Trainer Tina’s Perfect Workout Playlist

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

We may not always feel like exercising, but the right playlist can really get you motivated and help you scorch calories like nobody’s business! So we got to thinking… what are those iconic songs that can really get you pumped up and ready to sweat? For this one we went straight to the source and our Head Coach Tina Van Horn hooked us up with her go-to playlist. Take a look at a few of Tina’s favorites then pop over to our Fit3 community and share your favorite workout music with us!

1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey: The quintessential workout song! You can’t go wrong here.

2. “Her Strut” by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: Well, because that’s just how I roll! This may actually be my theme song.

3. “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga: Not only is this one the ringtone on my phone but also a motto as I prefer to walk on the edge of a lot of things in life!

4. “Love Runs Out” by One Republic: Such a strong beat, you can’t help but move your feet!

5. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor: For when you start to doubt yourself, this one will get your motivation right back!

6. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins: Growing up in the 80s, this one is iconic!

7. “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins: Top Gun soundtrack! Still love that movie – beach volleyball scene, anyone?

8. “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson: The lyrics, the beat, the voice! Everything about this one makes it a great addition to the playlist.

9. “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi: For the days when a prayer is all that I have!

10. “Feel Invincible” by Skillet: The lyrics to this one definitely push me out of my comfort zone. A necessity for a strong workout!

11. “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down: This one helps me channel my inner super hero while I’m conquering big hills during a run.

12. “We Got the Beat” by the Go-Go’s: A bunch of girls just having fun!

13. “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees: Get ready to break out the disco moves!

The Best Way To Add Extra Vegetables To Your Day 

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By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

I am incredibly lucky that both of my kids love vegetables. They will eat Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower without smothering them in a cheesy sauce! However, even though we love eating our veggies, sometimes it is difficult to check all our boxes on the Fit3 Daily Snapshot. In fact, it’s not uncommon to make it to the end of the day with a serving or two left to fill.

While you probably don’t crave carrots with your morning coffee, breakfast is the perfect time to get an extra serving or two of colorful veggies and a healthy dose of vitamins and fiber. You do not have to add kale to your pancakes, but there are a ton of options beyond throwing mushrooms and peppers in your scrambled eggs.

Believe it or not, you can add veggies to your shake. If you still haven’t tried a green smoothie, you are seriously missing out! Throw a fistful of spinach into the blender with some milk, a banana, and Fit3 Active and you have the perfect combination of protein, carbs and fiber to energize your morning rush! Want to really step out of your comfort zone? Try some riced cauliflower in your shake! Avocados also add a unique creaminess to any Fit3 shake. You can always get recipe ideas on our Recipes Page.

Reliv’s Art Director, Amie Schilson, loves to add fresh carrots to her peach smoothies because it makes them look savory and infuses immunity-boosting nutrients and tummy-filling fiber. Pureed pumpkin, sweet potatoes and squash make your shake not only look pretty but taste amazing, too! And here’s a quick and easy tip: little jars of pureed vegetable baby food are perfectly-sized for throwing in your next shake.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to sneaking in those extra veggies! Best of all, you’ll definitely notice a difference in your day by getting those additional vitamins in the morning. I challenge YOU this week to add a vegetable to your daily shake! Share your favorite vegetable add-in to our Fit3 Facebook Group!

What You Need To Know Before You Promote Your Business

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By Compliance Coordinator Angela Corbett

Did you know that as an Independent Reliv Distributor you must comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission and Direct Selling Association regulations when it comes to advertising? So, what does that mean for you as a Distributor? It means that every time you promote your Reliv business—whether it’s on a website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or on a flyer—it needs to be compliant. There are many things you can do to remain in compliance when promoting your business. Here are some basic guidelines on how you can do this:

  • Describe the changes in your day-to-day life since starting on Reliv products and launching a Reliv business. Share your lifestyle improvements, such as having more family time or starting a new workout routine.
  • Highlight specific positive experiences like running a 5K or going on a Reliv trip!
  • Focus on improvements in general health and wellbeing, such as having more energy and feeling more accomplished each day.
  • Explain how you achieved success with the products, the business or both!
  • Remember, Reliv products provide optimal nutrition and target specific wellness needs for better overall health. Avoid giving the impression that Reliv will treat or cure any disease or medical condition.
  • Avoid listing diseases, medical conditions or symptoms. And avoid saying that Reliv has allowed you to avoid or discontinue the use of any prescription drugs or treatments.
  • Do not make guarantees about results others will achieve. Keep in mind everyone is different and individual results may vary!

