Simple Berry Syrup: Refined-Sugar Free

2020-01-12T22:42:43-07:00May 1st, 2020|

[recipe] Any other breakfast-for-dinner families out there? Moms and dads, I know you hear me, because let's be's a meal the whole family usually loves and dissolves the picky-eater problem. When trying to eat real food, breakfast can be a hurdle to jump. Our culture is centered around processed, sugary breakfasts cereals, granola bars, pop tarts, [...]

Honey Garlic Sausage and Veggies

2020-02-12T17:13:52-07:00February 19th, 2020|

Honey Garlic Sausage and Veggies - - sweet potatoes (or red potatoes) washed, cubed, whole carrots, chopped, red bell peppers, sliced, frozen peas , nitrate-free smoked sausage, sliced in bite-size pieces, salt and pepper, oregano, paprika, olive oil, cloves of garlic, honey, fresh parsley to garnish, dry quinoa, Cook quinoa according to package instructions.; Preheat [...]

Breakfast Peach Cobbler Oatmeal

2020-02-12T15:25:49-07:00February 12th, 2020|

Healthy peach cobbler oatmeal for breakfast is an awesome way to start your day. Kid-approved and great for keeping them and you full! Breakfast Peach Cobbler Oatmeal - - rolled oats, water, pure maple syrup, vanilla protein powder, vanilla almond milk, sliced peaches (canned or fresh), cinnamon (optional), In a breakfast bowl, add oats a [...]

Cauliflower Rice Tacos

2020-02-03T14:45:06-07:00January 30th, 2020|

I've been falling in love with cauliflower rice lately.... Cauliflower Rice Tacos - - extra-virgin olive oil, frozen cauliflower rice, black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed, taco seasoning (homemade recipe link below), whole wheat flour tortillas, , With a medium-size skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil until warm. Add in the cauliflower [...]

Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

2020-01-13T20:54:51-07:00January 10th, 2020|

[recipe] Back in the day, when I first started learning about eating healthy for the sake of my daughter Katie's health, I had omitted milkshakes... for years! Gahhh! Then, one day it dawned on me how my kids were growing up not knowing what a milkshake was. What kind of mother was I?! :) Milkshakes were [...]

Korean Beef with Broccoli and Rice Bowl

2020-01-09T14:09:56-07:00January 9th, 2020|

This is a family favorite that everyone is excited about! It's a sweet, korean beef mixture that perfectly compliments the rice and steamed veggies. Korean Beef with Broccoli and Rice Bowl - - lean ground beef*, garlic, minced, braggs liquid aminos (soy sauce), 100% maple syrup, sesame oil, ground ginger, crushed red pepper flakes, black [...]

Instant Oatmeal Cookie Dough

2020-01-13T14:43:27-07:00January 1st, 2020|

A healthier alternative to traditional cookie dough that is free of refined sugar, butter, and refined grains. This oatmeal cookie dough is a winner and super quick to whip up!! Instant Oatmeal Cookie Dough - - instant oats (old fashion works too), 100% peanut butter (or nut butter of choice), cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa [...]

Healthier French Toast With Berries

2020-01-08T14:43:04-07:00December 28th, 2019|

Healthier French Toast With Berries - - 100% whole-wheat bread, almond milk (or milk of choice), vanilla protein powder (or chickpea flour), pure maple syrup, ground cinnamon, salt, ground nutmeg, vanilla extract (optional), Toppings:: sliced bananas, raspberries, bluberries, extra maple syrup, , Spray skillet with cooking spray while skillet is heating.; Cut bread slices in [...]

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes

2020-01-08T14:43:44-07:00December 20th, 2019|

[recipe] While this isn't the most nutritious meal, I want to point out, there is a big difference between refined, highly processed pancakes and pancakes made with whole grain real ingredients. When we eat food made with whole-real food ingredients, we are giving our body the nutrients, vitamins, and fiber that it needs to work [...]

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

2020-01-08T14:57:08-07:00November 15th, 2019|

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins - - cheetah-ripe bananas, mashed, extra-virgin olive oil, egg, coconut sugar, white whole wheat flour, cacao (or cocoa), baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, dark chocolate chip (I like "Enjoy LIfe" brand), , Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ; Line a 12 count muffin pan with muffin liners and set [...]

