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I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!

I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!

This post is sponsored by Ball® Home Canning; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!

The holiday season is over (how did that happen so fast?!). And it’s pretty cliche to start a new health challenge or fitness routine, but there is something about a new year that makes you want to reset and start something new. I wanted to share my experience with the Whole30® program and how using Ball® mason jars makes my experience even better!

I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!

The Whole30® program is a great way to reset and help you clean up some eating habits. What you do is cut out certain foods like dairy, sugar, grains, legumes, and alcohol. The things you can eat include: meat, poultry, fish, veggies, fruits, and fats (yay avocados!). 

I started the Whole30® this month and I’m already loving it! I didn’t do it to lose weight, but rather get my energy levels up and have more effective workouts and improved sleep. I love that this diet is not a typical diet of counting calories and doing a point system. It’s not really a diet at all. It’s more about discovering amazing meals and recipes with whole foods.

I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!

I love making recipes on Whole30®. The best way to do the Whole30® is with a bunch of Ball® Mason jars. I love the Ball® jars for literally everything. We use them as drinking glasses, for food storage, and even toy storage every now and then. But my favorite way to use the Ball® jars is for my Whole30® recipes. When you are running out the door or heading on a picnic with the kids (my life every day, LOL!), a Whole30® recipe in a Ball® jar is my GO-TO. Ball® Jars are available at Walmart, too! Plus I love that they come in tons of different sizes, perfect for any recipe. They are also earth-friendly, versatile, and durable (not to mention, stylish!). You can actually earn $1 off any 4pk or 12pk of Ball® jars with ibotta!

Salads are a great Whole30® recipe to throw in the Ball® jars. A great tip is to put the dressing in first, and then layer the salad ingredients on top so everything stays fresh!

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Another recipe I love to throw in my Ball® mason jar is scrambled eggs and turkey sausage. It’s so easy to throw together and it’s so delicious. You can add so many other ingredients to this to spice it up too. Like, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, or peppers! Even though the jars look compact, you can really pack a lot of nutrients into one!

I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!
I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!

A great Whole30® lunch idea is a baked potato soup! Did you know that white potatoes are officially apart of the Whole30® program – yaaaas! So comforting in this season! For this lunch recipe, I used onion, chopped garlic, and cubed potatoes. Then I added 4 cups of bone broth to the pan and simmered this for 15 minutes. Mix in almond milk and coconut cream and stir all of this together. I pureed this all together and mmmmm it was SOOO delicious!

I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!
I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!
I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!

Another go-to recipe I love to throw in the Ball® mason jars is a white chicken chili! This is SO delicious and so easy to take on the go or simply just to my office while I finish up work! What I love about the Ball® jars is that they make it so simple to meal prep. I can stock up on chicken chili by filling up a ton of jars for the week.

I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!
I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!
I tried Whole30® and here’s how it went!

Since being on the Whole30® program, I’ve felt so amazing and I am already so proud of my accomplishments! I really think this program leads to great healthy habits and a lot of new recipe ideas! I don’t like to use a scale, but I love seeing benefits of certain habits that are not related to a weight or number. I definitely have more energy, I’m sleeping better, my hair feels awesome, I’m handling stress better, I can lift heavier weights, and I love that I can share these fun healthy recipes with my family. 

I wanted to share this awesome contest with you! Spin To Win for some great prizes like Ball® products (4oz jars with plastic lids, pour-and-measure storage cups), a Whole30® cookbook, a $25 Althelta gift card, or a $10 Visa gift card to be used at retailers to pick up Ball® products! ENTER HERE

Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos

Pear and Gingerbread Parfait Recipe

This post is sponsored by Dannon® Oikos®. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is such a busy time of year. A good kind of busy. I’m still finishing up Christmas shopping, decorating, and crafting. I’m also working like crazy to finish things for the year! And to top it all off – it’s football season! Talk about BUSY! But I love it all. It’s such a fun season. 

Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos

There is no better way to get ready for the next big game or this time of year than with an amazing healthy snack filled with protein. My favorite go-to snack is the Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero yogurt from Publix. I work from home (with two kids!) and it’s so important that I keep nutritious snacks on hand. Dannon Oikos is a staple in my fridge. And whoa, did you know? Dannon Oikos is the official yogurt of the NFL! 

Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos
Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos
Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos

Ok, so let me tell you why I love the Dannon Oikos Triple Zero. It’s available in 17 different flavors which is so important to me because I love trying all of the flavors to help switch up my snacks. I love that Dannon Oikos has 0g added sugar*, 0 artificial sweeteners, and 0g fat! It has 15g of protein per 5.3oz cup. I love this because it helps me enjoy a healthy snack while I’m working at home! That 15% of protein is 30% of your daily value!** That’s an amazing snack! I buy mine at Publix and it’s so easy to find because it’s right in the Yogurt/Dairy aisle. 

Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos
Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos
Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos

I love just grabbing a Dannon Oikos Triple Zero out of the fridge and taking it to my desk. It’s a super quick and easy way to add some great nutrition into my day. Sometimes, though – I’m feeling a bit more creative (especially if it’s the holiday season). I like to add a spin to the yogurt for a fun snack recipe! Recently, my favorite way to enjoy the Dannon Oikos is by crumbling up some granola or gingerbread cookies and layering it in a jar with cut up pears and the Vanilla flavored Dannon Oikos Triple Zero. It’s seriously amazing and it really does help me start my day with a ton of protein. 

Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos
Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos
Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos
Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos
Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos

Other fun recipes to make with the Dannon Oikos can include adding granola to the yogurt, or mixing in strawberries and blueberries (this would go great with the Triple Berry flavor!). Also, if you haven’t tried grapes mixed in with the Dannon Oikos Vanilla flavor, it’s incredible! I also love to top the yogurt with some toasted oats or even add in a little almond butter for a fun flavor. There are so many ways you can enjoy your Dannon Oikos Triple Zero but let me just tell you – it’s SO flavorful just by itself, too! 

Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos
Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos

So, the next time you’re at Publix – swing by the Yogurt aisle to pick up some Dannon Oikos Triple Zero and fuel your hustle! 

*Not a low calorie Food

**Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos
Gingerbread yogurt with Dannon Oikos

My Morning Routine with McCafe!

MY MORNING ROUTINE WITH MCCAFE

This post has been sponsored by McCafe. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

MY MORNING ROUTINE WITH McCafe

There is nothing quite like the holidays! Okay, actually there is one thing better than the holidays—and that is drinking coffee during the holidays. Does anyone else feel so festive drinking a hot cup of coffee surrounded by your Christmas decorations?! 

I love starting my mornings off with the 24 Oz McCafe Premium Roast Ground Coffee and if I need a real great start to the morning, I love the McCafe Columbian Medium-Dark Roast Ground coffee. Did you know this coffee is actually on sale at Winn Dixie?!

MY MORNING ROUTINE WITH McCafe

I love these 24oz containers of the McCafe because it makes scooping the coffee SO much easier out of the big container! I also feel like when you open this 24oz container, you get a better whiff of the coffee smell. LOL, best part of the morning—right?! 

MY MORNING ROUTINE WITH McCafe

We get our McCafe ground coffee from Winn Dixie! We love shopping at Winn Dixie because it’s close to the house but also, did you know they have toddler shopping carts?! These make shopping with Gracie and Donovan so much fun. They honestly look forward to it! 

MY MORNING ROUTINE WITH McCafe

Let’s chat about the morning routine. I’m trying to perfect mine! Here’s what I like to do in the morning: 

  1. Wake up at 8am 
  2. Do a 30-minute easy home workout to get my blood pumping! 
  3. Then, I have a cup of McCafe ground coffee (the best, duh!)
  4. Gracie and I usually watch a little show while I enjoy this coffee drinking moment. 
  5. Then, we go wake up Donovan and give him his bottle!
  6. And I usually end up making one more cup of coffee while we feed the kids breakfast! 
MY MORNING ROUTINE WITH McCafe

Would love to hear how you start your mornings!