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Since John is out of town for a few days and it’s just me and the pooch at home, meals are going to be real simple from here on out. I pulled some of my Spicy Black Bean Soup from the freezer and I’m going to heat it up and serve it with a bagged salad and call it a night after a long day. It definitely won’t look as pretty as this one but that really doesn’t matter because it doesn’t need to be complicated to be good for you. This recipe is an oldie but a goodie, just search the blog for all the details. 😉 #redsrecommendations

Thank you to everyone for your sweet birthday wishes today, it means a lot! And there is no way I’d rather celebrate than having dinner with this guy at one of my favourite spots in town. 🎈🎉🎂 #redsrecommendations

Just shared a NEW recipe on the blog for this Mixed Berry Baked Oatmeal 🙌 If you’ve been know to hit snooze an extra time or two, roll out fo bed, and rush out the door without eating, this is the recipe for you. This baked oatmeal recipe is SO easy to prepare and reheats perfectly for a full week of healthy and hearty breakfasts. 💜#redsrecommendations

Doing a little meal prep while I make dinner with a tray bake of green veggies after a busy weekend. This is a super simple way to cook up a load of veggies for the week that can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner, plus it’s easy too! Just load up a baking sheet with your favourite green veggies, drizzle them with olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt and pop them in the oven at 400F for about 20 minutes until they are nice and tender and that’s it! You can eat them cold in salads, warm them up for side dishes, or cook them right into your morning eggs. Love me a simple time saving idea like this one👌💚 #redsrecommendations

Tonight’s dinner 🍴 Having a big fridge clean out salad tonight for dinner cause it’s quick and easy after getting home late from work. I used arugula, roasted bell peppers (jarred ones I just chopped up), cucumber, leftover chicken (from the Sticky Korean Chicken I made in Tuesday’s insta story), topped with @officialfarmboy dressing and a little feta. Job done, dinner ready in less than 10 minutes 👌 #redsrecommendations

In case you were wondering, my philosophy is simple.

I believe real food works for real life.
I believe real food is one ingredient.
I believe in self-care.
I believe in quality over quantity.
I believe diets are stupid.
I believe in real talk, no bullshit.
I believe there is no such thing as a perfect diet.
I believe indulgence is an important part of health.
I believe you have the power to change your life.
I believe you can create a healthy life you love.
I believe your body doesn’t define you.
I believe health is not picture perfect.
I believe your weight doesn’t fucking matter.
I believe the journey is the goal.
📸 @ashleynotleyphoto

WARNING: The new recipe I shared on the blog today for this Super Seed Brittle it’s SO good and HIGHLY addictive! Made with only a handful of ingredients it’s a great healthy snack alternative to nuts or trail mix, and stores really well in the freezer for weeks to come. 💯 #redsrecommendations

Capping off Sunday with a quick and easy dinner with my Rainbow Chicken Stir-Fry! I love this recipe cause it’s ready in under 30-minutes, has tones of flavour, and makes lots of leftovers. Total winner 👌 #redsrecommendations

Saturday night done right. 🥑🙌 (Quick and easy guac on the blog.) Hope you’re all having a fab weekend! 😘 #redsrecommendations

The title of the post might seem aggressive, almost offensive, but I assure you it is not. Weight loss is hands down the most common goal in the health and fitness industry, and if I was to venture a guess, I would say it is the least achieved goal as well.
People are constantly setting goals to lose x pounds by x date, and yet so many of the same people are not achieving this same goal. Although this may seem odd, to me the answer is as simple as it is complex, because the harsh reality is that weight loss is not a goal, it is merely a positive side effect of good health.
Think of it like this; if you subscribe to the idea that weight loss is a goal, then you also have to subscribe to the idea that weight gain is a goal. Different people gain weight for different reasons, albeit in most cases, people didn’t gain weight with a goal to do so. True weight loss is an accumulation of positive lifestyle habits, the same way weight gain is impacted by an accumulation of negative habits.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having a goal of weight loss, because there isn’t, but if you want to lose weight, for the long-term, you need to take a step back and look at the big picture.
The paradigm-shifting moment is when you realize that the actual goal is the process. The goal of weight loss is not the number on the scale, it is the process of getting there. And yes, the process is hard, there will be ups and down, but you only learn by doing, and some of our biggest lessons come from trying and failing.
Having a goal weight is fine, but once you reach it the job is not done. The real work is in the maintenance. News flash - if you had to eat vegetables and drink water to get to your goal, you’re going to need to continue doing that.
So my point in all of this is that if you want to lose weight, you need to dig deeper with other goals and think about your why. You need to understand that although these goals may seem like fluff to many, they are the real goals. Weight loss is a positive side effect of eating well and living a healthy lifestyle, so if you focus on those things the weight loss will come.
(Link to full post in profile.) #redsrecommendations

