Eating Green{er}

This is the third installment in my mini series, Healthy Mama – find one and two here! In these few posts I’m chattin’ all about being well in mind, body and spirit. I truly believe it is essential that a mama take care of herself in order to effectively and meaningfully care for her family. Can I get an amen?

You knew a post about food was coming … right? Well, today’s the day!

Food is our fuel, the very basis of how we function and therefore, mother. What we put in, is what we get out and that makes nourishing foods so important. This is the part of wellness I struggle with the most. I love my comfort food (read cream and cheese, and more cheese) and sweets (bring me all the chocolate and cookies). I am coming around to vegetables, slowly but surely. I have even started reading labels and I’ve moved many of our staples to the organic version to avoid GMOs. Basically, I’m a work in progress. I have some fabulous mama mentors who share their recipes and teach me their foodie ways. I have a long way to go, but baby steps will do me and my family well in the long run.

We don’t subscribe to any one way of eating. I dabble in meatless Mondays, paleo recipes and our old favorites. Most of all, we avoid fake. It’s real butter, full fat yogurt and no sugar-free garbage around here. We purchase the majority of our produce locally and in season. Our beef comes from a friend who raises a few cows each year and our chicken and bacon are from Zaycon. Would all that be called conscious eating, perhaps? I know when we’re eating well and I know when Oreos are in the house. We aim to balance and keep the good stuff in the 80% and the less than ideal in the 20% range.

In early December Dominic made some new health commitments – smaller, healthier meals and gym time 4-5 mornings each week. When he first started I asked him how I could best support his goals and he asked that I consistently pack his lunches for work. So, for two months now I’ve been prepping his lunches so they’re healthy and portable.

With our food goals we don’t buy many pre-packaged options so it takes some prep work, but I’ve gotten into a good routine. An even better routine since I discovered with Cuppow.

Friends, Cuppow BNTO have made lunches so much easier! And I’m not complaining about the Cuppow drinking lids either. Love love love them for coffee, smoothies and water. The regular mouth lids on a small 8 ounce mason jar have become the perfect training/sippy cup for Max too!

Some favorite BNTO combinations for lunch have been …

  • Paleo Buffalo Chicken Soup + homemade croutons
  • Dubliner Broccoli Chowder + sourdough bread
  • Southwest Salad … iceberg lettuce, hard boiled egg, taco meat, cheese + ranch dressing
  • Simple Salad … spinach with cranberry and almonds + raspberry vinaigrette
  • Gretchen’s Favorite Salad … butter lettuce, hard boiled egg, avocado, mozzarella, bacon bits + Italian dressing (or this homemade one)
  • Greek yogurt + granola
  • Homemade chicken nuggets + marinara
  • Fruit pieces + yogurt
  • Veggies + ranch or hummus
  • Upside Down Gyro … shredded rotisserie chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, drizzled with tzatziki + cut up bits of pita bread
  • Apples + almond butter
Best of all, with Cuppow we’re saving money on disposables and supporting a company that is green through and through. Well, technically I’m giving Cuppow a high five because they’re helping us eat greener all around :)
And guess what, you can boost your wellness and welcome Cuppow into your family too! Purchase here (they offer free domestic shipping which is my favorite things ever!) and enter to win the a triple dose of Cuppow – a regular mouth lid, a wide mouth lid and a BNTO in clear!
Stay tuned for my very favorite smoothie recipe to sip from my mason jar Cuppow duo!

 This post is sponsored by Cuppow. All opinions are my own.
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  1. says

    we LOVE cuppow! we use the small ones for the toddler at dinnertime—they are perfect! i have been wanting to try the BNTO for my husband's lunches, but haven't had the chance to order them yet.

  2. Megan says

    I'm drinking from one right now!! Love Cuppow!!!

  3. Tara Elias says

    just found cuppow and love the idea… please do another giveaway sometime! :)