Wednesday, July 29, 2015

{What I ate Wednesday} 7/29/15

Do you ever get stuck in a rut when you eat the same thing over and over?? I am in one now...for sure. Some may think this sounds boring but for me....getting stuck in a rut has helped me maintain my clean eating lifestyle. I don't have to think about what I am going to eat. I eat pretty much the same thing every day so this takes the guess work out of eating. I switch things up periodically but the basics of what I eat are the same. Dinner is the meal I switch up the most. I like to try out new meals for my family.

what i ate wednesday



Let's get to it....What I Ate Wednesday:

Breakfast: Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal topped with real maple syrup, chopped pecans and organic raisins. This is such a fast and yummy meal for the whole family. I like that I can prep my oats on Sunday and have breakfast for the whole week.

oatmeal


Snack: Strawberry Banana Post Workout Smoothie I did Tone it Up's Frisky Fall Arms and Abs workout and followed it with a cold and yummy shake!

protein shake


Lunch: Garden Tomato, Spinach and Egg scramble with Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel toast topped with all natural peanut butter and honey It's not a banana wrap...are you shocked?

eggs and toast


Snack: Coconut Greek yogurt with strawberries, organic coconut granola and toasted coconut chips  Tastes like dessert...I actually licked the bowl. It is that good! I drank some Green tea around this time of day as well.

yogurt

Dinner: Salsa Turkey (the usual) with mango, avocado and roasted okra. I made brown rice for the kids and hubby. This has been a weekly meal for us for quite a while. It is such a huge hit with my kids. They beg for it.

salsa turkey

Before bed: Chamomile honey vanilla tea with a handful of dark chocolate chips (What's life without a little chocolate...am I right?

chamomile tea





What are your favorite meals that you just can't get enough of these days?



Monday, July 27, 2015

{Clean Eating Grape Salad}

Ya'll....this is so good. This Clean Eating Grape Salad will for sure be one of your favorite snacks or dessert! It is a family favorite and perfect for taking to any get-together or BBQ! It is a huge hit every time I make it and is super easy to put together!!

clean eating grape salad


{Clean Eating Grape Salad}

adapted from SkinnyTaste

  • 1 lb. organic red seedless grapes (removed from stem)
  • 1 lb. organic green seedless grapes (removed from stem)
  • 4 oz. Greek yogurt cream cheese (Organic cream cheese also works well)
  • 8 oz. Honey Greek yogurt 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Add grapes to large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix softened cream cheese, Greek yogurt and vanilla using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add cream cheese mixture to grapes and stir until combined. Top with chopped walnuts. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Grape Salad


Enjoy!!!!!! 


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

{Clean Eating for Men}


I hear a lot of women saying that they would do so much better with their healthy lifestyle if they could get their husbands/significant others on board. It's hard to eat healthy and feel like you have to make separate meals for your man. What's worse is when your hubby goes grocery shopping and buys a ton of junk to fill your house full and you end up eating it all in a weak moment. We've all been there!

My husband is a junk food fan. He craves junk food. He loves candy, soda and sugary treats. When I started eating clean,.. he wasn't quite sure what to think. He couldn't figure out what to eat! There were no bags of chips in our pantry and no soda in the fridge!! I told him that I wasn't buying any of that stuff anymore and even though he didn't love the idea...he knew it was the best thing for all of us.

These days...my husband eats fairly clean. He eats very well at home (because that's the only option) and when he feels like a splurge he buys it and eats it on the way home or at work. I can't control what he eats all of the time. I can just offer him health meals and believe it or not...he loves everything I feed him. I don't tell him if I use spaghetti squash instead of noodles...I just place it in front of him and he eats it! He rarely complains! He is usually shocked by how much he likes all my "healthy" foods!

My best advice...offer healthy meals, help your significant other pack their foods for the day and don't keep junk food in the house. You'll be surprised by how well they handle the transition! 
clean eating for men

I sat down with my husband and asked him what his favorite meals/snacks were and this is what he said:


Breakfast:




oatmeal



  • Coconut Greek Yogurt with berries and organic granola 
yogurt



  • Eggs, uncured bacon and pancakes using Bobs Red Mill 10 grain mix.

