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Okay, I admit it.  Even though I am a food writer/blogger and have a cookbook coming out soon, I don’t make all of Maverick’s baby food.  I really feel like I should because buying the organic jars/pouches is pretty expensive, especially since I have a big eater on my hands.  The bottom line is being home 3 days a week with him and trying to work in between naps, on top of making sure the house doesn’t look like a bomb went off is about all I can handle most days.  However, I had some time this week, and I decided to dedicate a couple of hours to making some baby food for him, using some fun and unique flavors.  So, if you’re a stay at home mom and don’t make your baby’s food, don’t feel bad, my job revolves around cooking and creating recipes, and I don’t even do it all of the time!  I’m working on not feeling guilty about this…

Anyway, if you can carve out a couple of hours one day, I do think it is worth the time if you are trying to feed your baby organic, pure food.  It’s much more affordable to make your own, plus it’s kind of fun and rewarding to create something for your baby and watch them explore new flavors.  Which brings me to the three new recipes I made for my little man this week.  I decided to add in a few spices and even herbs to these purees, but they are totally optional.   Since I cook so many different things, I am eager to expose him to new flavors now, so (hopefully) he’ll be open to trying more foods as he grows.  For now, Maverick is just really into all baby food, and so far we have not found anything he doesn’t like or has had a bad reaction to.  Which is really not surprising at all, since his dad is the least picky eater on the planet.  Yay for me!

Here is a little video of Maverick trying the “Bunny Bait,” a little unsure at first, but he ended up loving it!

Even though it may take a little extra time, baby food really is easy to make, and you certainly don’t have to be a great cook to pull this off.

Here are the items you will need to make your own baby food…

Steamer Basket – I actually just bought one at Kroger when I was grocery shopping for about 8 bucks.

Food Processor – Grab one at your next Target outing, a must in the kitchen in my opinion!

Ice Cube Trays (about 4) – This is an easy way to store the food in the freezer.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or expert in what to feed your baby, so be sure to consult your pediatrician before trying any of these recipes and feeding them to your child.

 

3 baby food recipes

Date posted: April 8, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: baby food Health and Diet Mommyhood

Tropical smoothie

You know those people on Facebook who just seem to “do it all?”  They are up early, like really early, starting their day with a workout, devotional, and positive thinking quote.  They are successful in their work, whatever that may be, and they seem to still have time for their family and a social life.  Pretty obnoxious, right?!  Ha, just kidding…sort of.

Well, since having a baby, Zach and I have often wondered how in the world can we do all of the things we really want/need to do?  It just doesn’t seem like there is enough time for all of it, but then we see these people who seem to have way more on their plate than we do, and they are still doing it all.  I am not saying these people have perfect lives, and I know we can’t see behind the scenes.  However, they do seem to know something or be doing something different to be able to juggle daily time with God, a workout regimen, quality time with their family, quality time with friends, and successful careers on top of all of that.

Unfortunately, the one thing we have noticed that these people have in common is that they all get up early, like in fives, like it’s still dark outside early.  Yikes.  We are not morning people…at all.  The thought of waking up at 5am, is frankly a little terrifying.  It means going to bed earlier, and the problem is, we are night people.  We like to stay up and watch TV, talk, laugh…stare at our phones.  But the people we feel like God is calling us to be are early risers.  We need that extra two hours in the day to do all of things that will honestly just make us better, more productive people.  We want to be the kind of people who get the most out of life.

We have big dreams, and we really see God doing something new, stirring out hearts, and we just want to be a part of it in whatever way He wants to use us.  But to be a part of it, we need more time, which means, we have to get up in the dark.

So today was Day 1.  And I have to say it’s 8am, and I have already made a new recipe (this super delicious Tropical Green Smoothie I’m sharing) spent time in the word, had some unrushed time with Zach, and worked out.  I’m pretty amazed at all I could do in the 2 hours before Maverick woke up for the day at 7am.  I know in a few days, the excitement will wear off and 5:30 will get really tough.  The good news is we are in it together, and I’m hoping we can push each other and stick to this.  I think it could be a game changer, pray for us!

As far as the smoothie recipe, I wanted to change up my typical morning smoothie.  So, I made this tropical themed green smoothie today, and it was really yummy!   I am such a cheerleader for smoothies in the morning.  For over 2 years, we have had a smoothie almost every morning, and it has really changed my diet and helped me maintain and even lose weight.  There is something about putting fruits and greens in my body first thing in the morning, it just sets me up for success in how I eat for the whole day.

So enjoy this tasty blend, and if you are an early riser, any tips on how to stick to this routine?!

Tropical smoothie

 

Date posted: March 23, 2015 | Author: | 2 Comments »

Categories: Breakfast Health and Diet Mommyhood Personal Thoughts

 

Skinny Broccoli Cheese Soup

I’m back!  Back to making recipe videos that is, so you can expect a new one to be uploaded to my Youtube Channel every Wednesday!

So, to kick things off we have everyone’s all time favorite soup during these cold, winter days.  I have seriously been trying to make a low fat version of Broccoli Cheese Soup for years.  I have managed to make them “skinny,” they just haven’t been thick and creamy like the ones at the restaurants…until now!

This recipe is to die for, it has everything you want in a Broccoli Cheese Soup without any of the butter, heavy cream, or half and half.  Check out the video below for my tricks on how to make this low fat soup so rich and creamy!

 

 

Date posted: January 14, 2015 | Author: | 2 Comments »

Categories: Health and Diet Main Dish soups/stews

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Well I’m back at it!  I made my first Youtube video in 4 months, yikes, it’s been so long!  This was just a quick informal video to kickstart my regular videos again, which I will be posting every Wednesday beginning next week.  So be sure to look for those on Wednesdays, and Subscribe so you will get the videos in your inbox every time I upload a new one.

Go ahead and watch this one to see me in mom mode, made this one during the little man’s nap!    I have shared a healthy snacking idea for new/busy moms and dads.  And the star ingredient is…EGGS!

 

 

Date posted: January 5, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Health and Diet Pregnancy Snacks

Happy New Year!

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Well, it’s 2014 friends and things are looking good from here!  I love the feeling that a new year brings, it’s like a fresh start, a clean slate.  Now is the time when the gyms will fill up and diet books will be bought.  I think that’s great and all, but what happens in March or better yet next December?

It seems like most of us are pretty good at losing weight,  there are thousands of programs out there to tell you how, the hard part seems to be maintaining that weight loss.  So, with that in mind, I have made a video sharing with you 5 tips to have you feeling great this year, without fad dieting or feeling deprived.

DISCLAIMER:  I’m not a nutritionist or exercise expert,  I certainly don’t claim to have the perfect body.  However, I have come to a place where I feel good about me – flaws and all, so I am simply sharing with you what has worked for me this past year.

So check out the video below to get my tips!

Date posted: February 13, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Cooking Tips Health and Diet Inspiration Personal Thoughts