Are you constantly emptying out the refrigerator and throwing away old food? Petrified celery? Wilted lettuce? Old, bruised apples?

If you are throwing away food, you are buying more than you need. Everything you buy should have a plan for the week. That is why I teach people the importance of meal planning! This saves you time and money.

Every time you throw away food, you are throwing away money! As Dani Johnson says, "Quit throwing cash in the trash!"

Go check out your fridge now! Check the pantry! Check the bowl on your countertop! What do you have that is looking old and wilted? Use it! Cut away the bruises, and the mold! You will be surprised at the delicious meals you can make with what you have on hand.

You've probably bought a 5 lb bag of apples before, right? You remembered to eat them the first few days and then you forgot about them. Next time you looked, they were bruised, mushy and just funky looking! Don't throw them away! Use them to make this delicious apple crisp!

Most of the ingredients used in this apple crisp are items you probably already have on hand. If not, improvise. If you don't have brown sugar, use white sugar! If you don't have oats, then just bake sliced apples with cinnamon and sugar. You will still have an amazing dish! Enjoy!

Easy Apple Crisp

  • 4 apples
  • 1 cup of flour (you can use all-purpose flour, whole wheat or whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 cup of rolled oats or steel cut oats
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • Cinnamon to taste


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Core and thinly slice apples and place in a casserole dish. There is no need to peel the apples. There are vital nutrients in the skin. However, if your apples are in really bad shape, you may want to cut the bruised parts away.

In a mixing bowl, blend sugar, flour and oats.

Sprinkle dry mixture over apples.

Spread chunks of butter evenly over the dry mixture.

Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned.

Serve sprinkled with a touch of cinnamon.


I would love for you to share your comments below or visit me on Facebook.

If you liked this article please click the Facebook "like" button at the top of the page. This helps share the message with others!

Health and blessings,


Randi's passion is to teach people the importance of getting into the kitchen to cook! When people get into the kitchen to cook, they can control their health and their waistline. She uses fresh ingredients and traditional foods in her cooking like butter.  She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, exercise enthusiast and a consultant for an international marketing company.


Let me ask you two questions.

Are you constantly feeling guilty or stressed because of the decisions you make?

Would you like to be free of your guilt?

If the answers to these questions are "yes," then I have a tip for you!


(I promise I am not yelling at you. I am just using capitals for emphasis.)

And, it is very important that I get this message across.

You see, the subconscious mind does not understand generic goals. Let me explain.

Many people who want to eat healthy and live a better lifestyle say they are going on a 'diet.'

When someone says they are going on a diet, what does that really tell us? NOTHING, because saying you are going on a diet is not specific at all. In fact, all it tells me is that they are eating something. Diet is simply defined as, "the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group (1)."

My diet consists of 85 – 90% home-cooked meals from whole, real foods (foods the way nature intended us to eat it). The other 10 – 15% comes from restaurants. 

It wouldn't be healthy for my life, relationships or sanity to say I have to eat healthy, whole foods all of the time. This isn't even possible because I would have to be home all of the time and I certainly don't want to have to do that.

It also wouldn't be healthy for my subconscious mind to say, "I need to go on a diet." Although I just explained that diet is simply the food we eat, we have been bred to think that diet means a way of eating that is restrictive and limiting in order to help us lose weight and reach our health goals.  

Therefore, if I tell myself, "I need to eat healthy" or "I need to go on a diet," then every time I am not doing this, my subconscious mind is telling me I screwed up and…well…here comes the guilt.

However, by telling myself that I want to eat healthy, home-cooked meals 85% of the time, this grants me some wiggle room so when I eat that strawberry milkshake, like I did last night at the county fair, I do not feel guilty; not one little bit.

If I have a goal to spend more time with my family, this is very generic.

How much time is "more" time?

If you don't specify the "more," your subconscious mind just assumes all of the time.

Therefore, every moment you are away from your family, you will feel guilty. Your head will tell you things like, "Hey! You said you wanted to spend more time with your family? Why aren't you with them? Quit being selfish and go home!"

And it will continue to say it over and over and over again.

Some of you may be thinking, "No wonder I am constantly feeling guilty!"

How do you fix this? You make your goals very specific!

