How To Make A Natural Energy Drink At Home

How To Make A Natural Energy Drink At Home

Do you want to know how to make a natural energy drink at home that also doubles as a homemade electrolyte drink recipe? It’s actually not as hard as you might think. I have 4 very similar versions of a homemade Gatorade/energy drink that I’m going to share with you. They all have only 3 – 5 ingredients that you basically just mix together. One nice thing about the natural energy drink recipes I make is that they all include ginger. So when my kiddos are sick I usually make these not only for their dehydration but it also helps their tummies feel better too. Two drinks for the price of one 😉 The flavor options are endless!Click To Tweet This post contains affiliate links which means I can earn a fee for people purchasing when they click the link (at no cost to you). Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Without further ado … My Natural Energy Drink / Homemade Electrolyte Drink Recipes Homemade Electrolyte Drink Recipe #1 Ingredients 2 cups water True Lime Flavor Packet 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (I like to use the kind with the mother in it) 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, 1 Tbsp ginger juice or ½ tsp ground ginger Directions Add all ingredients to a quart sized mason jar, screw on the lid and shake it up. Add ice and enjoy. GINGER DIRECTIONS for ALL 4 VERSIONS Grate your ginger (I use a Microplane grater) and place it in a cheesecloth or a nut milk bag (which are washable & reusable) and squeeze out as much juice as you possibly can. Add to your drink...
Healthy Muffins For Kids: Great For A Quick Easy Snack

Healthy Muffins For Kids: Great For A Quick Easy Snack

Let me tell you about our absolute most favorite healthy muffins for kids recipe. These Kale Muffins are so yummy! There is no sugar added or I should say no refined sugar because there is honey. You don’t have to take my word for it. Check out this review on Facebook. I changed the name for those of you who have kids that would be turned of by a “kale muffin recipe” or even worse “no sugar added kale muffins” 😉 My toddler loves these healthy muffins too! He knows exactly where we keep them whenever I make them. He doesn’t really talk yet so he will just point and grunt/scream until you get him his muffin. He gets a huge smile and claps with excitement when he sees you get them out. It’s a good thing he’s so cute 😀 You are going to love this healthy muffin recipe for kids, toddlers & adults alike! You know you want some! 😉Click To Tweet This post contains affiliate links which means I can earn a fee for people purchasing when they click the link (at no cost to you). Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Healthy Muffins for Kids Ingredients 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ c. honey ž c. plain Greek yogurt 1/3 c. olive oil ½ tsp. vanilla 1 ½ cups grated carrots* 1 cup finely chopped kale** ½ cup chopped walnuts 1/3 cup golden raisins Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking soda &...
How To Stop Eating When I’m Not Hungry

How To Stop Eating When I’m Not Hungry

Ugh … How to stop eating when I’m not hungry is the ultimate question, right?!? I know I have asked it tons of times in my life. Really there are many factors that contribute to overeating. I want to give you some ideas on why you might be overeating and how to stop eating when you’re not hungry. Three main reasons stand out to me or are at least reoccurring in my life and I have noticed a direct correlation between them and why I overeat. Why do I overeat & how to stop eating when I’m not hungry?   Your Not Getting Enough Sleep I know this one seems a little weird. “Why would sleep have anything to do with why I overeat?” It all comes down to those pesky hormones. The hormone that triggers hunger, ghrelin, increases and the hormone that triggers satiety or fullness, leptin, decreases when you are sleep deprived. I know it can be challenging to get 7-9 hours of sleep on a consistent basis. Especially if you suffer from insomnia like I do. I want you to try some of these 6 tips on how to sleep better. Figuring out why you overeat is the first step.Click To Tweet You’re not eating enough fat First thing I want to get out there is my 3rd diet myth … fat does not make you fat. You do want to do your best to avoid trans-fats and focus on healthier fats found in avocados, salmon, olive oil, nuts, seeds, etc. though. Eating healthy fats helps stop those cravings for junk food & has helped me while I...
How To Hide Vegetables In Spaghetti Sauce