Pineapple Mango Sunshine Smoothie

2020-01-08T14:58:16-07:00September 19th, 2019|

The Pineapple Mango Sunshine Smoothie is a perfect smoothie for picky eaters! We love it for breakfast and think it's sweet and refreshing. <3 -Laura Pineapple Mango Sunshine Smoothie - This is a perfect smoothie for those picky eaters! - water, spinach, yellow bananas, frozen pineapple, frozen mango, , Blend all ingredients [...]

Peach Mango Smoothie

2020-01-08T15:54:57-07:00August 1st, 2019|

Fuel your body with nutritious plant-protein smoothies! Recipes to help fuel you after a workout that will help your mind and body to perform well. Peach Mango Smoothie - A staple smoothie in our home! - coconut water (I like Vita Coco brand), spinach, frozen peaches, frozen mango, banana, vanilla protein powder (optional), , Blend [...]

Perfectly Salted Almonds

2020-01-14T12:15:00-07:00August 1st, 2019|

A perfect healthy snack to eat by itself or to add to your own homemade trail mix. Spice up the salted almonds by adding your favorite seasoning! Perfectly Salted Almonds - - raw almonds, hot water, kosher salt, extra-virgin olive oil, , Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl, add hot water [...]

Apple Avocado Smoothie

2020-01-08T16:00:38-07:00August 1st, 2019|

Apple Avocado Smoothie - - large celery sticks, avocado, whole green pitted apple, coconut water, ice (4 cubes), squeezed fresh lemon, vanilla protein powder (optional), , Mix in blender until smooth. Makes 24 oz.; ; -     <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="wp-image-5909 alignleft" src="" alt="" width="340" height="227" /></p> - Featured - Healthy Green Smoothies - [...]

Pasta e Fagioli

2020-01-08T16:34:37-07:00May 4th, 2019|

After eating at Olive Garden, I knew I needed a Pasta e Fagioli recipe to make at home from scratch. This one is a healthier version that every person in my family eats up! Pasta e Fagioli - - ground beef*, small yellow onion, diced, whole carrots, diced, stalks of celery, diced, cloves of garlic, [...]

BLT Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing

2020-01-08T20:42:53-07:00April 27th, 2019|

BLT Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing - - 100% whole grain rotini pasta, frozen corn, thawed and drained, frozen peas, thawed and drained, pre-cooked nitrate-free bacon, crumbled, medium tomatoes, diced, heads of romaine, washed and chopped, shredded carrots (from a bag), crumbled feta cheese or shredded cheddar cheese, Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing (see [...]

Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing

2020-01-08T21:16:11-07:00April 27th, 2019|

Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing - This is the best homemade ranch I've ever had! You're going to love it and only takes a short minute to make! - plain yogurt (we use Stonyfield Plain Yogurt), avocado, mashed until creamy, Homemade Ranch Seasoning (see recipe link below), , Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl [...]

Kale and Quinoa Salad with a Tangy Garlic Vinaigrette

2020-01-13T14:43:26-07:00April 14th, 2019|

[recipe] About a year ago, I ate at the Nordstrom cafe. I ordered a kale and quinoa salad. This recipe was created because the one I'd ordered was so dang delicious and wanted a replication of it at home. :PKale and Quinoa Salad with a Tangy Garlic Vinaigrette - - kale, chopped small, romaine lettuce, [...]

Lentil Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps

2020-01-08T21:18:03-07:00March 20th, 2019|

[recipe]   This variation of a sloppy joe was created after eating traditional sloppy joes and feeling like I was eating way too much meat and not fueling myself with nutrients. So then, I tried making it with lentils instead. And that was sloppier than a sloppy joe! It seemed like the perfect ratio to [...]

Cherry Pineapple Smoothie

2020-01-09T14:14:16-07:00March 19th, 2019|

[recipe] This smoothie reminds me of a pineapple upside-down cake that has cherries on top. So delicious and so rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants in cherries protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. This is beneficial in keeping our skin looking youthful and helps prevent wrinkles, UV skin damage, and helps to repair the [...]

Quick Veggie-Filled Lo Mein

2020-01-08T21:27:31-07:00March 5th, 2019|

Quick Veggie-Filled Lo Mein - - braggs liquid aminos (soy sauce), toasted sesame oil, 100% maple syrup, brown rice lo mein noodles or noodle of choice (I buy mine at Costco), toasted sesame oil (and more for drizzling at the end), green onions, chopped (separate green parts from white parts), chopped mixed veggies (such as [...]

