9 Vegetarian Recipes To Try On The Grill

Summertime grilling vegetarian recipes to try, and you won’t miss the meat!

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I'm Lauren, your Holistic Nutritionist.

I've been where you are: overwhelmed with healthy living and feeling guilt and shame around food. Now I'm helping fellow moms realize it's never too late to start living healthier!

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I started this blog because I believe that living a healthy life is doable when you're a busy mom. I share dinner ideas, favorite recipes, tips for healthy living & more.
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Balancing healthy & family

My Costco shopping list: the Costco items I buy all the time — favorite Costco staple items We shop at Costco 1-2 times a month and make a big haul. We’re a family of 5 and have a 2nd fridge/freezer in the garage so we’re able to stock up on stuff. Otherwise we’d probably make […]

Costco haul: our family of 5 Costco shopping list


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Healthy family dinner meal plan, recipes and ideas

I’m looking forward to this week full of some of my favorite salads, plus a copycat takeout dinner and a new rice recipe. I hope this healthy dinner meal plan helps you find ideas for your dinners too! Here’s what’s for dinner this week: Sweet Potato Apple Avocado Salad from Simply Real Health with smoked sweet […]

Healthy Dinner Meal Plan for July 27 to August 2

Dinner Ideas

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There are times when healthy eating is really hard for me. I know that eating real and whole foods consistently is good for my body, sleep and overall makes me feel my best. But it’s definitely not something that comes easy for me. It’s really hard. It takes planning, a shift in mindset and focusing […]

3 struggles I have with healthy eating & how I’ve worked on them

Wellness Tips

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How to get back on track to feeling healthy again after indulging/ FivePlates.com

How I get back on track to feeling healthy after indulging! Usually it happens after a holiday or celebration … I’ll indulge too much in sweets, foods my body doesn’t love, more wine than usual, skip my workouts, and then I’ll feel bla and like I need a reset to get back on track. Easter […]

When I want to get back to feeling healthier after indulging, this is what I do

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Summer-time breakfast ideas: FivePlates.com

Instead of grabbing a kids’ Zbar (I’m guilty of this too often), here are a bunch of snack ideas that also happen to be healthy and energy-giving. 🙂 If I’m really hungry, I try to make sure to include some protein in my snacks, like nuts, nut butter, yogurt. And if I’m only slightly hungry […]

My favorite quick + healthy snack ideas (kid-approved too!)

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What balanced healthy eating looks like. More, not less of the colorful, energizing, real, nourishing foods / Five Plates

I think that sometimes the idea of healthy eating may seem like limiting “unhealthy” foods. But when I think of healthy eating, I think of eating more real, whole, nourishing, colorful and energy-giving foods than not. No rules, no restrictions. For me, balanced eating to me is not equal parts real, whole food to processed […]

What balanced healthy eating looks like for me

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5 Easy Trader Joe's Dinner Ideas

If you love Trader Joe's too, these are my favorite dinners using TJ's items. Kid- and husband-approved, delicious and healthy.

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