About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!

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Hi Friends!

Still no baby. It is, however, time for another round of Bean Bytes!

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Tips & Tricks:
FTC Guidelines for Sponsored Content & Social Shares Made Simple via The SITS Girls
Printable Moving Checklist via The Fit Cookie
Top 3 Meditation Apps You Need To Download via The Foodie Dietitian

What do you think?
Is There A Happiness Set Point? Can You Change It? via Carla Birnberg
When Is It Worth It To Splurge on Unhealthy Food via An Avocado A Day

Good ones:
4 Nutrition Myths I Used To Believe via Eating Made Easy
Must Haves For Fit Moms via Blonde Ponytail
5 Reasons Why You Should Try Camping via Just A Colorado Gal

Exercising For Your Health Is Not A Joke via Slim Sanity

Work it out:
Why You Should Do Hill Sprints via Lifting Revolution
Transitioning From Half To Full Marathon via Run to the Finish


Love these:
To Moms & Dads: What You Do Matters via Delights and Delectables
I’m A Fitness Professional But Don’t Think Fitness Should Be Your Life via Your Trainer Paige
Transform Your Relationship With Food By Doing This One Thing via Raise Healthy Eaters

Tips & Tricks:
5 Basic Food Photography Tips via Edible Perspective
Tips For Maintaining Healthy Knees via Fit Knit Chick
Compassion & Forgiveness Meditation for Toxic Situations via The Yogi Movement

I’m not a yogi but I love this pose:
How To Do Pigeon Pose via Tina Reale Yoga

Parents who run, check this out:
National Stroller Running Day Is Coming via Moms Little Running Buddy

Hot topics:
Do You Let Your Kids Play With Smart Phones or Tablets? via The Avid Appetite
Dear Students Taking Out 6 Figure Loans Debt, Please Stop via Erica D House


Tips and Tricks:
Easy Homemade Deodorant via Edible Perspective
Why You Should Ignore Some Tip Saving Tips via Fast Company
Baking Measurement Conversion Chart via The Pretty Bee
My Recipe For Success: How To Launch A Successful Blog via Moz.com

Good reads:
Slow the Rhythm Of Rush via Love Life Surf
Should Recipes Still Be About Meals via Dianne Jacob
How To Lose Weight & Keep It Off via Love and Zest

This is so so true:
Coloring Isn’t Just For Kids, It Can Help Adults Relieve Stress via Huff Post

I need these:
Don’t Let Weak Hips Limit You via Tina Reale Yoga


Great info:
How To Start Meal Planning via Britt’s Blurbs
5 Pre-Workout Snacks to Have & Avoid via Your Trainer Paige
Harness The Power of Positivity in Social Media via Buffer


Food for thought:
5 Tips For What To Do After A Blogging Conference via Stuffed Suitcase
This App Improves Life In Almost Every Way via Greatist
Family & Friend Support During Pregnancy via Katie Serbinski
How To Maximize Your Blog Archives via The Koala Bear Writer
Beyond The Filters via Run Around Roo
18 Things You Should Do Every Day via World Lifestyle
What I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Working Mom via The Daily Worth

Do you agree?
Dear Fit Fam via Thought Catalog
Dear Jennifer Lawrence, Eating Disorders Are Not A Choice via Fitting It All In


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 Thai Sesame Peanut Spaghetti Squash
Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
Pumpkin Gingerbread Protein Pancakes
45 Gluten-Free Pumpkin Desserts
Roasted Delicata with Parmesan & Walnuts
Apple Pie Grilled Cheese
Spicy Chili Black Bean Burgers
Spinach & Turkey Meatballs
Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
Easy Layered Dip with Sweet Potatoes
Pumpkin Almond Butter Freezer Fudge
Cinnamon Pair Green Smoothie
Skillet Roasted Red Pepper & Artichoke Dip
Baked Stuffed Apples with Oatmeal Cookie Granola
Salted Peanut Butter Popcorn
Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding Bites
Pumpkin Caramel Almond Butter Cups
Coffee Cake Waffles
Asian Slow Cooker Pork w/ Carrot, Zucchini & Apple Noodles
5 Sauces You Can Use On Everything
Chocolate Chip Kabocha Breakfast Bars
Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
Gluten-Free Turkey Taco Nacho Casserole
Lighter Lemon Squares
Grain Free Lactation Cookies
41 Ways To Transform Fish
Curried Chicken and Veggie Pad Thai
Crispy Potatoes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars
Spicy Roasted Squash with Feta and Herbs
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Squares
Chili Spiced Sweet Potato Chicken Bake
30 Recipes for Overnight Oats
Homemade Coffee Creamer
Kabocha Apple Bacon Frittata
Cranberry Vinaigrette
Espresso Glazed Nuts

