Kara Swanson

Kara Swanson is a certified nutritionist, recipe developer, and meal plan creator over at Life Well Lived. Her passion is to show that eating clean + healthy is not only simple but also really delicious. Life is crazy and Kara loves making the food part a no-brainer by sharing quick + easy meals for those busy weeknights. No more boring chicken + broccoli. Come say hi + follow along on Instagram @karaswanson where Kara shares all her fave recipes + tips for living a healthier life.
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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Small Steps

We're living in a lot of unknowns right now. More slowing down. More isolation. More concerns about our health and well-being. I believe we should always try to live our healthiest and happiest life but...

Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Who else is baking up a storm right now?! My daughter and I had a chance to bake this weekend. I love baking but I love baking healthier versions even better. All it takes is...
eating fiber

6 Ways Eating Fiber Helps You Lose Weight

We live in a world that wants quick fixes...especially when it comes to losing weight. Although I don’t recommend these quick fixes because they never promise lasting results, I do have a handful of...
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Eating Healthy Isn’t Hard + a Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe

There’s a misconception that eating healthy is difficult or takes too long. But I’m here to debunk that myth. Eating healthy truly can be simple, easy, and delicious. You don’t have to cook for...
New Years resolutions

Why You Won’t Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re like most, you make your New Year’s resolutions with the best of intentions...to keep them! Whether you want to read more, lose weight, workout more, or start a hobby we all begin...
eating slow

How Eating Slowly Will Transform Your Health

It’s so easy to completely inhale our food as we run off to the next activity or mindlessly eat while we scroll through Instagram. But do you want to know a simple way to...

My journey to VBA2C

This editorial series, Stork Stories, is brought to you by Des Moines Moms Blog and MercyOne. All 8 original articles from the Stork Stories series can be found here. I will never forget laboring for hours...

Weeknight Dinner: Veggie Stir Fry

Do you need a tasty dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy? This veggie stir fry is one of my favorites. I love how easy it is to make, even on a busy...
breakfast recipes

3 Easy and Healthy Kid-Friendly Breakfast Recipes

Mornings can be a bit hectic, especially if you have kids in school. And trying to get breakfast made, on the table, AND eaten on time can seem impossible. But we all know the...
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Quick At-Home Workout for When you Can’t Make it to the Gym

Summer is here and that means kids are home which may make it harder for you to hit the gym and workout. Or maybe you can’t make it due to a sick child or...