Easy Halloween Meal- Crockpot Burrito fixings Served Up on Livliga!

Friday, October 30, 2020

Barley, Black Bean and Corn Burrito

Halloween is a fun time to have friends and family over. And if you have an active family where kids are "trick or treating" or going to parties, you want a meal you can make ahead, is flexible so people can eat at different times and there is plenty for unexpected company. Most importantly, you want something hardy, that has protein, and will "stick to the ribs" since it is likely many will be eating too many sweets and lots of sugar!

Here is the meal I planned. It starts with a Barley, Black Bean and Corn Burritos crockpot recipe. This is actually a vegetarian meal and is something you can assemble and let slow cook early in the day. The crockpot fixings are then rolled up in a burrito and topped with salsa and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. The recipe describes placing 2 burritos on a bed of shredded lettuce to serve. If this is a much more informal meal, I suggest putting the lettuce in the burrito instead. It will make it easier to eat.

I completed the meal with strawberries. These can be cut up to be put in a bowl to eat or left whole so they can be eaten with your fingers, again depending on when and how you are serving your meal.

This is a simple yet festive meal that can be made to be very flexible and work well even if you are not having a "sit down" meal. Our family loved the burritos. The vote was to put it on the list of repeats.

Calories for 2 burritos with toppings is 402. One cup of strawberries is 52 calories for a total of 454 calories for the meal. I added a 6 ounce glass of red wine for 120 calories. Total for the evening festivities: 574 calories.


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Monday Motivational Meal — Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

Monday, October 26, 2020


Budget Friendly Vegetable Beef Soup

One of the ongoing debates about eating healthy is the challenge to do it on a budget. There is often the underlying assumption that it is not possible to eat healthy on limited resources. With a little planning it is. Soups are the easiest. Come Fall I particularly love a homemade Vegetable Beef Soup. It is hearty, healthy and good for our immune system to keep the flu and other viruses at bay. For perfect portioning serve it up in your favorite Livliga bowl with our award-winning LivSpoons!

Try this recipe here


Exploring Meal Delivery Services as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

Friday, October 23, 2020

Meal Delivery Services for a Healthy Lifestyle

As we have all been faced with varying degrees of staying safe at home, more of the meal prepping has fallen on us as part of our daily responsibilities. Sometimes it feels hard to keep up with and also be mindful of what we are eating. Some have found a real benefit in subscribing to meal delivery services.

There is a lot to think about when deciding on whether a meal delivery service makes sense in your life. Are they actually going to be more helpful? Can they be affordable? And equally importantly, are there plans that are health-minded and able to be personalized for me?  

Here are some thoughts about meal delivery plans and the choices available:

Why meal delivery service plans can be helpful now—

  • Easy way to plan your meals for the week ahead
  • Allows you to budget 
  • Not wasting money with junk or unused foods
  • Menus designed with ingredients for specific meals delivered to your home
  • Easy way to home cook a meal when you are not comfortable cooking
  • You can stay in place


What to look for in a meal delivery service plan?

  • Choice in frequency—decide on what makes sense for you…how many meals do you want delivered each week and for how many meals a day
  • Quality of ingredients—is it important that the ingredients be fresh or is is okay that the meals have been prep and prepared so all you have to do is warm it up
  • Cost—the cost can very…the fresher the ingredients the more costly the plans can be…also the frequency and quantity of meals each week influences the overall cost
  • How much prep is required by you—this is a really important question…all of us are different…be honest in what you are ready to take on
  • Flexibility and variety in choice—each plan varies…make sure you find a plan that meets your needs
  • Number that can be served with an ordered meal—if you are looking for individual meals or meals to serve a family make sure the plan you like can meet that need
  • Calories—this is important to note because plans vary in the amount of calories per meal. Make sure to find a plan that meets your healthy lifestyle needs. In looking at the plans previously I found many of them ranged from 600-1000 per serving per meal. My goal is to find meals for 400-500 calories per meal.


How do I find plans?

  • Ask your friends and those who share specific health requirements with you like those in the bariatric community or diabetes community
  • Look to experts you respect
  • Check out online reviews like: ConsumerAdvocate.org


Some examples of plans—as a place to start—

  • Freshly- good for quick meals and single people
  • Veestro- good for eating vegan
  • BistroMD- good for special dietary needs


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What to keep in mind once you have your delivery—

  • Since most plans come to serve multiple people
    • Remember to measure—Livliga helps! Use those LivSpoons!
    • Remember to pre-portion for all intended meals from the order received
  • Serve your meals up on right-sized plates and sit down to eat it to maximize the pleasure from your meal and the sense of feeling satisfied at the end of the meal
  • Think about how the meals you order fit into the bigger daily plan and weekly plan for eating healthy

It is so important to find the rhythm and routines that support us in a healthy lifestyle. For some that can mean taking advantage of meal delivery services. Any way we can create a healthy food environment and sustain a healthy lifestyle is the right one for us.


