Nutrition Stripped Photoshoot

First of all, for anyone who knows me they know I’m not the “selfie” nor the photogenic type- I’m more of the behind the scenes type of gal- but in my element, being photographed for this shoot was effortless and so fun! I had my two dearest of friends, whom are also incredibly talented, style and photograph me doing what I do best. I’m constantly asked questions about my workspace, lifestyle, Zoey, and other things that go along with personal life; this was my way to give you a little glimpse into where all my creative juices get put into action. We took shots all around my home and outside by the garden, the studio, my office, living room, and of course the kitchen!

McKel of Nutrition Stripped, home kitchen studio

Without further ado welcome to my home, kitchen, and studio! Today I’m sharing with you all some pictures taken by my lovely photographer, talented friend, and overall amazing human being Crystal Martel. We had a blast shooting new pictures for the blog, which you can see they’re on every page, i.e. pantry, services, about, pressresources, contact, recipes, and more.

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How to Build a Healthy Lunch Box

How to build a healthy lunch box. This is a topic I not only get asked about from my clients and readers, but is also something I think of when I’m on the go and need to pack a lunch that’s going to keep my full, energized, and focused for the rest of the day. This post comes in perfect timing as well, as many of you are getting prepared for the fall season and school starting up. Knowing how to build a healthy lunchbox is just as important for adults, college students, but especially important for the little ones! Today I’m sharing a simple “recipe” to make your own lunchbox healthy + an amazing giveaway from MightyNest!

How to Build a Healthy Lunch Box, healthy lunch

Building a healthy lunch applies to all of us, regardless of age, gender, and diet preference. I’m going to share a template that each and everyone of you can use for yourselves, for your loves, or for your kids just by adding ingredients that fit your needs. For example in my lunch box above I have some of my favorites, quinoa, chickpeas with tomatoes, an apple, almonds, zucchini, Nourishing Nut & Seed Bread, and Lemon Lime Guacamole. A fantastic balance of carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

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Cherry Cardamom Bircher Muesli

It’s summer. I’m taking every chance I can at incorporating my favorite summer fruits and vegetables this time of year and enjoying them in everything! Last summer I shared a delicious Tart Cherry Chia Pudding that oozes cherry flavor; today I’m sharing a unique twist on my classic Nourishing Muesli, Cherry Cardamom Bircher Muesli. This recipe has quickly become my favorite summer breakfast and even dessert, it’s raw- no fuss with cooking- easy to digest, tastes amazing, contains fiber, protein, and packed with antioxidants from the cherries.

Cherry Cardamom Bircher Muesli, bircher muesli recipe, cherries, honey

I love this combination of flavors in this bircher muesli, it’s sweet, tangy, cool and warm at all the same time from the warming spices used and the way it’s prepared. I love adding traditional ingredients to this recipe such as lemon juice, oats, fruit, and nuts/seeds with a global twist by incorporating cardamom. Bircher muesli this time of year is lovely, it’s cool and refreshing since there’s no cooking or heating involved. It contains a healthy dose of fiber, healthy fats, plant-based protein, complex carbohydrates, and is incredibly simple to whip together. You can even make this for a quick breakfast by making it the night before and storing it in the fridge until the next morning.

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Blue-green Spirulina Milk

If you’ve all stuck with me so far- through encouraging you to drink your greens, sneaking vegetables into desserts, or turning a simple zucchini into past, then I have a hunch this you won’t be a surprise that I’m telling you to drink blue milk. I’ve made many recipes here on Nutrition Stripped using this blue-green algae, spirulina, but have yet to share with you all a staple drink I love making as well, Blue-green Spirulina Milk! First, I know the color and thought about drinking an algae can be completely off-putting and intimidating, but I promise once you get over the color (which I think is quite beautiful), the taste will speak for itself. It’s delicious and incredibly nutrient dense in comparison to the cows milk counterpart.

Blue Green Spirulina Milk, spirulina, nut  milk

Whole foods are fun. I love being able to transform a simple vegetable, fruit, and spirulina in this case into something everyone can enjoy yet is completely innovative. Blue-green Spirulina Milk is a play on traditional nut milks that I’ve shared here before, it’s incredibly mineralizing due to the nature of spirulina, which contains a host of minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. I mix this with a classic nut milk recipe and it’s subtly sweetened with dates and vanilla. The end result is a beautiful blue-green colored nut milk that’s creamy, cool, healthy, and looks beautiful!

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Underweight Nutrition | Tips for Gaining Weight

You heard that title correctly, Tips for Gaining Weight. Many of you may be thinking why I’m not talking about weight loss or referring to it here, but we all need to keep in mind not all of us are after weight loss! Many of you out there have emailed me about providing tips and advice on how to gain weight healthfully especially those who are athletes, naturally underweight, or recovering from disordered eating habits. I commend each and everyone of you who email me about this issue because I think it’s something we nutrition professionals don’t speak about enough; the flip side of weight loss and the obesity epidemic.

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Many clients of mine who are looking for weight loss come from a wide range/background of issues; some health related such as Celiac or a mirad of digestive issues, suffer from health issues that contributed to weight loss, some have “always been thin” and are natural ectomorphs, some are athletes or recreational athletes looking to put on lean body mass, and some are recovering from disordered eating habits. No matter what the cause or reasoning behind wanting to gain weight, these tips can be applied globally.

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