Kitchen Tips and Tricks for the Busy Lady

I’m excited to share this article from friend and fellow #specialkindofcrazy lady Rebecca. She  has some awesome tips on how to save time and energy in the kitchen – something we could all stand to learn right?  Check out her awesome tips and see what you can slowly start to implement in your own daily routine. Remember:  one thing at a time – slow and steady wins the race!

Be Aware – Saving Time and Energy in the Kitchen

If your goal is less time cooking and more time at the table with your loved ones, then this article may be just what you need to reach that goal.  Some of you are great meal planners, but to take that meal plan to the next level to save time, BE AWARE of these tips and tricks:

-Chop up onions, green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and any other go-to veggies and store separately in glass (see-through) bowls.  Keep these in the refrigerator and use throughout the week for omelets, taco night, salads, spaghetti meat, etc.

-Clean and prep strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc and store separately in glass see-through bowls.  Keep in the refrigerator and use throughout the week for yogurt toppings, smoothies, or a quick snack.

-Lunch prep can be done at the beginning of each week.  Set aside a shelf in the refrigerator and load it up with already packaged snack sized bags of your favorite lunch items.  I do this each week with carrots, cherry tomatoes, yogurt, cheese sticks, etc.  Each morning, I just grab from my pre-packaged snacks and add a sandwich

-Not everyone likes bread crust, but it’s so annoying to trim the crust off of each slice of bread.  Laura’s favorite go-to sandwich trick is a Cut-N-Seal from Pampered Chef.  It makes a perfectly round sandwich and no crust to deal with.  This is a quick way to make a peanut butter and banana sandwich OR even a homemade hot-pocket.

(side note:  Laura here – this is ALL Jackson wants in his lunch so I make them in bulk. I make about 4-5 sandwiches at a time, freeze them, and then each morning throw one in his lunch box. Seriously his favorite way to enjoy pb&j…never thought of a hot pocket…)

-My favorite snack are apple slices, but I’m not real fast at cutting the apple into cute slices.  My go-to time saver for getting a great sliced apple is an apple wedger.  And then, you can make really cute race cars for the little ones too.

The see-through glass storage containers will allow you to see everything you have in the refrigerator without having to open up the containers and sneak a peak—and that’s definitely a time saver!  As you read through these tips, think of all the ways you can save time in the kitchen—and then use that time to be with your loved ones, memorize an inspirational phrase, OR, do a few burpees!  If any of you are interested in products that can help save time in the kitchen, feel free to contact me or go to my website, pamperedchef.biz/rebeccavia

Thanks so much Rebecca. I never thought about preprepping some single serving stuff for kids so lunches can be grab a bag and go! I’m totally trying that next week. Packing individual bags of grapes, peppers and tomatoes can get time consuming for sure.

If you are interested in any of the products that can help save time in the kitchen, feel free to contact Rebecca at her website here!

 

Kid Snack! Energy Bites!

Ok there are definitely some pinterest ideas that my kids just turn their noses up at.  #reallife. But then they decide to love something I thought would be a fail. I can’t ever figure it out!

Enter: Date Balls. I was sure my hubs and I would be the only ones eating these but go figure JACKSON inhales them.

I love popping these in lunches or using them as a grab and go snack after school.  Packed with nutritious ingredients – I don’t feel worried when they ask for more than one. Continue Reading →

Fast and Healthy Lunch Ideas for Packing Days

Fast and Healthy Lunch Ideas From Hannah

My girls are not yet old enough for me to pack them school lunches. In fact, my oldest is just starting preschool this Fall! She’s very excited, and has been playing “school” ever since I showed her the calendar and we counted 3 weeks to school. However, packing school lunches is intimidating to me since I have a somewhat picky eater, so I’ve been brainstorming what I will pack for the past couple of years!

I have listed below some easy and healthy suggestions that will hopefully be helpful to you as we begin another school year. One thing that could fit into—and help—your routine is by doing some lunch prep on the weekends so that on your busy morning when you’re trying to get everyone out the door to catch the bus, packing lunch will not be stressful. Making lunches ahead will allow you to more thoughtfully prepare healthy choices instead of just tossing in an extra bag of Cheetos to keep them full. Lunch prep = healthier, less stressful, faster mornings = win, win, win!

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Leeann Likes – Frozen Hot Chocolate! What what!!!

Frozen Hot Chocolate.

My friends.  STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING.  Make this smoothie.  It is truly amazing.

Here is the link.  It is creamy, chocolatey, filling and delicious.  IF you hate avocado you will still like this.

