Easy Cauliflower Nuggets

Hey Everyone! So on this edition of Tasty Tuesday Tip I decided to share this awesome recipe. These cauliflower chicken nuggets are really good! I always say that eat healthier can be fun and creative–this dish is just that! It offers a nice buttery taste with a nice crust! Now, I don’t fry so of course I used the oven and then put them in my air fryer to finish them off. Cauliflower offers you good source of antioxidants, fiber and can easily be added to your diet.

*Cauliflower Pizza Crust

*Cauliflower Potatoes

*Cauliflower Rice

*Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Whatever you decided to make with your cauliflower, enjoy it. But these nuggets are another great idea you can do with your head of cauliflower. So if you are tired of eating vegetables the same ole’ way, it is okay to spice it up a bit. These are very easy and time efficient. In other words, it is a plus for me..

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower, cut in florets

1 1/2 cups of flour ( I used self rising flour)

2 tsp garlic powder

5 tbsp of plant based butter, melted

1 cup almond milk

2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp lite salt

1 Preheat oven 400 degrees. Put the butter in the microwave and melt or just place on a baking sheet and let melt in oven. Remove pan from oven or butter from microwave (pour melted butter in baking sheet).

2 Put flour, garlic powder, pepper, salt in bowl and mix.

3 In another bowl, pour the almond milk in that bowl. Take the cut up cauliflower florets dip in milk then coat in the flour mixture. Put florets on the buttered baking sheet in a single layer.

4 Bake for about 15 minutes. Flip the cauliflower and if need be add any extra milk to flour spots that may be on the cauliflower and bake an additional 15 minutes.

5 Cool and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Remember Small Steps equals BIG Change

Monica

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You Are What You Eat!!

Are you ready to take control of your health? Are you ready to take “small steps” to a healthier you?

Join me for a Virtual Seminar, “You Are What You Eat“. NOVEMBER 28TH @ 3PM

There are many who find it difficult to stay motivated or even get motivated enough to do better. Maybe it’s how you see food or how you see yourself. My motto has been for the past 5 years “Small Steps equals Big Change”. Taking consistent steps lead to BIG changes in every area. After graduating with a degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and working almost 10 years in the community setting, I knew that it was needed to educate those in the community the benefits of good nutrition. No, it’s not about losing 10 pounds in 10 days, it’s about making lifestyle modifications. Let’s talk about what the Word of God says and how it can help you change your mindset as it relates to your health! I started a few years ago doing 1 hr health classes at our local church monthly but I’m ready to connect virtually with those who want to learn and grow as it relates to nutrition and health.

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Are you ready to take control of your health? Are you ready to take “small steps” to a healthier you? Join me for a Virtual Seminar, “You Are What You Eat”.

NOVEMBER 28TH @ 3PM

There are many who find it difficult to stay motivated or even get motivated enough to do better. Maybe it’s how you see food or how you see yourself. My motto has been for the past 5 years “Small Steps equals Big Change”. Taking consistent steps lead to BIG changes in every area. After graduating with a degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and working almost 10 years in the community setting, I knew that it was needed to educate those in the community the benefits of good nutrition. No, it’s not about losing 10 pounds in 10 days, it’s about making lifestyle modifications. Let’s talk about what the Word of God says and how it can help you change your mindset as it relates to your health! I started a few years ago doing 1 hr health classes at our local church monthly but I’m ready to connect virtually with those who want to learn and grow as it relates to nutrition and health. Also learn about easy simple recipes for you and your family!

Go to http://www.steps4change.net for FREE Registration

Looking forward to seeing you!! Let’s take STEPS together!

Monica

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Product Review(Nut Butter Bites)

Hey so today I decided to product review on a NEW snack Nut Butter Bites that I tried the other day. If you know me you know I love to make quick and easy peanut butter snacks! My husband bought this the other day. Check out video to hear my thoughts๐Ÿ˜Š. Remember small steps equals big change. Keep taking steps to where you want to be.

