Apple Breakfast Bars

One of the hardest meals these days is breakfast!! Getting three girls up+dressed+packed for school + fed+bathroomed and out the door ONTIME is quite the feat! I feel that some days I am amazed we got anything done😅. Breakfast is so important.  Especially since Liesel only gets lunch and zero (that’s right 0) snacks at school!!  

I wish I had it all together and was cooking them eggs or making them porridge (what the girls call steel cuts) everyday.  But, let’s be honest, some days there.just.isnt.enough.time.  So when I came across an amazing recipe for protein packed and zero refined sugar-filled bars I was ecstatic! 

I whipped them up Sunday evening once the girls were in bed and they were cooked and ready to go in the am🙌. The girls loved them (well 2/3)-Moira ate them but then said “these are not my favwite.  Tomorrow I want granola again.”   Liesel however reported “those were amazing!!”  The bars lasted the whole week and made for one happy (and less drained) momma!!

Enjoy!!

Ingredients

* 3/4c skim milk

* 1/2c peanut butter

* 1 tsp vanilla 

* 1/4c applesauce 

* 1/4c honey

* 1c grated Apple (squeeze water out)

* 1 egg

* 1.5c rolled oats

* 1/4c white whole wheat flour

* 1 tsp baking soda

* 1 tsp cinnamon 


Mix the first seven ingredients in a mixing bowl until blended.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir until just moistened.   

 

Spoon into a 9×9 pan and cook at 350 for about 30 minutes.  Or until golden brown on the top.


Allow bars to cool completely before cutting and eating. 

 
I hope they make your mornings easier too!!

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Burrito Bowl

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? Throw in a margarita on the rocks and it doesn’t get much better than that! Eric and I always debate whether we love Qdoba or Chipotle the best for take out, they both have their strong points. But whatever one thinks you cannot deny the deliciousness of a Chipotle Burrito bowl! Yummm. Tonight we decided to copycat their recipes, it turned out perfect! Annnddd it was all detox/ clean eating friendly🙌

Here are all the recipes you’ll need to make your own burrito bowl at home. Trust me, it won’t disappoint.

Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice
ingredients
*2 cups cooked brown rice
*1/4c chopped cilantro
*1/2 lime, juiced
*salt and pepper to taste

After you have cooked your rice pop it into the refrigerator for a few minutes to cool. Next, take rice and mix juice and cilantro in.

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Blackened Chicken
This recipe was given to me through the Arbonne Detox Facebook group. Eric grilled it up on Friday and it was amazing!! We used the leftovers in the burrito bowl and it was perfect.

ingredients
*4lg chicken breasts
*2TB paprika
*1TB dried oregano
*1TB dried thyme
*1TB cayenne pepper
*1tsp Blk pepper
*1tsp garlic powder

Mix the spices together. Rub evenly on the top and bottom of chicken. Grill until the center temperature reaches 170 degrees.

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Pico de Gallo
ingredients
*4 roma tomatoes, diced
*2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
*1/2 onion, diced
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*2 limes, juiced
*1/4c cilantro, chopped

Mix ingredients together.

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Now it is one to assemble your bowl.
1.) 1/3c rice
2.) 1/4 avocado- I mashed ours and added garlic powder and lime juice to taste.
3.) 1/4c black beans (could switch in pinto)
4.) 1/2 chopped chicken breast
5.) lettuce, shredded
6.) 1/4c pico

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Amazing. Enjoy!

Game Day Food

As mentioned in my previous post, Eric and I have been on the Arbonne Detox/cleanse. It’s been an intense (almost) 2 weeks. Filled with protein shakes, detox teas and, basically, no comfort foods.

2015/01/img_0257.jpg. I’m still in shock that I managed to convince the hubs to do the detox. But he’s rocking it!! Losing weight, eating healthy and exercising! His one plea was last Sunday when the Colts were going to be on. No beer? No pizza? He wasn’t pleased. That’s when we decided to make our own game food. Food that would appease our cravings, yet stay within the detox and clean eating guidelines.

First up, chicken wings. Few things hit the spot like a spicy buffalo wing dipped in some delicious ranch. Eric decided on a dry rub recipe. Omitting the brown sugar, of course. Here’s the recipe for 24 wings,(we halved it)

ingredients
* 1/2 c brown sugar
* 1 T chili powder
* 1 T paprika
* 1 T cumin
* 1 tsp cayenne pepper
* 2 T garlic powder
* 1 T mustard powder
* 2 T kosher salt
* 1 T Blk pepper

Cover the wings in the rub and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put the wings in a 500 degree oven and cook for 30 minutes. Boom, done. They had the perfect amount of heat and we barely missed the ranch😉.

Next up, fries. Sweet Potato fries

ingredients
*2 sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
* 1/2c coconut oil
* 1/2tsp kosher salt
* 1/4tsp pepper
* 1/4tsp paprika

Bake fries in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

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Heat a saucepan on medium high and add in oil. Once oil is hot cook the fries until crisp, turning often.

Place fries in a brown bag and add seasonings. Toss until completely coated.

Lastly we enjoyed tons of veggies dipped in hummus. And there ya go, the perfect game day treat! Filling and definitely hit the spot!

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What will it bring?

