Brown Butter Chicken

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In the interest of full disclosure, this isn’t really much of a ‘recipe’. It is instead a method for cooking the best chicken you ever did taste. And it all started….with a broken stove… My front right burner has what I believe to be a faulty temperature control dial thingy (that is probably not the technical term, but it’s the best I can do). If you turn it anywhere past medium heat it interprets it... Continue ReadingRead More

My Superfood Smoothie Box

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Smoothies are my favorite breakfast for busy mornings. They are totally portable, plus you can stuff a bunch of good-for-you things in them and they still taste super yummy. But sometimes I would find myself super rushed in the mornings, and I couldn’t even make a smoothie happen. Even though they’re easy to make, you still have to pull several ingredients out to do so, and I wasted all that time on the snooze button.... Continue ReadingRead More
I can hear you from here: ‘Yeah, suuuuuuuure……give me ONE more thing to do.’ *eye roll* I know, I know. You’re already overwhelmed by the 34,987 bs things you have to do each day. WHY in the world would you want to take on another ‘task’?! #bishyoucray Because it will make the burden of all the other tasks seem lighter, that’s why. You will be able to approach your day with confidence and a semblance... Continue ReadingRead More
Here are some great healthy Halloween food ideas to help balance all the sugar!
Halloween is FULL of sugar. After all, candy is the main focus of the holiday as far as the kids are concerned. That being the case, I always try to balance out all that sugar by sneaking in some fun Halloween-themed foods that are on the healthier side. This Spider Web Taco Salad is one of my favorite dinners to make during the week of Halloween, and it is so easy! Print Spider Web Taco... Continue ReadingRead More
Here are some super tasty ways the drink more water.
Drink more water, they say. It’s good for you, they say. But many of us (and/or our kids) just can’t gulp down as much as we’re supposed to. Because water is…well…boring. So instead we drinks sodas, juices, and other sugary (or artificially sweetened) drinks, which don’t exactly lead to good health and/or a slim body. So in an attempt to get you and your family to switch out those unhealthy drinks, and start drinking a... Continue ReadingRead More
This healthier version of the Dorito Taco Salad ditches a bunch of the sugar without ditching any of the flavor!
I have always LOVED the Dorito Taco Salad. Mostly because I super love Doritos. Like almost so much that I actually would marry them. But alas, they are not healthy for you, as we all know. Plus the traditional Dorito Taco Salad includes a dressing (Catalina) which is full of sugar! Blech! So I decided to create a healthier spin on this ol’ favorite, and I have to tell you….it truly IS better than the... Continue ReadingRead More

Southwest Salmon Tacos

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I live in Texas now, but moved here from Seattle. These delicious Southwest Salmon tacos are a beautiful blend of both Northwest and Southwest cuisines, and have become a family favorite! The addition of sweet peppers and onion takes their flavor profile over the top. A dollop of sour cream and some fresh avocado are the perfect toppings. Print Southwest Salmon Tacos Ingredients one large salmon filet 3 T butter, divided salt pepper garlic powder... Continue ReadingRead More
The most important weight loss mindset shift for long-term success
‘I hate my body so I want to change it.’ This is the mindset that typically spurs women to want to lose weight. They feel terrible about themselves, and they want to do something about it. The problem is that entering into anything with that defeated, miserable mindset sets you up for failure nine times out of ten. Why? Because you’re already down on yourself, and unhappy about it. Add to that the pressure/expectation of... Continue ReadingRead More

Blueberry Pie Smoothie

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  This scrumptious blueberry smoothie is likely to be one of the creamiest, smoothest, most tasty smoothies you’ve ever had! My six year old said it was the ‘best smoothie EVER’…which is a lot coming from a six year old, amiright?? Little did he know that there was a secret ingredient that made it super velvety and also super nutritious….. Yes! AVOCADO!! I had heard of putting avocado in smoothies before, but was really on... Continue ReadingRead More
strawberry sangria
Fruit + wine + popsicle = a trio made in heaven When I thought of this whole Popsicle Sangria concept I thought “Wow, that sounds really freakin’ delicious. Wonder if I can figure out a way to make it as healthy as possible.” I am happy to report that I did just that! No, this is not a ‘healthy’ drink, but I did try to use ingredients that were as close to that as I... Continue ReadingRead More

