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Kickin’ It With Julie from Savvy Eats

by Cascade Ice on May 16, 2013

This week we are happy to welcome Julie Grice from Savvy Eats to our Kickin’ It With Cascade Ice series! Julie is a seasoned food writer who loves to share great recipes and ways to help you live smarter. Take a look at some of her easy-to-apply tips for healthy living below!

Why is “Healthy Living” important to you?  

I’m constantly cooking, testing and tasting new recipes.  I try to make most of my meals healthy, and also exercise to balance out the less healthy dishes.  I have hypothyroidism, so healthy living habits keep me feeling better.

Who are your “Healthy Living” role models and why? 

My best friend Heather (thenheathersaid.com) and I keep each other motivated!  We send each other our weekly fitness and health goals, and check in a few times a week to keep ourselves on track.

What is your go-to healthy meal when you are short on time?

Stir-fry dishes and big salads.  They help me use up whatever vegetables and leftover proteins (chicken, pork, hard-boiled eggs for the salads) I have in my fridge!

Do you have any tips for families who want to make some healthy lifestyle changes? 

Go on family walks! My husband and I love going for long walks with our dog.  They give us time to catch up and talk about future plans while getting in some movement.  Also, a little advance dinner prep work on the weekends can work wonders for weeknight meals.  Chop some veggies on Sunday to cook with or snack on during the week and precook some meat to make it easier to put a homemade dinner on the table in the evenings.

Are there any foods that you consider to be off-limits completely?

No.  I’ve tried vegetarian and gluten-free diets, but feel best when I eat a little of everything. I do steer clear of products with long ingredient lists and make sure I know where my meat comes from, though.

In addition to eating right, do you have any other tips to share on overall wellness?

I try to take some time every day to relax for a few minutes.  I make a pot of tea and read, play with the dog or take a bath.  It keeps me a little less stressed!

Are you loving Julie’s advice as much as we are? Check her out on Twitter and Facebook for more ways to connect!