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

Yesterday was the beginning of the Tone It Up 21 Day Challenge, which is a 3 week program put on by two fitness trainers that includes a general weekly workout guide, daily toning moves & a few healthy Fall recipes (heavy on the pumpkin spice). I’ll be participating for the most part this year, though I’m decidedly giving myself some flexibility around travel and Friendsgiving this weekend. It really got me thinking though about why I choose to do these challenge programs regularly, and I figured that there would be a few of you out there that are wondering the same. Continue reading “4 Reasons You Should Try Out a Health and Fitness Challenge”

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”

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.

CSAs provide not only seasonal produce that’s often organic, they also allow you to buy local and support farmers in your area. There are some estimates that an apple travels 1500 miles on average from the time it’s picked to the first bite the average American takes of it. That’s a whole lot of non-renewable resources that go into getting an apple into your lunchbox, especially if you live within 100 miles of farmland.

Farmers Markets

One great place to get local fruits, vegetables and more is a farmer’s market, but to be totally honest I just really have never made it fit into my schedule to hit one of them up during a busy day of grocery shopping. So, point to the CSA box for the delivery option (or even just the option to pick up your box at a local grocery store).

Grab Bag CSA Boxes

Now, I’ve tried a CSA box previously. It made me feel very ‘Portland’ and ‘Adult’ and subsequently ‘Stressed Out To All Hell.’ I liked the challenge of figuring out how to use a bunch of random produce in a given week, but when I found myself frantically googling how to use up a metric ton of garlic scapes (a search that came right after looking up what on Earth a garlic scape was) I threw in the towel.

Enter: Imperfect Produce

I had a friend send me her referral link since she knew I had struggled with CSAs before but was hoping to come across something workable. Imperfect Produce had everything going for it. The only quirk? All the produce was just a little bit too funny looking to sell in stores. Color me intrigued, I wanted to see what all the hype was about with this ugly agriculture.

  • Delivery option every week or every other week, could place on hold for vacation
  • Variety of box sizes so you don’t have to eat vegetables nonstop to use them up
  • Customizable, no garlic scapes if you don’t want them
  • Organic and non-organic options
  • Largely local produce
  • Inexpensive

So I took the plunge, ordered my first box, and literally jumped up and down like a kid on Christmas morning when it arrived. If you’d like to get $10 off your first order, you can use my referral code here!

Imperfect-Produce-Delivery-Review-box

The delivery was kind of cool, you get a text message alert when they’re about to arrive with your box which is very convenient if you live in an apartment complex. The box itself was cold to the touch, so I knew they didn’t just have my food wilting in a hot vehicle most of the day (the arrived in the evening, my selected time frame).

I had gotten the opportunity to go and select the contents of my box earlier in the week, meaning I knew what to plan my meals around for the coming week to include them.

Honest Imperfect Produce Review | This Miss Cooks

We went for apples, peaches & plums for morning snacks and breakfast add-ons, bell peppers & carrots for Mr Never Cooks to dip into hummus, and butternut squash & red onions for me to roast up for a couple of lunches. Everything was surprisingly normal-looking, and the flavor was excellent. The carrots were even sweeter than what I was used to!

Final Thoughts?

I’m definitely sticking with this! We easily used up our box of produce in a week, it worked around a busy travel schedule, and the quality was excellent. Plus, the price and convenience just can’t be beat. If I can also help reduce food waste in the process, then I think I’ve found my perfectly Imperfect Produce soulmate.

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Perfect Travel Workouts

5 Perfect Travel Workouts | This Miss Cooks

5 Perfect Travel Workouts | This Miss Cooks

I’m going to assume you don’t need me to remind you that you can usually lace up those sneakers and go on a run while on vacation if that’s your thing. I honestly have a hard time running routes I’ve never been on before, so I put together a list of workouts that I can do without packing my entire home gym. You might also notice that none of these workouts are terribly long, either. I’d prefer to spend my vacation time with my loved ones, so I try to get in a quick workout in the morning to feel like my best version of myself and then just not worry about it while I celebrate or play or relax. Continue reading “Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Perfect Travel Workouts”

4 Tips for Eating Healthy When Flying

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4 Tips for Eating Healthy When Flying | This Miss CooksPhoto by Cole Keister on Unsplash

I’m writing this post on the road through Idaho with my future mother-in-law and 2 dogs on our way back to Portland. If you’re planning your own road trip, I have a few tips for keeping yourself healthy and sane from last week. My lab will be getting extra busy with experiments in the next couple of months, so I’m getting in most of my vacations in now. Which is why I will be jetting off on Friday (so soon!) to visit my sister in California and will need to brush up on how to avoid gaining 10 pounds in 3 days. Continue reading “4 Tips for Eating Healthy When Flying”

5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Road Trip (Plus a Bonus Cheatsheet For Ordering Out)

5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Road Trip (Plus a Bonus Cheatsheet For Ordering Out) | This Miss Cooks
5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Road Trip (Plus a Bonus Cheatsheet For Ordering Out) | This Miss CooksPhoto by Ryan Johnson on Unsplash

If you’ve been on the healthy lifestyle train for any length of time, you’re likely familiar with the tiny little wrench that travel throws into your best-laid plans. Perhaps the most notorious among them is the quintessential and all-American road trip. And hey, there are some foods and events that are the very reason for the word balance, but it can be so easy to get totally derailed and spend an entire vacation on an endless sugar crash. Continue reading “5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Road Trip (Plus a Bonus Cheatsheet For Ordering Out)”

Sunday Recap: 9 healthy recipes from Tone It Up

Sunday Meal Recap | This Miss Cooks

It’s finally no longer scorchingly hot in Portland and I’m so happy about that, even if I don’t want Summer to teeeechnically end. I also appreciate that although it rained last night, it didn’t specifically rain on me. I really want more of this temperate weather at a time when I’m NOT joined at the eyepiece to a microscope for 10 hours on a Saturday (oh, science, you tricksy brat).

I’m extra glad that I got in my smoothie madness this past week though, those breakfasts are perfectly paired with the 90 degree days when all you want to do is make it to work without sweatily adhering yourself to your train seat (TMI? Yes, almost certainly).

If you’d like to see my planning post on this week’s meals, you can check it out here. I have a few others as well if you’re interested! Continue reading “Sunday Recap: 9 healthy recipes from Tone It Up”

9 Of The Best Healthy Recipes You Can Make (And Love) From Tone It Up

9 of the Best Healthy Recipes You Can Make (and Love) from Tone It Up | This Miss Cooks

9 of the Best Healthy Recipes You Can Make (and Love) from Tone It Up | This Miss Cooks

If I dig back through my Instagram pictures (lord, I don’t suggest it before the advent of the iPhone 6) I get to see all my progress since precisely April 19th, 2015 following Tone It Up’s nutrition guidelines and recipes. That would be well over 2 years and 25 extra pounds ago by my reckoning. Before that date, I had been stuck in a rut from years of failed calorie counting, bad fad diets (cabbage soup anyone?) or stressful work-sponsored weight loss programs and I needed to figure out how to stop yo-yo dieting. Continue reading “9 Of The Best Healthy Recipes You Can Make (And Love) From Tone It Up”