Shine Organics: My Favorite Healthy On-the-go Snack!

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***Thank you to Shine Organics for sponsoring this post!***

Today, I wanted to share one of my new FAVORITE things: a healthy snack that's EASY to take on-the-go! Shine Organics Pouches (click here for a coupon!) are a convenient blend of real, organic fruits and vegetables, chia seeds, and superfoods.

They are perfect for throwing in your gym bag or purse, or just for when you need a quick snack around the house. Basically, as an active and busy mom of a toddler, these pouches are PERFECT for me! Whether James and I are running errands, heading to music class, or just hanging out at home, I can always have a HEALTHY snack on hand. No fuss, no mess, and no prep time. I just grab a pouch and instantly have a YUMMY snack to enjoy and to satisfy my hunger! These pouches fit into my lifestyle EFFORTLESSLY.

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Finding healthy snack food that actually tastes good, as well as being good for you is tricky. That's why I'm really really glad that I've found Shine Organics!

You can find Shine Organics Pouches at Target in the apple sauce section. Click here to get a coupon for $1 off of a four pack!

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What are your favorite healthy on-the-go snacks?? Please share! I love getting new ideas!

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Recipe Box: Healthy Baby Bars

Happy Monday!

James is turning one year old on Sunday (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??) and we are having a little Birthday party for him. Well...it was going to be little, but somehow we have over twenty people coming now! It will be fun to celebrate our sweet boy with our friends and family!

I am going to be baking James a cake from scratch, and I'm going to be using this recipe. It's all healthy ingredients and has no sugar in it. I make this a lot for James, but usually I cut it into bars for him to have as breakfast or as a snack. For his birthday I will leave it as a cake and I'm going to make a home made icing for it.

Anyways, here is the recipe I use for these healthy baby bars!

Here's What You Need:

  • 5 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of sugar-free applesauce
  • 3 tbsp of melted coconut oil
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Here's What You Do:

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mash the bananas in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, add all of the dry ingredients. Then, add in the mashed bananas, apple sauce, melted coconut oil, and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Mix well.

Coat a cake pan with cooking oil. Pour the batter into the pan, and place the pan into the oven. Bake for around 20 minutes. Check to see if the cake is done with a toothpick (should come out clean).

Let the cake cool.

Slice into bars, if you'd like, or leave as a cake!

Enjoy!

Mommy Monday: What My 10 Month Old Eats

First off, I want to say 'Thank You', from the bottom of my heart to all of the men and women who have given their lives in service to our great country. As most of you know, my husband served in the United States Marine Corps, and we personally know many brave men who lost SO much protecting the freedom and way of life that we tend to take for granted in the United States. This Memorial Day, let's remember what it's really about. I'm forever grateful.

Ok, so James is 10 months old now, and his diet has evolved as quickly as he has!!

When we first started him on solids, he was eating purees. All of his food was super blended and watered down with formula and basically soupy. I would make big batches of pureed carrots, bananas, green beans, spinach, avocados, yams... lots of different foods, and I would freeze them for the week ahead. James loved every food we gave him to try! He's always been such a great eater.

But the puree phase was short-lived... maybe three months? James quickly transitioned to eating table food. Now, he basically eats whatever we eat.

We give him whole bananas to munch on. He loves peas, and clementine oranges are his FAVORITE!

A lot of you have asked for me to share what I feed James, so here you go!

Breakfast

James has a bottle (around 8 oz) and then he'll usually eat some combination of the following items:

  • fruit: a banana, clementine oranges, berries, kiwis, steamed apples, etc...
  • scrambled eggs and toast
  • avocado
  • old fashioned oatmeal
  • egg and banana pancakes (mash up one banana and mix with one egg, and then pour the "batter" into a pan over medium heat and cook)
  • smoothie: spinach or kale, oranges, banana, mango, pineapple, berries, etc...
  • egg and veggie breakfast muffins

Lunch and Dinner

James will usually eat another bottle in between breakfast and lunch, and then a third in between lunch and dinner. Then for his meals, he typically has a combination of several of these:

  • shrimp
  • steamed veggies: spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, peas, onions, brussels sprouts, asparagus, etc...
  • ground beef
  • white fish (like cod or halibut)
  • toast with almond butter
  • fruit: berries, banana, clementines, steamed apples, etc...
  • chickpeas
  • black beans
  • tomatoes
  • whole grain pasta

I always give James a sippy cup of water with each meal, and he sips on it, but doesn't usually finish it.