By following these guidelines, you will enhance the Reliv brand image and build trust for your future customers and Distributors. These agencies are here to protect you as a consumer and help provide faith in products and businesses and we know it is not always an easy job. If you are ever in doubt as to what you can and cannot say, we are here to help you! You can always email compliance@relivinc.com with your questions so you can promote and build your business with confidence.

How To Promote Your Events On Social Media

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By Content & Social Media Specialist Michaela Mitchell

Events are the lifeblood of your network marketing business. From shake parties and in-homes to opportunity meetings, conference calls and Facebook Lives, there are so many different types of business-building events nowadays! You may feel overwhelmed by the thought of promoting your next event, but it truly has never been easier to promote an event than now because of social media.

I’m not telling you to stop sending physical invitations or your favorite evite, but social media is the icing on the cake. Or should I say whipped cream on your Reliv shake? It’s that extra step to get you in front of the most new eyes as possible and can give you the extra wave of guests you need.

Setting up a Facebook event is actually super easy. You simply go to “Events” on the main Facebook homepage, click “Create Event,” and you’re ready to insert your information. Just make sure you create a public event so that anyone in your local area will be able to see it.

This is what you’ll see:

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You can customize the entire event with your information and a description. I recommend including any information in the description that you think someone new to Reliv would need to know. Explain to them why this event is worth their time and what fun activities you have planned! Will there be a free shake bar? A free workout? I also recommend you use a high-quality photo from a previous event as the “Event Photo.” If you don’t have one you, check out what Reliv Corporate has available on Flickr.com/Reliv. Remember, this could be a prospect’s first impression of your business so make sure you keep it professional but exciting!

After you have your event set up on Facebook, promote, promote, promote! Marketing your event is crucial. Invite all your friends via Facebook and ask them to share it with their friends. If you invite 30 people and each of them invite 5-10 people, think about how successful your event can be. Sharing is key and will help you build up your brand on social media. Even if not everyone can make it, you are exposing them to your business just by inviting them.

Once you’ve promoted your event and invited as many people as you can, it’s always fun to post teasers in the event so that people know what to expect. For example, post a recipe that you will share with guests or ask them to choose between two. Get them involved and engaged prior to your event so they will be comfortable and more excited to attend your event. Build up the hype!

Events are so much fun and social media makes promoting them so easy. Make sure you tag us @Reliv International when you create an event on Facebook of your very own!

 

What Does A New Distributor Do in the First 48 Hours?

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By President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock

Congratulations, you just signed up as new Reliv Distributor, so let’s talk about what you need to do in the first 48 hours. If you haven’t done this already, your first step is to get with your upline and let them know what your goals are. For example, let’s say that your desire is to become a true entrepreneur and do Reliv full time. That was my goal when I first started, and it was the smartest thing that I ever did. Indeed, there is nothing like being your own boss and having the freedom in your life to work when you want, play when you want and never miss an important event again because you’re stuck at the office.

Now, if you have an amazing sponsor who is actively doing the business, you are on your way. Be a sponge. Learn from your upline and don’t hesitate to use them as you go out there and talk to new people. The truth is that all successful network marketers learn to master a set of very simple and repeatable skills.

For the purpose of this blog, let’s pretend for a moment that I’m your sponsor.

Now that I know you want to be your own boss and become a professional network marketer, let’s get started. Let’s begin by understanding that we need to treat our business like a business. I like to say, “See it big but keep it simple.” As entrepreneurs, we need to be both disciplined and focused, we need to be plugged into the company as well as our local systems, and we need to know how to find and use the fabulous tools that Reliv provides for us.

