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Confession: Besides my leafy greens, we can rarely afford organic produce (I know, send the paleo police!) but I’ve been using Trader Joe’s Fruit & Vegetable Wash to thoroughly wash everything and it’s working well for us. At only $4, this wash will help get any pesticides, waxes, chemicals, or other questionable substances off…you know, the stuff that marks the difference...
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I know I’ve been MIA for about a month but with good reason I promise. I was on a FABULOUS family vacation for a week and a half at the beginning of August, and then came home only to experience two of the worst weeks of my entire life. It’s a personal matter that I’m keeping close to my heart...
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I’m officially a Zumba instructor! It was tempting to start this post off with “I now get to shake my booty for a living!” but that sounded a little too much like Mindy Collette on ‘Friday Night Lights,’ so I went with the more direct announcement. This past weekend I spent a solid 9 hours training to be a Zumba...
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After a year of being a stay-at-home mom, I started a new part-time (quarter-time?) job this past week at a health club! I had seemingly outrageous criteria, and they were able to meet it all. It’s only about 10 hours per week, but I am loving this sweet taste of adult conversation again! And, of course, being surrounded by healthy-minded...
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Quinoa is a fantastic canvas for almost everything in your spice cabinet and produce haul. I have a lot of fun throwing in a variety of ingredients on a whim and tonight was no different. I’ve had this can of Trader Joe’s organic pumpkin taking up precious cabinet space for months and I finally was inspired to use it. Definitely...
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Good morning! The secret to an invigorating bowl of sunshine is lemon zest! Plain Greek yogurt, banana, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and chia seeds. Something about the lemon just multiplies the freshness. Have a kickass Thursday!!...
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One of the main reasons (excuses?) I can sometimes neglect this blog is the ease of Instagram. Quickly uploading a photo already in my phone—or even taking the photo through the app—adding a couple of quick remarks or a recipe, hashtagging it, and automatically sharing to my other social media accounts is so convenient! Too convenient. So I’ve decided that...
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I am so excited to announce that I am officially a nationally certified group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise! I have been studying for the past 3.5 months and I just passed the board exam this afternoon. By adding this certification to my existing massage therapy license, I am intentionally adding more tools to my box of...
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My parents have officially moved 1,000 miles away—to say I am heart-broken would be an understatement. The drawn out anticipation leading up to this move and then the actual move itself has left me so drained. I’ve been desperately trying to stay centered and grounded, and ironically, last week I received a free 6-month subscription to MyYogaWorks.com in exchange for an honest review...
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Amazing: Peanut butter banana “sandwiches” Life Changing: Frozen peanut butter banana sandwiches! Easy, refreshing treat on hot summer days. Kid-approved for taste, and mommy-approved for no sugar, no dyes, no high fructose corn syrup, and no chemicals that are the main ingredients of store-bought popsicles. Cut banana length-wise and then into thirds. Coat inside with nut butter (make sure it’s...
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It’s so easy to get scale obsessed and calorie counting obsessed. I can fall into that vicious pattern too and even have gone through periods in the past where I’ve put my scale in a closet for several months. It’s the main reason why I can’t do programs like Weight Watchers where your weekly weight loss—not your healthy choices—is the...
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I’m very excited to announce that I am now an I’m Fit Possible Ambassador! This just means I will have more access to, and inspiration from, others in the health and fitness community, as well as more opportunities and content for my blog! Taken from Imfitpossible.com, the philosophy is: We are a fast growing group of fitness and wellness enthusiasts that are...
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I wasn’t going to bother posting overnight oats on my blog since I figured so many others have before me, and it’s by no means my own recipe or creation. However, when I posted a photo of it on my Instagram last week, I received so many great questions and comments about this tasty breakfast, I realized many haven’t heard about it,...
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The results for the $25 GIANT gift card giveaway are in! On behalf of GIANT food stores, Produce For Kids, and Below the Fork, thank you so much to everyone who participated. A huge congratulations go to Shelly S.! I’ll be mailing the gift card to her this week and cannot wait to see what yummy produce she purchases with it. Today...
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I just made THE most delicious dinner I have arguably ever made. I went so rogue on the original recipe that I’ve struggled to come up with a name for it, but my husband recommended “Mishmash Kickass” or more specifically, “Awesome. Just Call It Awesome.” I have decided to go with the elusive “Brinner Bowl” because it’s too hard to narrow it...
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Maybe it’s because I just drove up to New Hampshire and back this past weekend, but I feel so inspired recently to make it my personal mission to prove the fastest food is healthy food. It won’t be elaborate recipes obviously, but I guarantee it will be more satisfying than the crap they sell at the drive-thru or convenience store....
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Awesome day over here at Below the Fork. It’s my 100th blog post—whoo hoo! And what better way to celebrate my 100th blog post than a $25 gift card giveaway to GIANT Food Stores?! This awesome giveaway is sponsored by GIANT through their partnership with Produce for Kids for the 12th annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign. At the frontline of battling childhood obesity with education...
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Since I’m often asked what I mean when I say “eat clean,” I put together this handy list. Note: this is what I, Meridith (non-RD), personally mean. 85% of the time, this is what I eat. So many delicious natural foods out there that work in so many yummy combinations, what’s not to love and crave!? The short explanation of...
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Anyone else the parent of a super picky child? It’s frustrating for parents and children, and the amount of food that’s wasted on a daily basis is embarrassing. If you’ve ever wondered if a child can subsist on Goldfish crackers alone, the answer is yes. There’s many a day that we’re left wondering how we could have possibly created such...
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1. Bring an appetizer to share of cut up veggies and homemade dip. Healthy, simple dip ideas include mixing EVOO and apple cider vinegar (very hot weather friendly); or using plain Greek yogurt as a base with various herbs and garlic. This will ensure you’re filling up on the healthy stuff and will help you better navigate the main spread...
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