I hope this is helpful!! Please let me know if I can clarify anything for you or answer any questions. Everyone has their own opinions and ways of feeding their children, and I respect that. This is what works for us! James has never had "baby food" or store bought pouches or cookies or anything. I make all of his food, and he loves it and we're happy with the way we've been feeding him! :) And of course, ALWAYS consult with your pediatrician.

Have a great day, friends!

What I Eat In A Day

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Half way through the week, and - for those of us doing the Bikini Series - half way through week 5!!

So, as promised, I am going to be sharing what I typically eat in an average day. I'll share some recipes that are my go-tos.

M1: A smoothie bowl, oatmeal, protein pancakes, or eggs and toast.

For protein pancakes, I just follow this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of protein powder (I like using vanilla or chocolate flavored protein!)
  • 1 mashed up banana
  • 1 egg
  • a splash of coconut milk
  • a dash of cinnamon

Directions:

Mash up the banana with the egg and the coconut milk until well mixed/blended. Stir in the protein powder and cinnamon. Mix well. Pour about a half a cup of the mixture onto a pan over medium-high heat and cook until you see bubbles forming on the surface. Flip the pancake and cook for a couple of minutes. You kind of have to just use your own judgement when it comes to knowing if the pancake is cooked enough. I top mine with maple syrup and blue berries. Enjoy!

Here is my favorite smoothie bowl recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • small handful of kale

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Pour into a bowl and add your favorite toppings. I love to top with coconut flakes, chia seeds, blueberries, sliced bananas, and cacao chips. Enjoy!

You can also find my Patriotic Smoothie Bowl recipe here. It's pretty similar to this recipe!

Here is my favorite way to have oatmeal:

Make one serving of old fashioned oats. Stir in honey, pinapple chunks, coconut milk, blueberries, chia seeds, and flax seed.

M2: Usually a banana, egg muffins, a protein shake, or a TIU approved muffin from the Nutrition Plan! My favorites are the Lemon Poppyseed muffins!

I also love making this smoothie:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • small handful of frozen kale
  • 1 clementine
  • 1 tbs coconut flakes

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend well. Pour into a glass, sprinkle chia seeds and coconut flakes on top, and garnish with a slice of pineapple! Enjoy!

M3: Turkey Chili, Tray Meal, Quinoa Salad, Salmon, or leftovers from dinner the night before!

For Turkey Chili, here's what I do (it's super simple):

Brown ground turkey in a pan. Then combine the turkey, a carton of organic low sodium vegetable broth (or make your own broth!), chopped up bell peppers, chopped up yellow onions, black beans, chopped garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, paprika, organo, and garlic powder in a big pot. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for a bit. Enjoy!

M4: Square from squareorganics.com (Use the code 'ANNAMCOHENBLOG' at check out for 20% off - nothing in it for me, just sharing the goodness! :)), Aussie Bites from Costco, Tuna with red onion, or greek yogurt.

My favorite way to make greek yogurt is to take one cup of greek yogurt, and stir in honey, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and cacao chips.

M5: Zoodles with Red Sauce, Salmon with Brussels Sprouts, Steak with Broccolini, Bratwurst with Onions and Bell Peppers, Beef and Broccoli, Steak and Cauliflower, Tacos, Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin... Those are the main meals on rotation at the moment! I *almost* always do a protein and a veggie.

Ben and I make our own marinara sauce:

Just mix chopped up tomatos, olive oil, red wine, chopped garlic, basil, and oregano in a large pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce it to a simmer for a long time...hours preferably, but just as long as you can. Ben has his over pasta, and I like making zoodles. Here is a nice spiralizer if you're looking for one: click here for the spiralizer

I usually have a handful of dark chocolate chips every night, because I HAVE TO, hahaha. I have found that it doesn't work to completely deny myself, so I definitely allow myself little treats here and there. I love making these tasty and healthy chocolate treats too! Click here for the recipe.

