Fruit Bowl vs. Cookie Jar

July 30, 2016

Fruit Bowl vs. Cookie Jar

Fill up your fruit bowl and trash the cookie/snack jar!

 

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It’s summer, the kids are out of school and home…eating everything in site! Sound familiar? Yep, this is totally the case for our house!  When the kids come inside from playing outside or from swimming try having some fruit ready and waiting for them. Most fruits you can pair up with a nut butter and/or some almonds to make a healthy and filling snack to help re-fuel your kids, with no sugar crash!  🙂

I try to keep my fruit bowl stocked (which can be challenging with 5 of us) so the my kids can grab a piece of fruit when they are hungry. So load up your fruit bowl, keep it stock and out in clear view and reach of your kids! When they are searching for a snack and walk by they just might start grabbing the fruit and stop requesting the other junk! Plus, a full fruit bowl just looks so pretty! 🙂

If you are just beginning your journey and the thought of no chips or processed snack foods sounds impossible…and you are wondering how you can ever get these non food items out of your house, check out the link below!

 

Happy Fruit Bowl Stocking!!!

 

 

 

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food?!?!

Green Smoothie Tips

July 18, 2016

Green Smoothie Quick Tips

Hey everyone! I have received a ton of requests in the last few weeks for smoothie recipes…so I wanted to share some quick tips with everyone…and you can always click on the Green Smoothie Tab at the top of the page for more information on these delicious treats!

 

 

One of my favorite green smoothie sites is: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/

 

 

Here are some great tips to get you going!

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For more delicious green smoothie concoctions, check out the links below.

  

http://theactivefam.com/green-smoothies/#sthash.2GvTPztp.dpbs

 http://theactivefam.com/runners-smoothie/#sthash.0aDYrdWI.dpbs

 http://theactivefam.com/2015/07/#sthash.rDFCKUKP.dpbs

 

Baby Bullet, Healthy Babies!!!

June 23, 2016

Baby Bullet, Healthy Babies

 

For the amazing new and expecting mothers! 🙂

 

kash baby

December 29, 2014

Baby Bullet, Healthy Babies!!!

This Year I went out and bought myself a Christmas Gift…a new Baby Bullet! Woohoo!!! Good times! You can tell how much your priorities have shifted when you get so excited about a Baby Bullet!

This is my second Baby Bullet, the first one I bought when Kailee (who is 5) was born and it lasted a while, with fairly regular use. While my middle child is now 3, the large batch mixer is the perfect size for Green Smoothies (so yummy) so YES I did use it almost everyday. Ultimately, I believe, the motor went out, user error I’m sure! J

I can already see the eyes a’ rolling… “You’re one of THOSE moms…well I just don’t have time for all that”! Calm down, and stop being so judgmental. I’m not here saying, you MUST do this…I’m here saying, “Hey it’s really not that difficult and the benefits are worth it, to me!”

I mean after all, would you eat fast food everyday? I hope for most of us the answer is NO. However, if the answer for you is yes, don’t get frustrated. Start with small changes and keep going! And remember, you are in the right place! #HealthyLifestyle

Well, let’s think about packaged baby food as fast food and/or processed food – with extra additives, salt, sugar, etc; then why wouldn’t we make it and save the packaged (convenience) baby food for the emergencies.

Making baby food is not only super simple, it’s a real cost saver. I normally make Kash’s food right before he eats based on what we have in the house and/or what we are eating for dinner.  I will make batches and freeze some a few days a week as well – for the above mentioned emergencies. The best part, you never have to worry about running out of baby food. The Baby Bullet is so small and easily packed I take ours with us on vacations. I also have the steamer, and its small enough to steam the baby food but not large enough to be a hassle when cleaning. You can store the extra food in the containers that are perfect serving size containers and great to take on the go! I know, I know…I sound like an infomercial! Honestly, I don’t know that I would’ve last making baby food for three kids without a Baby Bullet!

To give you an idea how easy it is to make food:

Apples:

  • Slice and Peel
  • Set in Steamer (takes about 10 mins)
  • Add to Baby Bullet
  • Add Breast  Milk
  • Blend for 10-20 secs
  • Serve or Store

(To warm up the baby food you can place the storage container in warm water)

Once your baby is able to eat mixtures it is so great to have. I make brown rice, with chicken and veggies for the little ones in my bullet!

