Happy Easter everyone!  I hope you're all enjoying this lovely spring weekend and that you're able to celebrate this special holiday with family and friends!  Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the true meaning of Easter.  I am so blessed to personally know my Lord and Saviour and I can't NOT say how thankful I am!  I am a sinner, like everyone else in this world, and I don't deserve to go to Heaven when I die.  God is too holy to allow sin in His presence, so He had to provide a way to cover that sin.  Two thousand years ago, God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross to save people from their sins.  Three days later He rose again and conquered death!!  Jesus Christ offers this free gift of salvation to all who believe in Him!

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

I hope that you accept this free gift this Easter and that you can truly experience the real and amazing reason we are celebrating it!  It is sooooo much more than cute baby bunnies, baskets of candies, and new beginnings.

On another note, I hope that you didn't forget to enjoy your favorite treats this Easter weekend!  A healthy lifestyle is all about balance.  So go ahead, treat yourself to a delicate little macaroon, a gorgeous chocolate cupcake, or a handful of colorful jellybeans.  Just make sure you sit down and enjoy every bite!  Make it an 'experience'... savor the flavor, and whatever you do, don't just scarf it down!

Now it's time for the Health Plan:

... after Easter's over, it's another story!  (Don't worry!  I already ate my chocolate Easter Candy!!  My Easter Bunny (mum) sent me treats earlier this week.)  For now, I want to tell you about a little 'healthy eating plan' of mine!!  I was recently reading through some of my old blog posts and I came across a 21 Day Sugar Fast I did at the beginning of the year.  After reading it (on a rather bloated tummy) I decided I want to do the fast again!!  I know, I know... I'm all about balance... this whole blog is based on the idea of balance... but at the same time, this blog is also about nourishing yourself.  I'm not saying that sweets can't be included in a healthy balanced diet (because I certainly believe they can be!)... but every once in a while it's nice to give your body a break!!  And a 'health kick' is just the way to get started!

So here's my plan:  I plan to go 3 weeks without processed junk foods/ sugar (ie. no more Snickers, Hershey's, Junior Mints or Reese's... Can you tell I love chocolate?)  No more chips/ Cheetos/ buttery popcorn (that won't be as big of a problem because I'm not too fond of those foods anyway).  I also plan to cut out artificial sweeteners, like Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding and Crystal Light (which I don't usually eat, but I sometimes do.)  That being said, I can still eat sweets, but just healthy sweets!  Like fresh fruit smoothies, apples, frozen bananas and even a bit of dried fruit and honey in my Greek yogurt!  I'm super excited about this... Instead of seeing it as restriction, I choose to see it as a 'challenge' to fuel my body with the best foods possible!!

Here is a link to the original 21 day fast:

It's going to be hard... but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!  For me, the plan starts on Sunday, April 20, 2014 and goes until Sunday May 11, 2014.  I will keep you guys updated on my progress throughout the process!!  I am really looking forward to this and I feel like it's just what my body needs at this point!  I know it will be hard, but it will be worth it.  After all... "Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels!"

...but, I could use your help!!  Trust me when I tell you I DON'T have iron will!!  (That's why I need to do this in the first place!)  I could use any advice/ hints/ tips and tricks that you guys could offer me!  You are all such supportive readers who mean SO much to me!  That's the purpose of this post!  I know the only way I will actually follow through with this plan is to tell all of you... so that you will keep me accountable to it!

Now it's your turn!  Any advice?  Have you ever done a health kick?  Any tips to kick the cravings?!

Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you soon! 
Back away from the dollar menu!  Put down that box of Little Debbies!  Walk right past the 'buy one get one free' packs of hotdogs!  Just because it's cheap doesn't mean you should buy it!!

People assume that eating healthy has to be expensive!  What if I told you it doesn't have to be?!  Sure, some healthy foods can cost you an arm and a leg... Raw almond butter or organic blueberries in the winter (I mean, seriously, $5 for a cup of berries is just ridiculous)... but that's not to say you can't fuel up on the CHEAP!  Here are just a few of my favorite healthy snacks that won't break the bank!

