Healthy Food Hacks

I’ve been making real efforts to eat mindfully & healthy again.  Trust me, I know it’s not easy to make every meal a homemade, from scratch, perfectly balanced etc.  I have however, really been listening to my body and eating my 5-6 small meals a day since I did my 10 Day Cleanse a few weeks ago. Here are some ways I work on keeping myself and my family healthy!

I believe in real food 80% of the time and give 20% wiggle room for life’s fun things, like french fries and sweets.  I also think top notch vitamins are important to keep us healthy and that all things begin and end in the gut!

Check out your local grocery store’s freezer section.  There are some amazing options for smoothies these days!! I added water and this was packed with lots of veggies, flax, hemp seeds, fruits etc.  I also noted it did not have a lot of sugar, but I failed to take a photo. oops!  It was super healthy and yummy.

Kimchi is so good for our guts!  Pre & Probiotics will help your digestive system get back up and running, plus it has a great flavor, so you can add it to so much! I love the simple snack of sourdough (also good for guts in moderation!)

Super easy breakfasts– Soft boiled egg & a packet of oatmeal.

I also love a good over easy egg with cooked spinach; I will sometimes use a little cream cheese on my ezekial toast to get that bagel feel haha! A little turkey bacon & Everything but the bagel seasoning and you’re good to go.

Sheet pan dinners are super quick and a great way to eat healthy AND use up food in the fridge.  I use whatever I have on hand, sprinkle some seasoning and bake at 375 for about 45 mins – an hour.

KIDS

I started utilizing a simple strategy for our meals last week.  Kids love meatballs, so I think I’ll do “Meatball Monday.”  I phoned it in and used frozen meatballs, threw them in the oven.  I served them “butter noodles” in this case I used whole wheat pasta, a little butter, salt & evoo.  I also gave the kids green beans for the veggie and some pasta sauce to dunk in.

Another fun/easy hack is to grab a muffin tray and fill it with all the things.  I try to use up anything we have leftover in the cupboard and add fruits or veggies too.  Bradley had requested a PB & J as well, so I made sure to have that for him!  This keeps them from asking me for a snack five million times! Plus, when giving my kids options, they are learning what healthy food is and ‘junk food.’ I don’t want them to fear sugar and junk but I also don’t want to make a big deal about it.  I teach them to eat til their bellies are full.  I think our approach works well.

Family pizza night!!  The kids LOVE helping out, so we grabbed some pizza crusts and created our own pizzas.  I love the cauliflower pizza crusts, so I made those for me.

We love the downtown butcher/restaurant McCann’s, but sometimes I just can’t handle all the buns, grease etc.  They have an amazing Butcher salad that is so good!! The dressing is bomb and their steaks never have any antibiotics etc.  Super yummy!

I saw this on Insta and I want to re-create it!! I am loving granola and smoothies, plus the new Advocare Bodylean does not have a weird protein taste—it’s a need for staying on track!

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This looked yummy too, so I figured I’d save it here to refer back to it.  Have you tried anything like this?

I’ve added collagen back into the mix again, because hello—I’m nearing 40 people!!

From the site:  Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails. However, as we age, the production of collagen levels in our body decreases. AdvoCare Glow Collagen contains 5,000 mg of marine collagen peptides that function to support our body’s natural collagen production.* Silica, sourced from bamboo extract, complements the collagen and supports the strength and elasticity of the skin.* Additional antioxidant Vitamin E helps to promote healthy skin cell function.*

Perfect berry taste to sip on while I read some of my new book!

I’m also crushing on these protein cookie dough bars!!  Some store bought bars hurt my belly but I never have an issue with these.

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Another hack I’ve been using is these tasty ready to drink protein shakes.  I will leave it in the car (on cold days, or in a cooler with an ice pack) and after a gym workout, I can easily refuel!

My gym routine- I take 2 catalyst before my workout (about a half hour) and then during my sweat sesh, I drink a rehydrate.  I was getting really dehydrated when I first joined the gym again, and I didn’t feel well at all.  Since upping the electrolytes, my workouts are better and I feel stronger!

Another fun drink I throw into the mix are the Advogreens.  I have the berry flavor and it’s tasty!  This is packed with probiotics and excellent for gut health.

We all know how much I love me some Starbs, but I think we can agree that too many trips will empty the bank account and make the pants not button!!

I love Lady Grey Tea with some hot water and then I’ll use my milk frother and steam some vanilla soy milk.  It’s so good!

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These little chocolate dipped almonds are great when I want a little sweet/salty treat!

What are some ways that you keep you and your family healthy while being busy?

 

*Follow my Instagram stories, as most of these photos were pulled from there!* JennDelleFave

Botox?

Happy Friday friends!!

I cannot believe it’s already Friday, but I sure am happy that it’s here.  Fridays are a bit crazy and I never know what I’m going to be doing, with my entrepreneur husband!  It’s his “day off” from his main job, but since we run a real estate business as well, typically we have a lot accomplish!

Yesterday I was able to work on preparing our taxes, as I know it’s going to be a long road there.  Our business has literally grown so much in one year, it’s insane! I had a sitter come grab the kids so I could work all day. I did have a brow appointment scheduled, and instead of cancelling, I decided to keep it.  I figured I deserved a ‘lunch hour’! I may have squeezed in 15 minutes at Barnes & Noble as well.

