Crunchy Peanut Butter Clusters (TASTY TUESDAY TIP)

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Hey Everybody!!! I have been very BUSY!!! Just had a new addition(baby) to the family, but things are going well. I wanted to share this quick recipe while I have a little time!!! This was something that I thought would be a quick and easy idea to make when you want something a little sweet. My husband really likes them and so do I. I made this recipe before using rice crispy cereal, but wanted to try corn flake because I figured they would add a little more CRUNCH!!! Guess what?? They actually do provide more of a crunch than the rice crispy cereal!!! Remember making healthy snacks doesn’t have to be hard to do, but can be really easy!!! These clusters can be prepared and store in zip loc bags and eaten for later. Great treat!!! Let’s get to this simple recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter (any brand)
  • 3/4 c honey
  • 2 cups corn flake cereal

Instructions:

Use a medium sauce pan and use low to medium heat. Add honey and peanut butter. Stir. Next add cereal and stir together until mixed well.  Remove from heat and get a baking sheet and line with wax or parchment paper. Spoon out mixture in clusters and place on prepared pan. Once complete, place in freezer for about 30-45 mins. Take out and enjoy!!!

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Tips for Digestive Health!

Taking care of our gut is important. This is your NUTRITION in 90 second video. In this video I share just some easy, quick tips for gut health. Digestion deals with how our bodies break food down. Many times the foods we eat can hinder this process and cause issues such as gas, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowels, etc… Sometimes changing ones diet can help relieve some of these digestion problems!! Check this book (Digestive Wellness) or others for more information on digestive health. 

 

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip ($30 grocery haul)

Hey Everybody! Tips for feeding your family on a low budget and still provide good meals. We all know that it can be challenging preparing meals for a growing family. We are a family of 4 and soon to be 5 and you can imagine how it can be. You find yourself trying to cook something the kids will enjoy, but also that is healthy. It can be hard, but it is not impossible. Many people struggle with the cost of healthy foods and not being able to afford it, but in this video I will give you a few tips on how to buy foods and meal ideas that you can have with those particular foods. Quick and simple meals are key. You may not have time for a gourmet meal all the time, but keeping it quick and easy can do wonders for your busy life!!

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip (Rice Crispy Oven Fried Chicken)

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Hey Everybody! You know what today is… Tasty Tuesday Tip!! So on today’s menu is oven fried chicken…yes I said oven fried chicken!!!! It is not fried chicken, but if you like to have a little crunch…this is the recipe for you!!!! I came also this recipe in a book a couple of years ago and I had to try it. I made it several times before, but wanted to make this again. I found that rice crispy cereal offers a nice crunch as opposed to cereal such as corn flakes! Remember when trying to eat healthier, there are always small things that can be done that will allow you to keep taste in your food, but also reduce the fat.

My daughter had some last night and she was like, “I don’t want cereal on my chicken”. After she ate it, she wanted some more and said, “Mom this taste like regular chicken”. You know how it is with kids, when you try something different they may or may not like it, but this was a winner!! So let’s get to this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (4)
  • 4-5 cups of rice crispy cereal
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Lite Salt, Pepper
  • 1/2 c melted butter (land o lakes)

Instructions:

Set oven for 350 degrees. Place rice crispy cereal in a pan or some type of bowl. Add salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese to cereal and set aside. Next melt butter in microwave safe bowl. Take chicken breast and season. Next take one chicken breast and dip into melted butter on both sides, then placed in cereal and coat on both sides. Place on a baking dish pan. Prepare the rest of the chicken breast the same as you did the first and bake in oven for about 35 minutes. Chicken should have a nice crunchy texture and coat. Enjoy!!!!

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Tasty , Tuesday, Tip(Cheerio Peanut Butter & Honey Bars)

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Hey Everybody! I wanted to share this quick and easy snack idea. I made this before but decided to make it again. Your kids would probably love them and so would you. Getting healthy snacks can be difficult at times for some, but you can make these in literally minutes! Contains fiber & protein so it should keep you satisfied.

***For the bars you see in the picture above I used 1 cup of plain cheerios, 1/2 cup of honey and 1 cup of crunchy peanut butter!!!

Enjoy!!!!