My Daughter Katie’s Health Update (Gut Health)

2020-01-09T11:00:35-07:00March 4th, 2019|

I thought I'd do a quick update on my daughter, Katie's, health in hope to inspire, motivate, and encourage anyone who may be suffering with their health or who have children who struggle with feeling well. To catch you up to speed, when Katie was very young, I took the initiative to help her illnesses [...]

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos with Cilantro Lime Crema

2020-01-08T21:36:52-07:00February 26th, 2019|

Guys...Sweet Potato Nachos is a meal I could have weekly. SO flavorful. It's fantastic by itself, and last night we paired it with an egg scramble topped with salsa. All of the flavors were so heavenly! <3 *Cilantro Lime Crema isn't pictured here because it wasn't discovered yet! Recipe link below! Sweet Potato Nachos with [...]

Chocolate Almond Brownie Bites

2020-01-08T21:41:47-07:00January 10th, 2019|

[recipe] These are not a new dessert for our family. In fact, they've been a family favorite for a few years now and all 4 kids squeal when they find out I'm making them. Love that! So, I'd like the share this delicious recipe with you, as long as you agree to over-indulge because they [...]

Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo

2020-01-09T13:09:23-07:00January 8th, 2019|

Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo - - garlic, minced, butter, or coconut oil if dairy-free, garlic powder, cauliflower florets, cut into 5 or 6 large chunks, carton chicken broth, salt, black pepper, milk of choice (we use almond), shredded parmesan cheese (optional), package of 100% whole wheat linguine pasta, large bunch of broccoli (cut into florets), , [...]

Homemade Hot Chocolate

2020-01-08T21:49:14-07:00December 14th, 2018|

[recipe] Everyone needs a homemade hot chocolate recipe because the store-bought powder and syrup is super processed, full of additives and unnecessary ingredients. For the longest time we just didn't make hot chocolate or chocolate milk because I really didn't like the store-bought stuff. Maybe you've felt the same...Now you can make your own and stop buying [...]

Spinach Berry Salad with Maple Pecans

2020-01-08T21:49:43-07:00December 1st, 2018|

This Spinach Berry Salad is one of my favorites, especially for big crowds. I've made it a few times for 60+ people and I always get way too many compliments. <3  Spinach Berry Salad with Maple Pecans - - Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing: honey, red wine vinegar, spicy brown mustard, extra-virgin olive oil, large strawberries, stems [...]

Roasted Chickpea Gyros with Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce

2020-01-08T21:50:19-07:00November 20th, 2018|

[recipe] We've been enjoying the delicious flavor of these Gyros! <3Roasted Chickpea Gyros with Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce - - chickpeas, rinsed and drained, olive oil, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper (more if you like spicy!), salt, whole grain pita bread, Tzatziki Sauce: Greek Yogurt, cucumber, finely chopped, fresh lemon juice, garlic clove, minced, salt and [...]

Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

2020-01-08T21:51:45-07:00November 19th, 2018|

[recipe]   When it comes to making fun, delicious food during the holiday season, you will always find these Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins on our counter! My kids gobble them up and I find myself creeping back for another as well!  Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins - - coconut sugar, coconut oil, melted*, eggs, [...]

10 Tips for Making Quick, Healthy Meals

2020-01-14T13:34:26-07:00November 15th, 2018|

Our family has entered a different stage of life as our kids begin to enter teenage years. We seem to be busy with the needs of our two older kids, while trying to meet the demands of a baby and toddler. Stretched thin and short on time is an understatement most of the time. But, [...]

Black Bean Sweet Potato Tacos

2020-01-08T21:52:28-07:00October 20th, 2018|

[recipe]   Tacos are delicious just about any way! We love these meatless black bean sweet potato tacos for a change!Black Bean Sweet Potato Tacos - - medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks, extra-virgin olive oil, smoked paprika, salt, ground cumin, chili powder, can black beans, rinsed and drained, cumin, water, salt [...]

#1 Way to Recognize Processed Foods

2020-01-09T11:05:18-07:00September 1st, 2018|

I want to tell you my best tip for identifying highly processed food so you can recognize it quickly without being a nutritionist or researching food for hours. But first, I can’t tell you how often I am told the foods people feed their kids. Without me bringing up my blog, the foods my kids [...]