I hope this was helpful!! Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can clarify anything!

Wild Eats: Cupid's Arrow Fruit Skewers

Looking for a fun, light, fruity snack that you can serve up for Valentine's Day?? Well, look no further! These fruit skewers are a pretty hors d'oeuvres, perfect for a festive party!

Here's What You Need:

1 Watermelon

1 Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

Blueberries

Wooden Skewers

Here's What You Do:

Slice up the watermelon and use the heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the watermelon into hearts. Alternate sliding the hearts and the blueberries onto the skewer sticks. Then, slice the green rind of the watermelon into little strips. Slide them onto the end of the skewers as the fletching at the end, making the skewers into Cupid's Arrows!

Serve up and enjoy!

What are your favorite healthy Valentine's Day recipes?

Wild Eats: Healthy Valentine's Day Truffles

Valentine's Day is such a sweet holiday, that it would practically be a crime to not indulge in some sweet treats!

I love coming up with healthy treat alternatives. Remember this Valentine's Day fruit salad from last year??

This year, I'm sharing a recipe that is SO easy, SOOOO chocolatey, and SO yummy. And it is relatively healthy too! It's a perfect option if you need something decadent to indulge in!

Here's What You Need:

1 ripe avocado

3/4 cups of dark chocolate chips

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon

cocoa powder

Here's What You Do:

First, mash up the avocado in a medium sized bowl. Then, melt the dark chocolate chips (you can use the microwave for this, or the stove top. I prefer the stove top.) Once the chocolate is melted and creamy, pour it into the bowl with the avocado and mix the two ingredients together well. Add in the vanilla and cinnamon and mix. Then, place the mixture into the fridge for a half hour or so. You want the mixture to cool and harden.

Once the mixture is hardened, remove it from the fridge. Form the mixture into balls. You can make the balls as big or as small as you'd like. Then, roll the balls in the cocoa powder, and voila!

Serve and enjoy!

Wild Eats: Homemade Pumpkin Pasta

It's pumpkin season! Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pasta...wait...PASTA? Yes, my friend. Pumpkin pasta. It's delicious, and surprisingly simple to make!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3 cups of flour (i used whole wheat flour), plus a little extra for the rolling pin
  • 1 15oz can of pumpkin
  • Sea salt (for the water you cook the pasta in)

Here's what you do:

Pour the 3 cups of flour in a pile onto the center of a large cutting board. Make a hole in the center of the pile. Pour the pumpkin into the hole.

With your hands, mix the pumpkin and flour together until a stiff dough is formed. Then, divide the dough in half and set half aside, covering it with a clean towel so that it doesn't dry out.

Roll out the other half of dough so that it is super thin. Try to get it so that it is almost see-through...like...reeeaallly thin. Then, cut the rolled out dough into 1/4 inch wide strips. You can make the strips as long as you'd like your noodles to be.

Repeat with the other half of the dough.

Once you've cut your noodles, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles into the boiling water, a few at a time. Cook them for about 2-3 minutes. The noodles should float when they are ready.

Drain them, serve them up, and top them with your toppings of choice! I put a bit of butter and some grated Parmesan cheese on mine!

Enjoy!

Wild Eats: Cooking With Sun Basket

"Sun Basket works with the country's best farms, ranchers, and fishermen. As a certified organic service, we value sustainable farming practices, respect for the environment, and the humane treatment of animals."

As you know, I gave birth to my baby boy five weeks ago. (FIVE WEEKS AGO...where has the time gone?!) The last month or so of pregnancy was so hectic and I was so uncomfortable that it was hard for me to even think about cooking! Once James was born, Ben and I were so busy that, again, it was hard to make time to be in the kitchen, coming up with exciting or healthy things to eat for dinner.

