My husband’s office is less than a mile from our house so he usually comes home for lunch everyday. We’ve been really busy in the evenings so sometimes I cook at lunch instead of dinner. A couple of weeks ago, I made this amazing spaghetti chock full of fresh veggies I didn’t want to go bad. My son HATES squash, I mean absolutely HATES it. However, when I made this spaghetti he had no idea he was eating squash. In fact, my kids are so used to veggies I don’t think they noticed all the veggies in their spaghetti. If your kids are picky you may want to chop the veggies finely in a food processor or chopper first. Otherwise, they will never know and you can feel good about feeding them a healthy meal. Instead of homemade sauce, I used ALDI’s organic marinara sauce and organic diced tomatoes. Amazing y’all seriously. [Read more...]
Last week my hubby and I ran into TJMaxx to look for some new pants. With his 42 lb weight loss, nothing fit. At the checkout line they had bags of yummy apple chips that looked delicious, until we saw the $8.99 price tag. Seriously $8.99 for a bag of apple chips? No way, not when I knew I could figure out how to make them for much cheaper. Here is an easy recipe for homemade apple chips. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have freshly baked apple chips and your kitchen will smell amazing!
This recipe is AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge friendly.
My friend Lara passed along this yummy protein packed snack recipe. AdvoCare Muscle Truffles are a perfect combination of yummy goodness! Full of protein, they keep me full for a long time and satisfy my sweet tooth. When I get hungry in the afternoon, I eat one muscle truffle with a banana for a perfect snack. You could vary different kinds of nuts, to best suit your taste.
If you are doing the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge you’ll want to wait until after the cleanse and omit the chocolate chips.
- 1 pouch or 3/4 cup AdvoCare chocolate muscle gain
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup honey (organic or local honey is best)
- 1/2 cup ground or finely chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Combine all ingredients.
- Roll into balls, then chill.
Disclosure: I received products from Ninja to facilitate a review. All views and and opinions in regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed by the company prior to posting.
Recently, I had the opportunity to review a Ninja Ultima Blender. I was so excited because my kids LOVE smoothies. We’ve already gone through 2 blenders in the past couple of years, and really neither did a great job with smoothies. I have always heard rave reviews about Ninja blenders but didn’t really know a lot about them. When it arrived my kids couldn’t wait to give it a test spin as it had been a while since they had one of “mama’s smoothies.” Can I just say HOLY SMOKES! The Ninja Ultima gets it done. I had no idea there could be this big of a difference between blenders. Compared to the Ninja, I might as well have been using a whisk before. Seriously, no comparison. My daughter said, “Mama, it’s like having our very own Smoothie King in our house.” I would have to agree, it really is. Our Ninja Ultima Blender Review is definitely two thumbs up.
We have made smoothies almost every single day this week. I also made natural peanut butter. Since both my husband and daughter are type I diabetic our smoothie recipe is a little different than most. We use lots of fruit with a little Crystal Light for a perfect low-sugar smoothie. I’m going to order some protein powder this week to add to our smoothies so that they are protein packed as well. We use all different kinds of fruits. Our favorite recipe includes peaches, oranges, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, and grapes blended with Strawberry Orange Banana Crystal Light.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe [Read more...]
Low Carb Diet Meals: One Dish Chicken & Veggie Recipe
If you are looking for low carb diet meals, here is a super simple one dish chicken and veggie recipe. I had seen a similar recipe circulating online, however it called for red potatoes, green beans and one stick of butter. I thought surely I can make a low carb version, by substituting other veggies in place of the red potatoes and using olive oil instead of a stick of butter. It was so easy to make, and clean up was a breeze. The chicken was very tender and juicy and the veggies were seasoned beautifully. Of course, you could substitute your family’s favorite veggies and tweak the seasoning to best suit your taste. [Read more...]
My husband is from Ohio, and loves Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti. I usually use a Cincinnati Chili spice packet, but wanted to create a recipe that better fit into our clean eating lifestyle. Plus, it’s so important to me to make sure that we eat lots of veggies. Believe it or not, this spaghetti sauce is chock full of fresh squash, zucchini, onion, carrots, and green peppers. I know, hard to believe. Trust me, it doesn’t make the sauce taste weird at all. If anything it’s so much more hearty and robust. I used whole grain noodles, and served with a yummy salad. It’s also AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge Friendly.
I purchased the organic spaghetti sauce and organic canned diced tomatoes at ALDI at incredible prices! In case you didn’t know, ALDI is now carrying more natural and organic products! If you don’t see them in your store yet, hang on you’ll see more soon!!