Freshen Up your Life

As you guys know, I am a HUGE lover of all things fresh when it comes to food.  My favorite thing to do on Tuesdays is hit up the local farmer’s market in Richmond Hill and stock up on farm-fresh fruits and veggies.  Incorporating fresh produce into your life can be super easy if you do some planning.  Here are some of my favorite ways of freshening up my life.  Last month I shared with you all about GE’s #Freshpedition campaign and their goal of keeping foods super fresh with state of the art appliances.  These tips add on to that!


1.  Plan Ahead

Every two weeks I make a meal plan.  I go to the grocery store once a week and the farmer’s market every Tuesday.  From my meal plan I make my lists accordingly.  I tentatively plan all my breakfasts, lunches, and dinners as well as snacks for the family.  By shopping weekly I can ensure that I get the freshest produce from the farmer’s market and also that there will always be healthy options for Chris, myself, and Emmalyne.


2.  Do Some Prep Work

Prep Work Pays Off

When I get home from the store Emmalyne is normally ready for a nap.  I use her nap time to prep my haul.  I wash, cut, and store all our fruits and veggies for the week so that they are easily accessible.  Having our berries pre-washed for the week eliminates a step and allows me to grab a handful to snack periodically.  Also cutting up romaine lettuce and kale makes making salads that much quicker and more efficient the lowers the chance of my choosing something else for lunch.


3.  Organized Your Fridge

Operation Fridge Makeover

I did “operation fridge makeover” earlier this year to revamp my fridge.  Studies show that you are more likely to grab whatever food is visible and at eye level in your fridge so I try to put all of our health snacks there in ours.  I have the veggies, hummus, fruit, and yogurt out in the open and up top.  Takes “grab-and-go” to a different level.


4.  Hit The Market

Richmond Hill Farmer's Market

While I know not everywhere as farmer’s markets available, if there is one near you I highly recommend you getting there.  You can find one near you Local Harvest!  Talk to the farmer’s at your market and find one that you like the best.  Shopping local helps make sure you are getting the freshest options for your family.


5.  Choose Appliances Knowledgeably

I spoke of the fridge envyI had for the GE French door refrigerator recently.  Once I move into my forever home (whenever that’ll be!) I want to get one.  With ultra-filtered water from the first ever hands-free dispenser, and micro-climate controls powered by TwinChill technology, the new GE French Door Refrigerator is engineered to push the limits of fresh.  The GE #Freshpedition campaign put it to the test.  Check it out HERE.

GE Freshpedition


What are your favorite ways to incorporate fresh foods into your life?


**Congratulations to the winner of my Aurorae Yoga Mat:


Kim, shoot me an email at foodfitnessandfamily (at) gmail (dot) com so I can get your mat to you!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by GE via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of GE.

Farm Fresh: GE Freshpedition

  One of my favorite things about living in Georgia is the abundance of farmer’s markets.  We are lucky that in Richmond Hill there is a farmer’s market every Tuesday from 3-7PM at J.F. Gregory Park.   JF Gregory Park Farmer's Market   There is something special about farm fresh produce.  I buy most of ours from a CSA that is always at the farmer’s market.  They guarantee their products to be fresh and pesticide free.  Did you know that the fresher your produce is the higher the nutritional content?  Just another reason why I love it!   Farm Fresh Produce   Now that I am a mom, choosing what my family eats has become even more important.  I want Emmalyne to have the best and freshest foods available.  We got quite the haul yesterday at the market:   Farmer's Market Bounty Ensuring the freshness of your food goes beyond choosing where to buy it.  Refrigerator technology is keeping up with the times on this.  One of my favorite companies is leading the way.  

GE Freshpedition

  GE’s French-door refrigerator is full of top-of-the-line and they decided to put it to the test.  They hooked up one of their refrigerators to a generator and embarked on a 10 day road trip to deliver fresh food to a scientist living in the middle of no where.  Check out the video to be impressed!  


You better believe that whenever Chris and I own a house again I will be coveting one of these bad boys. Isn’t that video amazing?!  I definitely have some fridge envy now 😉


GE is continuing this same passion for fresh food with the #Freshpedition Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes uses Pinterest, which means you can actually pin for a chance to win all new GE kitchen appliances.


But wait, there’s even more to win!


You can also enter each day of the sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 VISA® Prepaid Card. Entering for this prize is fun as you’re asked to pin your favorite fresh foods or your own recipes. Also, these pins when hashtagged with your state (e.g. #GEfreshTX) become part of a “Best of Fresh” map featuring freshness from around the country. Explore the map here:


For official rules and to enter visit here:


Do you have a fancy refrigerator?  Do you have refrigerator envy now like me?


Compensation was provided by GE via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of GE.