Cheddar and Smoky Cherry Panini from Happy Healthy Mama: This sandwich looks SO good it’s making me hungry, and I just ate….10 minutes ago! Seriously, I’m drooling over this thing so much my computer might just short out. I’m a sucker for a good hot sandwich. I think I’ll be adding this to our menu ASAP!
Running While Pregnant from Food, Fitness and Family: No, I’m not pregnant but I think this is a fabulous post for anyone that is. Madeline shares some of tips that’s she’s picked up while running during pregnancy. A must read for anyone who is, or thinking about, becoming pregnant
Foods You Need In Your Diet from Lauren Conrad: I don’t know about you, but I love knowing (most of the time) that what I’m eating is good for me. In this post Team LC share some of the best foods to put in your diet (if they aren’t already) and why. I am happy to report almost all of these are included in my diet, with the exception of steel cut oats, (I have regualr ones and kale (I really need to jump on that train).
Microwave Sweet Potato Muffin from The Lean Green Bean: This makes me smile. I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes and like to cook it with meals. I almost always have leftovers because TJ and Jordyn aren’t huge fans of it. On top of using my leftovers on this delicious lunch, I now have another option for how to use my leftovers. Yu
Retraining Our Brains from Blueberry Smiles: I seriously think this is my favorite post of the week. Don’t get me wrong, the other posts rock, but this post is about our mental wellness and retraining our brains to focus on the positive. Rebecca shares her thoughts along with a video you MUST watch. The video is 12-13 minutes long but totally worth it and the guy is funny. If you watch it, please, please, please share your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think!
That about wraps up this week’s Friday Faves!
Do you have any you would like to share?
Good morning! I hope you are all having a great start to your week! I’m back today with the sequel to last week’s Healthy Lunches for Kids post. Today, I want to share healthy snacks.
Veggies Another very obvious option but worth mentioning. Just like the fruit, I was and cut these on Sunday so they’re ready to go. Sometimes, I give them a little dressing to go with their and other’s I let them eat plain. Another great option to go with their veggies….hummus. I haven’t had Dylan try any yet, but I’m determined to have him try it soon.
Popcorn And not the microwave kind. We have haven’t bought microwave popcorn in years. It’s not good for you and is full of chemicals. We buy the kernels and just pop them on the stove. It saves money and is a lot better for you. And the best part is you can add different spices or toppings and create your flavors each time constantly switching it up.
String cheese There’s not much to say about string cheese except yum. It’s a favorite snack for both of my kids and is perfect to grab on the go.
Mini cookies There are times when you just have to let kids be kids and they need to indulge like the rest of us. And their indulgences are usually in the form of cookies. Now I’m not saying you don’t have to make healthy versions of your favorite cookies because I totally do, but I do moderate how many my kids eat and they love when I make them. My trick, I just make them smaller, so my kids have a greater number of cookies but because they’re smaller, they don’t realize it’s the same as if they had a fewer number of the bigger cookies.
Yogurt Yogurt is one of those snacks that is in so many flavors there’s sure to be one that will satisfy your hunger. We always have yogurt in our house because if I don’t, Jordyn is not a happy toddler if that’s her snack choice of the moment. Dylan’s favorite yogurt is Chobani Champions and he loves topping it with granola.
Granola A favorite for topping granola at our house, granola also makes a tasty snack alone. While, we do buy granola, we also make our own. Julie, from Peanut Butter Fingers has an awesome peanut butter granola recipe that you have to try. It is SO good!
Roasted Chickpeas I love roasted chickpeas, and so does Dylan. You can add so many different spice combinations. You can go a sweet taste, salty taste, spicy taste or combo between more than one. In our house, we have found that this is a great snack when we’re craving chips.
Roasted Sugar Snap Peas I have not tried these nor have my kids, but I keep wanting to make them. I’m more of a salty snack person than a sweet snack person, so this is a snack that has been calling my name. Tossing some snack peas in a little olive oil and sprinkled with some salt then roasted; what’s not to love. Just like roasted chickpeas, it’s a cruncy snack you can have instead of chips.
Chips & Salsa It’s no secret that kids love chips and when they have something to dip them in, it makes kids smile even more. We often have chips and salsa as a snack. We find some all natural chips that are lower in salt and will either find an all natural salsa or make our own for the kids to snack on. This is another snack that we portion and limit though since it can be easy to go overboard
Trail Mix Oh, the endless possibilities when it comes to trail mix. I could probably do a whole post on different trail mix recipes (hmmm….maybe that’s an idea). There are so many different items you can use to make your own trail mix, and your kids can help pick out what they want them in too. Dylan loves choosing some of the ingredients. Our favorites usually include a mix of salty and sweet.