5 Low Sugar, Whole Grain Cereal Ideas

2020-01-09T11:21:50-07:00June 16th, 2017|

The health claims on cereal boxes can make us feel like they are healthy, nutritious, and "help us start the day off right". However, these highly processed cereals have a lot of concerning ingredients, one of which is added sugar. One of the secrets behind boxed cereals is the excessive amounts of hidden and added [...]

Instant Pot Hamburger Veggie Soup

2020-01-08T21:59:07-07:00June 5th, 2017|

[recipe] I LOVE this recipe! The fact that it only cooks for 4 minutes is a dream come true when it comes to cooking dinner. Granted, the sauteing, warm-up, and pressure release takes the time up to about 20 minutes. But, still is a super fast dinner and makes my life easier. And...I ❤ my [...]

Strawberry Mango Salad With Mango Yogurt Dressing

2020-01-08T21:59:38-07:00May 10th, 2017|

[recipe] I recently returned from a trip to Utah, where I ate at one of my favorite restaurants in the Salt Lake Valley, Zupas! They have a salad on their menu I ordered a couple of times while visiting! It is a strawberry mango salad with a mango yogurt dressing. I've never had a yogurt [...]

Instant Pot Perfect Beef Stew

2020-01-14T13:27:09-07:00May 9th, 2017|

We are weekly church go-ers and have been my entire life. Same church, same religion no matter where I've lived...I guess you can say it's a pretty big part of who I am. From a young age, having beef stew after church became a tradition that I've continued with my own family. We don't have [...]

Creamy Maple Pecan Syrup (dairy free)

2020-01-08T22:00:48-07:00April 25th, 2017|

[recipe]   This is our current favorite syrup as a topping to our pancakes and waffles. I've never had anything like it before, and it is DELICIOUS! I promise you'll want to add this to your pancake bar! I also love how simple it is to make! Add all of the ingredients into your blender. [...]

5 Things I Wish I’d Known About Sugar

2020-01-13T14:32:38-07:00April 24th, 2017|

While visiting family, I shared a delicious pancake syrup recipe that contains maple syrup. Upon placing the syrup on the table, it was said that the syrup was "sugar-free". Totally perplexed, I responded that it wasn't because it contained maple syrup and I didn't want to lead others into thinking it was sugar-free. Sure enough, this [...]

Delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

2020-01-08T22:01:23-07:00March 28th, 2017|

[recipe] Like I've said before, I have a weird obsession with anything that has peanut butter in it. Oatmeal is a close second. can expect to see lots of recipes with it because it's just what we prefer around here. :) We had these for the first time last week, made by by daughter, [...]

Healthier Chocolate Cake Recipe (Best Ever!!!)

2020-01-09T11:32:08-07:00March 8th, 2017|

  Are you as serious about having a delicious chocolate cake recipe as I am? If so, keep reading... Homemade chocolate cake is our family's go-to birthday cake and we all look forward to it! I have been so excited to share this healthier recipe with you! EEEK! The struggle I've had with my traditional chocolate [...]

Homemade Whipping Cream

2020-01-09T13:05:41-07:00March 8th, 2017|

[recipe]   Why didn't I know about homemade whipping cream until I was an adult?! There is a night and day difference from store-bought whipping cream and homemade! It tastes so much better and has better ingredients than the highly processed containers or bottles you can buy at the store. Though it takes about 5 [...]

How to Pick Healthy Eggs for Your Family

2020-01-09T12:03:06-07:00February 27th, 2017|

  Over the last couple of years I've learned that not all eggs are equal. I've done some side by side comparisons and research and there are some striking differences...specifically between factory-farmed eggs (mass production of eggs within a warehouse) and pasture-raised eggs (birds that spend their days out in fresh pastures). I'm going to [...]

How to Get Toddlers to Eat Real Food

2020-01-09T12:09:11-07:00February 13th, 2017|

  You may be thinking, "Is this even possible?" I've had the same question and still do at times. It has been a challenge with each of our kids during different phases of their childhood to get them to eat real food over waiting around for a treat or dessert. Even worse, choosing not to [...]

Cajun Chicken With Quinoa

2020-01-14T13:39:21-07:00February 6th, 2017|

[recipe] This recipe was the first time I'd ever used creole seasoning and I fell in love with it. The beans are a perfect compliment to the quinoa and are very filling! Let me know how you like it in the comments below! <3 -Laura   Recipe inspired by Trim Healthy MamaCajun Chicken With Quinoa [...]

