Beauty and Self-Confidence, Health and Fitness, Healthy Recipes, Motherhood, Uncategorized

Berry Water Kefir = PROBIOTIC SUCCESS!

So, you have probably heard of Probiotics by now, and may know how good they are for so many things…. but have you heard of Water Kefir?!

 If not, you’re missing out on a great way to get your probiotics NATURALLY and basically for FREE (except for what you flavor the water with)!  

I always become skeptical when taking a pill-form of anything, so when I found out about this alternative for probiotics, I had to try it!  
First, you should know the benefits of probiotics, if you don’t already!  Some of the benefits (read more at  https://www.diamondherbs.co/benefits-of-probiotics-what-they-are-how-they-can-help-you/ ) include:

Reduces colds & flu’s

Fights off food borne illnesses

Prevents & treats kidney stones

Reduces the overuse of antibiotics

Improves overall digestive function

Prevents eczema (with children)

Prevents & removes acne

Boosts body’s immune system

Helps with weight loss

Heals inflammation in bowels

Prevents & treats urinary tract infections

Lowers cholesterol

Promotes oral health

Immunity

Depression & Anxiety

I have also heard that it helps with Asthma, so I will have to follow up with that at a later date to see how it affects Adam since he suffers from Asthma regularly!

To start my first batch, I was given 1/4 cup of cultures from my cousin, whom was the one that told me about this amazing water! 

I wanted to try the “lemonade” one that she made, but we used all of the lemons. Therefore, I improvised and followed this recipe for the Berry Water Kefir:

http://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/recipe/water-kefir-recipes/any-berry-water-kefir/

It turned out great! The kids love it and after drinking it for a few days, I already feel the positive results.  What’s even better is that it’s much less expensive that the pill-form of a probiotic I had been taking before.  

The cultures quickly multiply, so I now make double batches and even had enough to give away!
I have to admit, it is a “new process” that took me some time to learn fully, but I am so glad I invested that time for mine and my family’s health.  I would recommend this to anyone that can take a Probiotic! 

CHEERS! 😁

Stay Healthy,

Tara

Health and Fitness, Healthy Recipes, Motherhood

Chicken with Kale and Broccoli SkilletΒ 

Not many people realize that kale makes a great dinner or lunch side dish/pairing!
Tonight’s dinner had to be quick, so I threw this together in no time and was so happy with the end result!  The flavors are so good and everyone divoured their plate of food! 

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Cut 1 lb chicken into thin strips

Season with lemon pepper and cook with olive oil and 1 small red onion in the skillet

Once the chicken starts to cook, add broccoli and 1 clove minced garlic and toss to season everything together. Do NOT add the kale yet πŸ™‚

Once the broccoli and chicken are about done, season more with lemon pepper if you would like and add the kale.  Let the kale cook for about 2 minutes while you toss it.  Serve immediately after the kale cooks and ENJOY! 

Stay Healthy,

Tara

Health and Fitness, Healthy Recipes, Motherhood

Homemade Veggie Soup!

Homemade Veggie Soup πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
INGREDIENTS:
1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup diced carrots

4 cups chopped cabbage (approx. ΒΌ head of cabbage)

1 cup green beans (1″ pieces)

2 whole bell peppers, chopped

1 can (28 oz) low sodium diced tomatoes

6 cups low sodium beef broth

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 bay leaves

Β½ teaspoon each thyme & basil

pepper to taste

2 cups broccoli florets

2 cups sliced zucchini
INSTRUCTIONS:
In a large pot cook onion & garlic over medium heat until slightly softened.
Add carrots, cabbage & green beans and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Stir in bell peppers, undrained tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, bay leaves and seasonings. Simmer 6-7 minutes.
Add in zucchini & broccoli. Simmer an additional 5 minutes or until softened.
Remove bay leaves before serving….and ENJOY!!!

Stay Healthy,

Tara

Health and Fitness, Healthy Recipes, Motherhood, Uncategorized

Healthy “Almond Joy” Oatmeal!!!

I wanted to change up my breakfast this morning and improvised this recipe. 