White Chicken Chili

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Few things are better at the end of a long day than coming home to a dinner that’s already prepared. This super simple White Chicken Chili cooks away all day while you’re at work. Just toss the beans in when you get home, decompress for 20 minutes, and omnomnom….. (PS – All of my recipes are what I call ‘throw-together’. You won’t see much measuring. This makes them super easy!) Print Slow Cooker White Chicken... Continue ReadingRead More

7, 6, 5 Tea

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I bought one of those fancy iced tea makers a few years ago. I used it often, but when we moved a couple of years ago I couldn’t find the pitcher for it. I always wondered what in the Sam Hill happened to that pitcher, until I mentioned it in passing to my oldest daughter a couple of months ago and she said ‘Wait….I always wondered where this big pitcher I have came from! I... Continue ReadingRead More

Southwest Corn Salad

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Looking for a super easy summer side dish that will go with just about anything? Here ya go. This delicious Southwest Corn Salad pairs fresh veggies with black beans and a delicious tangy dressing. The fresh corn really makes a difference here. To make the salad, first get all of your veggies chopped up, and combine them in a bowl with the beans… Next mix up the dressing…. Finally, pour the dressing onto the veggies,... Continue ReadingRead More

20 Fresh Fruit Popsicles

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Summer time means heat, more heat, and cool treats!! Here are some great ways to get your sweet tooth fix (plus some much needed hydration) without a bunch of sugar to go along with it. Plus you get an awesome nutritional boost from the fruit! What’s not to love?? A few of the recipes call for just Dixie cups and popsicle sticks, which is a great option in a pinch, but I encourage you to... Continue ReadingRead More

Smothered Pork Chops

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This dish proves that you don’t need a bunch of unhealthy flour to make a delicious gravy. The gravy in this dish gets its rich flavor from the browned bits in the pan, and it’s SO damn good. (PS – All of my recipes are what I call ‘throw-together’. You won’t see much measuring. This makes them super easy!) Print Smothered Pork Chops Ingredients 4 boneless pork chops 2-3 tbsp butter 1 onion, sliced 1... Continue ReadingRead More
Pesto Chicken Pasta
Want a delicious, healthy, four ingredient 15 minute meal to put in your back pocket for busy weeknights? Of course you do! This Pesto Chicken Pasta fits the bill. How freakin’ awesome is THAT?! Be sure to use Tyson Naturals grilled chicken nuggets. They have no antibiotics or hormones added. Chickpea pasta is a great alternative to nutritionally void white pasta. It has a lower glycemic index, plus way more protein and fiber than regular... Continue ReadingRead More
Fresh Pineapple Green Smoothie
Green smoothies are one of the BEST ways to get nutrition in your little ones. (And yourself for that matter!) My little guy loves making, and drinking, this yummy healthy smoothie. He even knows there’s spinach in it and he digs it anyway! Flippin’ SWEET! Step One: Add 2 cups cubed pineapple to blender Step Two: Add one cored, sliced apple, 1c coconut milk, 3T real maple syrup, and 1T coconut oil Step 3: Add... Continue ReadingRead More
50 Super Quick and Easy Healthy Dinners
I know how it is. You come home from work exhausted, wanting only to become one with the couch, but that damn dinner thing looms over your head. *sigh* If you’re like me, you have little to no brianpower left at the end of the day, so trying to follow a detailed recipe just AIN’T gonna happen. You need some crazy easy healthy dinners that you can throw together with little to no thought. Here... Continue ReadingRead More
How to Lose Weight Without Meal Prepping
I used to be a meal prep fanatic. Most weekends you would find me slaving away in the kitchen all day on a Sunday, making breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for the week ahead. But the results were never worth it. I was resentful that I had given up half my weekend, it was expensive, and I never ended up eating it all, so it was wasteful to boot. My takeaway? It was stupid and I... Continue ReadingRead More
The Grocery Shopping Mistake That's Wrecking Your Diet
Grocery shopping sucks. What with the wobbly carts, and the long lines, and the people who park in the middle of the aisle and take TWELVE MINUTES to choose a salad dressing. WTF, lady. Grab the ranch and move on with your life. And on top of all that madness, do you find yourself wandering around the store, overwhelmed and not sure what to get? Do you end up spending way too much at the... Continue ReadingRead More
Research shows that family dinner bring family members closer together.  It boosts our mood, lifts our spirits, and can even have a positive impact on overall behavior for your little ones. But what do we do instead? We eat in shifts like ships passing in the night, or on TV trays with little to no conversation, or we sit the kids at the table with chicken nuggets, and grab something from the freezer for ourselves... Continue ReadingRead More
Lunchboxes usually mean tons of processed food, which isn’t the best fuel for growing bodies and little minds.Here are some healthier (but still kid-friendly) school lunch ideas, plus lots of silly shenanigans from my little helper. LOL(Click on the picture to watch)Hey! I’m Julie. I help busy moms feed their families healthy foods in a lot less time. I’m the founder of Well Fed Families, a mom of three kids who I had over the... Continue ReadingRead More

