Monthly Archives: July 2015

Banana Pineapple Green Smoothie

July 23, 2015

Banana Pineapple Green Smoothie

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I absolutely LOVE my green smoothies. I try to have at least one green smoothie per day! I have been flooded with people asking me for more green smoothie ideas and since I aim to please…I’m going to be posting a new smoothie recipe each week along with a few tips I’ve learned along the way. Each week I will pick a few fruits and experiment each day with different combinations and post my favorite!

 

Here are some basic guidelines to get you going.

 

Create your own yummy green smoothie with this awesome chart that breaks it all down. — SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

(taken from www.simplegreensmoothies.com )
Once you master the art of green smoothie making you can experiment and make your own yummy creations, but winging it right out of the gate…might not be the best idea.
This week’s Green Smoothie:

 

Banana Pineapple

2 Cups Kale

2 Cups Cashew Milk (or coconut water)

1 Banana

1 Cup Pineapple

1 Handful of Ice*

1 TBS Chia Seeds

½ TBS Vanilla

*I normally opt for frozen fruit instead of ice but in this recipe it works great. The banana adds enough thickness.

 

The cashew milk makes the combo of sweet and nutty flavor delicious! For a more tropical version try using coconut water or coconut milk.

 

How to make the Best Green Smoothies:

  • Blend the liquid and greens together first – this helps avoid any large clumps
  • I use fresh spinach/kale that I freeze – stay fresh longer and helps to make a cold creamy smoothie
  • Make smoothies ahead of time for one the go, in a rush meal ideas – Mason jars work great for storage – 2-3 days max in the refrigerator.
  • Add in a cup of plain greek yogurt – makes for an extra thick smoothie. 🙂
  • Enjoy!

 

 

If you have any fruit/veggies you would like to incorporate leave a comment and I will experiment!

 

 

 

Happy Blending!

Farm to Table

July 15, 2015

 

I’m loving the veggies from our CSA this season. For anyone starting out or if you are already on your journey to a healthier lifestyle a CSA is a great option.  Check out the link below!

 

http://theactivefam.com/?p=221#sthash.zsLAFhxj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Starts at Home – 20 minute workout

July 14, 2015

Health Starts at Home – 20 minute workout!

Here is a great workout when you’re in a time crunch.

 
I LOVE a good, fast workout and since life is busy some days it’s hard to squeeze in a workout. While I don’t go to a gym (who has time for all that 😉 ) I try to train 3-4 times a week.  When I need a good 20-25 minute workout AND want to take it outside I turn to Maria Kang, @mariakang . She always posts good little workouts. Last night Kailee and I completed this workout in the backyard. Yes, it was hot, around 95 degrees (at 8pm). Drink water and stay hydrated, be smart!
I left out the snatches – since I do not have the equipment –  but even with the 4 exercises it was a good 20 minute workout.

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Don’t be afraid to take your workouts outside and have fun with them. We were doing walking lunges all around our backyard. For me having fun with my kiddos there working out with me 😉 and cheering me on is much better than being inside at a gym. (but that’s just me)!

 

Get outside and get active with the entire family. Your kids will welcome the opportunity to be included. Give them the stopwatch and have them yell switch when it’s time – they will LOVE it!

 

Happy Workouts!

 

Black Bean Brownies

July 13, 2015

 

Black Bean Brownies

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It’s summertime, the kids are home and I LOVE baking with my kiddos. Since I’m always on the search for yummy homemade goodness I decided to share one of my favorite finds! While we are not a gluten or dairy free home I still love to make recipes that are because they are so delicious! So next time your family wants brownies for dessert try this recipe! It’s fast and easy (a must in our home). Made with all real food ingredients you can enjoy a yummy dessert without the all the extra (unknown) additives that won’t leave you feeling, blahhh! 🙂

 

TIP: The first time I made these I didn’t tell the kids nor the hubby these were black bean brownies. They devoured them before I could tell them! 🙂

 
http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/

 

Happy Baking!

Healthy Road Trip Snack and Meal Ideas.

July 6, 2015

Road Trip!

Healthy Road Trip Snack and Meal Ideas!

Most people that know us know that we enjoy a road trip here and there! And when you are traveling with 5 people (3 small children) having delicious, healthy snack and meal options is a MUST!

While you might be thinking, “I don’t want to watch what I eat…I’m on vacation” Not to worry. I’m not suggesting that you don’t try the local fare but save your vacay splurges for the destination not the car. Remember, like anything else, your road tripping skills will improve the more you use them. 🙂

As our family moved from 2 children and a baby to 2 children and a toddler – this changed the game for us. Finding road trip snack and meal ideas for a toddler is different than for the older children. Why? Well, with my youngest he wants to feed himself…but that’s not always a good idea, especially in a moving vehicle. And who has time to stop each and every time one of the three kids wants a snack? Not this mama, for sure!

This summer the 5 of us, plus our 12 year old nephew made the 17 hour (one way) road trip out to Edisto Island. (It was gorgeous and we can’t wait to go back).

 

Here is what we packed for our road trip!

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  • Pineapple
  • Cucumber chips
  • Cauliflower
  • SPARK (a MUST have for the adults) 🙂
  • Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels (one of the few processed snacks, I don’t mind so much)
  • Homemade popcorn
  • Homemade Chicken Salad
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Homemade Trail Mix (almonds and raisins – so easy – kids love it)
  • Homemade Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
  • Homemade oatmeal cookies
  • Whole wheat bread for chicken salad sandwiches

I opted to eat my chicken salad with the cauliflower, cucumbers and/or carrots, so GOOD!

We always try to pack food that will be easy to eat on the road and won’t leave us feeling…ughhhh!

 

And don’t forget the drinks. We packed a cooler with a spout full of water and filled up our water bottles as needed! It worked out great.

 

Happy Road Tripping!!!