Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites with Organic Freeze Dried Fruit

This cinnamon apple energy bites recipe with organic freeze dried fruit has been sponsored by Homegrown Organic Farms.  All opinions are my own.I have lived in the south for about 20 years but still consider myself a New Englander at heart.  I choose walnuts over pecans and apples over peaches every time I can.  This time of year, apples are in season and I find myself eating them daily.  However, once we get into winter and spring, apples may be in the grocery store but they don't taste all that great anymore.  I'd rather eat NO apple than … [Read more...]

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

I am a morning person but by 3 PM in the afternoon, I am craving a nap.  These peanut butter oatmeal energy biteswere my attempt at powering through my week without resorting to pots full of coffee.  Since my pumpkin energy bites were so delicious, I decided that this easy no-bake treat would be a healthy and delicious way to satisfy my sweet tooth without the guilt! Snacking on cookies is delicious but not the healthiest choice on a daily basis, right?These peanut butter oatmeal energy bites are made with only 5 ingredients: peanut … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Popsicle Recipe

I am a huge clearance shopper and a few weeks I scored a great deal.  I found all natural mint chocolate chip yogurt popsicles on clearance for 75% off.  YAY!  I bought 6 boxes of them and we ate them every night.  (Yes, I really do love my sweets!) Well, now they are gone and I am trying to find a Greek yogurt popsicle recipe that is similar to what we have come to love.  Because when they are NOT on clearance, those things are ridiculously expensive!  I put together a batch this week and thought I would share the recipe with you.  Homemade … [Read more...]

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

These tips to boost energy have been sponsored by Lorissa's Kitchen but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.Summer vacation has just started and I am already tired.  I seem to spend my day telling my teenagers to wake up, do something, clean something, stop arguing with each other, and generally just stop being teenagers.  The day is long and the energy levels are low.  Add in work, housework, and my own to do list and I am in serious need of a few tips to boost energy levels! If you are just as sleepy as I am in the … [Read more...]

Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking

This Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking post has been sponsored by Musselman's applesauce but all opinions expressed here are my own.This applesauce quick bread recipe is the perfect after school snack for your hungry kids.  And the key to proper snacking is that you choose healthier, good for you options! Not too long ago, I read an article which suggested that snacking is unhealthy.  I started doing some research on why they would suggest such a thing. I found that 90 percent of the articles assumed … [Read more...]

This Chocolate Dipped Apricots Recipe is a Deliciously Healthy Dessert!

I have always had a horrible sweet tooth and honestly, I see nothing wrong with indulging in desserts regularly.  I choose to make desserts from scratch most of the time and use real butter, heavy cream and plenty of organic sugar.  Of course, this comes with a fairly high calorie count so I try to balance my love of sweets with healthy dessert options when I can.  This chocolate dipped apricots recipe is the perfect balance between deliciously sweet and slightly healthy.  All the flavor and less of the guilt!  It is also incredibly easy to … [Read more...]

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 … [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. #PoweredByOrgainMornings 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 … [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...]

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...]