It's smoothie season y'all! And we're so excited to share about one of our favorite new foods finds from Hush Up and Hustle.
So you know the moment that happens when you want to make a satisfying smoothie, but then stop yourself short because you start to realize ALL the ingredients you have to pull out and measure to make a smoothie?! It can be a deal breaker for some folks which is sad, but oh so true :(
Smoothies are without a doubt a fun and refreshing way to enjoy more fruits and vegetables each day. DYK that just 9% of adults eat enough vegetables and only 12% get the recommended amount of fruit daily, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? (And apparently young adults aged 18-30 are the worst!) C'mon friends! We can do better.
Enter the amazingness that is BLENDER BOMBS! Blender bombs are protein-packed, fiber-filled add-ins that can make all your smoothie dreams come true. Each flavor is made from real ingredients like nuts, dates, flax seed, chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut, and honey. I got to try the Goji + Coconut + Acai Blender Bomb with my Wyman's Tropical Fruit Blend (which I found on super sale) and oh em gee was the texture perfect!
You just take one BB (Blender Bomb) + 1 cup fruit + greens + your favorite milk or mylk. How simple a smoothie is that!? So simple that you can't say no.
And you better believe we have a treat for you guys! Head on over to our Instagram -- @themealplanningmethod -- to win 2 packs of these amazing add-ins! Simply follow us and comment on the post with which Blender Bomb you'd be most excited to try. (GIVEAWAY ends Sunday, May 20th @ 11:59pm CST.)
So, this week I decided to run a little experiment by implementing The Meal Planning Method and I’m excited to tell you about my journey!
I’m beginning my “food week” on a Wednesday for a couple of reasons:
Any who! The first step in The Meal Planning Method is to assess your schedule. I found that I have a couple of nights this week where I will not be home until later than usual, so I know for those days I will need a dinner that is quick or simple. With that in mind, I filled in most of my weekly meals, but I still had a couple of blanks that I specifically left open so that I could try some new recipes.
Now this is where I cheated a little bit with The Method — as someone who does lots of looking at recipes, I already had in mind what I wanted to make, so didn't need to do any additional recipe research.
Step #4 of The Meal Planning Method is where it got interesting with my shopping list. DYK that 2/3 of food waste is edible and one of the ways to help reduce the food your waste is to shop your pantry and fridge BEFORE going to the store. I am so glad I did just this, because it saved me some money too! I already had eggs, chicken and ground beef in my freezer, whole wheat bread, tortillas and salsa, yogurt, green beans, spinach, and some veggies — all things that I needed in my meal plan without even realizing it at first!
So, after looking through my fridge and pantry, I compiled the rest of my grocery list and off I went! (Side note: Because of my meal plan and the list of ingredients that I had left -- I was in and out of the grocery store in 24 minutes -- with a full cart!)
Be sure to stay tuned for more! I’ll be back to tell you how my week of The Meal Planning Method went.
Now I’m off to my next step - some FOOD PREP!!
It's been a little quiet over here and that's because we're gearing up for even more in-person classes around Nashville, a super special giveaway, and online class creation so soon! Today, we are so excited to be chatting with fellow registered dietitian and meal prepping pro, Toby Amidor! Toby has an amazing new cookbook out focused on 5-ingredient recipes and we couldn't be more obsessed with it. Read on for our Q&A below with Toby and be sure to enter our giveaway too!
** EXCLUSIVE Q&A WITH TOBY AMIDOR, MD, RD, CDN **
1. Your cookbook focuses on 5-ingredient recipes. What 5 ingredients do you always have in your fridge/freezer?
In my fridge I always have milk, eggs, yogurt, fresh berries, and frozen, shelled edamame. Most of these ingredients I can whip up into a healthy meal or toss with other ingredients for a healthy dish.
2. And what about your top 5 pantry staples?
It’s funny that you ask because I give a pantry list of 7 ingredients to always keep on hand. These include olive oil, cooking spray, salt, black pepper, honey, fresh lemons, and fresh garlic. These 7 pantry items are not part of the 5-ingredients and are used consistently throughout the cookbook.
3. Your cookbook contains meal planning tips. How has meal planning personally helped you and your clients?
I am a busy, single mother of 3 kids of which two are teenagers! With the hustle and bustle of both my and their schedule, it is tough to get healthy meals if I wait until the last minute. As such, I make sure to plan meals throughout the week and even freeze some for emergency!
4. What is your favorite piece of grocery shopping advice that you like to give clients?
I always make my shopping list according to the flow of the supermarket. That way when I’m at the market I don’t have to run back and forth, so it helps save me a lot of time.
5. Tell us your favorite dish from your new cookbook!
I have so many favorites from this book! A few include Pineapple-Cashew Quinoa, Spanish Style Chicken, and Pomegranate-Pistachio Bark.
6. You’ve worked with Bobby Dean in the past on “Not My Mama’s Meals”; what is your favorite substitution you use to make a recipe healthier?
A lot of times it was about portion control. Instead of using 1 cup of olive oil, you can usually reduce it to 1 or two tablespoons. Since oil has 120 calories per tablespoon, adding more oil than necessary can increase the calories of the entire dish dramatically. Even though olive oil is a healthy fat, it still needs to be consumed in moderation.
7. Do you have any advice for aspiring dietitians?
My advice is to do what you love. Over the past 25 years the field of dietetics has opened doors for RDs that were never there. If you find a passion, then run with it. Whether you succeeded or failed with your endeavor, you’ll always gain experience and build character. Then move forward to your next adventure!
Here's an exclusive recipe from Toby's new book, "The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook: Simple Recipes to Make Healthy Eating Delicious"!
(image + recipe provided by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN)