Spicy Roasted Chick Peas

  From day one, Branden has been a picky eater, a grazer, a take three hours to eat one meal kinda guy. I hide veggies in fresh pressed juice and smoothies that we make at home all the time, but there are two things sort of out of the ordinary that B will devour: chick peas and lima beans. Once I made this discovery, we started making our own hummus and these super crunchy, spicy roasted chick peas on a weekly basis. It's a very easy recipe that we use as a healthy snack year round! They are also really fun to make to your families specific tastes. Ironically, Branden also loves everything spicy, so we make this version with extra cayenne pepper (if you are ever low on your water intake for the day, make these and you will be chugging in no time), but you can change it up a bit if you like. You can easily make a sweet version by using honey instead of the spices. One thing is certain - these spicy roasted chick peas will cure any snack attack that comes your way! Save Print Spicy Roasted Chick Peas Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  35 mins Total time:  45 mins Serves: 2-3   Ingredients 1 can of chick peas (garbanzo beans) 1 tbsp olive oil sea salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper to taste Instructions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Rinse and dry your chick peas Spread them out on the baking sheet Sprinkle with remaining ingredients and mix Make sure they are laying flat and place in oven Bake for about 35 minutes or … [Read more...]

Easy Southwest Style Kale Salad

I almost couldn't believe waking up today that it was September! September brings much newness in my life, as B turns 7 this month and starts 2nd grade. I'm so excited for apple and pumpkin everything, and leggings and boots! But for now, I'm super excited to share my summertime favorite: Easy Southwest Style Kale Salad! As for the blog, you will see some tweaking here as well - all for the better! Today, I'm kicking things off with launching my new "healthy life" category that will include simple, healthy recipe posts, my fitness journey, and many products that will help make your life even healthier. If you followed along this summer, you read how I was in a bit of a "fitness funk," which has made me realize how important being healthy is to me. So, I'm overjoyed to share my insights with you all! I also joined a recipe sharing community called Yummly, where you will find my recipes shared, too! I'm so excited about all the fun changes, and everything that's in store! And you know what else makes me excited? Lunch time whenever I know this salad is waiting for me! It has been a favorite of mine for a while and highly recommended as a super healthy way to spice up your regular salad routine (I know that I get bored when I eat the same salad everyday!). I usually make this the day after I make corn on the cob for dinner and throw an extra piece in the pot - so easy! Save Print Easy Southwest Style Kale Salad Prep time:  15 mins Total time:  … [Read more...]

Healthy Snack Ideas For Weight Loss – Busy Mom Style

There are so many wonderful, healthy snack ideas for weight loss that will seriously get that "momtabolism" going, and probably already in your kitchen. I know we are all so used to hearing "Eat 5 SMALL meals during the day in order to lose weight," but that doesn't always work for ALL of us. Everyone eats differently, and everyone's body is different. I say: do what works best for YOU, because it makes YOU feel good! I am personally a grazer. I will graze through little snacks all day long, and then eat a normal dinner. Some might say this is wrong, but it works for me and makes me happy. My theory is that if everything I am putting into my mouth is healthy, then I am probably doing okay. It's not always easy, especially whenever we are lugging kids everywhere and trying to keep ourselves from eating the leftovers off their plates. But, easy healthy snack ideas for weight loss will get you motivated to make and keep your new year goals. Easy Healthy Snack Ideas For Weight Loss My typical breakfast on a work day consists of a Kind Bar and a banana. I can eat this combination (along with my coffee) at around 9:30am and it can hold me over until about 1:30pm. On mornings where I have more time, I love to eat homemade yogurt parfaits (you have to watch the calorie/sugar/fat content on store bought options) with plain yogurt, berries, granola, and honey.  I'm also an egg white freak and love making yummy egg scrambles with fresh veggies....sooo good! Dry … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

I feel like I have always struggled with having a slow metabolism as I spent my high school and college days counting calories and working out constantly, only to do nothing more than maintain my weight. Then, for some strange reason, after I had Branden, I was finally able to lose the weight that I had been trying to get rid of for years. Maybe it was because I had him very young, but either way, something in my metabolism finally shifted. Now, as Branden is about to turn 4 years old, I feel like my "momtabolism" is starting to plateau again and using these easy ways to boost your metabolism will help get it going again. In my quest for fitness fulfillment, I have yearned for smart and natural ways to boost your metabolism and hope that you will all join me in these fun activities that help rev up your momtabolism and keep it going! Ready...set...fitness time!Easy Ways to Boost Your MetabolismGet moving early in the morning in order to start revving up the momtabolism! Try setting your alarm for 15-30 minutes before you typically wake up (or before the little ones start to stir) and do some vigorous stretching or yoga.Want to work out as a family? We have been running relays together at our local running path. Since Branden can't run as fast as my husband and I yet, we take turns running a 1/2 to 1 mile each and then switch, completing jumping jacks, crunches, etc. with Branden while waiting for the other to return. We repeat this about 2 times, 3 if we are feeling very … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Household Items For All Families

I try to be as "green" as possible without getting out of control. I keep my life balanced as best as I can, and use these eco friendly household items as much as possible to do my part in this world. I've noticed that there are some people who are rather zealous whenever it comes to this topic. And on the other side of the coin, there are those who treat their surroundings like an extension of their own personal pigpen. I personally believe that there needs to be a balance within it all. If living a green lifestyle is taking over your thoughts and causing you to be depressed, hateful, or stressed out, then I say that is getting out of control. But if you ignore the fact that we all need to make an effort to leave this planet in as good or better condition than we found it, then that careless attitude of total denial is also out of control.  Did I mention that I believe in balance? And responsibility for our own actions? That said, there are different green products that I use within my household to help keep my family free of some unnecessary chemicals, as well as save some money. Therefore, I thought that I would share my tips and tricks on the trade, and hopefully you will all share back! Here goes! Eco Friendly Household Items We carry reusable water bottles with us wherever we go. We use ZeroWater filters in both our Tumbler water bottles as well as a huge filter we have in the fridge. (You can read my full post HERE where I reviewed and showed how these are … [Read more...]