Easy Last Minute 4th of July Cookout Recipes

Easy Last Minute 4th of July Cookout Recipes

This collection of Easy Last Minute 4th of July Cookout Recipes is straight from some of my favorite dietitians and perfect for that scenario we’ve all encountered… maybe your plans change last minute, or you just simply forgot to grab what you needed at the store… but you suddenly find yourself needing to think of SOMETHING to bring to the 4th of July party you’re going to. And if you’re like me sometimes, you don’t remember until the day of, or the day before. These Easy Last Minute 4th of July Cookout Recipes are perfect for this situation. Simple ingredients that you may already have on hand or can easily grab at the store and have minimal prep time.

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How to host a family friendly Cinco de Mayo party with no added sugar

How to host a family friendly Cinco de Mayo Party with no added sugar

Keep reading to find my tips for everything you need to host a family friendly Cinco de Mayo party (and for celebrating National OJ Day on May 4th!), including Florida Orange Juice no added sugar recipes, and both mocktails and cocktails for your friends and family to enjoy!

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Free Valentine's Day Cards for your Favorite Foodie

Free Valentine's Day Cards for your Favorite Foodie

Tis the season for all thing red, pink, love, and candy! But it doesn’t have to be… bring a smile to everyone’s face with these free Valentine's Day cards for your favorite foodie. They’re great for teachers, co-workers, friends, and kids alike!

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Eat intentionally: 11 food choices to make in 2019 that won't set you up for failure

Eat intentionally: 11 food choices to make in 2019 that won't set you up for failure

Rather than setting unrealistic weight loss goals, or proclaiming you’re going to never eat sugar again, let’s try setting ourselves up for success and vowing to eat intentionally in 2019. No crazy goals, diets, or fads, just realistic plans and perspectives on food.

Still not quite sure what I mean? Keep reading for 11 food choices to make in 2019 that won’t set you up for failure like a traditional New Years resolution would…

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DIY Holiday gifts in a jar: Protein balls and energy bites

DIY Holiday gifts in a jar: Protein balls and energy bites

You've probably already heard that no-bake protein balls & energy bites are the cool new "cookies" that Santa's Elves are rolling. So when it comes to DIY gifting, if you're like me and love the idea, but sometimes miss the mark a tad (think: pinterest fail, lol), these DIY Christmas Jars are a simple and foolproof way to avoid the land of misfit gifts. Plus, they're delicious & healthy, so whether it's a hostess gift or a teacher gift, or any other type of gift for that matter, these DIY mason jars are perfect! 

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3 Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Recipes

3 Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Recipes

The holiday season can be an uncertain time for people living with diabetes. As someone with type 1 diabetes, I know the struggles of navigating parties, family dinners, and other holiday events. And when it comes to cooking for others, it can feel next to impossible trying to balance what is diabetes-friendly with what is easy to cook and tastes delicious

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9 Easy High Protein On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

9 Easy High Protein On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

Now that Fall is in full swing, most people are back into a good routine and no more lazy summer mornings. It’s more important than any other time of year (hello, flu season!) to have easy high protein on-the-go breakfast ideas.

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Cold pumpkin recipes for warmer weather

Cold Pumpkin Recipes For Warmer Weather

It's the middle of September, the kids are back in school, and while fall is supposed to be just around the corner, if you live in the South like I do, you won't be seeing those fall-like temperatures anytime soon. So, if you're also like me and want to enjoy all thing pumpkin this time of year, keep reading for tons of cold pumpkin recipes for warmer weather.

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7 homemade sauces and spice blends to help you get dinner on the table faster

 
7 homemade sauces and spice blends to help you get dinner on the table faster
 

The right combination of seasonings and sauces can make or break a meal. So, I just knew I needed to share these 7 homemade sauces and spice blends to help you get dinner on the table faster. If you have them already made, you can easily get a meal on the table in no time with the right sauce or spice blends. I also love how once you have them made, there's not really a need to use an offical recipe... just toss them with whatever veggies or meat you're eating and you're good to go!

Any of these can take a dinner (or lunch) from boring and bland to unbelievably amazing with just a few minutes of your time. All of these sauces and spice blends can be made in big batches ahead of time, and stored for later use. So, whenever you need them, just grab a few Tbsp and get to cooking.