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So lucky to work with great companies like Love Grown Foods.
They sent such a sweet surprise package for baby bean (and me!)
Hubby has been sending me texts to encourage baby to come out.

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Seen driving to dinner.
Hubby being a rebel.
Pretty trees.
See below for a bigger version of that FB status:


Hubby’s friend sent him this today – a status update his wife made during her last couple weeks of pregnancy. Made me laugh so hard bc it’s so true for me too!

View on Instagram

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This weekend involved lots of walking.
At least the weather was nice and the scenery was pretty!

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More walking and a 40 week bump pic!

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More 40 week humor.
Marcus watching dad lift weights.
Excited to walk!

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Just practicing some babywearing!
This picture accurately reflects how tired I am
and how ready I am for baby to be here.

We head to the OB on Tuesday morning if he hasn’t come by then to see how things are going and set a date to be induced if he doesn’t come by 41 weeks.

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Why I Don’t Recommend A Specific Diet
Exercise Boosts Tumor-Fighting Ability of Chemo
Don’t Fall Into This Trap That Could Destroy Your Blog
Growing A Social Following From Nothing
Dear Brands That Want To Pay Bloggers In Exposure
What Makes A Great Photo
Don’t Listen To The Experts If You Want To Raise Good Eaters
How To Write A Blog Business Plan
23 Top Productivity Tools For Bloggers
8 Things I Wish Other Drivers Would Stop Doing In Front Of My Kid
6 Reasons To Stop Counting Calories, 11 Things To Do Instead
The Not So Definitive Guide To Happiness in 17 Steps
Teach Kids To Imitate Your Good Qualities
Are Fruit & Vegetable Juices A Healthy Alternative To The Real Thing?
The 5 Biggest Money Mistakes People Make
24 Secrets Every Bargain Shopper Needs To Know
My Thoughts On Being Kind
10 Ways To Dress Up Your Kid As Food For Halloween
Celebrate the Grind
Cooking For Your Family Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful
Are Ebooks Just As Good As Regular Books?
Why Not Eat?
50 Lessons From A Decade of Blogging



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Hi Friends!

Time for another quick round of Sunday Food Prep!

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Last weekend I prepped:


And a few submissions from readers:

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1. Baked oatmeal. Breakfast for the week.
2. Five salads for my lunches this week –>Lettuce, carrots, cucumber, peppers, chickpeas, edamame
3. Chickpeas galore. I use them on my salads and also in my soups/on other dinners.
4. Coconut cashew apricot bites – Quick afternoon pick-me-up (snack)
5. Homemade almond milk – I use it in my smoothies.
6. Sun-dried tomato, kale and chicken sausage quinoa bake for dinner
7. Lentil and butternut soup with kale and chickpeas for dinner.
8. Creamy mint smoothie for breakfast.
9. The current state of my fridge. It will be empty by Saturday!
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I am the worst when it comes to meal planning! I feel like if I try to meal plan my husband I eat all of the meals in one day… impressed? With me starting night class for grad school in a few weeks it would be a dream for me to come home to a nutritious meal.
This week I prepped:
Zucchini Lasagna
Vegan meatballs from Tempeh for a pasta night
Chicken breasts for salads and wraps
Banana bread to go with coffee of course
Taco meat
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Are you food prepping this weekend? Send me your pic! I’m out of submissions!

Here’s what I need from you:

Email me the following:
1. Your Name
2. Your Blog URL (if you have one)
3. A photo of your food prep
4. A short description of what’s in the photo. Tell me what you prepped and how you’re going to use it during the week!

