Hello 2017!!!

2016 brought many changes for our family.  The Papa opened a new practice at the same time my sewing business took off.  I ended up having to step in and take on a bigger role in the practice than anticipated, so needless to say we were BUSIER than ever.  The Mama wasn’t “at home” anymore, and this required much adjustment on many different levels for everyone in our family.  One of the biggest areas that suffered was our healthy lifestyle, both with exercise and eating.  It became easier and easier to brush off exercising and homemade food in exchange for quicker, easier options.  I can honestly say that I firsthand have a brand new appreciation for working mamas.  That is not to say that being “at home” isn’t hard work; it is!  But trying to maintain that same level of everything that I had while at home while also working outside of the home on a daily basis was a brand new challenge for me.  I have given myself 6 months to transition, but now it is time to get down to business!  I have never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions being a requirement in one’s life.  I believe that any time is a great time to make a decision to change.  BUT, the new calendar year brought a perfect opportunity to give me the push I needed to buckle down.  I have a renewed desire to feed my family healthy, homemade snacks and meals.  It is just going to require a stronger desire, incredible organization and forethought and planning.  I know that I am capable of all of these things, and I am excited to see what this year brings for our family.  Let’s start the year off with this delicious smoothie we had this morning for breakfast.  I did not have all the ingredients, so it was modified.  I will post the original recipe below, along with my changes.  ENJOY and make it a great 2017!!!

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Blueberry Blast Smoothie (Whole Food Energy by Elise Museles)

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates*
  • 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds**
  • pinch of sea salt

*I used 2 Tbsp. raisins instead  **I used 2 Tbsp. Tahini  ***I also added 2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter and some crushed ice

Add ingredients to high powered blender in the order listed and blend until smooth.  This smoothie has a strong lemon flavor, and also a nutty flavor the way I made it.  It was delicious and very filling.

We enjoyed this before and after a family run.  We are embarking on a mostly whole foods diet this month.  Check back often for recipes and ideas.  Happy New Year!

Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie

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OK, this smoothie was DELICIOUS……seriously delicious!  Filled with just the perfect amount of ginger, it was such a refreshing, filling drink!  Shown is one serving, so there is enough to share.  I was barely able to finish one glass!

This is another recipe from the book, Whole Food Energy.  So far, it has not disappointed!

Velvety Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 2 bananas (sliced and frozen) **I used bananas from my counter and added crushed ice to the smoothie
  • 1/2 inch peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp. raw almond butter
  • pinch of sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or other high powered blender and enjoy!

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Recipe: Raspberry Tahini Smoothie

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This was one interesting combination of flavors!  It took me a few drinks, but I quickly fell in love with the bursting lemony goodness.  This smoothie is full of fiber and antioxidants, and I used it late morning today when I started feeling low on energy instead of going for another cup of coffee.  It did the trick, and I felt way better than I usually do when I drink coffee.  Win Win!

This one is also from the Whole Food Energy book by Elise Museles.

Pretty in Pink Raspberry Tahini Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Add all ingredients to your Vitamix or other high powered blender and mix.  Note:  I used a banana right off the counter top because there were already frozen raspberries included.

Happy New Year!

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School Lunch: almond milk, carrots, cucumbers, oranges/pineapple, dried apricot, pumpkin seeds, 1/2 “soysage” sandwich

I hope everyone had an awesome past few weeks and is ready to tackle the New Year!  I know 2016 technically started a few days ago, but for us, it starts tomorrow when school is back in session.  I have enjoyed the time off, but I am ready to get back into our routine.  I have a new excitement for feeding the family and packing lunches/snacks with the change of pace the last few weeks!

While I don’t necessarily believe in New Year’s Resolutions (I think ANY time is a great time to make changes in your life!), I do think this time of year is a great time for most people to think about changes they would like to make in their life.  My husband and I always do a few days of drinking mostly vegetable and fruit juices to start off the New Year.  I realize that we have not been juicing lately, and I have been trying to figure out why.  We always have plenty of fresh produce in the house.  I realized that while the base for the juicer is on the counter top, all the parts are in a drawer.  So I moved the juicer beside the sink, and all the parts are now out on the counter next to it.  Having it next to the sink will make it easier to clean and set the parts out to dry on the drying rack.  Can’t get much easier that this!  I will post my food intake over the next few days so you can see what I do.  I always feel so much better after upping my intake of fresh juices.

What do you want to change about you or your family’s eating habits?  I want to hear from you!  Remember, if you don’t know where to start with your children or your family, start with yourself!  Here are a few places you can start if you want to improve your family’s eating habits!

  • YOU eat tons of fresh fruits & veggies – lead by EXAMPLE!
  • ONLY buy what you want your family to eat
  • MINIMIZE processed foods in your house
  • STOP eating out
  • INVITE your children to cook with you
  • ASK for your child’s input on what and how to pack their school lunch
  • PLAN PLAN PLAN!  Plan a menu, plan your grocery shopping trips, plan snacks around your child’s schedule
  • drink tons of WATER
  • JUICE daily if possible!
  • eat meals at home WITH your family WITHOUT media

Tackle these things one at a time.  Pick something each week that you feel you can realistically do.  Take it slow, and remember, ANY change toward healthy family eating is a good thing!