WIAW – Quick and Easy Meals with Tessemaes

WIAW – Quick and Easy Meals with Tessemaes

Disclosure – This post is sponsored by Tessemae’s and my partnership with the Mom it Forward blogging network.  

Happy Wednesday!

Hope you’re all having a great week so far!

Life with a newborn has been an adjustment from the way life used to be.  On most days before Little Squish, I was able to make us a full breakfast, pack snacks to go do whatever we needed to do, come home to make a full lunch, and then cook a full dinner most nights.

Now most my time is spent holding the baby, nursing the baby, and changing the baby.  What time I’m not spending on those things, I’m trying to spend on The Love Nugget.  Which leaves me with very little time to cook meals like I used to.  So now more than ever meal prep is so essential for me.  I’ve been making sure to spend a little time over the weekends to prep some food for the week.  It helps SO much when I have something I can quickly grab and eat immediately or re-heat and eat.

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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Last week, our weather was absolutely gorgeous!

Cooler temperatures, light rain, crisp breeze…. It finally felt like fall!

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Quick and Healthy Bruschetta Chicken

Quick and Healthy Bruschetta Chicken

Good morning friends!

How’s everyone’s week going?  Mine started out great but unfortunately I came down with a bit of a cold 🙁  Grrrr… I think I’m more frustrated than anything as I just don’t have time to be sick.  Luckily I loaded up on vitamins, elderberry syrup, bone broth and gelatin so am feeling much better today.  Good thing because we have fun plans for the weekend that I just can’t be sick for!

Speaking of our weekend, I’ve got a ton of things to do to get ready for our adventure so I’m just popping in real quick today to share a quick and easy dinner with you all.

With school back in session and life getting a bit busier, quick and easy dinners are a favorite around here.  As I’m sure they are in many other households 🙂  You all know I’m a fan of healthy meals but sometimes healthy can mean multiple ingredients, steps, and time.  However there are TONS of recipes that are very healthy and can be made in a very short amount of time.  One we’ve enjoy is this quick and easy Bruschetta Chicken recipe that is simple to whip up on a busy evening.

The bruschetta is made with fresh, in season ingredients and the chicken is simple to cook on the grill or indoors on a grill pan.  Which is the method I used the last time we ate it.   AND it was enjoyed by all!

Bruschetta Chicken

Bruschetta Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3-4 organic chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp. dried basil,
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (I LOVE cherubs)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp. olive or avocado oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. For the Chicken
  2. Rinse and pat chicken dry.
  3. Season with dried basil, sea salt, and pepper.
  4. Heat grill or grill pan over medium heat.
  5. If using a grill pan, lightly oil the pan with olive or avocado oil.
  6. Cook chicken about 5-7 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the middle.
  7. For the Bruschetta!
  8. In a medium bowl, combine all the bruschetta ingredients.
  9. Mix well then store in the fridge until ready for use.
  10. Top chicken with bruschetta and enjoy!
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If You’re Eating Tuna, You Should be Eating Safe Catch!

If You’re Eating Tuna, You Should be Eating Safe Catch!

I used to dislike tuna.  Not fresh tuna but canned tuna.  Mainly because I had heard such horrible things about the fish they use and the way they catch the fish.  Many big brands use longline fishery which is the use of a long fishing line with multiple hooks that can stretch for many miles. Thousands of tons of seabirds, sea turtles, sharks and other marine life are hooked and then left to die on the lines.

So I just avoided it.  Then I discovered that there were companies that were committed to sustainable fishing practices and distributing a product that is safe to eat.  Even still I worried about mercury.  What most people these days worry about when they think about tuna.  Especially those of us with kiddos.  Mercury is highly toxic and kids are most susceptible to the harmful effects.

Luckily there is a brand that is creating a product that is not only sustainable but is produced with tuna that has been individually tested for mercury.  Yes you read that right, EACH fish is tested for their mercury level.

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“Beet” Still My Heart Smoothie with Silk Cashew Milk

“Beet” Still My Heart Smoothie with Silk Cashew Milk

Roses are red, violets are blue, make me a smoothie and I’ll love you!!!!

Haha!  I love smoothies but there’s someone else in our house who loves them even more.

The Love Nugget!  Every time I pull out the blender he comes running.  “Make me a smoovie!”

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Raising good eaters

Raising good eaters

I was having a conversation with a fellow mom the other day about her desire to lose weight and eat healthier.  She was telling me how she tried to make the better choices when it came to food but struggled because her husband doesn’t eat the same way.  She also mentioned how she wants her son to eat good foods but was guilty of going through the drive through at McDonalds and giving him some of her french fries.  It made me think of this video;

One that would be good for ALL parents to watch.  It shows how our feeding habits, even from a very early age, can have a lasting effect on our children.  Which is why we are pretty careful about the food we feed our son.