Instead of saying, "I want to spend more time with my family," you could say…

– At least half of the week I want to leave work on time so I can spend time with my family.


– One night a week I want to have a family night.


– Three times a week I want to sit down and have dinner with my family at the dinner table.

Do you see how specific these are?

If you take it to the next step and write down your specific goals on paper, then your subconscious mind can see it, read it, and remember it.

What this does for you is it frees you of guilt the night you have to stay at work late…and when you have a girl's or guy's night out with your friends…and when everyone's schedule doesn't coincide with dinner time.

Do you feel better already?

The other thing you want to do is reinforce your goals with positive thinking.

Tell yourself, "It is very important for me to spend time with my family AND it is equally as important for me to take time away from my family."

Writing down specific goals frees you of guilt and reinforcing them with positive affirmation allows you to feel good about the time you…don't leave work on time…you eat that strawberry milkshake…you don't go to bed early…etc, etc, etc.

Let's recap:

  • It is extremely important in order to reduce feelings of stress and guilt to be very specific in your goals. In essence, this is allowing your subconscious mind to grant you grace.
  • Write down your specific goals so your subconscious mind can see, read, and remember them.
  • Reinforce your goals with positive affirmation so you can always remind yourself that not following strict rules is good for you!

Did you get a revelation? How did this help you? I would love to have your comments below or visit me on Facebook!

To your new guilt-free lifestyle!


Randi's passion is to create positive change in a person's life that leads to prolonged health and happiness. She works with individuals who wish to lose weight, increase their energy, lower stress and manage and prevent disease through the use of natural health solutions. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, exercise enthusiast and rep for Young Living Essential Oils.


Strategies to Get More Done in Less Time

January 18, 2012

Tweet When I say the number 1,440, does that mean anything to you? Do you know what this number represents? It is the number of minutes in one day. If you had 1,440 apples; that would seem like a lot of apples. If you had to drive 1,440 miles, that would seem like a lot of […]

Read the full article →

Zap the Blues, Blemishes and Gas with this Natural Solution!

December 21, 2011

Tweet What do the blues, blemishes and gas have in common? The ability to interrupt our daily lives and put us in a bad mood! Sometimes, the blues just get you down; blemishes keep you from wanting to show your face in public; and gas…well…you know how that goes… If there was one inexpensive, natural solution […]

Read the full article →

Healthy, Inexpensive Foods To Eat When You Travel

November 29, 2011

Tweet The holidays are among the busiest long-distance travel (to and from a distance of 50 miles or more) periods of the year. Whether you are headed to see relatives or taking a family ski vacation, there is a good chance you are traveling somewhere. Expenses are higher during this time of year too with Christmas […]

Read the full article →

Black Friday Special!

November 22, 2011

Tweet Black Friday The holidays are a great time of year to celebrate with friends, family and of course, food! Unfortunately, this makes the holidays a difficult time to keep the extra weight off. Here are some products that may help you keep the weight off but still allow you to eat the foods you want! […]

Read the full article →

Potato and Kale Cakes

November 17, 2011

Tweet Yea! Two of my favorite vegetables are in season…potatoes and kale!  I decided to make both of these delicious vegetables in the same dish! The original recipe is from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and uses bacon. I left the bacon out because I didn't have any and I am a firm believer in using what […]

Read the full article →

Are We Overmedicating Our Kids?

November 14, 2011

Tweet We have a pill for everything… But just because a pill exists, does that mean we should take it? Or give it to our kids? More and more children are being prescribed medications for mood, focus and concentration, and behavior. There is a place for prescription medications and I will not judge anyone who […]

Read the full article →

Don’t Be Fooled By Pretty Food Packaging: What You See Is Not What You Get!

November 7, 2011

Tweet I've been a nutrition geek for a few years now…reading, researching and studying food and nutrition. It is of interest to me because I want to learn how to keep my mind and body healthy, feel great and manage and prevent disease, and help others do it too. My research and study, along with […]

Read the full article →

Curried Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup

November 3, 2011

Tweet This is an amazing soup that is so rich and creamy you will be surprised it is actually good for you! Butternut and acorn squash are high in fiber, vitamin A, and beta-carotene. The turmeric in the curry powder has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for the liver. Cinnamon can help with pain and […]

Read the full article →