What’s in Your Pantry?

Preparing balanced meals is a challenge. Incorporating healthy ingredients throughout the day can help enhance already nutritious meals. That is part of the concept we explore on the Asher Marie Collection blog in a recent post “What’s in Your Pantry?” We delve into three key ingredients that you can add to just about any meal. Last year, Her Heel Flops documented an everyday staple: Water. If you like the post at the prior link, check out “What’s in Your Water Cabinet?”

matcha health benefits

Have you taken a ride on the matcha green tea wave? Learn more about the trendy ingredient at the link above.

What is Your Favorite Summer Smoothie?

smoothie recipes

Do you prefer smoothies over juices?

Whether you prefer smoothies or juices, we are curious what your favorite ingredients are during the summer. Did you miss our ‘Summer Shake Up’ post on the Asher Marie Collection blog? We provide a breakdown of seasonal summer fruits, simple ways to pack more protein into your smoothies, and how to sneak in a few extra veggies.

Read more about Shakes, Smoothies, Juices & More.

Clocks Are Set to Fall Back…Here is Our Fall Look-Back: Top Posts on Style, Food & Travel

daylight savings time change

Daylight savings officially ends this Sunday, November 2nd. In the spirit of setting our clocks back one hour, we thought it would be seasonally appropriate to take a quick look back at some of our highlights this year. Her Heel Flops is still considered an infant at just under a year, but we have a lot to show for it! Here are some of our most popular posts and a sampling of our accomplishments in the last 9 months.

popular blog posts in fall

In just our first month of going live we were invited to guest post for REXConnects, Rex Healthcare’s blog on health, well-being and family. Our Springtime Outdoor Activities post was well received on social media and throughout the community. Our RexConnects contribution was followed by a guest post on Carolina Parent. Carolina Parent is not only a fantastic magazine for families in North Carolina, but a rich website full of family-friendly events and activities. Our post on How to Make Beach Trips With Toddlers Easy with Carolina Parent received great endorsements from coastal-bound families throughout the country, thank you! Our next contribution, Tips for Toddlers on Airplanes was featured on the Family Focus Blog. Family Focus is one of the top blogs for mothers in the country and has been featured by several large news programs. What an opportunity for Her Heel Flops!

So, what else has been popular on Her Heel Flops? Here, we have compiled the top posts on Style, Sips & Eats, and Travel. Enjoy:

urban cowgirl fashion

Urban cowgirl trends.

Top 5 Posts on Style

  1. Bohemian Fashion Tips
  2. New York Fashion Week
  3. Stay at Home (Not Sloppy) Mom
  4. Summer Dress Trends
  5. Spring Makeup Trends
peanut butter pie

From dinner parties to breakfast recipes – here are the top food posts.

Top 5 Posts on Sips & Eats

  1. Dinner Party Ideas: Oscar Night
  2. Al Fresco Entertaining
  3. 5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
  4. Vitamins & Vodka
  5. Recipes Using Greek Yogurt
spring break beaches

Beach time and other travels featured in our top travel posts.

Top 5 Posts on Travel

  1. Spring Break Destinations
  2. Staycations for Spring Break
  3. Packing Tips for Traveling
  4. Different Ways to Book Travel
  5. Unplanned Sundays

What was your favorite post so far this year?

We Become What We Eat: Clean Eating

The adage “we are what we eat” does not sound true when we make food choices. We don’t eat a doughnut and suddenly look round and doughy. The effects of our eating habits are not usually noticeable right away. (Unless you have a food allergy.)

Even if you have a high metabolism and are fortunate to look fit while eating fried foods, candy bars, and soda every day—what happens to your body on the inside? Over time, the small choices we make every day accumulate. Diabetes. Heart Disease. High cholesterol. One meal does not trigger these conditions.

Many food movements focus on eliminating entire food groups, impose ridiculous portion control rules, and make it a challenge for individuals to eat healthy. Clean eating does not involve any of these. Clean eating focuses on eating whole foods, less processed foods, and those that contain very little artificial ingredients. Read labels and if there are more than 10 ingredients or if there are ingredients you cannot pronounce or recognize—it is likely too processed.

clean eating

Choose less processed and whole foods.

Clean eating allows you to:

Enjoy every food group. Eat cheeses, breads, and meats – just choose less-processed cheeses, freshly baked breads with no food coloring or additives, and reduce or eliminate processed meats like hot dogs. This means you can enjoy pizza (for toppings, choose veggies or meatballs instead of pepperoni and try to find pizza with crusts made from ingredients you know), a thick steak dinner, and ice cream (add fresh fruit and try to find a brand that has few ingredients or buy from your local dairy).

ice cream

Find a local dairy and add fresh fruits to your ice cream.

Eat when you’re hungry. Clean eating allows you to enjoy healthy food choices any time. This is not a diet fad that forces you to have one meal each day, or eight balanced meals. When you choose unprocessed foods for your meals and snacks, you are only helping your body if you decide to have a whole wheat bagel and honey for breakfast, snack on carrots and cheese all afternoon or have a grilled chicken parmigiana sandwich on a whole grain bun for lunch. These choices are filling and help eliminate processed fats like butter and cream cheese from breakfast, ranch dressing for carrots, and fried chicken at lunch.

flavored water

Flavor water the way you like and drink lots!

Drink…lots of water! I’m a big fan of water—check out my water cabinet. Water has absolutely no calories and is only good for you. Need flavor? Add flavor to your water with fresh lemon or lime, or find a tea you like and drink it throughout the day chilled. If you need a sweet kick, brew tea with honey first and then chill. Sodas have an enormous amount of sugar—and the sugar-free sodas still have additives and chemicals that do not offer health benefits.

Trying to eat local? Check out our post about locally-sourced food and apps that help you make smarter food choices.