How to Make a Food Budget You Can Stick To (And Still Eat Out!)

how-tos Jul 05, 2020

Why does it seem like it costs more money to eat in rather than eat out? 

The cost of healthy food is often one of the biggest challenges for people who are just getting started on their healthy eating journey.

The one thing I've learned as a nutrition coach and through my own trial and error is that not having a food budget is a surefire way to spend a whole lot of money "you don't have."

That's why in this episode of A Spoonful of Soul, we're talking all about how to make a food budget that you can stick to (and still eat out!)


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3 Tips For Making a Food Budget You Can Stick To

1.Track Your Current Budget

When you know where you are, it's so much easier to plan where you want to go. That's why the first step in creating a food budget is tracking your current food budget. That means not only the groceries but everything else from those dinners out with friends to that candy bar you grabbed at the gas station.

All these things add up and one...

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Pork Burger with Cauliflower Rice

Looking for a quick meal for dinner? If you're trying to eat in more, but looking to spend less time in the kitchen you're going to love these Pork Burgers with Cauliflower Rice! Click through to watch.

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Pork Burger with Cauliflower Rice


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SERVES: 4 | PREP TIME: 5 Mins | COOK TIME:  23 Mins |  TOTAL TIME: 28 Mins


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb Ground pork
  • 1/2 tbsp Dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 pk Cauliflower Rice 
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil 
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

TOOLS NEEDED

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and lightly grease a baking sheet
  2. In a mixing...
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5 Money-Saving Grocery Tips With No Coupon Cutting Required!

how-tos Jun 27, 2020

How do you save money on groceries used to be a question I asked myself all of the time! 

Whether you're shopping at your local grocery store or a high-end market, you've likely experienced a grocery bill that wasn't exactly what you were expecting. 

That's why as a nutrition coach who specifically helps people eat healthy on a budget, I knew that tackling this problem was essential for my community. Because if you don't feel like you have the budget to eat healthy, you're not going to. 

If you've been frustrated with how expensive it is to eat healthy, you're going to love this post, where I share my top 5 money-saving grocery tips! Click through to watch.


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5 Money-Saving Grocery Tips  With No Coupon Cutting Required!

Don't get me wrong, there is a time and place for couponing. If you're like me you've likely forgotten to bring the coupons you spent hours clipping with you to the grocery store or that app you downloaded...

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Meatloaf with Maple Glaze

Looking for a quick meal for dinner? One of my favorite diner meals of all time has been meatloaf because it's delicious and super easy to make. 

That's why I'm sharing with you a paleo, gluten-free, and AIP Meatloaf with Maple Glaze! Click through to try this!

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Meatloaf with Maple Glaze


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SERVES: 4 | PREP TIME: 5 Mins | COOK TIME:  20 Mins |  TOTAL TIME: 25 Mins


INGREDIENTS

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp Coconut aminos
  • 5 Bacon slices
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • 1 Chopped carrot
  • 3 Minced garlic cloves
  • 2 lbs Ground beef

TOOLS NEEDED

  • Chefs knife
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cutting board
  • Loaf pan
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 2 Mixing bowls (small and large)
  • Oven

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. ...
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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Looking for healthy recipes you can prep on a budget? One of the biggest frustrations I hear from my clients is how expensive it is to eat healthy.

That's why I'm sharing a healthy, delicious, and budget-friendly recipe that you can prepare for yourself and your family! Click through to try these Stuffed Zucchini Boats!

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats 


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SERVES: 4 | PREP TIME: 5 Mins | COOK TIME:  20 Mins |  TOTAL TIME: 25 Mins


INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Zucchinis 
  • 2 tbsp EVOO (divided) 
  • 1/2 Diced onion 
  • 2 Minced garlic cloves 
  • 1 lb Ground beef 
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional yeast (optional)

TOOLS NEEDED

  • Casserole dish
  • Chefs knife
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cups and...
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AIP-Friendly Maple-Glazed Grilled Salmon with Roasted Broccoli

It's starting to heat up in New England, which means summer is on the way and the grills are coming out!

