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If there's anything most people know about me it's these two facts...
First, I adore creating, eating and sharing healthy food.
Secondly, Fall is one of my very favorite times of the year.
So, it's only natural I go a little crazy in combining these passions. If I'm not outside enjoying the gorgeous weather (finally!) I am in the kitchen cooking and baking with all of falls best gifts.
Gifts like squash, pumpkin, spices and root veggies. This season I'm also into incorporating mushrooms! As a big fan of the online magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple, it's their super food of the month, so I got inspired to pick some up.
I ventured to our local Sam's Club to get some of these fantastic fungi to whip up something hearty, healthy and yummy. I also love that I can buy my produce in bulk there since I stick to natural healthy foods as my everyday staples and can always use large quantities of what I find there.
Healthy Living Made Simple is my go-to when it comes to tips on my family's health and wellness, and as a journalist, you know I totally eat up good information, especially when it's combined with my love of food.
I haven't gotten out much since little man arrived, with him still being just 5 weeks old, so I had so much fun planning a tailgate themed party while Mr. Charming and I were out shopping. Being a Sam's Club member for nearly 10 years now, it's a great place to stock up on my healthy eats.
I mean. Their produce section is dreamy. With so, so many options!
After grabbing my mushrooms and other fall vegetables to make my tailgate dinner spread, we headed over to pick up our grilling supplies and grabbed a couple of other fun items that make heading outside to nosh super convenient.
I loved finding fashionable cooler totes, a rolling cooler for drinks and an easy pop up tent to keep baby in the shade while we take in games during dusk.
Look at those striped cooler tote bags! *swoon*
Another perk to shopping at Sam's Club are the free health screenings they offer at their pharmacy the second Saturday of every month. Visit your nearby club on October 8th to check up on your health and then stay and shop to stock up on products that will give you a healthy boost. From fresh produce and heal;thy eats to vitamins and natural beauty products, it's a one stop shop to keep up with your wellness. As a nutritionist who promotes natural health care to her clients, I love Sam's Club's holistic approach to health items.
After grabbing some healthy eats, and tailgate essentials, it was time to head home and whip up a fall recipe for our neighborhood tailgate block party.
I was craving something hearty and healthy and wanted something festive to plate for our friends and family, so I tossed some colorful fall vegetables and herbs in with wild rice and the mushrooms I picked up at Sam's Club.
Served alongside some grilled brats, it made a filling meal bursting with a variety of flavors and color.
You can grab the easy recipe below for your next event!
Aside from their aesthetically pleasing shop, Nuts.com also offers a great guide to satisfy cravings and let me tell you this is a God send right now.
I'm craving all things hardcore and I love knowing there are HEALTHY options when I want something salty, savory or sweet. My body may be asking, or begging, for pie or potato chips, but I know better as not only a Nutritionist, but as someone looking out for the best health for me and my future little. This Pinnable chart on the left is a great reference guide to alternatives to candy, oily snacks or otherwise nutrient bankrupt options.
It's also fun to make your own snacks. Mr. Charming and I invested in a dehydrator a couple of years and make our own beef jerky, dried fruit and more regularly. Especially when we are going to travel or go camping.
You can also "chocolate-cover" your own fruits and nuts for a healthier options, as so many store bought options use added sugar and milk. I like to melt dairy-free, high quality organic dark chocolate and hand dip berries, nuts and organic raisins and chill for a quick and easy snack to grab. Or I top rice cakes and almond butter with them for an alternative to a sweet and savory popcorn option on movie night since we are a corn-free house as well.
I would love to hear your favorite snack options and your favorite way to incorporate nuts into your day. Leave it in the comments below.
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.