Once upon a time I had a food blog. I was just adventuring into the world of gluten free baking and I shared some so-so recipes with even worse pictures. I'm NOT a food blogger. Thankfully, there are TONS of amazing recipe creators and photographers who choose to share their talents with the world on their blogs - which is where I find most of our family's meal ideas! While I'm not a genius recipe creator, one of the essentials to being a fit mama is feeding her family. So - to the internet I go.
In the past few months, my husband and I have really stepped up our nutrition game which has included weekly meal planning and shopping and food prep. I'm loving less shopping trips, less thinking about dinner and spending less money on food! I like to call how we eat "Whole 30-ish". We realized how dependent we had become on carbs as the main focus of our meals and wanted to change that. Coach did a full Whole 30 last August (while I was 9 months pregnant so no....I still ate whatever I wanted haha!!). We loved the recipes we found during that time and have started a whole list of some favorite, easy, affordable meals. We aim to focus our meals on lean meats and veggies - with some potatoes and occasionally gluten free grains. I still make our favorite gluten free muffins and pancakes quite often, but our main meals look a lot different than they used to.
I love sharing great thing with others when I find them, so I thought I'd share some of our family favorite recipes! All links direct back to the original recipe post. Please note - not all of these recipes are 100% Whole 30, gluten free, diary free etc....sometimes I alter them slightly to fit our current goals. I hope they will help give you some recipe inspiration!
Sausage Pizza Egg Muffin - we LOVE these! We whip up an entire batch at the beginning of the week, and it makes breakfast on teh go so much easier! I usually get sick of eating the same thing day after day, but these really don't get old!
Bunless Paleo Chicken BLTs - I love adding avocado to these (or any version of BLT for that matter). You really don't miss the bun!!
Pineapple Beef Bowls - These make me dream of Hawaiian vacations! SO YUMMY!
Egg Roll Stir Fry - we love Chinese food at our house, but it's next to impossible for us to ever go out or order it. It's hard to find gluten free safe meals (except at PF Changs). I also LOVE the flavor of egg rolls but haven't found a good gluten free replacement for the wrapper. Well, apparently you don't need it! We have served this over rice and cauliflower rice.
Sweet and Spicy Paleo Meatballs - these are definitely a family favorite! I tone the Sriracha down a bit because Miss Mak likes them too - and we just add more spice on top if we need it!
Garlic Paprika Chicken - seriously the EASIEST and most DELICIOUS recipe you'll ever make. Each time I make it we are in awe of how good it is and how effortless it is! We like serving this with sweet potatoes.
Flourless Black Bean Brownies - because I couldn't leave out dessert! Miss Mak is in a "cupcake for everything" phase (I may or may not have influenced this). We started making these in mini muffin tins for mini cupcakes and can not get enough of them! There is a little sugar in them that I haven't tried to substitute out yet. We call them secret ingredient cupcakes because of the black beans. We also usually add 3 drops of Wild Orange essential oil for a yummy chocolate orange flavor!
How about you?
What are your favorite healthy dinner recipes? I'm always looking to add to our weekly line-up!
Gah! Feeding my coach. It's got to be one of the hardest parts of football season for me. It wouldn't have to be all that hard, except for the fact that I really want my hubby to eat WELL during football season! I also don't want to spend a fortune on prepared foods or him going out to eat. He works long, stressful hours, spends time traveling and definitely gets worn down. If I can at least fuel him with healthy food, I feel like I'm doing my part to help the team succeed!
Now, every team/school/staff is different, but everywhere we've been so far my husband has eaten 3 meals a day at school AT LEAST 4 days a week. That means really doing something thinking and planning ahead when it comes to having food prepared and ready for him! I'll be honest - some weeks I really fail at this. He comes home at night looking for food to bring the next day and I'm like - "there's an apple...how about some cheerios?".
One of the things that I've done that really helps is make sure I plan several meals throughout the week for me and the girls and I make plenty for leftovers. That way, we can have them the following day for lunch and the coach can take them for at least one meal too. I try to do at least one meal a week in the crockpot. I've also found that pre-making 1 large egg dish for a week's worth of breakfasts has been a huge time/sanity-saver.
These egg bakes aren't the prettiest...and I'm definitely no food photographer! But they taste good!!
Another lifesaver this year has been finding a good shake mix for him to take as a snack in the afternoon. If you know my husband you know he is a coffee FANATIC and drinks it all day long. When I heard about CLICK protein mix and had the chance to try it for a review, I KNEW my husband was going to be excited about it. It's turned into one of the best things I can send with him each day! So here's the deal - they've taken a great protein powder (16 grams/serving) and added 2 shots of REAL espresso for awesome coffee flavor and a kick of caffeine! There is also a great boost of essential vitamins and minerals so it's totally suitable for a meal replacement shake too! Click comes in mocha, caramel and vanilla flavors. My coach is a total mocha fan so that was his hands down favorite. But the said they were all really good! He's been taking it to work every day and likes mixing it up with hot water for a mocha latte-type drink. We've also tried it blended with ice at home! All yummy! Coach claims that it's been keeping him full all afternoon while giving him that caffeine jolt he needs to get through practice and late night film watching! I'm just thankful that there is 1 less snack I need to pack each day!
Here are a few of our other football season stand-bys...
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It's every pregnant mama's concern isn't it? Avoiding stretch marks? Honestly, if I get a few I know I'll just deal with it - but I made it through my first pregnancy without any and I sure would love making it through 2!
I absolutely LOVE making little concoctions in my "oil lab" for everything from diaper rash to cuts and bruises - so it was only natural for me to start experimenting with some homemade belly butter when the bump started to POP! I've used a few store-bought brands and have experienced itchiness and a rash so I really wanted to make this all natural and calming for my skin!
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (get it HERE)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil (or other liquid at room temp oil)
4 Tbsp Shea butter (get it HERE)
1.5 Tbsp Beeswax (get it HERE)
5-6 capsules of Vitamin E oil - cut open
8 drops Helichrysum essential oil* - a super powerful oil for repairing damaged skin (think stretch marks and scars!) Totally worth the money - especially because you only need a few drops!
8 drops Frankinsence essential oil* - another great oil for skin health - and it even is known to help elevate and balance mood (and we all know every pregnant gal can use a little of that!)
10 drops Lavender essential oil* - calming oil for the skin as well as your mind! Great when you use before bed!
2 drops Rose essential oil* (optional) - a really rare oil that you should totally use in this recipe if you've got it! Not only does it smell divine, but it helps promote even skin tone, reduces skin imperfections and elevates mood.
* I have found the best essential oils that my family uses and trusts every day.
They are pure, potent and guess what - they work!
If you want to find out more about how you can start using these oils too - email me here!
How to Make:
In a pyrex dish or measuring cup - add the coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, beeswax and Vitamin E. Place the glass dish in a pot of hot water simmering on the stove (acts like a double boiler) and stir frequently until everything has melted. The beeswax will be the last to melt. Stir to blend thoroughly.
Pour your blend into a small glass container. (I use THESE.) Let cool on the counter top for a few hours. Once cooled, add your essential oils. This preserves the integrity of the oil by avoiding overheating. Stir until the oils are incorporated and the butter has a bit of whipped texture. You could probably put this in a food processor if you wanted more of a whipped consistency.
Store in a sealed glass container and use anywhere you need to moisturize and prevent stretch marks. I love slathering it all over my belly, chest and hips. Please note - this is a pretty greasy blend, so a little goes a LONG way. And you may want to wait a few minutes before putting clothes on after applying.
How about you?
Do you have any favorite natural body products?
Do you DIY your own body stuff?
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