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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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8 Best Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

8 Best Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes | This Miss Cooks

Okay, so I may have somewhat impulsively planned an impromptu Friendsgiving dinner for Saturday. As in a full Thanksgiving spread 2 days from this moment. I was a glass of wine into my weekly dinner party and thinking about just how much I love stuffing (hint: it’s a lot). Before I knew it, I was telling a roomful of my dearest friends to be there or be square, turkey and all. The thing is, many of my guests are vegetarian, vegan or dairy-free. So, a vegan Friendsgiving it will (partially) be!

So of course I woke up this morning and furiously combed the internet and my own recipe stash for the tastiest vegan Thanksgiving side dishes. On the bright side, this does mean that I’ll be getting a significantly smaller bird. On the other hand, I’m going to need to get extra creative with juggling oven and stove space.

And of course Mr Never Cooks asks SPECIFICALLY for ‘meaty stuffing’ so I know there will be some dishes I’ll need to duplicate. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?!

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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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Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Best Podcasts for Running

I’ve seen tons of lists on how to improve your running that mention removing your earbuds and actually taking in the sounds around you. Perhaps if I were a better person I could manage, but in all honesty if I’m not listening to the Norwegian operatic metal songs of my youth then I’m almost certainly playing a podcast while running.

I was a little late on getting on this train, but since I discovered them a couple of years ago I’ve been hooked. Not all shows are great for exercise entertainment (I’m looking at you, morning news) so I figured I’d introduce you to the ones that keep my attention the best when I’m logging miles.

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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

Feeling Fine Friday: 6 of the Best Fall Finds at Trader Joe’s

Feeling Fine Friday: 6 of the Best Fall Finds at Trader Joe's | This Miss Cooks

Look, there are any number of terms floating around now to describe the type of person who loves pumpkin and all things Fall, but I’m going to be a rebel here and call this tribe of (often) ladies simply Objectively Correct. Or maybe #ObjectivelyCorrect. Heck I’ll even settle for BASICally correct, if you catch my drift.

Now that that’s out of the way, welcome to the unequivocally best time to set foot into your local Trader Joe’s. I read the entire Fearless Flyer ad for this month cover to cover on my flight home and I STILL wasn’t fully prepared for the childlike glee that overtook me as I wandered the store (I did however stop myself from buying them out of every item labeled ‘pumpkin’ so that’s good at least). Here is my highly UNobjective list of what you should check out at TJ’s. Continue reading

Honest Imperfect Produce Delivery Review

Honest Imperfect Produce Review | This Miss Cooks

If you’ve been on the internet or in grocery stores at all in the past few years, you’ve likely seen the many options out there for food delivery companies. Everything from the advanced restaurant delivery of UberEats to the meal kits like Hello Fresh to grocery deliveries from Instacart. One of my favorites has been community supported agriculture, or CSAs for short. Continue reading

5 Unusual Sources of Motivation

5 Unusual Sources of Motivation | This Miss Cooks

Have you ever read a book that light a fire under you to get up and change something about your life? Listened to an utterly inspiring TED talk that makes something in your head finally click? Watched a documentary that made you put down whatever it was you were eating and never touch it again?

Yeah, me neither. :/

Look, I try to read the motivational tomes my book club seems to hold so near and dear, but aside from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which I skimmed) I just can’t get into them. So instead of trying to find inspiration in all the normal places, I decided to work with the brain I was born and epigenetically raised with. Continue reading

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things Summer Taught Us About Making That Fall Bucket List

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The official beginning of Fall is right around the corner (7 days, 7 hours, and 2 minutes but who’s counting) which means that it’s time to revisit any Summer bucket lists you might have made. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t need written out aspirations to get off your phone and exploring somewhere or something fun, I applaud you. If, however, you often need your Fitbit or that annoying little Netflix are you still there message to remind you that you’ve spent all weekend glued to your couch, then seasonal bucket lists can help avoid that feeling of dread as Summer draws to a close.

Here are the five things I learned while trying to check everything off of my own list.

1. Make sure your Bucket List aligns with your health & fitness goals

Okay, so maybe you wanted to try every microbrewery in your city. Or check out all the local wineries. Picnic in the park with your beloved (spouse, partner, friend or dog). If your list has you eating cheese and drinking cocktails just to keep up, perhaps you were a little too ambitious when you made it. For every item on your list that involves a bit of a treat, add on another that contributes to your overall wellness.

Adding in physical activities like hiking, trying new workout classes, or simply taking more walks with your loved ones can help you stay in line with your health goals. Pick a farm-to-table restaurant to try, or maybe plan a dinner night in using only seasonal produce. Balance is how these healthy habits become permanent lifestyles. Continue reading

Table for One

Self-love, selfishness, or just plain loneliness

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Table For One: Self-Love, Selfishness, or Just Plain LonelinessThis guest post is brought to us by my wonderful and talented friend Julianne.

A few weeks ago, I sat in a coffee shop in a small town in Vermont staring out the window. I had tasked myself to enjoy my quiet time. All I had to do was spend fifteen minutes here and I could consider it a success. I sat there and stared out the window imagining all the good I was doing for myself. Cue the internal monologue. Continue reading

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