Eating the Colors of the Rainbow on a Budget that Works!

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Can frugal living and living a healthy lifestyle go hand-in-hand? Absolutely! Being frugal does not mean living on less. In fact, it can be argued that frugal living is more about making the most out of what you have. The same can be also be said of a healthy lifestyle. You don’t need to have a ton of money to provide healthy alternatives to cheap junk food to feed your family. When you start thinking frugally you start thinking of ways to make the most out of every bit of what you have. Most of the time that not only means planning (planning ahead is key to eating healthy on a budget) but it also means getting creative.

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Ask any mom out there which food is the best bang for their buck and most will not say broccoli. There is a pretty common misconception that healthy food must be expensive and is not something kids want to eat. The issue lies in the old saying “Fast, cheap, and good… pick two. If it is cheap and good it won’t last”. The saying can definitely be applied to food. It is appealing when living a frugal lifestyle to go strictly for cheap, but I think it is obvious to most who pay attention to healthy living at all that most cheap foods are cheap for a reason and usually it is the “good” that didn’t get chosen in the question posed above.

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June 19, 2017

Easy Ranch Pork Chops Recipe – Who Doesn’t Love Ranch?

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Easy Ranch Pork Chops Recipe

Pork chops, ground beef, and chicken thighs are three items from the meat department on my grocery list every week.  The reason for this is simply because there are so many different meals you can make with these ingredients.  Most importantly, these proteins are the basis for meals which are easy to plan ahead of time.

You have to understand the way my schedule works.  I grocery shop for the whole week after church on Sunday.  Going to the store any other day of the week just doesn’t make sense with our family’s schedule.  With me working a full-time weekday job and my husband working nights and weekends, we take advantage of whatever time we can to enjoy life together as a family.  Meals are an important part of this together time.

In order to accomplish this together time, I plan meals which won’t keep me in the kitchen when I could be spending time with my family.  My go-to recipes have always been ones which are easy to plan ahead and quick to execute.

Everyone in the family enjoys this ranch pork chop recipe because it includes that magic ingredient “Ranch dressing mix.”  You can’t go wrong with ranch in our house!

I like it because it can be prepared ahead of time and freezes well.  The extra added bonus is this pork chop recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and egg free.

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Bee Friendly with Manuka Honey from New Zealand

Bee Friendly with PRI Manuka Honey and more!

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Summer is almost here and I can’t wait to enjoy the warm weather. I’m sure most of you are already excited to go on vacation, make sure to prepare for it by having some healthy “Travel Treats” and body care products for the whole family. PRI has a whole selection of healthy, nutritious and satisfying Manuka Honey snacks, wellness and beauty products from New Zealand. Manuka Honey Caramels and Proper Crisps are a must have in my travel snacks list because my kids love it so much. Also a must have for us during this warm weather is the Propolis Soap with Manuka Honey & Tea Tree Oil because it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and is a non-allergenic.

New Zealand is an environmentally protected and GMO Free region. That’s why their Manuka honey is the gold standard for honey and is produced exclusively in New Zealand from bees and flowers that are environmentally protected. No artificial flavors, colors, no corn syrup or refined sugars and NO preservatives.

And here’s a super exclusive offer: Get 15% OFF ALL PRI products… Plus FREE SHIPPING! Upon check-out use discount code: Travel15

Don’t forget to try my Best Chicken Marinade Recipe with Manuka Honey

The secret to a great treat is trying something new that is made with quality ingredients. The Pacific Resources International company brings the best products to their consumer at affordable prices. I am a “home” cook with gourmet taste buds. I was so impressed by the products that ShopPRI.com sent me that I set out to make an easy to follow recipe that tasted amazing. I used their Manuka Honey in my chicken recipe it is divine. Did you know that Manuka Honey is directly from New Zealand and it is verified by the UMFHA and it retains the benefits of raw honey? It is also certified kosher. I also used some of the flaky sea salt from New Zealand. It was very flavorful. PRI products are truly amazing and makes the perfect ingredients that will turn your recipes into gourmet quality because of these gourmet seasonings from down under.

Just mix manuka honey, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, chili flakes , flaky sea salt and some flour.
Then pour or baste it on chicken.
That’s it!
Easy and so delicious!

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7 Ways of Staying Healthy

Savesta Men's Health

Savesta Review

June is Men’s Health Month and this month we want to remind everyone about the importance of taking care of the overall health of the special men in our lives. Savesta has products that will help improve men’s health and we’re giving away one set to one of you in our giveaway below.

June 18 is Father’s day and if you want to get some last minute Father’s day gift then Savesta has an incredible offer and give away contest focusing specifically on men’s health this month!

Here’s an awesome offer for all our readers! For a limited time only, you can get ONE free bottle of Boswellia Plus, Ashwagandha, or Organic Garcinia (just pay S&H). You can order through the Savesta website through June 30 using these codes:

Boswellia Plus: BPFree
Ashwagandha: FREEAsh
Organic Garcinia: ORGFree

Keep in mind, Savesta products are Soy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Non-GMO. Not only are they produced in the USA, but Savesta is environmentally conscious as well harvesting their herbs in such a way that preserves these plants in their natural habitat. Personally, it gives me peace knowing these natural supplements are manufactured without manmade toxic chemicals or solvents. Only pure water and alcohol are used in creating their extracts.

The following is an explanation for this awesome 6-pack of supplements from Savesta:

• Also known as Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha has been used for centuries. Savesta Ashwagandha helps to manage normal daily stress, promotes relaxation and a more restful sleep and helps boost the immune system.

• Boswellia Plus’s proprietary blend is a high potency supplement that supports the body’s natural ability to recover. Our product is produced from sustainable sources and is laboratory tested for potency and purity.

• Garcinia Cambogia has been used for centuries to support a balanced appetite. Made from USDA organic Garcinia Cambogia extract powder, Savesta Organic Garcinia helps maintain healthy weight management.
• A superior antioxidant, Savesta Organic Moringa contains significant amounts of vitamins A, C, and E and helps boost energy and stamina.

• SeeWell™- Savesta’s premier formula with Astaxanthin and Lutein provides clinically proven levels of key nutrients for visual health and performance.

• Tribulus (Tribulus Terrestris) is used in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition as a Rasayana, a dietary supplement or practice promoting rejuvenation, mental and physical health, as well as providing a defense against aging and challenging environmental factors. Tribulus is traditionally regarded as a sexual rejuvenator, an alleviator of general fatigue, and promotes healthy urinary tract function.

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vivaNUTRITION® Review

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of vivaNUTRITION® but all opinions are mine.

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Snack Time Can Be Healthy and Tasty

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Gel Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

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ComforPedic Loft from Beautyrest 1″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper

 

Grab this awesome deal now on ComforPedic Loft 1″ Memory Foam Mattress Topper! This mattress topper reduces tossing and turning by relieving pressure points. Gel-infused open-cell memory foam enhances your mattress by adding conforming support, and it channels away heat to keep you comfortable. Made in the USA. Continue reading