Meet Megan Roosevelt, your Registered Dietitian and Healthy Grocery Girl! At Healthy Grocery Girl, our mission is to provide nutrition education, resources and inspiration and help people embrace healthy eating as fun, delicious and realistic.
The Instant Pot has become the “hot product” of early 2018 and if you own one, you know why! The Instant Pot combines the ease of a slow cooker with the quick efficiency of a pressure cooker. Instant Pots use heat and steam to trap in the nutrition and cook a variety of foods, fast!
This Maple, Cinnamon, Apple Breakfast Quinoa is a fantastic make ahead option for nourishing breakfasts all week long! It is a quick enough meal that you can make it fresh each morning for the family or prep once and enjoy leftovers all week long. The Instant Pot takes a few minutes to heat up and 10 minutes to safely release the steam, but the cooking portion of this recipe is only one minute! If you made this recipe on the stove top it would need at least 15 minutes to cook and you would need to keep an eye on it, where with the Instant Pot you can basically set it and go take your shower, clean the kitchen or pack some lunches!
As many of you know I’m a recipe contributor for the The Inspired Home website. I like to share the recipe links with you here on my blog for your convenience if you’d like to give them a try! To read today’s whole article and get the recipe, click the link below!
Hi Friends! I thought it would be fun to share with you a recap of our Baby Brunch! We had a small, simple and special gathering to celebrate Baby Girl! Our menu included Vegan Caesar Salad (get the recipe here), Gluten-Free Veggie Pasta, Deviled Eggs, Veggies, Hummus and Crackers, Tea, Coffee, Lemon Water, Sparkling Water as well as a Vanilla Gluten-Free Cake (which I made!), Vanilla Macaroons, Chocolate Macaroons, Peanut Butter Cookies and Double Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.
My mom fly in for the Baby Brunch and so did my best friend since kindergarten! It was so nice to spend the day with sweet friends and neighbors. Our little gal is very loved and we can’t wait to meet her soon! I hope you enjoy the video and photos!
2 Gowns. I’m bringing gowns I can wear to or from the birth center that I’m not worried about getting stained.
I also got this beautiful caftan from Dwell & Slumber that I planned to bring to the hospital however I love it so much I decided I’m going to save for our newborn photoshoot! That way I have something pretty to wear that I also feel good in since those photos we’ll take within the first few weeks. However, this would an amazing gown to bring to the hospital. It is so soft, nursing friendly and beautiful. All the mamas I know who have one of these have told me that they end up ordering more because they just live in them after childbirth… so I likely will be getting another too ha!
A sweater sweater to wear to, from or at the birth center if it’s chilly
Hi Friends! Welcome back to the blog. Today we’re chatting about rest, self-care and teas that support the nervous system!
Personally, I know that I’m the type of person who gets anxious or worried easily. Over the years I’ve become more aware about this trait and have put in an effort to care for my physical, emotional, spiritual and mental well-being to help reduce my occasional anxiety. Some stressors we can’t avoid, but we can build techniques that help us better handle stress so that it doesn’t affect our body, mind or emotions in such a negative way.
For today’s blog post we’ve partnered with Traditional Medicinals to chat about teas that support the nervous system. I drink at least 1 – 2 cups of tea everyday and many of you know who have followed Healthy Grocery Girl over the years, I’m a fan of a big fan of Traditional Medicinals! I’d love to share 3 of my daily habits to help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Chamomile With Lavender helps settle your nervous system and relax your digestion system, especially when stressed or tense.* This tea is an herbal blend of chamomile, lavender and lemon balm. It has a floral and bittersweet flavor profile. Nighty Night Valerian helps you mellow out and get a good night’s sleep.* This tea i blend features valerian root, passion flower and lemon balm. Valerian is an extremely popular herb in Western traditions and its use for occasional sleeplessness was first recorded by Greeks in the second century. This tea has a mild, bittersweet & minty flavor profile. Stress Ease Cinnamon helps to relieve stress, irritability and promote relaxation.* This tea is a blend of skullcap, cinnamon bark and licorice root. Skullcap is part of the mint family!
I typically buy our tea from Sprouts Market however they are widely available at so many stores!
3 SELFCARE TIPS TO REDUCE STRESS & IMPROVE RELAXATIONUNPLUG
There is something about being on our phone, computer and watching television that keeps the brain “going, going, going”. While social media is a wonderful tool to connect, be inspired and share, it also has a dark side. Some people may start to feel anxious, less-than and depressed the more time they spend on-line viewing other people’s highlight reels and “perfect” photos. I believe in moderation. You don’t need to delete your APPS or accounts. But try taking time-off from being online once in a while and see how you feel!
My favorite stress-fighting technique is deep, slow breaths which can help move the body towards a state of relaxation. Studies have also shown that breath work, known as Pranayama, and yoga can help reduce anxiety, pain, blood pressure as well support immune and digestive health.I practice deep breathing techniques throughout the day and right before I go to sleep. Sometimes I don’t feel particularly stressed, but I still practice deep breathing, and I notice how much I actually really needed it. Life can become routine and we often don’t even notice that we’re walking around in a state of fight or flight.
