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Bomb Diggity Meatloaf

By March 15, 2017 Fitness, Food, General, Health
Weekly meal prep is a must in my house. It’s especially nice when you can grab something already cooked and ready to go from the freezer and pop it in the microwave after a long day, am I right?
Meal prep is awesome but despite what people think about always having oven baked or grilled chicken my taste buds get bored easily. I do like to be healthy, but healthy doesnt have to be gross in my cookbook. So I came up with this healthier version of meatloaf on those days you just need something different.
Okie dokie lets get started!!
– 2 pounds ground meat of choice
– 3 cups of organic oats
– 1/2 diced onion
-2 heaping tablespoons spicy mustard
-1/2 a cup of ketchup
– good dousing of garlic salt
-good dousing of pepper
– 2 large eggs
– (optional) diced tomato pieces
Set that oven to 375* F, and grab a good sized mixing bowl. Throw all ingredients into the bowl and really get in there and get those hands dirty! After you have mixed everything together mold into the shape your looking to have and toss into the oven for about 45 minutes.
As you can see I did mine in mini versions, which I was able to make 12 of with enough for a mini meatloaf I will be cutting into slivers for meatloaf sandwiches!
 
(As an after thought the mini meatloaf’s would be perfect as stuffed bell peppers!!)
After you take them out of the oven allow to cool and enjoy!!

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GO to Minion Chocolates

By March 11, 2017 Fitness, Food, General, Health

Who doesn’t love minions? They are the cutest little creatures that both adults and kids LOVE! So what better chocolate to make than a minions homemade “Reese’s” cup thats actually pretty healthy for you. As long as you don’t eat all of them… although they are so scrumptious I wouldn’t blame you if you did! This is another super easy recipe that you can make in advance and keep in the fridge as a go to snack.

The dark chocolate provides relief for those of you out there on a health kick but wanting a candy bar along with added protein from the almond butter/ peanut butter. This is also a great treat for the kiddos when they get done with chores and you want to give them something sweet that isn’t super high in sugar.

Okie dokie.. so for the “Minion mold” I personally got mine from stater brothers with a few boxes of jello, but if stater’s doesn’t have the molds good news is I also found them on amazon.. just type in “Minion chocolate mold”

This is the set that I got from stater brother’s:

Besides the minion mold you will also need:

  • coconut oil
  • dark melting chocolate
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter to start

At this time add the chocolate to a bowl with about a tbsp of coconut oil and heat in the microwave. I would start out with 1 minute 30 seconds, take it out and stir with a spatula then continue for about 30 seconds till the chocolate is nice and melted. If you need to add a little more coconut oil to make it nice and smooth that’s fine.

When your chocolate is nice and smooth use a large spoon to drizzle the first layer into the mold. Make sure to poor a generous amount that covers the bottom half of the mold. When you fill your molds go ahead and stick them in the freezer for 5 minutes

While the molds are cooling I like to heat p the peanut butter/almond butter, so its just as easy to poor into the molds and it doesnt end up clumped more in one section. Take the molds out of the freezer and drizzle the desired amount of peanut butter or any other nut butter over the cooled chocolate. Then right on top of the peanut butter add the last layer of chocolate (You may need to re-heat it). Let it cool in the freezer for at least 20 minutes before popping out of the molds!!

Annnnddd there you have it… you end up with these Scrum-Ditilly-Umptious chocolate bars.. Are they not ADORABLE?!

Let me know if you like them!! Or what Nut butter/ chocolate you used!!

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Very Berry Pancake Syrup

By March 7, 2017 Fitness, Food, Health

Hey all!! Hows your day going today? I know mind got a little bit of a late start because I took the time to sleep in with little man after waking up with my husband and he went to work. Nehemiah has been having some rough grumbly nights lately. Hes not fussy, but he is making quite a bit of noise that keeps me up! 😀 I’m sure you mommas out there know exactly what I’m talking about!

And for those of you who don’t have children I’m still sure you know how it feels to just have a groggy day automatically reaching for that coffee cup, giving everyone that well known death stare of “Dont talk to me before I have my coffee.” :p

Anyways I wanted to have a little bit of flavor options when It comes to my new favorite breakfast recipe. I know I said in the other other post I drizzle a little bit of honey or agave nectar to add some added sweetness, but I am easily bored by the way my food tastes so I need some SERIOUS flavor options for my mood. I also wanted an option were I can have the sweetness paired with health benefits, so I came up with this flavor packed syrup/dressing that is also high in antioxidants and for you ladies/men who want a metabolism boost!!

I hope you enjoy it as much as me!!

Okie dokie… you are going to need that trusty blender of choice again. I will also note this again makes 1-2 servings (depending how much flavor your looking for). I also decided to try making bigger pancakes and was able to make 3 good sized ones, but being the air head I am I ended up burning all three. Although I will say that the extra crunchiness was actually pretty good!

  • 1/2 cup blueberries or berries of choice (I used frozen blueberries from winco)
  • 1 heaping tbsp agave nectar or raw organic honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon- (helps with inflammation, boosts metabolism, has antioxidants)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk

At this time I took the blueberries and added them to a bowl to warm them up before blending all the ingredients together, because I don’t know about you but im not a fan of freezing cold syrup. I don’t feel like getting a brain freeze while chowing down on pancakes :D. I microwaved them for about 1-2 minutes (just enough to get them toasty and juices flowing).