Whether you have access to a grill or not, you're going to love this simply delicious home-cooked recipe! Join me in this episode of A Spoonful of Soul for an AIP-Friendly Maple-Glazed Grilled Salmon with Roasted Broccoli! Click through to watch. 

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AIP-Friendly Maple-Glazed Grilled Salmon with Roasted Broccoli


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SERVES: 2 | PREP TIME: 5 Mins | COOK TIME:  12 Mins |  TOTAL TIME: 17 Mins


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Broccoli crown cut into florets 
  • 1 tbsp Avocado oil 
  • 1/3 cup Pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup Orange juice
  • 1-2 tbsp Pure vanilla extract 
  • 4 oz Salmon fillet 
  • Salt to taste

TOOLS NEEDED

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How to Stock a Pantry: The Complete Guide to Stocking Your Pantry on a Budget

how-tos Jun 06, 2020

How to eat healthy on a budget is a question that I get asked frequently. And, my answer remains the same, having a well-stocked pantry. That's why I decided to put together a complete guide to stocking your pantry on a budget. 

Here I'm going to share with you the types of ingredients you need in your pantry, the ingredients you can buy based on your budgets, and where you shop to affordably stock your pantry. 

Before you start adding these ingredients to your grocery list, I want to make note that these are suggestions of where you can. It's so important to keep in mind your food preference, as well as any food intolerances or sensitivities. You don’t need everything on this list (although having a few of them would make meal prep a lot easier). Start where you are and add as you go!


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The Types of Ingredients You Need In Your Pantry 

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Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken Drumsticks, Veggies and Cauliflower Rice

Looking for a dinner recipe that is simple and easy to make?

Then you're going to love this Roasted Chicken Drumsticks, Veggies, and Cauliflower Rice that you can easily whip up on the sheet pan! Not only is it delicious, but it's also AIP-Friendly. Click through to watch!

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AIP-Friendly Sheet Pan Roasted
Chicken Drumsticks, Veggies, and Cauliflower Rice


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SERVES: 4 | PREP TIME: 10 Mins | COOK TIME:  40 Mins |  TOTAL TIME: 50 Mins


INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tbsp Coconut oil, divided
  • 1 pk Frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 lb Chicken drumsticks
  • 1 Sliced onion
  • 1 bunch Sliced radishes
  • 2 Minced garlic cloves 
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Sage
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Salt

TOOLS NEEDED

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AIP-Friendly Korean Beef with Cauliflower Rice

Trying to save money, but really craving takeout? If so, you're going to love this healthier take on one of my favorite takeout dishes. In this week's episode of A Spoonful of Soul, I'm whipping up a delicious  Korean Beef with Cauliflower Rice! Click through to watch. 

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AIP-Friendly Korean Beef with Cauliflower Rice


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SERVES: 4 | PREP TIME: 5 Mins | COOK TIME:  10 Mins |  TOTAL TIME: 15 Mins


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 Minced garlic cloves
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Grated ginger
  • 1 pk Cauliflower rice
  • 3 Thinly sliced green onions
  • Salt to taste

TOOLS NEEDED

  • Chefs Knife
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Oven
  • Skillet

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat a...
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How to Eat Healthy Even When You've FAILED In the Past

how-tos May 23, 2020

Frustrated with healthy eating? Want to eat healthy, but don't know where to start? If so, I got you!

When I first got started with healthy eating I was so overwhelmed by all the contradicting information out there. I didn't know what to eat, what to avoid, or even who I should be listening too. 

What I did know was that staying overwhelmed was a choice. Like so many people before me I could figure it out. That's why I want to save you the overwhelm by sharing four simple tips to help you eat healthy even if you've failed in the past! Click through to watch. 


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Here’s a sneak peek of what I talked about:

  • [2:20] Why it's so important to get crystal clear on your why. 
  • [4:40] What getting specific on what success will look like helps you do. 
  • [7:41] How to get ready for the challenges we all experience with healthy eating.  
  • [11:07] Why getting intentional with how you design your healthy...
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