Weekly Bytes #2: Back-to-School Edition

Aaaand just like that it’s Sunday, which means it’s time to share another round of weekly bytes!!
 

You’ll notice my meals this week weren’t quite as *exciting* or *adventurous* as last week, but that’s okay. Between starting my last semester of grad school (!!!) and unexpectedly having to replace my laptop (booo) I wasn’t left with a whole lot of free time for cooking or experimenting in the kitchen. But, fortunately a little weekend prep work and some freezer meals came to my rescue and made for some easy and delicious eats.

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Pomegranate Farro Mason Jar Salad (Make-Ahead!)

Shake up your lunch time routine with make-ahead Pomegranate Farro Mason Jar Salads. A quick, easy, and portable salad that will stay fresh in your fridge all week long! #ad | www.bytesizednutrition.com
Shake up your lunch time routine with this make-ahead Pomegranate Farro Mason Jar Salad. A quick, easy, and portable salad that will stay fresh in your fridge all week long!

 
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by POM Wonderful and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 

It’s no secret.. I LOVE salads. I love the way they look. I love the way they taste. And I love the way they make me feel.

But, I haven’t always felt this way.

I used to eat salads purely for the health of it. I’d pile some raw veggies on top of spinach, drizzle on some reduced-fat salad dressing, and call it a meal. That is, until I was hungry a half hour later.

I’m willing to bet that there are plenty of people out there right now suffering through mediocre salads, all in the name of “health”. But I’m here to tell you that that it doesn’t have to be that way. Believe it or not, you can build a salad that can not only tastes AMAZING, but also keeps you full for hours on end.

Case in point: this Pomegranate Farro Mason Jar Salad. (more…)

Five Things To Eliminate From Your Diet in 2018 (That Aren’t Food!)

It’s January, which means that health and wellness are back at the forefront of many peoples’ minds. Everywhere you turn, people are talking about their New Years’ resolutions to “get in shape”, “eat healthy” and “lose xx amount of pounds”.

I don’t know about you, but we’re only about one-third of the way through January and I already want to cover my ears and scream “enough already!”

Don’t get me wrong, I love that people are feeling motivated to make positive lifestyle changes to better their health. I fully support that. But the way in which many people go about pursuing these goals (especially this time of year) is disheartening – not to mention concerning. Strict elimination diets, detoxes, cleanses… these may seem like great ways to jump start your health goals at the start of the new year, but what happens come February? Or better yet, March?

The problem with most resolutions – and diets in general – is that they’re built for the short term. Sure, they may “work” for a few weeks (maybe even a few months) and you may even see some “results”. But eventually, life happens. Things come up, life gets busy… and, before you know it, you’re part of the 80% of Americans who have “given up” on their resolutions less than two months into the new year.

But, despite what you may have been led to believe, your resolutions don’t fail because you are weak or have no willpower – your resolutions fail because, simply put, they’re not sustainable. (more…)

Weekly Bytes #1: New Year, Same Me

Hey there and happy 2018!
 

I hope your new year is off to a great start. It’s crazy how quickly the holidays go by, isn’t it?

In the past week or so, I’ve come across a LOT of articles and social media posts on the topics of resolutions and self-improvement. And while I’ve never really been one to embrace the whole “new year, new me” mentality (more thoughts on this in an upcoming post), I do believe that the new year is a great time to reflect on the past and set some goals and intentions for the future.

One of my intentions for 2018 is to be a little more REAL on the blog. I’ve mentioned before that one of my primary reasons for starting this blog in the first place was to share my passion for food and nutrition and (hopefully) provide some inspiration and guidance to others who are looking to adopt a “healthier” lifestyle (whatever that word means to them). But, over time, this space has turned into more of a food blog than anything else. And while I love creating and photographing recipes, there is so much more to me (and to this blog) than meticulously curated food photos.

I want this space to be a place where I can chat nutrition. Or not chat about nutrition if that’s not what I’m feeling that day. I want to be able to talk to you about life. And things I’m loving. And tell you about the amazing meal I had the other day without feeling like I can’t share that information with you because the lighting in the photo wasn’t quite right.

I want to be a little more candid. A little more vulnerable. A little more open. A little less of a perfectionist.

Sooo today I’m trying something new. I’m kicking off 2018 with the debut of my first ever edition of Weekly Bytes – aka a recap of some of my eats over the past week. No step-by-step recipes. No carefully staged food photos. Just real eats by a real person. (more…)

Greens & Beans Vegetarian Meatballs

Who says meatballs have to contain meat? These Greens & Beans Vegetarian Meatballs are made with spinach and white beans and are bursting with plant-based protein and flavor! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce for a simple appetizer or toss with pasta for a satisfying meatless meal.

 

Hi friends, happy Friday! Better yet, happy Friday-before-a-holiday-weekend!
Aka the best kind of Friday.

I don’t know about you, but the week before a holiday always seems so chaotic. I feel like I’m constantly running around like a chicken with its head cut off just trying to do all. the. things. In fact, as I write this at 10PM on Thursday, I realize that this is probably one of the first times I’ve really sat down for more than 15 minutes all day. I almost forgot how good it feels to just SIT. Then again, I have a feeling I’ll be singing a different tune tomorrow after sitting in the car for 6 hours.. 

Anywhooo, chances are I’m not the only one out there with a mile-long to-do list this week.. so let me just cut to the chase. These Greens & Beans Vegetarian Meatballs are pretty fantastic and you should probably make them ASAP. The end. (more…)