I know some of you are thinking, “why wouldn’t I just use a blender”…well it seems logical but I’m sure those that choose the blender route instead of the bullet route don’t last near as long. Why? Because of the awesome design of the baby bullet, the perfect size of the mixing containers and the serving size storage containers all make it so easy. I made the same mistake too. When my bullet finally went out, I tried the blender route. I lasted one day before I went out and bought a new Baby Bullet. So for those of you thinking it’s the same thing as using a blender, IT’S NOT!!! J Take my advice; buy the Baby Bullet from the beginning. Let’s start our babies off on the best possible path to a healthy lifestyle!

If you have any yummy baby food recipes please share, I’m always on the lookout for more ideas!

http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Bullet-Baby-Care-System/dp/B004V5BTUA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419882564&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+bullet

Walnut Brownies

June 3, 2016

Walnut Brownies

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I’m always on the lookout for amazing real food recipes for desserts…especially brownies! These walnut brownies do not disappoint. If you are looking for a more cake like brownie that is still rich in flavor, you will love these! This is the perfect way to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings, without loading your body up with the extra chemicals, additives and other junk. I can notice a huge different the way my body responses to the package desserts versus the homemade real food desserts! An extra bonus for me is today I’m carb loading for my half marathon in the morning; while I don’t recommend loading up on sweets (real food or otherwise) before a race…I will have just one! J

 

Walnut Brownies –    Forks over Knives Cookbook

  • 3 oz extra firm tofu, drained (yes tofu!)
  • 1/3 c pitted prunes (or dates for extra sweet)
  • ½ c unsweetened plant-based milk, heated until very hot not boiling
  • ¾ c 100% pure maple syrup
  • ½ c plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ c water, heated until very hot not boiling
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ c walnuts, chopped

 

 

  1. Preheat oven 325 degrees. Line 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. Crumble tofu in blender. Add prunes. Pour in the hot milk and puree for about 3- seconds. Add the maple syrup and puree until smooth.
  3. Add cocoa powder to mixing bowl. Add the hot water and mix with a fork until mixed well.
  4. Add the prune mixture to the chocolate mixing bowl and stir well. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. Add in half of the flour and add the baking soda and salt. Mix well. Mix in the remaining flour and fold in the walnuts.
  6. Spread the batter into the baking pan. It will be thick, but it will spread out to the corners of the pan.
  7. Bake for 17-20 minutes. The top should be firm to the touch.
  8. Let cool for 20 minutes and serve.

 

Makes about 12 delicious walnut brownies!

What’s your favorite real food brownie recipe?

Happy Baking!!!

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

May 10, 2016

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

 

Sometimes the BEST gifts are wrapped in laughter and silliness…it’s only when these moments have passed that we recognize them as wonderfully fabulous! 

 

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This past weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day. I had a wonderful weekend full of love, laughter and family! My weekend started with an evening jog, family pizza making and a movie. Saturday we had a family picnic at the lake followed by a  4 mile bike ride (for the kids and the hubby, I ran) after which I dropped everyone off at home and finished my long run, 10 miles!

Sunday started with church and a relaxing afternoon and ended with us on our front porch watching the storm…the kiddos even ran down and played in the rain for a few minutes.
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While none of these activities are particularly exciting (to anyone but probably my family) to have them all in ONE weekend…for my family was WONDERFULLY FABULOUS! We are so busy and life happens…so this past weekend was the BEST Mother’s Day gift.  

 

While material gifts are nice, I am typically one that prefers the gift of time and thoughtfulness. If you were spoiled with gifts this Mother’s Day and loved it, that’s GREAT! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. 🙂 In past years I have asked for things too…last year I asked for and received my Garmin Watch, which I LOVE! But this year this mama needed a long weekend full of family, relaxation, laughter and memories and that’s exactly what I got!

 

Life goes by to fast and as I watch my little ones grow at the speed of light I know looking back I will remember this year, watching my kiddos playing in the rain, laughing and having a great time!
I hope you all received your BEST Mother’s Day Gift!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

 

 

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

April 28, 2016

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

 

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I have FINALLY hooked my hubby on green smoothies!!! 🙂 For those that don’t know Sai, he is not always excited to try new things. He started by occasionally taste testing my smoothie and then he started drinking one daily but only because I would make it and say, “here, DRINK IT”! Now, he wakes up and asks, “what no smoothies today”!