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Quick Tip on How to Avoid Yo Yo Dieting & Lose Weight

Hey Everyone! Do you struggle with weight loss? Are you tired of yo yo dieting? I hear a lot of talk today about eating healthier and losing weight, but I also hear a lot about the struggle to be consistent with healthy eating and weight loss. Many people start good, but never seem to see any results. Being consistent with a healthier lifestyle is not something that will happen over night but it does take “small steps”. Nutrition is extremely important and what we put in our bodies greatly affects our healthy. So what does it take to stay consistent and to see results?

In this video, I will share a quick tip that I believe will help you avoid yo yo dieting and overcome some of the hindrances to following a healthy lifestyle.

Monica

Remember Small Steps Equals BIG Change!

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HOW TO MAKE EASY BROWN GRAVY

Hey Everyone! Tasty Tuesday Tip Day! Who likes brown gravy? This gravy is made with no meat drippings and it is good too! I don’t do gravy, but decided to mix it up a bit. Been doing plant based meals for over a month now and decided to add some brown gravy to my homemade mashed potatoes just to add some extra flavor. This is very simple and easy to make.

In this recipe I used Nutritional Yeast. Nutritional Yeast is used a lot with vegan to substitute cheese sauce. It has a strong flavor that can be described as a “nutty” flavor!

First preheat pan add your Nutritional Yeast (1/4 c) and Flour. I used Self -Rising Flour(1/4 cup)

Add all other dry ingredients to pan(thyme-1/8 tsp, onion powder-1 1/2 tsp, garlic powder-1 tsp, you can add salt as well; Whisk for 30 seconds

After adding the vegetable broth (2 cups), use whisk and whisk till thicken. Turn on lower heat. I did add some lemon pepper seasonings(because I like the taste)

Once done, remove once desired consistency is reached.

Enjoy!

Monica

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TYPES OF VEGETARIAN DIETS

Hey Everyone! Let’s Talk Vegetarianism!!!!
In this video, I share and talk about the different types of Vegetarian Diets. You hear a lot of bout plant based diets and/or Vegans, but actually what are vegetarians and what do they eat? Whether you decide to eat a vegetarian diet or not, keep taking STEPS to where you want to be and always remember that Small Steps equals BIG Change!


I will discuss several vegetarian types:

Lacto vegetarian
Lacto ovovegetarian
Ovo vegetarian
Pescatarian
Vegan

Check out this video!!!

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HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY WENDY’S FROSTY (SMOOTHIE)

Hey Everyone! Today is Tasty Tuesday Tip Day!!! Today I decided to share this super easy and cool take on a super skinny “Wendy Frosty”. I don’t know the last time I had a frosty, but it my memory serves me right, it was good!!! Occasionally grabbing a sweet treat may not be a huge problem for some, but I came across something the other day and wanted to try this “skinny” version of the Wendy’s Frosty. There are actually lots of recipes there and based on your nutritional preference, it may or may not suit you. Anyhow, this recipe is super easy and gives you that hint of a Wendy’s Frosty, but of course without all the calories.

I was describe it as a cold chocolate smoothie!!! This can be easily whipped up in not time and has minimal ingredients.

Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp cocoa baking powder or unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 banana, 1 tsp vanilla extra and ice (You can add maple syrup or honey if you like)

Add all ingredients to a blender.

Enjoy!! Remember Small Steps equals BIG Change!! What steps will you take?

Monica

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5 EASY WAYS TO INCREASE VEGETABLE INTAKE

Hey Everyone! Do you struggle with eating your veggies or maybe you just don’t like veggies. Vegetables are a very important part of a healthy diet and will definitely offer you great benefits, so don’t skip on your vegetables. I want to encourage you to eat even MORE! How can that be accomplished? It seems as if we are all so busy and eating healthy can be low on the list for some, but getting those vegetables in can take simple, easy steps.

Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. …

Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.

(Just a few reasons to eat your veggies!)

Check out video below to get quick tips on how to eat more!!!

Monica

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EASY VEGAN CHEESE SAUCE (PLANT BASED)

Hey Everyone! Today is Tasty Tuesday Day!! I have another great simple and easy recipe for you guys. Who loves a good cheese sauce? Better yet, who loves macaroni and cheese? Most people will say YES, but at the same time it can do a number on your waistline. Honestly, I have not made macaroni and cheese sauce in a while and yes I do have kids, but I also wanted to still offer something that would be a slightly healthier version. My kids LOVE cheese and so does most people.