A Word of Encouragement

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I just went through a long, extremely difficult, time in my life. If you follow my Facebook page you may have seen my post about it. It was a very dark, depressing, devastating, and lonely time. There were only a few people who knew the gravity of my situation, and a few of them reached out to check on me every once in a while, but the day to day weight of what I was... Continue ReadingRead More
Delicious Low Carb Healthy Tacos Using Jicama Tortillas!
Jicama tortillas are my jam!! They are truly what whole food, low-carb, healthy taco dreams are made of! They are made from jicama, which is a root vegetable with a very mild taste and crisp texture. In tortillas form they lend themselves beautifully to tacos due to their pliability and crispness. And since they don’t have much flavor, they let the taste of your fillings shine through. You can even toss them in a frying... Continue ReadingRead More
Super-Simple Stir Fry
I love stir fry, but hate making it the traditional way because of all the chopping. Ew. In this super easy stir fry we use two shortcuts to make it much faster to prepare: packaged broccoli coleslaw, and deli roast beef. Don’t be weirded out by that! It really works here. Promise. (PS – All of my recipes are what I call ‘throw-together’. You won’t see much measuring. This makes them super easy!) Print Super... Continue ReadingRead More
10 Essential Supplements for Women
Supplements can be a great way to….well….‘supplement’ your diet with the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids you need to feel your best. But who wants to choke down 50 bajillion tablets a day?! Ack! In this post I will cover what I believe to be the 10 most important supplements to use on a regular basis. Sidenote: I strongly suggest that you purchase your vitamins from NOW Foods. I am not affiliated with them but they... Continue ReadingRead More
Greek Gyro Bowl

Greek Gyro Bowl

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I loooooove Greek gyros. LOVE. They’re actually my favorite food. But I do not love the way they make me feel afterwards because of all that bread. Ick. In my homage to the mighty gyro we ditch the bread and  replace it with super yummy, super healthy quinoa. Plus it’s much easier! And you know what? I’ve grown to love this  version even more than the original. (PS – All of my recipes are what... Continue ReadingRead More
insomnia remedies that really work.
If you have ever been in the position where you are battling sleep, you know that it is NO fun. Lack of sleep can make you a total grumpypants the next day. Or even worse. It makes it hard to focus, can lower your immunity, and it can even be dangerous if you have to drive. But what the heck do you DO when you just can’t fall asleep?! Here are some natural insomnia remedies... Continue ReadingRead More
Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken

