Wednesday, October 7, 2015

{Southern Style Collard Greens}

Do you guys know that my husbands favorite hobby is organic gardening?? Oh yes....we have compost bins and worm compost all over the place and tons of veggies that we have been enjoying! The first green that we have harvested from our fall garden is collard greens. They are a love of mine. My Grandma makes THA best collard greens!! I thought I would share with you all her delicious recipe so you can try them out for yourself!

Now....just a grandma uses fat back in hers. Do ya'll know what that is?? It is basically pig fat and it good!! I decided to go more of the bacon route for mine but either way....these are yummy!

Southern Style Collard Greens

  • 2 lbs. collard greens
  • 4 strips of uncured bacon
  • 1 tbsp. of organic cane sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Clean collards and wash well. Remove tough stems and rubs. Place in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for 45 minutes or until they are tender. Remove from heat and drain. Return to pot and set aside. Place bacon (or fat back) in a small skillet and slowly cool until done and the fat is rendered. Pour the bacon grease over the collards and toss. Add the sugar, salt and pepper. Toss again. Best if served while hot with a little vinegar if you so choose!

Hope you all love this recipe as much as I do! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

{Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins}

As you all may know....I have no sensitivity to gluten but I know there are many of you out there that may. I thought I would play around with brown rice flour and see what I could come up with! These are delicious! They are cakey, crumbly, sweet and satisfying! My 1 year old absolutely devoured 2 of these within minutes!! They are a really quick and easy breakfast or snack to have on hand! the way for any of you Gluten Free'ers  (is that a word?) I use oat flour is 99% of my bread and muffin recipes so feel free to sub in gluten free oats on any of those and let me know what you think!! :)


Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
adapted from: Half Baked Baker

  • 4 tbsp. Organic cane sugar
  • 2 cups Organic brown rice flour
  • 4 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 banana (mashed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water (milk will work also)
  • 4 tbsp. Organic coconut oil

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray.

Add ingredients to a medium bowl and stir until completely combined. Divide evenly into a 12 hole muffin pan.

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean!

**My favorite way to eat this is opened up with a nice pat of grass fed butter and some organic blueberry preserves! Trust me on this's good!


Monday, September 28, 2015

{Chocolate Banana Mug Cake}

Ya'll, this could be really bad. I have had such a sweet tooth lately! I just don't feel right about going to bed unless I have had something sweet! Usually a few dark chocolate chips will do the trick but ever since I made my {Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake}.... I can't seem to get these cakes off my mind!

Unfortunately I was out of pumpkin so I needed to come up with another version! This one is SO good! It totally fulfills my chocolate need and it is a single serving so I am not tempted to over do it!

Overall.....these mug cakes are anywhere from 250-300 calories. Not a terrible dessert if you are in the mood! The best part is that you get to control the quality of the ingredients! WAY healthier than any chocolate cake that you could buy at the store!

Chocolate Banana Mug Cake

  • 2 tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. dark cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp. mashed banana
  • 1/8th cup organic cane sugar
Add ingredients to a large mug that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Stir well.

Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds or until cake is set.

I like to top mine with Truwhip and sliced banana. I think that organic vanilla ice cream, nut butter, dark chocolate chips or chopped walnuts would also be delicious toppings for your cake! :)



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

{What I Ate Wednesday} 9/23/15

Happy Wednesday!!!

Hope you all are having a great week!

This past weekend my husband and I started on a DIY project that I am pretty excited about. When we moved into our house...I knew that I really wanted a fireplace/mantel/bookshelf built-in but wasn't sure how soon we would tackle that large of a project. is the time. We are full on project-mode!! I will definitely post pics of the before/after!! Hopefully it won't take us 6 months to finish.

Now on to my eats....

Breakfast: Meal Prep Steel cut Oatmeal with frozen blueberries and maple syrup with a couple scrambled eggs and black coffee.

Post-Workout: Meal Prepped Smoothie pack (ingredients for Strawberry Banana post-workout Smoothie) with unsweetened Almond Coconut milk because I was out of coconut water.

**FYI: For my workout I did Tracy Anderson 15 minute dance cardio, Booty Barre 10 minute workout and 10 minute Standing abs by Melissa Bender. All of these can be found on my Pinterest Fitness board. :) Let me know if you do one of them and if you loved it as much as I did!

Lunch: Banana Wrap These aren't my usual Whole wheat low carb La Tortilla wraps...the store was out so these are La Tortilla Low Carb. flour tortillas with crunchy all natural peanut butter and cinnamon. I also had a few grapes on the side.

Snack: Green tea with lemon (Forgot to snap a pic) 

Dinner: Same as last night because it is so easy and so yummy! Baked Pesto and Cheese Chicken with smashed sweet potato and avocado.

After dinner: Chamomile tea and a Chocolate Banana Mug Cake! YUM! No worries...I will share the recipe on Monday. In the meantime....try out my Pumpkin mug is pretty awesome!

So tell me....

What workout are you doing today???

 Favorite meals lately??

Thursday, September 17, 2015

{Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake}

Pumpkin Spice and chocolate in one dish....heaven!! This is dangerous my friends. I love the idea of a mug cake but have terrible luck finding one with good ingredients, not a ton of sugar that doesn't taste super dry after I cook it. I was craving something pumpkin last night and threw a few ingredients in a mug and I was SHOCKED that it turned out so good!! This is now my go-to fall dessert! I love the creaminess of Truwhip on top of this but you could really use anything you like as a topping and I am sure it would be delicious!

