I thought it would be fun to share a series on some of my favorite food finds and healthiness stuff. It’s something I’m really passionate about. I’m no expert, but I do love it. We’ve had a lot going on this year. With school and life. So I’ve been doing my best to make an effort to take care of myself. When I do I’m happier, which helps me to be a better wife and mom. This stuff is what works for me. I’ve tried so many things — the Whole30, paleo, vegan, and juice cleanses. The same goes with exercising. I’ve taken good things from everything. I’m finally piecing it together and starting to feel good about my health. For me it takes a good balance of mind, body, and spirituality. As cliche as that sounds it’s so true. Anyways, here’s the details on the pics above.
- Some of my very favorite cookbooks. It Starts with Food. Everyday Cooking Light. Meals Made Simple. Deliciously Ella. Oh She Glows.
- Almond Chia Energy Bites. I’ll post the recipe soon!
- You need this in your life if you like nut butters. SO. DANG. GOOD. I found mine at TJmaxx of all places. It’s called Wild Friends.
- Breakfast smoothie bowl with frozen mango, strawberries, banana, and almond milk. Topped with chia seeds and cocoa nibs.
- A salad jar for lunch on the go. I’ll make these for Garrett to take to school too. They’re so easy and yummy! Just make sure to put the dressing in first to keep it from getting soggy.
- One of our favorite easy go-to dinners. We usually do brown rice penne pasta instead and top it with some salt and pepper. We found the brown rice/millet ramen at Costco!
- Barre is my dream class. I just love it so much. I’ve always wanted to be a dancer and a yogi haha, it’s kind of like those two in one.
- MIRACLE is all I have to say about this stuff. Get some. I found it at Sprouts.
Frozen Banana Pops: We eat 2-3 at a time so they lasted a few days :)
- 2 frozen bananas, the more ripe the sweeter they will be
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- turbinado sugar for sprinkling
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Peel and chop bananas into bite sizes. Poke with a toothpick (this was Keane’s favorite part) Freeze for 2-3 hours. Melt chocolate chips & coconut oil. Dip banana’s — and it freezes instantly! Sprinkle with sugar and enjoy em!
I’ve been on a granola kick lately, thankfully my boys don’t seem to mind. Our little guy wakes up pretty early every morning… and it’s sooooo tempting to hand him the iPad and get back into bed (sometimes we do) but we’ve noticed it can spoil his mood for the day. Ours too.
So we’ve been trying really hard to spend our early morning hours differently. Making granola has been a lifesaver. He loves helping and I love the smell of our house the rest of the day. It isn’t something we always do. But when we do our days seem more peaceful and fulfilled.
But honestly I’m up for suggestions on what to do with little ones who wake up early, send them my way ;)
This recipe has been one of our favorites. It’s easy to put together and clumps up nicely. I’m a huge fan of granola clumps. It has a nice crunchy but also chewy texture too and goes well with anything. We love having it with almond milk and fresh strawberries.
I found the recipe on a bag of Bob’s Red Mill buckwheat groats. But we tweaked it a little so that we could use what we already had in our pantry. If you try it out let me know what you think!
Buckwheat Granola | makes 18 servings
- 1 cup buckwheat groats
- 2 & 1/4 cups rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill GF oats)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tbs flax seeds
- 1/2 honey
- 1/2 pure maple syrup
- 1/4 coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300′ F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Mix all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl. In a small saucepan combine the honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. Bring to a steady boil for two minutes. Remove from heat and pour over dry mixture. Mix until evenly coated then spread into an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes and stir the granola every 10 minutes. So you’ll mix it twice ;) allow to cool completely before breaking into chunks. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!!
Getting this boy to eat vegetables is basically my worst enemy right now. I’ve tried it all. My mom keeps telling me he’ll grow out of it someday… but I still worry about it more than I probably should. Until I heard this awesome thing about children’s nutrition from a pediatrician — so they should know what they’re talking about right?
She said to look at a child’s nutrition on a weekly basis, instead of daily. So for example if during one day he’s only eaten greek yogurt and a fig bar, the next day apples and peanut butter, and the next one a smoothie with spinach, etc. Throughout the whole week he’s done pretty good!
She said to focus on having a good weekly balance with toddler meals rather than getting so worked up about the day to day being “perfect”. I wish I could remember where I read/heard this tip… but I can’t. I just know it’s helped me to calm down about the veggie strike ha.
So if anyone else out there is facing the same veggie drama, hang in there mama. It supposedly gets better. But until then we’ve been trying to sneak them into smoothies. This recipe is our favorite, simple green smoothie. Keane even calls it “ice cream” so it’s a keeper at our house.
Simple Green Smoothie
Makes enough for 2-3 people.
- 2 cups frozen banana slices
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1-2 big handfuls of spinach
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 2 tbs ground flax seed
- 1-2 tbs pure maple syrup or honey (optional, if using unsweetened almond milk)
Pour almond milk into the blender first, then add spinach, ground flax, frozen banana, and frozen mango. Blend until smooth. The consistency is a bit thick — like soft serve ice cream. That’s just the way we like them, so feel free to add more almond milk if you like your smoothies runny. Hope you like it as much as we do :)