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Homemade Granola Bars

November 30, 2017

 

Homemade Granola Bars

If your schedule is anything like mine, it’s full of activities almost every night of the week., if not every night. It can be challenging to find time to make healthy, good quality lunches and snacks….I get it! When I find something I can whip up that’s fast, easy and makes enough to last for a week or more, it makes me happy.

 

Here is a homemade Granola recipe I have adapted from www.100daysofrealfood.com.

 

We are gluten/dairy free so feel free to substitute the non dairy items if desired. However, I have sampled our gluten/dairy free recipe to several people and I haven’t have any complaints. I actually got such great reviews it made it the the blog! 🙂

 

Ingredients

3 ½  cups steel cut oats (can use rolled oats for granola)

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup cashew pieces (walnuts or pecans)

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1.2 sunflower seeds

½ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup dairy free/gluten free chocolate chips

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

½ teaspoons grated or ground nutmeg

6 tablespoons coconut oil (vegan butter or unsalted butter)

½ cup honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoons salt

 

I don’t always use the chocolate chips but who doesn’t love a little chocolate in their granola!

I have also just used the steel cut oats and sunflower seeds – if that’s all I have on hand when I decided to make a batch and it was still yummy!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, cashews, 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 ziplock bag (if making cereal). Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

 

Enjoy!!!

As always try changing up the recipe to meet your family’s taste.

Happy Granola Bar Making!!!

 

A New 4th of July Tradition

July 12, 2017

A New 4th of July Tradition

I got my Brooks on…

 

Every run every race is different, its own. Sometimes I feel great and I have great runs…and sometimes I’m tired and I don’t run as well.  I have been lucky so far with most of my races that I have been able to meet new people and chat for awhile. Not only do I enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories, but when you’re running 13.1 or 26.2 miles if helps to pass the time. J

Well last week I ran the Stars the Stripes 4th of July 5k with my 5 year old son.

 

(Here we are before the race, before the rain 🙂 )

 

I was truly blessed to watch him run, meet new people and enjoy his race and all the training and he did in preparation. Now I say training because he did train. When he came to me and asked to run a 5k with me I told him if he wanted to run he would have to train, so he would be prepared.  I see people signing up for races all the time. And while I think it’s a great thing to be active, for me, the race is much more about the training and preparation. Setting a goal and then working towards that goal.

Kobe’s goal was to run a 5K with his mom. While he has run several races with me and the rest of our family, this was his race.  He trained for about 10 weeks. His training focused much more on keeping a steady pace than finishing.  I knew Kobe was fast, he has always been fast. Kobe is a sprinter, he is fast and he likes to run fast.  J  I knew we would have fun and he would finish without any problems. After all, I have been running with this kid since he was 18 months old.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the impact the race would have on me. I can’t even begin to explain the pure joy it brought me to be part of Kobe’s 4th of July 5k experience, his first (solo-ish) 5k. From watching him pass the starting line with excitement, meeting people along the route, having people cheer him on and sprinting to the finish line, all with a smile of his face ; pure joy! I was so proud of him and hos accomplishment. And so was Kobe! Right before he crossed the finished line he looked back at me, smiled, and then ran right in front of me. He had to make sure he beat mom! And he did. Kobe finished in 34:20!

 

(Sprinting to the finish line)

Even though it was raining most of the race, we both had a great time. So much so, I think we started a new 4th of July tradition. Mother and son 4th of July 5k! J The other kids got in on the fun too. All three of my kiddos ran in the post 5k kids race and did a great job. But the time the kids race started it was pouring!

 

(Kailee, my 8 year old, finishing)

 

 

(Here I am with Kash as he is crossing the finish line at the kids race)

 

Whatever activity you enjoy I encourage you to involve your kids. It is a great way to spend time together. And I love being able to share something I love doing with my kids.

 

Happy Running!!!

A New Christmas Tradition

December 20, 2016

A New Christmas Tradition

Christmas is almost here! Even with the ever-changing temperatures, I absolutely LOVE this time of year. October- December is my most favorite time of the year! The weather so far this December has been warm, cold, colder…and possibly back to warm for a few days, predicting 60 degrees for Christmas Day!