Speaking of, let’s go through the Reliv website starting with the product wheel so that we get a basic understanding of our powerful nutritional lineup. All of us begin with our core nutrition which is either Reliv Now® with Soy, Reliv Now® with Whey or Reliv Classic®. You must be a product of the product because you can’t sell what you don’t use or believe in. I go as far as to tell new folks that if they don’t love our products, you can’t be a Distributor.

The next thing I’m going to do with you is to go through our lucrative marketing plan so that you have a basic understanding on how you’re going to make money. Again, all of this information is readily available on our website, which makes teaching today so much easier than ever before. “I just show people how to push buttons,” said Reliv Hall of Famer Jim Schaben. “It’s so simple and duplicatable.”

Now that I know your goals and you have a basic understanding of our products and business, I want to go to the next step. So let’s get you signed up for the Reliv Mobile App, get you hooked up with your own Reliv Personal Website and dedicate a nice spot in your home to do your business. Having an organized area just for your Reliv business is important, and now that you’ve got all the right tools, you’re now ready for the next step. Let’s go through the basic training together. We call that ICSAR, and it stands for the five simple steps that we do over and over again: Identify, Connect, Share, Ask, and Register.

Let me mention, too, that when I’m showing new Distributors the Reliv Mobile App or the website, I let them do the navigation because it helps them learn faster. Also, in today’s world, you can go online and help your new prospects through these steps even if you live across town or across the world. That’s one of the major reasons that today’s network marketing is so much easier and more powerful than ever before!

And here’s the most important part: Together, I want to make a list of at least 50 people you know who either need these products or this opportunity. Then, we will begin calling them and setting appointments. The truth is, I know of no better way to teach you the business than being right there with you whether it’s in person or on the phone as we share the hope of Reliv with others. Furthermore, nothing gets a new person more excited than putting money in their pockets right away. And to keep you excited and on track during these first 48 hours, I’m also going to introduce you to leaders and stories throughout our close knit community so that you understand that you’re in business for yourself but not by yourself.

So that’s your first 48 hours! Our kickoff to building a mighty business together! And let’s not forget that as we go on this journey that we are going to have fun, get healthy, we will grow and change peoples’ lives, we will nourish the hungry with the Reliv Kalogris Foundation, and travel the world together! Indeed, we are going to do life together and put a dent in the universe. Here we go!

Your Go-To Winter Shake Recipes

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By Content & Social Media Specialist Michaela Mitchell

Winter is here and I am officially dreading the below freezing temperatures outside! All I want to do in the winter months is snuggle up with a warm blanket and a tasty shake that tames my sweet tooth. And keep in mind that core nutrition is more important now than ever as we continue to get deeper into cold season.

Here are my top 5 shake recipes to make your winter a little bit better:

Snowy Morning Cinnamon Roll Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now®

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

½ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup ice

 

Very Berry Energizing Shake

1 scoop Reliv 24K®

1 cup coconut water

¼ cup strawberries

¼ cup blueberries

 

Decadent Black Forest Shake

1 scoop Fit3™ Active

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup frozen cherries

1 pitted medjool date

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 cup spinach

 

Winter Cranberry Orange Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now®

½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt

¼ cup cranberries

½ banana

¼ cup orange juice

 

Almond Coconut Mocha Shake

1 scoop Fit3™ Active

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 pitted medjool date

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp instant coffee

½ cup ice

Whether you’re craving something sweet and decadent or crisp and refreshing, Reliv’s got you covered! Try one or try them all and let us know what you think. Better yet, show off your inner social media superstar by posting a photo of one of these shakes to your Facebook profile and tag us @Reliv International! We can’t wait to see your shake masterpieces!

How Do I Plan On Earning Hawaii?

