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19 Ways to Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Daily Diet

I love pasta. Like seriously love pasta. I have an eat-it-seven-days-a-week type of love for pasta, and I especially love that on a busy weeknight I can have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes. I also know I need to eat vegetables; a pasta-only diet just won’t cut it nutritionally. Until recently, I had never clued into the fact that marinara sauce is like 95% vegetables (well, fruit, but let’s not get technical.) Maybe the rest of the world already knew that and they can roll their eyes at me, but this realization has been universe altering in our home. If I keep a light hand with the parmesan, and maybe choose whole wheat pasta, I can claim full servings of vegetables (1/2 cup sauce = 1 serving) along with my penne and declare dinner a nutritional success! The American Heart Association recommends for the average woman 3 – 4 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day, so we have a healthy hill to climb. Eating more marinara is just one way of upping your daily servings of fruits and vegetables; here are 19 more of my favorite ideas for doing just that. On your way out the door in the morning, toss a banana in your bag along with a granola bar for breakfast. Whole banana = 1 serving Use real avocado and fresh salsa in your homemade guacamole. ½ cup = 1 serving Pile your turkey and cheddar high with romaine and…

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6 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

We all have a lot to get done. And if you are anything like me, you are really good at ignoring the things you don’t want to do. (Like the dishes. I hate doing the dishes.) When we put things off until later, it compounds our to-do lists and almost always causes problems. Procrastination creates unnecessary stress in life by complicating what should be simple (doing the dishes) and it clutters our minds with all the things we haven’t done yet (the dishes). Delaying the unavoidable (the dishes) steals focus from the essential things we want to do. By eliminating procrastination from your life as much as possible you gain a greater sense of peace and lose that inner nagging voice reminding you of all you haven’t done yet.  Here are my six favorite methods for scrubbing your life clean of procrastination. 1) Think of your “future self”. I recently picked up the concept of your “future self” from this video by The Clutter Diet. The idea is that you think of yourself as two people; your “present self” and your “future self”. When you notice that something needs done, view it as an opportunity for your “present self” to give your “future self” a gift by completing the task now. For example, when I notice the laundry needs folding I do it now so that later, when my “future self” walks into the room, she’s blessed with an empty laundry basket. I have put this approach into practice for…

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Organizing Paper Clutter: Part One

You may not have this life-issue, but most of the time most of my clutter consists of paper and paper related things. Between junk mail, magazines and books I haven’t read yet, receipts from every-store-I-have-ever-been-to-in-the-last-decade, flyers and notices for things I might care about, and a general plethora of paper in my apartment I just cannot keep track of it all. I am done dealing with paper. So much so, that if I had a fireplace, I’d be tempted to torch it. Instead, I’ll be calm and organize the crap out of it. Care to join me? Our approach to tackling paper clutter has three parts; today I will share part one. (Subscribe to Our Simple Nest to receive parts two and three in your inbox!) The best way to win a fight is to avoid it altogether, and the first step to winning the war against paper clutter is by avoidance. Stopping clutter before it even enters in your front door means one less piece of paper you have to deal with; a winning strategy my friends. Here are six ways to avoid paper clutter in the first place. 1) Opt-out of pre-approved credit offers and marketing notices. This simple trick will permanently reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. By opting-out your name and private information will no longer be shared by the credit bureaus with marketing companies (they are already sharing it, you have to tell them to stop) meaning you won’t receive anymore “firm offers” of credit…

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