I want to start by saying I don’t cut coupons nor do I drive store-to-store searching for the cheaper priced sale item.  I’m a firm believer that your time is just as valuable as your money and we need to be clever when it comes to ways to $ave. If you disagree with this logic, do yourself a favor and stop reading.

For the rest of the busy gals like myself, here are my Top 8 Money Saving Tips:

Busy Girl's Money Saving Tips

1.  Pack your lunches & bring your own coffee to work!

This is a no-brainer– Get a travel mug and brew your own coffee instead of hitting up Starbucks.  Even an on-the-go healthy Amy’s frozen burritos + fruit + yogurt is cheaper than a cafeteria or restaurant meal. Plus, food-prep is optional- just toss in a bag and go!

2.  Use a credit card that gives you cash back!

You need to spend money when shopping no matter what, so make it count by using a credit card that gives cash back each time you use it. For example, American Express and US Bank offer cards that give you a certain percentage back on each dollar spent on all eligible purchases that can be redeemed for bill pay or checking account credit.

3.  Sign-up for the annoying useful store apps!

Set up a separate email and check it occasionally.  You’ll be surprised by the deals.

4.   Invest in neutrals!

If you know you’re only going to wear a trendy item once or twice, don’t buy it.  It doesn’t matter how little you spend on something, if you never wear it, it’s money wasted.  Instead, invest in neutrals that can be paired with several outfits and worn multiple times. Read More

Happy March, loves!

I hope the title sparked your curiosity ;)

Now, let’s get real…who else is excited for an entire month of GREEN?!  In order to properly display my passion for all things green, I thought I would share my favorite healthy recipes for you to savor & share.  They use a variety of natural hues & (no dye allowed) ingredients that are guaranteed to be nutritious, delicious and of course sexy!

Go get some…

50 Shades Of Green

Mains:

Chilled Green Curry Asparagus Soup via The Soup Chick

Kale Salad with Kabocha Squash, Pomegranate Seeds + Toasted Hazelnuts via Food 52

Loaded Avocado Tuna Salad via The Hummusapien

Vegan Broccoli + “Cheddar” Soup via Energy We Bring

Warm + Roasted Winter Salad Bowl via Oh She Glows

Vegetable Chard Wraps With Spicy Lime-Ginger Dipping Sauce via Popsugar

Honey Mustard Kale Salad With Sausage via The Pretty Bee

Kale and Feta Galette via Naturally Ella

Cauldron Curry via Martha Stewart Living

Green Mac & Cheese via Weelicious

Quinoa Pesto with Vegetables via My Whole Food Life

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese via Panini Happy

Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Soba Noodles with Ginger-Honey Sauce via Naturally Ella

Sides:

Copy Cat Whole Foods Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts via The Big Man’s World

Pesto Mashed Potatoes via Cooking Light

Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Herbs via MJ’s Kitchen

Citrus Sesame Kale via Oh My Veggies

Green Bean and Mozzarella Salad via Simple Awesome Cooking

Balsamic Tomato + Feta Asparagus via Energy We Bring

Baked Green Bean Fries with Roasted Garlic Dipping Sauce via My Kitchen Addiction Read More

Adore the jewelry below? So do we! Which is why we’re honored and excited to announce today’s “Shout Out Sunday” + Giveaway.

Red Giraffe Jewelry Giveaway

Red Giraffe Designs is an Ohio based shop, by Kate Stevens, specializing in customized hand-made accessories. Her work really needs no explanation, just browse around the Etsy shop and you will quickly fall in love with all the eclectic & vintage designs available- such as mantra cuffs, state necklaces or arrowhead pendants! Kate is super approachable and will work closely with you to create a vision if you desire a personalized piece. The shop has speedy-fast shipping to guarantee you are glam in no time.


Enter the giveaway by “liking” Energy We Bring on Instagram here and leave a comment on this post. We will announce the winners next Sunday, March 8th. Good luck!

 Red Giraffe Jewelry Giveaway

Coupon Code for ALL readers: LUVRGD for 15% off. Good through 3/7

 Have an amazing week! -xo-

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What should I pack for lunch? I must ask myself this question multiple times in a given week. Breakfast is easy: Larabar, smoothie or avocado on toast. Dinner is my chance to be creative, but LUNCH can be such a pain in the @ss!