Bananas!  You guys know I love 'em!  These babies only cost 47 cents a pound, so I got all 5 of them for $1.10!  That's cheaper than 2 candy bars from a vending machine... and trust me, your body will thank you for choosing the sweet, NATURALLY delicious bananas over Snickers.  They help combat depression with high levels of tryptophan, prevent muscle cramps during a workout, help keep you 'regular'... and provide relief from heartburn.  Their potassium helps keep you alert while you study and it helps lower blood pressure AND protects against heart attack and stroke!  Talk about a SUPER food!!  There are tons of other reasons to love the cheap banana!
Forget what you hear about rice cakes being a carb-y waste of calories.  The Lightly-Salted variety from Quaker is made with only 2 ingredients, whole grain brown rice and salt.  Each rice cake has 35 calories, 9 grams of whole grain, 0 grams of fat, only 7 grams of carbohydrates and even a gram of protein!  Eating rice produces the neurotransmitter called serotonin, which can improve your mood.  Plus they are naturally gluten free!  Talk about an amazing snack!  Pair this with peanut-butter and banana, a low-fat cheese sick, some avocado and hummus or even a bit of Nutella and strawberries for a special treat!  This whole bag of 14 cakes only cost $2.00!
Seltzer-water!!  Talk about a party in your mouth... This stuff is delicious!  And a bottle only cost 75 cents!  Sometimes I mix it with stevia for a naturally sweet treat!  Or a bit of 100% fruit juice for a little spritzer!  Once you get hooked on seltzer, you'll never even think about sipping a diet soda again!  Seltzer is just... great!
Baby carrots are one of my true loves when it comes to cheap, healthy foods.  At only 94 cents a pack, these guys are a steal!!  I used to be OBSESSED with carrots.  Literally, I could go through a whole pack in a day!  While I don't eat that many of them anymore (my friends made me stop because all the beta carotene was turning my hands orange!). They are said to improve your vision!  The vitamin A protects your skin from sun damage and also helps your liver flush the toxins out of your body.  The minerals in carrots actually prevent tooth damage, too!  I sure do love a handful with a scoop of hummus every now and again!
Salsa!!  A true health food!  I love this stuff!  Not only is it packed with cancer fighting lycopene... it's also straight-up delicious!  It's low in calories, but high in vitamins A, B6, and vitamin C.  I love to eat salsa with baby carrots or celery instead of oily chips.  This gives me the crunch without all the carb-y calories!  Salsa isn't only delicious, it's also pretty inexpensive... only $1.99 for this whole jar!  YUM!

These are just a few of my fave cheap AND healthy snacks.  Honestly, I do spend more than most people my age on 'health foods', but with a few tips and tricks I can make sure that I nourish my body in the most economical way possible!

What about you guys?!  Do you spend a lot on groceries?  Any tips for saving a few bucks while still eating right?

Happy Saturday everyone!  Hip-hip-hooray for the weekend!  I wanted to do a quick little post answering some questions that were given to me by Melissa over at http://www.nourishbymelissa.com/!  She nominated me for the Liebster Award, which is basically a way for readers to get to know bloggers on a more personal level. These questions have to do with health, nutrition, my blog and life in general!  If you want to get to know me a bit better, keep reading to check out my answers:
1. What was your first ever post about?
My first post ever was about Superfoods!  I talked about what a 'superfood' was and I introduced the first segment on my blog with the title "Saturday Superfoods!" Here is a link to my first ever post: http://www.hellohealthyeating.com/1/post/2013/08/what-is-a-superfood.html

2. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Why?
I would go to Southern France because... a) I've wanted to go to Europe for at least 5 years now, ever since I fell in love with Paris (and all things "French").  b) because it's so warm and beautiful!  I'd hit up a little town and visit all the local cafes.  I'd buy fresh produce and walk everywhere!  ...now I'm dreaming!

