My Healthy Life: A Journey

my healthy life

With a couple birthdays in one week, it has been a little challenging staying on track with my healthy plan. But, I told myself a long time ago that I would not force myself to be perfect 100% of the time. Sometimes your family will have Mexican food multiple times in one week, and heck…you might feel rebellious and go for the beans and Spanish rice. As long as it doesn’t become a normal thing, and you stay active…you will be just fine. This is preparation for Thanksgiving, anyway. That said, between chasing after my baby and going on weekly walks with my friend, I haven’t seen an increase in my weight. Hooray for that!

Since this is the perfect weather for some soup, I thought I would share a couple healthy soup recipes that I got from Greatist the other day. I love soup so much, and it’s an easy way to stay healthy. The only issue can be making sure you get enough flavor. I’m pretty stoked to give these recipes a try.

Photo from Cookin Canuck

Photo from Cookin Canuck

Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa from Cookin Canuck – I’m literally staring at my butternut squash that I haven’t had a chance to do anything with, so this would be the perfect recipe for that. I also have some quinoa that I am always trying to hide in our meals, so it’s a double bonus! I have shared a recipe from Cookin Canuck before, so obviously I’m already a fan.

Photo from Relishing It

Photo from Relishing It

Vegetarian Lentil Taco Soup from Relishing It – I must admit, after being a vegetarian for several years (I had to stop when I got pregnant due to some issues I had and now cooking for two meat lovers, I’m vegetarian for 2/3 meals), it can be hard to get flavor out of vegetarian soups. But this taco soup looks delicious, and I think the boys might even eat it, too. Once I saw the jalapenos and cilantro, I knew I would be good. Laurie, who runs Relishing It, is a mama of two, a foodie and an organic cook. She has a lot of good recipes on her blog!

While I was on Greatist’s site, I found a Here’s to Healthy contest, that you can enter right now. All you have to do is follow Greatist on Pinterest (done) and pin things that inspire you on their #healthyishappy board (um, done). Click on the “Here’s to Healthy” link to enter!

Are you ready to take this pledge with me? To include healthy and real ingredients in our food and to remain active – no matter what the activity is? I would love to get this healthy party going. I will be sharing more and more healthy recipes, workouts and yoga routines that I feel are worth sharing, and introducing more real food bloggers. If you would like to join me on this journey, I would love to have you. Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and share your journey with me by using the hashtag #myhealthylife or tag me in the post.

This week at the weekly treat

weekly treat

This afternoon, I had a nectarine with my lunch and it got me thinking about all of the yummy treats I could make with nectarines. This inspired the theme of this week’s Weekly Treat: Nectarines!!! They are one of my favorite fruit and I know how amazing they would be in (almost) any sweet recipe. Here are my favorites:

Image belongs to Delish

Image belongs to Delish

Nectarine and Blueberry Cobbler, from Delish

Image belongs to Hungry Cravings

Image belongs to Hungry Cravings

Nectarine Shortcakes from Hungry Cravings

Lucy, who runs this blog, has written two books about cooking and she has about 250 recipes on her page. Definitely worth checking out!

Image belongs to Cookin' Canuck

Image belongs to Cookin’ Canuck

Nectarine and Hazelnut Scones, by Cookin’ Canuck

Dara, who runs this blog, offers a bunch of healthy recipes on her blog, and they all look good! She also offers a bunch of kitchen tips and writes a lot about her weight loss journey and healthy living. If you’re looking to healthify your recipes more, you should definitely visit her page!

Image belongs to Offbeat and Inspired

Image belongs to Offbeat and Inspired

Peach-banana smoothie popsicles from offbeat + inspired

Of course I had to add a clean-eating recipe! I’ve written about this site before, so obviously I love it! And these popsicles look amazing and so refreshing right now.

Image belongs to Do It Yourself from Scratch

Image belongs to Do It Yourself from Scratch

Nectarine Jam from Do It Yourself from Scratch

This blog offers a lot of advice for making everything from scratch in yourself, including brewing, dehydrating and making cheese. Something tells me I’ll be here a lot!

If you love baking or are just getting into it, check out our Weekly Treat group for some recipe inspiration. Share your lemon and blueberry treats in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #lemonblueberry You can find more of my lemon blueberry inspiration on Pinterest!