High Protein Pesto Pasta

Throw together meals make life way easier, and having an index of them can reduce stress since you know you will have lunch or dinner in no time. But, are your go-to last minute meals well balanced to satisfy you and help you reach your health and fitness goals?

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Chocolate Peppermint Baked Oatmeal

Earlier this fall I polled my Instagram audience on their favorite holiday foods and flavors. I had an overwhelming number of written responses indicate the chocolate-peppermint flavor  combo was their favorite and decided that’s what I’d focus on this holiday season. Today’s post is the first of a week of chocolate peppermint – yes, a full week! You’ll be getting simple indulgent recipes to share with family and friends this holiday season – or keep all for yourself, that’s up to you.

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Snickerdoodle Protein Bars

It’s no secret that I’m a foods-first dietitian. Mostly because I believe nature intended for foods to provide us with all of the nutrients we need, but also because there could be safety risks associated with supplement intake, if they are purchased through an unknown distributer or manufacturer. In today’s post I’ll be delving into why supplements may be needed sometimes, and how to know when you can trust what’s on the shelf. Plus, after giving you plenty of pre-workout energy bar and bite recipes, I’m finally sharing an easy homemade post-workout protein bar!

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Pumpkin Cranberry Energy Bites

I know some of you are still wishing it was summer {okay, I sort of am, too}, but the weather this past week has cooled down and gotten gloomy, so fall food is on the menu! There’s so much running around after Labor Day as we acclimate back to our regular schedules that it’s easy to ignore our body’s signals letting us know it needs some fuel for all the things you make it do everyday!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market, with whom I will be showcasing this recipe. Ingredients may be purchased at any store to make on your own, and all opinions are mine!

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Vegan Potato Taco Bake

While my meal prep game hasn’t been quite as strong since having Cooper, potatoes are still prepped nearly every week in the Jones household, even if it just means baking several pounds in a baking dish while we roast some veggies in the oven. Later in the week we may pair them with eggs at breakfast or give them a second quick roast in a pan for some crispiness to pair with a protein and vegetable at dinner. This mighty starch is not only tasty at all of these meals, but does an excellent job nourishing us and supporting our active lifestyles!

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Mini Meals for Fitness

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Luvo Inc. As always, I only align myself with companies and products that are in line with my values and all opinions are my own.

So, fitness is a priority for you. You make it to the gym or hit the pavement 3 or more times a week, but because of your schedule, you exercise during what a lot of people would consider dinner time. That 5-7 PM time frame when your body is just exhausted from the day and hungry. But, you power through and make it to your workout. You’re either depleted until after or take one of those God-awful pre-workout supplements and call it energy. Then you come home and wind up eating a huge dinner, plus a large dessert (or second dinner) and feel overly full, wondering why you ate so much (again).

Evening fitness doesn’t have to be this way… and your stomach doesn’t have to be eating itself by the end of a morning exercise session, either! Embrace the mini-meal.

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Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich

I’m finally getting into a groove balancing being a new Mom, working and making yummy meals. So much so that I’ve got normal blogging, Facebook lives and newsletters on the schedule! There’s so many recipes and thoughts I have to share and I’m excited to finally have the time to!

buffalo tempeh sandwich

So let’s get right to it! I’ve been experimenting with a breaded buffalo tempeh and just can’t seem to perfect it yet. In the meantime, the flavor combo of Franks Red Hot and Miyokos double cream chive non-dairy spread is my new favorite thing, so I wanted to share this simple dish with you.

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