Biking with the boys

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Now that it is warm out my family is lot more active outside. This year I am starting to go on bike rides and pulling my two boys. It might look smooth and easy, but it is not.

Together they weigh over 50lbs and pulling that is not easy. Any little incline feels like a mountain lol. I can’t go very far yet, but even the little ways I go I know I burning some calories and I feel the burn in my legs.

My hope in about a month is to get them to the park and back and hopefully not die trying :-).

I am trying to do this 3 times a week depending on weather.

This is just another step in trying to be healthy, I don’t expect to lose a lot of weight. I just want to be more healthy and enjoy the outdoors with my children.

Gardening with Kids is a Life Lesson

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Even though I am on a more healthy journey it hasn’t been easy to get others in my family to do it. My youngest little C loves fruits and veggies in smoothies. His big brother L started out good, but now at age 4 doesn’t like them much. It is hard when I see all the benefits of healthy eating and others around me don’t do the same.

I’m sure many of you can relate. This is my first year at home doing a garden as I said in a pervious post. It is right in the front of our house and when the weather is good I try to take the kids out at least a couple of hours a day.  Also that makes it easy for me to do my garden and also show them the way things grow and how to take care of them.

My oldest he will ask me questions about what is growing and now helps me water the plants. Though he has no interest in eating it I am hoping by these little steps he will want to eat them too.  Just like with a garden I am planting seeds in him watching him grow and learn.

I don’t expect my children to change overnight or maybe even this year, but I will show them by example of what is good food and how we can grow it.  Then hopefully in the long run they will want to do it and show their children someday.

So often we want big changes to happen right away, but like a garden you need to tend it with loving care. Try to remove the weeds and remember to be patient. It is amazing what a little garden can teach us.

New year and down a new road..a fiber road

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Now I will be the first to admit these do not look good.  They taste good and that is all that matters in this house. I’m sorry I have taken so much time off. With the holidays it was busy with my stepdaughter here and we did have are rounds of sickness and it seems like my husband is sick again but with a cold. We can stand those, but the kind where there is throwing up and fevers ugh…

Anyway my oldest is part of this blog he went to see a GI specialist   in a near by city.  The short part of this long journey to this is that he has had stomach problems for as long as he was born and he is only 3.5. He was tested and no problems besides a serious condition of constipation which has halted any potty training which makes this mom wonder if diapers will ever end in this house.  Anyone else feel that way? He is now on a high fiber diet. He needs to have 40 grams of it daily…a grown man needs just 35 grams.

So I have been on the path of changing out diet in this house.  As you know from a pervious post I have been doing gluten free at least trying it. But with this I am doing more fiber so that includes wheat in our house. He isn’t big on vegtables  or fruit so wheat products have to take the place. I am still far from getting 40 grams in so any recipe ideas are welcome!!!

Back to the above picture.

He loves these and it is packed full of fiber.

Here is the recipe if anyone wants them again they taste a ton better then they look.

First melt one bag of any type of chocolate or peanut butter chips in the microwave. Put it in a a bowl and mix it with half a box of Fiber One Cereal.  Take a scoop and fill muffin cups. Then put them in the refrigerator and let them firm up. After that you can eat them.

The recipe is also on the box.

I have also done black bean chocolate cookies and they are to die for!!

So my path this year is changing to help my son get things moving down there which changes on how the family eats. Even my husband is more on board eating healthy. We are in this together and I couldn’t be happier then to be on this team. Ups and downs we are in it together.

 

Soups the best on a cold day

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Awhile back I made my Fall Butternut Squash Red Pepper Soup as shown above. It is very tasty and hits the spot esp. cold days like we are having. The problem I have is all my soups are homemade. I go to school for 8 hours and then pick up my boys and come home. I really don’t feel like making homemade soup and then I end up not eating something healthy.

I do admit it is hard when you are tired and want to eat healthy but rather do the easy thing and eat something fast. So I decided that one weekend which happen to be deer hunting opener and my husband was off hunting that I would try making big batches of soup. At the end of the weekend I had made 9 bowls of soup to freeze. Now I just have to pop them in the microwave and heat them up. Now when I am hungry and want soup it is just minutes away. Below I will share a soup from another site that I love and is incredibly healthy for you.

There are many days I struggle esp around the holidays and I try not to get down about it. I know this is a journey and it will take a while to get it right. I hope your all staying warm. Normally I watch my Green Bay Packers but it hasn’t been a good game. Maybe they need to stop making so much Campbell soup commercials and start working on football.  Then again they could be the spokesmen for my soups lol.

Take care everyone and remember this is the time of the year to be thankful and I am thankful for those of you who follow me. I hope I am a blessing to you out there! Here is a link to that site. Love that site as well!

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Smoothies make all the difference

fruit smoothie with bananasSometimes my smoothies look this good and I do love my smoothies. I have to say I must have them 4 times a week when I am not at school, but should try to make one before I go to school because the great thing about them is that they give me so much more energy plus it doesn’t take that long to make.  Sometimes I make smoothies with fruit and veggies, but this past week I have been just doing fruit because of having a chest cough that hasn’t been going away and since doing these it has slowly started going away…the power of healthy food!!

Here is what I made this past week. I have an Ultra blast which makes them super smooth but any blender works.

I cut up a half apple or pear. I also put in a cup of frozen berry mix. strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. put in some water or almond milk and blend!

caleb smoothie  See even the monster loves his smoothies. Which is great since he doesn’t like to eat much fruit!

Have a great weekend everyone!

On the go breakfest for a busy mom

I know I haven’t been on here much, but going back to school, homework, spending time with my boys and husband when I am at home takes up a lot of time. Sadly it doesn’t leave much time to blog. I am enjoy going to school and I am learning a lot of new things and hopefully will lead to a better job afterwards. But on to my blog and since I am up early and try to eat before anyone awakens. I try to think of simple foods to make for myself because I believe you need a little fuel in the tank to get going and staying going through out the day. So here is one that worked for me the past week. I will call them stubby mcmuffins lol…Here is what they look like at the end.GE DIGITAL CAMERA
Look yummy and they were good.
To start off you need
4 eggs. I love the pink bowl..more into pink since everything in my life is boys 🙂

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Then add half of cup of milk, whatever veggies you want. I had broccoli from my garden and some cheddar cheese…yummy and mix it together with pepper and onion powder seasoning.

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Then pour into greased muffin pans and put in the oven at 350 for 20 mins or until done. Every oven is different.GE DIGITAL CAMERA

Then every morning I would put one in the microwave and cook 25 seconds if not frozen and then put it on a whole wheat bun or you could have it without it. I put greek yogurt on the bun.  What you will learn from me I loooove greek yogurt. I kept a few in the fridge and put the rest in the freezer for easy meals. This is much healthier then going to a fast food place and you can put whatever you want in it to make how you like!

Today or tomorrow I will be making another batch for the next two weeks. I hope everyone has a fun and safe Labor Day!