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Y’all, I’ve got some AWESOME finds today for Try It Tuesday! A sweet treat and a new take on Lunchables! 

Trying to eat healthy and stay away from desserts is so difficult. Thankfully, I found something low calorie the other day while grocery shopping:

 

These are AMAZING, you guys! They’re crunchy but super tasty and oh-so-chocolatey! Four squares is only 120 calories! Woo!

I blogged about “adult Lunchables” a few weeks ago. Lots of folks tried them and liked them, but my sister said, “Ew. Salami is gross.” That made me think, “Why isn’t there a turkey version of this for grown ups that isn’t loaded with sugar and garbage. Enter, these bad boys:

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This was sooo good! And super filling! Plus, with no added hormones, no nitrites/nitrates, and no artificial colors or preservatives, it’s guilt free! 

Have you tried either of these? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below! 

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With my kids’ picky pallets, its hard to get them to eat fruits and veggies (unless they come in a pouch!) so I have to get creative. I usually drink a spinach smoothie every morning so I thought I’d try to see what else I could sneak the leafy greens into to help my kids have more nutritionally sound meals. Thankfully, Pinterest has my back! I found an awesome spinach pancake recipe and decided to try it out on the kiddos!

Here’s what I used:

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  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk

 

First, I mixed up the spinach and milk in a blender:

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Then, I added the spinach/milk mixture and the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and mixed well:

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After that, I poured the batter onto a pre-heated skillet and cooked as normal. Next came the hard part, getting the kids to eat them!

 

I don’t think Huff the Babe actually ate any. Pretty sure he just picked up the bits I gave him and threw them on the floor until I gave him his banana. Sigh. 

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Huff the Tot refused to eat green pancakes because, and I quote: “Mommy, its not Saint Patrick’s Day. I only eat pink pancakes.” Double sigh. I had to add pink food coloring to get her to eat them (sidebar: because pink and green don’t mix well, the pancakes ended up looking like off-brand bologna, lol.)

 

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But, whatever. it got her to eat them! She ate three pancakes! Mommy had two–ha! I even had some batter left over so I can reheat them in the morning. I honestly couldn’t tell that the pancakes had spinach in them. To be quite honest, I think you could probably just mix spinach and milk together and then add your normal pancake mix and it’d be okay, too.

Have you ever tried this? Have you snuck veggies into another dish? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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Y’all know I’m trying to eat healthier and also find ways to get veggies into Huff the Tot. Her diet mainly consists of chicken nuggets, crackers, yogurt, and Pop-Tarts. I’m not kidding. I’m constantly trying to find ways to get her to try new foods or even sneak veggies and fruit onto her plate without her realizing. So when a family friend told my mom about a new product, I HAD to try it!

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Apparently a lot of other moms had the same idea I did because every Walmart I went to was COMPLETELY sold out! My mom saw them at a grocery store and grabbed the second to last bag for me!

These cauliflower tots contain a full serving of cauliflower in 6 tots, are made with no artificial flavors or preservatives, and seem like a great replacement to tater tots!

I preheated my oven to 425 and popped these bad boys in for about 25 minutes (I waited until they were a teensy bit brown before taking them out. I like my tots crispy!) Then, I took them out of the oven and tried them.

Y’all, these were REALLY good! I sprinkled some sea salt on top and they were nummy! I honestly couldn’t tell a big difference between these and regular tots!

Green Giant makes two other flavors in the Veggie Tots: Broccoli and Broccoli and Cheese! I feel like these were a loooooong time coming and I don’t see why they haven’t released them before now! They’re awesome!

Have you tried these? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

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The other day I was reading about the health benefits of pomegranate seeds. It was then that I realized I had never tried pomegranate before! True, I’ve had pomegranate-flavored stuff (mostly candy-ha!) but never true pomegranate seeds. I decided to rectify this and went to the grocery store and bought one!

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I won’t lie, I was a little nervous. But, the health benefits kept playing over in my head and I decided to just dive in! I wasn’t sure what to expect so when I sliced it open, Huff the Hubs laughed at my gasp:

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After watching a YouTube video (yes, I had to do that) I learned an easy way to separate the seeds from the rind– just add water! It worked great!

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Y’all, these were SO good! This is definitely my new, go-to healthy snack!