At the beginning of this year, cheese was one of the food items I decided to limit in my diet and to discipline myself not to even have to have it. It was just something I wanted to do because at times we can be so caught up on added cheese to this and that, but I wanted to do something different. No I was not buying plant based cheese, I just didn’t do cheese too much. A few weeks ago, my husband and I did a 21 day plant based challenge and this got me to looking at more recipes and getting more ideas on ways to prepare more plant based meals, but ones that also taste good.

I figured, why not try a cheese sauce! This can be added to any pasta and so easy and budget friendly too.

This is all you need to make a great cheese sauce! 1 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 2 cups soaked cashews and (mustard,salt,pepper and tumeric)

Let me say this, season to your liking, I also added some lemon pepper to my sauce. Find seasonings that fit your taste and bring your sauce to life!!

Place your ingredients in blender. I used Nutribullet that I have had for about 4 years and it does the job for me. (Soak cashew for about 2 hrs) Then add ingredients to your blender and blend. This is so easy!!!

See this, doesn’t this look like cheese? Y’all when I first made a plant based sauce, I was a little nervous about the taste and thinking, “how could this be?” Let me just say it has great texture and not to mention, a healthier option for those of you who are working on healthier options and/or even what to do more plant based meals.

How does this look? Is this not creamy?? In my large pot, I already prepared my pasta. Y’all the things you can create and still only use a few ingredients that are healthier options is amazing!!! You don’t have to stop eating macaroni and cheese, just change your you prepare it!!! Most kids like macaroni, what do y’all think my kids said……..The older two like it and wanted more. My 2 year old is in his picky stage so we praying for his break through. My kids are learning about eating healthier by me as a parent setting that example. Remember small steps equals big change. Just keep taking small steps with your family’s eating behaviors.

I think had a little too much sauce for my macaroni pasta, but a little extra not going to hurt anyone, right?

Enjoy! Try these cheese sauce on your favorite pasta and let me know how it turns out!!! Eating healthier is possible.

Monica

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BENEFITS OF GINGER

Hey Everyone!!!

What is Ginger? Ginger is a flowering plant.
Ginger may have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and other healthful properties. Some research indicates that ginger can help alleviate morning sickness and relieve nausea following cancer treatment.
Ginger Root is great to add to your diet. Helps ease flu and cold symptoms as well. It is one of the healthiest spices. Grab you some ginger root and enjoy it your tea or smoothie!

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EASY VEGAN BROWNIES

Hey Everyone! So today is Tasty Tuesday Tip Day!!! So of course I am coming with another easy and simple dessert recipe. NO BUTTER, NO SUGAR, NO FLOUR, NO EGGS, but taste good. Growing up when my mom use to make cakes or other dessert, she always started with butter and sugar and then eggs and so on. Guess what? You do not have to have all those ingredients to get a tasty dessert. I am all for budget friendly and simple friendly. You can still have a tasty dish with less ingredients. I am big on making 4 ingredient snacks so why not try a brownie. Having four kids and constantly busy, making simple, healthy desserts are key.

Remember that small steps equals big change so making small changes in your dietary behaviors can lead to great benefit. This recipe only has six simple ingredients and can be prepared in minutes, literally.

Start with a bowl and your ingredients. I used my Pioneer Woman measuring tools for my ingredients. I used peanut butter, almond milk, flax seed, cocoa powder, smashed bananas and dairy free chocolate chips(these are optional), but taste great in these brownies.

In my bowl, I poured all ingredients in and you can use a whisk or spatula to mix thoroughly.

Mix all ingredients until well blended.

I line my glass pan with foil and poured in my batter. I placed in in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting in squares.

Enjoy!!!!

Monica

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HEALTHY SNACKS AT DOLLAR TREE

Hey Everyone! Today I want to share another budget friendly snack that you can get from Dollar Tree. All Natural Fruit Mini Sesame and Nut Bars are another simple snack you can add to your snack list. Eating healthy does not have to be very expensive just find inexpensive healthy options. These mini bars allows you to eat 3 small bars and that is 5g protein per serving and also 3g fiber. I enjoyed them. That are not big at all, but can help you curb your hungry between meals as a quick go to mini snack. Need more snack ideas also check out Tasty Tuesday Tip for budget friendly snacks you can make yourself.