My three year old thought she was having a chocolate shake.  It is so good.  

Here are my #reallife recipes notes:

  1. I used regular dates not medjool Dates so  I added 4 dates
  2. I did not have any Rice Milk Powder so I left it out.  I hear it will be creamier with it
  3. The second time I made this, I added a handful of spinach.  Absolutely no idea it was there.  Next time I will add a little more.  
  4. I did add a small squeeze of agave nectar to make it a little sweeter.
  5. I used plain unsweetened almond milk because that is what I had on hand!
  6. I am picky about cocoa powder.  Trader Joe’s is cheap and in my humble opinion has the best flavor!

And to keep it real #reallife…..

I was trying to cut back on dishes and I needed this RIGHT NOW so I poured it right back into my measuring cup.  No time for frills. It is that good.  (The recipe easily makes 2 cups, this was my portion, my daughter had a good bit also).  It lasted in the fridge no problem.

FUN Fitness – Ideas for the Whole Family

All of July in PowerFull Fitness we talked about making fitness FUN.  I shared some workouts our ladies could do at home with their kids but sometimes you just need a quick idea!  Check out this list.  It has some fun ideas for ways to keep moving with your kiddo so that everyone gets their energy out. Of course – added to the list would be any of our Mommy and Me Classes as well!

 

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Quick and KID FRIENDLY Weeknight Dinner

This is the EASIEST meal ever. Like ever.  And my kids ACTUALLY eat it. Yep. Both of them.  All of the ingredients I use I get from Costco which cuts down on cost.  Seriously I make this at least once a week on our busy nights and I am sure that everyone will get a good meal with minimal clean up.

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Your Favorite Kid Snacks Revealed

All of July, we focused on Fun for Fitness. One aspect of fun is giving kids some snacks that are fun and (mostly) nutritious.  I asked our PowerFull Moms for their favorite kid snacks and I couldn’t resist sharing. These ideas are super fun and easy to do – great for a busy mom on the go!

Download and print your copy today – get a few more summer fun snacks before school starts back again (where has the time gone?)

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Greek Yogurt

Ok I promise to take a break on the Greek yogurt recipes.

Remember these chocolate chip muffin minis?

Or these blueberry muffins?

Ok well let’s go for one a bit more indulgent! How about a chocolate chip cookie made with Greek yogurt?  For those of you working on ways to add more FITness into your daily routine – consider this:

These have no butter and no eggs.

They do have a healthy dollop of Greek yogurt (aka protein) so boom! No I do not advise you eat all of them in one sitting…but indulging with one isn’t gonna hurt.

I feel obligated to warn you: they are a bit cake-y.  So mine didn’t come out crisp but more like a chewy cake texture.  That did not stop anyone in my family. The kiddos inhaled them. And if you have to pack a nut-free lunch box for school – this is a completely nut free cookie!

Here’s what you need:  Oh I divide the following when I made mine b/c I wasn’t sure if we’d like them. Next time I’ll make the full batch.

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour – I used whole wheat
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 and prep your baking sheet. I cover mine with foil and spray with Pam.
  2. Now combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk ]the eggs and the sugars.
  4. Add to the sugar bowl your vanill and yogurt.
  5. Now slowly add that to the dry ingredients bowl.
  6. Throw in those chocolate chips
  7. Make balls about 1 tbsp or so on the baking sheet and bake for 9 – 11 minutes then remove and cool on a rack.

Voila! Yummy chocolate chip cookies you can add to your new favorites list!

Oh – you can check out the original recipe here

Family FITness Fun

As we round out February and our Ready to Be…Engaged focus – I thought it would be cool to figure out some ways to engage your family in your FITness journey.  And what better way than to pull in some outside guest bloggers to share their expertise?

Henrik Nielsen, author of the website:  https://fits-me.co/ has also developed a great infograph exclusively for our Powerfull FITness families.  Take a peak, grab your families, and engage in BE-ing FIT together.

Check out this awesome document! I love the idea of picking a challenge for the week – that is something everyone can get excited about.

Download this document, hang it up, and lets engage in FITness together!

Thanks for the great ideas Henrik!

Printable Recipes for Kid Snacks

Hi there!fruit

We recently did a play date where all the moms brought a new recipe for the other kids to try.   Unfortunately it rained us out but we still managed to gather a few new recipes and I wanted to share them here.  Recipes include tropical energy bites, popcorn bites, yogurt bites (lots of little bites!)  Take a peek and see what you may wanna try.

Just click the hyperlink below.

Thanks to all the moms who shared ideas on how to keep our kiddos happy this summer.

 

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