How To Hide Vegetables In Spaghetti Sauce

I am not above hidden vegetable pasta sauces or what I like to call them – sneaky sauces – one little bit. In fact, I almost always hide healthy foods in my dinner and I don’t feel guilty or bad about it in the slightest. Let me show you how to hide vegetables in spaghetti sauce and other meat sauces. My family now all knows that I like to add hidden vegetables to pasta sauce or other things in my meals and it doesn’t bother them either. If that is what it takes to get your kids (or even your husband) eating a little healthier I say go for it. They’ll even say “This is good mom, what did you hide in it this time?” Sometimes they have a good laugh about it too as they try to guess what is in dinner tonight. They were floored that I added avocado to my homemade Strawberry Avocado Ice Cream. If you can puree it you can hide it. All it does is thicken your sauces and no one is the wiser.Click To Tweet This post contains affiliate links which means I can earn a fee for people purchasing when they click the link (at no cost to you). Click here to read my full disclosure policy. You know what is kind of funny. My kids will know that I’ve hidden mushrooms or that I’ve pureed tomatoes and added it to dinner and they like it. However, if I just dice up the mushrooms or tomatoes they will pick them out and leave them on the side of their plate. Maybe it’s a texture thing, or...
Paleo Protein Balls Recipe: Super Easy For A Quick Snack

Paleo Protein Balls Recipe: Super Easy For A Quick Snack

This No Bake Paleo Protein Balls Recipe is so yummy! When I created them they were just meant to be an easy snack. Let me tell you these are also a perfect healthy sweet treat. The kids love them. My son said they tasted a little bit like cookie dough. So these raw energy balls are also gluten free & grain free and packed with protein plus you can make them vegan by one simple swap. I think my favorite thing, which is what makes them so simple is they are only 5 ingredients. You can’t make easier paleo energy bites than that. You won't be disappointed with these delicious protein balls!Click To Tweet This post contains affiliate links which means I can earn a fee for people purchasing when they click the link (at no cost to you). Click here to read my full disclosure policy. No Bake Paleo Protein Balls Recipe Ingredients 1 cup raw almonds 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut pinch of salt 1 tsp vanilla 2 – 4 Tbsp honey (or pure maple syrup if vegan) Directions Put the almonds in the food processor and pulse until almonds are chopped, leaving them a little chunky (as seen in the picture to the right). Add coconut & salt, pulse some more until combined. Add vanilla and honey or maple syrup and pulse again until the mixture is wet and sticky. With damp hands shape the mixture into balls. This was more of a squeezing them into a ball shape for me vs. rolling into a ball because they don’t stick together well enough for that. You will want to...
Cooking At Home vs Eating Out: How To Make It Easier

Cooking At Home vs Eating Out: How To Make It Easier

Cooking at home vs eating out, in general, can be overwhelming for many let alone cooking something healthy. Part of the problem is we make things too complicated. We take 20 minutes (or more) to scroll through Pinterest until we find the perfect (often times fancy) dinner. 45 minutes to go to the grocery store and then who knows how long, maybe an hour, to actually prepare and cook the meal. That is exhausting and who wants to do that every night? Nobody! That is not a sustainable way to cook more often at home. Especially if we are just starting out you want to keep eating at home easy and healthier than eating out. Cooking at home doesn't have to be complicatedClick To Tweet This post contains affiliate links which means I can earn a fee for people purchasing when they click the link (at no cost to you). Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Cooking at home vs. eating out – how to make it easier & simple   Buy healthy convenience foods Buy pre-cut fruits and veg, canned beans, tuna and salmon pouches, precooked rice. The meat section of most grocery stores have freshly prepared foods like kebobs, stuffed chops, fajitas (with the meat & veg already cut), etc. Check out this list of Healthy Kitchen Essentials for some great healthy convenience foods. Meal plan & prep Knowing what you are going to eat for the week helps you be more prepared. You will cook more often at home if you have a plan and the right ingredients on hand. Convenience foods (even healthy ones) will always...
Cilantro Lime Marinade Makes the Best Chicken

Cilantro Lime Marinade Makes the Best Chicken

This Cilantro Lime Marinade adds the perfect amount of flavor. I have used it for chicken, beef, & shrimp and it is great. I have not used it on pork but I think it would add a nice flavor to a tenderloin. Marinating your meat can impart a lot of flavors. Instead of having another boring grilled chicken breast try a good marinade like this one to enjoy more flavor. Chicken is a staple in our diet but bland boring chicken gets old fast! Don’t settle for that. Healthy food can be and should be delicious. Add a little flavor to your life 😉Click To Tweet This post contains affiliate links which means I can earn a fee for people purchasing when they click the link (at no cost to you). Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Cilantro Lime Marinade Ingredients: 1/2 bunch of cilantro 2 green onions 2 – 4 Tbsp olive oil 3-4 cloves garlic zest of 1 lime juice of 2 limes 1 tsp. red pepper flakes 1 tsp. salt Directions: Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until desired consistency. Simple as that. Since there is so much lime in this marinade I only recommend marinating your meat in this for about 1-2 hours. All of the acids will start to “cook” your meat, changing the texture, usually in an unpleasant way. Marinate just about any meat you want in this: chicken, beef, shrimp, pork, etc. Great for a grilled veggie marinade too! Vegetarian? This would make a good marinade for tempeh and tofu. Any way you use it you’ll add great flavor...
Food Ingredients To Avoid That Are Ruining Your Health

