Monthly Archives: July 2014

Homemade Pickles!

July 29, 2014

Homemade Pickles!

homemade pickles

Anyone who has ever met my hubby knows he is a HUGE pickle fanatic. He eats them daily. We have a stocked supply in our panty. He has also passed his love for pickles onto my kids. Kailee and Kobe both love to eat pickles with their daddy!

At first I didn’t think this was a bad option for a quick and easy snack – yes the sodium is high but again compared to potato chips, fruit snacks or snack cakes, I felt pickles were a better option. And that’s how we try to make our food choices on this journey to improved health and wellness. It’s always important to remember that it is a journey and one day, good or bad, will not alter your course, but rather it’s the collective choices that determine your destination and your overall health.

We try to keep in mind moderation is key. Well with my pickle fanatics moderation is not an option because they tend to consume pickles daily. Since my family is on a journey to eliminate processed foods and eat real food – one day I happened to look at the ingredients on the pickles – sometimes ignorance is bliss. Well here it is…. YELLOW 5, not to mention the others!!!!

pickle ingred

This must be how people feel when they discover the sugary cereal they have been feeding their kids everyday is full of crap almost none of which is nutritional and no wonder why they are hungry again and hyperactive – my heart stopped – WOWZERS I have been poisoning my kids everyday and didn’t even realize it – ok, so maybe not that dramatic, but this hit me hard because how was I going to tell my kids – or well my husband for that matter- they could no longer have pickles. Pickle Gate 2014 Began!

First let me interject in case anyone is wondering why my objection to the pickles. Here are two great reasons why I try to avoid food dyes:

Well after about 2 minutes of research I found a…Better Option….Homemade Pickles. To my surprise they were super yummy and my little fanatics all gave me 2 thumbs up! As an extra bonus, they are also cheaper than store bought, so it’s a win-win!

I’m also in the process of testing a few other recipes one in particular that does not call for vinegar.  I’ll let you know how that goes!


Enjoy your pickles!!!


Overnight Oats!

July 15, 2014

Overnight Oats!



This is one of my favorite breakfasts. It’s fast, easy, yummy and the kids LOVE it.

My friends are always telling me that they can’t get their kids to eat oatmeal.  I personally can eat oatmeal plain with no problems – but let’s face it… that’s not going to fly with most kids! Here is a great way to get your family eating a  yummy and nutritional breakfast.  Eating real food can be real easy! (:

1/2 Cup Raw Oats

1/2 Greek Yogurt

1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (can sub almond milk)

1/2 Cup Fruit ( I even use a whole banana)

2 Tbs PB2 (chocolate or PB flavor ) –  Optional

I have used honey, cinnamon or vanilla in place of/ or with the PB2

I try to let my kids join in the fun and and make their own creations. I have found the more involved the kids are in choosing what they eat, the more likely they are to try new things. There are several versions and lots of different possible combinations to keep your oatmeal mornings happy mornings!

PLEASE feel free to share your favorite combos!!!














There’s a New Kid in Town!

July 11, 2014

There’s a New Kid in Town!


We have a new addition to our family! Kash was born June 5, 2014 @ 3:35am.

kash pic

This is me on my last jog with just my 2 kiddos – this was about 7 hours before Kash was born. I even made Saisana walk the neighborhood with me @ 1:30am  on 6/5/14 (walking really does help ease labor pains). (:

last walk with 2

Overall, my pregnancy was AWESOME. My labor was smooth (no pain meds, yay!) and my recovery has been speedy! This is all I can say about that…if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you!

Overall I gained about 35lbs which is about 20 lbs less than either of my previous pregnancies. What was the difference…yep, said it before and I’ll say it again, ADVOCARE! People sometimes confuse Advocare Supplements with some type of weight loss pill – not the case! Image if you were to buy a car, but never changed the oil, got tunes ups or even cleaned the inside. Well after awhile the car probably wouldn’t look and/or run as smooth as it did before, right? Well supplements keep you’re body running smooth by filling in the nutritional gaps you’re are not getting from your diet.  Like all things, remember, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are tons of supplements on the market, many of which contain artificial flavors and dyes. I have not yet met a doctor that advised me to stop taking my daily Advocare supplements – and replace them with a prescribed prenatal.  It’s like taking a super prenatal everyday.

You might have heard people say once they get pregnant (or hopefully before) they start taking prenatal vitamins and their hair grows faster, looks healthier -same goes for their skin. Uhmmm, well, to me this just means something has been missing the entire time. Why would you not want to have optimal nutrition all the time?  Making the decision that I wanted to feel AMAZING all the time – has been the most rewarding decision.

Now that the baby is here, let’s get rid of all this baby weight, right?! Well not so fast! I will be the first to tell any new mother that while it is tempting to want to be pre-baby weight and size at lighting speed, take it easy. If you’re nursing, not only will it help, but remember you need the extra calories.  I have tried to keep my calories higher around 2300-2500 per day. If you drop them too low in the beginning, what will you do when you plateau?  Also, remember that losing weight and fat or two different things. I have worked too hard to try and maintain my muscle mass to lose it; just so the scale makes me smile, while by body gets flabbier than it already is post-baby!

However you decide to handle your post-partum workouts take it easy and listen to your body.

I started walking again 5 days postpartum, nothing crazy, just a few slow paced miles. I started building up my miles and pace and I was jogging (at a slow pace) 2 times a week and walking 4 times a week about 2 weeks postpartum.  Just as I did during my pregnancy, I listen to my body and if I need to slow down or feel I can speed up, I do.  Getting out and getting active makes me feel good and the kiddos love it.


Here we are on our first walk with all 3 kids! Kash loves walking just as much as Kailee and Kobe!

first walk with all 3

On the 4th of July I hit a mini goal of mine – my first complete 4 mile jog since Kash, YAY!

7-4-14 jog

I’m now back up to 20-25 miles a week and finally starting to focus on my pace, which is about 11 min mile for 3-5 mile runs. My goal is to get below 9 min/mile. This week I resumed my strength training and HITT workouts- modified. I’ll let you know how those go!

Remember, Do What You Can Do TODAY!