set comes with 1 snack bag, 1 sandwich bag, and 1 storage bag to fit any of your food saver needs. Save 54% off the original price of $10.95 now! Link to buy. (Pst! This link is an affiliate link, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you click through and purchase.)
(2) Sugar‑Free PBfit Peanut Butter Powder $8.45
This is for the peanut butter lover in your life! Haven't heard of PB powder before? It's simply roasted peanuts that have had the oil pressed out of them before they're ground into a powder. Why do we love it so? Peanut butter powder has 87% less fat than regular PB, but 100% of the flavor. And this sugar-free variety has 0g of added sugar! Grab a container on sale from it's original price of $12.08. Link to buy.
(3) five below Sushi Printed Throw Blanket $5.00
Who doesn't need something warm to cozy up to this time of year? Not only is this sushi blankie adorable for anyone young or old, it's great to travel with in the car or in the air! Easiest $5 decision of your life. Link to buy.
(4) Rifle Paper Co. Colorblock Weekly Notepad $12.00
Know someone who's trying to upgrade their meal planning game? This colorful weekly planner will keep even the least motivated committed to healthier eating habits in the new year. Link to buy.
(5) Boba Tea Fleece Pullover $12.00
I have no words. Link to buy.
(6) Whole Foods Market gift cards $5.00-500.00
Let your food lover pick what they want (what they really really want) with a Whole Foods gift card! It can be used at any of their locations in the U.S. and Canada for basics, indulgences, and everything in between. Link to buy.
(7) Paper Source Sketch Custom Recipe Card $26.20
Customize your gift this year without spending tons of cash. I LOVE this recipe card design by Paper Source! Order them in increments of 10 with a minimum of 20 cards in a set. Link to buy.
Now you can stress less this holiday season about gift giving and focus more on what really matters. :)
Well, we had one good week of fall weather friends :/ I don't know about you, but my taste buds undergo a major transformation whenever the seasons change. And it's nothing to gripe about! At The Meal Planning Method, we encourage our students to work WITH your taste buds versus against them -- research recipes that appeal to your palate, whether it's a type of cuisine (Indian, Thai, Mexican, Mediterranean, etc.) or food influenced by the weather (soups & stews vs. salads, warm meals vs. sandwiches).
Today, we're sharing one of our super simple go-to breakfasts (aka Breakfast "Master Meals") when the weather gets cooler out. Keep scrolling to learn more!
Oatmeal is so under-rated y'all! Oats -- no matter if instant, quick cook, old-fashioned, or steel-cut -- are ALL 100% whole grain, a good source of fiber and offer pretty much same nourishment (same calories, fiber and protein per serving). In addition, oats are VERY affordable (we're talking <$0.10 per serving) and super versatile in terms of what you can top them off with. If this still doesn't have your attention, this Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal recipes we're sharing has NO sugar-added, is naturally sweetened, and lower in fat thanks to the peanut powder (which is >80% less fat than regular peanut butter). Check it out!
NO SUGAR-ADDED PB & BANANA OATMEAL
That's it guys! So simple and balanced for your fall or winter morning.
Let me know what you think in the comments below and be sure to tag us in your posts with @themealplanningmethod.
Stop by any local farmers market this time of year and you will notice that almost every tent is stocked with ripe, delicious, (and because they are very much in season) affordable tomatoes! Cherry, Heirloom, Campari, Roma and more! It is exciting to see so many different types of tomatoes on display, but it can be intimidating to know what to do with them. I am here to help! Here are 3 delicious ways to enjoy these antioxidant packed ubiquitous fruits! Or... vegetables?? Technically they are both! Enjoy :)
(1) Cherry Tomatoes make for excellent Bruschetta!
Cherry tomatoes come in different colors which lends to their varying sweetness as well as makes them visually stunning for this simple but delicious recipe. This one is a crowd pleaser and has ended up being the only thing we have had for dinner in my house at times on a summer evening. There are only a few simple ingredients in Bruschetta, but each lends to the deliciousness of this timeless treat. Basil and garlic can be found in abundant fresh supply this time of year as well. Whenever you load up on tomatoes go ahead and grab them too! Almost every recipe that calls for tomatoes will call for basil and garlic as well.
(2) DIY Homemade Marinara Sauce or Tomato Soup!
Homemade Marinara Sauce or Tomato Soup is intimidating, I know that first hand. Often times I read, "Peel and seed the tomatoes" in a recipe and I think that's it, I’m out! Who has time for that? (Especially in the summer when we don’t really want to be cooking anyway!) Well I have to be honest, I finally tried it and you know what? It wasn’t difficult or time consuming, really! Also it was oddly satisfying to actually peel the tomatoes and the kids will think it is fun as well. Everyone in my house wanted to know what I was doing while peeling tomatoes! Added bonus... random family activity baked in to this one. Simply drop two tomatoes at at time into boiling water for 15 seconds and scoop them out with a slotted spoon. Once they cool down the skins will pop and slide off with as much ease and satisfaction as popping a sheet of bubble wrap! The kids will want to do this! It is important for kids to learn where their food comes from. Spaghetti Sauce started as tomatoes that needed peeling before they went into that jar, kids! There is nothing wrong with spaghetti sauce from a jar and it is a staple at my house. However, when late summer tomatoes beckon, go ahead and make sauce from scratch! It is fun and beyond delicious. Ask the farmer which of his tomatoes he recommends for sauce.
(3) Wash and eat 'em fresh!
Farm fresh tomatoes in season, especially cherry tomatoes, are SO delicious!! They are like nature's candy! If you are feeling fancy, you can dip them in hummus or balsamic vinegar, but this time of year it isn't necessary. Go ahead and wash up a pint or two, let them dry really well and then pour them into a bowl and leave them on your kitchen counter. Watch in amazement as everyone who walks by notices them and then pops one in their mouth! Just the other day at my house a neighbor kid stuck a handful of cherry tomatoes in his pocket when he thought no one was looking! He couldn’t have just one!
Do you have any other favorites ways to enjoy farm-fresh summer tomatoes? Tell us in the comments below!
Jacqualine Dotson is a Dietetic Intern with the Wellness Workdays Dietetic Internship program based out of Hingham, Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude in May of 2017, from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition. Jacqualine is passionate about using a holistic approach to nutrition and health coaching and is currently pursuing her certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She believes that the foundation for good nutrition starts at home and is passionate about bringing families back to the dinner table as the integral first step in building good health. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family and experiencing new places and new foods often. Connect with Jacqualine at foodsfirstnutrition.com.