Friday, May 22, 2015

Dinner Entry and Dessert in an Hour

Days speeding by but we still have to ensure we try and make something healthy for the family to eat. What to do?! I don't know about your family but my gang love to get different meals and like to get surprised when I tell them YES that's healthy for you!

Today I'm sharing two simple recipes that you can have done in an hour and on your table ready to go!

Let's start with desert first shall we, I mean it's more fun that way right?



Chocolate Yummo Cupcakes

 The most moist chocolate cupcakes . Yields 16 cupcakes (1 cupcake 2 WW pts)

 Ingredients:
1- 12 ounce Diet Coke Can
Box of Chocolate Cake Mix

 Instructions:  
Mix together the soda and cake mix. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to pour the mixture into your cupcake filters make sure you do so as you should have enough for 16 cupcakes or in my cause I usually make the first 12 and then make a little cake for my oldest and he loves having his own cake.Follow the baking instructions that were stated on your cake mix and wait on the yummy aromas to fill your house
 

Now that we have desert ready let's get our Turkey meatballs recipe and get them ready.


One Point Turkey meatballs 

 Makes 28 meatballs (serving size 2- 1WW pt each)

  Ingredients: 
1/3 cup of regular bread crumbs
2 tablespoons of your choice seasoning I use Flavor god (Hubby got it from Amazon. or you can you Italian seasoning
One egg 
Olive oil cooking spray
1 lb of lean ground turkey.

 Instructions:
  Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and use those hands to make sure everything is incorporated together so get to mixing! (you can get your kids to do that part my kids love it!) To make the meatballs use a one inch ice cream scoop or measuring spoon to make them. Spray a 9x13 pan with the olive oil spray and preheat the oven to 350. Place the meatballs and into the oven for 30 minutes. Once it's done you'll be able to enjoy!  

 




 With the cupcakes they are so moist you really don't need any topping on them but if you like you could add a dollop of fat free whipped cream and enjoy.

For the meatballs I usually will serve it to the kids w/some pasta and sauce. For my Hubby and I we actually enjoy it with some steamed veggies.

I really hope you enjoyed these simple recipes and will try them out. If you do I'd love to hear what you think!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Don't Forget






Here I am doing this all wrong! Hope you guys are off to an awesome week. I have some fun coming that I'll share at the end of the week.

Friday, May 15, 2015

When Breakfast is the Last Thing on Your Mind

Anyone else wondering where are the days going? For me it seems that I can't keep up! If you have stopped by my blog you've seen that I've been trying to make sure my family has been eating healthier. I have learned that if you have a good breakfast to start your day it's a sure way to get you going for the rest of the day.

I've seen that when I make sure my kids and myself have something healthy and filling it has made it so it gives us the energy to get things done! Today I'll share 4 easy and super fast breakfast I make for my kids and myself to get us ready for our days.


1- Chia Pudding : Just add 1/2 cup of Almond milk 1/4 cup of water and two tablespoons of Chia seeds. Sometimes I'll have it soak overnight but more then likely I'll do it when I get up and eat it after I have finished getting dressed and getting the kids out the door.  I love this because you can add so many thing to it. I love to add a 1 tsp of PB2 and a banana it will fill for a good amount of time. Or you can add strawberries, blueberries.. Go Fruit happy! My kids love it too because they like the texture the chia seeds give and they don't even know how awesome and healthy it is for them!

2- Hard Boiled Eggs: This is another one that you could do ahead of time just boil 1/2 dozen and have then ready to go when you need them. Again add a fruit (we love bananas here)  and your ready to grab and go!

3- Overnight Oatmeal: This you actually have to take a bit of time to put it together the night before but what is good is you could make a couple of servings and different variations that it's worth it. For us a favorite is : 1/2 cup of Almond milk, 1/2 cup of greek vanilla low fat yogurt,1/2 fast oatmeal, and  2 tsp of chia seeds. I love using mason jars which you could get at a craft store for pretty cheap and the kids love that they get to eat of the jars. There are plenty of recipes that you could create. It's fun to experiment with different fruits and recipes.

4. Yogurt and Granola : An oldie but goodie that never fails. Grab a yogurt and add some granola and it's yummy and so filling. I love this when especially to grab right before those early games the kids have. They eat it and get that extra boost of energy to play.


I hope these give you a few ideas and let you see that you don't need to have some elaborate meal planned to eat healthy. The most important thing is to make sure you do eat breakfast that will start you the right way to having a productive day!

What are some of your favorite go to breakfast you love and your family love?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What's in a Jar - Review & Giveaway

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Beech-Nut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

As mom to a preemie my goal since she was born was to make sure I was giving her the best nutrients that would help her grow strong and healthy. For me I loved once she was old enough to eat food other then just milk, although I wanted to make sure what she ate was as  natural and organic as possible.