7 homemade sauces and spice blends to help you get dinner on the table faster

 

1. Spinach, Walnut, and Feta Pesto Sauce

This pesto sauce goes great on EVERYTHING! Literally! Try it on salmon, pasta, chicken salad, toast, etc. 

This pesto sauce goes great on EVERYTHING! Literally! Try it on salmon, pasta, chicken salad, toast, etc. 

2. Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce

This Greek yogurt Tzatziki sauce is light and refreshing... great on these cauliflower bowls and a  mediterranean lamb burger !

This Greek yogurt Tzatziki sauce is light and refreshing... great on these cauliflower bowls and a mediterranean lamb burger!

3. Raspberry Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Who needs salad dressing when you can get loads of flavor with a little homemade BBQ sauce??

Who needs salad dressing when you can get loads of flavor with a little homemade BBQ sauce??

4. Thai Peanut Sauce

This Thai Peanut Sauce is another super versatile addition to any meal...  cauliflower ,  pizza ,  wraps , salads, the possibilities are endless!

This Thai Peanut Sauce is another super versatile addition to any meal... cauliflower, pizza, wraps, salads, the possibilities are endless!

5. Medjool Date Paste

Medjool date paste is a great way to naturally sweeten baked goods and add a nice lower glycemic sweetness to dishes! Grab the instructions in my recipe for  High Protein Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies !

Medjool date paste is a great way to naturally sweeten baked goods and add a nice lower glycemic sweetness to dishes! Grab the instructions in my recipe for High Protein Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

6. Tex-Mex Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning can go on veggies, meat, rice, etc. Click the image above for my recipe and more ways I like to use this mix... and also check out my  Mexican Riced Cauliflower !

Homemade taco seasoning can go on veggies, meat, rice, etc. Click the image above for my recipe and more ways I like to use this mix... and also check out my Mexican Riced Cauliflower!

7. Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoning

Ok, so this one isn't homemade, but given how much I use this stuff, I knew I couldn't leave it out of a post all about the sauces and spice blends that help get dinner on the table faster. Every Trader joe's store has it, and the name speaks for itself. I use it on roasted veggies, eggs, potatoes, toast, salad, and I could keep going...

Ok, so this one isn't homemade, but given how much I use this stuff, I knew I couldn't leave it out of a post all about the sauces and spice blends that help get dinner on the table faster. Every Trader joe's store has it, and the name speaks for itself. I use it on roasted veggies, eggs, potatoes, toast, salad, and I could keep going...

 
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Step-by-step 60-minute meal prep game plan

Guest post written by Ashley Smith, MPH, RDN, LD of veggiesandvirtue.com

It doesn’t take a marathon meal prep session on Sundays to get ahead for the week. Instead, you just need a step-by-step 60-minute meal prep game plan for what’s on the menu and what nights you need a little help to get ahead. While it does take some practice to familiarize yourself with the steps and systems that can simplify a meal prep session, I am sharing what I do below in hopes it inspires you in whatever approach you take!

Below is the meal prep plan based on this week’s meal plan featuring Milk & Honey Nutrition broken down by how I would prep it in an hour or less. I don’t get every night’s dinner completely cooked in that amount of time, but I do go into the week with both a nightly plan for what to make and having the more time-consuming ingredients prepared in advance.

To be most successful with meal planning and prep, there are a few things to think through what you prep for the week.

Questions to Ask

By answering a few generic questions, you are able to evaluate what food items to prep ahead. Then, figure out what works best for you! Consider:

  1. What meal(s) are the most time-consuming to prep?

  2. What days or nights do I most need meals ready ahead of time?

  3. What items would be the most helpful to have ready and on hand?

  4. What foods will stay fresh until they're eaten?

  5. What could I get ready all at once, so I don't have to do _________ repeatedly during the week?

In planning the logistics of your upcoming week, you can determine what from your weekly menu would be best to meal prep. You can often cut back on the dishes you use to prepare your weekly meals by preparing them in advance, as well as save time and energy on tasks like standing at the stove, preheating the oven, or washing produce one item at a time.

Since this meal plan focuses on dinner, my goal is to get ingredients prepped and the meal ready to cook (if not already cooked) so that our evening meals take less than 30 minutes to get on the table. The following one-hour prep session helps me accomplish just that.

