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Tips for Staying Healthy on Vacation

Over Thanksgiving break, I spent a week visiting family in Florida and let me tell you – working out and eating healthy while on vacation is hard. Thankfully I had my mom and sister to keep me accountable and we all used each other to work out and eat healthy. Here are some tips I would like to share with you guys that I came up with on my own and grabbed from this website:

  • Buy your own snacks! This might sound a little silly, but it’s hard to eat healthy when you’re at your grandparents house and all you see is chocolate and ice cream to eat. We bought foods like oranges, apples and veggie straws to hold our cravings (most of the time).
  • Plan a workout daily. Mine was simple – every morning my mom and I went for a run around the neighborhood. Since we knew the area, we felt safe running around, but if you’re going to do this in a unfamiliar area, also bring a buddy and know where you want to run ahead of time.
  • Eat before the airport. This was a big one for us because airport food is ridiculously expensive and there’s not many fit options. Instead, we brought sushi, sandwiches and snacks inside with us and chowed on that while we were waiting and on the plane.
  • Have some fun! Even though you’re trying to stay healthy, it’s okay to miss a workout or eat some junk food.

We had an amazing time and even got to do some beach walking (great on the calves).

Calm before the storm... that got us all wet and made us cold.

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Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup + Fall Coffee Goodies

Hey everyone,

I have been slacking but with good reason. Many tests and life events have happened in the past two weeks and when my brain is busy and in a funk I get writer’s block. But it’s all good because things are looking up and hopefully the weather is getting cooler soon!

One of my favorite meals to eat during the fall/winter months is butternut squash soup. Maybe it’s the color or the slight pumpkin-y and smokey notes, but something about it makes me want to curl up and watch a Halloween movie. I pretty much made up this version, because I noticed that a lot of the more traditional recipes (like this one and this one) call for butter and half and half – not healthy ingredients and completely unnecessary. The squash should make the soup creamy enough and with a little olive oil it’s perfection. I know parts of this might sound vague but it’s really open to your tastebuds and how much of everything you want to add.

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup


  • 2 bags of Archer Farms (aka Target) Steam-in-bag Butternut Squash (they are 12oz packages)
  • about 16 oz of vegetable broth
  • 1 clove of chopped garlic
  • half an onion, chopped
  • olive oil
  • black pepper, salt and the all important pumpkin pie spice
  1. Add the chopped onion and garlic into a pot with the bottom coated in olive oil. Salt and cook until golden brown.
  2. In the meantime, follow the directions on the packages of squash and microwave them until defrosted.
  3. Once your onion and garlic have browned, add in the heated up squash and the 16oz of vegetable broth (I buy the 32oz box and use half to start with).
  4. Lower the heat and break out your handheld or regular blender and blend the ingredients together. This is the point where you’ll know if you want to add more vegetable broth to make it creamier.
  5. Heat thoroughly and season to taste.
butternut squash soup

Here it is all squared away in it’s Tupperware.

It’s honestly so easy and delicious. I love pairing it with chicken or just eating it alone and it makes great lunches for the rest of the week.

Lastly, if you’re a coffee drinker like I am and LOVE Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte I have a much healthier, cheaper and easier version for you. This beautiful little bottle of coffee creamer tastes identical to the coffeehouse version and for a fraction of the price. For more product information, follow this link.


If you’re a vegan or don’t drink dairy, check out this recipe my mom shared with me that she says tastes just as tasty.

vegan pumpkin spice latte

That moment when your mom is cooler than you and makes her own PSL from home.
Photo credit: MaryAnn Silke

Do you guys have any fall recipes you can’t wait to make when it cools off?

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