Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Healthy Eating at Target!

Hi friends!

I wanted to create a healthy eating project showcasing average stores that have started carrying clean, organic foods! Often times people think that it’s more difficult to eat healthy without a Whole Foods or health food store in their area. I am here to prove that WRONG! ANYONE can eat healthy while shopping at most local stores!

Jordan and I were at Target the other day picking up a few items and I thought it would be fun and educational to cruise down the food aisles to see the selection of food they offer. I was really surprised to see so many healthy and organic options! You still have to read those labels, though – remember that not all Organic or seemingly healthy options are that healthy for you!

I was not necessarily looking for all non-GMO or organic food. I was looking for healthy options that were as wholesome, and as clean as possible! I was also looking for vegetarian and vegan options. Again, please read labels! Even organic foods contain excessive sugars and often times hidden MSG!

Here is what I was able to find:

There was a pretty basic yet plentiful selection of fresh produce – bananas, avocados, apples, oranges, potatoes, onion, tomatoes, berries, grapes, pineapples, and greens!

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I was able to find organic baby spinach and baby spring mix!

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Dairy and non-dairy:

They do carry non-dairy milk such as Almond Milk and Soy Milk. I didn’t see if they had Organic Cows Milk. And they also carry a nice selection of plain yogurt and Greek yogurt. I always suggest buying plain Greek yogurt and adding maple syrup, raw honey or stevia to sweeten it to your taste. Add raw fruit, too!

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I also found organic eggs! I was really surprised by this find!

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Meats/Proteins:

They do sell raw meat but since I do not purchase meat on a regular basis I looked right over this area! I would look to see if they carry organic meat.

I was able to find organic and nitrate free sausage and bacon. These are usually not clean due to the preservatives but I do know Applegate is one of the cleaner brands.

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Hummus!!!!

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They have a huge selection of Amy’s frozen dinners – these are normally all vegan and pretty clean! I usually never purchase frozen meals but these would be a great option for those that are looking for a healthy frozen food option. Again, read the ingredients!

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And they also had a huge selection of vegan and vegetarian meat options for those that do not eat meat. My son loves the vegan chikn nuggets!

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I love frozen veggies for soups, salads and roasting! I always check the ingredients to see if there is anything added – if there are more ingredients than the vegetable, put it back!

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Frozen Breakfast:

Van’s waffles are really quite good! I briefly looked at the breakfast bowls and I am planning on doing some more research on these items. Marketing can be very appealing until you start to look at the actual ingredients!

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Gluten Free Breads:

I was happy to see gluten free options, too! They sell Udi’s products along with other gluten free options in the bread aisle.

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Snacks/Nut Butters/Kitchen Staples:

I was pleased to see almond butter, organic peanut butter and raw honey in the aisle!

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Grains and seeds:

I was so happy to see quinoa, lentils, chia seeds and brown / wild rice!

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Snacks:

They did have healthier snack options for kids and adults alike. Do you keep seeing the GREEN Choose Well labels? Target has sections that are marked in these green labels. Not all are healthy, but most are a BETTER option.

Unsalted Nuts

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Annie’s Organic Snacks

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Coconut Water / Organic Juice

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Snacks:

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  Pantry Staples:

Plain Oats

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Unsweetened Applesauce        

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Organic Chili and Soups

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   Organic Ketchup

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So what do you think?! Still think it’s hard to eat healthy without a Whole Foods or a health food store? Times are changing and the demand for organic and healthier options are in full force! You can expect to see many more options at your local market or grocery store! And remember: if you don’t see something, ask for it!

Healthy Eating!
Tasha

Monday, March 17, 2014

Grocery Haulin’!

Hey friends!

I went grocery shopping over the weekend and I wanted to share what I picked up!

I ALWAYS have grocery haul requests and it has been a long time since my last post… I hope you enjoy!

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This time I went to both Whole Foods and Trader Joes. I had not been to Whole Foods in a few months and I wanted to see what new items they had!