Snacks: 



  • Cottage cheese with pineapple


  • Apple, organic cheese stick and almonds



  • Organic Toasted Coconut chips

protein shake



  • Avocado with honey and sunflower seeds (sounds strange but he loves this snack!)


  • hummus and veggies


Lunch:


  • Leftovers (this is his lunch the majority of the time...I always package up whatever is left from dinner the night before so all he has to do is grab it and pack it in his cooler in the morning before work)
pork with sweet potatoes and green beans



  • Tomato sandwiches with fruit and black bean chips (We have a garden FULL of tomatoes and he LOVES tomato sandwiches with whole grain bread, organic mayo and fresh tomatoes.)
tomato sandwich


Dinner: 

spaghetti pie



salsa turkey lettuce wraps


  • Breakfast for dinner (He loves omelettes with nitrate free ham, onions, and feta cheese. I usually make whole grain pancakes with a little banana mixed in. This is probably his favorite dinner!)


Drinks:


  • La Croix
la croix



  • Honest Tea


  • Black Coffee


  • Water

Dessert:


  • Dark chocolate chips 



creamy grape dessert


Hope you guys found this helpful!! Give these a try with your significant other and let me know how it goes! :)




Monday, July 20, 2015

{Meal Planning Monday 7/20/15}

Happy Monday!! We spent the weekend celebrating my baby girls 6th birthday. It was so much fun and exhausting at the same time! I think it's gonna take me a week to recover!

mermaid girl
Mermaid Elli

We had a mermaid theme birthday and even a REAL mermaid made an appearance!

mermaid
Mermaid Shannon meeting Elli! 

I made a ton of decorations and food using ideas from Pintetest! 

Birthday decorations
Happy 6th Birthday!

There were quite a bit of "non-clean" foods there for the kids to enjoy. It's once a year so I bought the treats I knew she would love!

mermaid cake
Mermaid Cake

Gotta have cake...right?

It was a great day!! Hopefully it will be a memorable day for my girl! 

Now....my plan for this week....

clean eating meal planning


Breakfast:

  • Steel Cut Oatmeal with raisins, walnuts and maple syrup with black coffee. This is my obsession these days. I look forward to this everyday. :)


oatmeal and coffee
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal with raisins, walnuts and maple syrup.

Snacks:







  • Apple, almonds, coconut chips and dark chocolate chips


  • Coconut Greek yogurt with berries and organic granola






  • Fresh Cantaloupe and Honeydew with walnuts


Lunch:


  •  Banana wrap (I will eat these every day...I am a creature of habit)


banana wrap
La tortilla low carb wrap, all natural pb, cinnamon and banana


Dinners:

  • Dr. Praegers California Veggie Burgers with baked sweet potatoes and Green beans


  • Breakfast for dinner (Eggs, nitrate free bacon and Ezekiel toast)









Drinks:

  • Water

  • Black coffee

  • Herbal Tea




Dessert:



  • Dark Chocolate Chips /Coconut Chips (Tastes like a mounds bar!)


Workout:




Hope you guys have an awesome week! If you are new to clean eating....just start taking baby steps. One healthy  meal at a time!! If you want more tips for just starting out on your clean eating jouney...check out my Quick Start Guide to Clean Eating! :)






Wednesday, July 15, 2015

{Clean Eating Kid Meals & Snacks}

I get asked all of the time.....What do your kids eat???

Clean eating for kids


I thought I would share with you guys my kids favorite meals/snacks to give you guys some ideas for what to make for your little ones. I know trying to get your kids to eat healthy is a struggle. I try to be very relaxed about my kids meals during the day. I don't really have them on an eating "schedule." I would prefer that they eat when they feel hungry and learn to listen to their bodies when it comes to that.

