Meal planning and cooking at home are a few effective strategies for eating better on a budget. I encourage people to look at what they have in their pantry already and what is on sale at their supermarket to guide their meal planning. By following these tips, you can purchase less food at the store and save money. You will waste less food and the ingredients you do buy will be at a good price. I like the challenge of piecing together a meal this way with what I have on hand plus a few common grocery list items. It’s like Top Chef on a budget.
Health experts tout the health and social benefits of eating a meal together as a family, but parents cite too little time as a barrier to making this happen. On weeknights, families may have even less time to cook a meal due to busy schedules. Here are a few of my favorite timesaving swaps to help families spend less time cooking and more time around the dinner table.
As summer fades and we enter back to school season I want to share some tips for packing lunch for the entire family.
For the typical omnivore, switching to a vegan diet which excludes meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy is a drastic lifestyle change. Without a foundational understanding of nutrition and key considerations for vegan eating, it’s easy to feel like your whole life just turned upside down. I’ve pulled together five common nutritional pitfalls for new vegans along with strategies to address them here.
At Guiding Stars, we often talk about how the foods we eat impact our health. But what about our diet’s impact on the environment? The science is clear that plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable than diets laden with animal products, but is that connection understood and valued by consumers enough to eat less meat?
Several of the members of our team here at Guiding Stars, Joyce, Anissa, Karen, and Hilary, have either been vegan for years or are in the process of transitioning to a vegan diet. We’ve talked together about some of the challenges of the process, as well as tips and tricks for working through them and some of our favorite resources for learning vegan cooking.
Plant-based diets are a flexible way of eating that can be tailored to your individual preferences and lifestyle. It celebrates and emphasizes plant-based foods, but it isn’t limited to them. Here are my top 3 tips to pay attention to when starting to eat in a more plant-forward style.
Spiralized noodles have become something of an internal conundrum for us at Guiding Stars. The whole craze started with zoodles, which are, of course, zucchini noodles, but you can spiralize so many things! And it would make no sense to call all of them zoodles, right? Tell someone they need to make zoodles, but out of sweet potatoes, and the conversation goes immediately downhill. Who can make sense of that? It’s only moderately more helpful to tell someone to make spoodles, of course, because the term hasn’t been standardized through use. We, in a spirit of helpfulness, propose the following A-Z guide to help people navigate the nutritious delights available from eating oodles of voodles and froodles.