Today’s lunch 🍴 A bit more of a breakfast / lunch combo to be honest. I’m still on that 2 meals a day tip with a big afternoon snack, I find it fuels my morning productivity better to be honest and gives me better mental clarity. Yesterday I was talking to a client about how often people should eat per day, and to be honest I think it’s so individual. I know people are obsessed with the idea that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, and I think at one point it may have been, but people are so individual now and schedules have changed. That being said, if you skip breakfast and then find yourself ‘hangry’, snacking, and reaching for junk all afternoon then it is certainly not a good idea, but I also think for some people it’s worth experimenting. The actual concept of breakfast is to “break the fast” but if you are still snacking at 9, 10 or 11pm at night and waking up to eat at 6 or 7am you really didn’t fast that long. You know what I mean? I think at a bare minimum leaving 12 hours between your last meal of the day and first meal the next morning is really important. At the end of the day it’s more important to pay attention to your actual hunger cues as opposed to some predetermined schedule. Just a little food for thought on this fine Wednesday 😉#redsrecommendations

Spring is in the air! Shared a new recipe on the blog yesterday for this Spring Green Minestrone. This recipe is a bright and fresh twist on the classic dish, and it’s chock full of veggies, with some added plant-based protein, so you’ll get a hefty dose of your daily greens. 💚 #redsrecommendations

Long Sunday morning walk with the pooch to help clear out the cobwebs from last night’s one too many glasses of wine. Worked like a charm 👌😂 #redsrecommendations

This Friday night is brought to you by the couch, Netflix and this Spanish Chicken Tray Bake that cooks itself in 40 minutes flat. 🙌
This recipe is hands down one of the most popular recipes on my blog, so if you haven’t tried it, I highly suggest you give it a go. 🤗 #redsrecommendations

Shared a NEW recipe on the blog today for simple homemade hummus - three ways! Once you’ve got the basic recipe mastered the flavour options are essentially endless, plus it’s cheap as chips to make! I shared a classic version, roasted red pepper, and za’atar spice version. Check out the link in my profile for the full recipe! #redsrecommendations

Up and at ‘em this Saturday morning working on some projects I need to get done. I was working on some new recipes for the blog yesterday so today I’m eating the leftovers, and breakfast is this warm Mixed Berry Baked Oatmeal with some almond milk. I love simple recipes like this that you can store in the fridge for a quick meal when you need it, plus it’s pretty tasty if I do say so myself! Stay tuned, the recipe will be on the blog in a couple of weeks. Hope you’re all having a fab Saturday! 😘 #redsrecommendations

When you’re trying to finish work but it’s almost the weekend and BAE has other plans. 🐶 #redsrecommendations
PS - I can’t believe I just used BAE.
PPS - I can’t believe I just used it again 📸 @ashleynotleyphoto

Legit can not stop making this green goddess dressing, I am putting it on EVERYTHING 🙏 I’m pretty sure I’ve made three batches in the last 10 days and I don’t even care. I made a vegetarian version as opposed to using mayo (I’m not opposed to real mayo, I’m just too lazy to make my own) and it’s pretty bomb.com. I can confidently say I’ve used it on salads, in power bowls, as a dip and even on meat and it worrrrkkkkksss. I shared the recipe on the blog yesterday and you can also get it in my free Simple Salad Dressings ebook - links are in my profile! #redsrecommendations

Nothing better than a 30 minute meal after a busy day! 🙌 Curries are such an easy meal to make at home because you can create so much flavour in so little time with a pre-made curry paste. They are easy to find in any grocery store, typically made with fresh ingredients, and when paired with a can of coconut milk create a rich and flavourful broth you can cook anything you like in. Everything from fish to chicken, lentil or chickpeas all work really well, and you can pretty much use any veggies you have on hand.
I’ve got a full recipe for this Thai Cod Green Curry on the blog, but get out there and experiment with your own combination of ingredients, and I promise you’ll have a delicious dinner in no time. 👌 #redsrecommendations

Today’s lunch🍴Pulled some frozen chili made with @trulocal beef out of the freezer to pull together this little number after a morning meeting for a quick lunch. I legit use the freezer all of time to help ensure I’ve got easy meal options on hand. I know a lot of people think frozen food is not as healthy as fresh, but that’s honestly not the case. Freezing food is just a handy method of preservation and if you use it well it makes things sooo much easier when it comes to meal time.
In fact, I’m thinking about writing a post about how to use the freezer to help with quick and easy meals, what do you guys think? Into it or not? #redsrecommendations

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