The title of my blog may have caught your attention. I’ve gotten a few questions regarding whether or not I get Botox.  The answer? No.  Not yet!  I do have a desire to maybe dabble in it in the future, but currently I am actually okay with how my skin looks!

I am 36 and think maybe around 40, (ok, I may envision a Botox party for my 40th! ha!) I will consider it for real. I’m just not ready.  I do however, take lots of precautions right now to help keep my skin looking as youthful as possible.

  1. Water. I drink as much water as I possibly can. You’re supposed to drink 1/2 your body weight in water, I believe that is so crucial for us to feel and look our best.  I don’t drink much else, obviously teas and I do love my wine, but I always make sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!! It helps keep our skin looking smooth.
  2. 80/20 rule.  I am a huge fan of this food rule! I try to eat 80% clean and leave 20% wiggle room for things that may not be so healthy.  This works to not only keep us from feeling deprived from foods but also help our skin stay clean and clear! Seriously, when I did my 3 day juice cleanse, I was glowing!  I try to sneak in as many fruits and veggies as I can, for me and the kids! I love Breathe Yoga juices and smoothies. Healthy and fun treats for all!

img_2761.jpg3.  High quality makeup products.  I think in this case, you just need to know your skin; I personally have VERY sensitive skin and when I use different drug store products, or even expensive ones, they tend to make me break out, causing blemishes and scarring. Find what works for your skin and stick to it! I currently love Younique, Mac and Bare Minerals. I also love an Esteé Lauder foundation for going out on date nights.

4. Excellent skin care routine. I wash my face every night, and I’ll admit some nights it’s simply a makeup wipe. However, I make sure to never sleep with makeup on and always use night serum, eye cream and lots of vitamin C.  I currently use Mary Kay Products, but I am starting to switch over to Ever Skin Care (a Stella & Dot sister company! No harmful chemicals etc…) I can’t wait to try it out and give a more in depth report!

5. Go without makeup.  I think this really helps your skin breathe!  It seems that if I go a few days without, my lashes stay stronger, my pores aren’t as noticeable and my makeup always looks super fresh after a few days off.  Plus, it’s nice to take a few days off and use those extra minutes elsewhere…like cuddling my kids or reading a book!

6. Exfoliate. I was not exfoliating and my pores were really getting clogged and I was getting frustrated that my fancy face masks seemed like they weren’t doing much.  After consulting with my esthetician, it was quite apparent that my routine was lacking.  I worried because I tried the clarisonic in the past, but it seemed too much for me.  Now I use one in the MK line and I haven’t had any breakouts–knock on wood!

7. Bronzer–not tanning!! Even in the Summer, I am making a HUGE effort to keep my face covered in SPF and I try to wear a hat.  As much as I love the sun, I find it to be extremely damaging.   I don’t go tanning any more, and I do regret going in my early 20s and burning the crap out of my body.  No bueno ladies!  If you’re itching to look tan, go get that organic spray tan for your special event, don’t fake and bake.  Also, invest in an excellent bronzer so that you will glow!

8. Brows Like I mentioned above, I do love to get my brows done. I have not done threading or tried micro-blading.  I do have a brow girl whom I love dearly! I think she does a great job and I see her once a month for $25.  It’s a quick little pick me up, gives me an instant looking face lift and I just slap a little brow powder and go! What a difference good brows make! (as you can see, I do have wrinkles and my photo is NOT edited. This is me and I’m more than ok with it. I just got my brows done so they are a little red!)

9. Face Masks/facials I know we should get facials regularly, and I do try to go every season…it’s turned into twice a year since kids, but I do find that if I do at home masks, such as charcoal or collagen, my face definitely seems to look a bit better! Plus, letting a professional take a close look at your skin will help you with any questions or problem areas that you may have.

10. Collagen. I have tried masks and under eye treatments, but recently I added drinking it! I get the AdvoCare Glow packets and ladies–game changers! I swear I see a little extra tint of color in my pale face and literal ‘glow’ from my skin. I love that it’s super tasty too! I usually try to drink 2-3 and it’s a great way to get in that extra water intake!

Other tips or tricks? I think working out helps and sweating, clearly helps the blood flow and makes you feel younger! I also really try not to stress over the small things. I used to be so anxious and uptight all the time.  Being with my husband taught me to let go of trying to control every little thing and just be.  It’s hard, as I am a perfectionist at heart, but I do find the less I stress the more I smile and well, a smile is always the best accessory!  And last but not least, I will admit I do love good lighting, and/or a filter in my photos.  I don’t ever alter my face or do hardcore editing (I just don’t have the time!) But with technology, I don’t mind using a little help with a filter!

I am someone who loves turning a year older, but I’ll be honest…I don’t love every little fine line and wrinkle! It’s crazy to see your skin starting to change, but I do believe in preventative measures and I do adore a youthful glow.

Clearly I am not a doctor, so these are simply my thoughts on how I’m taking on aging! I’m not against plastic surgery or fillers, it’s just something I have no experience with.

What are your anti-aging routines? Do you let nature take its course or do you work a little at preventing it? I’d love to hear!