fruitDepending upon where you live, Summertime is either in full swing or beginning to wind down as school begins in August. I live in and raise my boys in Lexington, Kentucky, the good ol’ South, where the grass is blue, the tea is sweet and the people are even sweeter! The Bluegrass is a particularly special region of the United States that is also known as the official Horse Capitol of the World! There aren’t many places where you can enjoy fast horses, world-class bourbon, spacious farms and simply spectacular country views. And the people …. you won’t find any more welcoming or friendly anywhere!

I love Summer for so many reasons. The pace of our lives slows just a little. I enjoy more time with my husband and my boys. I love to soak up the warm sunshine, head to my local farm stand or farmer’s market, pick up everything this season has to offer that is ripe and perfect in so many ways! The Farm to Table trend is everywhere these days – and for good reason! It is a trend that is both healthy and delicious. I’ll be sharing some easy (and healthy) recipes for the things that I find in abundance right now.

Check back in and let’s share some great food and get inspired to get healthier. In this blog, I’ll be sharing some about me and my life, tips to better nutrition, thoughts on a healthier lifestyle and ways that I have learned to improve upon myself. I hope to give each of you simple tips and truths – ways to feel better, inside and out! Thanks for taking a little time to visit with me!

Lori

Our lives are in constant movement and the weekends seem to be jam packed with activities and places to be. o. If you are aiming to live a healthy lifestyle this can pose a problem. Making time to prepare for these challenges
can allow you to combat the evils of quick, unhealthy meals on the go. There are a few easy, and delicious solutions to this conundrum. The first is the Mason jar salad, not only can you get a fresh salad on the go but it is also adorable!

Ways to Win:

  • The dressing goes in first. This is so important! This guarantees that your salad ingredients don’t get soggy.
  • Then go with a grain or a protein, or anything else big and chunky. This protects your more delicate ingredients from getting wet.
  • Then the fixings. Little things like shaved nuts, raisins, and cheeses. The ingredients that you want to stay dry until juuuust before you eat it.
  • And if you have any leafy greens, they go in last. That way when you turn the Mason jar over and unload it all into a bowl, the greens will make the salad bed. Genius! If you don’t dig the Mason jar, then there are some other options for a quick healthy lunch.
  • Hard Boiled Eggs Rock: This added protein would help you through the rest of your day! You can even slice this up and put it in your turkey wraps! Yum!
  • A little celery and almond butter never hurt anybody: Load up on the celery and fill each of the boats with some almond or nut butter of your choice!
  • To Die For Turkey Wraps: Grab some turkey breast and fill them with the spinach and kale mix I told you about before, and some other yummy stuff! I like to do avocado, tomatoes, and a little onion! Keep them together with a toothpick

When you start the day with a carb-heavy breakfast, the morning can sometimes drag, causing you to reach for o. that second cup of coffee. Try cutting down on carbs, and reach for one of these high-protein breakfast recipes instead. Whether you’re on a gluten-free, Paleo, or vegetarian diet, there’s a breakfast idea here to help you start your day energized and satisfied.

LOW-CARB HOTCAKES
Even if you’re cutting back on carbs, you can enjoy a stack of hotcakes! These wheat-free pancakes use almond meal and flaxseed instead. They’re high in fiber and protein with nearly no sugar whatsoever.

TURKEY SAUSAGE MUFFINS
At 150 calories and 12 grams of protein, these gluten-free turkey sausage muffins are smarter than any fast-food egg option you’ll find before work. This is another recipe that’s easy to bake ahead of time and grab when you head out the door.

BAKED EGG IN AVOCADO
For a one-two punch of omega-3s in your breakfast, try baked eggs in avocado. The low-sugar, high-protein, and fiber-filled breakfast will kick off your day on a healthy high note. EGG WHITE

FRITTATA
Classic Mediterranean ingredients like peppers, onion, and spinach bring texture, flavor, and nutrition to actress Lea Michele’s frittata recipe, while egg whites and feta provide over 20 grams of protein. This low-calorie frittata is quick enough to come together on a weekday morning but elegant enough to serve to friends at a special weekend brunch.