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Pruning Your Tomato Plants to Get More Tomatoes

Tomatoes

It has been forever since I've posted a gardening video!  Here is a video I made showing how I prune my tomato plants (I have 40 plants this year!) and why single stem tomatoes seem to work better for me.  I also give you a little tour of my garden and show you the exact organic fertilizer I use.  Hope you like it! Here is the link where you can learn more about MicroLife Fertilizers: http://www.m ...[Read More]

Bleacher Workout with Your Kids!

bleachers

  My kids had other plans for my "great idea" to all run the bleachers together today but we improvised. Baby girl wanted held the whole time so I think my upper body got a better workout than my lower body but oh well. Something is always better than nothing! If you want to try this yourself do this: run up the bleachers as fast as you can doing single steps then double step (skipping every ...[Read More]

Q&A: How Do I Gauge Portion Sizes (Especially When Eating Out)?

Portion Sizes

Members Only Video! Today's Question is from Kylie S. and she asked, “Hey Natalie!  Thank you so much for answering these questions in your vlogs it is really helpful.  My question is about portion sizes.  I struggle with knowing how big or small of portions I should be having on things like carbs, fats, and protein.  I get really confused when I am trying to go out to eat too.  Do you have any su ...[Read More]

The BEST Way to Hard Boil an Egg

Hard Boil an Egg

  The BEST way to hard boil an egg! We boil 18-24 eggs each week, and have tried every possible version out there on how to hard boil eggs. This way, hands down, is the best. The shell never sticks to the egg when you do it this way! Share with a friend who you think might like this tip. PS - Members of my site get a new healthy recipe each Monday.  This week, I shared my absolute favorite He ...[Read More]

The Most Delicious Healthy Egg Salad You’ve Ever Had

Healthy Egg Salad

We had so many extra hard boiled eggs this week after Easter.  I kept using them up by making my favorite egg salad recipe.  Seriously this is such a good sandwich.  I started making this when I was in college and I make it all the time (ps - you can use the same recipe and add shredded chicken (either from a can or make it yourself in a crockpot) for a chicken salad).  The key ingredient here is ...[Read More]

Real-Life Workout Video!

Outdoor Workout

I used to get so frustrated when I would try to workout from home and my kids would interrupt me.  I remember so many times when I would just quit in the middle of my workout, throw my hands up in defeat, and think to myself, "what's the point?  I can't even finish one set without the baby wanting held".  It did get easier as the kids got a little older, but along the way I realized that if I inco ...[Read More]

How Do I Get My Spouse on Board with Eating Healthy??

Spouse Eating Healthy

Sarah asks, "I want to start eating healthier but my husband is totally not on board.  Do you have any suggestions on ways that I can get him to eat healthier too?  It's so much harder when he's not on board with me." Check out my response in this week's Tuesday Q&A vlog!   1)  Get at the root and core of WHY you want to change It is my experience that most people are not motivated by sha ...[Read More]

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (a 15-second video)

Spaghetti Squash2

    How to cook spaghetti squash! 1) Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds 2) Line a cookie sheet with foil and bake with the skin up at 375 for 40 minutes 3) Once baked, the inside will easily scoop out in strands similar to cooked spaghetti 4) Serve with your favorite spaghetti sauce and enjoy! Share with a friend who would like this! Here is the link for my Easy 30 Minute Homemad ...[Read More]

Chicken Chili!

Chicken Chili Natalie Hodson

Members only recipe! I love this chili recipe.  It isn't extremely spicy and I did that on purpose so that my kids would eat it too, but if you like your chili with more of a bite, feel free to add some extra jalapeno or red pepper flakes. Low-Fat Chicken Chili Makes ~10 servings Ingredients: 1.5 lb chicken breast, trimmed of fat/tendons and diced into ½ inch cubes (appx 680g) (1) 7oz can chopped ...[Read More]

10-Day Meal Plan!

Meal Plan

    Members Only Post!! Each Monday, members of my site will be getting a new, healthy recipe to try.  This week, however, I am taking it a step further and sharing with you a 10-day meal plan program that I created and regularly use myself.  This is the same meal plan found in my Strong Start 10-day jump start program and includes recipes that my entire family enjoys.  The beauty of thi ...[Read More]