Hey y’all, welcome to A Sweet Pea Chef! I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! In short: I like to make clean-eating food that is delicious, good for you, and simple. I like big flavors without a lot of fuss or time. I find the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to LOVE what you eat and how you go about your day, and I’m here to share that with you.
Here at A Sweet Pea Chef, you’ll find TONS of recipes, from sweet to savory, that are easy to make, but oh-so-yummy. My goal is for you to eat the food you love — just in a healthier way — and NOT go crazy in the process. That’s why you’ll see a heavy focus on meal prep because it is a total life-saver if you wanna eat healthy and still have a life.
I was born and raised in Southern California so I’m a big fan of the beach, mountains, fresh fish and burritos (YUM!). I’ve lived in Texas since 2011, first in Austin, then in Dallas, and then back to Austin, and I couldn’t be happier. Living in Texas has also made me a big fan of brisket, breakfast tacos, and peaches…not to mention country drives and summer thunderstorms.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin, who is to thank for initially pushing me to start this blog and to pursue a life I loved (for which I am so grateful). He’s also the tech guy behind A Sweet Pea Chef and has been a frequent cameo in my YouTube videos and Instagram Stories. Together, we have 4 kiddos (Jordan, Savannah, Hunter, and Carolina), and we also have 2 adorable dogs, Kiwi and Drax (both mini Aussies). Over COVID, I decided to homeschool all the kiddos, and we never went back. So, yea, life is amazing and crazy, all rolled up into one bundle of awesome and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My journey with developing a healthy relationship with my food and health came after struggling with my weight for years and feeling trapped in my own body. You can read more about that here. I learned how to stop battling with my food, love who I am, and enjoy life in the process. Along the way, I’ve lost over 250 pounds, and — more importantly — I learned how to enjoy the foods I love without any of the guilt and self-hatred, thanks in BIG part to embracing whole, unrefined foods and making intentional choices with my food through clean eating.
What first started as a recipe collection of simple, delicious, home-made recipes has turned into an opportunity to use clean ingredients to still enjoy the foods you love.
I’ve also learned the extreme value of strength training, and focusing on a high-protein, mostly clean eating diet, which is how I came up with the concept of “cleanish.” In fact, I started a whole company called cleanish, which sells clean-eating supplements, including the best-tasting plant-based protein you’ll ever find!
Over this journey of starting this blog back in 2009 when my first kiddo was born, I have recognized the importance of prioritizing nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle, but still enjoying the “ish” in order to stay balanced, successful, and ultimately happy.
I’m glad I have you on board for this healthy life with clean eating and I hope you’re ready and excited to change your life for the better and to become a healthy, happy person that is able to enjoy your favorite food without the guilt or stress.
Let’s get started!