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Angie's Pantry: Winter Picks

Alicia Underwood

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Pure Plates makes healthy meals and delivers them to your door! Not only do they have a great selection of foods, their on staff dietician has created meal plans to fit almost any diet.  Whether you’re looking for a 30 day restart, doing Keto, on a diabetic diet, counting calories or just want to eat healthy and don’t have the time or energy to plan and prepare meals – they’ve got you covered! And, you order it all online so it’s a breeze.

ALPACAS OF TROY DRYER BALLS

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I have a thing about washing my clothes in a bunch of chemicals and exposing my skin to these chemicals day in and day out.  It just can’t be good for you. Now, instead of using fabric softener, I just throw three of these dryer balls in with my wet clothes.  My clothes dry faster and they help with the wrinkles. Made from 100% Alpaca wool with no chemicals or dyes and they’re economical since they last forever (I have had mine for almost 2 years now).  It’s not all that often that you find a product that is healthy, good for the environment and will save you money and these check all the boxes!

HOW I GAVE UP MY LOW FAT DIET AND LOST 40 POUNDS

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I came across this book a number of years ago shortly after New Year’s when I was feeling fat and my diet was out of control. It changed my life. Growing up in the era of the low fat diet, I had been counting calories for years but was constantly hungry and obsessing about my next meal or snack.  Although I was hesitant, I decided to give it a try and it changed my life. This is a light and easy read and is really interesting. If you’re still scared of fat, this is a must read!








Angie's Pantry: Thoughtful Gifts

Alicia Underwood

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This month Angie’s sharing her favorite gift-worthy finds! Candles, specialty food items, and thoughtful reads make great gifts for just about anyone. See what Angie’s loving the most and click the links to browse and shop them online with ease

GLOW CANDLES

Like food, smell is can transport us back in time to a favorite destination or memory. These premium soy candles are hand made with creative scents to take you back like the Pacific, Mediterranean Fig or my favorite scent for the holidays, Saint Nic, which has the perfect combination of Balsam, Fur and Pine. Made with lead-free cotton wicks, premium-grade fragrance oils and no dyes, they are the perfect way to let someone know you appreciate them. Check them out on Instagram and keep an eye out for December specials!

BANNER ROAD GRANOLA

OMG!  I am definitely a food snob and I love, love, love granola! These granolas are BY FAR the best I’ve had. Ever. Totally gift-worthy – but make sure you get some for yourself too because you deserve it. There are lots of creative and delectable flavors but my favorite the original, which has pecans, tart cherries and coconut chips! This stuff is insanely good! Check out their website and grab a holiday pack for yourself or your bestie!

ZEN SHORTS

This is my favorite children’s book of all time. If you know me and have had a baby in the last decade, you probably received it as a gift. Not only does it have gorgeous watercolor pictures (so good that it won a Caldecott Medal), the real beauty is in the three stories within the story that teach important life lessons that, if embraced will set your kids up with the perspective to live a truly happy life. Namaste.

SUNSHINE AND SNOWFLAKES

I can’t end this blog without sharing with you the BEST kids Christmas record I have ever heard! Did I mention that I’m a music aficionado? It was a holiday tradition at celebrations when I was a kid and it is now a favorite of my children, too. Check out this album, which is my all-time favorite!  If you have kids and you celebrate Christmas, you will thank me later. Promise.

Skip the Sugar | Start your Day off Right

Angie Carl

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Angie, Founder of Coconut Kitchen, shares her thoughts on the most important meal of the day.

Staying motivated to eat healthy foods, exercise, drink enough water, and do all of the things we need to do to feel our best can be a lot of work (I’m exhausted just thinking about it). The reward is great, though, so I thought I’d share a few tips to make is as painless as possible.

It’s a million times easier to accomplish your healthy eating goals when you make a habit of starting your day right.  Starting your day off with a breakfast rich in low glycemic foods like eggs, avocados and protein-rich full fat Greek yogurt (stay away from the fruit flavored varieties - they’re loaded with sugar) stabilizes your blood sugar so you won’t be fighting cravings all day.  

Here are some great tips to stay on track for the rest of the day!

  • Watch out for hidden sugars

Hidden sugars are everywhere! They’re in your favorite condiments, canned goods, sauces, yogurts, bread, and cereals! Check the labels on your go-to foods like “healthy” yogurts before you start breakfast.

Proceed with caution with foods labeled “low fat”. Fats are almost always replaced with sugars in these products. Fat is not the enemy anyway. Did you know that the best way to reduce glycemic load is to add fat to your meal or snack?

  • Ditch the sweet drinks

We all know to stay away from soda. Did you know that fruit juices, energy drinks, fancy “coffee” drinks, and flavored “waters” are loaded with sugar and can derail your healthy eating for the rest of the day? And what about smoothies?

Smoothies are a great way to start your day or to grab a quick snack, but proceed with caution.  Even though many are loaded with fruits & vegetables, they are also loaded with enough sugar to send your insulin spiking and start the vicious sugar-craving cycle which can derail your entire day. If you’re going to have a smoothie, use a stevia sweetened protein powder and skip the bananas and other high sugar fruits. Stick with berries and add a little avocado or coconut butter to satiate you and keep the glycemic load down.

  • Plan your snacks and meals

I love the saying, “fail to plan and plan to fail.” It rings true for so many aspects of our lives - especially our diets! Plan your meals and you’ll be less likely to grab something on the fly that contains sugars and other unhealthy additives. Make meals loaded with whole foods at home so you can control the ingredients and portions on your own. Sliced avocados, hard-boiled eggs, nuts and low sugar fruits are a nutritious start to the day or a snack for anytime.

  • Live a little (the 80/20 rule)

Now, hear us out. Moderation is the key to everything - life is a marathon and not a sprint, just like eating well is a lifestyle.  If you tell yourself that you can never have some of your favorite indulgences, you are setting yourself up for failure. It’s not realistic (or sustainable) to completely cut foods you love out of your diet (that’s why fad diets don’t work!) So, go ahead and indulge that sweet tooth on occasion but don’t go crazy!

There are tons of nutritious foods that can curb your craving for sugar and even taste - dare we say - indulgent. Our Dark Chocolate coconut butter is a prime example of a sweet treat that’s not loaded with hidden sugars! (Pair a spoonful with a bit of peanut butter for a decadent treat!)

What healthful tip has helped you along your journey? Please share it with us!


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