Yes, this process has been going on for a few years but some people are more difficult to convince. For Sai, he has seen and felt the difference in his days after he has a green smoothie for breakfast. He will often times have TWO, one in the afternoon as well!
So wives, husbands, daughters, brothers, moms and dads; if you are trying to share the greatness of green smoothies with the ones you love be patient and keep sharing. Start with the recipes that will be most comfortable for your loved one and then expand their horizons gradually over time.  

If they are a peanut butter cup lover like us, try this delicious smoothie for a starter! Anything with peanut butter has to be good!

 

Recipe Adapted from Simple Green Smoothies

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie 

  • 2C Spinach (I use fresh spinach that I have previously frozen)
  • 2C Almond Milk – unsweetened
  • 2 Bananas
  • 3TBS Cacao
  • 2TBS Peanut Butter

Blend Spinach and milk until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend well.

 

Enjoy!

 

Share a green smoothie with someone you love, you can change their life!

 

Happy Sharing!!! 🙂

 

Got my Brooks on, I’m ready to go…run (train for) the Chicago Marathon!!!!

April 22, 2016

Got my Brooks on, I’m ready to go...run train for the Chicago Marathon!!!!

 

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It is amazing to think that three years ago I ran my first organized race (5k) with my then 4 year old daughter. A few months prior to the race Kailee started asking to run with me – not in the stroller or on her scooter but run –so of course I said yes! She had asked to run the 5k with me because she truly enjoys running, and because she REALLY wanted a finisher metal. 🙂

 

That one 5k, The Halloween Hustle, started a chain of multiple race endeavors for our family, races that I would run with my kiddos. After several family races I wanted to challenge myself. You have to understand, running by yourself 20 miles a week for 20+ years can get…well boring at times. I wanted to train with a purpose, with a goal. So, I set my sights on one of the toughest (if not the toughest) half-marathon races in Kansas City, Hospital Hill. AMAZING!!! (There is still time to join me at Hospital Hill this year, discount code HHRKELLI!)

 

After I crossed the finish line, I already knew I wanted to continue training for a full marathon. So I signed up for the Kansas City Marathon, which was only four months away… Now, while I had been running for years, I had never run more than 7 miles prior to training for Hospital Hill, (why would any sane person) So as I began training for The Kansas City Marathon I was NERVOUS. Nervous that I wouldn’t finish, nervous that I would pass out, nervous that I would get injured, just nervous!

While I felt OK on most training days, if was HARD…hard to run 15, 16, 17, 20 miles. Hard to find the time to run, hard to stay hydrated, everything was just HARD! But I must say I enjoyed the challenge, I enjoyed training with a purpose, I enjoyed training to achieve a goal I had set for myself.

 

My first marathon was in October 2015.   I had major hydration issues which led to excessive calf cramps, headaches etc. (read the full Race Day post). But I pushed through and I FINISHED!

 

After crossing the finish line I said to myself, “I have to do this again, and do it better!” It was then (or maybe shortly after I regained feeling in my legs) that I set out to run the 2016 Chicago Marathon. Why Chicago?Well, because it’s the Chicago Marathon! 🙂 An added bonus is  that Chicago will be a much flatter course than the rolling hills of The Kansas City Marathon so it should allow for my best possible race!!! 🙂

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My race journey began because of my daughter’s desire to run, and has continued and grown because my kids still love going running with me. If they didn’t go with me I would never have the time to train, that’s for sure! It’s something we can do together and all enjoy. What better way to continue encouraging kids to get active and make healthy choices that by running as a Team Healthy Kids Athlete!

This is an extraordinary organization that is helping educate kids on the benefits of healthy food choices and being active!

I am so excited to be running the 2016 Chicago Marathon as a Team Healthy Kids Athlete. In the process I hope to help by bringing awareness not only to the organization, Action for Healthy Kids, but also to the movement of educating kids on the importance of nutrition, the benefits of making healthy food choices and being active!  If I, at 35 years old, can run my first marathon, then asking kids to commit to being active 60 minutes everyday is NOT asking too much!

 

I hope to show kids and adults that our health is a gift and we are called to preserve this gift. It is not just about Race Day, but also the months of training preparing for the race that makes the difference.

 

Team Healthy Kids and I would LOVE your support.

 

How can you help?

