Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Snacking On the Go

Thank you Nature Valley and Walmart for inspiring and sponsoring today’s post. 

Life as a toddler mom is crazy and I only have one. I can only imagine what life would be like with more. Big props to those juggling life with two plus kids. Better yet the parents playing both mom and dad! I seriously don’t know how you do it.


We’re at the stage with Emerson where we count or give her options to make things happen. With that said, there are a few things I NEVER leave the house without - snacks, water and my phone for snapping all the cute photos.

Oh, snacks. This child loves her snacks and I’m always trying to mix it up because I never want to hear “I don’t like it.” Which we usually do after she’s eaten 75% of whatever it is. We’re working on the difference between “I don’t like it” and “all done.” Hey she’s not even three.


Earlier this summer Nature Valley came out with Granola Cups and Biscuit Sandwich products which I picked up with Nick and me in mind. Well, Emerson LOVED them too… big surprise. Fast forward to cruising Walmart the other weekend and I noticed they now have Biscuits with Cocoa Almond Butter. You better believe I bought a box...ok maybe two. I’ve been a fan of Nature Valley since my high school swim days and these new products didn’t let me down. Who would have thought 20 years later I would be passing on my love for Nature Valley products to Emerson.

It doesn’t hurt that they make the easiest snack for busy moms. Grab and go is the name of the game here. Plus, if you purchase the Almond Butter Granola Cups there’s two in every package making it perfect for sharing. And I’m all about sharing snacks :)


The Nature Valley Biscuits with Cocoa Almond Butter and Almond Butter Granola Cups have quickly become our fall go-to snack whether it’s running errands, hiking, or hanging out at home.

What’s your current go-to snack? I’m always on the hunt for new ideas.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Healthy-ish Apple Muffins

TGIF! Today is Emerson's special day at school which means she gets to bring a snack to share. So I made Apple Cinnamon Muffins! Yup, this Mom has been on top of her game this month. In fact the last two months I've remembered to make a snack.... it only took me 10 months to pull it together. But who's really counting?

Anyway, last month was pumpkin muffins and this month apple muffins. Are you starting to see a theme? The secret ingredient in these muffins is applesauce.Yup, applesauce. Remember the 10 lb box of apples I bought during our trip to Apple Hill? Well, the hubby made a big batch of applesauce and now I'm using it to make muffins. We still have apples left and I'm thinking either an apple pie or crisp. Which one would you make?


Ok, back to these amazing muffins. They are baked to perfection. A few notes, while I used white flour and sugar you could easily sub with coconut sugar and coconut or almond flour. When I'm baking for Emerson to share at school I keep things as simple as possible. Everything has to be nut free, etc. Kids and their allergies these days ;)

These would also pair perfectly with a few eggs for breakfast.


Applesauce Muffins Makes 12
164 Calories 28c/ 5f / 3p


Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 Sugar
1 egg
1 cup applesauce (homemade)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 Butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Place 12 muffin liners in cupcake pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl whisk the wet ingredients. Slowly combine wet and dry ingredients. I used my hand mixer on low.

Evenly distribute the batter in the muffin tin. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Staple Meals for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

It's been 15 weeks since I started counting macros and well I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. It's been a total game changer -- flexible eating/dieting is a lifestyle I can sustain long term. Hello, I still eat chocolate, bread, cheese, etc. Did I mention I've also lost 15 pounds! I feel good and don't feel like I'm depriving myself of the food I enjoy.

I've talked about what I eat before, but today it's all about those staple meals. To simply put it the meals I make almost every week. Yup, during the week I keep things really simple and repeat a few of the same dishes.

I do this for a few reasons. First, because I don't have to give meals much thought. Secondly, because I already know they'll fit my macros. If you follow me on IG then you already know what I'm eating, but here's a little breakdown.

BEST SALAD BOWL - EVER! | SIETE CHIPS - NACHO (pictured)

BREAKFAST
Like coffee, I have eggs every morning for breakfast. While breakfast might look a tad different day to day you can always count on there being eggs. Recently, due to counting macros, I've switched to egg whites. Why because I don't what to waste 5g of fat eating the yolk.

3 quick and easy Breakfast ideas + plus coffee with creamer :)

+ Sourdough toast with butter, 2 egg whites, and salsa
+ Breakfast Burrito: 1 Joesph's Lavish Flat Bread with fat-free cheese, 1 egg white and one slice of bacon
+ Kodiak Pancakes or Van's Waffles topped with butter/honey and 1-2 egg whites on the side

NEW FAVORITE CREAMER - NUTPODS

LUNCH
Working from home makes lunch super easy, but all my lunches can easily be prepped the night before so you can grab and go in the morning.

3 quick and easy Lunch ideas 

+ Salad: Meat of choice (Typically it's chicken or ground turkey), spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers topped with Bolthouse yogurt dressing and maybe a few chips on the side.
+ Wrap/Pita: Chicken Salad or shredded chicken with a sliced pickle, mustard, and spinach. I use Joesph's pita or nuco coconut wraps
+ Two lightly salted rice cakes topped with chicken salad and a small sliced apple with PB2 on the side

BEST DRESSING - BOATHOUSE FARMS | LATE JULY CHIPS

DINNER
This is where I keep things as simple as possible and a big bowl is usually involved. Additionally, I like to save the majority of my macros for dinner (and snacks).

3 quick and easy Dinner ideas 

+ Potato bowls - Red or sweet potatoes topped with roasted veggies, shredded chicken, and salsa
+ Cauliflower Pizza topped with your favorite sauce and toppings
+ Spaghetti squash with extra lean ground turkey and homemade/organic tomato sauce


If you're a snacker, like me, don't worry I'll write an entire post just about snacks, treats and protein shakes since these are included in my daily meal plan!

CAST IRON SKILLET
Whew, are you still with me?! That pretty much sums up how I eat during the week. Check back soon to see how I work in snacks, etc. Anyone interested in my putting together a seasonal meal prep for download?