Traditional Bean Chili

2020-01-08T22:07:46-07:00February 3rd, 2017|

[recipe] Everyone needs a good chili recipe, and we must be nothing short of original because we like our chili simple and traditional. And, this recipe comes from a lot of cans which is great for making quick dinner prep or taking to a Super Bowl party. A couple of things I'd like to share about [...]

No Bake Cookies (with honey)

2018-09-20T18:46:23-06:00February 2nd, 2017|

[recipe] I grew up in a home that had no bake cookies a couple of times a month! So, as you can imagine, I crave that flavor periodically and it totally brings me back. This is quite a sweet dessert and isn't for everyone, but was something I didn't want to give up. Because you [...]

47 Every Day Uses and Benefits of Coconut Oil

2020-01-09T11:25:35-07:00January 10th, 2017|

I'm so excited to share my love of coconut oil with you! Coconut oil is an item I'd never owned or used prior to making healthy changes in our diet. So, if you don't know much about it, that's ok! We all start somewhere and I hope after your read this, you'll be ready to [...]

Homemade Creamy Ranch Dressing and Dip

2020-01-08T22:03:16-07:00January 5th, 2017|

[recipe] If wanting to eat real food as the majority or all of your diet, ditching processed salad dressings and dips can be hard! They are full of ingredients that make us want more and more....ingeniously designed, right!? But, the problem is that they quickly turn something healthy into junk food with all their artificial ingredients, [...]

5 Food Myths That Do More Harm Than Good

2020-01-09T12:40:00-07:00January 2nd, 2017|

Every year around the holidays, I hear people say they must "diet" once the parties are over. I cringe at the word "diet" and dislike using it because it has a negative connotation when it comes to people wanting to lose weight and be healthy. The reality is there's not short term fix as the word "diet" [...]

5 “Healthy” Foods that are Loaded with Sugar

2020-01-13T14:32:14-07:00December 5th, 2016|

I purely love to share what I've learned about healthy eating because it's been so eye opening to me and how food effects the way you feel. I feel confident it will be for you too (if not already) as you learn more about highly processed foods and discover the feelings and long-term health problems [...]

5 Tips to Help You Shop for the Healthy Stuff

2020-01-09T12:48:27-07:00November 1st, 2016|

I'm a healthy food shopper. It is fun to me to find new awesome products that don't have food colorings, a million additives, processed ingredients, etc. But, it's not always easy to know what is healthy. Adapt these tips when you grocery shop, and you'll find healthy grocery shopping to be not as much a mystery! 5 [...]

5 Minute Cookie Dough Bites

2020-01-08T22:11:51-07:00October 21st, 2016|

[recipe] I am a recovered cookie dough addict and would much rather have something made with real food ingredients because of the way it makes me feel. And that's what makes 5 Minute Cookie Dough Bites so awesome. You don't have to like cashews to enjoy this recipe. But, you do have to love cookie [...]

Healthy Apple Cranberry Salad

2020-01-08T22:13:27-07:00September 29th, 2016|

[recipe] Ready to eat more salads? If you are like me, I used to eat salads because I knew I should. But, I wasn't excited about eating them and looked forward to the next part of the meal. I soon found out what it took to make a super simple, yet delicious salad, without all the [...]

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bites

2020-01-08T22:16:09-07:00August 18th, 2016|

[recipe] Need a real-food dessert to bring to a party? These are ALWAYS a hit at parties because because they are just THAT GOOD! They're a staple dessert in our home and both of my older kids can make them all by themselves because it's a no-bake, no fuss (I didn't say no mess ;) ) recipe. [...]

15 Healthy Foods to Buy From Costco

2020-01-09T11:28:22-07:00August 10th, 2016|

Looking for a place to add more variety to your healthy food options without breaking the bank? Over the last 2 years, I have fallen head over heels with Costco. Not only because I can buy in bulk for our big-ish family, but also because of its great prices, healthy food items, and variety. I’ve done some [...]

Banana Blueberry Muffins

2020-01-08T22:16:48-07:00June 30th, 2016|

[recipe] Are you buying your muffins at the grocery store? And have you ever checked out the ingredient's list? Holy Smokes...the amount of refined sugars, calories, the length of ingredient's list, and processed ingredients always blows my mind. I get it....they use them because they're cheap ingredients, keeps the consumer coming back for more, and [...]