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Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? I hope yours was as great as ours.
2 rounds of go carts (one with Beth)
and one without.
It was then back to the house where we opened presents (oops, I left the clearance tag on it. hahaha)
and I made Dylan an ice cream cake! My first ever attempt and it was pretty good. Don’t mind the “cake plate.” It’s really the lid to a really big bowl, but since I have no cake plate, I make it work. lol.
And with present and cake time over, it was time to begin our back to school bedtime routine, because today……
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Today is a day all about Dylan! My baby boy is 8 years old today! I can’t believe how fast he is growing up. He gets taller by the day, smarter by the minute and more independent by the second.
To celebrate this crazy, kind-hearted little boy, we planned a little surprise for him and I’ll fill you in on all the details soon, but for now, I just wanted to stop in and wish him a very
Have a great Sunday and I’ll be back tomorrow!
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That about wraps up another Schweaty Sunday. Here’s to a more active workout week this week and a little less active everything else. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Edible Flowers from Sustainable Baby Steps: OK, before you get all wierd on me for a minute, just take a moment to think about all the other plants we eat (hello, cucumber, carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes). While this is a bit unconventional, I was intrigued by the title of the post and even more interested as I read it. Who knew so many of our garden flowers were edible.
13 Unexpected Ways To Fit Cardio Into Your Routine from Greatist: We all know how crazy life can get at times and that can make fitting cardio time in tough. Greatist is here to share some fun ways to make sure you fit a little cardio into your life
Blueberry Pie Oatmeal Parfait from Dashing Dish: Umm…..I want this….NOW!!! Everytime I look at it, I want it. I will be making this deliciously looking breakfast soon, once I pick up some blueberries and vanilla greek yogurt
Move It Monday: Getting PHAT from Best Body Bootcamp: So just the “PHAT” reference alone makes me want to share this post. Tina brought back all kinds of memories from the days when calling someone “PHAT” not “fat” was cool, well for me she did anyway. What does PHAT mean here? Peripheral Heart Action Training. What does that mean? Check out Tina’s post (I can’t share all the juicy parts of her post) and while you’re there check out her pretty PHAT workout too!
Dreamy Dark Chocolate Scones from Peas and Crayons: When your husband walks by you while looking at a new recipe and then stops and comes back and says, “Make that! Make that now.” And then insists you literally stop what you’re doing to pick up the missing ingredients from the grocery store, you know it’s a post you have to share. This is that post. He and my son are begging me to make this. Guess, I should head to the store and by the ingredients for these amaingly delicious looking scones. Warning: You will be craving these (or at least chocolate) after looking at this post.
Awesome August Workout from Fitnessista: If you have never checked out Gina’s blog, you totally should. She post some great recipes and some amazing workouts, like this one. I have this pinned and will be trying this soon.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent from Hometalk: It’s like they knew I was looking for a dishwasher detergent recipe. We are pretty much out of our store bought detergent, and I already have the ingredients on hand. Fingers crossed it works!
That about wraps it up this week. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Do you have any favorite blog posts you want to share? I’d love read them!
It’s summertime and the weather is hot! With hot temperatures comes the need to be more diligent than ever about your water consumption. Did you know that standard 64 oz of water per day is not necessarily right for everyone? While each person’s daily water needs is different and can vary for you as individual from day to day, there are a few things you can do to figure out your recommended daily amount.
The first thing you need to know is your weight. Your minimum daily water intake should be half your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should drink at least 70 oz of water per day. This is the bare minimum for your day. There are other factors you need to look as well that will usually up your water intake. Some of these factors are if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, if you live in a dry climate, live at a high altitude, or live in an area with extreme temperatures (I totally get this is subjective seeing as I would probably say Savannah has some extreme temperatures (hot temps) at times and the average person will say I’m crazy. lol).
How much more water do you add, you may ask? This amount will also vary. For me, I use an app (which I’ll go more in detail about in another post soon), but one thing I have noticed is that this app will tell me to drink an extra oz of water for every 10 minutes of exercise, so for a 45 minute workout it will suggest 4.5 oz more. If I have an especially intense workout or it’s a pretty hot and humid day outside, then I, personally, will add a few more oz to that.
