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Live Simply: Kristin Marr  real food: recipes / simple meal planning / photography simple natural living mom on a quest to simplify 🌎:Tampa πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’» blog:πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

A summer favorite in our house. We usually top the soup with homemade good, so easy! If your kids aren't tomato soup fans (yet πŸ˜‰), serve this soup over spaghetti noodles--I bet they'll gobble up every single nourishing bite! (Printable recipe--both soup and croutons--via the link in my profile @livesimplymom) #livesimplyblog

Time for some meal prep (maybe more meal component prep πŸ€”). Here's what I'm up to: extra quinoa to make bowl lunches (also part of tonight's salmon meal), veggie nuggets (actually, I made these yesterday for lunch but I'm counting them as prep--recipe on the blog next week), salting a whole chicken for tomorrow night's meal which will turn into leftover shredded chicken and later broth for soup (salting is a lesson from the book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat) a few yogurt and frozen berry mason jars (quick breakfast--just place frozen berries in the bottom of a jar and add plain yogurt), and roasting a big tray of veggies. If I'm eager, I might boil some eggs. #livesimplyblog #mealprepsunday

I received the "welcome back to school" email yesterday 😧--not yet, please, it's still summer!! I'll be reusing the same lunch gear from last year to pack the kids' lunches, so the only item on the to buy list is, new shoes. Here's my favorite lunch gear--the same gear my kids have used for a couple of years now. (There's detailed information about each item via the post link in my profile-->@livesimplymom) #livesimplyblog

When you're traveling, it's not always easy to find real food options (nourishing, fresh ingredients versus overly-processed "food"), but it's usually doable with a bit of intention and some planning. I've been sharing my finds this week, as we spent some time in Orlando, over in IG Story. P.S. Big kudos to Universal for offering fresh avocados and limes (as a dressing alternative) at their salad bar πŸ₯—πŸ₯‘πŸ™ŒπŸ»β€οΈ. #livesimplyblog #livesimplyblogtravels

πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘ Extra avocado from dinner (or maybe a morning avocado toast)? Make yourself an exfoliating face mask. Just three simple ingredients: 1-2 tsp old-fashioned rolled oats (pulsed in a spice grinder to create a powder), 1/4 small avocado (just 1-2 tablespoons), 1 tsp honey. Mash and stir the ingredients. Apply to the face, let it rest for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water. If you don't want to pulse the oats into a flour, skip them--you won't get the exfoliating factor but you'll still create a nourishing mask! #livesimplyblog

Just like riding a bike requires actually getting on the bike and peddling (or trying to peddle and balance) over and over again, mastering certain cooking/baking techniques requires us to source and purchase good ingredients, get in the kitchen, pick up a knife and pan, and cook/bake over and over again (even if we burn the meal every so often). If we keep going, keep trying, the end results (mastering a new technique and gaining confidence in the kitchen) are completely worth the time spent learning and a few burn marks (souvenirs) πŸ˜‰. #livesimplyblog #homemadebread #sourdough

It's been a busy weekend for our fam (you can see what we're up to over in IG Story πŸŽ„πŸ“ΈπŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦πŸΊ). A good, intentional, doing-what-you-love "busy." Because of this, I'm not going to create a meal plan for the upcoming week, but I still have a meal plan ready to use. How? I'm reusing my meal plan from last week! That's the beauty of saving your written meal plans. You can reuse them over and over again. So you'll never again be caught without a plan, even when you choose to live out a busier season of life πŸ™ŒπŸ». #livesimplyblog #mealplanmotivation

We have a new grocery store in our area, @sprouts. I've heard so many good things about this store, so when I was invited to a little sneak preview earlier this week, I had to attend. (That's how we spent our date night--walking around a new grocery store πŸ˜‚.) I was impressed with the produce selection (both organic and "conventional"--something I appreciate since I'm on a budget and oftentimes shop from the "dirty dozen" list), kombucha choices, bulk bins, and grass-fed dairy options. So many of you commented (based on my IG Story the other night) that you shop at Sprouts. I'd love for you to share any tips (coupons, etc) or favorite finds for this newbie. 😘 PS: I have a real food shopping series over on the blog (under: Real Food, Shop), covering stores from Whole Foods to Walmart. Each post includes photos and a printable (real food based) grocery list for each store. I might have to add Sprouts eventually, too πŸ€”. #livesimplyblog #newgrocerystorefind #newkaleintown

Because cherries were on sale πŸ’: sourdough, almond butter, cherries, hemp seeds (just for crunch, any crushed nut would work, too), and honey. #mybreakfast #livesimplyblog #picturesfrommyphone #eatseasonally PS: I shared a trick for pitting cherries on IG Story--it will be up for 24 hours...

Purchasing in-season produce is one of the easiest ways to enjoy real food on a budget. This means paying attention to what's in-season (and that will depend on your location) and what's available at the store (or a farmer's market--sadly our market selection is limited in the summer β˜€οΈπŸ”₯). Right now, berries, cherries, and asparagus are overflowing in our stores and are very affordable compared to out-of-season apples, cauliflower, and root veggies. Buying food based on the seasons is a small, practical way to keep a (real food) budget in check! Wondering what's in-season? Here's a good indicator (no charts needed)... It's generally the produce being featured in the grocery store, and oftentimes the produce is on sale or cheaper than than it was a few months ago. If you're shopping a farmer's market, this is whatever the farmers are bringing to the market and selling at the moment. #livesimplyblog #realfoodtipsfrommylife πŸ˜‰

I've been trying to "shop" my pantry before purchasing new ingredients to make new recipes. There's always something that can be made from a well-stocked pantry. A pantry stocked with ingredients versus lots of prepared (one time use) foods. This week's meal prep was based on my stock: granola (olive oil, maple syrup, puffed millet, oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and finished off with blackstrap molasses), hard boiled eggs, and some sliced carrots. Off to write down my meal plan for the week...#livesimplyblog

You all know I love a good documentary, so when a friend told me about a new documentary, Stink, I had to watch it. You guys, this is a good one πŸ‘Œ(in my opinion). The film takes a look at some of the chemicals (like fragrance chemicals) used in household products (beauty, cleaning, and even clothes). It's the kind of documentary that challenges you to make small, intentional changes--maybe that's using vinegar or castile soap to make a surface cleaner, or looking for store-bought products that don't contain fragrance. I couldn't find the documentary on Netflix (yet), but it was available for streaming on the website ( and Amazon (my viewing preference). #livesimplyblog #livesimplylovesdocumentaries <--Also, tap on the hashtag to see my favorite real food documentaries. I'm trying to keep it organized around here πŸ˜‰.

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