Meatloaf Update

I have started using my food processor to blend the meats together because it was seeming like I’d get a bite of beef and then later a bite of chicken and I wanted a more consistent tasting meatloaf. This has really solved my problem!

1 lb grass-fed beef (or ground pork)
1 lb ground chicken (or ground turkey)
1 egg (optional if you use a food processor to mix together, not really needed)
Dash of sea salt
2 finely chopped celery stalks
3 shredded carrots
1 zucchini shredded
1/2 chopped onion (I use a yellow or sweet onion)
1-2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp of cumin
Few shakes of parsley flakes
Few shakes of oregano
A squirt or two of organic ketchup
A squirt of mustard

For the vegetables: carrots, zucchini, onion and even the celery you can just use your food processor to do the shredding/chopping for you to make the veggies nice and fine. This saves a little time. Shred and or cut up veggies and set aside.

Take half of each meat add to the food processor and mix together. Pull out and do the same with the second half of the remaining meats. Add the shredded vegetables, blended meat together in the food processor. I just pulsed it a few times until things were starting to look even. At that point add in all the spices, ketchup and mustard. Again pulse a few times until blended. Pull out the meat and add it to your meatloaf pan. Cook for 45-50 minutes at 350. Enjoy!

 

Other things that can be quite tasty to mix in include:
cilantro
spinach
shredded sweet potato

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Prioritizing to Eat Well

I try to eat well for myself knowing that when I do, I have the most energy and feel my best. It’s not fair to my family if I choose to eat poorly and then allow my bad food choices to affect my mood and energy, in turn affecting my family. I also know that by eating clean and well that I am doing my best to serve my family. I recently had my first baby I she relies on me for her food, everyday.

Here are my 6 tips to help you eat clean to support your own energy and keep you feeling your best

1. Plan ahead. Make a meal plan for the week.
If making a full meal plan for the week is too much right now, choose your most challenging meals and plan those out

2. Prepare at least 3 snack items ahead of time.
Even if you aren’t big on snacks, there may come a time when you are starving and it will get you by until you make your meal

3. If it’s not in the house, you won’t eat it.
Make an effort to stick to your grocery list and not give into sweet or salt/crunchy temptations

4. Make yourself a priority.
This may not be easy at first, but practice one thing each day to put yourself first, in time you will start to value yourself a little more and make better food choices. It will become easier, I promise.

5. Crowd out the unhealthy.
Instead of thinking about what you are limiting yourself from, think of what can you choose to eat in place of said food. For example, instead of reaching for a scoop of ice cream try a handful of frozen berries instead.

6. Try new recipes.
This keeps things new and fresh. If you aren’t big into making recipes, aim for a new vegetable each week and start there.

You can do this! Your health is important and you are important. What are your tips for sticking to eating healthy and keeping your energy up?

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