Ok, so you have warmed up the blueberries right? Awesome! Poor them along with that juice in the bowl into a blender of choice and add all the other ingredients. Blend together for desired consistency. If you like it chunky only do it for a few seconds, if you like it runny leave it on longer and if you need to add a little more milk.

The result should look something like this:

I know, I know it doesn’t look that glamorous, but I PROMISE it is Scrum-Ditilly-Umptious… Now just poor over pancakes/waffles/crepes, or whatever else you desire and enjoy!!

I hope you like this as much as I did!!

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Lactation Mug Brownie!

By March 4, 2017 Fitness, Food, General, Health, Parenting, Pregnancy

DOES THIS NOT LOOK YUMMY?!?!

Ok guys, I dont know about you but being a new mother and breast feeding I’m always worried about  if I’m producing enough milk for my son Nehemiah. I have resorted to pumping threw-out the day and bottle feeding him what I pump to truly see not only how much I am producing but how much he eats, and sense he does not complain at night letting him get it straight from the tap. ;p

I chose to do this for myself because for about a week he began getting extremely fussy leaving me to hold him all day and not get the things done I wanted to, such as cleaning the house. Which is a super important thing to do because my husband works and we have three big shedding German shepherds. This can put a damper on my house as their fur balls tend to develop their own personal vendetta against our air quality!

Anyways.. sense Nemo was having a few fussy days I began to be concerned about what I was producing, and after confirming this while pumping hardly anything I did some research. Now the only thing my research told me was how expensive lactation products are including tea, cookies, bars, etc. So this brings me to making my own yummy products.

I wanted to stay as healthy as possible while also getting my sweet fix but I will say you can get the ingredients from any store, they Do not have to be organic.

I have a few different recipes to promote healthy lactation (paired with consistent pumping threw- out the day) but to start this is my 5 minute brownie mug cake. I love this cake because its the perfect amount of fluffiness and sweetness to get my fix while providing protein for a snack or a yummy dessert. I do have to say this is not just for lactation but a healthy dessert alternative for ANYONE who loves chocolate!! I hope you enjoy!

Cake:

1 large mug

1 extra ripe bannana

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 egg

1/4 cup ground oats (oat flower)

1 tbsp ground flax (I got mine from walmart)

1 tsp Brewers Yeast (I got mine from amazon)

1 tsp cinnamon

small handful of 64% cocoa choc chips

Ok, this is when it gets fun.. mix all ingredients but the chips in the mug with a fork, fold all ingredients together and then add the chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 1 min. Check the consistency and add another minute if needed. If you would like a chocolate syrup I made a healthy version:

1 tbsp raw organic honey, or agave nectar

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp almond milk… microwave a few seconds and mix together. poor over cake for added sweetness.

And there you have it!! A wonderful healthy alternative to a candy bar that promotes lactation. How does it do this might you ask? Well upon doing research they’re are a few ingredients in this recipe that promote lactation: Bananas, Brewers yeast, flax, and oats. Thats it!! I hope you enjoy, and if you have your own lactation recipe let me know!

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The truth about Fitness

By March 2, 2017 Fitness, Food, General, Health

Its a world wide fad right? Everyone wants to get fit.

Between the social media posters such as Instagram, Facebook, twitter, and Pinterest everyone has a wonderfully perfect body and has a perfect solution how to become “fit”and “sexy”.

Now lets get real. I am sure in the hell not the skinniest woman in the world. I mean come on I was just pregnant six weeks ago. But when you see pictures of not only women but men as well with perfect bodies and no start point, it kind of puts a damper on self esteem doesn’t it? It can also give you a serious drive to work out and go crazy fitness wise to get to that point. But at what cost if you don’t know how they got there?

I mean come on lets be honest about Instagram fitness posts. Fitness is Not pretty, glamorous, sexy, or EASY.

I should know. 5 years ago I was 198 pounds, at which point feeling depressed and disgusted with myself my boyfriend who is now my husband encouraged me to work on my health… I’m sure y’all are reading this like what the hell is she talking about?

Well lets be realistic. The pictures posted on Instagram for example include perfect lighting, flexing, and posing extremely particular.

Confession: Being a body shamer myself, I’ve tried this out. After taking about 20 pictures, and having to flex every part of my body at the same time (Which is quite an accomplishment in my book) ;P. I began to think why am I even doing this?

That brings me to ask you why do you want to get fit? Because the truth of fitness as our society believes it is having a perfect body, but where is the blood, sweat, and crying over having no carbs?! (This is a serious life accomplishment for me)

I mean come on!! Get real, FOOD is life… and honestly seeing photos like that makes people want to starve themselves. When in reality guess what? Choosing to be healthy for YOU instead of the pictures you see on social media is much more inspiring and rewarding.

How cool is it when you see before and after pictures of women who went threw the blisters on your hands, cramping legs, and self control not mowing threw a bag of chips in self pitty :D.

The nitty gritty is fitness and health aint pretty- Weather you look at it from society’s perspective which includes starving yourself and flexing unnecessarily. Or the truth of sweating like crazy, eating consistently, and allowing yourself the benefit. DONT be so hard on yourself!

Fitness is awesome when its REAL ;] can I get an AMEN?!

 

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