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!!!


Blueberry Blast Smoothie (Whole Food Energy by Elise Museles)


  • 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


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


  • 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!



4-Ingredient Energy Bites

4-Ingredient Energy Bites

4-Ingredient Energy Bites

Here is the recipe I promised on Facebook a while back.  These are quick, easy and healthy.  Free of gluten, dairy and added sugar, they are the perfect pre-workout snack, in my opinion.  These are a perfect replacement for store-bought protein bars.  While protein bars are convenient, they have tons of ingredients and are full of sugar.  That doesn’t stop me from buying them, but if I have the time, I would prefer to make my own.


  • 1 cup pitted dates (about 15)
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup peanut butter

Add first 3 ingredients to Vitamix and blend for about 10 seconds.  Your mixture should look like this:

IMG_20150621_165852Place the mixture into a large bowl and add the peanut butter.  I just add a few spoonfuls and mix, then continue adding more peanut butter and mixing until you have the correct consistency. Form into balls about an inch in diameter and store in the fridge until ready to eat.

I don’t measure the peanut butter because I hate to clean it out of a measuring cup.  This is also the reason I don’t mix the peanut butter in the Vitamix.  It is not easy to clean out.  The mixture in the picture comes easily out of the Vitamix.  I really am all about saving time and making my life easier.

You can add in other things like a little shredded coconut or honey if these aren’t sweet enough for you.  The whole point of this recipe, though, is to omit any added sugar, so we enjoy them just the way they are.  These are a great snack for my swimmers, both pre-workout and post-workout.  Here is why:

Oats:  high in complex carbohydrates, good source of protein & low glycemic index, providing the sustained energy release imperative for a long workout

Dates:  provide natural source of glucose (sugar) that is quickly and easily digested for energy during workout

Peanut Butter:  protein and calorie dense to provide fuel during workout and help replace burned calories

Flax Seed:  high source of Omega-3 (healthy, unsaturated fats) – in children, fats are metabolized/processed more efficiently during a workout than carbohydrates

If you don’t have dates, raisins could probably be substituted.  Dates are softer and help the mixture come together easily.

4 Ingredient Energy Bites