By Maria Alcoke It was recently Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week and I wanted to remind all Moms out there that our mental health matters and that we are enough. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt “less than” as a mother: that there is never enough of me to go around, … Continue reading A Reflection on Self-Care Inspired by Maternal Mental Health Week
By: Maria Alcoke, Founder & Host of The Engine Mom Podcast, CF-L1 Trainer We make hundreds of decisions every day. From the moment we wake up, “Should I hit snooze or get up?”, “What should I wear today?”, “What am I having for breakfast?”, etc. We’re making even more decisions if we have children to … Continue reading 3 Tips to Reduce Fatigue and Increase Energy in 2018
Think about how many hours per day you spend sitting. Now, think about how many hours per day you spend on your feet? In this article, I will mention some of the detriments of being sedentary, as well as several simple adjustments that you can do to ensure that your body is at its optimal, … Continue reading Take a Stand at Work
While breakfast may be the important meal of the day, taking the time to make a healthy breakfast may not always be convenient on a busy schedule. Here, I will share my favorite go-to breakfasts that are simple, require minimal clean-up, and are packed with clean ingredients including leafy greens, healthy fats and carbs. All of … Continue reading Easy Blender Breakfast: 3 Ways
I was listening to the radio the other day and the morning show commentators were talking about salad dressing…whether they prefer to buy a bottle of salad dressing at the grocery store or whether they make their own at home. Despite the fact that my local grocery store chain devotes nearly an entire aisle to … Continue reading Salad Dressing – Buy it or make your own?
Fiber is only found in plant-based foods. It is the part of these healthy foods that doesn’t break down and digest, and this has a positive and important impact on our health! Fiber is like a sponge inside your body, it soaks up the bad stuff in your digestive tract and makes sure it gets … Continue reading Fiber, what it is, and why it's so important!
It’s so silky and sweet, your kids will hardly know it’s healthy. That’s right, no cream, no butter, nothing unhealthy about this recipe! It came about by accident, the way many of my recipes do. I was hungry after doing some exercise, and looking for something quick that I could just heat up and enjoy. … Continue reading Butternut Squash Soup
This article appeared in The Reading Eagle Newspaper on December 3, 2014 and was reprinted with permission from the author. [column size=”1-2″ last=”0″] [/column] [column size=”1-2″ last=”1″] One of the questions I hear asked most often about eating plant-based foods is “where do you get your protein?” Typically people believe that the more protein you … Continue reading Luxurious Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
Sweet. Salty. Sour. Bitter. Every exquisite bite you’ve ever tasted has likely been the result of all of these mouthwatering tastes coming together in the right balance. Unlike cooking, baking requires precise measurement to achieve the desired result. Celebrating holidays, or any season from Memorial Day to Independence Day to New Years Day is the … Continue reading Mini-Muffins: Exquisite Taste in a Tiny Portion
This article was printed in The Reading Eagle on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Find it in the Berks Country Magazine section under “Strength in Plants” by Kate Murray. You know the bitter greens, the ones that don’t exactly make your taste buds sing: dandelions, arugula, broccoli rabe, swiss chard, collards, mizuna, mustard greens, radicchio, endive, … Continue reading The Sweet Truth: Making Bitter Greens Palatable