As for getting all that water in, I sometimes struggle with it. I have gotten a lot better than I used to be but I could always improve a little more. Sometimes, I need a little variety with my water, or I find myself at the end of the day with a ton of water left to drink. I need to come with some new ways to get my water consumption up. I asked around on two Facebook fitness groups I’m apart of for their help and what they do. Together, I think, a helpful list was formed
Start your day with 8 oz of water. Try drinking 8 oz before anything else, and yes that means before your coffee. I know that’s tough, but I started doing this about a month ago and saw a major improvement in my daily water consumption. Each night before bed I put 8 oz of water in the fridge so it’s ready and cold in the mornings. Try it! You’ll be 8 oz closer to your goal before coffee!
Mark your bottles. This was suggested by one of the members of a group I’m part of and it is something I have seen floating around on Pinterest. All it takes, is a reusable water bottle and a sharpie marker. Just mark off spots on your water bottle and write a time you want to be done. For example if you want to be halfway done with your water bottle at noon, make a mark at the halfway point and write 12 pm. I think this is a cool idea but not for me. I’m a weirdo who doesn’t like writing on my water bottles. I don’t even like to write my name on it, but I will if I have to (or I’ll use my label maker…..nerd alert!).
Set time goals. For anyone out there that doesn’t like writing on their water bottles like me, you can also just set time goals. Maybe you know you need to drink 4 bottles of water by the end of the day. You know you need to be finished with the each one every 4 hours, or however you want to set it up.
Add fruit to your water. Adding fruit to your water can give it a little bit of flavor and help with the, “I’m tired of water feeling.” Does anyone else get that? Just me. Well sometimes, I need a little variety in my water. Even adding a few slices of lemon, cucumber, or even berries can liven up your water.
Add a splash of juice. Not a fan of actual fruit in your water? Don’t worry. I used to be that way. Another way to add a little flavor to you water is to add a splash, and I mean a little diving splash, not a cannon ball splash of juice to your water. You just want a hint of flavor. And with all the varieties of juice out there, you have so many possibilities.
Partner with friends. Sometimes all you need is a little push and motivation from friends and family to get you going. It works that way for fitness, why can’t it work that way for water consumption too? With a little encouragement and push from friends, it can work to get you drinking (water, that is). A few simple texts, facebook messages, or tweets throughout the day to check in with each other is all it takes to help each other out.
Reward system. I know this sounds juvenile but hear me out on this one. You’ve heard of reward systems for weight loss, workouts, and even healthy eating; so can’t the same idea be applied to water consumption? I will never take your morning coffee away (some of you may bite me if I did that) but after you drink your coffee, tell yourself you can only have water until you reach your goal. Once you do, you can reward yourself with another beverage of choice. This could especially work for people who drink a lot of other beverages throughout the day, such as soda and tea.
Apps for your phone. There are tons of apps out that that can help you track your water. I will go more in detail in another post about some of the apps that I think are the best but some are basic, while some are a bit more intricate. While my favorite app is not free, there are a good number of free apps that are just as great too.
These are just some ways to help make sure you get your water consumption for the day. And with the summer heat, it’s important to make sure you get yours in.
How do you make sure you get your water consumption in?
I can’t believe it’s almost time! In just 6 short days, Dylan will go back to school and be in 3rd grade. I can’t believe how fast he’s growing. Before I know he’ll be in high school, and not wanting my help. But until then, I’m going to soak up all the “help” I can give.
PB&J on a whole wheat mini bagel Dylan is a huge fan of Peanut Butter and Jelly. If I let him, he’d have it for lunch everyday. And while I don’t typically have a problem with it as lunch, a normal size sandwich just is a larger portion size than I would like, so instead I would often make him half a sandwich. Then it occured to me while shopping one day to use mini bagels, or slider buns for that matter. Dylan likes bagels better so this is perfect. And the smaller sandwich allows for more heathier side and snack options
Mini Chicken Club Sandwiches This pretty much goes right along with the mini peanut butter idea, but I would most likely use whole wheat slider buns for this. Just grill up some chicken and cut it up the night before or on Sunday when you do the rest of your meal prep, and all you have to do in the morning is put the sandwich together.
Mini pita pockets This was an idea I found on the internet, but unfortunately I can’t remember where. I have always done half a pita pocket for Dylan. I had no idea they made mini pita pockets. I am now on the serious hunt for mini pitas for Dylan’s lunch. You can add tuna, chicken salad, grilled chicken with veggies and a vinegarette dressing, and tons more ideas.
