6 Ways to Get More Greens in Your Life (+ Why You Need Them Daily)

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The Deal with the Green Stuff

IT’S THE MONEY, HONEY! Of all the vegetables, adding dark, leafy greens to your diet is the most important!

Here are some popular Dark, leafy greens:
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Collard Greens
  • Mustard Greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Etc.

Leafy Greens | Simple Healthy Eats

eat your greens daily – Here’s why

1. TOP-NOTCH NUTRITION

Greens are micronutrient dense, which means they pack a big punch in a tiny package. While they should take up the largest part of your plate, they actually contain very few calories. The purpose of filling your plate with greens is to pack a ton of essential nutrients into your diet without needing to consume a large amount of calories.

2. Fight disease

Plants contain phytonutrients, which are important compounds that are found only in plants! These compounds are so crucial because they prevent age-related diseases like heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. Plants also contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.

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My Experience with Overeating (+ How to Finally Find Balance)

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why do we eat so much?

see food, eat food.

I’m one of those people that loves SEEfood…. You know, I “see” food, then I eat it. I’m trying to lighten life up a bit over here with some bad jokes 😉 But in all honesty, overeating feels like you’re out of control. Even if it’s “healthy food”, it comes to a point where too much of anything isn’t good for you.

The thing is, I don’t always overeat. Sometimes I can go weeks at a time before it happens, but then boom, I dive into a whole chocolate bar when I meant to have just a piece.

I noticed it happens when I am out of balance in some way. When I’m anxious, stressed, sad, or out of routine, I find myself in a mindless eating mode where I’m super impatient in between meals. It took some soul searching to figure it out, but I have finally come to terms that I have a problem with food when I’m stressed.

I know I can relate

Many people have this problem with overeating. Some call it “binge eating” others call it “emotional eating”, but either way it takes a huge toll on how we feel about ourselves. It often leads to a “food high” during the moments of shoveling food into our mouths, followed by a huge crash of depression and frustration afterwards.

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Fresh and Summery Strawberry Avocado Salad

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The Perfect Summer Side Dish

Let me tell you – these flavors are a winner! Everyone can have salsa, guacamole, and pasta salad.. but that’s just the same stuff over and over again. So let’s change it up and enjoy strawberries at their ripest and sweetest… in a fresh and summery salad! The herbs compliment the strawberries’ sweetness and the avocados’ creaminess beautifully. The citrus brings all of the flavors together with a little acidity, and the salt takes the flavors over the top. Trust me, this will be the hit of every BBQ!

How to serve it:
  • Over grilled salmon (or cod, mahi mahi, etc.)
  • On top of a burger
  • On it’s own
  • Over caesar salad or a baby arugula salad
  • With beef or fish tacos

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Nutrient Bowl 101: How to build the healthiest, easiest meal

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sautéed greens, tuna salad, mango, rice, homemade dressing, salad greens, sprouts

Emphasis on Nutrients

We all know that eating healthy is important – after all, mom had a reason for making you eat your vegetables. (Hopefully your mom made delicious vegetables and it wasn’t torture for you to sit at the table with a pile of green staring back at you.) The good thing is that eating healthy doesn’t having to be boring or tasteless. IN FACT, eating healthy is delicious, satisfying, and super easy to do.

Categories

The nutrient bowl is made up of 5 categories, and all you have to do is pick a few things from each one! The best part is I’ve listed a ton of options for each category – this way you have a super easy way to create a huge variety of meals and flavor combinations.

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Pumpkin Pie Pancakes (Gluten-Free and Paleo-Friendly)

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Pumpkin Pie… in pancake form!

Cinnamon, pie spice, almond meal, pumpkin puree… this recipe has all the makings of a GREAT pumpkin pie. It’s warm and delicious, yet super light! The best part is you can eat a whole stack of pancakes and still feel amazing – there’s absolutely no junk in this recipe!

Based off of my Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes, this is another grain-free and paleo-friendly recipe. It’s super healthy, delicious, and did I mention.. IT’S PANCAKES? So basically, your morning is about to be amazing 🙂 Your body (and tastebuds) will so thank you for the delicious flavor and high-quality ingredients, so get ready to indulge without the guilt!

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Sweet n’ Crispy Granola (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

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What about granola?

Most supermarket granolas are NOT good for you – they have tons of added sugar, are cooked in low quality oils, and may even have additives and preservatives to keep them fresh. Thankfully, you can avoid all those ingredients because it’s incredibly easy to make your own! In fact, homemade granola is super simple and a whole lot healthier (and less expensive) then store bought granola. Wooo!

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Grill the Perfect Burger (+ Smoked Salt is Life-Changing)

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Bree here 🙂 and I would like to introduce my boyfriend, Mick! He is the second voice behind Simple Healthy Eats and the official burger master. Today he is sharing his method with us – woohoo!

What the heck is smoked salt?

Smoked salt is your new best friend. It gives you the mouth-watering flavor that makes BBQ so amazing. If you thought regular salt added great flavor to your dishes, you have to try this. It’s pretty self explanatory, but smoked salt is sea salt that’s been put in a smoker for hours and smoked just like meat. It absorbs all the flavor of the smoke so that you can give your dishes a smokey flavor without having to buy a smoker. It’s also a real flavor, unlike the liquid smoke you can buy with added sugars and flavorings.

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