 

Have you ever had pomegranate seeds? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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Hey y’all! With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I’ve been relying on my handy dandy Crock Pot more than ever! And, thanks to Pinterest, I’ve been able to find A LOT of awesome recipes, let this one for honey garlic chicken!

Here’s what you need:

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4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I used chicken breasts)

4 garlic cloves, minced

⅓ cup honey

½ cup low sodium ketchup

½ cup low sodium soy sauce

½ teaspoon dried oregano

2 tablespoons fresh parsley (I didn’t have fresh, so I used dried)

 

Place chicken in slow cooker. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oregano, and parsley until thoroughly mixed.

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Pour the sauce over the chicken.

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Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high for 3.5 to 4 hours.

 

When the time is right, serve with your favorite sides!

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I liked this recipe okay. I mean, it wasn’t the greatest meal ever, but it most certainly wasn’t the worst. What I really liked about it was that it was low in calories. And, paired with our organic brown rice, qunioa, and steamed veggies, it made a pretty healthy meal!

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Have you ever tried this recipe? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

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When I had Huff the Tot, I was very much committed to losing the baby weight quickly. After having Huff the Babe, however, my attitude is much more laid back.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to be back to my pre-baby bod, but if I can choose between taking an hour-long nap and an hour on the treadmill, Imma choose nap. Because of this, I told myself that I’ve REALLY got to start watching what I eat. I decided to start giving my usual splurges a healthy makeover, starting with ice cream!

I remembered there was an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (yes, you read that right; I’m a mom, yo) in which Daniel and his mom make one-ingredient banana “ice cream”. I Googled the recipe and got to work.

Here’s what you need:

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That’s it. Bananas. As many or as few as you’d like (or have on-hand).

First, slice up the bananas and place them in an air-tight container:

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Then, pop the slices in the freezer. Ideally, you should leave them in overnight, but they can stay in as little as two hours.

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After they’ve frozen, pop them in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is creamy:

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After that, pour the mixture into another air-tight container and place it back in the freezer (again, either for a few hours or overnight. I left mine in overnight…mostly because I forgot about it-ha!).

Then, enjoy!

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I REALLY liked this! It had the consistency of gelato and was super yummy! Plus, it gave me that ice-cream-feeling without being full of fat and processed ingredients that I don’t need. This was a definite win!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe before?  What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

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Today’s Try It is actually a continuation of yesterday’s post. I talked about how I wanted to make sure I was eating more nutritionally-rich foods instead of the fattening casseroles and baked goods I’ve been shoving in my mouth this holiday season.

I watched a great documentary the other day (while riding the stationary bike) called Hungry for ChangeIn the doc, one of the folks interviewed talked about how if you say, “I’m going to stop eating every single thing I’m used to eating and completely overhaul my habits overnight,” you will fail. There’s basically a 99.99% chance after the first day you’ll say, “This is too hard. I’m done.” So he suggested just adding new stuff to your diet.

Then, he went on to talk about some great things to add to your daily menu.

For example, if you normally don’t eat breakfast because you’re always in a rush, buy some bananas. They’re portable, able to be eaten with one hand, and full of good stuff! Or, if you like to eat salads with your lunch, go a step further and add cucumbers or toss in some kale with your romaine lettuce!

Another “addition” he talked about was chia seeds. I had heard of these seeds before, but I hadn’t really tried them, mostly because I didn’t know how to eat them. Turns out, you can just add them to stuff you’re already eating! I decided to do just that.

I popped over to WalMart and bought a small packet of them (I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something I wasn’t sure I’d like):

 

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I added 1 tablespoon to my morning oatmeal:

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Honestly, I didn’t even notice they were there! So, the next day, I added some to my smoothie. Again, I couldn’t notice them! But, I knew I was getting a ton of benefits from them, such as:

~Omega-3 fatty acids (great for promoting healthy brain development for Huff the Babe)

~Fiber (which most preggos will tell you is a MUST during those 9 months of carrying a wee one)

~Calcium (helps keep Momma’s bones strong as well as giving that bone-building nutrient to the tiny bundle in your belly)

~Antioxidants (aka, stuff to help boost your immune system; which is needed during pregnancy!)

 

Have you ever tried chia seeds? What do you use them in? Share in the comments below!