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 👌🏼
Stay Healthy,

Tara

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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

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“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

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Caffeinated “Chocolate-Covered Strawberry” Breakfast Smoothie

What did you have for breakfast today? I had a Caffeinated “Chocolate-Covered Strawberry” Breakfast Smoothie 👌🏼
Coffee•chocolate protein powder•banana•frozen strawberries•local honey
BLEND AND ENJOY! 

This was the perfect breakfast as I had little time today to drink my coffee and/or eat breakfast before I ran out the door. The best part is that it tastes great! 
It’s literally like a treat for breakfast.… And it’s actually good for you! If you don’t like coffee, you can substitute the coffee for chocolate almond milk 😁. YUMM! 

Stay Healthy, 

Tara 
#healthystarttotheday #breakfastsmoothie #delicious #fuelyourbody 

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Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas/Bowls!

One of the FASTEST and EASIEST meals to throw together! My biggest pet peeve with crock pot meals is how so many recipes still require you to cook the meat before adding it to the crock pot… this one DOESN’T! 😁
DIRECTIONS/INGREDIENTS:

1-2lb  chicken (I use frozen and throw it right in!)

1/2 -1 chopped red onion (depending on your preference and how much chicken you use)

1/2-1 chopped green pepper 

Mix 1 packet of taco seasoning with 1/2 jar of salsa. 
Throw everything in the crock pot, mix it all up, and cook on low for 6/8 hours.  Once it’s done, shred the chicken with two forks and place in soft taco shells with cheese and sour cream!   YUMMMM!!!

I, personally, skip on the fajita wrap and make it a rice bowl using rice I make to pair with the fajitas. I top that with sour cream and cheese and mix it all together (pictured below).  I make the rice right before we eat, because it’s fast and easy.  
RICE WITH BLACK BEANS AND CORN SIDE:

Prepare rice as usual…. 

in another sauce pan, mix black beans and corn and cook until done. 

Add beans and corn to the rice and add a little butter, adobo seasoning, and fresh ground pepper…YUMMM!!! 

This meal is a little higher in Sodium than I’d prefer, but it’s still better than having to order takeout! 👌
Stay Healthy, 

Tara

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Healthy Pumkin Spice Latte’

I know I know… Starbucks is “soooo good”, but have you ever looked at how BAD it is for you?  This is a great alternative to their Pumpkin Spice Latte’ that won’t leave you dragging from all that unneeded sugar and “fake” flavoring after the caffeine wears off… and your waistline will thank you, too, because it’s much healthier and has less calories!!! 👌🏼

I mix this with my imitation Nutribullet(the real one broke!☹️️) and drink it right out of that container for convenience!  If I am making it for more than myself, I’ll use a regular blender and we will drink out of a regular coffee cup. 

INGREDIENTS:

Coffee 

Coconut oil (about a tsp per serving of coffee 

Pumpkin pie spice (I do one dash… I’m thinking about 1/8 tsp?)

Honey for sweetness…. modify this to your liking. Start small and you can always add more 😁

Vanilla extract (about 1/4 tsp)

Milk of your choice (the same amount you’d put in your cup of coffee).  I use almond milk, usually!
BLEND AND ENJOY! Top with a pinch of pumpkin spice to make the froth even prettier!
**all of the ingredients can be modified to increase or decrease the flavor and sweetness! Play around with it and see what you prefer.  Either way, it’s a great way to start the day! 
Stay Healthy,

Tara 

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal “Cookies”

These 3-ingredient(4 with my added honey recommendation), healthy cookies are a big hit in our household!
The kids devour them and don’t even realize they are eating something healthy! 👌🏼 
Preheat oven to 350

Ingredients:
•2 bananas, mashed

•1 3/4 cup quick oats

•1/4 cup chocolate chips 

Mix all ingredients, place on cookie sheet in 1-2inch sized globs, and bake for 15-20 minutes. *The only difference I make is adding local honey for added sweetness.   

I also double the batch because we eat them too quickly 😁

Other variations would be to add raisins instead of chocolate chips, or cinnamon and honey with walnuts and dried cranberries… YUMMM! 


Stay healthy, 

Tara