Fruit Salad with Agave

What better way to start off the morning then with a yummy fruit salad? This is so easy to make and actually fills you up! Here’s what I added:

A Handful of Blackberries

A Handful of Raspberries

A Cup of Cantaloupe

Drizzle of AgaveDSC_1347Enjoy your mornings by making it full of colorful fruit! :)

Quick, Healthy Dinner: Because Eating Healthy Should be Easy

I know how difficult it is to get yourself in the mindset to cook, especially after a long day working or being with your kids. This is why you need to give yourself a break and whip up something that takes under ten minutes to make, but still is healthy enough to keep your body energized and healthy!

Here’s a recipe for this vegan spinach garlicky/lemon pasta:
DSC_1340Ingredients:

1/3 Cup Spinach

1lb Cooked Noodles

1 Clove Garlic

Dash of Lemon Juice

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions:

It should only take about ten minutes to make this (as long as it takes the noodles to cook)

Once the noodles are done cooking, add everything together and there you go! A healthy meal in ten minutes or less!

A Review on Le Creuset Stoneware: A Kitchen Must-Have

For Christmas, I received two baking dishes. One was the Le Creuset baking dish 7×5 and the second being the oval 1.3×6.6×4.5 baking dish. I decided that it was about time that I use them! I’ve never made anything with a baking dish before, so it took me a while to find a recipe using one that I thought I might like. If you want to see what recipe I used, click here. I was happy/proud of what the outcome was and I would highly recommend the purchase of these baking dishes! Here’s what you need to know about them:DSC_1322

The Pros:

Since I am giving these baking dishes a five star, there are many pros that I have found. First of all, the baking dishes are very easy to clean. All the grease and dark spots that were left over after baking wiped away like nothing. Also, the baking dishes are very durable and retain heat well. On top of that, the dishes are attractive. I would definitely not be embarrassed bringing one of these dishes to a party with my own home cooked meal inside!

The Cons:

The only cons that I have found is that the dishes are a bit pricey considering they aren’t very large and are best for cooking appetizers or a meal for two. However, I would say that the price is worth what you are getting. I guarantee that these dishes are going to last for a long time before I ever need to replace them. Besides, you have the option to choose larger sizes that may be better suited for your larger family.

Overall, I definitely recommend the purchase of one or two of these dishes, especially if you enjoy making meals using baking dishes regularly. They are going to last you a long time and they aren’t time-consuming to clean, leaving you with easy meals to make for dinner after a long day at work.

 

A Healthy Pesto Bake

For dinner tonight, I whipped up this quick healthy pesto bake. I used my new baking dish that I got for Christmas and it turned out perfectly. I’ve never cooked anything with a baking dish before. I didn’t know what I was missing out on! It bakes everything together so well. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients: 

1 lb of pasta

2 cups cherry tomatoes

1/2 water

1/2 cheese (any kind, I used parmesan)

For the Pesto:

2 cups spinach

1 cup kale

3/4 cup pecans

1/4 parmesan

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp minced garlic

Dash of lemon juice (optional)

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Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400

Boil water for the pasta

While waiting for the water to boil, chop the tomatoes into halves

Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook according to package instructions

Blend all the pesto ingredients together

Toss the noodles with the tomatoes, pesto and water once it is done cooking and place in baking dish

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 15 minutes

I forgot to add the water in the baking dish so it turned out a little dry. I would suggest adding enough water for the pesto to turn a bit saucy. Other than that, the recipe was really good and I was pleased!

If you want to see my review on the baking dish, click here.

Be Colorful // Snack Happy

I don’t know if this is true for you, but if I don’t plan out healthy snacks for the day I tend to eat junk. I make sure that I have two snacks a day that are going to be full of good nutrients and make my plate look colorful.

Here’s my snack of the day that I shared with Dakota:DSC_1237This snack consists of sliced strawberries, bananas with chia seeds, and almond butter for dipping.

Snacks are so important for keeping your body energized throughout the day! Just some more advice from me to you :)

Happy snacking!

Roasted Banana Oatmeal

For breakfast this morning Dakota and I tried something different. I don’t normally like roasted bananas, but this was actually pretty tasty (although Dakota ate most of the bananas and left me with the oatmeal)DSC_1209Ingredients:

1 banana

1 packet plain oatmeal (I used Nature’s Path Organic Oatmeal Flax Plus)

Cinnamon

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Cut up banana and place on lined baking sheet

Sprinkle banana slices with cinnamon

Put bananas in oven for 30 minutes

Make oatmeal according to packet directions

Add bananas on top

A Very Berry Smoothie

This morning for breakfast:DSC_1206Ingredients:

1/3 cup blackberries

1/3 cup blueberries

1/3 cup raspberries

1 tsp agave

1 cup yogurt (any flavor, I used vanilla)

1/2 cup orange juice

Instructions:

Blend all together and enjoy!

Watermelon Break!

When it’s a warm, beautiful day outside, just cut up that watermelon for a snack!DSC_0912You don’t have to have chips and crackers all the time. Don’t forget to snack on some fruit also!

Just some advice from a mom trying to be healthy for herself and her daughter :p

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

I’m big on breakfast and love to try different “healthy” types of pancakes. Today I tried chocolate protein pancakes with blueberries!

DSC_0901Ingredients:

2/3 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup flour

1 mashed banana

1 serving chocolate protein powder

1 tsp baking powder

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together and pour small amounts at a time on hot frying pan with oil.

Top with butter, blueberries, and maple syrup.

These were so good! However, Dakota didn’t like the pancakes themselves, so she snatched up all my blueberries and left the pancakes for me to eat.

My Meals for Disneyland: Save Money & Eat Healthy!

Going on a trip to my favorite place on Earth!? (Or any theme park, for that matter?) Pack some healthy snacks and meals! Trust me, you will feel so much better and more awake than eating any of the junk food that you can buy at the stands.

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So, what did I bring along?:

Sliced peaches

Banana

Nature Box Guacamole Bites (which are amazing by the way!)

Celery sticks, corn, carrots

Fruit cup with vanilla yogurt, raspberries, blackberries, topped with agave

Roasted chickpeas

Pasta made with red vinegar sauce, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese

I also brought along green tea and hot chocolate packets. If you ask for a cup of hot water from Starbucks, they will give it to you for free. I just added my green tea, or hot chocolate packet and I had the perfect cup of goodness for myself.

I was worried that bringing along all of this would make me feel weighed down, but I was able to fit everything in Dakota’s diaper bag along with her milk. I hung the diaper bag on the stroller and barely even noticed it was there (until I was hungry, of course!) Plus, I felt amazing all day and spent NO money, which is also a good thing when you’re going on a big trip!