So without further ado, here is the 60-minute rundown of what to prep for this week’s meal plan.

60 Minute Meal Prep

0-5 Minutes

  • Pull out trash can, cutting board, knives, compost bin, hand towel, and any appliances you anticipate needing (food processor, stand mixer, etc.).
  • Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with parchment paper liners.

5-20 Minutes:

  • Make blueberry muffin batter (day 5).

  • If oven is not yet preheated, make dough for cheesy rolls (day 3). Set aside to add cheese later (if shredding yourself below).

  • When oven is preheated, put blueberry muffins in. Set timer for 30 minutes.

20-40 Minutes:

  • Wash all vegetables. Allow vegetables to air dry while chopping others.

  • Dice two sweet potatoes (days 5 and 7). Store half in a large, airtight glass container with water covering diced potatoes completely (I use a mason jar). Set the other half aside in a glass dish (for more of day 7).

  • Halve Brussels sprouts (day 1). Store in glass baking dish.

  • Dice one bell pepper (day 7). Store with sweet potato and set aside (day 7).

  • Chop about 6 cups kale (day 3 and 4). Separate into two glass storage dishes with 2 cups in one dish (day 3) and 4 cups in another (day 4). Set aside.

  • Dice one onion (days 4 and 7). Add half to sweet potato and bell pepper mixture (day 7) and the other half in a bowl beside the kale (day 4).

  • Mince 3 cloves garlic (day 4 and 7). Split between three dishes (those for day 4 and 7; set aside for day 2).

  • Open can of garbanzo beans (day 3). Rinse and set beside kale in glass container.

40-50 Minutes:

  • Start quinoa+water on the stove.

  • While stove top heats up and quinoa cooks, shred block of cheese in food processor to be used in macaroni (day 2) and grain free rolls (day 3).

  • Add cheese to rolls dough. Knead and form large ball of dough, wrap tightly in saran wrap, then refrigerate until the night of use.

  • While quinoa cooks, make sloppy joes sauce (day 7). Store in a glass mason jar.

  • If consuming salmon within the next 24 hours, remove from freezer and set in a glass baking dish to thaw overnight (in the fridge).

  • When timer goes off remove muffins from the oven.

50-60 Minutes:

  • Add lids to all of dishes. Transfer to fridge.

  • Wash dishes and wipe down counters.

 
step-by-step 60-minute meal prep game plan
 

Reducing Waste

While there are several ways to do meal prep, I find that knowing my recipes in advance and taking care of most of the prep steps in advance helps me to better execute them during the chaos of the week.

That said, there is often some flexibility required to make sure nothing spoils.

Whether grocery shopping only once for the whole week or prepping on Sundays for the week’s worth of meals, we often shift the weekly meal plan schedule to how life happens or to consider what food items I need to cook up first.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. As the week goes on, continue being efficient with your meal prep. If you have the oven on to bake the cheesy rolls (day 3), go ahead and roast the sweet potatoes (day 5) as well while you’re at it and the oven is on. This will make them taste more fresh when you eat them, while also saving you the time to preheat the oven and roast them the night of.

  2. If you are standing at the stove sauteing onion and browning turkey meat already (day 4), consider going ahead and cooking the sloppy joes as well (day 7). This will make a second meal ready to eat with little to no extra work, but also prevent the prepped ingredients from going bad.

  3. Plan to either cook or consume the items you prep over the weekend within 3 days. This helps to make sure that vegetables cut in advance don’t spoil, especially those that don’t hold up as well like greens, bell peppers, cucumbers, and other soft produce.

  4. If it looks like something may spoil before it appears on the menu rotation, swap it out with another meal that can sit another night or two without going bad. The meal plan should act as an inspiration for meal ideas over the course of the week and to serve you; you should not be serving your meal plan.

  5. Use shortcuts, when necessary or more convenient. If you don’t get to all of the meal prep above or need to save time elsewhere during the week, buy pre-cut produce. This often lasts at least 3-5 days and has been pre-washed and pre-cut. If you are concerned an item you prep in advance may spoil before you get to eating it over the course of the week, err on the side of caution. Either wait to prep it and/or buy the pre-cut option of it to have on hand (as needed).

