Clean Eating Tips for Beginners

As many of you know, my husband and I recently overhauled the ingredients in our kitchen. I went all in and threw away most processed and refined foods. Out with all the added sugar! We aim for fresh foods, organic meats and produce, less dairy, and the occasional complex carbs like whole grains. It has been wonderful! We have more energy, have both lost weight, and just feel better all around.

Before we started this lifestyle, I thought it would be difficult. I hate to cook and I don’t meal plan very well. I had no idea what to do a fridge full of veggies. With just a little bit of reading and lots of recipe searches, I have discovered so much that makes this SO EASY. Basically, if I have a fridge full of vegetables and a freezer of meat, I can make anything, anytime.

I do try to menu plan for the upcoming week before I go grocery shopping. I do better when I have a plan. But if I happen to shop while I’m out, without a list, I just stock up on alllllll the veggies.

Clean Eating Tips for Beginners

My trips through the grocery store have never been faster—I hit the produce area hard, grab some meats, and a quick run through dairy for almond milk and eggs. I skip nearly the entire middle of the store (except when I need to restock things like quinoa and spices).

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Ohhh, look how pretty. I love shopping at Jewel-Osco because of all the pre-chopped fruits and vegetables. I will definitely pay a little more for those because it saves me so much time in the kitchen.

If you’re new to clean eating—or are simply looking for a healthier lifestyle—here are some clean eating tips that really helped when I started…

clean eating tips for beginnersClean Eating Tips for Beginners:

  • Avoid processed and refined foods as much as possible. Skip the white flour, sugar, breads, and pastas.
  • Look for the good, complex carbs—whole grain pastas, brown rice, quinoa. For bread, when we eat it, we go for the Ezekiel sprouted grain bread.
  • Fats are okay, if you’re eating the healthy ones! No added sugars. You need essential fatty acids… coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil… My favorite healthy fat is my avocado!
  • Check ingredient lists if you are buying things that aren’t fresh—there shouldn’t be many. No artificial colors, preservatives, additives, trans-fats, etc.
  • Create a plan—when we first started, I wouldn’t have made it far without meal planning. Search for recipes if you aren’t sure what to make, just google “clean eating recipes” or “whole 30 recipes” for a start. Once I learned how to cook with certain veggies and had a stack of great recipes, I could just pull from those in a pinch.
  • Make lists—when we shop at Jewel-Osco I use their MyMixx app to make my shopping list. I can see the weekly ad with what’s on sale and add from there, “clip” coupons, and even email my list.
  • Try to save. Organic and fresh can be more expensive, but we now just view it as “the price of food,” because it is what it is. If you buy in bulk and watch the sales and coupons, you can stock up when things go on sale instead of having to buy at full price just because you’re out of stock. The MyMixx app is GREAT for watching items like this. And yes, they often do have sales on fresh ingredients and meats!
  • Basics: lots of veggies, whole grains, a healthy oil, eggs (my fall-back… so easy!), and quinoa (seriously, use it as your rice, “bread” your chicken with it, put it in a salad… packed with protein and super tasty). Cauliflower is another magic must-have—”rice” it, blend it to make a sauce, create a “crust” with it… YUM!

MyMixx app

Having a grocery store app like MyMixx for Jewel-Osco is a lifesaver and makes my trip much easier. Flip through it even while you’re in the store shopping or in the parking lot before you go in… you add to your list or clip coupons with the touch of a button.

Search by section: produce, meat & seafood, dairy… and filter your coupons, too. Type in your app phone number at checkout and the coupons are automatically applied and those items are cleared from your app shopping list. You can download the MyMixx app and read more about it here.

MyMixx App

What’s your favorite fresh food?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco. The opinions and text are all mine.

A nursery room humidifier for your essential oils!