3. What do you do to take a break when you are stressed out?
Hmmm... this can be difficult for me.  I struggle with insomnia which seems to get so much worse with stress.  I find the best way to reduce stress is to prevent it!  If I get too stressed, I lose sleep and sometimes turn to food for comfort and quick energy.  Well, that just makes me more stressed!  Instead of freaking out about it, I try to put things in perspective.  There are so many great Bible verses that help me with this, but two of my favorite verses to help reduce and prevent stress are:

1 Peter 5:7- "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

Philippians 4:6- "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

These verses remind me that I don't have to get anxious and stressed about the trials of life.  I don't have to figure everything out.  Instead, I can rely on Christ's strength to get me through.  That is such a relief!

4. What is your all time favorite food?
Ohhh, this is a tough one!  I have a lot of favorites, but if we're talking strictly taste and not nutritional value here, I'd have to say I LOVE chocolate!  Especially the dark variety (which is actually kind of healthy).  But I do LOVE other more nourishing foods as well!  See sweet potatoes, all sorts of fresh fruits, and nutrition bars!  YUM!

5. What is one habit you have that you wish you didn't?
That's easy!  Snacking!  Lately, I have found myself snacking way more than I should!  I'll come back to my room and just munch.  But I'm really trying to break the habit and focus on eating bigger (but healthy) meals that fill me up and keep me satisfied longer.  It's not easy, but habits can be broken!  In fact, my last post was about forming healthy habits!

6. Where/when is your favourite place/time to blog?
Well, honestly, it is a bit sporadic for me, as in, I don't have one set time or place to blog.  I mentioned that I have insomnia so I'd be lying if I said some of my posts weren't written at 2AM!  But usually I write them after classes in my dorm room.

7. What aspect of your blog are you most proud of?
That's a tough one, but I guess I'd have to say the fact that my blog actually has followers!  When I first started, I was so new to the whole process and I was afraid that I wouldn't know what to say!  But by God's grace, it grew!  I have been able to connect with such an amazing community of supportive bloggers who aim for living a healthy and nourished life.  They all inspire me in the process!
8. Juices or smoothies? Why?
Smoothies!  Hands down!  I enjoyed one this morning (pineapple, spinach, coconut) and I'm actually drinking one right now as I write this (for an afternoon snack).  I love how easy and quick they are to make... just takes like 2 minutes, plus I can make them in my dorm room.  I made a 'juice' over break and it took a good 20 minutes just to get everything all ready and 'juiced'... the machine takes forever to clean out!  Plus, smoothies have fiber so they are so much more filling!!

9. Are you a morning person or a night person? Favourite meal of the day?
Hmmmm... this is a tricky question for me because it can literally change.  During the summers I work at a camp and I find that the more I have to get up in the AM, the more I become a morning person... but at the same time, I do love to sleep in... so I guess I'm just an afternoon person... that's a safe bet!  And I'd have to say that my favorite meal is dinner!  I love going to dinner and just socializing with my friends!

10. Lastly, why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because some of my friends told me that I should have my own Youtube channel (I tend to get super excited about health and nutrition)!  I figured blogging would be a cool way of expressing my passion!  Also, I am planning to become a Registered Dietician and God-willing I'd like to become a motivational speaker for health/nutrition and maybe even write my own book about the subject!  I figure blogging is a good place to get started!  Plus, now that I've been doing it for almost 9 months, I consider my blog my little baby!  I love to watch it grow :)

Okay, here are The Liebster Award Rules:
  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you
  2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
  3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award (with a small following)
  4. You must create 10 questions for your nominees
  5. You must go to their blogs and notifiy the nominees

My nominees:
My Questions:
  1. What got you interested in blogging?
  2. What are some goals you have for your blog?
  3. How do you stay motivated to eat right and be active?
  4. What are some tips you have to increase motivation?
  5. What is your favorite 'treat' food?
  6. In a typical day, what would you usually eat?
  7. What is your workout routine?
  8. Do you like to cook more or bake more?
  9. How did you form healthy habits that last?
  10. Do you restrict junk food or eat it in moderation?

What about you?  Feel free to answer any of these questions in the comments below!  I'd love to know what you guys are thinking!
"Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going." -Jim Ryun

We are all creatures of habit.  We somehow get into a routine and then we do the things we need to do without even thinking about them.  We roll out of bed, brush our teeth, curl our hair, do our makeup AND put on a cute outfit... ALL before we REALLY even wake up!  How can we possibly be so productive?!  Well, it's really just HABIT.