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This yummy chicken dish could not be easier. Just two ingredients, and this Salsa Chicken cooks away on its own all day. Helloooooo stress-free weeknight. Woot! It’s also super versatile. You can stuff into romaine leaves or corn tortillas for quick tacos, serve over brown rice and top with avocado and tomato, or use it as a delicious salad topper. Print Salsa Chicken Ingredients 3-4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 large jar good quality... Continue ReadingRead More
Breakfast time for kids typically means lots of refined SUGAR….but toaster pastries, cereals, etc are definitely not the best fuel for their little minds and bodies first thing in the morning. Plus you (and/or their teacher) don’t want them bouncing off the walls like Tigger after seven energy drinks. Here are some breakfast ideas for kids that are better options nutrition-wise, but still super quick to make. There are also several healthy recipes for many of... Continue ReadingRead More
Pizza-Stuffed Zucchini Boats
These yummy zucchini boats have all the flavor of pizza, plus a hearty dose of nutrition. And they won’t make you feel like a ginormous ball of fluff from all those carbs. Win win! (PS – All of my recipes are what I call ‘throw-together’. You won’t see much measuring. This makes them super easy!) Print Pizza-Stuffed Zucchini Boats Ingredients zucchini (1 per person) 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce shredded mozzarella sliced pepperoni parmesan cheese Italian... Continue ReadingRead More
Produce Storage Tips
Fruits and vegetables are obviously a big part of a healthy diet, but oftentimes they end up as hairy, slimy science experiments in the bottom of the produce drawer at the end of the week. *barf* Let’s change that, mkay? In this post you will find tips that will help you get the most out of these nutritional powerhouses, from how to buy them to how to store them. The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Cheatsheet... Continue ReadingRead More
Easy Lasagna Cauliflower Helper.
 My cookbook features three different versions of ‘Cauliflower Helper’. In this one we give it an Italian flavor with ricotta, mozzarella, spaghetti sauce, and fresh basil, to make a healthy lasagna dish. Yes, I said ‘healthy lasagna dish’. Oh hell yes. (PS – All of my recipes are what I call ‘throw-together’. You won’t see much measuring. This makes them super easy!) Print Lasagna Cauliflower Helper Ingredients 1 lb ground beef medium chopped onion bag... Continue ReadingRead More
Best Healthy Foods to Lose Weight
There is so much….too much….information out there about what to eat. What REALLY constitutes healthy eating?? It’s easy to get overwhelmed, right? Eat this, don’t eat that, eat this only between 3pm and 4pm, don’t eat this when combined with that, blah, blahbiddy, BLAH! The bottom line? It’s all just noise. Healthy eating is NOT hard. It’s about the simplest thing in the world. Literally. Simple, REAL food will always be good for you. The... Continue ReadingRead More
Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Bowls
Enjoy all the flavors of green chile chicken enchiladas without the gross too-full feeling afterwards! That’s amazeballs, amiright?? The spaghetti squash also gives this dish an added nutritional boost. Score! (PS – All of my recipes are what I call ‘throw-together’. You won’t see much measuring. This makes them super easy!) Print Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Bowls Ingredients 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 15 oz can green enchilada sauce medium spaghetti squash small can diced... Continue ReadingRead More
The 12 Best Natural Remedies for Common Illnesses
When you or your kids fall sick it’s absolutely miserable. And when your husband falls sick it’s even worse (just ask him)! Haha! Unfortunately most medicines out there just mask the symptoms until the illness runs its course. They do nothing to promote healing. What they offer instead are drowsiness, grogginess, and a spacey feeling that is anything but fun. Natural remedies on the other hand work WITH your body to heal you faster. And they don’t... Continue ReadingRead More
Foil-Baked Cod with Bruschetta Topping
A bruschetta-style topping gives mild cod a punch of flavor. And it all cooks in aluminum foil so clean up is a breeze. That means more time to Netflix and chill. *wink* (PS – All of my recipes are what I call ‘throw-together’. You won’t see much measuring. This makes them super easy!) Print Foil-Baked Cod with Bruschetta Topping Ingredients 2-3 roma tomatoes, chopped 1 shallot, chopped handful of thyme, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced... Continue ReadingRead More
12 Healthy Food Swaps to Get You In Your Skinny Jeans
  When most people think of eating healthy they start thinking about all of the things that they CAN’T have. No sweets?! No pasta?! No chips?! NO WAY!! But there are healthy food swaps for many of these things that will keep you from feeling deprived. Here are several options that will help you learn to love again… Pasta: Spaghetti squash makes a fantastic substitute for traditional noodles. Just cut in half lengthwise, scrape out... Continue ReadingRead More
My Mama's Famous Chili
My Mama’s been making this healthy chili for as long as I can remember, and it is the BEST. It has always been our family tradition to have it on Halloween, but I like to make it WAY more often than that. I live in Texas now, and people  here seem to think that it’s blasphemy to put beans in chili. But this is the kind of chili I grew up with, so *I* say... Continue ReadingRead More
Reducing Sugar for Kids

