Looking on the bright side of things

What if quarantine isn't the worst thing that ever happened, but an opportunity?

- A chance to learn something new

- A chance to get out of long-standing bad habits (mine were tied to emotional eating)

- A chance to stop eating junky food for most meals and start filling your body with nutrient dense foods.


This is your chance to do all of that!

- Take this time to make your body healthier and stronger

- To learn a skill that will literally give you hundreds of hours back each year (15 days, to be exact!)

- To implement healthy habits that will make your life better forever!

I invite you to join me in The Meal Prep Course so you can get started with all of this!

- Learn a fun skill that will bring the family together

- A skill that will give you time back for the rest of your life

- A skill that will put money right back in your pocket!


Now is the time to do this, let's do it together. Sign up HERE!

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What if cooking at home was as simple, convenient, and cost effective?

What if cooking at home was as simple and cost effective as something traditionally considered convenient?

What if cooking at home didn’t mean doubting yourself through the whole process, or feeling overwhelmed about getting it all done?

What if all the frustration and back and forth between cooking this week, feeling crappy for your food decisions the next just didn't have to be there anymore?

What if the answer was super-duper simple?

Would you take the opportunity to get out of the cycle that is not benefiting you?

If the answer is yes, then let's get you out of it, together.

Join the Meal Prep Course now! You get to get out of the cycle you are in now, and you get into a new one.

One that leaves you feeling proud and light because of your meal decisions.
One that gives you time back each night so you can play in the backyard with your kids
One that lets you live a life with no stress around meal times
One that leaves you feeling so excited because you are on track to eat...

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Easy and delicious recipe!

Whose meal prepping today? ‍

I made these caramelized pearl onions with peas (both frozen!!!) with thyme and sage and I got the compliment, "These are the best peas I've ever had in my life!"

High marks, you guys! And they were super easy

Recipe:
1/2 of a bag frozen pear onions
1 bag frozen peas
1 T olive oil
Pinch thyme and sage (dry)
Salt and pepper

Instructions:
Heat oil in a skillet and add onions.
Season with herbs, salt and pepper.
Cook the onions until browned and fragrant.
Add peas, season again.
Sauté until just beginning to brown.

Enjoy!!

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What's in Your Pantry?

Lots of food faces going on in my new weekly segment “What’s in your pantry?” With Rene Knott of KSDK news!

Every Monday at 5am and 6am (record it, only Rene is up that early during quarantine ) we share awesome recipes using items you already have in your pantry (hello, fewer trips to the store!)!

It’s fun and funny mostly because Rene is hilarious and I make faces like this! See you on channel 5 on Monday!

 

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What I Eat in a Day

These "what I ate in a day" are a lot of fun (for me ). This was a typical day for me:

I started with a green smoothie; this one was zucchini, spinach, flax, avocado, spirulina, and collagen.

For lunch, I mixed half a can of tuna with whole grain mustard and Trader Joes everything but the bagel seasoning. I used sliced zucchini like chips and dipped it into the tuna salad alongside some hummus.

Ever since I brought the cheese cracker recipe on Show Me St.Louis I have been eating them non-stop. So good! I snacked on those in the afternoon. They are perfect when you want something salty and crunchy, but don't want all the carbs.

For dinner, I had sliced romaine, the other half of the can of tuna mixed the same as at lunch with steamed broccoli (topped with parmesan cheese ).

This is my favorite way to eat; tons of green veggies balanced with protein and a little cheese

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Take your power back!

TAKE THE POWER BACK! Your health is in your control, you can do this!!

There are so many incredible ways to empower yourself to live a healthier life:

  • Get outside and move your body
  • Learn a new skill (the brain loves a challenge, healthy mind = healthy body)
  • Take a cooking class
  • Stock your fridge with healthy ingredients
  • Do a brain puzzle
  • Work up a sweat
  • Connect with a friend
  • Read a book
  • Get creative

Use this time to better yourself, rather than waste it. You got this!

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Keep on pushing!

I recently had the incredible opportunity of speaking with the students of Missouri Baptist University about building a business post graduation. What an honor!

I told them how I experience a ton of fear and anxiety when I first started Basically It Meals. But, they cannot let those emotions slow them down or prevent them from going after what they want.

As soon as you move through the fear and anxiety of one issue, they pop up again over something else! It is part of life. There will always be big and scary challenges; weight loss, starting a gym habit, getting out of a relationship or quitting a job.

You have two options: give in because the fear and anxiety are too much, or accept they are part of life and move towards your dream.

The best things in life are born when you put yourself outside your comfort zone and move forward despite the unknown. It can be terrifying, but it's that very bravery that make dreams a reality! Remember to keep pushing through the doubt...

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How I Got Started and What's Next!

My first job out of college was as a Nutrition Educator. I would go out and speak to groups of people, explaining the impact of diet on health. I would talk about the benefits of cooking at home, how it could help you prevent lifestyle diseases.

Mostly what I got in return was a lot of questions; "How do you cook healthy?", "How do you find the time to cook?", "What do you do if you get all your meals from a drive through or the gas station?". A lot of questions I didn't have great answers for. I knew I wanted to impact the health of our nation in a significant way, but I just couldn't see how my nutrition lectures were helping....at all.

So, I started cooking healthy meals for people and taking them to their home. No time to grocery shop? I'll deliver your meals. Don't know how to cook? I will do it all for you, all you have to do is heat and eat. Find yourself at the drive through too much? I will literally take it to your house thus saving you a trip to the drive through!!


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What I've Found From My Weight Loss Journey

When I decided at the beginning of January to lose 10lbs, and committed to doing it by taking a look at my habits and making real changes, I honestly thought it would be an easy journey.

Heck, when the first week I lost almost half of the weight I planned to! Not to mention, I am the FOUNDER of a healthy meal service- I have access to healthy balanced meals!

But, it wasn't about the healthy meals I was eating, it was about the times I was eating and wasn't actually hungry and the "why" behind that. When you start digging into that, you start discovering yourself (which is crazy because I thought I already had).


It's different for everyone, but for me I am facing up to the uncomfortable moments of life without a snack to keep me company. It felt impossible before, but now it feels liberating!

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Thank you STL!

You have been such a supportive community for this small business, and we are SO grateful!! Thank you for all you have done.

When I first graduated, I knew I wanted to change the health of the nation. I saw that being huge. I also saw that the job I was doing that was intended to make an impact just wasn't helping people.

When I discovered that I could truly make an impact by making healthy meals for people and delivering them to their homes, I was hooked! Now, me and my company are honored to make a healthier St. Louis for YOU!

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