It's the same reason you tend to eat the same breakfast, workout the same way, style your hair the same way, and do many of the things you always do.  The thing about a habit is, it can be a really good thing... or a really bad thing.  According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a habit is "a usual way of behaving" and "something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way."

I know 'first hand' the benefits of healthy habits... AND the negatives of not-so-healthy habits.  For one, the more I do something in regards to my health, the easier and more 'usual' it gets.  If I choose nutritious foods, eat regularly throughout the day, eating approximately the same amount of food/ calories at regular intervals... the more likely I am to stick to that plan.  

Eventually, it becomes a lifestyle. This is one reason why I don't recommend skipping meals or crash dieting.  It messes up your whole routine and it gets your body gets out of rhythm.  Another benefit of habit-forming activities is exercise.  When I don't exercise regularly, I don't WANT to exercise.  I almost feel like I CAN'T exercise.  But when I get into a routine, such as running 30 minutes on the elliptical everyday (Woot woot "Active April!!") the more I WANT to workout each day.  While good, healthy habits are truly 'habit forming', this principle also reminds us how hard it is to break bad habits.  And when I say hard... I mean HARD!

A few weeks ago I found myself snacking on sugary treats... a LOT more than usual.  And while I don't believe one 'cheat day' is a HUGE deal... 2 weeks of cheat days is another story.  I sometimes struggle with insomnia and at this point, my sleeping was at its worst.  I was exhausted all day long, so I turned to food for quick energy.  Then, once I had filled myself with WAY too much junk, I couldn't sleep because my tummy was busy digesting and I was busy feeling lousy.  Add the stress of college plus the very addictive nature of high calorie-high fat-high sugar foods, and you have a recipe for DISASTER!

Thankfully, by God's grace, I was able to break that awful habit and go back to eating healthy... but believe me, it didn't happen overnight.  Just like healthy habits are hard to break... so are unhealthy ones.

I distinctly remember feeling the need for a 3 Musketeers bar.  I didn't just WANT one, I NEEDED one.  So I hit up the vending machine and I grabbed one (and maybe a Milky Way, too).  And it didn't actually stop there, by the end of the day I had eaten way more than my stomach needed!  And believe it or not, I still felt unsatisfied.  In order to transition back into a healthy lifestyle I needed to start small.  I had to readjust my whole way of thinking and behaving, and now I no longer feel the NEED for a candy bar.  Actually, I'm kinda sick of em!

So this April, as we all seek to be more active and healthy, I want to focus on developing healthy habits that last!   You can expect some posts about healthy habits... but as for right now, I'd love to hear what you guys are thinking!

Do you have any advice on how to develop positive habits that nourish your body?  Any tips on how to break bad habits?

There is just SO much to be thankful for!!  Seriously!  God has richly blessed me and I am so grateful!  Today, for a 'Thankful Thursday' post I wanted to share with you a FEW of my favorite things, rather than just focus on ONE specific thing I'm thankful for.  They may seem like small, insignificant things... but they're blessings, none-the-less and I really do get happy over the littlest things!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds me to: "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Here's what I've been thankful for as of late:
1. Yummy, healthy "fast" food!  Who doesn't love a tasty meal out with friends?  Well, just because you're trying to eat healthy doesn't mean your  food can't be tasty too!  Just look at this lovely meal I got from Moe's!  Nothing beats a bowl full of vegan-love!  Hello veggies and tofu :)  You don't want to stuff down lots of fat and calories, but you do want to get out and about every now and then.  It's almost time to put away our cozy sweaters and jackets (and we may need to shed a couple pounds) so be sure you take advantage of one of the healthier options on the menu.  Can't wait for Spring weather to officially arrive!
2. These cookies.  Seriously!!  I went 'gluten-free' a year ago this month.  It's been a journey that doesn't involve many baked goods and I guess somewhere along the way I forgot how incredibly delicious soft cookies are.  My mum made these cookies for my brothers fiancé's bridal shower... such a hit!! We threw in some extra chocolate chips which made them even more decadent and desirable!  Nobody (except me and my happy sensitive tummy) even knew they were gluten-free!!
3. Lactose-free Ice Cream.  I have a slight lactose-sensitivity.  I'm not intolerant to it, but I just feel my best when I limit it... Que this ice cream!  Not only is it lactose-free... it's actually, surprisingly, insanely delicious!  I'd go so far as to say that it's better than many regular chocolate ice creams I've tried.  It tastes chocolaty, but light and airy.  I find it very refreshing and satisfying!  YUM!
4. Running on the elliptical.  Okay, it's official.  I'm hooked!  I see why people love exercise!  It really is addictive!  I just pop in my headphones and go, go, go!  Exercise boosts your energy, improves your mood, and promotes better sleep... All good reasons to give it a try!  For someone who NEVER used to workout... I can't get over how much I love it! :)