Get Your Weekly Meal Plan

I hope this is a helpful breakdown and inspires you to how you could invest just one hour each week to manage your meal prep. With a little planning and prep, you can become more efficient getting delicious, healthy dinner ideas on the table each week.

For more on Veggies & Virtue meal plans including this week’s with Milk & Honey Nutrition, hop on over here. You can see the past three month’s worth of menus as well as sign up to get the “complete meal plan” to your inbox every Friday - for FREE!


step-by-step 60-minute meal prep game plan

Meet Ashley Smith, MPH, RDN, LD

Ashley is a pediatric dietitian and mom to two apprehensive eaters (ages 4 and 2). Her mission is to bring other families less meal time stress and more feeding success. Ashley does this each week through sharing simple approaches to meal planning and effective strategies for raising healthy eaters. Follow her on Instagram @veggiesandvirtue or her blog, www.veggiesandvirtue.com

15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy

 
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
 

Valentine's Day is usually filled with lots of candy and chocolate, for kids and adults alike... but it doesn't have to be. Check out these 15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy. They'll leave your friends/family/co-workers/teachers feeling appreciated and loved... without sending them into a sugar crash!

*Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. This means if you decide to purchase something, I will receive a small commission as a thank you for referring you. I appreciate your support, and only recommend products and services I truly love!


FREE Valentine's Day Printables that don't involve candy


Improve your heart health with that special someone...

For a perfect gourmet date-night-in, and for less than the cost of a dozen red roses and chocolate, do your loved one's heart (and yours) a favor, and grab a Heart Health Valentine's Box from Fish Fixe. Each Valentine's Box comes with:

  • 6 salmon filets
  • 4 tuna filets
  • 2 snapper filets
  • 2 packages of lobster meat
  • 12oz. gulf shrimp

Use the code: MILKNHONEY at checkout and also receive two 5oz. lobster tails for FREE!

It's the perfect way to bond in the kitchen... AND eating seafood twice/week and a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids has been associated with improved heart health!

15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy

Or give the gift of time...

Daniel Wellington offers sleek, stylish, and beautiful watches your special someone will love. Use code MILKNHONEY at checkout to receive 15% off, and make sure to check out these special Valentine's Day offers available until Feb 14th:

  1. Purchase a leather watch and receive a heart charm and gift wrapping
  2. Purchase a gift set which includes a watch, an additional leather strap, heart charm and gift wrapping
  3. Each purchase will come with a unique poem written by our favorite writers
 
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
 

Show your kids' teachers just how SWEET they are...

Show your kids' teachers how great they are with these homemade spice mixes! (Recipes available on the free printable downloads above.) Click the button above to get your downloads! (But let's be honest, a gift card is also very well received by all teachers :-)

15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy

Keep the office candy supply in check with these healthier co-worker gift ideas...

Think outside the box with these non-candy and inexpensive gift ideas for your office co-workers. No need to add to the office candy and chocolate supply! Grab the downloads to print your cards for free using the button/link above.

15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy

Spare yourself (and your kids) the cartoons and candy with these fun printables...

Spare yourself the candy, and cartoon themed valentines at the grocery store. Try these fun and unique free cards. Grab your copy using the button/link above. 

15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy

Or consider these adorably soft dolls from Cuddle + Kind...

Cuddle + Kind is a Valentine's Day gift for your kids that you can believe in. Cuddle + Kind employs artisans in Peru to make these handcrafted dolls. And, not only are they providing jobs to these skilled artisits, the profits from each doll are donated to provide 10 meals to children fighting poverty and hunger.


Not the DIY type? Order the cutest cards around, and show your friends how much you care...

These adorable cards from Eat Healthy Designs are the perfect way to show a friend just how much they mean to you! Use code MARYEAT15 at checkout for 15% off your order!

 
Image source: Eat Healthy Designs

Image source: Eat Healthy Designs

 

Or if you're more of a DIY type, here's an awesome recipe for White Chocolate Body Butter with only 4 ingredients.

And if you're still in the mood to make sweet treats for friends, here's some better for you cookie and dessert recipes that make great gifts!