Reducing Sugar for Kids

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It’s not just adults that need to drastically lower their sugar intake. Reducing sugar in our children’s diet is important too. Sugar has been linked to tons of health and behavioral issues in children. Their little bodies and minds are working so hard to grow and develop. They need the best fuel possible, and sugar is definitely not it. 🙁 Problem is that most children are IN LOVE with sugar, and the food companies know it. Packaging... Continue ReadingRead More
19 Superfoods for Weight Loss
‘Superfoods’ has become a buzzword in the last few years, but you may be wondering what that even means. Do they wear a cape? Save the villagers?? Rid the city of the evil villain that’s been plaguing it for years?! Nah. Superfoods are foods that are super high in vitamins and minerals. They give you ‘more bang for your buck’ so to speak. Here are 20 of my faves, along with some great ideas on how... Continue ReadingRead More
Shrimp and Sausage Cheddar Grits
Healthy shrimp and sausage with cheddar grits will change your life! Okay, maybe not. But it sure will make your mouth happy. (PS – All of my recipes are what I call ‘throw-together’. You won’t see much measuring. This makes them super easy!) Print Shrimp and Sausage Cheddar 'Grits' Ingredients head of cauliflower 1/4 c chicken broth handful shredded sharp cheddar cheese pat of butter chopped green onion large smoked sausage link 1/2 lb peeled,... Continue ReadingRead More
Clean Eating on a Budget

Clean Eating on a Budget

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There are actually a lot of cheap healthy foods. You just have to know what to look for. *Hint: Most of them will not be found in the middle aisles of DOOM. Shop the perimeter of your grocery store. It will save your life. (Okay, that’s a bit dramatic. But also a bit true. Just sayin.) This guide will give you a nice, long list of nutritious foods that won’t break the bank. But first,... Continue ReadingRead More
How to Handle a Picky Eater
Picky eaters. Most of us have had one….or more. It’s the nature of the beast with kids. You sit down to dinner and they see ONE little speck of green on their plate. A meltdown begins that’s as dramatic as if you placed a gigantic booger on their plate for them to eat. *eye roll* But does that mean you should just give in and let them eat mac and cheese for every meal? NO. Good... Continue ReadingRead More
Super Simple Taco Soup

Super Simple Taco Soup

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Taco Soup. Because every day should be Taco Tuesday. <3 This super yummy soup is one of our family favorites and it couldn’t be easier to make. (PS – All of my recipes are what I call ‘throw-together’. You won’t see much measuring. This makes them super easy!) Print Super Simple Taco Soup Ingredients one onion one red bell pepper one zucchini 1 lb ground beef 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies 1 can black... Continue ReadingRead More
27 Natural Stress Relievers
    Oh stress. I hate your guts. When I get stressed I hold it in my shoulders until they’re so tight that it feels like someone is holding a blowtorch to them. UGH. Sometimes stress seems to rule our life, doesn’t it? We all know how dangerous it is. Mental and emotional stress can lead to many physical problems, some of them serious. The good news is that there are many natural ways to... Continue ReadingRead More
6 Easy Dinners from Only 20 Ingredients
I love saving time. I love saving money. But saving time AND money?! Umm….HECK YES!! These six easy dinners all come together super fast and are made with a total of 20 healthy ingredients. So few ingredients, so many dinners! Weeha!!! So grab the list (at the bottom of the page) and head to the store. You’ll be in and out in a flash and dinner for the next six days will be in the... Continue ReadingRead More
29 Healthy Snacks on the Go
Fast food is aptly named. You’re away from home with little to no time and you need to eat. So you head to the drive thru where you can grab something fast and eat on the go. This is when most people fall victim to poor food choices. Then about an hour later you feel groggy, and like you could nap for approximately 1000 years. Well lucky for you there are several nutritious foods that... Continue ReadingRead More
Vegetables for Kids: 5 Ideas to Spur a Truce
  Kids and veggies usually go together like chocolate and mustard. (That was the grossest combo I could think of. LOL) But we all know that they should really, really eat them! There are basically two ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your child’s diet: voluntarily and sneakily. Some don’t believe in the practice of sneaking veggies in. They say that we should teach our kids to like veggies at an early age.... Continue ReadingRead More
Baked Pesto Chicken

Baked Pesto Chicken

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This amazingly delicious Pesto Chicken takes only five minutes to prep, but it tastes like you put in WAY more time than that. That never happens! It’s like a dinner unicorn! Choose refrigerated pesto from your store’s deli section if available. Otherwise get a high quality jarred version. I’ve found that the super cheap pestos just aren’t as flavorful. (PS – All of my recipes are what I call ‘throw-together’. You won’t see much measuring.... Continue ReadingRead More