Holidays bring about togetherness, good times, and FOOD. To be honest there is an overload of food during this time since everyone is throwing some type of get together. If you are throwing the party this year, keep in mind that there will be tons of parties going on so keep the food light but filling.
Instead of going for heavy food that may weigh your guests down, go for foods that are light but filling. You will be providing your guests with some filling eats that won’t put them in a food coma. Here are some healthy seasonal foods that you can use in your dishes this holiday that won’t deprive you of flavor:
’Tis the season for a holiday party. Yup, it’s that time of year again.
Old time school buddies meeting up back home.
Secret Santa at your job.
That yearly gathering of family – since this is the only time y’all can get together. 😃
The goal is for everyone to have fun but not clear out your wallet when you decide to be the host of the party. It’s something about throwing a party that makes you want to go all out but definitely not at the expense of your budget.
Can you throw a POPPIN’ party without spending a lot of cash?
Of course, you can. It takes planning to achieve both – an amazing party without blowing your budget. There are 2 keys that help you build the foundation for your party and sets limits for your budget.
Back in college when I started by food journey, I actually believed I was being healthy based solely on the fact that I was cooking. I had no real concern of the ingredients that I was using in my meals – some of those ingredients would be processed and the rest just produce from my grocery store. As I learned more about food and how we should use it to fuel and heal our bodies and not just FEED our bodies, it became apparent that the ingredients we use when cook are just as important. Real food is the key with minimal processed foods. They are the foundation – the building blocks to any healthy meal. I know when you are trying eat healthier it can be quite overwhelming, there are tons of questions –
- Where do I start?
- What do I buy?
- How do I know if this is good for me?
The list can go on and on, but it doesn’t have to. Through my journey, I have learned that change doesn’t have to be overwhelming you just need a starting point. Here are 8 simple changes that you can make to help get you started – and you don’t have to do this all overnight.
The MIDDLEMAN is that guy who gets you the goods you need directly from the source. He does all of the work and you just shell out the cash for the goods. You are definitely paying the middleman more money versus if you just went directly to the source yourself.
When I speaking of the middleman, I simply means the grocery store, food manufactures, or anything that puts you further away from the REAL food source. Think about it, the grocery store does all of the work for you – you just go in find what you need and then buy it. The part that is left out is the SOURCE– where the heck did this come from? You just can’t go up to the farmer to see how the food was grown or to the manufacturer to see how your favorite sauce was made.
It just doesn’t work like.
Currently we live in a time where processed foods rule – it’s convenient and cheap. Processed foods = foods that has all the nutrients sucked out and toxins pumped back into the food in order to increase the shelf life. Fresh foods typically don’t last that long but they carry all of the nutrients are bodies need. When you cut of the middleman, it gets you closer to the source from where your food comes from – which is more beneficial to your overall health. You gain wonderful benefits once you cut out the middleman, like the ones below:
Eating healthy food doesn’t have to blow up your budget. Before you dive into this post speak these aloud. Repeat one more time.
Let those words sink in.
I hear it all the time, people equating eating healthy with spending a lot of cash. That simply is not true and definitely a MYTH. It does not take lot of cash to start eating healthy; it just requires you to do things a little different.
My journey to making healthier food choices has been one of progression nothing over night. I have realized that cooking more with fresh foods versus cooking with processed foods is actually cheaper. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you want to make healthier food choices you are breaking the bank. There are ways that you can have a healthy lifestyle when it comes to food without doing so. Here are some ways to keep money in your pocket:
With summer upon us we want to make sure that we protect our skin from sun exposure. We tend to spend more time outdoors at the park, exercising,.festivals, the beach, amusement parks, and the list can go on. It is always good to protect your skin if you plan to be out in the sun for long periods of time. The summer time has some excellent sources of food that can aid in the protection against the sun. Here are some summer foods that will give you some added protection while you are out enjoying the sun.
