My Personal Goals for 2019

2019-01-05T01:13:43-06:00January 1st, 2019|

I love having a new year at hand. It's like waking up to a new day with a clean slate, but on a much grander scale. It feels fresh, exciting, and invigorating. What amazing things can you make happen? What will bring more joy and happiness to you or to your family? How can you [...]

How to Create Positive Feelings in Any Circumstance

2019-05-04T16:00:01-06:00December 17th, 2018|

Over the last 10 years, I've come to recognize that many people struggle with their mental health. I want to be very sensitive to the subject of mental health because everyone's situations are unique. And so, I never want to claim to know even a spec of what you or your friend may be experiencing. [...]

Homemade Hot Chocolate

2018-12-19T23:00:40-06:00December 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 [...]

How to Boost Your Mood With Food

2019-05-04T16:01:36-06:00December 7th, 2018|

Can we really boost our mood with food? Well, there is growing research that is showing us how the quality of our food is just as important to our mental health, as it is with our physical health. It's so cool to think that we can improve our mood, our anxieties, brain fog, etc. by [...]

Spinach Berry Salad with Maple Pecans

2018-12-13T17:05:47-06:00December 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

2018-11-28T17:02:31-06:00November 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

2018-12-10T18:35:27-06:00November 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

2019-03-06T09:45:30-06:00November 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

2019-05-07T16:26:25-06:00October 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

2019-03-06T09:54:03-06:00September 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

2019-03-06T09:55:59-06:00June 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

2018-10-01T10:35:01-06:00June 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

2018-09-21T09:55:02-06:00May 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

2018-09-21T09:53:48-06:00May 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 [...]