Monica

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HOW TO MAKE A CARROT HOT DOG

Hey Everyone! It’s Tasty Tuesday Tip Day and today I wanted to share how to make a CARROT HOT DOG!!! Yes, you read it correctly. Have you every heard of such thing as a carrot dog? Who would really eat a carrot in a bun and say it is a hot dog? I remember a few months ago I saw someone post on social media and I was like “what! a carrot hotdog”? Now I do not eat hotdogs, but I figured it’s at least worth a try right? How can a carrot taste like a hot dog? I figured this could be a great way to get more veggies in and try a new plant based idea.

I got 4 carrots and did my best to cut them to fit a bun, I think they still were a little longer. However I used my Kalorik Steamer to steam them for about 15-20 minutes. I wanted to steam them a bit first so they can be more tender. There are different ways to make carrot dogs, but I chose to steam first.

While the carrots were in the steamer, I got my marinate together and whisked: 1tbsp raw apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp agrave, 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce, 3 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp lite salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder

After steaming carrots and placed them in my dish to set in refrigerator to marinate for 4 hours. (you can do this over night as well) I did roll the around some and covered with a lid. After about 4 hours, place in oven until fork tender. You can cover in oven with foil.

After taking my carrots out of the oven, I put them in my cast iron skillet along with the left over marinate. Actually my carrots were not soft as I wanted them so they stayed in the my skillet a little longer to make sure they were soft as I wanted them! If you have a grill, you can grill these.

As you can see, they were starting to cook and get softer!!!

One Carrot Hot Dog coming up! This carrot hot dog was actually good! Try this simple and easy recipe. Now let’s see what my kids think. Of course this is a good idea to try for your kids. Remember Small Steps equals BIG Change. Keep taking steps to where you want to be in your health.

Go make you a Carrot Hot Dog!!!

Monica

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Tofu Scramble Burrito

Hey Everyone! Today I wanted to share a quick recipe. I had some Tofu leftover from a previous day and decided to make Tofu Scramble but this time added peppers and onions and veggie sausages. Remember my goal is to find ways to prepare budget friendly meals and this was a great way to get the most out of the Tofu. This was actually pretty good. I added some salsa on the side to pair with my wrap. Tofu provides a good source of protein, especially if you are doing more plant based meals.

First thing I did was to add onions and my peppers to my cast iron skillet along with a little olive oil.

Next, I added the Tofu to my skillet. I did use a fork and mashed the tofu and added my seasonings.

Added tumeric and Lemon Pepper to the tofu and stirred for about 5 minutes occasionally.

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I got a wrap and added the tofu filling along with my chunky salsa. This was actually pretty good! I had never had tofu before the last couple of weeks, but this was a great idea and makes a great breakfast! If you are looking for something to do and also wanting to add more plant based meals, let this be a go to breakfast idea.

Remember Small Steps equals BIG Change!!

Monica

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QUICK TIPS TO GET MORE PROTEIN ON A PLANT BASED DIET

Hey Everyone!! If you are thinking about eating more plant based foods and preparing more plant based meals and are concerned with what to do about protein, here is a little information on ways to get “complete protein” in your diet. Complete Proteins contains the 9 essential amino acids. Animal sources contains all 9 essential amino acids which makes them a complete protein. There are still ways to consume foods from plant sources which are complete protein plant sources or they can be paired to make a complete protein.

For example: Legumes plus nuts/seeds or whole grains can give you a complete protein. A plant based diet is one in which the base of what you eat comes from plant sources such as beans, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Some people on plant based diets still consume some meats and others do not, it depends on the individual desire and how strict he or she wants to be. Overall, a plant based diet is a great way to get adequate nutrients. It can allow you to be creative and to get more color on that plate!!!!

Remember small steps equals big change, so any steps you take toward better health is a great in your quest for a healthier lifestyle! Don’t forget to grab your Tasty Tuesday Tip Book.

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How to Make Tofu Scramble

Hey Everyone! Today is Tasty Tuesday Tip and you know what that means? Yes another simple and easy recipe for you to try. I decided to prepare something new. I have never bought Tofu before…yeah I have heard of it and all, but it was not an item that I would even think to eat. Tofu is a soy based food made from curdling soy milk and forming into a solid block.