Winter in the midwest can be brutal—everyone gets sick, the house gets so dry, we’re stuck indoors… (ps: there are 26 days until spring). We have a big humidifier always on in our basement to help combat the winter dryness, but I find that it still bothers me at night when we’re upstairs in our bedrooms for 6+ hours. Portable humidifiers are a beautiful thing!

digital humidifier and diffuser

We have the digital humidifier and diffuser from Babymoov. It’s in our (almost) 3-year-old daughter’s room most of the time, but we move it around if someone isn’t sleeping or feeling well. There are a lot of features that make it above and beyond other humidifiers and why I’m always recommending it to friends…

digital humidifier and diffuser

The container just lifts off from the base with an easy screw-off opening to fill with water under your sink. Screw the cover back on, put the container on the base, and add the top with the green movable spout. Turn it any direction you want the water vapor mist to go.

digital humidifier and diffuser

It also turns colors, if you’d like to use it like a night light. Leave it off or turn it to blue or red. Of course my kids love that! And you can lock the screen so your kiddos can’t change the settings.

Digital fun makes my life easy: time, humidity, temperature, water level, and mist level. You can see below that Rebecca’s room had pretty low humidity (30%) when I started using Babymoov’s digital humidifier. I set the desired level at 50% (it goes from 30-90%) and the mist level in the middle (those 3 bars—adjust with the “plus” and “minus” buttons on the bottom).

digital humidifier and diffuser

What happens when the water level gets too low? It automatically turns off the mist, an icon is shown on the LCD screen, and the red light flashes.

And MY FAVORITE… it’s a digital humidifier AND diffuser. Are you a fan of essential oils? If you use them in a regular humidifier that’s not made for them, you can hurt the unit and over time it will break down. Babymoov’s is made for them…

digital humidifier and diffuser

In the cover, underneath that movable green spout, there’s a little tray just for your oils. Put your drops in there, put the spout back on, and you’re all set! It is WONDERFUL. Better than my essential oil specific diffuser.

Peace & Calming is one of my favorites to use for the kids… gets them nice and relaxed for nap or bedtime ;) That or lavender and the room smells so good! Oregano, RC, or Raven if we’re sick, Lemon and Joy are uplifting, and that En-R-Gee one is for this mama!

digital humidifier and diffuser

You can read more about this digital humidifier and diffuser on Babymoov’s website.

Want one? Check this list of local stores near you or shop online at Amazon where it’s $99.99. You can also find Babymoov on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

~I received product to facilitate this review. I was not compensated and any opinions are my own.

Save with MyMixx app: one-stop shopping at Jewel-Osco

Jewel-Osco stores have a brand new app to bring you the best savings quickly and easily. I wrote about all the features and how to use MyMixx a couple of weeks ago. Let’s just say—it’s so easy, I got my husband to download it AND use it at the store, too

“Clip” coupons, check weekly ads, and create a shopping list right from your phone. At checkout,

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VTech Video Monitor: Safe&Sound Pan & Tilt Full Color Baby Monitor

You guys. I don’t have any babies in this house anymore (sob sob), but I might as well with Rebecca’s sleeping habits. Our oldest, Ryan, was so easy that I feel like we’re basically starting over with Rebecca! He went into a big boy bed before age 2 and never got out when he wasn’t supposed to.

Rebecca is 2. She’s still in her crib, which she can climb out of, and she does at every opportunity—meaning, the instant we leave her bedroom. When she turns 3 soon, we are moving her into a

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Pregnant? Join Mattel & Get Paid

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Are you pregnant? Whether it’s your first or not, come join other expecting moms in a private online community to discuss the joys and challenges of motherhood, as well as advise Mattel about their toys and games! How cool, right?!

Mattel is relying on these Moms to help them gain a greater understanding of the lifestyle and needs of their consumers as it relates back to the world of play… and they’re opening up this invitation to YOU.

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Valentine’s Day recipes & discounts with MyMixx from Jewel-Osco

Last week I introduced you to the new MyMixx, My Savings app from Jewel-Osco. It instantly gives you access to current coupons and sales, lets you create your shopping list (and email it), and tracks your receipts and savings. Looooving it! This post was written in partnership with Jewel-Osco.

I like to save money, who doesn’t?! But as a mom of 2, working part-time outside the home, part-time from home, and volunteering or

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13 mouthwatering chocolate peanut butter desserts

I have a weakness for chocolate… and it’s even better when it’s paired with peanut butter! YUM! Just in time for some Valentine’s Day sweets, I collected these 13 mouthwatering chocolate peanut butter desserts in partnership with foodie.com… most are pretty easy to make, even some no-bake options, so the hardest part will be choosing what to make!

Check out Mouthwatering Chocolate and Peanut Butter Desserts

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