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2015/03/12 by nikkiledford

First of all, I’ve been having fun with my t-shirts lately.

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Death to the Chicken Finger

Really interesting thoughts from National Post on the changing diets of our nation’s children and how we have turned out kitchens into made-to-order restaurants to accommodate the “bland” palates of children.

“Regardless of the processed food industry’s role, putting children on their own restricted, bland diet would never have been possible had parents not gone along with the shift. Observe what happens when you try to challenge other people’s children by feeding them something unfamiliar. It’s often the parents themselves who will push back, giving up before a battle has even begun (“She won’t eat that”). A less challenging food like grilled cheese and fries offers a path of least resistance, guaranteed to succeed — if success is narrowly defined as getting the kid to actually eat it.”

13 Ways for Women to Be MORE, Not Less

In honor of this past week’s International Women’s Day, here’s an inspiring list from Nia Shanks about the ways women can celebrate themselves instead of trying to change themselves.

” …going day after day constantly striving for “less” is exhausting, frustrating, and definitely not fun. That’s why it’s time to choose to be MORE, and stop looking for ways to be less.”

Kitchen Tips

Spices. You know, those little bottles in the back of your pantry that you bought once for that ONE recipe? Turns out, these little bottles are what help take ordinary meals to extraordinary. They also boost the nutrient density those meals! So are you afraid of spicing it up? If so, visit Cook Smarts and check out the amazing Guide to Spices infographic.

Products

I’m obsessing on all things Bohem right now.

Need a legit Sports Bra? One of my favorite online magazines, The Chalkboard, has 11 suggestions for you and the “ladies”.

What about some yoga pants to match your awesome new sports bra? The fantastic creators of Super Fun Yoga Pants have a shop chock full of wonderful yoga gear from a variety of brands. I also love that they use normal looking yogis as the models. It really gives you an idea of what the pants look like on a body (not stylized and photoshopped on a size 2, 5’11” model)

Workouts

Are you a SD local or just visiting? Here’s a fantastic list of free or donation-based yoga classes around America’s Finest City.

Travel

This Northern California retreat looks incredible!

riseabout

Recipes (click pics for links!)

I’ve been wanting to play around with a pork belly recipe for a while now. I have two bookmarked but can’t decide which to make! Do you have a vote? Or other suggestions?

If that doesn’t inspire your taste buds, maybe this will….

A Puerto Rican sandwich made with smashed plantains as the “bread”!

Health Beast

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Carnitas Bowls for everybody! And by everybody, I mean all my super special clients who will be eating well this week 🌶 Mango Chili Lime Chicken Salad 🥑🍋🌶🥒
This was SO EASY to throw together.
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The MVPs
1. Chili lime seasoning from Trader Joe's 
2. Mango Salsa from Costco (I blame @girlsgonewodpodcast for this discovery).
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Marinate the chicken thighs in lemon/lime juice and chili seasoning before putting on the grill.
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Chop up cucumber and shred some cabbage.
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Mix together chopped grilled chicken, salsa, cuke, cabbage, and too with some avocado. ☀️🥗☀️🥗☀️ Geoff has decided to try the keto diet which means more toast for me 😏 Doin' it.
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Had a bit of a meltdown last night and realized I need more life in my life.
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Social media is awesome. I love sharing photos of healthy food, fun times, and my awesome family @theledfordcrew; but nothing replaces time with them, giving life and work my full attention, and cultivating my in-person relationships.
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For Mother's Day, I'm giving myself the gift of presence and I'm going to do it for the whole month.
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Be back later!
#unplugthedrug

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