I  strive to make sure my little one (and other kids) eat healthy and was so delighted to see that Beech Nut has introduced an organic baby food line. Did you know that the Beech-Nut organic line uses recipes inspired by real moms, who try unique and adventurous ingredient combinations at home. I thought this was a wonderful advantage to be able to give this to my Isabel. 

The process which the food is made doesn’t add any excess water or artificial preservatives and won’t cook the nutrients away, which allows the delicious fruits and vegetables to shine through. I wanted to see if my little one would enjoy it as she actually doesn't like other brands because of they taste  too bland to her.
  
We headed out to Babies R Us to be able to get our jar to give it a  try. As of late I give her a jar as a snack and so I knew I'd want to get a fruit flavored one. 

You are able to purchase the  Beech-Nut organic is sold at the following retail stores:  Kroger, Babies “R” Us, Wegmans, Price Chopper, Wakefern, Walmart.com,  Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, Stop & Shop, Giant Carlisle, A&P, Pathmark, Albertsons, Hannaford, Raley’s, Meijer, Nugget Market, Diapers.com, Harris Teeter, Shaw's, ACME, Shoppers Food and Cub Foods
Use can also check HERE to see if you have a retail store where they are available.


  • just-apples-240x302 just apples
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    just apples

    This puree tastes fresh and juicy, with a hint of sweetness. Just Organic Apples are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 30
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 55mg
    • Total Carb. 8g
    • Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 7g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 0%
    • Iron 0%
    Ingredients:
    organic apples.
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  • just-carrots-240x302 just carrots
    just-carrots-157x210

    just carrots

    Vibrant color and sweet earthiness make this a great first food for your budding veggie lover. Just Organic Carrots are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 25
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 20mg
    • Potassium 115mg
    • Total Carb. 5g
    • Fiber 2g
    • Sugars 3g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 190%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 4%
    • Iron 2%
    Ingredients:
    organic carrots.
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  • just-pears-240x302 just pears
    just-pears-157x210

    just pears

    Simplicity at its most delicious: perfectly fresh, juicy pears, pureed to perfection. Just Organic Pears are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 40
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 75mg
    • Total Carb. 9g
    • Fiber 2g
    • Sugars 6g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 2%
    • Iron 0%
    Ingredients:
    organic pears.
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  • apple-pumpkin-granola-240x302 apple, pumpkin & granola
    apple-pumpkin-granola-157x210

    apple, pumpkin & granola

    Feeling festive? You’ll fall for this sweet treat—a comforting blend of juicy apple, sweet pumpkin and oats.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 30
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 75mg
    • Total Carb. 7g
    • Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 4g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 25%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 2%
    • Iron 2%
    Ingredients:
    organic apples, organic pumpkin, water, organic oats (contains wheat), organic barley flakes, organic amaranth flour, organic cinnamon.
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  • just-sweet-potatoes-240x302 just sweet potatoes
    just-sweet-potatoes-157x210

    just sweet potatoes

    Tender sweet and savory: Sweet potatoes have it all. Why add anything? Just Organic Sweet Potatoes are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 60
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 230mg
    • Total Carb. 14g
    • Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 6g
    • Protein 1g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 3%
    • Vitamin A 420%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 4%
    • Iron 2%
    Ingredients:
    organic sweet potatoes.
    close
    #
  • just-apple-blueberry-cranberry-240x302 just apple, blueberry & cranberry
    just-apple-blueberry-cranberry-157x210

    just apple, blueberry & cranberry

    Sweet, juicy, tart—this blend’s got it all. This balance of fruity flavors will brighten up any day. Just Organic Apple, Blueberry & Cranberry are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 30
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 50mg
    • Total Carb. 8g
    • Fiber 2g
    • Sugars 6g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 0%
    • Iron 0%
    Ingredients:
    organic apples, organic blueberries, organic cranberries.
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  • banana-cinnamon-granola-240x302 banana, cinnamon & granola
    banana-cinnamon-granola-157x210

    banana, cinnamon & granola

    No monkeying around…this flavor is one of our favorites. Smooth banana and oats are a match made in real-food heaven. Plus a touch of cinnamon to spice things up.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 45
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 140mg
    • Total Carb. 10g
    • Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 6g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 2%
    • Iron 2%
    Ingredients:
    organic bananas, water, organic quinoa flour, organic chia seeds, organic oat flour (contains wheat), organic cinnamon, organic lemon juice concentrate.
    close
    #
  • just-apple-green-bean-240x302 just apple & green beans
    just-apple-green-bean-157x210

    just apple & green beans

    Juicy apples and sweet green beans combine to create this balanced fruit-and-veggie blend. Just Organic Apple & Green Beans are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 30
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 65mg
    • Total Carb. 7g
    • Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 6g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 2%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 2%
    • Iron 2%
    Ingredients:
    organic apples, organic green beans.
    close
    #
- See more at: http://www.beechnut.com/foods/#sthash.Btgw40KB.dpu
  • just-apples-240x302 just apples
    just-apples-157x210