Little did I know, it is like “heaven” in a bowl, as my son would say!  It is probably one of my new favorite ways to make oatmeal!
Ingredients:

*Dry Oatmeal (I use 1/3 cup)

*Chocolate Almond Milk (I use 2/3 cup)

*Coconut oil ( 1 tsp-1tbsp per serving, depending on how much you want the coconut flavor to come through)

Microwave and ENJOY!  

*you can make it via stovetop, but I don’t have time in the morning, so I choose to use the microwave when I get to work πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
Stay Healthy,

Tara

Motherhood, Uncategorized

Walmart’s Curbside Pickup!

After this long day at work, the last thing I want to do is spend an hour or more grocery shopping… I WANT TO SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH MY BOYS! I decided to try Walmart’s new curbside pick up and I am so glad that I did! 

As I approached the store, I checked in to the designated area and gave my receipt number. It then informed me to go to a specific lane to wait for my groceries to be brought out. 

The young man that brought my items out was above and beyond helpful and assisted me at putting everything into my car, which took about two minutes total! He also explained to me that they, the employees, love this new service because it minimizes congestion in the store. I said to him, “some people call this lazy” and he replied with, “well, we call it efficient” and I could not agree more! 

 I will absolutely recommend this service to anybody; especially people with children that don’t want to spend countless and excruciating hours trying to grocery shop with them. 

#walmartcurbsideservice #efficiency #happycustomer

Beauty and Self-Confidence, Health and Fitness, Healthy Recipes, Motherhood

A healthy sweet tooth satisfier…

One of the biggest challenges I face with eating healthy is my INTENSE cravings for sweets. I would go crazy if I didn’t satisfy them! So, rather than ignoring it and making myself miserable, I choose options like these DELICIOUS treats instead of ones that are bad for you and full of garbage.  

Frozen bananas are my go-to treat and I love pairing them with a variety of healthy toppings (or center like in this one) and options like blending them into NICEcream (see precious post for my favorite recipe!).  
For this snack, I always make sure to prepare a large batch so I can grab one or two to kill that craving and not feel bad about it. 

I cut three bananas length wise and put peanut butter on 1/2 of them before putting them back together to make “sandwiches”. I froze them for a while (a few hours), then cut them into 1/4-inch wide sections.   

To store them, I layer the piece in a freezer container and lay wax paper between each layer to prevent them from sticking to one another.   

To cut down on fat content, you can also use PB Fit Powder mixed with water in place of the peanut butter. ALWAYS use a natural peanut butter to get the most nutrition out of your snack.  

Now, when I need a good choice to satisfy that craving, I have them available and will say no to the other stuff! 
Stay Healthy,

Tara

Health and Fitness, Healthy Recipes, Motherhood, Uncategorized

“Chunky Monkey” Pops and Nice Cream!!!

Tonight’s dessert was a combination of delicious frozen treats that are actually good for you! They’re great for snacking, too, and will satisfy that sweet/salty craving without leaving you feeling guilty!!!
For the Pops, I sliced bananas and put toothpicks in them to make them single-serving treats. Next time, I plan to something else because the toothpicks are sharp, but it still works!
Freeze them for at least 1 hour, then dip in melted chocolate, followed by crushed peanuts.  Return to parchment paper and enjoy! Freeze anything you don’t eat immediately and enjoy them when you want!  Everyone LOVED them!

The nice cream was so easy, and tasted SO GOOD!  I sliced 4 bananas and laid the slices flat on a plate to freeze with the Pop ones.  When they were frozen, I added them to the blender with some peanut butter and a splash of vanilla flavoring. If the bananas aren’t blending well, they may need to sit out for a few minutes to thaw a little.  Carefully push them down toward the blade with a spoon to make them smoothly blended to an ice cream consistently. When that was done, I added a little broken chocolate and hand-mixed it in. 

I store it in a small Pyrex container and we enjoy it as we wish.  DELICIOUS!!!!

These recipes are inspired by @cleanfoodcrush. If you have not seen her IG posts, you’re missing out on so many amazing and healthy food ideas!

Stay Healthy,

Tara