 

Christmas Traditions

Most of us all have our special holiday traditions; baking cookies and Christmas candy, exchanging gifts, ugly sweater parties etc. Our family usually spends Christmas Eve baking Christmas cookies for Santa and decorating gingerbread houses. I would love to add a family kickball game to that list! Last year the weather was warm enough we went out and played kickball on Christmas, kids and adults. With the heat wave moving in Christmas weekend (anything above 32 degrees feels like a heat wave these days) I plan on taking advantage of the warmer temps to keep the Christmas Kickball Tradition going! Last year we had a blast! I think the adults might have had more fun than the kids. J

Pajama Kickball J

 

The adults have no mercy! 

 

Being active doesn’t have to mean being in a boring, smelly gym all day. (I’m not a fan of gyms J) More importantly we are showing our children how to live an active lifestyle. And kickball is a great game for all skill levels and all ages.

 

If you already get out and get active over the Christmas Holiday please feel free to share. And if not, I encourage you to get out and discover a fun active Christmas Tradition. Our health is the best gift we can give ourselves! J

 

Merry Christmas!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teal Pumpkin Project

October 31, 2016

Teal Pumpkin Project

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Another year…another teal pumpkin! 🙂

We got our pumpkins carved and ready just in time for Halloween this year! And for the 2nd year we have a teal pumpkin. This year was another great year. Kailee, my oldest, is perfecting her pumpkin carving skills, while Kobe is working on his…but he is the best guts scooper outter! 🙂 And Kash, my 2 yr old, has mastered the art of painting pumpkins – and himself! 🙂 Like every year the kids had a great time getting the pumpkins ready for Halloween.

 

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What is new this year is that Kailee isn’t asking me why we have a teal pumpkin. She is telling people why we have a teal pumpkin! And that makes me so happy! Spread the word – Teal Pumpkin Project!

Check out the post below for more info on The Teal Pumpkin Project!

 

October 30, 2015

Teal Pumpkin Project

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Halloween is tomorrow?!?! Where has October gone? Between all the fun, fall activities and Royals Baseball we have been so busy the last few weeks, but we are loving every minute of it!!!

I LOVE the weeks leading up to Halloween. There are so many fun family activities – hayrides, Hoots and Toots at the Zoo, Night of the Living Farm, Enchanted Forest…and those are just a few! One of our favorite activities has always been pumpkin carving. I love that it is different every year. As the kids get older they participate in more and different ways. It’s so fun to watch their excitement and creativity grow each year.

pumkin carving 2015

Even Kash got in on scooping out the guts!

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The kids had a blast painting the pumpkins!

For a few years now we have handed out non-food items on Halloween; for no particular reason other than the fact that kids get plenty of candy already and sometimes the non-food items are just as (or even more) exciting for the kids. In a sea of candy, giving a 5 yr old glow sticks, stickers or even tattoos can really help to mix it up and the kids love them! What I didn’t realize until this year was that we were (unknowingly) participating in a movement happening for non –food trick or treat items on Halloween.

FARE, Food Allergy and Research Education is prompting the Teal Pumpkin Project. It is so simple and can help make Halloween a fun holiday for ALL kids.

What is it?

Simple – You paint a pumpkin teal and leave it outside your house. This indicates that you will be handing out non-food items! Simple, right? I bought a tube of teal paint and a mini roller for $2.00. I think this is an incredible idea. This makes it so much for fun for the kids with allergies. They can go trick or treating AND actually have something they can keep.

Why?

When I explained the Teal Pumpkin Project to my 6 year old daughter – it took her a few moments to understand the why? But when I explained to her that while kids with allergies can still trick or treat, how fun is it to then give EVERYTHING you just got away? That was all it took to put a huge smile on her face and say, “MOM”, we have to have a Teal Pumpkin this year”!

I can not completely convey the feeling of joy and happiness I get from not only being able to participate in things like the Teal Pumpkin Project, but also in knowing that my kids are aware of, and hopefully sensitive to the fact, the challenges that other children face. And that there is usually something we can do to help. We are a community after all!

Thinking ahead

How fun would it be for the kids (with allergies and/or those [parents] that do not want an overload of candy…like me) to be able to have a Halloween Hunt for Teal Pumpkins. Roaming the neighborhood searching out all the Teal Pumpkins…sounds like fun times! J

Check out FARE for get more info on the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Happy Halloween!!!