Don’t fret, these healthy recipes will surely pull you out of your “lunch rut” and give you the mojo to get through the rest of your day!

Fast and Healthy Lunch Ideas
5 Min Spicy Asian Chicken Salad Paleo Friendly via Linda Wagner

Fast and Easy Lunch Ideas
Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wraps via My Darling Vegan

Fast and Healthy Lunch Ideas
Potato Crusted Vegetable Frittata via Making Thyme For Health

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“Get Your Glow On” Green Smoothie

Get Your Glow On Green Smoothie

I know what you’re all thinking… IT’S TOO COLD FOR SMOOTHIES! Except, we have been having some serious winter weather here in Ohio, and my skin has been suffering the consequences! Cold + dry = my skin’s worst nightmare…

Whenever, my body feels out of whack, I can count on this trusty green smoothie recipe to get my system back on track. The avocado and coconut water are super hydrating, while the pineapple and spinach offer a generous dose of nutrients. The end result is balanced body and glowing skin, all year round!

I like to start my day with this “Get Your Glow On” Green Smoothie, but feel free to enjoy for a light lunch or pre/post workout.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 half ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup organic, baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup coconut water

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Mason Jar Apple Crisp

Who doesn’t love some warm apple pie?  My husband sure does and he asks me to make him one at least once every week.  Let’s get real…nobody has time for that!

So, this is my alternative.  Not only is it much easier than preparing an entire pie, it’s also a heck of a lot cuter!  Get yourself some half-pint canning jars and go to town.

Mason Jar Apple Crisp, GF

Ingredients:

Topping
  • ¾ c. GF Rolled Oats
  • ½ c. GF Flour
  • ½ c. Walnuts, chopped
  • 3 T. Butter, melted
  • 2 T. Honey
  • ¼ tsp. Salt

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Raspberries

February makes me think of Valentine’s Day, which makes me think of love, which obviously makes me think about chocolate. Get the connection?

When I read this month’s Recipe Redux prompt, my mind instantly thought of chocolate + raspberries. What a magical combo! Chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet, raspberry filled chocolates, you name it….. it’s like the two were meant for each other.

These dark chocolate dipped raspberries will satisfy your sweet tooth AND provide a nice dose of antioxidants. Enjoy!

The Prompt:
“Does your chocolate need a friend? This month’s posting will be after Valentine’s Day, so you may have a bit of extra chocolate around. What’s your favorite chocolate match? Be it traditional peanut butter or something more exotic like cayenne + chocolate. Show us your favorite healthy chocolate combo recipe.”Dark Chocolate Dipped Raspberries

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz raspberries
  • 6 oz dark chocolate

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Spicy Orange Chickpeas {Vegan}

Spicy Orange Chickpeas

Who says Chinese food has to be unhealthy? This vegan twist on a classic Chinese dish (Spicy Orange Chicken), is so melt-in-your-mouth amazing, you won’t even realize it’s vegan AND homemade.

Loaded with fresh veggies, plant-based protein and flavor, this meal can be ready in under 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights or lunch leftovers!

Spicy Orange Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1-15 oz can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons dry sherry
  • peel from one orange
  • olive oil

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Kale Chips Revisited: Baked Ranch

So, it has been over a year since I last attempted these bad boys.  It’s about time to give it another whirl… Before they were BBQ flavored, today they are RANCH!  And I just might have perfected the crunchiness factor by baking them longer on a lower heat setting. :D

Baked Ranch Kale Chips

Verdict?  So Tangy Delicious, It’s Ridiculous!

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. Raw Cashew Pieces, soaked in water for 2 hours and drained
  • ¼ c.  Water
  • 2 T. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1.5 T. Dried Chives
  • 1 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ tsp each: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Dried Dill
  • Sea Salt for sprinkling
  • 1 Large Bunch Kale

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Quinoa Veggie + Tofu Power Lunch

Happy Meatless Monday, loves!

This protein packed quinoa recipe makes for a vegetarian’s dream. Eat it pre or post-workout for a fuel up!  You can also make it the night before, leaving out the basil until just before serving.

Quinoa Tofu and veggies

Ingredients:

  • 2 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 T. Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2 c. Cooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. Carrots, chopped
  • 2 T. Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 8 oz. Marinated Extra-Firm Tofu (1 T. paprika, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 c. sesame oil- mix and marinate overnight in fridge)

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