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By Senior Director Dawn VanAmberg

How will I earn the Aloha Hawaii Promotion? For starters, I am asking everyone I meet if they would like to go to Hawaii together, which of course leads to questions that I am happy to answer regarding this amazing promotion. I have some simple guidelines I share on how they can earn the trip too:

Set Your Goals: Ask yourself how many points you want to earn. Are you going for the 60pts minimum or the extra nights and cash? My goal is to be in the top 5 with lots of new and excited Distributors in my organization who want to travel the world together. By building my business with passion and excitement for Hawaii, others will want to follow.

Talk To Everyone: I’ve been talking up a storm with everyone including my hot, warm and cold markets, active and inactive Distributors and customers. I am filling up my pipeline with new Quick Starts, customers and future prospects. With consistent follow up of stories, some are becoming Master Affiliates, and if I help, four frontline Distributors earn the trip I will earn it too, which is a win-win for us all.

Stay Focused: This promotion is so exciting because it isn’t just about me and personal volume; it’s about doing what we’ve been taught to do—focus on helping people get what they want and you’ll get what you want. So I am focusing on the islands of Hawaii with 100 points and lots of fun people all around!

Motivation: I keep the Hawaii promotion in front of me all the time by displaying the tracking sheets, aloha signs and lei’s hanging in my office, on the refrigerator and bathroom mirror. My motivation is to take whoever wants to go with me and watch their lives change with a Reliv Trip.

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Inspiration: Hawaii is on my bucket list to return to with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. There’s nothing better than celebrating on the sandy beaches of the most beautiful place on earth than with all your friends in Reliv. Follow your dreams and help others do the same. Let’s go to Hawaii together!

Simple Changes To Make This Your Year

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By Director of Marketing Erin Koch & Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

This is the year to better your health, boost your business and find the new you! We have collaborated to make a list of simple changes you can make in 2019 to make this your year!

Trainer Tina’s Health & Fitness Tips

  • Pack your lunch instead of eating out. This will not only be better for your diet, but also for your wallet!
  • Make a delicious dessert-inspired Reliv shake instead of sugary alternatives. There’s no better way to end a meal than with the best core nutrition available.
  • Walk while you talk. Get moving during your meetings and phone calls to minimize your inactivity.
  • Squeeze in a 30-minute workout during your lunch break. This solves your problem of not wanting to wake up earlier or being too tired after work. Lucky for you, the Fit3 workouts are all accessible on the Reliv Mobile App!
  • Carry a water bottle everywhere you go. Ideally, you should be consuming at least nine glasses of water a day, but this can also depend on your weight and activity level.
  • Meditate for five minutes. Whether it be in the morning or during the workday, or even at night, taking the time to reflect on your day and just being present makes a big difference to your overall mood.
  • Set a kitchen curfew. Don’t eat after a specified time you have set for yourself. For example, I try not to eat past 8 p.m.
  • Tweak a favorite recipe by replacing or reducing added sugar and unhealthy fats, even if that simply means drinking your coffee black or using dates to sweeten your favorite treats.
  • Track everything you eat for just one day. Keep a notebook and you’ll be surprised by the amount of “just one bite” or samples sneak into your day.
  • Use a smaller plate at meal times. This classic trick will help you train your brain to be better at controlling portion sizes.