Sun Basket contacted me and offered to send us a trial of their meals to review, so of course I jumped at the opportunity! They send you the ingredients and recipes for three meals per week for either two or four people. You receive a box full of all of the ingredients that you will need (perfectly measured out), the recipes, and detailed instructions that walk you through every step in preparing each meal. Ben and I are HOOKED. We absolutely LOVED cooking and preparing the meals together while James watched from his rock and play. :)

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It's so great because the ingredients are perfectly measured out, which takes the guess work and hassle out of the prep work, AND eliminates waste. Each meal is so gourmet and exciting and different, and they are things that we would never normally make or even THINK to make. But the recipes are amazing...seriously some of the best meals we have ever had and definitely some of the best meals that we've cooked ourselves. And the best part is that the meals are healthy and made from some of the best, freshest ingredients out there.

Cooking together while James watches us has become a fun new hobby for me and Ben. It is something that we really enjoy doing, and it is so fun to try new foods and recipes together! Sun Basket makes it easy!

Click the banner below to take advantage of their Labor Day sale and get $40 off 2 weeks of Sun Basket! You wont regret it! :)

xo, Anna

 

Wild Eats: Patriotic Smoothie Bowl!

Happy Fourth of July weekend! Feeling patriotic? Start your morning off with a little red white and blue and blend up this healthy, tasty breakfast bowl!

Here's What You Need:

  1. 1/2 avocado
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1/2 cup of blueberries
  4. 1/2 cup of strawberries
  5. 1/2 cup of milk
  6. 4-5 ice cubes
  7. 1 tsp cacao powder
  8. 2 tbs chocolate protein powder (I use
  9. Toppings: sliced banana, sliced strawberries, coconut flakes, chia seeds, 60% cacao chips, blueberries

Here's What You Do:

Blend all ingredients in a blender. Pour into a bowl, add toppings, and enjoy!

xo, Anna

 

Healthy Snack: Squarebars!

I can't believe I haven't done a post about these tasty bars yet! Square Organics reached out to me awhile ago and sent me some of these organic protein bars. I'M HOOKED. They are so tasty and I love keeping a few in my purse for when I need some fuel on the go. I love finding new snacks that are good for me and filling, and that don't taste like crap. I'm so excited to have connected with Square Organics because these Squarebars are a GAME CHANGER.

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Here's the best part: you can get 20% off at www.squareorganics.com using the code "tiugirlanna"! I don't get anything out of this, I'm just spreading the goodness! These are great for after a workout, on a backpacking trip or hike, or for little nibble during a long day at the office. Go get yourself a box! You wont regret it.

xo, Anna

Primal Kitchen

I love trying out new food products that are made with healthy, good-for-you ingredients. Primal Kitchen sent me a box full of some of their products to try out, and I was SO excited to get my hands on them. Primal Kitchen consists of "Primal-inspired salad dressings and condiments full of healthful, natural fats, superfoods, antioxidant-rich, high-ORAC-scoring herbs and spices… with no offensive, synthetic vegetable and seed oils and no artificial colors, flavors or fillers!" ...Sounds good to me! Basically, they believe that you shouldn't have to sacrifice great taste in the name of health. You CAN have both. 

Ben and I have been cooking with the Avocado Oil from Primal Kitchen, and we have been loving it! The flavor and scent is very mild, so it doesn't over power the dish. It is made with cage free eggs, and is non GMO, sugar free, soy and canola free, gluten free, and dairy free. It's also rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. 

The Dark Chocolate Almond Bars are super tasty and are a great, healthy snack that's perfect for taking with you on the go. Plus, these bars contain more collagen than a cup of bone broth...which is amazing! They are made with grass-fed collagen, are non-GMO, sugar free, soy and canola free, gluten free, and dairy free. Hard to beat!

My favorite products are the salad dressings. It is SO hard to find healthy, good-tasting salad dressings. Most salad dressings are full of really really unhealthy ingredients. OR if they are made with healthy ingredients, they taste bland or just downright gross. The Primal Kitchen salad dressings taste amazing AND they are made with ingredients that are actually good for you! There are two flavors: Honey Mustard Vinaigrette and Greek Vinaigrette. Both are made with cage free eggs, and are non-GMO, sugar free, soy and canola free, gluten free, and dairy free!

