Getting back to healthy as back-to-school season begins? Here are some ways we are embracing routine this fall and a spotlight on the Wellness Recipes by Blue Apron. This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.
Back To School Routines
Most of us have fond memories about the back to school season. After a long, casual summer break, usually full of ice cream and travel, I really look forward to restarting a routine! I think even more than on New Year’s Day, September has a really refreshing feel to it – humidity fades, cooking at home becomes the regular, and everyone gets back to healthy a bit more than during the summer.
Here are a few routines I am excited to resume:
Walking to school
After spending up to 2 hours in the car going to and from summer camps, I cannot wait to walk to school again! Mazen’s school is about a mile away, and Birch’s is a 10-minute walk, so if I walk them both there and back I cover 4 miles on foot.
Little Mazen in 2019!
Co-Rec soccer for Thomas and me, and a new sport for Mazen! He is starting in Little League baseball this fall! He’s super pumped to play, and we’re excited to watch him do something new. Birch is a wee bit too young for soccer this fall, but we play lots of sports in our front yard to make up for it : )
I wish I could add “re-joining the gym” to the list, but alas that is not in the cards quite yet.
Summer is SO casual around here that sometimes we let the kids eat at the pool or we were traveling and ate dinner out. I’m excited to bring family dinnertime back (and hopefully introduce a new setting the table chore for you-know-who!). We used to go around the table and say the highlight of each of our days – a routine that was lost in summer casual. Let’s bring it back!
Back in January I wrote a blog post about the just-launched Wellness Recipes. The Wellness Recipes are back-to-healthy better with a few additional upgrades: they are now available in 4-person servings, with more options each week, and with some customization opportunities to tailor to your eating style. You can mix and match Signature Recipes with Wellness Recipes to your menu each week, or you can make your entire menu Wellness – the choice is up to you.
The Wellness Recipes feature nutritionally-dense superfoods and superstar ingredients with a focus on complex carbohydrates, fiber, and antioxidants. They also have lighter ingredients (think Greek yogurt instead of crème fraiche). They honestly feel like something I would create from scratch in my own kitchen (I mean that in a really good way!).
Add Wellness Recipes to your meal plan and get $120 off across your first 5 boxes! (The best offer they’ve had all year.)
Here are the three recipes we made:
- Spanish-Spiced Salmon & Veggie Quinoa with Almond-Date Topping
- Shawarma-Spiced Vegetable & Couscous Bowls with Arugula and Roasted Lemon Yogurt
- Grilled Pork Chops & Calabrian Mayo with Salsa Verde and Zucchini
Spanish Salmon with Vegetable Quinoa
We loved this recipe for its sweet – savory blend of flavors. From the Spanish Spice Blend to the chopped date and almond topping, it was full of flavor. I absolutely loved the seasoned yogurt on the bottom of the plate (what a creative presentation suggestion).
Full of Real Food
Quinoa, zucchini, carrots, Greek yogurt, salmon, roasted red peppers, garlic, dates, and lemon = a real food win!!
Tips From My Kitchen
I much prefer pressed or grated garlic on a microplane to chopped. And if you microwave dates for a few seconds first, it is much easier to remove the pits and chop them!
Dinner is served