Sponsored:  Healthier Eating the Swedish Way!

Sponsored: Healthier Eating the Swedish Way!

This post about healthier eating has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. There are a lot of things I think America is really good at however healthier eating really isn't one of them.  We have people who inhale light yogurt full of artificial sweeteners and fake colors and call it healthy.  People join weight loss programs where packaged, processed food is delivered to your door and they think they are getting healthier.  Many Americans consider French Fries to be a vegetable.  I think we need to look to other countries to truly learn what healthier eating really means! When my husband traveled to Thailand for work it took him a while to get used to the fact that they served fish and rice for breakfast.  High protein, low carbohydrate breakfasts are popular in … [Read more...]

Portable Protein for on the go Workout Snacking #SilkAlmondBlends

Portable Protein for on the go Workout Snacking #SilkAlmondBlends

This post about portable protein has been brought to you by Silk and Tapinfluence but all opinions expressed here are my own. We are a very active family and all of us have our own personal workout regimes.  Depending on the day, you will find various family members at the gym, on the tennis courts, running a 10K, or doing gymnastics in the back yard.  Staying active keeps us in good health but it also means appetites soar, especially when the weather is nice.  Good nutrition is important for everyone but athletes need to really make sure they get the right combination of foods to maintain proper health.  Keeping protein intake up is a good way to build muscle health and give us the energy to make it through our next workout.  Of course, I don't want all that protein to come from meat!  … [Read more...]

Healthy Eating Made Easier at Sprouts Farmers Market #LoveSprouts

Healthy Eating Made Easier at Sprouts Farmers Market #LoveSprouts

I attended a grand opening event at Sprouts Farmers Market and received promotional items to facilitate this healthy eating post but all opinions expressed are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while you will have noticed that I have a weakness for food.  Healthy eating is important to me (with the exception of my fondness for neon orange cheese products occasionally!) but it is not cheap.  I tend to go WAY over budget when doing my weekly grocery shopping because fresh produce can be pricy.  Up until this week I had never visited a Sprouts Farmers Market so when I got invited to attend their grand opening event, I was excited to see what sort of things they offered! Healthy Eating at Sprouts Farmers Market The first thing I learned about Sprouts Farmers Market is … [Read more...]

Gingersnap Energy Bar Recipe to Fuel Your Workout

Gingersnap Energy Bar Recipe to Fuel Your Workout

This no bake energy bar recipe has been sponsored by Stonyfield Organic yogurt.  As a Stonyfield ambassador I receive product coupons to facilitate my recipes.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Several years ago, my husband took up running.  Since then, I cannot even tell you how many miles he has run...around a track, through the neighborhood, over park trails, and through Disney during one of many marathons.  As any avid runner can tell you, when you are training it is incredibly important to make sure you keep your body well fed.  My husband is extremely thin and during marathon training, the weight drops off at an alarming rate.  Yes, I kindof hate him for that!  He gets really sick of protein drinks so I am always looking for creative ways to pack protein and carbohydrates … [Read more...]

Healthy Gluten Free Snack Ideas

Healthy Gluten Free Snack Ideas

This post about gluten free snacks has been sponsored.  I received samples  at no charge for inclusion in this post but all opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and make a purchase I will receive a small amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure. A few weeks ago I decided to try a gluten free diet to see if could help with a few random health issues.  For the first few days of my new gluten free diet I wandered around in a state of hunger and agitation, with a distinct desire to gnaw off my own arm if I didn't get something filling to eat immediately.  I am a snacker and I have come to realize that every single one of my favorite snacks is high in gluten.  Even healthy snacks like granola bars, crackers and … [Read more...]

Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Herb Seasoned Potato Wedges

Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Herb Seasoned Potato Wedges

This seasoned potato recipe with yogurt dipping sauce was inspired by products I received to review at no charge however all opinions expressed here are my own. One of the things I love most about the holidays is the opportunity to get together with family and friends.  Whether it is a big Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas Eve gathering by the tree or a Saturday afternoon of watching football,  having family and friends around makes the season a happier one!  In my house, having guests over means that I must feed them.  Not that they demand it (or at least not all the time!)...but something ingrained in my psyche says that if there are people visiting then I must cook for them.    I love finding easy appetizer recipes that are also healthy.  Not that I don't love a good bowl of queso or a … [Read more...]

Easy Snack Ideas: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars #sponsored

Easy Snack Ideas: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars #sponsored

This easy snack ideas post is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for ACH Food Companies Inc. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating. My kids went back to school last week and that means I am back to packing lunchboxes at 6 AM every morning.  They are not real big fans of the school lunch program and I would much rather they bring a lunch from home anyhow.  If you have ever eaten lunch at school with your kids you will understand why.  The quality of the food in our school system leaves a lot to be desired!  I have teens so I try to find foods to pack in the lunchbox that are healthy but also ones I know will get eaten.  This usually means a balance between fruit and cheese sticks and cookies or whole grain tortilla chips.  I am always looking … [Read more...]

Tips to Boost Energy and Make it Through the Afternoon Slump! #sponsored

Tips to Boost Energy and Make it Through the Afternoon Slump! #sponsored

These tips to boost energy were inspired back a selection of products I received from Cascadian Farms but all opinions expressed are my own. My summer vacation has finally drawn to a close.  Family trips are finished, company has gone home and the children are back in school.  Instead of feeling productive today, however, I am in serious need of a nap.  During the chaos of summer we were always on the go and there was never TIME to be tired.  However, now that I am trying to get back into blogging, housework and errands it seems like I have zero energy.  I look at the pile of laundry, the mountain of bills, and the dog hair covering every surface and I seriously wonder how I am going to find the energy to get my life back in order.  Sure, I have the lists all ready and goals written out … [Read more...]

Need Healthy Snack Ideas? Try Trail Mix Cups!

Need Healthy Snack Ideas? Try Trail Mix Cups!

This healthy snack ideas recipe is made possible with a cookbook I received at no charge for review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Summer vacation has been a lot of fun here in my house.  Lots of swimming at the pool, camps for the kids, and weekends spent lounging.  With my teenagers at home all day I am pretty sure the phrase I hear most often is 'What can I have to eat?'  My son is 13 and 6 feet tall.  He is as skinny as a string bean and has an incredible metabolism.  That boy eats like a linebacker from the time he wakes up in the morning until bedtime.  I am constantly looking for healthy snack ideas so I don't find him with his hand in the chip bag or cookie bin every 2 hours.  These trail mix cups require NO BAKING which is awesome since it is about a thousand degrees … [Read more...]

A Lazy Mom’s Guide to Getting In Shape for Summer #spon

A Lazy Mom’s Guide to Getting In Shape for Summer #spon

This guide to getting in shape is made possible by a product for review.  All opinions expressed here are my  own. I am a 40 plus woman with 2 children and I am always searching for easy ways to get in shape.  So, like most people who want to learn about a topic I head to my old friend Google to help me learn about it.  What do I find if I Google the term 'getting in shape"?  I find pictures of buff looking women doing pushups on the beach and links to sports supplements to help me run marathons.  Okay, Google, lets be realistic here a minute, shall we?  I am middle aged and have a lot of things that hurt if I so much bend over to pick up the newspaper wrong.  I have two children who beg for ice cream on a regular basis and I have NO willpower.  My money is spent on piano lessons, not … [Read more...]