Every Sunday, I’ll post a roundup of the photos I received that week so that you guys can see what others are preparing and hopefully get some inspiration and ideas! I’ll keep this series going for as long as I receive photos, so send one every week if you want to!

Send to: theleangreenbean <at> gmail <dot> com

Tweet and Instagram your pics as well to inspire others!! Use the hashtag #sundayfoodprep . Remember that in order for a pic to be included in the post, you have to email it to me! If you have more than one pic, please make them into a collage before sending!


Want more inspiration and tips? Read these:

15 Freezer Meals & Snacks
Top 10 Foods for Sunday Food Prep

How to Prep Food on the Weekend

Weekend Prep for Easy Weekday Meals
How to Eat Healthy in College
How to Eat Healthy During the Week

And check out the Food Prep Tab for links to all the previous Sunday food prep posts!


Let’s chat: Are you prepping food today? Whatcha makin’?


Friday Things

Hi Friends!

Whelp…here we are. Tomorrow is my due date. Baby Bean seems to be taking his time making his grand entrance. So, while we wait, I thought we’d have a little chat about some of the things I’ve been getting into lately. Here we go:

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I’ve had “learn Evernote” on my to-do list for approximately 3 years now. I’ve downloaded and deleted the app several times, mainly because I’ve just never wanted to take the time to figure out how to use it. Well, I finally put my foot down and forced myself to learn. I wanted to learn the basics, but I also wanted to figure out to really use it to its max potential since I’ve heard such good things about it. So I did a few things. I read some free online tutorials, like this one: Becoming an Evernote Ninja. It’s actually part of a whole series and has some really helpful info. I also bought  this ebook:

Evernote Essentials Ebook 

It’s super long and very detailed, but also really easy to read and follow along and I learned a TON about all the features of Evernote and different ways that I can use it. So, now that I’ve got a decent handle on how to use it, I’m excited to start experimenting and seeing just how organized I can keep myself! I pretty much love how it syncs between my computer, phone and ipad.

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Minimalist Baker Food Photography School

I will confess that I am a Minimalist Baker newbie. I just discovered their Food Photography School this week on twitter. I thought I was late to the game, but apparently it was just announced a few days ago.  I’ve been looking for something to inspire my food photography and although I’m not usually one for videos, I decided to give this a whirl while I was laying around waiting for baby. So far it’s been awesome. The videos are broken down into helpful categories and most of them are less than 5 minutes long which is perfect for my short attention span. It was super helpful to be able to visually see the processes of styling and editing as Dana does them instead of just reading about them.

So, if you’re interested in checking it out, click the image below to see all the details! Just a heads up, it’s an affiliate link but as you know, I only promote products I use and believe in.

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Also, this Resources page is amazing. Basically what I’m saying is…HOW has it taken me so long to discover this blog?

PS. If you’re looking for more photography help, you guys know I’m a huge fan of Pinch of Yum’s Food Photography Ebook as well!  Lindsay’s ebook is phenomenal and I highly recommend it. I purchased it last year and have found myself referring back to it several times! Look for the Tasty Food Photography image on my sidebar to your right and click for more details. *Heads up, that’s another affiliate link*

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Confession. I bought Lightroom a few months ago and have only used it twice. I’m kinda terrified of it, but one of my goals while I have some time off is to figure out how to use it so I can start using it to edit my photos! I have a book to read and also plan on scouring the internet for tutorials like this one that Ari sent me. So wish me luck!

Have you used Lightroom? Any tips/tricks/advice?

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Elf 4 Health

If you’re a long-time reader, you may remember this. If you’re new, here’s the deal. For the past 2 years, I’ve teamed up with my friend and fellow RD Elle over at According to Elle (formerly Nutritionella) to host a fun holiday challenge! Last year we had over 1,000 people participate and it was so much fun. Some of you have been asking, so I thought I should let you know that YES, we’re bringing Elf 4 Health back for a third year! We’re in the planning stages right now, but stay tuned for more info to come! If you want to read more about the challenge, check out last year’s announcement post to get a feel for what it entails!

