Healthy Travel Recipes & Snacks, part I

Healthy Travel Snacks & Recipes, part I Food is an integral part of my life, obviously. Not just for sustenance or fuel, but whole body nourishment on all levels. Food is social, emotional, enjoyable, and ultimately food is culture. If there’s one theme that runs through my philosophy about food and evidenced in my recipes, it’s global. I’m constantly on the quest to experience the globe and other cultures through foods and revisiting what said culture does so beautifully by interpreting into my own plant-based and whole foods type of way. One of my closet passions in life, not so private anymore, is traveling. I LOVE to travel, now granted I’m not a globetrotter nor have I traveled to many of the places on my “travel to-do list”, but I feel I’ve had a taste of those cultures through the food I make and for now that’ll do perfectly well.

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2-minute Mindfulness Challenge

Nourishing Foods 4-week Reset
Many of us, myself included, get so busy with the “to-do’s” on our list for the day that we simply forget to take a break. I’m challenging you to take at least 2 minutes everyday from working on the computer, running around getting ready, etc.,  to disconnect with all technology (yes, even the Nutrition Stripped blog!) to sit back, relax, meditate if you like, and look up and relish in nature. I’m starting this challenge for myself starting at 2 minutes gradually working up to 15-20 minutes a day, who’s with me?
I used to be a pro at meditation, every single morning without fail I’d sit and meditate for at least 30 minutes. Looking back on that time in my life I had much more mental space tackle the day and admittedly, I’m slightly embarrassed to say I’ve slipped up and engage in meditation less than 10 minutes some days. I’ve been “too busy” or making the choice not to meditate and rather finding myself starting with work or other to-do’s. Today I’m posing a challenge to you all, as a way to share my experience, but also as a way to keep me accountable to you!

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Pantry Organization like a Pro

Pantry Organization like a Pro // nutritionstripped.com As many of you request to see what’s in my pantry, today I’m going to show you a sneak peek of how I store things around here! I have many of you ask me about what my pantry looks like and how to organize everything for easy access, but also how to organize to keep your health habits in full motion. I’ve posted many times on instagram over the years on what some of my pantry looks like, today I’m going to show you a little tour plus my top 5 tips for organizing your pantry like a pro!

I’ve also included an entire PANTRY page dedicated to specific ingredients I always have on hand in my pantry and in the fridge. Check that page out for more detailed nutrition and health benefits on those goodies, but for now, let’s talk DIY and organization skills. You know you’re a organization nerd when you get realllllly excited about organizing things… yeah, I’m totally that person. I love organizing anything from my office, home, to the pantry- it keeps my type A personality happy and also well prepared for whenever the mood strikes for a new recipe to create!

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Plant-based Protein Q&A, part I

plant-based-protein-qa Sources of plant-based protein is one of the most common areas many of my vegan/vegetarian clients ask about; whether it’s consuming enough or what types. Today, I’m here to tackle some of the most common questions asked related to protein in a plant-based diet. I also want to leave this an open ended blog post for you all to ask your own “Q’s” that you want to hear my “A” to! Here’s part 1 of my Q&A series, with more to come.

What is a plant-based lifestyle? A plant-based lifestyle can encompass a wide variety of diets and foods eaten, but have one thing in common amongst all of these diets. The foundation of the diet/lifestyle is rooted in whole, fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, and other foods than come from plants. Being plant-based doesn’t confine you to titles of vegan, vegetarian, raw, etc.; they can be a template from which you build your own diet from!

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How to Make Stevia Extract

how-to-make-your-own-stevia-extract Homemade stevia, two ways. Today I’m going to show you all how to make both an extract (liquid form) and powdered form of stevia using your harvested and dried stevia plant or purchased all raw dried stevia leaves. I often recommend or suggest using stevia in several of my smoothies, sweet treats, or dessert recipes to add a bit of sweetness to them without using refined sugars. I get several questions about artificial sweeteners and where stevia fits into that equation, so today I’m going to share with you all what stevia I personally use… it’s homemade!

As you all know, I’m not a fan of artificial ingredients especially sweeteners. Many of the artificial sweeteners out there (and even processed stevia) undergo many steps to become it’s final edible product. Many of these steps involve adding different chemicals, fillers, starches, glucose, “natural” flavors, chemicals such as acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol (several of which have been linked to causing cancer).

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