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I finally refilled my glass jars with my bulk bin staples! I grabbed some red quinoa, red lentils, adzuki beans, hemp hearts, peanuts and oat groats! I also found some new tea, veggie dogs, Earth Balance, mangos and new incense! I love burning incense for a few minutes as I journal and meditate.

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I also picked up a few cans of organic beans, bars for me and Jordan, coconut water, organic Annie’s mac n cheese, chopped tomatoes and pretzel sticks for Jordan.

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At Trader Joes, I picked up organic baby spinach, kale, broccoli, organic apples, organic celery, cabbage and bananas.

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Plain Bagels, yogurt, bell pepper, onion and hummus

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Organic eggs, pure maple syrup, organic Joe’s O’s for Jordan, olive oil, organic apple sauce, corn, brussel sprouts, asparagus, carrots, ground turkey and corned beef.

I was starving after I was done putting all the groceries away! I threw together a bowl of cooked millet I had in the fridge, black beans and sautéed onion and bell pepper, and mixed in some salsa. Very tasty!

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I settles down with a mug of my new Yogi Tea… I just love the tea sayings on the tags.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Monday!

Stay beautiful!

XxOo Tasha

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My most recent breakup + toothless!

Look who lost his first tooth!

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My baby boy is not a baby anymore!

I picked him up from school today and the teachers had put it in a baggie so it would not get lost. He was sooooo excited when he saw me! And I was too!

After I picked him him from school, I went and picked up a couple of pints of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I was reading Carrots n Cake today and I had been craving it ever since! I figured What the heck! I might as well celebrate with him. ;)

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I haven't had ice cream in a looooong time! And it was sooooo good! Vanilla ice cream, caramel and chocolate covered waffle cone pieces. Yup, a winner!

Tonight he was really excited to put his little tooth under his pillow for the tooth fairy. I can’t believe he is old enough for the tooth fairy!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
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If you have been following me on my social media channels, you have noticed I gave up coffee this past weekend. I am proud to say that I have been coffee free for 5 days now!

I had been sick the week prior with a flu bug and ever since then I couldn’t really stand the taste of coffee. Thursday night I ended up going to the ER due to really sharp pains in my left side and little did I know I had a horrible UTI. It was traveling up into my kidney which explains the pain. I was told to drink at least 2 liters of water per day to help flush out the infection.

I knew this was a sign from my body to STOP drinking coffee.

And while the two illnesses were not connected to my coffee consumption, I was drinking a lot of it. 3 cups in the morning, often times a cup in the afternoon and sometimes a cup in the early evening. I would call it addiction. And I was having very bad headaches and felt very sluggish and acidic.

So I woke up Saturday morning with the intention I was going to severely cut coffee out of my life. And it has been fantastic ever since!

Here is a daily recap:

  • Day 1 (Saturday) – Headache in the morning. Drank several cups of water and did end up making myself a cup of coffee in the afternoon but only drank a few sips.
  • Day 2 (Sunday) – Woke up and drank a liter of water right away. No coffee and no tea and surprisingly no headache! I probably drank close to a gallon of water.
  • Day 3 (Monday) – I was a little cornered that I was going to feel crappy at the office so I brought a few bags of green tea. It was really nice drinking green tea in the morning! I also drank an entire gallon of water. No headache and felt amazing!
  • Day 4 (Tuesday)  - Green tea in the morning and a gallon of water throughout the day. Still felt really amazing!
  • Day 5 (Wednesday) – Today was the best day yet! I only drank 1 cup of green tea this morning and a gallon of water and my energy levels were incredibly high! I am so please that I am feeling this amazing! I wish I would have cut coffee a long time ago!

Tips:

I prep my water at night. I have two bottles that are 1.5 gallons each and I fill my mason jar with 4 cups of water. I like to drink my water room temperature so having it out during the day helps my water intake! I simply fill my mason jar up as I drink it.

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Green tea is my BFF right now! But I suggest buying organic!

