A good-for-you green smoothie made with kale, peaches, mango, and Greek yogurt. Full of protein and fiber, this smoothie will give you the energy boost you need to tackle your day!
Happy Wednesday! How can it be that January is almost over? It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was writing this New Year's post. I know they say that when raising young children the days go by slowly and the years fly by, but around here it seems that it's the days, weeks... everything that go by especially quickly. A busy, full life will do that I suppose. Happily, it's full of great things like snuggles with my sweet kids, story time, watercolor painting, and playtime at the park.
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Oh do I have a treat for you today! These little carrot cake oat muffins are ridiculously tasty, and good for you too! They are perfect for snacking or a grab and go breakfast, with plenty of whole grains to leave you feeling satisfied. Pair a muffin with a piece of fruit, some yogurt, or a hard boiled egg, and you'll be set to tackle your day!
These carrot cake muffins are made with white whole-wheat flour and old-fashioned oats. Applesauce keeps them moist and delicious and takes the place of most of the butter in the muffins. They are low in sugar, with only 10 grams per muffin. And let's not forget the carrots. These muffins are packed with veggies!
But really, the very first thing ... [Continue Reading]
Happy New Year Everyone! I am excited to begin a new year and can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring. I try not to make too many specific resolutions at the beginning of a new year, because I’d rather focus on developing balance in my life that is sustainable long-term. I do spend some time at the beginning of each new year thinking about goals and this year is no different.
This year, I am taking a different approach and plan to focus on a guiding phrase. My phrase is: Simplify and Breathe. I have been doing some of reading about organization and living more simply, and I’m currently reading the book Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider. I’m only at chapter 4 so far, but this ... [Continue Reading]
I am almost ashamed to admit that this is the first kale recipe I have ever posted. That's right, before today, if you had typed “kale” into my blog's search box, you would have gotten a nice little not found message. Not anymore, though! It's not that I've never cooked with kale, but I certainly haven't done it enough if I haven't had the opportunity to blog about it. Kale is one of the healthiest foods you can eat and it's extremely versatile. It can be used in smoothies, pasta, pizza, and salads. Years and years ago I even made kale turnovers as a side dish to a meal.
If you haven't done much cooking with kale, this recipe is a great place to start. Fresh kale leaves are firm, with ... [Continue Reading]
Weekday mornings are often rushed, busy times. Whether you are trying to get out the door to head to work or getting kids ready to go to school, there is not much time to prepare breakfast. My usual quick breakfast is a bowl of cold cereal, but I get tired of the store-bought options. I love making homemade granola because I can fill it with nutritious ingredients and customize the flavors to my liking. My all-time favorite homemade granola is made with lots of nuts and maple syrup, but for fall I've been loving this pumpkin spice granola.
I made three batches of pumpkin granola in two days, because I wanted to get the recipe just right. This granola has plenty of pumpkin spice flavor, ... [Continue Reading]
It's now my second week of school and I am very much back into the swing of things in the classroom. I know all of my students' names, have some of their writing and artwork up on the walls, and am getting to know what makes each of them a unique and special individual. I have a wonderful group of third graders this year, which makes it (a little bit) easier to leave my own two sweet peas in the morning.
Early wake-ups are deserving of a healthy and delicious breakfast, but I can't afford to spend any more minutes than necessary in the kitchen. (4:45a.m. is early enough for me to wake up, thank you.) I still need a good breakfast to fuel me through my morning, though, and this granola is ... [Continue Reading]
Let me apologize in advance for these. Once you make these granola bars, you are going to have a very hard time enjoying a store-bought granola bar. You are going to find yourself in the kitchen long after the sun has gone down, mixing up the ingredients for these bars. You will walk down the cereal aisle of your grocery store, looking through the granola bar choices, knowing that you have to choose one because you certainly don't have the time each and every week to make your own. Or do you? You might just decide that the thirty minutes you could spend watching TV or mindlessly browsing Pinterest might be better spent mixing together a batch of granola bars that you can really crave.
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Did you enjoy the weekend? Mine was a nice balance between chores and relaxing time. I was able to get a little bit of shopping that I needed to do done on Saturday, as well as get my hair done. I just about finished working on end-of-the-year report cards. There was the usual grocery shopping and a trip to Costco. The best part of my weekend, though, was Sunday morning: a walk with William in the stroller, coffee, family time, and these strawberry pancakes.
I made these pancakes with a mix of whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, and also added in some ground flaxseed for another nutritional boost. I folded pieces of sweet, organic strawberries into the batter and topped the pancakes with ... [Continue Reading]
I try my best to make sure that our family eats plenty of fruits and vegetables. The fruit part is easy, but it's the vegetables that make this task a little more challenging. While William has enjoyed just about every vegetable we've given to him, Julia is a different story. She will eat a few bites of cucumber and broccoli, and that's about it (unless you count tomatoes, which are technically a fruit). I was hopeful that she would like this broccoli pesto pasta, since she does like broccoli (sort of), and she did!
Our whole family loved this pasta, and I know it is one of those recipes that I will make again and again. I made the full recipe, and we enjoyed the leftovers for dinner the ... [Continue Reading]
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may know that at our house Thursday night is usually breakfast for dinner night. I love breakfast for dinner because, for one, breakfast foods are some of my favorites- pancakes, waffles, eggs, cereal...these are all things I crave. Second, by Thursday night I really need a dinner that is fast and easy to prepare. I make a batch of pancakes or waffles most weekends, pop the leftovers in the freezer, and then when Thursday evening comes around I just defrost them either on the counter or in the microwave and then warm them in the toaster.
I have a number of different pancake recipes that I rotate through, and I like this one because it's one ... [Continue Reading]
I am completely addicted to this homemade greek yogurt. I never would have thought that I would make my own yogurt. When I first came across the idea, I thought it was interesting but not something that I would actually do. The second time I saw a recipe for homemade greek yogurt, though, I thought, I can do that. And you know what? I totally did. And I've made this at least once a week every week in the six weeks since then.
Why am I so addicted to this yogurt? There are a few reasons. For one, it tastes amazing. Even my favorite store brand can't compete with this thick, creamy yogurt. Homemade yogurt is much less sour than store-bought, and while it's hard for me to eat store-bought ... [Continue Reading]
Muffins, along with cookies, are one of my favorite things to bake. They're easy to make and are perfectly portioned little morning snacks. My sister was searching for a healthy oatmeal muffin recipe, but having trouble finding what she wanted. I was excited for the challenge of creating an oatmeal muffin that was not only healthy but also crave-worthy.
I'm very happy with the way these muffins turned out, and my sister loved them too. You might think an oatmeal muffin would be dense or heavy, but these are neither. The muffins have a light texture and are filled with plenty of oats. I used applesauce to help keep the muffins moist, and this also allowed me to get away with only using ¼ ... [Continue Reading]