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Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onion Mini Quiches

If your family is anything like ours you are seriously rushing in the morning. Breakfast can sometimes take a backseat when there are dozens of things to remember and do to get the day started. We, so often, turn to pre-made croissants and frozen waffles in our house. Don’t get me wrong, I love croissants and waffles, and the morning is by far the best time to eat carbohydrates, but I do try really hard to make sure we are also getting lots of nutrients and a good amount of protein to fight off those hunger pangs. These mini quiches can be made ahead and are chock full of nutrients like:

  • Lean Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium

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Beet Green Tzatziki

Every summer my mom and I split a CSA farm share from an amazing organic farmer in our area. If you’re unfamiliar with CSAs basically you sign up and pay for a share of whatever the farmer is growing for a certain period of time. We get a bunch of veggies once a week. Sometimes they are things you never even really wanted to try, but you get them anyway. If you are willing to give different types of veggies a shot it is the best way to diversify your diet, eat what’s in season and support local farmers.

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Let’s Swap “Losing Weight” with “Gaining Health”

I started this blog with every intention on helping people learn more about nutrition and exercise. I hoped that this would help people make healthier decisions in general in life. What I’m finding out is that many people aren’t trying to make healthy decisions, they’re just trying to lose weight and in the process they’re sacrificing not only physical health but their own mental health and definitely the mental health of those around them. Have you ever thought about the fact that the thoughts that come out of your mouth can affect the mental health and decisions of those around you?

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Napa Valley Quinoa Salad

I’m in love with this quinoa salad because it brings back so many amazing memories. Brandon and I went to the beautiful west coast on our honeymoon. We spent most of the time in San Francisco but we also made our way up to Sonoma and Napa Valley for a wine tour. It was beautiful, it really was. About halfway through we stopped at William Hill Winery and had lunch with the most breathtaking wine country view of rolling vines. The tour company we were using had set up a little lunch which featured an amazing quinoa salad just like this one. If we’re being honest, it was the first time I had ever even heard of quinoa and we were like, “what is this amazing stuff?” 

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Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels + Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. That being said, all of the opinions are my own true feelings and beliefs. I do not write about things that I don’t enjoy myself. I received a free Silpat for the purpose of reviewing it for my readers.

Happy early Mother’s Day to all my mommas out there in the world! I’ve got a surprise for you! Is the surprise these delicious homemade Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels? No, that’s just a bonus. 

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Blueberry Vanilla Graham Protein Smoothie

I’m so excited about this because it’s a healthier version of one of my guilty pleasures. Ben and Jerry’s makes a Blueberry Vanilla Graham Greek Froyo that I’m obsessed with. It’s fruity, creamy with a bit of graham cracker for that added crunch. This protein smoothie is so delicious and crazy easy to make for the whole family in the morning. 

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Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching and if you eat Mexican as much as we do you will love these enchiladas as a plant based alternative to the traditional version!

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Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oats

I love overnight oats just as much as the next person (hence these) but sometimes I just want to wake up and eat a big ol’ warm bowl of hot oatmeal! These are dreamy and the best part is waking up to your house smelling like cinnamon apples.

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Everything You Need to Know about Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates get a bad rap in the world today, but how much of what you hear about carbs is actually true? Should you really avoid carbs if you are trying to lose weight? If not, how many carbs should you actually have?

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Whole Wheat Freezer Waffles

Charlie adores waffles. They are the first thing on her mind when she wakes up in the morning. For the longest time I was buying the Nutri-grain Whole Wheat Eggos for Charlie (who eats them right out of the freezer still frozen), but there are a few aspects of their recipe that I’d like to avoid. Making the waffles at home, I can avoid the preservatives, the excess sodium, the processed sugar and the palm oil (which is causing major environmental crises in our rain forests). Food integrity is very important to me, and it didn’t take me more than 30 minutes to make and freeze these waffles for the whole week. Worth it. 

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