Fruity & Frozen Superfood Yogurt Bites

Frosted Flourless Thumbprint Cookies

Wild Blueberry Mini-Cakes with Vanilla Icing

Raw Raspberry Lemon Bars

Almond Butter Freezer Fudge Hearts


Top ten most popular recipes in 2017

When I asked you guys over on Instagram if you'd like to see a list of the top ten most popular recipes in 2017 on Milk & Honey Nutrition, the answer was a resounding YES! And just a few observations... you guys love chocolate, cookies, and avocados! So, here you have it, the recipes you guys viewed the most this year...

Note: I will update this over the next few days if things change. The top five especially were VERY close and I'll be interested to see if they change at all!


10. Avocado Frozen Hot Chocolate

This is one of my favorite smoothie recipes I've ever done and is a great way to get some anti-inflammatory fats in before you start your day... and who doesn't love an excuse to make an avocado rose??

9. Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

This recipe was sponsored by Sprouts Farmer's Market, and was basically my excuse to experiment baking with ghee. They are a classic cookie and if you love coconut and butter-y flavors mixed together... you'll LOVE these.

8. Vegan High Protein Fudge Brownies

These were an instant favorite, and appeaIed to so many different interests: vegan, high fiber, high protein, gluten free, low sugar, no added sugar, and I could keep going. I have a feeling they would have been higher on the list, if I'd posted them earlier in the year.

7. Avocado Cacao Mousse

Yet another avocado and chocolate combo you guys seem to be really into! This mousse is the creamiest most delicious thing you've ever put in your mouth, I promise! You can make it with maple syrup or date paste... you choose. Not a lot of sugar (just 2 Tbsp of either in the whole recipe), and lots of satisfying and filling fats!

6. Avocado Banana Cookies

One of the first recipes I ever developed years ago! It was a dream come true to have it published in the first ever Siggi's Yogurt Cookbook.

5. High Protein Gingerbread Cookies

This specific version of my high protein desserts (which is basically just code for "there's beans in there") was sponsored by Natural Delights Medjool Dates. Date paste is so much friendlier on my blood sugars than traditional sweeteners. 

4. Carrot Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Another oldie but a goodie type recipe. This recipe has been a staple in our home for years and is both dairy free and gluten free. It's warm and comforting and I've yet to meet a person who doesn't like it. It's also surprisingly filling for "just a soup."

3. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip High Protein Cookies

You guys have been making these cookies like crazy over the last few months... and I know exactly why. Just like the brownies (see number 10) and gingerbread cookies (see number 5), they appeal to so many people and tast A-FREAKING-MAZING!!

2. Paleo Sweet Potato Spice Muffins

This recipe was sponsored by Bob's Red Mill, and gave me an excuse to try their Paleo flour mix... which I may or may not have been dying to try. Whether you make them with regular sweet potatoes or purple sweet potatoes, given that I just posted these in November, I think they're going to be a staple I feature for many years to come!

1. How I quadrupled my income, and became a legit food blogger in 2017

Ok, so... I know this wasn't a recipe, but it was the most viewed page (after my homepage and the recipes homepage), on my website. I was incredibly nervous to write this, and was blown away by the response. It was a lesson learned that being open and transparent (and maybe a whole lot of vulnerable) was worth it.


Honorable Mentions:

Grain Free Crispy Steak Bites

Since these were my last recipe fo the year, I felt like they didn't get a fair shot at the top 10, so make sure to check them out to see if they'd make your Top 10!

Gluten Free Texas Sheet Cake

This one came in at number 11, just barely missing the top 10.

Chocolate Hazelnut Pancakes

The most mouth-watering pancakes you'll ever make!


 

2017 has been a whirlwind to say the least. This business has grown more than I even began to fathom. I'm excited to see what 2018 has in store for Milk & Honey Nutrition, and would LOVE (like, seriously, please) to know what yoHonoru want to see from me and this website and my scoial media accounts! Let me know in the comments!



The Gift of Giving

 
gift of giving
 

The Gift of Giving

I'm sitting here, the Monday before Thanksgiving, working on this post at my local Whole Foods, and already being bombarded with Holiday shopping ads, black Friday specials, and Christmas carols galore! The holiday season is supposed to be about hope, joy, love, and giving... when did it turn into this display of excess, selfishness, and stress? When did we lose the "gift of giving?"

What is the "gift of giving?"