FRESH AIR & MOVE
There is an abundance amount of research that shows the positive correlation between fresh air and physical movement with overall health as well as mental health. I try and get outside at least once a day for a walk as well as practice yoga or get to the gym a few times a week. You’re only one workout away from a better mood “they” say!
Share with us your go-to healthy habits to reduce occasional anxiety and support a healthy nervous system below!
There are so many reasons to eat healthy whether it’s for physical, mental, emotional health, to be a good role model for your kids or to reduce your risk of developing a diet related disease. I eat healthy because it helps me feel my best so I can give my best to my job, relationships and enjoy life to the fullest. I also love that a healthy diet is a great way to support both short-term and long-term health. What is your why? Why do you eat right?
A healthy diet is not about deprivation. A healthy diet includes eating a varied, balanced diet that includes quality sources of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. These macronutrients and micronutrients are essential for helping your body thrive and function optimally. The good news is – you don’t have to give up sweets or your favorite treats to eat healthy. If fact, incorporating treats into your routine is a wonderful way to stay on track with your health goals. My favorite motto is “treat, don’t cheat!”
Today I’m sharing how to make a dessert that is so delicious and equally packed with nourishing ingredients. We’re making Chocolate Prune Cupcakes which are sweet, flavorful and even have fiber! Two ingredients that may surprise you in this recipe are prunes and prune juice! Prunes add fiber, natural sweetness and give these cupcakes a soft, moist texture.
Sunsweet Amaz!n Prune Juice can also help you balance and maintain good digestive health to help you feel your best. Sunsweet Amaz!n Prunes are The Feel Good Fruit! They are a delicious, convenient nutrient dense snack. Did you know that prunes even help support bone health? Research suggests that eating 5-6 prunes each day may help to prevent bone loss.
Now let’s get to our recipe!
Chocolate Prune Cupcakes
½ cup Sunsweet Amaz!n Prunes (whole pitted or diced)
¼ cup Sunsweet Amaz!n Prune Juice
¼ cup water
¼ cup sugar (I love using coconut sugar)
½ cup coconut oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg or 1 flax egg*
*A flax egg is 3 tablespoons ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water to create an egg-like consistency
¾ cup gluten-free 1-to-1 baking flour
3 teaspoons of raw cacao powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of sea salt
1 container of your favorite store-bought or homemade vanilla frosting (I love using an organic, vegan option)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Add all wet ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until liquified
Add all dry ingredient into a large mixing bowl and stir together
Pour wet ingredients into dry and thoroughly mix
Spoon batter into mini cupcake pan with liners
Bake for 20-25 minutes
Let cool 10 minutes before frosting or decorating
Note: To make 12 medium cupcakes, simply double the ingredients and bake for around 30-35 minutes.
Hi Friends! Welcome back to the blog! Today I’m sharing with you a Natural Lemon Wood Polish that is the perfect addition to your spring cleaning supplies to help make your favorite furniture or floors shine!
I’m so excited to share with your our nursery. Our plan is for our baby to sleep in our room in a bassinet for the first few months. However, I still wanted to put together a room for her. I’m actually not completely finished with this room, I still have a few items to get like changing pad covers and some diaper organizers. However, we’re basically there and I wanted to make sure I filmed and shared this video with you before her arrival! Make sure to follow me on Instagram @HealthyGroceryGirl and watch my instagram stories for daily pregnancy updates, baby products I’m loving and of course lots of healthy recipe ideas! Also don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos!
NURSERY TOUR | Pregnancy & Motherhood Series | Healthy Grocery Girl - YouTube
Our crib is from babyletto. It is the Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib in white. I love that it’s modern, chic and also eco-friendly. The mattress can adjust to 4 different heights and it can later convert to a toddler or day bead.
Or mattress is also from Babyletto. It is the Pure Core non-toxic crib mattress with a dry waterproof cover. It’s lightweight, vegan, hypoallergenic and dual sided meaning that one side has firm support for infants and the other side is softer for toddlers.
My mother in law made us this bunny mobile and I absolutely LOVE it. I wanted to include a few bunny items in the nursery but not go overboard. I love how sweet & simple it is. Thanks karen!
We love these Organic crib sheets are from Boll & Branch. We got a set in white and also their bunny print set to go with our nursery theme which I think are SO cute!! They also have the softest baby blankets! Our bedroom sheets are also from Boll & Branch so if you’re looking for new quality sheets definitely check them out!
I mentioned our baby will sleep in our room for the first few months. We got a SNOO bassinet from the company Happiest Baby, which I have heard so many parents rave about and leave the most incredible reviews. This bassinet is not only beautifully designed, it includes white noise and gentle movement as well as their “5 second swaddle” sack to help babies sleep comfortable all night long. We’re really excited about it because hopefully it means better sleep for everyone!
We sat in literally a dozen rocking chairs, again and again and again. This rocking chair was our favorite. I love that it has a high back so you can rest your head on the side, whereas most rocking chairs the back is very low. It’s also really comfortable and the arms are at a good height for resting your elbows. I sat in a lot of rocking chairs where the arms were very low which felt unnatural and uncomfortable.