I have been container gardening since April of this year and I must say it has truly been an experience. Just the mere fact that I am able to grow something from seed to fruit is amazing. Don’t get me wrong this journey been a great one but also a rocky one. From me believing that my sweet banana pepper plant had died before it even started to grow fruit to my peppers looking very short in stature to the seeds I had planted not sprout at all. This list is really endless because gardening is always trial and error to see what works best for you and your conditions. My salad mix that I am currently growing has been good to me though because of how easy it is to grow and grow.
How to harvest salad greens.
I love any type of party that allows their guests to interact with one another and what better way to do it than over food. Food bars are just the way to do that. Along with that comes less work for you when are throwing a party this summer. You can focus on one main dish that is accompanied with a variety toppings, dressings, or dipping sauces.
Food bars are just styled food stations that give your guests the chance to go CRAZY and create their own food masterpieces. A million and one combinations are can be made – well maybe NOT that many but you get the picture.
I have broken down food bars into 3 types – adult, kids, and brunch, but with slight modifications they can fall into any of the 3 types. Honestly the options are endless, but with summer you have the opportunity to incorporate some wonder produce to these food bars. Here is a list of some of the different kind of food bars you create this summer.
Execution is what most people pay for when it comes to throwing a dinner party….the decor, the food, and the clean up. The key is to enjoy your party not really spend your time trying to pull it all together but most people do not have the money to pay for the execution. Being a personal chef, I cooked for all of the dinner parties myself , so I developed a method that helped me create and execute a dinner party menu with ease. Let me share with you 3 hacks that will help you execute your dinner party menu like a BOSS.
Throwing a kid’s birthday party is no different from throwing an adult party – it consistent of all of the same elements ESPECIALLY food and money. Of course you don’t want to break the bank planning a birthday party this summer but you sure want to throw Pinterest worthy party. I have 4 simple ways to save on food when you are throwing a kid’s birthday party.
Summertime brings out the party goer in everybody – who doesn’t want to party in the nice summer weather. We have talked about how to plan your dinner party menu, buffet style vs family style, execution of menu, and now we are on to presentation. Now that we have this amazing spread, let’s add some food labels to it. Foods labels add style to your food presentation as well giving your guest information about the food. Nowadays food allergies are becoming more and more common, so providing that added information will keep everyone reaction free (smile). I am going to give you 5 unique ways that can add style to your party spread.
Let’s talk serving styles for you next dinner party.
You probably have decided on the menu but have no idea how you are going to serve it to your guests. You definitely want your guests to have a great dining experience at your party. Trying to determine how you are going to serve your guests should not be a headache. a Here are 2 ways I suggest you serve your menu at your party:
The weather is starting to warm up, so that means it is time to start planning your dinner parties. But, trying to create your dinner party menu is not always an easy task – you have to consider your guests food preferences, you want it to be healthy, or you’re just simply on a budget. Don’t worry I have 4 tips for you that will help you create a menu that will blow your guest away.
Grocery shopping can be a PAIN – overcrowded parking lot, too many people, impulse buying, no cashiers, long lines – you get the point. If grocery shopping was euphoric experience everyone would be smiling in the stores, but that is definitely not the case. I believe saving money can always help ease those grocery shopping pains so here are 4 quick easy tips that I am going to share with you to keep money in your pockets.
ROY G. BIV
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
Seriously, this is what I use to color coordinate my closet, but this should be a rule of thumb when you are eating. The colors in food that we eat reflect the presence of powerful phytonutrients naturally occurring chemicals that have protective or disease preventative properties, that are passed on to you when you consume them. You know the saying, “Eat with your eyes” – well that is how you should be eating everyday to ensure that you are getting the maximum health benefits from your food.
Let’s face it, party planning can cause anybody to lose their minds from time to time with having so much to do. You have the guest, the food, entertainment, and the list can go on as long as you keep adding to it. Since Labor Day is around the corner, I am going to share with you some easy tips to party planning. These tips will help you get ahead of the game, save time and ease some stress.