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

1/4 cup whole wheat flour 
1/8 cup organic cane sugar
1 egg
3 tbsp. organic canned pumpkin
1 tsp. pumpkin spice 
1 tsp. dark chocolate chips

Add all ingredients to a mug sprayed with non-stick spray. Stir well. Microwave for 2 minutes. Top with Truwhip, organic vanilla ice cream, almond butter, vanilla Greek yogurt or extra chocolate chips!


Hope you love it as much as I do! :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

{Meal Prep} My 5 Must Prep Items for the Week

I often talk about how meal prepping and planning are super important for a clean eating lifestyle. Although planning has been a huge part of my success over the past couple of years....prepping is something I never usually do. I actually did a video on my top 5 tips for Meal planning if you want to check that out. I stay at home with my kids during the week so I usually just prep as I go during the week. has been crazy and I have found that life is so much easier now that I have started adding a little prep work in on Sundays. Now I am sure that I will add more "meal prep" into my life as I continue to learn more and more simple tricks that make my life so much easier but I wanted to share the few things that I have been trying that have been working for me!!

1. School Lunch:

I will go into more detail on a later post about different healthy options for school lunches but the basic idea of prepping the items for lunch on Sunday and not having to worry with it every morning has made my life SO MUCH EASIER! My daughter has been requesting whole wheat crackers, cheese cubes, unsweetened applesauce and Greek yogurt for lunch lately and I am loving it. I just package the crackers and cheese in disposable baggies, get individual yogurt tubes and small containers of applesauce. She can now pack her own lunch!!! All that I do in the morning is fill up her thermos with water and add a silly joke or note that I print from Pinterest! Easy and she is loving it!

2. PB&J Sandwiches:

My husband and son love PB&J!! My husband never has time to make his lunch in the morning so I thought I would help him out but making up sandwiches on Sunday and freezing them. All you do is coat each side of your whole grain bread with a thin layer of all natural peanut butter. Place your favorite organic grape jelly or organic strawberry preserves on one of the slices and your done! Place each sandwich in a sandwich bag and then place all of the bags back in your bread bag and sit upright in freezer. The morning of....just throw one in the lunchbox and it is thawed out and pretty tasty (if you ask my husband) by lunch time! Perfect for school lunches if your child is a fan!

3. Veggie Soup

My Crock pot Vegetable Beef soup is perfect for making on Sunday and packaging up for the week. My husband is a huge fan and on occasion...I can get my kids to eat this too! It makes a ton and it is the perfect lunch this time of year.

4. Smoothie Packs:

 I love a smoothie post-workout and my husband loves one for breakfast. My husband loves the Strawberry Banana Smoothie. It makes the week so much easier to take a few minutes on Sunday and package up some frozen or fresh fruit, baby spinach, flax seed meal , etc. in a freezer storage bag. Keep in the freezer and when you want a smoothie, just throw all of the contents in the bag in the blender, add milk or coconut water, pulse and you are done!!!

5. Chicken Sausage

I have been on a sausage kick lately. I love Al fresco Chicken Sausage or Kayem Artisan Pork Sausage. They are both nitrate free and have a great ingredient list. I like to broil a few packs in the oven on Sunday and enjoy these all week for any meal of the day! I like them with a runny egg on top and my husband likes them sliced on an egg and cheese sandwich or with brown rice, peppers and onions! I am not a huge meat fan but these are easy to prepare and tasty!

I have been thinking of a ton of meal prep ideas that I want to start doing but these are the ones that I have been doing lately and it sure it making the week a little easier for me!! Hope you guys find these helpful. 

So tell me.....What do you meal prep on Sunday???

Monday, September 14, 2015

{Weekly Meal Plan} 9/14/15

Happy Monday!!!

Is everyone ready for fall? I am!! Woo hoo!

I have been super busy doing projects around my house. I know I told you guys that my husband and I put new floors in my house a couple months ago...right? Well...last weekend we decided to tackle the back splash. We have been in our new house for less than a year and we knew moving in that we wanted to upgrade quite a few things right away...the floors and adding a back splash were top on my list. 

Do you like it? It is a pale blue Arabesque tile. I thought it would be super easy but boy...was I wrong! It wasn't awful but we are rookies so it was a learning process. I really think it finishes my kitchen out though.

Did yall know that I love home decor stuff?? Instead of browsing Pinterest for new recipes to try...I've been pinning home decor like crazy! I can't help it. 

We are planning to add a fireplace/mantle  and built-ins now. Yikes! That's gonna be a big project!! I will post pics if we ever finish! :)

Now onto my weekly plan...shall we?


Steel Cut Oatmeal with walnuts, raisins and maple syrup (I will probably eat this all week) with coffee...of course.


Smoothies with Kefir

Apple with unsalted peanuts and dark chocolate chips

Carrots and garlic hummus


Coconut Greek yogurt with blueberries 


Banana Wrap



Beef and Onion Quiche with roasted okra

Chicken Sausage, eggs and avocado

Bobs Red Mill 10 grain pancakes with omelettes

Dr. Praegers California Veggie Burgers with baked sweet potatoes and roasted green beans.


Dark chocolate 


Water...of course

Black coffee

Peach-Pear La Croix

Green tea with lemon

Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea before bed


Tone it Up Weekly Schedule 

What is in your plan for the week???

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