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POPCORN! The healthy, easy and delicious snack.

Hey Moms!  Want an easy, healthy and delicious snack?

POPCORN!!  It’s one of our family favorites.  Can’t believe how excited the kids get to eat it.  And…the smell of coconut oil throughout the house is delightful.  You can also change up the flavors by adding different spices.  How about pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, cayenne, coconut flakes, grass-fed butter or some organic chocolate chips added for flavor?  Oh, maybe even PB-2 would be yummy too!  I just thought of that one.  Might try that next with some mini-chocolate chips.  Anyway, the point is HAVE FUN WITH THE FLAVORS.

Here is one yummy recipe for you to try.  This makes one serving.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups air-popped organic popcorn
  • 1 tsp. unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
Directions:
  • Place popcorn in a large bowl
  • Drizzle with oil and mix
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well

Mom Tip:  you can make this ahead of time and place in sandwich bags or air-tight containers for school snacks too!

ENJOY!

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Breakfast. Kids. And why it’s the most important meal of the day!

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?  Is it okay to skip breakfast?  What if I am just not hungry? 

I get tired of eating the same breakfast foods.  I have no time for breakfast.  My kids will only eat cereal.

Do you have these questions?  Or can you relate to the statements above?  Then read on….

YES!  Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.  Think of the name.  Break/fast.  When you break it down, the word means to ‘break a fast.’  While you have been sleeping, you have been fasting.  Breakfast will break that fast.  It is important that you give your body the nutrients that it needs to have fuel and energy for the day.  You are setting the stage for how your body will perform the rest of the day.  Fill up on good protein, healthy fats and a small amount of complex carbohydrates.  You may find that you are more prepared to work, move and make better decisions throughout the day.  Eating a nutritious breakfast can help you to avoid eating too much at your next meal and snacking throughout the day due to low energy, low blood sugar and low nutrient intake.

I strongly believe that our kids need to have a healthy breakfast every day.  They are growing, learning and playing all day long.  I don’t know about you, but in my house some mornings are a little chaotic.  But we still make time for breakfast.  My kids do like breakfast foods but sometimes they get tired of eggs every morning and beg for cereal.  Can we talk about cereal for a minute?  Moms, cereal is full of SUGAR.  Take a look a the box.  For every 4 grams of sugar that is equal to 1 tsp of sugar.  Then also look at all the other crap. The artificial flavors, preservatives, colorings, etc.  But I know the struggle of getting your kids to eat breakfast can be hard.  My suggestion: don’t feel like you have to stick to a breakfast type food.  The point is to feed them a healthy meal.  FullSizeRenderThere are mornings where my 5 year old son will eat a grilled cheese sandwich and a side of fruit with peanut butter.  He is getting protein from the cheese and natural peanut butter, the healthy fats from the grass-fed butter and some good carbohydrates and vitamins from the fruit.  It’s okay that it is not eggs.  Don’t fight it.  Think outside of the box.  My older kids LOVE a healthy smoothie as it’s super easy and quick while being tasty! Or what about making pancakes with a protein powder?

 

 

 

No time for breakfast?  Then plan ahead.  You can make egg cups, chia pudding and many other healthy foods ahead of time.  Or enjoy a quick healthy smoothie!  There are options.  You just have to make it a priority.  Pinterest is amazing, my friends!  There are many great options for you.   Check out this great recipe!

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Just not hungry in the morning?  Cut back on the coffee.  Caffeine suppresses the appetite.  Introduce small amounts of food for breakfast, like half an apple with a tablespoon of almond butter.  As your body gets used to digesting food in the morning, you might notice a bigger appetite in the morning.

Happy Eating!!

 

 

 

 

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Asparagus for Dinner and Breakfast? Yes! Now that is some good meal planning.

Meal Prepping and Meal Planning are 2 tasks that make a huge difference in my busy mommy life.  They help me to save time, money, frustration AND prevent me from throwing up my hands and saying “Let’s just order pizza, again!”  Can you relate?

I wanted to share one of the ways that I was able to use a side dish at dinner for breakfast the next day!  It is super easy, healthy and delicious.  I love to use the leftover veggies from the previous nights dinner to help with my breakfast.

Let’s talk about Asparagus…

I made this delicious recipe as our veggie for dinner.  I made sure to make enough so that I would have leftovers for the next morning.

Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs of thin asparagus, washed with ends trimmedIMG_2730
  • 3 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp fresh lemon juice (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees f.
  • Place asparagus in a large bowl, drizzle with avocado oil and toss to coat.
  • Arrange on a flat baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Roast in the oven until tender, 12 – 15 minutes depending on thickness.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice if you want (1.5 tsp fresh lemon juice)

Note:  I use avocado oil when I roast.  It prevents the oil from going rancid at the higher temperatures.

Okay, so here is how I used the leftovers for breakfast the next morning….

IMG_2727Asparagus & Eggs

Ingredients:

  • leftover asparagus
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 organic tomato, sliced

Directions:

  • Coat frying pan with 1 tsp avocado oil, heat on medium
  • Warm up leftover asparagus
  • Cook 2 eggs, over easy
  • Assemble on your plate; asparagus, then eggs and add tomato slices. YUM!

NOTE:  I had already had quite a few bites before I took the breakfast photo…you would have more asparagus.  Boy, was this delicious!