Starting a Gratitude Practice


While the holidays can be filled with family, feasts and festivities, it can also be a stressful time of year. Whether it’s a strained relationship, the struggle of celebration after a loss, overwhelming travel; the holidays can easily become a stressful time. How you handle stress can affect many aspects of your life from sleep, … Continue reading Starting a Gratitude Practice

A Reflection on Self-Care Inspired by Maternal Mental Health Week


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

3 Tips to Reduce Fatigue and Increase Energy in 2018


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

Easy Blender Breakfast: 3 Ways


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

Salad Dressing – Buy it or make your own?


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?

Luxurious Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce


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

Mini-Muffins: Exquisite Taste in a Tiny Portion


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