I don't necessarily make separate dinners for my kids either. If I am cooking something I think is reasonable for them to like (not spicy, etc) than I will serve them up a plate for dinner and if they are hungry...they will eat it. I don't care if they clean their plate or eat half or take one bite or two. If they are hungry....they eat! There are a lot of nights when my husband is working late and I don't really have a big meal to cook...so I let them tell me what they want to eat and I make it for them. Nothing fancy....maybe a sandwich or a fruit and cheese plate. I just don't stress about their eats. Eating healthy shouldn't be stressful or a punishment. My house is packed full of nothing but healthy food options so whatever they eat...I know it is good for them.

**Just a note....my kids eat far from perfect. During the week....while we are at home....we eat tons of healthy foods with water or organic milk. If on the weekends, at a cookout or restaurant with the family, they want chocolate milk and non-organic mac and cheese...I don't care! If grandma wants to give them candy or ice cream while they are playing at her house...I don't care. I focus on feeding them great quality food 90% of the time and the other 10% is left to them being kids and enjoying all of the treats that I used to enjoy as a kid.

**For reference...my kids are 3 and almost 6 years old.

Favorite breakfasts:


chocolate oatmeal
Chocolate Oatmeal (My kids FAVORITE breakfast)



Chocolate Oatmeal: My basic microwave oatmeal recipe with some cocoa powder thrown in. They both absolutely love this and eat it most of the time.

Cereal: Puffins, Natures Path Organic or EnviroKidsz Cereal with whole organic milk

Fruit: Apples (usually with natural peanut butter) bananas, berries, cantaloupe,watermelon

Toast: Cheese toast with organic cheese and whole grain bread or toast with all natural peanut butter

Pancakes: I use Bobs Red Mill 10 grain Pancake mix and always use coconut oil in the mix. I usually add in sliced banana or dark chocolate chips for a treat.

Favorite Snacks: 


Yogurt with fruit and granola
Organic vanilla yogurt, berries, organic coconut chia granola

**My kids do a lot of snacking! They just like little snacks throughout the day vs. 3 large meals.

Freeze dried fruit: Only ingredient should be the fruit

Larabars/Kind Bars: My kids think these are candy bars!

Horizon Organic Graham Crackers: a nice portable treat

Organic popcorn: perfect for movie night 

Fruit
(of course....this is a big one) I buy whatever is in season and pack my fridge with tons of fruits because both of my kids LOVE fruit! This is their #1 snack for sure.

Veggies: organic baby carrots and cucumber are my kids faves. My 3 year old is actually a huge hummus fan so offer a little of that with the carrots. 

Organic yogurt with fruit and organic granola. This is my daughters favorite snack. I buy organic vanilla yogurt, add blueberries and Natures Path Organic granola and she acts like its dessert!

Unsweetened Applesauce or homemade applesauce : My Mom cans a lot of unsweetened applesauce in the fall and she usually keeps me stocked at all times!

Dole Dippers or Dianas Bananas:
 This is a treat for my kids. They love these and definitely beg for them! I give them this instead of ice cream.

Pretzels/Black bean chips/Organic blue corn tortilla chips/Annie's cheddar bunnies/Mary's Gone Crackers: Sometimes the kids want a crunchy snack and these are my go-to.

Siggy's Yogurt Tubes: A lot of yogurt tubes have Carageenan in them and I try to stay away from that. Siggys yogurt tubes have only a few ingredients and my kids love the blueberry. These are great for on-the-go or to pack in lunchboxes.

Organic cheese sticks: Great for a quick snack with some baby carrots or an apple

Oat Muffins/bread: My kids love all of my recipes for oat muffins or oatmeal breads....The Chocolate zucchini muffins are probably their fave!

Energy Balls: They are sticky and sweet and any kid would love these!

Bars: I think it is really hard to find a granola bar that has great ingredients in them and not a ton of sugar for my kids. I like making the 5 ingredient Sunflower Granola Bar because it is SO easy and my kids love these!

Apple Cookies: Slice apples in disks, cut out core, top with all natural peanut butter, granola, coconut, dark chocolate chips...really anything!