As I sit here with my morning tea, I can’t believe it’s 2015! What will this year have in store for me, for Eric, for our family? This past year had it’s ups and downs and was a transitional year. One of learning our way as a family of 5. This new year brings on some much welcomed normalcy. We will be embarking on our second year as a family of 5 (with no plans to expand at this time) and it will be our second year going on year three in our home (by years end it will be the longest time we have lived in the same place for our entire marriage!!!)

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Peppermint Mocha- RFS!

Well, I did it! After searching and searching and tweaking, I finally found a recipe for peppermint mocha that is free of refined sugar AND absolutely hits the spot! I truly had my doubts and was starting to believe I’d have to live the entire season without one. Praise Jesus, I do not!

Now, I’ll be honest, it does not taste identical to sbucks. However, the flavors are perfect and there is even a hint of sweetness that leaves you wanting more. I am hooked and you will be too!

Ingredients
1.5 T cocoa powder
3 T pure maple syrup
1 tsp raw honey (optional but adds a touch more sweetness)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk ( could also use coconut milk or regular)

In a medium saucepan mix powder, syrup, honey and milk together over medium heat. Continue to heat until completely mixed and warmed. Then, remove from heat and add in extracts. Allow creamer to cool to room temperature and store in an air tight container for up to one week.

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While mixture is cooling make your espresso. I made two shots of espresso. Pour into mug and spoon 3 TB of peppermint creamer and mix. I then steamed about 3/4 cup of almond milk in my frother and poured on top. You could also just add your creamer to a cup of coffee. Either way, it’s a perfect Christmas treat without all the yuckiness of refined sugar and other mystery ingredients.

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First Week RSF

Well, we made it! One whole week without refined sugars!! I really do feel better. Overall it has been an easy transition, aside from a slight headache on day two. The first thing I did was rid our entire pantry of items containing sugar ( I highly recommend this step), that way you know the “bad stuff” is not around to tempt you. This step also included ridding the house of ALL leftover Halloween candy- much to Eric’s dismay.. I really wasn’t surprised by the items that contained sugar: crackers, cereals, processed foods, etc

The hardest part for me so far has definitely been my beloved daily espresso! Ahh, I really do miss it. However, tea has been a great addition. Although I do sweeten with just a touch of honey, it is fulfilling my caffeine addiction. I foresee this being even harder come November 28th- when peppermint mochas become an allowed beverage according to Statler Christmas Regulations. Will I make the entire season without one?!!! Not so sure.

This week really put us to the test. We had my parents in to visit which led to two meals out. Proud to report we stayed strong! Eric and I even had a date night to a favorite Mexican restaurant and I didn’t get a Margarita . Sunday was a true test as the girls always get a donut at church. I warned ahead of time and although there were a few pleas, they did great! I explained how we may get a donut once and while, but this will no longer be a weekly treat.

I wanted to share a recipe we tried and enjoyed this week. carrot cake cookies. I do love to bake, and although I will be doing much less of this ( sugars or not), it was fun to find a cookie that everyone loved! These are made without sugar and butter, but are still extremely delicious and moist! This would be easy to make gluten free by swapping ww flour for gluten free flour.

ingredients
1c oats
3/4c whole wheat flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp cinnamon
2TB coconut oil or butter, melted
1 lg egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c maple syrup
3/4 c grated carrots

In a mixing bowl pour oats, flour, baking powder and cinnamon and whisk together. In a separate bowl combine oil, egg, vanilla and maple syrup. Mix together until incorporated.

Next, combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until just mixed. Lastly, fold in carrots. Then place dough in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes ( if it will be in for longer cover with plastic wrap).

As, you can see the dough was a hit. Liesel happily licked the spoon clean.

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Preheat oven to 325. Place cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and cook for 12-15 minutes. You really want the cookies to be slightly undercooked as this ensures a soft chewy result!

Delicious!

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Getting real

Every September I hope/ pray that this will be the fall and winter we make it through without any sickness! But every fall, someone gets it one way or another. What can I do to make our immune systems better? All three girls have been sick already and it’s only the beginning of November. I am feeling defeated.

We try to eat healthy, loading up on fruits and veggies, taking Juice Plus vitamins, limiting the junk+having good hygiene-but it’s never enough. Lately I’ve been feeling the need to make a drastic change. I figured the best way to voice my plan was on here. That way you all can keep us accountable😊. I have decided to attempt to rid ourselves of all refined sugar! Thank you Halloween for making me feel this need!! It is something I have known is terrible for a long, long time. But I have never had the guts to take the plunge. However, seeing this face has made me on fire for a change!

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It’s amazing how the junk food can sneak in and before you know it, it’s out of control! I have not mapped out a detailed plan for ridding ourselves of the drug. I have decided I’m going to stop baking with it, snacks will drastically change, and no desserts will contain it. Seeing that holidays are knocking on our door, I am not sure how we will handle it. I feel strongly that there is a time and place for these indulgences- but they need to be treated carefully and as a rare occurrence. It’s important that kids understand this is a special treat, not an every night or even every weekend routine!

I would love any ideas you have. Any recipes your family loves. Or encouragement of any kind! I will try to document our adventure weekly or at least monthly. This will allow me time to reflect and alter our plan. And also, again, keep me accountable! I am excited and nervous to take this big and important step-I have been enjoying my daily homemade espresso with all the caramelly goodness…. But I cannot take my babies being sick! It’s heartbreaking! Immune systems get ready- we are going to build you up!

Thanks for letting me rant. And any helpful feedback is appreciated!