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip (Pasta Skillet Dinner)

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Hey Everybody! Today I am coming to you with a skillet dinner that is very easy to prepare! If you buy those frozen skillet meals……I would recommend that you make it yourself, it will taste much better and is healthier. If you are familiar with my Tasty Tuesday Tip blog, you know I always try to find ways to increase vegetables in my recipes, but at the same time offer quick and easy meals that can be made even if you are busy! This is another recipe that you can be very creative with by adding different vegetables. Remember eating healthier doesn’t have to be hard, just change what you already eat by adding or taking away a few ingredients. As we all know, pasta is very inexpensive so if you are on a budget, try a pasta dish as your base and build from there. Let’s get to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh chicken breast
  • 1/2 box rotini garden pasta
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c water
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c zucchini (diced)
  • 1/2 c yellow squash (diced)
  • 12 oz frozen broccoli florets
  • pepper
  • garlic salt/powder

Instructions:

Prepare pasta as directed. In the meantime, dice a yellow squash and zucchini and set to the side. Place frozen broccoli in microwave and heat for about 5-6 minutes and set to sided. In a skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil and season chicken breast and cook until done. Once chicken is done, shred chicken with hand and place back into skillet. Take drained pasta and add to chicken in skillet and then add veggies(broccoli, squash, zucchini). In a small saucepan, open one can of cream of mushroom and about 1/2 c of water and stir occasionally. Then add cream of chicken mix to skillet and stir until well blended. Add seasoning as needed per taste. Top with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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Tasty, Tuesday, Tip (Blue Corn Chips & Ground Chicken,Veggies, Salsa)

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Hey Everybody! How are you doing? If you follow my blog you know that I always try to prepare quick and easy meals that doesn’t require lots of work in the kitchen. Being now that I am 8 months pregnant and have a 6 and 3 year old, you can imagine!!! I still try to prepare healthy meals when I can. This particular meal is what I made the other day for lunch. I had some left over ground chicken (uncooked) that was previously used for ground chicken burgers in the refrigerator and decided to whip up something quick for lunch time. It can be time consuming at times and feel overwhelming when you are trying to plan meals ahead of time, but it can be done. Everyday is not the same, but there are times when I can easily whip something up just looking at what I have in my kitchen!!!! 

In this particular Tasty Tuesday Tip, you will see that I used Blue Corn Chips!!! My husband bought some organic blue corn chips one day and they were not bad and I decided to try them out again, but I think I got a different brand than he did because the taste was slightly different, but they do contain about 2g of fiber per serving. You can go to your local store and give them a try. I usually keep salsa on hand, so some type of tortilla chip is most likely always in the pantry!!! However let’s get to this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Blue Corn Chips
  • Ground Chicken 1/2 lb
  • Yellow and Orange Bell Pepper 1/4-1/2 cup each diced
  • Onion (1/4 cup) diced
  • Mild Salsa 1/4 cup
  • 1 1/2 -2 cups of Raw Spinach
  • 1/4 cup yellow squash
  • Cumin (1 1/2 tsp)
  • Garlic Salt (1 tsp)
  • Black Pepper (1 tsp)
  • olive oil (1 tbsp)

Instructions:

Take a medium saucepan and turn on medium heat and add olive oil. Next add ground chicken, cumin, garlic salt and pepper and let cook until no longer pink. (Stir Occasionally) Add all vegetables except raw spinach to meat and stir (reduce heat if need). Vegetables should be tender(5-8 minutes). Next add raw spinach and stir and let simmer with chicken and other vegetables (about 5 minutes). Take a bowl and add some blue corn chips and place meat mixture on top of chips. Add salsa and enjoy!!!!!

Note: If you want to omit the chicken, you can and make this a vegetarian meal!!!!

 

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How to make homemade Oatmeal Banana Honey & Almond Butter Muffins! (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Hey Everybody! I know that title sounds long, but that is the only name I can give it! I decided to come up with a healthy recipe for a muffin with ingredients I had on hand so that is what I came up with. Many times we like to grab something quick for breakfast, especially if you don’t have a lot of time, but grabbing those already packaged, large muffins can pack on sound unwanted calories. If you are trying to take steps to a healthy you, it is important to prepare more foods at home yourself. I always say, you can still enjoy foods you love, but make some adjustments to them! Simple right? It may not seem simple, but it can be. You have to let your creative Juices flow! Recently we have been doing a 10 day no meat, 1 gallon of water, no dairy challenge!!! As I result, it has helped me be even more creative with meal ideas.

Remember my motto, “Small Steps equals BIG Change”. Take some type of small step and see what happens. Let’s get to this recipe!

Here is what I used:

  • 2 Bananas
  • Oatmeal(used NutriBullet to grind it up into a flour like consistency)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz Almond Butter (had a small pack I bought from the store)
  • 1/4c of honey
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I used my NutriBullet..love this thing. If you don’t have a blender..I highly recommend a NutriBullet.