How about you?  What are you thankful for today?  What are you loving lately?!

Exercise idea? Take your dog for a walk! She'll be happy... and you'll be fit! Win-Win!
Happy April everyone!!  The temperatures may be lagging behind a bit, but I'm so happy to say that it is officially 'springtime' :)  I am really excited for the new month!  In fact, I have a lot planned for the blog!  I'm bringing back some of my old favorites and also starting some new ones. Get ready for 'Saturday Super foods', 'What I Ate Wednesdays', and more specialty posts, as well!

At the beginning of every month I consider it a new chance to start fresh!  I like to set goals and make plans about how I can make the best use of the time.  
Isaiah 43:18 reminds me to, "Forget the former things: do not dwell on the past."  The turn of a new month is essentially a new beginning!

This month I'm starting a little something I'd like to call 'Active April!'  I know this blog is mostly about eating well, but being active goes hand in hand... I mean it's all about striking a healthy balance and nourishing your body, right?  Eating healthy makes you happy, and staying fit does, too!

So in honor of the new month, I'd like to pose a challenge... Let's try to be active for at least 30 minutes everyday.  For the past 2 weeks or so, I've been using the elliptical.  I do it for about 30 minutes each day, and I love it!  There ARE those days when I really don't feel like doing it, but honestly, there's nothing like the feeling you get when you do.

During 'Active April' you don't have to go running (if you hate that sorta thing), but try a new activity!  Maybe you already workout regularly, but try switching things up.  Are you into spinning?  Well, why not try a yoga class!  Already love Pilates?  How about trying aerobics?!  Whip out that workout DVD and dance it up '90's style'.  Ask your dog if he'd like to go for a walk...You KNOW he wants to!  Whatever you want... just do it for 30 minutes everyday!

Feeling sick one day?  Skip your workout for the day and get back into it tomorrow!  You guys know I'm all about listening to your body.  Even if you only get to workout a few times a week, that's okay!   It's PROGRESS, not perfection we're going for!  Good luck!

Well, that's my plan for April!  How about you?  Do you have any health or fitness plans or goals you could share?!  I'm all ears!

Happy Saturday!!  I'm sure everyone's pumped that it's the weekend- I know I am!  

Today I want to bring back one of my favorite segments: Saturday Superfoods!!  I have to say, I love eating all sorts of different super foods, but one of my most favorites is chickpeas!!  I love love LOVE chickpeas and there are so many different ways to enjoy them!  I eat hummus all the time...but I also enjoy fresh chickpea salad filled with other nourishing beans and a bit of oil.  

I've even had them pan fried and served over a salad, or even eaten like little fries!  They are so versatile and so yummy!!  I've even seen dessert recipes that use them that look really good, but I've never actually tried them.

Regardless of how you eat 'em, they are definitely worth eating!  Chickpeas may be small, but they are loaded with plants-based nutrition!!  

Did you know that just a cup of these babies packs almost 15 grams of protein?!  Not bad for a little bean, right?!  They are also super low in fat and cholesterol, unlike other typical animal proteins.  They have a high iron content and they help to stabilize blood sugar levels.  They contain significant amounts of folic acid, zinc, and magnesium.  Also, chickpeas are filled with filling fiber!  This means that they are sure to keep you full and satisfied for a long time after you eat them!  That's a great way to fend off a grumbly tummy!