So, what do I mean by the "gift of giving?" I mean the very idea that the opportunity to give gifts is in fact a gift in and of itself. Getting to see the joy on our friends and family's faces, getting to bless people who otherwise can't afford to bless themselves in the same way, getting to give gifts with a purpose and intention. Realizing that giving gifts goes beyond what the actual gift is, I thought I wanted to do a little something different this year. I wanted to help people give intentional and thoughtful gifts. 

Let's all promise to resist the urge to buy gifts just for the sake of buying gifts, this holiday season. Let's put some intention and some thought back into our gift giving. Let's think about why we even exchange gifts in the first place... because I guarantee you it isn't so your aunt can return that sweater she doesn't even like come December 26th. 

Don't you love the feeling you get when you see someone's face light up after opening a gift you gave them? (Or after you've done something incredibly thoughtful and kind for them? .. because gifts don't have to be something physical they open.)

With that in mind, I give you my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide... designed to help you be more thoughtful and more purposeful in your gift giving this year. Look through these things I've selected and think about the people in your life. Who would enjoy these? Who would benefit from these? Who will be blessed by these? 


*Some of the links and discount codes contained in this post are affiliate links, meaning I will make a commission if you decide to purchase something. I only recommend products and services I have used myself and truly believe in! Thank you for your support!

gift of giving

The Natural Citizen

Perfect for the foodie, healthy athlete, and mom on the go. With every product that you purchase, they cover the cost of three meals through donations to reputable charities. Click here to purchase.

Discount code: MILKANDHONEY for 15% off

For more information about my thoughts on all The Natural Citizen products, download my Smoothie Guide here. I love to use The Natural Citizen: in smoothies, pancakes, baked goods, oatmeal, etc.

Why I love it: Each of their products is free from additives, sweeteners, and preservatives. Just quality nutrition. Instead of a tea or coffee basket, give a gift basket filled with one of each of the four Natural Citizen products. 


Square Organics

Protein bars and Protein Popcorn for the athlete, chocolate lover, and foodie. A portion of each sale is donated to Not For Sale, a non-profit fighting human trafficking. Click here to purchase.

Discount Code: milknhoneynutrition for 20% off

Think about the last box of chocolates you got, or the food-filled gift basket from the office... did you eat all of it? Was it filled with novelty junk food? Odds are, yes. Instead of candy, give your friends and family an assorted box of the best chocolate bars around... chocolate covered Square Organics bars! My husband's favorite is the Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough, and I'm obsessed with the Chocolate Coated Mint bar. Trust me, a box of these will go over a lot better than a box of chocolate candy.  


American Medical ID

Whether it's for an allergy or a chronic health condition, odds are you know someone who should be wearing a medical ID. Medical IDs save lives. Click here to purchase.

Discount code: MILKNHONEY for 10% off.

I'm a type 1 diabetic and I have a penicillin allergy. Both of these things are critical information for emergency personnel and doctors to know before treating me. Read more about my experience here, and why I'm a big advocate for medical IDs! With so many fashionable and functional options, it's like giving jewelry with a greater purpose!


Meal Plans

Whether they're single or feeding a large family, everyone could use a little help with healthy meal planning. Choose from an anti-inflammatory plan subscription or a one time 21-day real food cleanse

I've partnered with a team of credentialed nutrition professionals and culinary facilitators, to create these meal plans to help you get started with meeting your health goals. You will have access to recipes for three meals per day plus snacks – all with easy-to-follow directions for people of all cooking levels. You customize your plans to feed any number of people, generate custom grocery lists, and access the easy to use mobile app from Gathered Table. 

The 21-Day Real Food Cleanse: A great way to get your metabolism humming and jump-start your health before following my Anti-inflammatory Plan. It contains selected low-glycemic recipes aimed at stabilizing blood sugar, maintaining healthy weight, normalizing hormones, promoting healthy digestion, and reducing inflammation associated with many chronic diseases.

Anti-inflammatory Plan: Also contains low-glycemic recipes aimed at stabilizing blood sugar, maintaining healthy weight, normalizing hormones, promoting healthy digestion, and reducing inflammation. You will receive a weekly anti-inflammatory meal plan that emphasizes the preparation of whole, plant-based foods. Research suggests that these life-giving foods should make up at least 75% of your plate. The other 25%? That’s easy… We’ll suggest high-quality proteins that can be simply prepared.


