Baby food pouches to the rescue!

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This past week has been crazy! Running from one activity to the next, we have been going nonstop. This extremely difficult when you are set on cooking every meal for your family- and especially baby.

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I used to be so determined to make every ounce of baby food that my baby consumed. After talking with a friend one afternoon at Logan’s soccer practice, I came to an important realization: sometimes it’s about convenience. Sometimes, I simply don’t have the time to cut and boil a butternut squash! Other times, I just need a break. So today, I don’t feel guilty about the 4 boxes of baby food from Amazon that just arrived on my front porch. I have enough to worry about and this momma needs her sanity! I’m transitioning her to real food anyway (HOORAY!), so making special meals for her won’t last much longer.

On another note, I would like to quickly mention something about the Strawberry-Watermelon popsicles/lemonade post that I did this past week. I used agave nectar in the recipe. I have had a few friends ask me about agave. From what I understand, it is no healthier than regular table sugar. Agave has just as much fructose in it as high fructose corn syrup. A better ingredient to use would probably be honey, I’m just not sure how much. I will have to play around with it and then post whatever I figure out.

Memorial Day! + Strawberry Melon Lemonade

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The best parts of Memorial day are the time spent with family and the fun food. Here is a fun drink to make for your littles that day! We love it! To quote my 4-year-old, “It’s suuuuuuper tasty!”

4 c cubed seedless watermelon

1 c strawberries

1/3 c blue agave nectar

1 c water

1/4 c fresh lemon juice

Throw in the blender and juice! This made enough for my little family so for large groups, this may need to be doubled.

Awesome Coach Gift + Yummm! Berries and Spinach Summer Salad

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Tonight, we celebrated the end of Logan’s soccer season with a team pizza party. I’m so sad that it is the end of Spring Season. I love getting up early on Saturdays and going to cheer my kiddo at his game! He has improved so much, it’s incredible. His coach was especially fantastic. For his coach gift, my friend and I made a tub full of sports drinks, popcorn, and an assortment of candy. Then we added 10 movie gift vouchers for RedBox and a framed picture with a mat that each team member signed. It was adorable! Some of the names were written with letters backwards, some took one whole side of the mat- it was completely charming. The kids were ecstatic to give it to their coach!

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As a side note, I just wanted to share one of my favorites of this time of year: fresh berries and spinach or kale topped with dried cranberries and a raspberry vinaigrette. Sometimes, I also add some yellow, red, or orange peppers for some crunch. Yummm!

Hey Half-Marathon, Here I Come!

 

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I used to be a runner and I loved it. That whole “Running is like chocolate- it’s addicting” stuff totally applied to me. I was in looove. Then my hip got injured and per doctor’s orders, I had to scale back. I’m not sure what made me remember how much I missed it, but I was feeling it! After realizing this about a month ago, I decided to dive back in. I haven’t raced anything higher than a 10K before, but now I am committed to do a half-marathon. Eek! This is REAL commitment! I’m super excited though. It’s in November, so I still have quite some time to work on getting to 13 miles and my time. But I have never felt this good! While I’m grinding on the treadmill, it hurts and I’m counting down the miles and minutes until I’m done. When I’m finished though, I feel exhilarated and empowered. Love it!

 This past weekend, I got a heart rate monitor. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it, maybe I’m not utilizing it to it’s fullest extent. I’m hoping that anyone out there who has used a HRM can give me some advice on how to get the most out of it. I will tell you this: I feel super athletic and sporty wearing it! Ha!

A Healthy Mom

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Being a healthy mom is work. HARD work! My definition of a healthy lifestyle doesn’t involve “stick skinny” sizes. Healthy involves eating the right whole foods your body needs to have energy and a high immune system, as well as getting adequate exercise. Exercise, both cardiovascular and strength-building, is important! Being healthy takes planning. You must plan every step and every bite. Motherhood is hard enough as it is, and not taking care of yourself makes it even harder. Living a healthy lifestyle is completely worth it. You wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, without having your body ache or hurt. And you can say, I WANT to go wrestle or play soccer with my 4-year-old because I have energy and stigma! The effort is incredibly rewarding.

 

Banana-Oat Baby Bars

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This version of a granola bar for baby has no added sugar! And it’s super easy making them one of my go to recipes! Here it is:

1 c organic oats, 2 ripe organic bananas smashed, 1/4 c organic applesauce, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon; Mix ingredients, spray cookie sheet with coconut oil spray, shape into bars, and bake 15 min @ 350 degrees!

You can also throw in a few berries or increase the amount cinnamon. Baby food is honestly easier to make than you would think!

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