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Hey all, this week I’m gonna share some recommendations to add to your Twitter feed pages for happy and healthy inspirations as we power on through more busy times here at Accidental Nutritionist. But first, the weekly meal plan, and Charlie’s snack-building piece.

Meal Plan – Week #24  (Written by Jamie)

Cost: $138.49 week for 3 people // $2.66 /serving* (*NOTE: These numbers are calculated off what we actually spend each week, which may include occasional supplements of grain, starch, or beef for Drew and Jamie which Charlie cannot have. Week-to-week fluctuations in cost are more reflective of the times we need to pick up staples like olive oil and vinegar, or weeks where Jamie is prepping three weeks’ worth of cauliflower rice, rather than one week’s meal plan costing extra. Overall, we believe this offers a more accurate reflection of what this diet might look like financially for others.)

(**NOTE 2: Charlie got back mid-week, so we only had to prep 1/2 of the usual meals for her. However, I took advantage of what would have been a small shopping trip to build up our stores of whole grains, olive oils, and standard chicken for the freezer!)

Meal Plan Diet Categories: (Gluten-Free, Lactose/Dairy Free, Diabetes Diet, Low Fat/Low Cholesterol, Cardiac Diet, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian)

Meals: (Click on the names to go to the recipe) (1) Thyme Chicken Sweet Potato Hash (I just swapped out the pork in the recipe for our Standard Chicken.) / (2) Pork Green Curry – from freezer / (3) Citrus Cannellini Beans (variation 10) / (4) Garden Salad / (5) Brown Rice

Snacks:  Chopped Veggies (for dipping) / Balsamic Herb Dipping Sauce / Egg Whites / Naked Popcorn

I dunno ’bout you, but as a foodie, my Instagram and Twitter pages are choc-o-block full of tantalizing food recipes and pics that sometimes make it super hard to make good choices when it comes to meal choices and snacks while scanning. It seems like everything is smothered in cheesy goo, double-fried, covered in chocolate, and/or looks to be about 10,000 calories per plate. We make it a point to stick to the healthy side of that scale when we research and post things further outward on our page just for that purpose, and today I thought it would be helpful to name-drop a few of our favs to add to your collection and help populate healthier choices to your feeds as well!

@Living_Lou / Living Lou – Easily our most shared source of foods and tips on our stream. Her recipe shares are fresh and bright, with flavors that span the globe, but make you seriously crave a plate full of veg like nobody else! With an emphasis on budget-friendly eats for busy people, her pics and ingredient lists grab your attention, add fun pops and twists to old favs, and cover everything from quick snacks to dutch oven chicken dinners, and homemade salad dressings to slow cooker delights. Also, her recipe pages include “why the recipe works” backstories, ingredient notes, step-by-step instructions, and “expert tips” for every level of curiosity and cook.

@Everyday_Eileen / Everyday Eileen – Mostly quick and easy eats with category breakdowns like “Instapot Recipes,” “Slow Cooker Recipes,” “Low-Carb Recipes,” and “30-Minute Dinners,” these focus on making the most of your time with the greatest family-sized and/or weekly meal-plan meal reward reaping. While her recipes do, upon occasion, give love to the more indulgent eats in life, her primary focus is fresh and fast meals for every kind of eater you might be up against.

@EatThisNotThat / Eat This Not That – This team is all about helping you make better-eating choices, even if talking about the nutritional differences in fast foods, and helping “out” the kinds of things that appear to (or claim to be) better for you but really aren’t. They also offer shopping, behind-the-scene food info, supplement and exercise recommendations, and more. It isn’t the cleanest of all feeds if you really wanna steer clear of all fast, deep-fried, or dessert eats, but they do uncover more info about these foods so if you make a choice to indulge, at least you know the score of calories and fats you’ll be taking on.

@CookingCaveman / Civilized Caveman – He is our class clown, and many a time his memes and inspirational quotes are the best part of our morning routine. (And the two cups of black coffee before 10 am.) He caters to the Paleo/Keto lifestyle but also delivers in smiles and diet/restriction “I got you, friend” encouragements that every feed can use more of, regardless of your dietary path.

@foodandwine / Food and Wine – Actually, for such a foodie place, it is surprisingly health-forward in its shares. It has an entire Special Diets section of the website for dang-near every kind of eater, along with excellent ideas for substitutions and other tips n’ tricks. Then (of course) some serious pairing info, cooking techniques, excellent editorials, and more.

@seriouseats / Serious Eats – Also with a recipes by diet section, this site really takes you all over the world in food influence, flavor, spice, and cultural identity, with a sizable amount of how-tos in creating your own sauces, rubs, dips and more (which we are always a fan of because the ability to sub-out things like heat, sugar, or excess salt is fully accessible when you make it from scratch.)

Hope these favs find their way to your streams too, and help expand your imagination as you move forward in whatever food journey you are traveling.

Happy scrolling, friends!