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! 

 

mothers day gift

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.
playing rain

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!!!

 

 

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!

 

 





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?!?!

 

 

running with all kids

 

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!

 

 

 

3 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle

March 15, 2016

3 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle

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We are moving into week 11 of 2016. Do you remember your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions? Were they to eat better, exercise more, lose weight. Etc.….are you sticking to them or have you already kicked them to the curb?!?!?

Well it’s not too late to make 2016 a great year for you AND your health.

 

3 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle

  1. Ditch the gym
  2. Ditch the diet
  3. Ditch the scale

 

Ditch the Gym

The truth is so many people are wasting money on a gym membership because they either don’t go or they don’t know what to do when they are there. If you have been going to the gym regularly for months and still no results – chances are you are wasting your time and money. In order to get results you need to know what to do and how to do it. Those of you that know your way around a gym, keep it up! For the rest of us, STOP wasting money and get a new plan.

 

Cardio – the easiest and cheapest exercise. Get outside and walk, jog or run. Take your kids with you. This is a great way to spend time together doing something that is great for your health. Have a bike? Ride it! This is another great way to turn “going to the gym” into a fun family activity.

Strength Training/ Cardio Mix – there a several good DVDs on the market to choose from that would serve the purpose. One of my favorite DVD workouts is the CU24 Level 2 . This series is great and you get an amazing workout in only 24 minutes! No time lost here driving to the gym! Pick a DVD and commit to doing it 3-4 times a week.

Ditch the Diet –

Stop bouncing from diet to diet. I have done this so many times over the years, until I discovered the power of eating real food. You hear about a friend that lost weight by eating only carrots with her left hand (or something just as bizarre) so you think, OK, I should that that. NO, you shouldn’t! There is no secret to losing weight, maintaining your weight, and/or feeling good. Put good stuff into your body and you will feel good. Put a ton of junk into your body and you will feel yuck! It’s that simple! Check out our meal plan guides if you are needing help figuring out how to get started.

Cleanse – a good quality cleanse can help detox your body of all the toxins and help to reset your metabolism. There are also many cleanses available today. Here is a great 10 day cleanse option.

Supplements – As much I as try to eat a wide variety of foods, I know I’m slacking. I have my favorites and often times I just overlook many of the other options. Taking high quality wellness supplements are a great way to ensure you are getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling great. As part of our daily routine we take CorePlex with Iron, OmegaPlex and ProBiotic Restore.

Ditch the Scale –

If you do everything 100% will you lose 25 lbs in a week? Probably not, but that’s ok! The amount of time and effort you invest in your health will determine the rate of your results. Instead of making a goal of losing ___ lbs in 10 days, try making a goal to add in cardio 3x a week and a strength training video 2x a week. If you are eating better, exercising more and feeling better…you are doing great!

a yr from now

If you are looking for a great program to help jump start your weight loss goals and you are ready to start feeling better, try the 24 Day Challenge!

 

Have questions? Not sure where to start? Just ask! We love helping people on their journey to a more active, healthier future!

If you need a goal – start running, start training and signup for Hospital Hill today! Use discount code HHRKELLI.

 

Happy St. Patty’s Day!!!

Squat Challenge

January 20, 2016

Squat Challenge

 

If you are in need of a good leg workout – give this one a try! If you are like me – wanting to get a good workout in but not really sure what all or how much to do – this will simplify things for you. If your legs aren’t on fire after this workout, I’m not sure what to tell ya. 🙂

 

Take 1 minute breaks as often as you need. Focus on keeping correct form and DO NOT CHEAT. If you need more frequent breaks – take them! Throw this workout into the mix few times a week and see how fast you notice a difference.

 

Squat Challenge

  • 100 Jump Squats
  • 80 Body Squats
  • 60-second Squat Hold
  • 80 Jump Squats
  • 60 Body Squats
  • 40-second Squat Hold
  • 60 Jump Squats
  • 40 Body Squats
  • 30-second Squat Hold

Courtesy of Maria Kang’s Instagram – 

 

Happy Squatting!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