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After having my first child, packing for any kind of trip felt like a real production. Before kids I had been interested in packing my own bags minimally, but I really only dabbled at it, choosing in the end to throw a few pieces in ‘just in case’. After kids, packing as simply and lightly as possible became a necessary exercise in sanity saving!
Now I’ve got it down to a fine science and have challenged myself to never pack a bag bigger than a carry-on (we’ll see how that goes!).
Here is my uber-streamlined way to pack for a trip south this winter.
1. Choose a colour palette and stick with it.
I suggest choosing two to three neutrals and one to two accent colours to keep things simple. Three to four total colours is great. Some examples of colour combos that work well: black, white, gray, red; navy, white, coral; army green, cream, yellow.
2. Create your travel outfit.
When you’re heading from extreme cold weather to warm weather, your travel outfit will be complex to figure out. That’s why I suggest creating it first and using it as the base to build the rest of your vacation wardrobe around. There are two key things to think about when creating this outfit: one, you want to layer layer layer so you can take pieces off and on as temperatures change; two, you want to be able to use all your travel pieces when you get down south. This is what I suggest as a great travel outfit:
3. Lay out the rest of your clothing pieces.
Once you have your base travel outfit, start laying out other pieces that will work while you’re away and will go with all the pieces in your travel outfit. I usually start by choosing bottoms, because I personally have fewer to choose from, then I move on to tops and then dresses and then swimwear. I want all of these pieces to mix and match because I will likely wear each piece more than once. Here are the pieces you might want to consider for a one week vacation:
4. Add pops of interest with accessories.
Accessories are one of the easiest ways to change up and outfit, and quickly change it from day to evening wear. Here’s what I recommend:
5. Consider extra activities. If you know you will be going for a run everyday, you’ll need to pack clothes/footwear to do that. Take stock of any activities you plan to do while you’re away and pack accordingly.
That’s it, all done!
“To can or not to can”...that’s what Hamlet should have been asking. But I won’t dare rewrite Shakespeare, instead, I will ask whether canned food should have a place in your healthy gourmet kitchen.
I am working with the California Cling Peach Board, so I wanted to figure out their health benefits. I already know that I love peaches, and waiting 11 months for my fix isn’t fun, so in the winter months, I find myself turning to the canned variety.
Here is what I discovered: canned peaches (which are picked ripe, at their peak) deliver a promising amount of nutrients that are actually enhanced by the canning process. Vitamin A, folate, lycopene and some anti-oxidants are made more bioavailable by the heating and canning process. But the truly impressive nutrient is Vitamin E.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble anti-inflammatory, anti-aging nutrient that is usually associated with nuts and seeds. And while those little bites are great for you, a small handful is all you can eat each day because of their caloric punch. Fruit sources, on the other hand, can be layered in without worry and consumed in satisfyingly high amounts.
There is even research to support that the canning process actually enhances the eye-protecting nutrients of leutin and zeaxanthan, as well as lycopene.
Some of the other cans that I always have on hand include:
February was National Canned Food Month and March is Nutrition Month, and I see no reason why the two can’t get along.
Curried Peach Pork Tenderloin
This is one of those mildly curried dishes that takes no time to prepare and is a family-friendly quickie.
Makes 4 servings
Takes: 30 minutes
Recipe developed by Theresa Albert
Prep and Cook
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