**Blender ideas products: NutriBullet or Magic Bullet!**

 

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Left out banana picture, but I mashed my bananas and then add the oats!

 

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Honey was added to mixture.

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Next a little almond butter.

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Then added my vanilla extract!

 

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Stir until well blended!! Yummy!

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You can use liners for this but I used some canola spray and placed batter in pan!!! But liners are fine of course. Bake at 350 degrees for maybe 15 minutes!

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Warm and out the oven!!!! Homemade Oat Banana Honey Almond Butter Muffins!!

Enjoy

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Homemade “Chili”

Hey Everybody! So for today’s Tasty Tuesday Tip I will show you how I made chili. It was very simple.  I did not use “chili powder”… I wanted to but I didn’t have any (and I didn’t know that). However, we all know it is getting cold so doing chili or other soups is always a good idea and a meal that can “stretch”. Here is what I used:

1 lb ground turkey

2 can of pinto beans

14 oz of crushed tomatoes

1/4 c of green & red peppers

diced onions

cumin & garlic powder

shredded cheese (optional)

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So first, I browned my ground turkey in my pot!! It’s all ready to go!!!

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Next I add my diced green & red peppers. Oh yea also my diced onions. Gave them a stir!!!

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Crushed Tomatoes were then added and stir that in. I chose crushed tomatoes but of course you can use diced tomatoes if you like :).

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Beans, Beans, Beans  (I don’t think I drained them). Stirred beans in with other ingredients.

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Doesn’t this look yummy!!!!!!!!! Nice pot of hot chili!!!! LOL

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Topped it with some shredded cheese. Optional of course but it was good!! Enjoy!

Remember smalls steps equals big change. Try this yummy dish. Remember you can be creative. Let me know what you think!!!! Enjoy!

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One of the greatest JOBS!!!

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Being a mom is one of the greatest job!!! I am a mother of 3. Just gave birth to my third child and each time has caused me to look at motherhood differently. Even just the labor involved is amazing. It takes time and it requires you to PUSH!!!!!!! Remember  that in life not to give up but push your purpose and destiny out!!!!!!

 

 

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As Mother’s Day approaches I would like to say that I love being a mom…it can seem hard at times..stressful…tiring or just as if you are not doing it right😊. God put something in us to birth children and to nurture them. It is nothing to take lightly. Do I feel that I get it right all the time?? Honestly I don’t! I have my moments but in spite of it all..this is the greatest job in the world. As mothers we have the opportunity to deposit something into our kids..that can be negatively or positively. Choose wisely!! Be encouraged mothers …our job is not easy all the time but we have what it takes😃😃. God is your strength!!! You are doing a good job😊😊😊😊.

Blessings,

Monica

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How to make homemade Oatmeal Banana Honey & Almond Butter Muffins! (Tasty Tuesday Tip)

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Your NUTRITION in 90 Seconds! ($40 a week grocery budget)

Many people are struggling with preparing healthy meals for their families because of the high food cost, but in this video I give you some quick, practical food items to keep on hand to use in planning your weekly meals. Remember you can make small steps that can lead to BIG changes as it relates to your meals. I started grocery shopping for about $40 a week and I am able to provide my family with good meals. Be creative and also look at prices and find those items that can be used as a good base for a lot of meals such as pastas, frozen veggies, beans etc… 

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Nutrition in 90 Seconds!! (Self-Control)

Self-Control is very important when talking about health and eating. If you don’t how far to go, it could cost you big!! Remember the Bible speaks about self-control and our spirit man, but we must also understand that we are in trouble if we cannot control our flesh!! Check out today’s Nutrition in 90 Seconds Video Below!!!

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Tasty Tuesday Tip (Turkey Bean Soup)

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Hey Everyone!! Today this will of course another quick and easy meal idea. I like to come up with easy lunches and soups that take minutes to prepare!! No recipe needed..just need 5 ingredients!! Remember that eating healthy can be simple and budget friendly. If you are a mom in need of quick meals…Try this one out. As mothers we are busy, but there is room to get in the kitchen and cook at least every now and then..lol. let’s get to this recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 lb ground turkey

1 cup mild salsa

1 cup chicken broth

1cup or more of raw spinach

1 drained can of northern beans

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan add a little olive oil. Maybe 1 tbsp. Next add ground turkey and cook until brown. Add garlic powder, lite salt, pepper and cumin. Next add beans…salsa…and broth and bring to a slight boil for 7-8 minutes. Add raw spinach..simmer for a minute and turn heat and serve!!

Enjoy this tasty soup. No fuss is a must!!!

Monica😋

 

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