Honestly sometimes I eat chickpeas with my breakfast... I love 'em that much!  I'll tell ya... they sure are delicious, filling and satisfying!!

How about you?!  Do you like chickpeas?!  How do you enjoy them?!
Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I know I did... WHY do the weekends have to go so fast?!  Well, that's besides the point!  Today I want to 'spread the word' on the significance of sweet potatoes!  I was recently contacted by the writers over at Mercola.com who wanted to write a short article for my blog.  As you guys know, I love to use my blog as a way to connect with other health bloggers and people in the nutrition industry, so I was honored when they offered to do a post!  

You probably also know that I am a HUGE fan of sweet potatoes!  I've been known to smuggle a few off my lunch tray, save them in my backpack, and nibble away on them in the middle of class when I feel myself in need of a quick 'pick me up'.  I know, I know, they're NOT the most attractive vegetable in the garden, but they sure do SATISFY!  Let's explore some of the reasons why we love 'em!  Here goes:
Sweet Potato: What Makes It an Ideal Snack?

If you’re looking for a sweet treat without the guilt, a good choice would be sweet potatoes. While these root vegetables are popular as a holiday snack, it can be very beneficial adding them to your meals throughout the year. Behind sweet potato’s irresistible taste hides an outstanding nutrient profile.

Why the Color of Sweet Potato Matters

Sweet potatoes vary in color and size, and many types possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting components.

They are healthier than regular potatoes, in spite of their similarities in calorie, carbohydrate, and fiber content. The salt and calories of regular white potatoes increase when they are fried, thus raising your chances of developing high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, and having a stroke. With sweet potatoes, on the other hand, these  risks are not increased.

The different colors of sweet potatoes are also proof that they are far healthier than regular potatoes, as vibrant colors indicate the presence of antioxidants. Antioxidants help quench free radicals that induce oxidation and accelerate aging.

Orange sweet potatoes possess beta-carotene, which supports your immune system and protects you against heart disease and cancer. Beta-carotene can convert to vitamin A, which helps your eye and skin health.

Taking vitamin A in large doses can be dangerous. However, producing it through beta-carotene conversion assures that your body regulates its amounts.

Purple sweet potatoes have anthocyanins, which have anti-cancer properties. Research shows that they inhibit the spread of stomach, colon, lung, and breast cancer cells. Cyanidins and peonidins are also found in purple sweet potatoes. They lower the toxic effects of heavy metals, such as mercury, cadmium, and arsenic.

Other Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

In addition to having powerful antioxidant properties, sweet potatoes also:

·       Address inflammation – Sweet potato extract has been found to aid in lowering inflammation in the brain and nerve tissues.

·       Support wound healing and blood loss prevention – These colorful vegetables have phytonutrients that influence fibrinogen, a glycoprotein that aids in blood clotting. Having the right amounts of fibrinogen is essential to wound healing and the prevention of blood loss.

·       Help regulate blood sugar – They can help normalize blood sugar because they raise your blood levels of adiponectin, a hormone produced by fat cells, in order to regulate the metabolism of insulin.

·       Contain other valuable nutrients, such as vitamins B5 and C, dietary fiber, niacin, iron, potassium, and copper.

Although the sweet potato possesses an excellent nutrient profile, it is important to keep your consumption to a minimum due to its sugar content. There are over 400 types of sweet potatoes, with each containing a different amount of sugar from the other. If you’re diabetic, pre-diabetic, or have insulin resistance, it’s best to consult your doctor before consuming.

How to Enjoy Sweet Potatoes

Certain methods of cooking can enhance the nutrients of sweet potatoes. Steaming or baking them will help increase the availability of beta-carotene. Boiling them, on the other hand, may destroy their beneficial compounds.

Peeling sweet potatoes can make them prone to oxidation and dark spots. If you are to peel them, make sure you eat them or place them in water immediately. Sweet potatoes can be added to desserts, casseroles, and entrees, or can be consumed by themselves.

Sweet potatoes contain fat-soluble nutrients like beta-carotene. To make them highly soluble, make sure you eat sweet potatoes along with fat like raw organic butter. About three to five grams of fat is the typical recommendation.