LAMP This lamp use to be in living room however we moved it in to the nursery to have a lamp for reading books in the evening with baby girl.
We bought this media table on major super sale! I believe it is originally $900 but we purchased for $200 including tax! I love that it’s a classic piece that can be used for years as a dresser as she grows or we can also move into another room of the house to use as a true media table.
Our changing pad is the Secure Grip Changing Pad from Munchkin. It has these Xtra-Grip strips on the bottom to keep the pad in place, as well as safety straps and the surface is easy to wipe and clean. I still need to get some changing pad covers.
We have the Munchkin STEP Diaper Pail and went with this option because it had the best reviews. It has a self-sealing system to lock in odor and the Arm & Hammer baking soda puck helps to absorb order to keep the nursery smelling fresh and a step to open the lid!
Also Urban Oreganicshas amazing personal care and beauty products that are organic, vegan and made with quality ingredients. I love their Body Food and Facial Cream for mom and they also also have this Baby Butter to lather on baby!
We stocked up on WaterWipes, which are the world’s purest baby wipes, made of 99.9% water and a drop of natural ingredients. I’ve also been told that they are great for sensitive skin so if you find your baby easily get diaper rash, switching the WaterWipes may be a good idea!
gDiapers were recommend to me by a mom friend. They are a hybrid diaper, so you can choose to use either a cloth insert or a disposable that can be flushed or composted. Each gPant come with a waterproof snap in pouch & then you place the cloth or disposable insert into the pouch.
BUNNY PRINTS & FRAMES
I first discovered these frames when I was looking for affordable framing because it can get really expensive! You can can upload or mail in your art and they have a ton of frame sizes, looks and colors. The bunny prints I ordered on Etsy here and here.
This giant basket I had for a while and repurposed to be a place to store stuffed animals and one day toys. These bears are from Aaron and my childhood!
BOOKSHELF / DRESSER
This bookshelf is from IKEA. You can arrange the shelves and add or remove the number of drawers that you like!
Of course a nursery would not be complete without some books!
This sound machine is from Munchkin. The Munchkin Shhh… Portable Sounds Machine has 3 different sounds such as- heartbeat, shushing and white noise and an automatic shut-off timer. It’s battery operated and portable so perfect to move around the house or travel with.
BABY CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
In these drawers I have her clothes and shoes and accessories organized. From onsies to leggings of course some denim and dresses and cute headbands and more!
These baskets on the bottom shelf I bought then Aaron painted them and I made pom poms out of yarn that we attached. They add a feminine, fun and playful touch to the nursery and are great for storage.
Well let’s it for our nursery tour! I hope you enjoyed it! You can find links to these items below in the video description box. Also don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @HealthyGroceryGirl for up to date baby announcements and to follow pregnancy journey!
Hi Friends! Welcome back to Healthy Grocery Girl. Today I’m sharing with you how to make DIY padsicles 3 ways. Padsicles are essentially frozen pads that can provide soothing comfort to your nether regions in the days and weeks after giving birth.
Postpartum Care: How To Make DIY Padsicles 3 Ways | Pregnancy Series | Healthy Grocery Girl - YouTube
NO. 1 SITZ BATH PADSICLES
You’ll need Super-absorbent extra-long overnight pads. I’m using these Maternity Pads from NatraCare. Not all pads are created equal. In fact many generic pads can contain bleach, chlorine or other ingredients companies may not disclose. Natracare pads are organic natural pads free from harsh chemicals such as chlorine or bleach. This means they are gentler on your skin and I personally think better for you too.
You’ll also need Postpartum Sitz Bath Herbs. I’m using Earth Mama Organic Herbal Sitz Bath. They are natural herbal compresses filled with organic herbs traditionally used to soothe and comfort “down there” during pregnancy or after childbirth. They are packed in easy-to-use, individual herbal sachets, each one is perfect for one use. They are USDA organic and contain no parabens or artificial fragrance.
You’ll also need: A Glass Dish, A Tea Kettle, Wax Paper & Bags To Store To Store The Pads In
In a glass dish add one sitz bath packet. Boil water and pour over packet in dish. Let herbs steep for about 6 – 8 minutes. On a baking sheet lay pads and soak with herbal water. Add pads to ziplock bag or bag of choice and store in freezer until ready to use. You can also wrap in wax paper before storing in bags which helps them to not stick together.
Apply aloe vera over pad. Then pour about 1 teaspoon of alcohol-free witch hazel over each pad. Add a drop of lavender essential oil to each pad. Wrap in wax paper and freeze in a bag.
NO. 3 BASIC PADSICLES
This option is simply soaking pads in filtered water and freezing. I’m not going to show you a step-by-step since this one is pretty straight forward. It’s a good option if you can’t find any of the products above, you’re on a tight budget or you have sensitive skin.
Thaw pads for 5 – 10 minutes before using to avoid the padsicles from sticking to your skin – ouch!
Your hot buns will cause these pad to thaw and leak water. I recommend wearing water absorbent adult underwear such as depends or sit on a towel to absorb the liquid
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