Over the past few weeks, my husband and I have been doing strictly plant based meals, so this has given me the opportunity to be even more creative and to explore different taste and flavors. I came across something the other day about making eggs from tofu and wanted to see how it would taste. Of course, it seemed easy enough.

What do you think? Do you think I gave it a YES or NO? Let’s see.

Tumeric, lite salt and black pepper. (I did use some lemon pepper). I like lemon pepper taste so I would opt for that instead of the salt and pepper because it offers flavor I need and like.

I used firm tofu and since I only needed 8oz, I cut it in half. This is about 8oz of tofu. The package I bought was 16oz.

I prepared my cast iron skillet with olive oil to get ready for my tofu.

I used a fork to mash up my firm tofu.

I placed in my hot skillet, added seasonings and gave it a stir for about 5 minutes occasionally.

Very simple and easy and I paired it with toast! It was not bad. I was not sure how it would taste, but just add the seasonings that fits your taste buds and go for it!! Great plant based option for plant protein. So I will give this a “yes” I will be making this again! One thing about eating more plant based meals, it will cause you to explore and experience different flavors and taste. Just do it and Remember, Small Steps equals BIG Change!!

Enjoy!

Monica

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DEVOTION FOR WOMEN-GOD CARES

Hey Everyone! In my One Day At A Time Devotional book, I share a scripture each day to help you on your journey to knowing who you are in God. As women, we deal with a lot in the course of a day and if you have young kids like me, it can get hectic at times, but what I understand is that when you consistently give things to God, it releases the pressure. God never called us to be fearful or worried from day to day, but He wants us to rest in His word. Are you resting? Have you gave your issues to God? If not, it is time to do it today.
Understand that God cares for you. The Bible says in I Peter 5:7 that we should cast our cares on Him. It is our job to literally give Him everything that concerns us! What’s concerning you? Give it to God today.

Monica

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TIPS FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION)

Hey Everyone! Do you struggle with your blood pressure. High Blood Pressure has always been known as the “silent killer”, so it is very important that you know your numbers and to take care of yourself. Keep taking steps to where you want to be. Change is not easy all the time, but it is necessary.

Consistent high blood pressure is considered to be Hypertension. (over 140/90) It is very important to manage your blood pressure and to take care of your health. A few modifications can help.

*Lower Sodium

*Increase Physical Activity

*Increase Plant Based Foods

*Choose leaner meats

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Aloe Vera Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Hey Everyone! Tasty Tuesday Tip!!! Have you every use Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant that has been used to treat various health conditions. If you have a Aloe Vera leaf, cut the leaf away from the gel and you can easily add it to a smoothie! This past week was actually my first time purchasing Aloe Vera, and it was a nice addition.

Aloe Vera aids in weight loss, digestion, helps skin, can help with lowering blood sugar and also helps in repairing and rebuilding tissues.

In this video, I show you how I made my Aloe Vera smoothie. Combined all ingredients in my Nutribullet.

Check it out!!

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(MOM BLOG)PEACE IN A PANDEMIC

Hey Everyone! How are you feeling right now? Most of us have experienced so much over the past few months and have heard so much NEWS! I remember back in March when the kids were out and I was teaching them from home and my husband’s job had and still has him working remotely, I really didn’t know what was going on, but I knew things were changing and we had to learn how to adjust, but also rely on God daily for strength and guidance. Fast forward months later, we are constantly bombarded with some type of news. We are busy in our homes cooking, cleaning, helping with virtual learning and the list goes on and on, but guess what you can still have PEACE in a Pandemic situation! The peace I want to talk a little about is not based on what is going on around you and how you feel or what he or she has said about you. This peace comes only from God.

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. KJV

And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. Amplified

What is Peace? Peace can be described as freedom from some type of disturbance or state of tranquility. When you are living for God and have a relationship, it does not mean that you are not affected in any way by what is going on in the world, but it does mean that in the midst of it, you have hope and a foundation. The Bible talks about how we should cast our cares on God because He cares for us. It is a fact that things will happen in life, but we were never told to worry.