Marketing Expert Erin’s Business Branding Tips

  • Be the brand. You represent your business, so wear or carry gear with a Reliv or Fit3 logo on you when you’re on the go. You will be amazed at the prospects you get who will ask you “What’s Reliv?” or “What’s Fit3?”
  • Define who you are. Write down 3-5 topics that you are passionate about and use that to write your online bio and one-minute story. Your story could be about the Reliv products, the Reliv business or both. But it has to be authentic to you and your brand. If you don’t know who you are, your prospects won’t either. And remember that people only buy from those they know, like and trust.
  • Get the Reliv Mobile app. If you’re in business in today’s world, you need technology that goes with you. This is the EASIEST and FASTEST way for you to share videos and websites with prospects, place orders and signup someone on the go. Plus, who wouldn’t love to get instant notifications with every new order, new customer or new Distributor?! We have seen our Distributors who use this app take their business to new heights! Plus, they are the FIRST ones to hear about a new sale, promotion and exclusive videos.
  • Use professionally designed marketing materials. As a Reliv Distributor you have the benefit of having an entire marketing team who has done all of the hard work for you! Using beautifully designed presentations, brochures, event signage and more makes you look like a pro, plus it gives you more time to build your business! We want people to look at you and know right away that you’re a Reliv Distributor. Get logos, beautiful product photos, incredible before and after weight loss photos and so much more at flickr.com/reliv. Just click the “Albums” tab and click the down arrow to download the images. Then you simply email the images to your local print shop. You can also click the right arrow to share images online with your prospects – so easy!
  • Host a Shake Bar. Invite your friends and their friends over for a fun shake bar and watch your product sales grow! We have delicious recipes on Flickr that you can send to your local print shop, so you look like an expert! This is such a fun way to introduce someone new to our products… and they will always remember how delicious it tasted. Just be sure to have plenty of product on hand for purchase.
  • Start a Fit3 workout group. Pick one or two days a week to get together and do one of our Fit3 workouts. Invite new people each week, encourage your team to do the same, and watch your team and business grow! Public places like a park or community center are even better and you should have a sign that welcomes new people.
  • Host a Girlfriends’ Getaway. This does NOT have to be complicated. The point is to get your girlfriends and their friends together to have fun and to show them how they can get healthier and live happier! Serve shakes, have a dance party, host a clothing swap day, meet for a walk in the park…there are so many ways to get together and have fun. We were amazed at the turnout at our Girlfriends’ Getaway last summer and plan to do more in 2019. But why wait for us when you can host your own! If you need tips, check out our Reliv Facebook Page and click the “Videos” tab. You’ll see our Shake Chat on Shake parties, which has tips to get you started!
  • Go to Reliv Live. Pick a city, but make sure you get there! Why? Because you are investing in YOURSELF. Going to Reliv Live is telling yourself that you’re worth investing in – and you are! You’re going to leave with inspiration, a notebook full of new ideas and motivation that will give your business a push forward in 2019. Plus, let’s not forget that there is nothing more fun than a Reliv event with all your friends! Invite at least two new people to go with you and let them catch the spark of inspiration they need too! Check out the fun cities and start planning your getaway now at reliv.com/events.
  • Tell someone new about Reliv today! All the other tips listed will help you do this. That is the first step in truly building your business.

We hope these tips will help you make 2019 the best year ever! Try one at a time and you’ll reach your personal wellness and business goals in no time.

How To Boost Your Mood In The Winter Months

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, you may find your workout motivation waning, too. It’s not just your imagination—there really are biological and physiological reasons our moods tend to change with the season!

Seasonal Mood Shifts

Seasonal mood shifts often include the following:

  • Having less energy
  • Being less social
  • Craving carbs
  • Losing interest in your favorite activities
  • Changes in your quality of sleep—you might be having trouble sleeping or wanting to sleep more than usual!

The primary culprit of these symptoms is the lack of daylight hours in colder months and how it affects hormone production, temperature regulation, metabolism and mood.

Beat the Winter Blues

Darker days combined with the demands of new goals in the new year may lead to some serious internal conflict when it comes to making good Fit3 choices. The best solution is to take advantage of as much natural sunlight as you can and follow the the Fit3 program. Fit3 workouts and good nutrition are great strategies for beating the winter blues.

While you probably feel like curling up with a blanket and a warm pan of brownies, simple carbs and sugars can spike your blood sugar levels and then send them crashing down. Your mood will fluctuate with this sugar roller coaster, as well. To avoid this spiral, stick to your Fit3 nutrition plan. The vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in your Reliv products are also essential to keeping your seasonal mood swings from getting the best of you. This is not the time of year to be skipping a shake!

Exercise promotes the production of endorphins, and endorphins make you happy! When you really don’t feel like fitting in a workout, you need to ditch your excuses and just get moving. You may have to play some mental games with yourself, but that winter workout is worth it!

No matter what you do during this changing season, take care of yourself and listen to what your body needs. Drink your Reliv shake every day and keep moving to beat that seasonal mood shift!