Favorite Kid Lunches:

banana wrap
Whole grain wrap, all narutal crunchy pb, cinnamon and banana

Banana Wrap: What kid doesn't like banana and peanut butter?

Cheese or PB toast: If they don't have this for breakfast...they usually want it for lunch!

Fruit/Veggies: I always serve some sort of fruit for lunch. Baby carrots are usually great with a side of cheese toast.

Yogurt/fruit/granola: This is a great snack but also filling enough to lunch!


Favorite Kid Dinners:


Salsa turkey with rice, green beans, and mango
Salsa Turkey with brown rice, mango and green beans




Salsa Turkey (instead of a lettuce wrap I serve this with brown rice and it is a HUGE hit!

Breakfast for dinner: See the list from above....we do this every week!

Naan Pizzas: Whole wheat naan bread (or whole wheat pitas) with organic pizza sauce and organic cheese

Mac and Cheese: Annie's Organic Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese is our go-to on a busy night and they kids totally think this is a treat!

Crock Pot Vegetable Soup: surprisingly this is a huge hit and packed with veggies! 

Snacky dinner: fruit, veggies, cheese toast, cheese cubes, nitrate free ham slices, applesauce (I really just open up the fridge and just grab anything that needs to be used up!

Peanut Butter and Jelly: My daughter is not a fan of pb&j but my son LOVES peanut butter sandwiches. I use organic strawberry preserves for the jelly part. 

Anything I cook for myself: I like to try out a lot of new recipes. When I serve it to them, I just break it apart the meat, chop up some veggies, add in some chopped avocado and maybe a little fruit on the side. Simple enough! I call every meat chicken because they know they like chicken...ha! Sometimes I make fancy names to excite them about what I am making. It works!


Kid drinks:


organic whole milk
Organic Whole Milk


Organic Whole Milk: My kids love milk and I always buy organic. Whole milk is less processed so I always stick for the full fat stuff!

Water: Milk and water are pretty much the only options for drinks in my house and luckily...my kids are fine with that.

Honest Kids: When I need something portable and a treat....Honest Kids Berry Lemonade is my fave and they love it!

Smoothies: I make protein shakes or smoothies every day for myself and my kids beg for me to make one for them. Their favorite is my Almond Butter Banana Green Monster Smoothie. Smoothies are a very easy way to get spinach into your kids!


Want more {kid friendly} clean eating snack ideas? Check out my {Clean Eating for Kids} post!


I hope this gives you guys some ideas on foods to try out on your kids!! What is your kids favorite meals/snacks???


Monday, July 13, 2015

{Meal Planning Monday} 7/13/15


Happy Monday Everyone! Whew....that weekend flew by!! Doesn't it always?

Time to get planning on my meals for this week...here's what I will be eating...



Breakfast: 




Lunch:


  • Banana wrap
Whole grain wrap, all natural PB, banana and cinnamon

  • Leftovers
  • Eggs, nitrate free bacon, Ezekiel bread with all natural peanut butter


Snacks:


Green Monster Smoothie
Green Monster Smoothie



  • Apple & raw almonds
  • Coconut Greek yogurt with berries and Natures Path Organic Granola
Skinny Peach Milkshake
Peach Milkshake




Dinner:


  • Dr. Praegers Veggie Burgers with sweet potatoes and roasted okra


Beef and Onion quiche with spaghetti squash
Beef and Onion Quiche

  • Eggs, nitrate free bacon, and avocado. I will make Bobs Red Mill 10 grain pancakes for the kids. 


chicken salad
Avocado Chicken Salad

Dessert/Treats:


protein chocolate pudding
Protein Chocolate Pudding



Drinks:


  • WATER (tons of it!) or at least half my body weight in ounces
green tea with lemon
Green tea with lemon

  • Black Coffee
  • Chamomile tea at bedtime

Workouts:

Yep...you guessed it...Tone it up Bikini Program Weekly Schedule! If you haven't checked these girls out yet I highly suggest that you do! BY FAR....my all time favorite workouts! I'm hooked!

Tone it up
Tone it Up Bikini Progran


Hope you all have a great week full of healthy eats!!







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