Does this mean he doesn’t get any treats ever?

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Big Bowl of Chocolate Avocado Pudding (recipe coming soon!)

No, of course not.

We just try to instill very healthy eating habits by modeling good food choices and by offering good, clean food 90% of the time.  Even when we offer a treat it tends to be one made with natural or organic sweeteners.

One reason I’m big on this because as a teacher I saw first hand how kids are affected by the food they eat.  I hear all the time, “Oh, sugar doesn’t make kids hyper, that is a myth.”  I disagree.  Spend a day in a classroom with 25 eight year olds when there is any type of sugar consumed and chances are you’ll change your mind.  Yes, some kids don’t react as much to sugar.  However, the majority of children when given the stimulant (and that’s what sugar is) will show some change in behavior.  Wether it be a slight increase in hyperactivity, a focusing change or a sudden crash in activity level, these changes definitely occur in children.  My son included.

I know very well that parenting is tough.  For the first 6 months of The Love Nugget’s life he screamed and I’ll admit that there was more than one day I asked The Hubby if we could send him back!  It was rough.  And there have been many other rough times since then.  Times when he throws a fit because he wants to watch T.V.  Times where he screams at the dinner table because he doesn’t want to taste his cauliflower.  Times where he begs non-stop for popsicles or ice cream.  With all of those times I have thought about caving.  Just giving him the damn popsicle even though it was an hour before dinner.  Letting him watch T.V. regardless of the fact that we told him he lost that privilege earlier in the day.  Or even excusing him from the dinner table without tasting each food on his plate (our number one rule at meals).

However, The Hubby and I both believe in following through with the rules and guidelines we set for him.  More often than not he gets over his screaming tantrum pretty quickly when he realizes we aren’t going to cave.   We also aim to be good role models with our eating habits.  Before we even had kids we ate pretty clean and now that we have The Love Nugget we eat even healthier.

I truly believe that modeling is the first way to teach our kids which is why we are so big on eating healthy almost all of the time not just some of the time.

I think it’s something we as parents should all be trying our best to do in order to keep our children healthy and to stop the obesity epidemic from continuing in our country.

Jamie Oliver is amazing.  Watch 🙂

QUESTIONS – 

  • What are your thoughts on food and kids?  
  • Do you believe sugar makes kids hyperactive?  
Aloha Espresso Protein Fudge!

Aloha Espresso Protein Fudge!

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As many of you know I’ve been working at healing my hypothyroidism for a few months now.  I try not to clog your feed with thyroid posts but every so often I like to check in and let you know some things I’m doing in case you or someone you know has the same issues.  If you missed my previous thyroid posts you can read them here, or here.

Diet has been one area that is easy to focus on as a means of  healing.  I like food and I already eat very clean so it’s not hard to make a few tweaks here and there in order to assist thyroid healing.  I shared some foods before that were good for thyroid health one of those being brazil nuts.  Mostly for their Selenium quantities.  Selenium is essential for healthy thyroid function and healthy metabolism.  Luckily there are some Selenium rich foods that we can incorporate into our diet to increase the level in our bodies therefor benefiting our thyroid.  Unfortunately, the food that is highest in selenium is not my favorite.

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding (Giveaway Closed)

Chocolate Avocado Pudding (Giveaway Closed)

 Thank you Hass Avocado and Mom it Forward for sponsoring this post!  Hass Avocados are a great way to get in essential nutrients though delicious meals!  

Congrats Kelly from FitSkool!  You are the lucky HASS Avocado winner!  

I remember as a kids wanting to have pudding cups so badly but we never really ate food like that.  We would get it as a treat every once in awhile but it definitely wasn’t a staple in our house.

At the time I felt deprived but now that I look back on it I appreciate it.  Even then she knew that they weren’t the healthiest option for us.  Which is why I don’t eat them now nor do I purchase them for The Love Nugget.

BUT… that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy pudding!

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“Snack” to School Party with CARaisins!

“Snack” to School Party with CARaisins!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf California Raisins.

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Hey there!

Who has kids going back to school?   I’m happy to join the back to school crowd with The Love Nugget beginning preschool this year.

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Purina Beyond Dog Food

Purina Beyond Dog Food

Feeding my family a clean diet is very important to me.  That goes for everyone in my family including our little White Coyote!

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