How To Meal Plan

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By Registered Dietician & Key Director Dawn Tucci

What happened to the days of enjoying a meal? Oh that’s right, life got busy. It seems like mealtime has become a time of stress and guilt with little enjoyment. Wouldn’t it be great if meals could be stress-free and enjoyable again, even in the midst of our busy lives? I think they can. There may be some changes that need to be made, but I think it’s doable! Just like everything else that we do, eating well requires some effort and a plan. Planning ahead for your week’s meals can take the stress off meal time and also be a time saver.

Here are some meal planning tips:

  • Planning for one week allows us to think ahead to what we are going to eat, which means we don’t need to think about it anymore.
  • Shop once and purchase everything you will need to have on hand when it is time to prepare the food.
  • Chop vegetables for the week all at once. For example, I chop all my peppers, onions, carrots, and others on Sunday to save time!
  • Use foods again throughout the week. For example, you can prepare enough chicken for 3 meals and use it in different ways or freeze it for another time.
  • Crockpots can be used to cook all or part of the meal while you are busy doing life!
  • Using a wok to stir fry allows you to cook meat, vegetables and noodles fast and in the same pot, which saves time during cleanup.
  • Purchase part of the meal, such as a rotisserie chicken or pre-washed salad, and cook something quick like quinoa or rice to accompany it.

Is eating healthy a challenge because you can’t think of what to make and when to make it?

Here is an example of my weekly plan:

Monday

Brown a beef roast in oil (just a minute or so on each side) and place in crockpot. Top with potatoes peeled and halved, carrots and onion. Add about 1/2 cup water, salt and pepper. Cook on low all day and when you get home, dinner is ready!

Tuesday

Use leftover beef from Monday in a fajita or you can sauté chicken or shrimp. Also, sauté sliced onion and peppers. Serve with lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, sour cream and corn or flour tortillas. You could also use lettuce as a wrap. I love these because everyone can put what they want on their fajita. You can also prepare black beans or pinto beans. I love making these and freezing them in small containers. They are a good protein and fiber source and go with everything!

Wednesday

Sauté shrimp in olive oil with salt and pepper. You can serve with rice and vegetables or over a salad. I buy the frozen shrimp that are raised wild and have been deveined.

Thursday

Get that crockpot back out. Brown each side of a pork butt or pork loin. Salt and pepper and place in crockpot. Add cumin and garlic. Add onion and water. When you get home take out those black beans that you made earlier this week. Sauté chopped onion and garlic in olive oil and add the beans to reheat. Cook rice. Buy salad that has been pre-washed and dress with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic powder. You could omit the pork if you want to have a vegetarian meal and add some extra veggies instead.

Friday

Serve leftover pork with barbecue sauce on buns. Add a side dish of coleslaw and good, healthy, crusty bread. You can add a salad if time permits to have more vegetables. This is also great with cooked apples. This is so easy! Just peel and chop apples and cook in a small amount of water until tender and mushy.

Saturday

Coat chicken pieces in flour and cook in butter and olive oil until done. Add lemon juice and chicken broth and let thicken. Serve with mashed potatoes or baked sweet potatoes and a vegetable. My family loves this with broccoli or green beans.

Sunday

Place a ham in the oven and bake according to package instructions. This is going to smell delicious! We like to splurge on this meal and serve ham with macaroni and cheese or a corn casserole. The cooked apples mentioned above also go well,  so you may want to make enough on Friday to have leftovers. Asparagus is a great addition to this meal. There will be leftover ham to start your week!

Here are some other healthy side ideas:

  • Sauté spinach in olive oil until wilted.
  • Quarter Brussels sprouts and sauté in olive oil, salt and pepper. Add a small amount of balsamic vinegar.
  • Chop bottom third off asparagus, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Part of the satisfaction in a meal is taking time to enjoy it with others. Slow down as much as you can to take time to feed your body well. It will thank you by allowing you to work and play with good health, energy and better sleep. No stress, just good food! A little planning will save you time and money and your meal will be healthy!