Going back to school in less than one month means 2 things to me:
1. Spend as much time as possible on the beach while my kids are still in camp.
2. Get my own sh*t together to make my kid's back to school transition as easy and seamless as possible!
While I've always managed to take care of #1, #2 has been tough! I always manage to forget to fill out form, send in supplies and even forget to pick up my kids (due to ridiculous staggered dismissal systems on the first few days).
Here are a few ideas I've implemented over the years to get organized and stay sane for back to school!
Evaluate Your Child's Closet
First off, if your child needs to wear school uniforms (my 8 and 6 year old will both be in uniforms this year, then you can set up their wardrobe WAY in advance. For me, this was i...
1. Want to feed themselves and their family healthy.
2. Are jealous of all those “meal preppers” on social media.
3. Are lost with how to get started.
If this sounds like you, you’ll definitely want to follow my meal prep posts where I will remove the overwhelm aspect of meal prep and give you actionable steps that you can take to best help you shop and cook efficiently and healthily!
We will begin by working on family dinners, which is when most families eat their healthiest meal of the day. There is also a ton of stress placed on this meal- especially for working parents who get home the same time as their starving kids!
Even parents who don’t work or work from home will benefit greatly from an efficient method of getting healthy food on the table!
Many of my clients begin the pantry makeover session by saying something like "Just so you know I don't shop at health food stores." Often they choose 1-2 markets to shop in and cannot find the time/ patience/ money to shop in these specialty stores. This article is meant to show you that there are SO many healthy finds at your local supermarket, in this case, I'm conquering our local Shoprite in Brooklyn. Honestly there was a time where I wouldn't step foot into this supermarket because it was bursting with crap and processed junk food. You can imagine my face when I walked in this time around and found TONS of products I'd normally buy at Whole Foods! There was a variety of kid friendly items to make breakfast, lunch and snack time easy!
Here are some of the items I found by category:...
I often get texts and Instagram messages from people that look something like this; "Hey! I'm on my way to Trader Joe's. What do I buy???" Trader Joe's has such cool products, but often its difficult to tell the healthy items from the junk ones! I try to stick to buying fresh fruits and vegetables with a few exciting items that only they stock. Also I love finding their new limited edition and seasonal items and often stock up when I find something my family loves.
I was especially impressed to learn that Trader Joe's products NEVER contain ingredients that I don't bring into my home EVER, like artificial colors, flavors and MSG. I also hope that the following board is true and that all their products do not contain GMO ingredients as well.
I have a general rule: the busier the upcoming week, the more I meal prep! I know I won't have a minute to breathe this week in between client meetings, wellness meet ups and my little daughter's birthday, so I made several batches of easy foods to pull out during the week.
Here's what the week looks like:
1. 4 salads with 7oz romaine lettuce each, 1 avocado each, raw veggies and cooked chickpeas.
As quick as smoothies are in the morning, I sometimes don't even have enough time to blend those up! For the days I'm short on time, I grab my prepped frittata cups and throw some coconut yogurt in a tupperware on the run! These frittata cups satisfy that savory, almost egg-y morning breakfast craving and the fact that they last beautifully in the freezer means you MUST make a batch of these ASAP! This recipe is adapted from makingthymeforhealth.com
Vegan Frittata Cups
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups chickpea flour
2 1/2c water
2 tsp salt
few grinds pepper
Sautéed veggies, fully cooked (think onions, spinach, kale, tomatoes, garlic, olives and any other veggies you like in your omelettes)
In a large bowl, combine chickpea flour, salt, pepper, water and olive oil. Whisk well until smooth and all clu...
When I began my plant based lifestyle, the label itself wasn't as popular as it is today and many peopled no clue what it meant. My husband would often tell waiters in restaurants, my wife is a plant based eater, just to see if anyone actually heard of it before! Even now there are many people out there with misconceptions about plant based eating so I just wanted to write up a small post explaining my personal views on what plant based eating is and isn't.
PLANT BASED EATING IS NOT:
1. PBE is not about adhering to one specific dietary theory such as vegetarian or vegan. You can eat a plant based diet but still eat meat, eggs and dairy.
2. PBE is not about deprivation. You do not count calories. You do not journalize. There is no celebrity spokesperson peddling products on a plan...
When anyone walks into my house, they almost inevitably ask to see my kitchen.... and they are not interested in checking out the countertops or the backsplash! They head straight to the fridge, freezer and pantries. If you are an ongoing reader of my posts, you'd know that organization is NOT in my vocabulary - I thrive on discord and chaos! For my kitchen, I worked together with an organizer when I first moved into my home to get over my natural penchant for disorder. Over the years, I have come to really understand, organize and re-organize my kitchen to suit my plant based lifestyle and daily demands.
Here are some of my own, non- expert but time tested tips on organizing your pantry:
1. THROW OUT: Clear out items that you do not use, are past the expira...