Health, Lifestyle

Okay So What Is the Keto Diet?

Is the Keto Diet the Answer We've All Been Waiting For? | This Miss Cooks

With all the buzz lately around the Ketogenic Diet, I figured it was a good time to share the lifestyle experiment I’ve been doing. Since the first of the month, Mr Never Cooks and I have been following a high-fat, low-carb diet — or HFLC if we want to start digging into the lingo (and there is so much of it). You could say it was our New Year’s Resolution to shed a few pounds, but as a scientist I also love trying trends out.

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Health, Menu Planning

5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners

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Raise your hand if one of your New Year’s resolutions involved cooking more. According to surveys, the most popular goals this time of year are to lose weight, spend less, learn something new and to eat more at home with loved ones.

These are all wonderful habits to make, in my opinion, but damn it they’re hard.

If you’ve never cut up a grapefruit before, you might not know just how much time it takes to transform into a beautiful (and actually edible) breakfast. What’s the difference between mincing and dicing and chopping and julienning? And we haven’t even started on what it mean to ‘eat healthy’ or  just cook tasty meals.

So where the hell do we start? Continue reading “5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners”

Fitness, Health, Lifestyle

5 Ridiculously Easy Tips for Sticking to Your Goals

5 Ridiculously Easy Tips for Sticking to Your Goals | This Miss Cooks

Alright, we’re one week into January. Hopefully your goal of surviving the year is going well so far.

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I know I made a few as well. A little under half of Americans usually make goals for themselves this time of year in categories like self-improvement, health and fitness, financial success and romance. How many people feel like they’re successful at keeping them?

8 percent.

Ouch. Some make the mistake of picking unrealistic or hard-to-measure goals, but others really struggle with finding the motivation to start a new habit or keep the momentum going. If you’ve found yourself in that boat, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to make sticking to your plans a little bit easier. Continue reading “5 Ridiculously Easy Tips for Sticking to Your Goals”

Health, Menu Planning

5 Healthy Instant Pot Party Recipes

5 Healthy Instant Pot Party Recipes | This Miss Cooks

One of my very favorite Cyber Monday purchases from about 2 years back is definitely the Instant Pot. In fact, I think it’s the only bigger item I’ve ever gotten on this most hallowed of shopping-on-your-lunch-break days. I know, shocking that I splurge a little on food-related things! I have yet to regret getting one, even if it’s a bit of a pain to find a spot to store it in my tiny apartment.

Since this handy little gadget has kept going on sale every year around this time, I figured I’d share my favorite time and energy saving Instant Pot recipes. In the spirit of the season — and not becoming a total hermit — I’ve also been trying to plan a few dinner parties with friends.

Without further ado, here are my favorite Instant Pot party recipes that are perfect for feeding a (picky) crowd!

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Fitness, Health, Lifestyle

5 Healthy Holiday Traditions to Start This Year

5 Healthy Holiday Traditions to Start This Year | This Miss Cooks

If your family growing up was anything like mine, the idea of doing something healthy or active in the time between Halloween and Valentine’s Day was a big no-no. Swiss Colony boxes showed up regularly with those processed cheese-like foods that lived in the fridge nearly year-round. Even though we lived in Arizona, I’m pretty sure my Mom thought I would get frostbite if I ventured outside. The closest I got to physical activity was volunteering through the National Honors Society to help man the water stations at a 5k for asthma or heart disease. That last one I still highly recommend, but I’ve since learned that if I want to avoid the Fall/Winter 20 (pounds) I need to figure out how to start some new healthy holiday traditions.

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Health, Lifestyle, Menu Planning

Weekly Menu Planner & Grocery List Printable

Menu planning. Precision grocery shopping. Meal prep Sunday. Those are some of my favorite weekend rituals that carry me through a healthy (and sane) week. At this point,I’ve gotten it all down to a science at this point so that I don’t waste time, energy or money. Now, I searched around for a while for a menu planner that fit my needs. In the end, though, it was easier to make my own so I could put in all the little odds and ends that I find useful.

I was walking through Costco today and a woman stopped to tell me how organized I looked with my list, so I knew I just had to share it with you! What makes this one so useful compared to other versions?

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Health, Lifestyle

5 Ways To Stay Healthy During Fall Events

5 Ways To Stay Healthy During Fall Events | This Miss Cooks

It’s Fall, y’all! If you’re anything like me, that means it’s time for pumpkin patch visits, getting lost in corn mazes, and baking up a storm in your kitchen.  For those trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle though, it can be difficult to keep a balanced diet. And with holiday season right around the corner it’s easy to fall off the good intentions bandwagon. Continue reading “5 Ways To Stay Healthy During Fall Events”

Health, Recipes

10 Best Overnight Oats Recipes for a Healthy Weekday Breakfast

10 Best Overnight Oats Recipes for a Healthy Weekday Breakfast | This Miss Cooks

Why is it that you’re seeing recipes for overnight oats everywhere recently? Well, do you ever go to sleep with the best intentions for a healthy breakfast only to wake up with zero motivation to make anything? Does this generally lead you to a pantry filled with pop-tarts, a freezer with a stray sausage muffin, or an overpriced slice of banana walnut bread at Starbucks? If you’ve been trying to eat healthier or save money on food, these are surefire ways to derail your goals. One of my favorite ways to stay healthy with as little effort as possible in the morning is to make overnight oats for the week. Continue reading “10 Best Overnight Oats Recipes for a Healthy Weekday Breakfast”

Fitness, Health

4 Reasons You Should Try Out a Health and Fitness Challenge

4 Reasons You Should Try Out a Health and Fitness Challenge | This Miss Cooks

When I completed Tone It Up 21 Day Challenge earlier this year, it got me thinking about fitness challenges in general.

Why do people sign up for them?

Do they even work?

Which fitness challenges are the best?

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Health, Menu Planning

Healthy Fall Recipes to Make on Busy Weeknights

Healthy Fall Recipes to Make on Busy Weeknights | This Miss Cooks

The leaves are turning, the smell of Pumpkin Spice Lattes is in the air, and I have heard the words Hocus Pocus mentioned at least once a day for the past two weeks. Friends, I do believe it’s Fall and I could not be any happier. Well, I suppose that’s a lie but I don’t think the human stomach was made to hold 15 boxes of Girl Scout cookies so I will settle for this.

I talked about how I’m crafting my Fall To-Do List recently, and I’m putting the finishing touches on it now. Think apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and some frightfully fun costumes come Halloween. Oh, and the most Autumnal-themed trip to Trader Joe’s you ever did see. More on that little interlude between me and the hallowed aisles Friday. Continue reading “Healthy Fall Recipes to Make on Busy Weeknights”