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Guest posts

As you can imagine, things are about to get a little crazy around here. Lucky for me (and you!) I have some AMAZING blog friends who will be stopping by to share delicious recipes, workouts, nutrition tips and more. Pictured above are just some of the drool-worthy recipes you’ll be treated to over the next few weeks icon smile Friday Things

Ok….well I think that’s enough rambling for now!

Let’s chat:
What’s new and interesting in your life lately?




Easy Pumpkin Bread

Hi Friends!

I’ve been trying to stay busy to keep my mind off the baby-waiting game and in my world that means a lot of time in the kitchen. I opened a giant can of pumpkin the other day, which lead to me making some experimental granola bars that still need a little tweaking…as well as my first pumpkin bread of the season. I’m a sucker for quick breads – banana, zucchini, pumpkin…you name it, I love it.

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Until now, I didn’t really have a go-to pumpkin bread recipe. That may have changed as this one turned out really well. I actually started out planning to make Pumpkin Gingerbread using this recipe. At the last minute, I decided I just wanted plain pumpkin bread so I used that recipe as a guide, threw together this simple recipe and hoped for the best!

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A simple, one bowl recipe for a moist, flavorful loaf of pumpkin bread.
Serves: 1 loaf or 2 mini loaves

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour

  1. Combine butter, pumpkin, eggs and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until just combined.
  3. Pour into greased loaf pan (or two mini pans) and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.


About as easy as it gets, right? One bowl, minimal effort, delicious result!

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Now, who wants a slice?

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20 Kitchen Tips and Tricks

Hi Friends!

Let’s talk Kitchen Tips & Tricks shall we? I do a fair amount of cooking and have picked up some useful tidbits over the years. I also did some scouring of the internet to help jog my memory of some shortcuts I may have forgotten and I came up with a nice little list to share with you guys. Some of you may be familiar with most or all of these, but hopefully somebody will find a helpful hint in the list that will make their kitchen life a little easier!

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So here we go:

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 Want to quickly peel garlic?
Place the cloves in a bowl.
Cover with another bowl of the same size.
Shake vigorously!

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Want to save space in the freezer?
Store leftovers or freezer meals in Ziploc bags!
Stack & freeze flat.

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Doing a lot of food prep work?
Designate a garbage bowl for scraps.
Save yourself trips to the trash can.

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Need to thaw meat to use for dinner?
Place in a bowl of cool water for an hour or two.
Changing the water a few times to move things along.


Need to thinly slice meat?
Stick it in the freezer for an hour.
It’s easier to slice when partially frozen.


Making pulled chicken in the crockpot?
Add to stand mixer.
Let mixer shred for you.

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Drop an eggshell in the bowl?
Use another piece of eggshell to scoop it out.


Want to make hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel?
Add baking soda or vinegar to the water when boiling.

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Breads & cookies sticking to pans?
Line them with parchment paper for easy removal.


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Need an easy method to cut things quickly?
Skip the knife & fork.
Use a pizza cutter for things like pancakes, spaghetti, etc.

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Want to get the maximum amount of juice from citrus?
Roll it around on the counter for a minute, or pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
Then cut and squeeze!

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Measuring something sticky?
Spray or wipe your measuring cup with oil first.
Honey and peanut butter slide right out after measuring!

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Want to make your own hard taco shells or taco bowls?
Drape tortillas through oven racks and bake for shells,
or use an upside down muffin tin to make bowls.

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Can’t get a jar open?
Put a rubber band around the lid, then twist!

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Dirty microwave?
Boil some water in it before cleaning.
The steam will help loosen everything up!


And a few more….

  • Want to aerate your wine? Pour it in the blender and give it a whirl!
  • Need ripe bananas but yours are still green or yellow? Bake them in the oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes or so!
  • Want to know if an avocado is past its prime? Pull out the nub on the end. If it’s green underneath, the inside is likely green. If it’s brown, you’ll likely find gross brown inside.
  • Are your cookies getting stale? Brown sugar getting hard? Add a piece of bread to the airtight container and they’ll soften back up.

Let’s chat:
What’s your favorite kitchen tip or trick?