  1. Please share this article with anyone you think might enjoy it!
  2. Donate to help support Team Healthy Kids and my quest to run the Chicago Marathon https://donate.actionforhealthykids.org/fundraise?fcid=647517
  3. Attend any of the several upcoming fundraising events I will be hosting over the next several months.

 

We will be posting information on upcoming fundraising events, subscribe to receive email updates so you don’t miss out on anything! You can follow my training progress on instagram @ksinthusy and also on the blog.

 

If you have any suggestions for fundraising opportunities or would like to donate items for an event, please comment below or contact me directly.

 

Thank you so much for your support!

 

Happy Training!

 

 





Homemade granola chunks / bars

April 20, 2016

Homemade granola chunks / bars

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I have always been a huge fan of granola; granola bars, granola cereal, granola parfaits, etc. Unfortunately as my knowledge of processed foods, additives artificial flavoring and artificial food coloring increased my desire to buy granola products plummeted. Almost every ingredient I mentioned is found is most packaged granola products. 🙁

 

So for a long time we just went without any granola. But as I started searching for more real food options began to come across granola recipes. I have since tried several recipes and some are better than others but this recipe I have to say is DELICIOUS!

 

I made this week per the request of my 1st grader for her school lunch. I absolutely LOVE when my kiddos not only eat some of the new food I have introduced but start making requests!

 

Granola/ Granola Bars – makes 3lbs

Recipe Adapted from www.100daysofrealfood.com

  

  • 3½ cups rolled oats (steel cut oats for bars)
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon all spice
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Also need – parchment paper

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, cranberries, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
  5. Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
  6. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag (if making cereal). Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

 

My kids prefer to make large granola chunks, perfect for their tiny fingers! 🙂

 

The great thing about this recipe is you can add in any ingredient you would like to try. We like the dried cranberries but you could use cashews, pecans, raisins etc.

 

Happy Baking!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Bean Brownies

April  17, 2016

Black Bean Brownies

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These are a family favorite and a perfect dessert for Sunday Dinner!

If you haven’t yet tried these…these are a MUST try! So next time you feel like making brownies skip the boxed brownies and all the chemicals and additives and give these a try!

You will NOT be disappointed! :

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (10g)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (40g) (See nutrition link below for substitutions)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave (or honey, but not for strict vegans.) (75g)
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil (40g) (See nutrition link for substitution notes)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (115-140g) (Not optional. Omit at your own risk.)
  • optional: more chips, for presentation

Total Time: 15m

Yield: 9-12 brownies
Instructions

Black Bean Brownies Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. (A blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.) Stir in the chips, and then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! Makes 9-12 brownies.
Read more at http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/#hlkQvFHZx52mQW7W.99
http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/

Read more at http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/#hlkQvFHZx52mQW7W.99

 

Happy Baking!

Got my Brooks on…I’m ready to go…almost…maybe…maybe tomorrow?!?!

April 13, 2016

Got my Brooks on…I’m ready to go…almost…maybe…maybe tomorrow?!?!

 

 

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Ever just have ONE OF THOSE DAYS?! It seems the busier we get the more days like this I have – and yesterday was no exception. After maybe 4.5 hours of sleep, and long day of work, work, kids and work I get Kailee from school and I’m thinking, “OK, I have 2 hours before gymnastic class…I can totally squeeze in a nap!” (funny thing is, I never nap – no time) I also know I’m training for the Hospital Hill Half Marathon and I need to get in a 4 mile run and strength training today. Yes, I could put it off until tomorrow – but friends, that is a slippery slope – why put off till tomorrow what we can do today.

 

After we got home, I feed the kids and we packed up to go for our run! My hubby trains in the evenings so either I take the kids or I don’t go. On occasion I will go for a night run, but I knew I was too tired for that today! It wasn’t by best run, but I got my miles in and it was a decent run. Most importantly, my kiddos had a great time. Kailee LOVES riding her bike and the boys just love being outside. They even got out and ran about 1 mile with me – and afterwards I was so happy we went. After gymnastics class I was able to squeeze in a good strength training workout and then bed! 🙂
Everyday, every workout will not be perfect…DO IT ANYWAYS!  

There is no perfect time to start…there is only TODAY!

 

If you have pics training with your kiddos, please share!
There is still time to join us at Hospital Hill ! Register today and use discount code HHRKELLI.

 

How are you training today?

Happy Training!