This peace cannot be understood by everyone. The scripture says that it pass understanding and that it will guard our hearts and minds. That’s the kind of peace I want. I am covered and protected. Doing the last few months, I have had those moments where I can almost feel the pressure of the times we are in, but at those moments the Word of God has to be my place of peace and rest. Once I begin to remind myself of what the Bible says, I can daily live in Peace!! It is not God’s will for you to have sleepless nights and you are pulling your hair out trying to figure out how you will make it. He desires for us to trust Him. Will there be moments? Yes. We all have them, but we cannot stay there. Some days for me seem kind of hectic at times (wife, mother, working a business from home, doing homework with kids,etc..). In the midst of all the hats we where, there still should be a PEACE that you possess and that can only come from God.

I encourage you today to take a moment and ask God for his peace. No matter how your family situation maybe or how crazy life may seems, there is peace that passeth understanding. Don’t let the things of this world rob you of your peach and rest that you can experience. Don’t forget to Take it ONE DAY AT A TIME and continue to understand that Peace can be your portion!

Monica

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OATMEAL FLAX SEED COOKIES

Hey Everyone! Today is Tasty Tuesday Tip Day!!! That means I will give you another easy and budget friendly recipe that you and your family will love and enjoy! Every now and then you may get the taste for something “sweet”, but it doesn’t have to be all “unhealthy”. Remember taking foods you enjoy and making them healthier can be accomplished by substituting a few ingredients.

Cookies are a favorite for many. I have kids and I know how they love to eat and if you say “cookies”, they are coming. I try to offer healthier options and if it can be made from home, I am all for that. You don’t have to do away with cookies if you are watching your weight or taking steps to a healthier lifestyle. You do need to do things in moderation and just choose maybe better ingredients to start. Remember even small changes are good. Always remember that your road to better health will happen in steps you take on a daily basis. Check out Tasty Tuesday Tip for more on additional meals.

My husband was in the kitchen the other week and decided he had a taste for some oatmeal cookies and made some of course. These cookies has no eggs in them and has a good amount of wholesome ingredients. These cookies contain ground flax seed which are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and other health benefits!!!

Side note: Don’t over do it (moderation) I am a huge fan of making your own instead of buying from the store. It is more budget friendly and you control what you put in it.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp raw honey

1tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup water

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a medium bowl add ingredients one at at time and mix until blended. (place dough in freezer for a couple of minutes–optional) but helps to firm up a little. Use a spoon to scoop batter and place on baking sheet. After 10 minutes in oven, use back of fork and press cross pattern on each cookie and bake reminder time about 5 more minutes.

Once cookies are done, place on cookie rack and enjoy!

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Quick tips to Improve Iron Absorption

Hey Everyone! Today on Tasty Tuesday Tip, I am discussing how to enhance absorption of iron. Many times people say they have low iron or are fatigue! How do a person increase his or her ability to absorb more iron from foods he or she eats. Check this video out, to see simple tips on how you can increase your iron absorption.

Iron Sources: Red Meat, Legumes, Dark Green Leafy veggies, Poultry, Fortified Cereal, Whole Grains

Vitamin C Sources: Red and Green Peppers, Broccoli, Oranges, Strawberries,

Monica

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WHAT IS A CITRUS FUSION FLASK?

Hey Everyone! It is important to drink more water and many enjoy infusing their water with fruits! I came across this citrus fusion flask a few weeks ago and this fruit infuser water bottle provides a way to add flavor without using anything else. Infuse your favorite fruit.

I infused my water with lemon. Lemon water has some great benefits:

  1. Aids in Digestion.
  2. Decrease Inflammation.
  3. Nourish skin.
  4. Immune Booster.
  5. Removes toxins overtime.

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Enjoy!!!

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HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BALLS

Hey Everyone!! Tasty Tuesday Tip Day. Today I will show you how I make may energy balls. My kids love these little snacks and so do I. They are a great snack to keep you going between meals. Great to make ahead of time, and enjoy when you are ready.

Snacking does not have to be hard especially if you are wanting to be healthier, just try simple and easy ways to eat better. When you are making your own snacks, it helps you to save money. It is very budget friendly. Why buy these from the store, when you can make your own. Be creative and add raisins, shaved almonds or whatever else you enjoy!

Remember small steps equals big change!