    just apples

    This puree tastes fresh and juicy, with a hint of sweetness. Just Organic Apples are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 30
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 55mg
    • Total Carb. 8g
    • Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 7g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 0%
    • Iron 0%
    Ingredients:
    organic apples.
    close
    #
  • just-carrots-240x302 just carrots
    just-carrots-157x210

    just carrots

    Vibrant color and sweet earthiness make this a great first food for your budding veggie lover. Just Organic Carrots are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 25
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 20mg
    • Potassium 115mg
    • Total Carb. 5g
    • Fiber 2g
    • Sugars 3g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 190%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 4%
    • Iron 2%
    Ingredients:
    organic carrots.
    close
    #
  • just-pears-240x302 just pears
    just-pears-157x210

    just pears

    Simplicity at its most delicious: perfectly fresh, juicy pears, pureed to perfection. Just Organic Pears are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 40
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 75mg
    • Total Carb. 9g
    • Fiber 2g
    • Sugars 6g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 2%
    • Iron 0%
    Ingredients:
    organic pears.
    close
    #
  • apple-pumpkin-granola-240x302 apple, pumpkin & granola
    apple-pumpkin-granola-157x210

    apple, pumpkin & granola

    Feeling festive? You’ll fall for this sweet treat—a comforting blend of juicy apple, sweet pumpkin and oats.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 30
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 75mg
    • Total Carb. 7g
    • Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 4g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 25%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 2%
    • Iron 2%
    Ingredients:
    organic apples, organic pumpkin, water, organic oats (contains wheat), organic barley flakes, organic amaranth flour, organic cinnamon.
    close
    #
  • just-sweet-potatoes-240x302 just sweet potatoes
    just-sweet-potatoes-157x210

    just sweet potatoes

    Tender sweet and savory: Sweet potatoes have it all. Why add anything? Just Organic Sweet Potatoes are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 60
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 230mg
    • Total Carb. 14g
    • Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 6g
    • Protein 1g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 3%
    • Vitamin A 420%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 4%
    • Iron 2%
    Ingredients:
    organic sweet potatoes.
    close
    #
  • just-apple-blueberry-cranberry-240x302 just apple, blueberry & cranberry
    just-apple-blueberry-cranberry-157x210

    just apple, blueberry & cranberry

    Sweet, juicy, tart—this blend’s got it all. This balance of fruity flavors will brighten up any day. Just Organic Apple, Blueberry & Cranberry are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 30
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 50mg
    • Total Carb. 8g
    • Fiber 2g
    • Sugars 6g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 0%
    • Iron 0%
    Ingredients:
    organic apples, organic blueberries, organic cranberries.
    close
    #
  • banana-cinnamon-granola-240x302 banana, cinnamon & granola
    banana-cinnamon-granola-157x210

    banana, cinnamon & granola

    No monkeying around…this flavor is one of our favorites. Smooth banana and oats are a match made in real-food heaven. Plus a touch of cinnamon to spice things up.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 45
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 140mg
    • Total Carb. 10g
    • Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 6g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 2%
    • Iron 2%
    Ingredients:
    organic bananas, water, organic quinoa flour, organic chia seeds, organic oat flour (contains wheat), organic cinnamon, organic lemon juice concentrate.
    close
    #
  • just-apple-green-bean-240x302 just apple & green beans
    just-apple-green-bean-157x210

    just apple & green beans

    Juicy apples and sweet green beans combine to create this balanced fruit-and-veggie blend. Just Organic Apple & Green Beans are in this jar. And nothing else.
    Nutrition Info:
    • Serv. Size 1/4 cup
    • Serv Per Container 2
    • Calories 30
    • Total Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Sodium 0mg
    • Potassium 65mg
    • Total Carb. 7g
    • Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 6g
    • Protein 0g
    • % Daily Value
    • Protein 0%
    • Vitamin A 2%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Calcium 2%
    • Iron 2%
    Ingredients:
    organic apples, organic green beans.
    close
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- See more at: http://www.beechnut.com/foods/#sthash.Btgw40KB.dpuf
We picked up Just Apples and Strawberry jar because those are two of Isabel's favorite fruits right now.  She was curious to give it a try and so was I to see if she would enjoy it!




I think we got a winner! She  loved it and I already can't wait to go grab some other fruits and veggies this time around for her. After her snack she was ready for her nap!


Here are a few of the other flavors that are available:
organic apple, raspberry & avocado, organic banana, cinnamon & granola and organic butternut squash, black bean & cumin. 






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Tell me how you tried the organic line before? What are some of your little one's favorite veggies and fruits?  

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