Energy Boosting Trail Mix with Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate

This Energy Boosting Trail Mix with Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate is a yummy and healthy snack! Packed with nuts, seeds, dried cherries and chocolate chips for the perfect balance of salty and sweet!

This Energy Boosting Trail Mix with Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate is a healthy mix of nuts and seeds, plus dried cherries and dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.  It's the perfect snack for the back-to-school rush or to pack in your work bag or purse when you're on the go! It's back to school time for us this week! Yesterday was Julia's first day of 1st grade. I know I'm stating the obvious, and the feelings of just about every mom with school-age kids, when I say, “How did that happen?!” Kindergarten just flew by. My favorite part of Kindergarten was watching Julia's reading and writing progress, and I can't wait to see what this year will bring. It's so fun when she writes ... [Continue Reading]

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats. Healthy and less than 5 minutes prep for this delicious breakfast!

Hearty oats made with milk, yogurt, peanut butter and a touch of cinnamon make a healthy, filling breakfast to power you through your morning. These Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats will become your new breakfast staple! Overnight oats are one of my very favorite breakfasts, and these Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats are the best I’ve tried. The peanut butter and banana combination is spot on. The oats have a delicious hearty, chewy texture after soaking overnight. And I really love that all I have to do in the morning is grab my bowl of oats out of the refrigerator because the prep is done the night before! No matter the season or the stage of life you are in, there ... [Continue Reading]

Dark Chocolate Raspberry S’more Ice Cream

Creamy Dark Chocolate Raspberry S'more Ice Cream. You'll want a big bowl of this sweet ice cream!

This post is brought to you in partnership with REAL® Seal. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. This Dark Chocolate Raspberry S'more Ice Cream is the best way to get your s'more fix! It's cool, creamy and loaded with dark chocolate, marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, and raspberries! August?! How can it be August already? As it does every year, this summer is flying by. A month and a half ago I was kind of wondering how I was going to survive the summer being home every day with three kids. But we've figured out our routine, as we always do, and I am not at all ready to leave these slower-paced summer days behind. Summer's not over yet, though! There are ... [Continue Reading]

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches

This Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches is the stuff dessert dreams are made of. It's a creamy, lightened-up way to enjoy cheesecake and so easy to make too! I have always been a sweets and dessert person. Offer me a cookie, brownie, or ice cream and I have a very hard time turning it down. With that said, I'm trying to limit the amount of sweets that I eat, and reserve them for special occasions. I want to eat a healthy diet for health reasons, and I also just feel better when I make healthy choices. I'm definitely not perfect though, and I'm still figuring some things out. When I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy, I couldn't ... [Continue Reading]

Our Favorite Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread {Whole Wheat, Refined Sugar Free}

This is our favorite healthy blueberry banana bread! It's whole wheat and sweetened with maple syrup. You'll definitely want a second slice, warm from the oven!

A delicious breakfast bread that's made with white whole wheat flour and sweetened with pure maple syrup and banana, so you can feel good about eating it.  You'll definitely want a second slice of this Favorite Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread, warm from the oven! Ever since I first made these Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana Muffins, my family cannot get enough of them. On any given day, you'll likely find a stash of them in our freezer, ready for quick breakfasts and snacks. They're healthy, yet still taste like a treat. Which is why I love them so much – they satisfy my sweet tooth yet I feel like I'm making a healthy enough choice when I eat them. Since we loved the blueberry banana ... [Continue Reading]

Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus

Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus recipe, so yummy and healthy for lunch or snack!

Craving something new and healthy for snack or lunch time? This Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus is delicious with fresh, raw veggies or pita bread.  It's an easy appetizer to serve at your next party, too! I am always reminding myself that I need to make hummus more often. It's such a healthy snack, especially if your dippers of choice are fresh vegetables. And my kids love hummus just as much as I do! Which is even more reason to make it on a weekly basis. Julia will eat bell pepper after bell pepper dipped in hummus. (She'll even eat hummus plain by the spoonful!) William likes his hummus with carrots, bell peppers, whole wheat pita or crackers, and even an occasional cucumber. I've ... [Continue Reading]

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Thick, creamy, and healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie! My favorite!

A healthy smoothie made with just 4 ingredients (plus ice). This Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is thick, creamy, and a great energy booster! In the summertime I crave smoothies. Wait a minute, that's not right. I crave smoothies all year long! Especially this easy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, made with just four ingredients in a matter of minutes. I like to make all kinds of smoothies, but I have to say this one is my absolute favorite. Because, um, peanut butter. Can't get enough of the stuff! We go through peanut butter like crazy in our house. Mostly because I bake with it. And William eats a pb&j sandwich pretty much daily. Julia still won't touch peanut butter though. I don't ... [Continue Reading]

Olive, Tomato and Feta Pita Crisps with Avocado

Olive, Tomato and Feta Pita Crisps with Avocado - an easy appetizer that's completely addicting!

These Olive, Tomato and Feta Pita Crisps with Avocado are an easy appetizer or snack, perfect for all sorts of occasions. Made with whole wheat pita, olives and tomatoes, they are healthy and addicting little bites! When I think of olives, I think of pizza, being a kid, and this sandwich that I craved all the time during my last pregnancy.  As a kid, I could not eat enough olives, and the same is true today.  My own children seem to agree, and will eat as many olives as I let them.  If I'm in the kitchen cooking and they see I've opened up a can of olives, there they are, little hands outstretched and asking for some olives please! My family loves California Black Ripe Olives.  ... [Continue Reading]