Healthy pizza I think this is one of my favorite ideas. It’s something I have thought of, but haven’t done it. It is also something I found on the internet as well. What I love the most about this recipe is that your kids can help you make this. Just make your favorite pizza dough recipe (if you have a good, preferably whole wheat one, please share. I don’t have a favorite yet), and your kids help spread the sauce and add the ingredients they choose. You can even divide the piza dough up to create mini pizzas so each child can have their own pizza.
Salad (green leafy, bean, pasta) Oh, we can go into the many different kinds of salads out there and share recipe after recipe (Ok, I’m sharing one below), but basically, you can pack your kids salad for lunch. I’m sure you’ve pack it for your own lunch before, so you know it does fine. Any salad you can think, an know they’ll eat: green leafy salads, bean salads, pasta salads, they all sound delicious. Just be sure to pack the salad dressing from any green leafy salads, so that it doesn’t get soggy.
Corn, Black Bean and Mango Salad This recipe looks too good not to share. To me, I think this would be good wam or cold, but if they prefer it warm, just heat it up in the morning and pop it in a thermos. Check it out here.
Chili Even though Savannah doesn’t get as cold as I would like it to get (I want snow in the winter), it doesn cool down enough for some good chili in the fall and winter. We love chili in our house. And this year, I plan on sending Dylan to school with some leftover chili. I haven’t yet picked up a thermos, but it’s on my list of back to school supplies for him. Putting some heated leftover chili in a thermos for lunch has to be one of the easiest lunch preps ever. I will love for those days!
Soup I will also live for soup days. It’s another super easy lunch day. And just like chili, is perfect for lunch in a thermos the next day. I love soup and am constantly trying out new soup recipes on my family. Our favorite (and one I plan on making multiple times this fall and winter) is this tomato soup recipe from Jenn over at Peas and Crayons complete with the Baked Mozzarella Balls. It is hands down my favorite tomato soup recipe and one of my all time favorite meals. My husband has put this at the top of his Top 10 meals I’ve made, and my kids kept asking for more, even after it was gone. It was a soup, I originally thought would be my lunch the next day. Everyone liked it so much, there were no leftovers. Seriously, you HAVE TO make this soup!
Mac-N-Cheese A kid favorite, this list couldn’t not include some good ol’ mac-n-cheese. But I’m not talking about the boxed kind, I’m talking about the homemade kind. While this isn’t the healthiest option on the list, you can do things to make it a little healthier, like using whole wheat pasta, soy milk, or low-fat cheese. You can also try this Quinoa Mac N Cheese recipe, another favorite in our house.
Corn & Zucchini Fritters This idea came from Bon Appetit and is actually an idea I have yet tried with Dylan and not really sure if he will like. However, I do love it and am hoping it’s a success. Prepare a batch of whole wheat pancake batter, using about 1/2 the liquid. Stir in a cup thawed frozen corn, one small grated zucchini and a handful of Parmesan, and a sliced scallion. The zucchini will add moisture; add more liquid if the batter is too stiff. Cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Pack with Greek yogurt for dipping.
BLTA wraps (or any other kind of wrap) Wraps are a fun and different take on a sandwich. At least that’s what Dylan thinks. I make these frequently and he loves them. His only complaint: that the wraps would fall apart on him, so when I made them, I started wrapping the finished wrap in parchment or wax paper (just depended on what I had at the moment). I told him when it was lunch time, to just unwrap a little of the paper and eat the wrap so it would stay closed. He said that it was much better. Just like sandwiches, the possibilities are endless, like an amazingly awesome BLTA wrap. A BLT with avocado anyone? Sounds like my kind of lunch.
Smoothies This idea is not mine. I wish it was. I want to claim this one as my own genius idea. Instead, I have to leave the credit to Lisa from 100 Days of Real Food. Dylan loves smoothies. I think the kid could live off smoothies and PB&J, so when I found this idea, I knew I had to include it in the post. Lisa uses these freeze pop molds, which I will be ordering soon to freeze the smoothies in. You can make any smoothie you want. I say load it with all the veggies you can. And then when you pack your kid’s lunch, just pull one out of the freezer and it will still be cold, but partially thawed for lunch time.
Last, I want to share this post by Lisa Leake over at 100 Days of Real Food. When I was searching the internet for more ideas, I came across her School Lunch Round-up post and immediately knew this was a post worth pinning. She has way too many ideas to mention in this post, so instead, I want to share the entire post with you. If you have school-aged kids, you should totally check this post out.
Some of these sound so delicious that they will actually be going on my lunch menu too, as well as Jordyn’s menu. It’s going to make lunch time at our house so easy. And be on the lookout next week for Part 2 to this post: Healthy Snacks for Kids.