Fish Fixe.

Perfectly portioned premium seafood, delivered straight to your door. A Fish Fixe box  gives you SIXTEEN 6oz. portions of freshly frozen quality seafood. Click here to purchase.

Eating seafood can be tricky.  At Fish Fixe they want to make it convenient for you to thrive on seafood.  That’s why they hand-select premium, nutrient dense proteins, portion them to make meal-prep easy, blast freeze the portions to seal in the “off the boat” freshness and deliver them to your door. Quick to thaw, easy to prepare and quality and freshness you can trust. I use Fish Fixe seafood regularly in my own kitchen (see the picture above for an example)... it's been years since I've prepared seafood regularly, but that is changing thanks to Fish Fixe!


Costco Card

The gift that keeps on giving. Costco memberships start as low as $55/year and can easily save members 3-4 times that in the first few months alone. Click here to purchase. 

*Image source: http://livetheorganicdream.com/costco-buying-thousand-acres-land-local-farmers-grow-organic-produce/

If you've followed my social media channels or blog for any length of time, you know I am OBSESSED with Costco. To the point that I know most of the employees at my local warehouse by name and they know my kids by name too, ha! Their in house brand, Kirkland, offers hundreds of quality products, along with warehouse prices on premium brand name products as well. For a complete list of my favorite Costco finds, sign up for my email list here


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Snacks

Because who doesn't love a good snack basket?! Some of my favorites include: Biena Foods Chickpea Snacks, Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips, Crazy Richards Cashew Butter, and Natural Delights Medjool Dates

Like I said above, no one needs yet another basket or box of chocolate or over processed holiday-packaged junk food. Why not put together a basket filled with thoughtful, healthy (and fun!) snacks. I've suggested some of my favorites above, but have a little fun with it. Hop on over to AmazonPantry and get to shopping! No need to fight the crowds at specialty grocery stores ;-)


Chosen Foods Avocado Oil

The perfect hostess gift! Premium, quality avocado oil and avocado oil spray. Also great for the foodie, amateur chef, and health conscious friend in your life. 

How often do you resort to a bottle of wine as a hostess gift? That used to me... until I thought, "why don't I give my friends something I really LOVE and I know they will too?"... instead of gambling on a bottle of wine that they may or may not drink. A bottle of Chosen Foods avocado oil costs about the same as a decent bottle of wine, and you can package it up the exact same way! Just grab one of those cute little wine bags you see this time of year. I promise it's a hostess gift they'll never forget! Use the code 'milknhoney20' for 20% off on ChosenFoods.com or buy directly off Amazon!


The Viral Content Summit

For any entrepreneur in your life... this online summit will kickstart a year of entrepreneurial success.  Click here to purchase a ticket

I attended last year (read more about my experience here) and can't wait to attend again this year! This year, the Viral Content Summit is 18 Masterclasses teaching you how to bring traffic to your blog or business online PLUS how to better serve your audience and make an income from your traffic and campaigns! Sign up here! (PS- I've been told there will be some awesome Black Friday pricing options too!)


Canon Rebel T6

 

Great for both personal or professional use everyone from your mom to an aspiring food photographer can use and love this camera! Click here to purchase.  

This camera has been like my third arm this last year... It's completely intuitive to use, and has brought out a skill and passion for (food) photography I didn't even know I had. My favorite feature though is the built in wi-fi. I can wirelessly transmit photos to my phone (or other mobile device) or my computer at the click of a button, and almost instantly share photos with friends and family. No more waiting to upload pictures. Makes life so simple! And as an added bonus, get this lens for some AMAZING food photos.


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How to host the perfect dinner party

I’m excited to be guest posting for Mary Ellen! When she asked me to write about dinner parties and hosting, I was excited because this is one of my favorite things to do. I love inviting people over, feeding them, andenjoying their company.  Noticethatlastpart. Istronglybelieveinstress-free dinner parties and actually getting to ENJOY my guests, not strictly SERVING my guests. This has everything to do with planning. From making sure I have enough food, to planning for finicky eaters; the most important part about hosting is in the moments leading up to the  party.

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