Monday Motivational Meal — Biscoff Cookies

Monday, October 19, 2020

Biscoff Cookies

There is nothing better than baking in the fall! This Biscoff cookie from our Holiday Baking ebook we did in collaboration with @ChefVanessaMusi is a delectable, healthy baked good that will make your kitchen smell like heaven and your stomach glad you took the time to bake! Make sure to enjoy on one of our acclaimed Celebrate side plates to complete your inspiration!

Enjoy this recipe and others by downloading our FREE Holiday Baking eBook below!


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Tasty Sloppy Joe—An Update on a Classic

Friday, October 16, 2020


Healthier Sloppy Joe

There is nothing better than a Sloppy Joe when you are ready for a simple meal that can accommodate a few or many. This recipe is one that is also mindful of your pocketbook.  It has the classic flavor of a Sloppy Joe yet has been updated to be more health-balanced. Try it out and see what you think!


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stock
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted



  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef to skillet. Breaking up meat with your spoon. Cook until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes.
  3. Stir tomato sauce and next four ingredients into beef mixture in skillet. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes.
  4. Spoon onto buns and serve immediately.

Sloppy Joe Recipe Makeover
Nutritional Information
Servings: 4. Calories per serving: 404. Fat 13g; Sodium 917mg; Carbohydrate 35.2g; Fiber 8g; Protein 41.8g

To make it a meal: add a handful of carrot sticks and a piece of fruit, like an apple cut into sections. Or for a dinner try baked fries and a simple tossed green salad

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Monday Motivational Meal — Lentil Salad with Soft-Cooked Eggs

Monday, October 12, 2020


Monday Motivational Meal Lentil Salad with Soft-Cooked Eggs

Enjoy the trend of Meatless Mondays with a Fresh Lentil Salad and Soft Cooked Egg. This vegetarian meal is a great way to foster healthy routines in our daily lives. The flavors and textures are delicious. The lentils make it an ideal meal for a heartier Fall Supper. ...served up on Livliga, of course! 

Try the recipe out here!

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Ways to Enjoy a Healthy Fall

Friday, October 9, 2020
The trees are changing and the temperature is falling. It smells like autumn outside. With the change in seasons comes the opportunity to also change things up in our lives. Each season has it’s own special foods, activities, and traditions. The challenge is to take advantage of the seasons in a healthy way and have fun creating or tweaking traditions so they support our commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

What are the best seasonal foods for fall? That’s easy…
  • Apples
  • Roots vegetables
  • Squashes like pumpkin
  • Soups
  • Chilis

For some recipe inspiration go to the Livliga Live Vibrant blog

What is fun is to seek out fun fall activities that make this time of year memorable. Here is a seasonal list of activities to get you excited and doesn’t require spending a lot of money and can be done safely…
  • Go pick your own apples
  • Enjoy a walk in the park
  • Rake leaves
  • Find a pumpkin patch and pick out your own jack o’lantern
  • Take a hayride

Each season it is always important to give yourself an emotion well-being check in. There are ways to give yourself some downtime, some time to re-energize and time to just pamper yourself. Ideas on seasonal pampering-
  • Movies perfect for fall viewing-
    • October Sky
    • You’ve Got Mail
    • Rudy
    • Fly Away Home
    • Practical Magic
  • Fix a cup of Chai tea and read a good book (treat yourself to a new book)
  • Get Your nails done with a fall color (is more appropriate...do it yourself)
  • Invite friends in your bubble over to carve pumpkins and enjoy some good company, preferrably outside
It can make a big difference on how we manage seasonal stresses if we spend some time thinking about how to manage them. Do some seasonal planning to manage inevitable holiday stresses and holiday overeating. Preempt your seasonal triggers with ideas like these…

Use the seasons as a way to focus on you and your health in the best possible way. There is only one you and you are worth every minute of focus, planning, and seasonally-designed enjoyment!


Monday Motivational Meal — Bariatric-Friendly Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce

Monday, October 5, 2020


Monday Motivational Meal Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce

Earlier this year we shared a new cookbook with you, Half the Stomach, Twice the Taste: Cooking for a Bariatric Lifestyle authored by Hilary Cutler, MS, RD, CSOWM, CD and Emily Tieu, MS, RD, CSOWM, CD. We are still loving the recipes like this Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce that has only 6 ingredients! This is a wonderfully created bariatric resource in which all recipes are served up on Livliga’s Just Right Set® bariatric! 


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🍪NEW! Livliga's Holiday Baking Bundle has Arrived!🍪

Friday, October 2, 2020


Livliga's Healthy Baking Bundle

Experience Happy and Healthy Holidays this year!

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This seasonal Healthy Baking Bundle offers unique pricing that we know can be the perfect nudge to embrace the healthy lifestyle you seek...all year long... or provide the incentive for a timely gift to friends and family to encourage and support the many ways we can enjoy living a healthy lifestyle with Livliga.

There is no reason that the special foods we prepare cannot be all about health as well as the traditions and moments we cherish. Enjoy 6 handpicked products that when used together will create an environment that is healthier and easier when baking in the kitchen.

This curated set includes:

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