Sweet potatoes are ideal solid foods for infants too! Serve them pureed along with mashed avocados and cooked peas or carrots. You can also cook sweet potatoes or squash at the start of the week to prepare ready-made servings for your child.

About the Author:

Adrienne writes about health foods and is currently researching about sweet potato nutrition. She is also an avid reader of online health resources like the Mercola natural health articles.  
Hey everyone!  I hope you are all having a great week!  Today I just wanted to show you a few of the things that I've been loving lately!  They may be nothing major, but they sure do brighten my day!  Welcome to 'Sweet Nothings!'  The first thing I need to tell you guys about is the recent gold I struck at Whole Foods!  I had a coupon which allowed me to get LUNA bars for only 50 cents each!  Crazy right?!  Well, I took advantage of this bargain and bought 42 bars!  I know, I know... but they last so long (and are just so delicious)... I couldn't resist!  And with a price like that, I didn't have to!
Another thing I've been loving, is balanced meals.  Take a look at this lunch!  Over Spring break, I finally got to cook/ prepare meals!  In this bowl I had turkey chili with light cheese, Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), lettuce, tomatoes, parsley and chickpea salad!  YUM!
Monday was Saint Patricks Day!  Sadly I didn't celebrate at school, but we celebrated before I left.  My mom made lean corn beef and cabbage, baked potatoes with Greek yogurt and fresh, homemade apple sauce (just apples, water and cinnamon)!  So tasty...
In honor of Spring time (new beginnings!) I gave myself a little hair cut!  There's nothing like a fresh trim to get rid of those split ends.  I'm very protective with my hair!  In fact, I never get it cut by a dresser... I prefer to DIY! 
Also, I got this adorable new mason jar travel mug... which I think is perfect for Spring!  I love filling it with colorful nutritious smoothies, or seltzer water with lemon juice and lots of ice! 

So that's my life lately!  Back at school and ready to finish up the Spring semester!  

How about you guys?  Did you have a nice Saint Patrick's Day?  Are you excited for Spring?!
Hey everyone!!  It's day 5 of the 7 day detox!!  I'm happy to say that I am begining to feel so much better... it's amazing what healthy eating can do!!  I've been enjoying some deliciously healthy foods lately and I want to show you guys some of my fave treats!!  
Nothing beats a fresh strawberry smoothie topped with juicy blueberries!  So yummy, so sweet, so satisfying!!
My balanced breakfasts have been delicious!!  Here I enjoyed some Mediterranean Pop chips, light chicken salad and some chickpea salad, along with a fresh, juicy orange!  YUM!
I've been eating so many delightful salads!!  This one was topped with healthy cole slaw, low fat BBQ chicken and fresh chickpea salad!!  So filling and satisfying!! 
For this lunch, I devoured a spinach salad topped with lemon juice, red pepper, a salmon burger with hummus, and a fresh sweet potato!!  YUM!  I also drank a smoothie with it!!
Although there have been some very nutritious foods on my menu this week, I have to admit... there have been some not so healthy ones as well.  On Tuesday and Wednesday I 'strayed a bit' from the plan and I found myself snacking on sugary sweets.  (Shame shame, I know... Don't rub it in...)

It's so hard when you're at home for break... my mom bakes the best treats!  She seems to store lots of sweet and colorful candies and delights all over the house!  Haha... even though I overdid it a bit, I realize that obsessing about it doesn't burn any calories...  Sure I didn't eat as healthy as I planned... but just because I snacked in the afternoon doesn't mean I can't redeem myself at night!  Remember, I hate the "All or Nothing" mentality!!

After indulging in my sweet treats, my body craved nourishment... I worked on some blogging today and I enjoyed a bowl of Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and gluten free granola.  This snack was accompanied by a hot mug of Tazo tea!  YUM!
So, that's been my week so far.  It hasn't been the perfect detox... but it's all about progress, not perfection!!  Here's a verse I want to leave you guys with...  It's all about how God will protect us from temptation.  I think it's something I ought to remember next time I'm tempted to overdo it with the snacks!!

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

How about you?!  Have you been having a good week?  Have you been eating healthy?!