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!

March Madness: Veggie Leftovers (Gluten Free)

This is my very favorite way to use up any and all leftover veggies in the fridge.  A meal appropriate for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Full of protein and veggies, it is extremely tasty and filling.

Egg with Leftover Veggies

Egg with Leftover Veggies

What you will need:

  • leftover veggies, ANY & ALL
  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • Tamari (or Bragg’s liquid aminos or coconut aminos)
  • ghee

Melt 1 Tbsp. of ghee in a saucepan over medium heat.  Cook egg to your liking (I cook it like an omelet). Remove egg from pan and add leftover veggies with Tamari or other sauce listed above and saute for a few minutes.  That’s it!  Super fast and easy.  In this dish, I think I had brussels sprouts, kale, onions and tempeh. Oh, and I threw on a little raw tomato because it’s just yummy.  I think my 2-year-old ate most of the kale off my plate, along with my tomato (and her tomato), and maybe a few brussels sprouts.  It is so tasty, but with the ghee and the Tamari, how could it not be?  Have you tried ghee yet?  If not, run right to the store and promptly purchase some.  You might have a hard time cooking with anything else again.  This is the brand I buy.

Organic Ghee

Organic Ghee

Now, no excuses not to use up all those leftover veggies.  I usually have this dish for lunch or a quick dinner, almost every day.  YUM!!!

February Wrap-Up / March Madness

Well, February is behind us already.  I am a bit behind going into March, but hopefully I will make up for it!  Let’s celebrate March Madness veggie style!  This month is dedicated to the most important food for your bodies, in my opinion, vegetables!  I have spent the last few weeks eating a very clean diet consisting of mostly vegetables, fruits, gluten-free grains such as rice and quinoa and eggs.  I can tell you that I feel fantastic!  March will be a tribute to this with lots of ideas for eating more vegetables, including easier ways to prepare veggies and get them into your daily diet.

February was filled with lots of fruits and of course, no fast food!  I never could bring myself to drive through McDonald’s drive-thru.  One of my children is just about always with me, and I just didn’t want to do it.  They received more school coupons for free food from McDonald’s as a reward for work, and the focus on McDonald’s was starting to mount.  So needless to say, I just avoided the place altogether, even if my visit there would have been in the name of research!

Here’s to a healthy March…..veggie style!!!!