Food Ingredients To Avoid That Are Ruining Your Health

Usually, I like to stay more on the positive side and talk about things you can have rather than things you can’t have. Today though I want to address some food ingredients to avoid. I realize that some of these things are hard to avoid because it seems like they are in everything. The more we can avoid them the better we’re off, however. I like to choose foods that are closest to their original form as possible so that they are processed less and are less likely to include any of the ingredients we really should avoid. If you currently eat out a lot or eat a high amount of processed convenience foods I don’t want you to freak out about the list below. Stay with me you can make small changes, one at a time. Read more below to find out how. This post contains affiliate links which means I can earn a fee for people purchasing when they click the link (at no cost to you). Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Food Ingredients To Avoid: Trans fats Typically labeled – partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil & shortening. Found in – They are often found in baked goods like cakes, cookies, crackers, biscuits, pie crust and frozen pizza. Fried foods, microwave popcorn, peanut butter & margarine. Why they are bad for you – They significantly increase your chance of heart disease. Trans fats can cause insulin resistance, increasing the risk of type II diabetes. Extra notes – if it is something you eat only once in a while, I wouldn’t stress over it...
Simple Chicken Pita Recipe Your New Go-To Sandwich

Simple Chicken Pita Recipe Your New Go-To Sandwich

This Chicken Pita Recipe makes a great school lunch. The kids find it tasty and fun … not their typical PB & J. Growing up we used to eat pita sandwiches all of the time. I always thought they were the best! I haven’t had a stuffed pita in a super long time and decided it was time for my kids to experience them. Thus this Chicken Pita Recipe was created. My kids didn’t even know the pita pocket opened up, that it was hollow on the inside. It was pretty fun to see them experience their first chicken pita sandwich. Yum Yum!Click To Tweet This post contains affiliate links which means I can earn a fee for people purchasing when they click the link (at no cost to you). Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Chicken Pita Recipe Ingredients 2 cups cooked chicken (cubed or shredded) 1/4 cup hummus 2 green onions, thinly sliced juice of 1/2 a lime 2 tsp chili powder 1/2 cup cilantro pinch of salt sandwich toppings of your choice (tomato, cucumber, sprouts, avocado, lettuce, cheese, etc.) pita pocket bread (this is an Amazon link to show you what it is but it will be way more affordable to buy it at your grocery store) Directions Mix all of the ingredients together. Open up your pita pocket I recommend putting in any toppings first and stuffing the chicken salad in on top of them. It is too challenging to get the toppings into the sandwich after the chicken is already in there. That’s it, now it is just time to devour it. Notes On Making...
Growing Sprouts The Ultimate How-To

Growing Sprouts The Ultimate How-To

We LOVE growing sprouts in our home. They add so much nutritional value, they are extremely inexpensive & we LOVE the added fresh flavor they bring to just about any dish! Especially during the colder months it is nice to get such a summery fresh flavor. Sprouts are way easier than you think. I know I was way intimidated by them before I started growing them. I have found buying the right supplies made it less stressful for me. It was worth the extra cost and really it is so very minimal. So let’s get right to it… I want me some sprouts! 😉Click To Tweet This post contains affiliate links which means I can earn a fee for people purchasing when they click the link (at no cost to you). Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Growing Sprouts What is Needed for Growing Sprouts Something to grow the sprouts in (I use these trays) you can use mason jars too but I found trays way easier! Sprouts – We use alfalfa & salad mix, the most. But you can sprout any vegetable or grain you want. I often sprout my own whole wheat for sprouted grain bread. I do that a little bit different though so I’m not going to go into that in this post. Water Time Steps To Take to Grow Sprouts Soak sprouts in water overnight (for most sprouts I use 2 Tbsp per tray and just enough water to cover them) The next morning dump your sprouts into your trays and rinse them. Set them out covered. You will want to repeat the rinsing process...
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