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FIND HEALTHY SNACKS AT DOLLAR TREE

Hey Everyone! Eating healthier does not have to cost an arm and a leg as they say. If you like to snack, but prefer something healthier, there is hope. Dollar Tree has some great snack options. In this video, I shared a few of the snacks that I like to grab.

Remember to keep taking small steps that will lead to BIG change. Check out these tasty snacks.

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Easy Way to get Your Kids to Learn Scriptures (MOM TALK)

Hey Everyone! Today on MOM TALK, I wanted to share a quick, easy and budget friendly idea that I had thought about probably months ago to do with my kids, but hadn’t gotten around to it. I told my kids one day that we will have a color contest and color some pictures. This was just an activity to do with the kids, but also I thought it was a good idea to color printed scripture coloring sheets. Once colored, I would put in an inexpensive frame and put on the walls in their rooms. This is a great way to decorate, but also to keep the Word of God before them and for them to learn those scriptures.

The kids were excited about coloring their sheets. It was about 10:30 at night when we were coloring. You know how it is when you said you would do something and time gets away, but the kids still remain you about what you said you would do. Yea it was one of those times. However, it is still a time to slow down and do something and spend some moments with your kids.

Most days are very busy and I find myself here and there, but I will be printing more of these bible sheets and scriptures and coloring them and posting them up in my kids’ rooms. It doesn’t have to be something that very expensive, but just taking small steps and coloring can be a great opportunity with your kids but also be a teachable moment.

Monica

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EASY WHITE BEAN BURGER PATTIES

Hey Everyone! Tasty Tuesday Tip!! Today I will share a very quick way to make your own white bean burger. If you are looking to eat more plant based meals weekly and need something quick and budget friendly, this is a great idea to try. My kids love bean burgers now and it is very cost efficient for me and my family.

Eating healthy has always had the stigma of being too expensive and you know what it can be more expensive, but if you can be creative, you will find a lot of ways to eat healthy on a budget. I have 4 kids and I have to find ways to include healthy options but also keep things not only kid friendly, but budget friendly.

Check out Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe book for more quick options.

Enjoy!

Monica

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Simple Tips for Obesity Management

In this video I share simple tips to manage obesity. Obesity is a disorder of excessive fat that can lead to health issues if not put under controlled. It is important to get proper nutrition education, increase physical activity and adhere to a good diet.

Obesity has always been a huge issue especially in Mississippi. It is important that we understand that we can all take steps to help reduce obesity not only in adults, but also in children. If you want to start taking steps to fight obesity, start with these simple tips.

There is no magic trick to losing weight. It takes discipline and a made up mind. Just like anything you desire in life, take the necessary steps needed to see changes that you desire!

Small Steps Equals BIG Change!!!

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Easy 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Cookie Recipe

Hey Everyone! Today for Tasty Tuesday Tip I would like to share this delicious yet simple recipe. Every now and then, you may get a taste for something sweet. Who doesn’t love cookies? Why not do a easy cookie that takes only 5 ingredients to prepare. In my book, Tasty Tuesday Tip I have a 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe included so I decided why not take the concept of that cookie but add a few ingredients and take an ingredient away. I love the fact of taking the traditional cookies, but making them maybe a little healthier by substituting some ingredients.

My husband said that these were the best cookies of the year!!! I laughed and said, “they are good”, but I agreed with him quickly. You probably have these ingredients in your pantry now.

1 medium banana(act as a binder), 1 cup of peanut butter, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup of old fashion oats and 1/2 cup granulated sugar

As you can see these are very simple ingredients.

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the chocolate chips.

I decided to mix the other 4 ingredients before adding the chips. You can use non dairy chocolate chips as well to make this recipe vegan.

It should look something like this when mixed.
Next I added the chocolate chips and gave it a quick mix to blend.

I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the the dough onto my ready baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Before placing them in a 350 degree oven, I slightly pressed each dough ball down with the back of a spoon. Pictured here is before they were pressed. They will not automatically spread. Bake for 15 minutes and place on a cookie rack.

ENJOY THESE SOFT BATCHED COOKIES!!!