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Most importantly - Make sure you really want to cut coffee! You cant expect to follow through with something if you are not fully committed.

I would love to answer any questions that you may have about kicking the habit! Simply leave a comment below!

XxOo Tasha

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Motivational Monday : Creating a Morning Ritual

We all wake up with a blank slate every morning, a chance to have an awesome, productive, successful day. A morning routine will help set the path for an awesome day to follow. – Maneesh Sethi

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Creating a healthy morning routine is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not only does it spark your creative juices and starts your productive energy, it also allows you to start your day in an amazing mindset! Depending on your daily schedule, creating a morning routine could mean that you would need to wake up a few extra minutes prior to starting your day.

My routine is all about healthy beginnings!

I wake up before my family does. This allows me to have some wonderful peace and quiet!

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  • I start off by drinking 3-4 cups of filtered water. This allows my digestion system to start working and for my body to re-hydrate from the night prior. I also make myself a cup of fresh ginger tea.
  • I sit down to journal, meditate and pray. Surrounding myself in a spiritual environment has turned my life around! I usually start by praying, reading The Bible and writing my devotions or I read some pages in A Course In Miracles. Or sometimes I will just write my own words. If I need to work out some things that are happening in my life I will do this then.
  • I also write down my goals – for the day, for the week, for the month or for the year. It’s so important to have constant visual sight of your goals. A dream will never turn into a goal unless you write it down!
  • Task list – This is more detailed than my goals. These are things like: mop floor, go to gym, go to grocery store, etc. I NEED a task list!

Then I start my day! If I still have quiet time, I will start to write blog posts or articles that I am working on, check my email and respond to any that need attention or maybe I will just simply sit in quiet.

What does your morning routine look like? Do you find that your day is better with a routine?

Stay Beautiful!
XxOo Tasha

Sunday, March 09, 2014

A change with the seasons!

Hey loves!

Sometimes you just need to slap yourself around sometimes… a mental slap, that is.

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Here is a little timeline for those that may not know my entire background:

  • 1983 – I was born!
  • 2002 – Graduated High School
  • 2003 – 2007 – Dabbled in and out of college classes and earned a nutrition certification, focusing on health, wellness and weight loss
  • 2004 – made my first ever blog! It was more like an online diary, but I really enjoyed the entire blogging world!
  • 2008 – Had my son
  • 2008 – Also started my blog, The Clean Eating Mama

So as you can see, I have been blogging for 10 years now! Not every year I was consistent, though. My personal blog fizzled away after a few years. I was still actively writing in my own journal and didn’t see the need to share it with the world. When I created The Clean Eating Mama I was very excited and knew that this was my calling. It kept me sane when I was staying home with my son and I loved connecting with so many other bloggers – the community aspect of blogging is really quite amazing!

I started out blogging a few times a day – daily musings, eats and anything else I wanted to share. Then I toned it back to a few times a week… and there was a time where I wasn’t blogging at all! A lot of life happened during that time and I felt that my blog was not as important at that time.

You have to do what you feel is right!

The past year I have been busy brainstorming ideas, directions and the vision I see my little slice of the internet going! I took on some clients and starting coaching, recipe development for local companies and feeling more and more like myself again!

But lately I have been giving a lot of through about The Clean Eating Mama title. I did start out as a food blogger, trying to help as many people as possible eat healthier and better! But I learned through my own personal journey that living a healthy life is MORE than just clean food. It’s a lifestyle change for your entire body!

Mind – Spirit – Soul – Skin – Heart

It’s an entire package deal!

So what does this all mean? It means that you will have one place to go to now. I will be writing about ALL aspects of life! More than just clean eating, I will be creating content about love, life, success, happiness and everything in between! I will be constantly changing through the seasons of life! Getting back to my happy place and blogging on a consistent basis – bliss!

If you have any suggestions or if you would like to be a guest blogger on my blog, please contact me! thecleaneatingmama@gmail.com

Stay beautiful!
XxOo Tasha

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