Primal Kitchens also has a healthy Mayonnaise for sale that is supposed to be AMAZING. I haven't tried it yet, but I'd really like to! 

Go ahead and check out Primal Kitchen if you haven't already. What we put into our bodies is SO important. The ingredients in Primal Kitchen products are ones that you can feel good about fueling your body with! 

xo, Anna

Wild Eats: Spicy & Meaty Thanksgiving Stuffing

This isn’t your average stuffing. In fact, this stuffing is anything BUT average! If you want to step things up this year, whip up a batch of this spicy & meaty stuffing, and prepare to have your mind (and taste buds) blown away. 

Here’s What You’ll Need: 

  • 8 tbs butter
  • 2 cups chopped green bell peppers
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 4 cups chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 lbs andouille sausage
  • 1 lb ground red meat (we used venison)
  • 2 tbs minced garlic
  • 2 tbs hot sauce
  • 2 cups stock (we used venison stock)
  • 1 1/2 cups of very fine and dry bread crumbs (we used Panco)

Here’s What You Do:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt 4 tbs of the butter over high heat in a large skillet. Then, add in two cups of the onions, one cup of celery, and one cup of the bell peppers. Saute this mixture until the onions are dark brown.  Stir occasionally. Add in the andouille sausage and the ground red meat, and cook until brown. You’ll want to stir this frequently. 

Once all of the meat is browned, you’ll add in the rest of the chopped onions, celery, and bell peppers, the rest of the butter, the garlic, and the hot sauce. Stir all of this well. Then, reduce the heat to medium and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Next, you will stir in the stock and allow the mixture to come to a simmer. Cook this until the oil rises to the surface (about 10 minutes). Stir in the bread crumbs. 

Then, you will remove the skillet from the heat, and transfer all of the contents into an ungreased baking dish. Bake the stuffing uncovered for bout 45 minutes. Every 15 minutes you will want to stir the stuffing, making sure to scrape the bottom of the baking dish. 

Voila! You have some seriously GOOD stuffing that will be a game changer for all future Thanksgiving dinners. Enjoy!

Wild Eats: Stuffed Baked Apple Crisp

Aaahhh, the holidays! 'Tis the season for gatherings with loved ones and feasts brimming with delicious food. Impress your friends and family at the next holiday party you attend, and whip up a batch of these yummy Stuffed Baked Apple Crisps. These are a fun twist on the classic Apple Crisp recipe, and they are easy and quick to make. 

Here's What You Need:

  • 7-8 Fuji Apples
  • 1 stick of chilled butter (8 tbs)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Here's What You Do: 

First things first. Go ahead and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Next, let’s prepare the crumble topping. Whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, salt, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Then, cut your stick of butter in half. Cut one half into cubes. Then, add those cubes into the dry mixture, and combine with your hands until the mixture is crumbly. Go ahead and set this bowl aside for now. 

Take three apples and peel them. Then, chop them up into small cubes. These are going to be the filling for your stuffed baked apples. Add the chopped apples, the other half of the stick of butter, the rest of the cinnamon (1/2 tsp), and the rest of the brown sugar (1/3 cup) to a medium sized sauce pan. Saute these ingredients over medium heat until the apples are tender. Then, remove the sauce pan from the stove top.

Take the remaining 4 apples, chop the tops off of them, and carefully use a spoon to scoop out the insides. You wont need the insides of these apples. You can throw them away OR use them in a different recipe! Don’t worry about getting every little bit of the insides of these apples out. You just want to make sure that you have enough room to stuff them with the filling. 

Now the fun part! Fill your scooped-out apples with the apple filling mixture from the sauce pan. Then, top with a hefty amount of the crumble topping. Put the stuffed apples onto a baking sheet, pop them in the oven, and bake them for about 15-20 minutes. You want the scooped-out apples to be soft, and the crumble topping to be getting kind of crispy. 

You can serve these warm, topped with vanilla ice cream and a bit of caramel sauce. Enjoy!