Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars

The bright, lemon flavor of these creamy Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars will put a smile on your face! An easy dessert for Easter, Mother's Day, or any spring occasion! Can you believe that yesterday was the first day of spring? This is the time of year where we have a mix of warm, sunny days and cooler cloudy ones with a few rain showers here and there. It's the best of both worlds, as we don't get tired of either endless hot or endless freezing temperatures. As the weather warms up and summer approaches, I think many of us have a renewed energy to put towards healthy habits. January and February are hard months, as the excitement of New Year's goals wears off quickly (at least for ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese

A creamy cheese sauce coats every bite of this Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese. This mac and cheese recipe is a family favorite that we've been making for years! Who out there could use some comfort food? Yeah, me too. Between parent-teacher conferences at work, sick kids at home, and almost losing my voice, I'm ready to put my feet up and relax. Which means we need easy, comforting dinners that make everybody happy. Yes, this Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese has lots of cheese, which you might not consider the healthiest food. Me? I see cheese as protein. And protein is good for us. :) I make this mac and cheese with whole wheat pasta for added fiber and nutrition. And it's ... [Continue Reading]

Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats

High protein Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats are a healthy way to start your day! This soaked oatmeal is ultra creamy, a little sweet, and will keep you full until lunchtime! This post is brought to you in partnership with REALĀ® Seal. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When it comes to breakfast, we need quick and easy. Who wants to wake up even earlier just to have time to prepare breakfast in the morning? Not this girl. I wake up early enough as it is. Which is why breakfasts that I can make ahead are my absolute favorite. I make a batch of homemade granola at least every other week. Sometimes we have a stash of these mini frittatas in the freezer. But our go-to breakfast lately ... [Continue Reading]

Slow Cooker Turkey Chickpea Chili

Put your crock pot to work with this easy, protein-packed Slow Cooker Turkey Chickpea Chili. This is my favorite healthy chili recipe! Meet my new favorite chili. We've got chickpeas. And veggies. Some lean protein in the form of ground turkey (and more from the chickpeas!). And just enough spice to make both the grown ups and the kids happy. :) That's a quadruple win. Wait a second. We need to add one more win to the list because this turkey and chickpea chili is made in the slow cooker! The slow cooking process allows the flavors plenty of time to develop, and it also means that come dinner time all you have to do is spoon this deliciousness into your bowl. ... [Continue Reading]

Lemon Almond Shortbread Cookies {Gluten Free}

These easy Lemon Almond Shortbread Cookies are gluten free and perfect for Spring! These slice and bake cookies have a lovely complement of lemon and almond flavors, and only 3 grams of carbohydrates per cookie! Can you believe we're just two weeks away from the first day of Spring?! I'm ready! Bring on the sunny days, warm weather, and longer daylight hours! With Spring comes Easter, and I can't believe it's just three short weeks away. Easter is one of my kids' favorite holidays. Coloring eggs, searching for their Easter baskets full of goodies, and hunting for eggs in the backyard are all activities that they look forward to. What do I look forward to when it comes to Easter? ... [Continue Reading]

Spinach Pesto and Tomato Flatbread Pizzas

These Spinach Pesto and Tomato Flatbread Pizzas with a crispy flatbread crust are a 30 minute meal from start to finish! You'll love the flavorful spinach pesto and crunchy pine nuts on these cheesy pizzas! I can hardly believe that March is here, along with 30 Minute Thursday! We say it all the time, but it really is so crazy how fast time goes by! If you're new here, 30 Minute Thursday happens on the first Thursday of every month. A group of bloggers, including myself, each create a dinner recipe that you can have on your table in 30 minutes, start to finish. These 30 minute recipes are quickly becoming favorites with my family, as I'm adding them to our menu week after week. We need ... [Continue Reading]

Healthier Smash Cake Recipe {Hannah’s Purple Polka Dot 1st Birthday Party}

A healthier smash cake recipe, made without butter or refined sugars. This easy whole wheat banana cake is sure to be a hit with your birthday girl or boy! Plus, I'm sharing photos and ideas from Hannah's Purple Polka Dot 1st Birthday Party! Plus an easy, how to VIDEO A couple of weeks ago our sweet Hannah turned one! I'm not sure where the past year has gone- it seems like just yesterday that I was announcing my pregnancy and her birth. Hannah's first birthday brings up lots of mixed feelings. I'm sad that we are past the baby stage, but at the same time she is so much fun right now! She's walking all over the place, she loves to play in her play kitchen, and she'll try to climb up ... [Continue Reading]

Mediterranean Stuffed Mini Peppers

These Mediterranean Stuffed Mini Peppers are a healthy, veggie-packed appetizer or snack with lots of crunch! How is your week going? Are you doing anything fun and exciting this weekend? Thursday is the middle day of my teaching work-week, so I'm just trying to make it through till Friday! Remember when I told you that my sister had just had her second set of twins? Well, my other sister had her first baby last week and he is just the sweetest little guy. Being an auntie is so much fun, and I'm looking forward to more baby cuddles and snuggles. With all of the new babies in my family, it's hard to get stuff done. I just want to visit those little cuties and cook lots of food for their ... [Continue Reading]