Sweet Salty Trail Mix Recipe and the Power of Peanuts!

This sweet salty trail mix recipe is part of a sponsored conversation with Planters and FitFluential but all opinions are my own. When my stomach starts rumbling or I finish my workout at the gym, I always refuel with healthy snacks.  In fact, I find myself reaching for a snack every few hours throughout the day.  Rather than grabbing relatively empty carbs that don't keep me full, I try to include protein whenever possible.  Without high protein snacks, I tend to get 'hangry mom syndrome' which leaves ME cranky and my kids wondering if they … [Read more...]

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Snack Recipe with Rosemary and Garlic

This spicy roasted chickpeas snack recipe is my new solution to snack time guilt.  No more ‘hangry’ mom who is irritable because she is trying to avoid snacking.  No more gazing longingly at my husband while he inhales food during our pre-bedtime TV session.  Nope.  Now, I am going to happily make this roasted chickpeas snack recipe several times a week to I can snack without guilt. Chickpeas (otherwise known as garbanzo beans) are loaded with flavor.  But, who wants to sit around eating beans out of a can, right?  Beans are loaded with protein … [Read more...]

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Walnuts!

I have spent a lot of time this week making Christmas cookies.  As a result, I have spent a lot of time eating Christmas cooking INGREDIENTS.  As I stood in my kitchen with a handful of walnuts in my hand, I started wondering about the health benefits of eating walnuts.  You hear so much lately about increasing the amount of 'good fat' in your diet and nuts are loaded with them.  When I started searching the internet for health benefits of walnuts, I was amazed at how good for you these little things are!  I can almost justify eating a … [Read more...]

10 Health Benefits of Dried Plums That Will Amaze You!

I am participating in a VIN campaign for California Dried Plums. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with California Dried Plums and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. The older I get, the more I realize that the food I put in my mouth has a lasting impact on my health.  While I certainly kick back and enjoy the occasional hot fudge sundae or bowl of chips, I try to make those a sporadic part of my diet.  Eating a rainbow of colors, cooking from … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You Need a High Protein Breakfast (And a Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe!)

This post about why you need a high protein breakfast has been sponsored. I am participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Orgain. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #PoweredByOrgain Mornings are busy for most of us and whipping up a high protein breakfast isn't always on the to do list.  Finding sneakers is on the to do list.  Feeding the dog and making sure the kids have their homework packed are also on the to do list.  But, sitting down to a nice, … [Read more...]

Learn What to Pack in Your Gym Bag Along with V8 Protein!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of V8 Protein for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Like many people, I made a pledge to myself that this year I would be eating healthier and getting more exercise. The eating healthier has been pretty easy but making myself exercise more has been a hard sell. Oh, I spend 20 minutes or so in the morning on the rowing machine and try to go for a walk several nights a week but I really need to start pushing myself more. A good, hard workout a few times a week needs to become more of a priority. … [Read more...]

Green Glow Power Punch Makes an Easy High Protein Snack!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AllWhites Egg Whites for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I am always looking for high protein snack ideas to help balance my blood sugar.  While carbohydrates give an immediate boost to blood sugar levels, they quickly plummet again if you don't have some protein to go along with it.  High protein snack ideas include things like nuts, seeds, low fat dairy products and eggs which are all tasty ways to boost your protein intake.  We go through a lot of eggs in my house but there are only so … [Read more...]

Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Bar Recipe #LittleChanges

This breakfast bar recipe is part of an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Morning comes very early in my house.  5:30 AM is not really my favorite time of day but working husbands, high school kids and busy moms drag themselves out of bed at that time to greet the day.  I want my kids to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning but finding something nutritious … [Read more...]

Skip the Cafeteria’s School Lunch and Start #LunchingAwesome with Applegate!

This school lunch post has been brought to you by TapInfluence and Applegate but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have always hated the food offered through the school lunch program. The grilled cheese is soggy, the canned green beans are squishy and many of the offerings are not readily identified as food. Needless to say, they don't buy school lunch very often. What does that mean for me? Basically, it means that I am awake every morning at 5 AM packing three lunches...every sing day (two kids, one husband...they eat a … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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.  … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]