Don’t eat too many of these They are moist, soft and delicious. The bananas act as a binder instead of using eggs and it worked really well. That’s the great thing about baking, there is always ways to make traditional favorites just a little bit better. If you are a cookie fan, you will love these chewy cookies. They were actually still very soft the next day, no hard cookies here!!!!!

Try these and tell me what you think! What other favorites can you re create?

Enjoy!

Monica

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Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
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2 DAY PLANT BASED MEAL PLAN

Hey Everyone! I have a gift for you!! Who likes gifts? A few years ago I decided to do a 10-day challenge and did not eat meat, no cheese, no milk, etc… I had not done this before, but I did realize how creative I had become while doing the challenge. What started off as a 10 day challenge extended to 30 days and NO MEAT!!!

During that time, I put together a quick 2 day meatless meal plan, which includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks! I want to share that quick plan. I always say that small steps equals big change and just taking small steps each week can add great benefits to your health. Even with busy days, you can still find time to prepare quick, healthy meals. I am all about budget friendly ways go eat healthier! I am a “busy” mom of 4 and being time efficient is very important for me.

Click link to download your simple, budget friendly 2 day plan.

2 DAY MEATLESS MEALPLAN

Enjoy!

Monica

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Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net
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TOP 5 BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS

Hey Everyone! In this video I will talk about the top 5 benefits of Chia Seeds. These little seeds are awesome and a great way to add nutrients. Add these to smoothies or other recipes.

Chia Seeds are packed with super benefits. These tiny seeds adds so much to your diet.

Top 5 Benefits:
#1 Protein#2 Fiber#3 Antioxidants#4 Calcium#5 Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Monica

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HOW TO MAKE BEANS & RICE—YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE

Hey Everyone! Happy Tasty Tuesday Tip!!! I love to make this Beans & Rice dish for my family. Guess what?? The kids love it too! Like I always say, Small Steps equals BIG Change. My older kids literally ask for more and how can you deny them something that’s healthy for them. Well I can deny them if they eating too much, but you get what I am saying. Beans & Rice have always been a budget friendly meal for many, but I pretty much make it my own way.

Each week I incorporate meatless meals so this is definitely a go to for me. I think when I started eating this, I think it was something I would make for myself. School was in and I would be at home so I would have to find something quick to eat and this was a go to for me. You can use any beans you prefer. I just knew it was pretty much like a quick, easy healthy option for me. Eventually with everyone being at home more, the kids began to want to try it and they soon request beans and rice often…lol.

Here is what I used:

1 drained can sweet corn

1 drained can pinto beans(I think I kept some of liquid)

1 cup thick & chunky salsa

1/4 cup green chilies

2 bags instant brown rice (cooked as directed)

2 cup raw spinach

While rice is being boiled, on medium heat in a skillet add beans, corn, chilies, salsa and mix together. When rice is done add to skillet and stir. Finally add spinach. Spinach will wilt. Remove from heat and enjoy!!! The kids sure did!!!!

Michael is eating..yummy!
Mariah is down to her last bite!!!

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BAMBA PEANUT PUFFS (PRODUCT REVIEW)

Hey Everyone! I tried these Bamba Peanut Puffs for the first time the other day. I had never heard of them before, but my husband saw them somewhere and decided to purchase them. Made with 4 simple ingredients, and contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

If you like peanut butter and want to try a healthier snack option, you may like these. They are not very over peanut buttery, but still provides a nice puff texture and taste.

Bamba Peanut Puffs try them for yourself!

Monica

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MOM TALK — DAUGHTER TAG

Hey Everyone! I decided to do a quick Q & A with my 8 year old daughter. I wanted to just ask her some simple questions and she how she would respond. There has been a lot going on lately and just allowing her to share a little!!

My eight year old is very talkative and always wants to know something, let’s see what she says in front of the camera!!! She is the only girl and has three brothers so she is definitely out numbered, but I think she does pretty well.

Monica

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TOP 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO BE HEALTHIER

Hey Everyone! In this video, I share my top 3 things you need to be healthier. Living a healthy lifestyle is possible and obtainable, but you must have these 3 things! Many people desire to lose weight and lead a healthier life, but are not following certain principles that would allow them to reach their goals.

Check that those 3 things are that can push you closer to your health goals!!! Don’t forget to get your recipe book for more mealtime tips!!

“Small Steps equals BIG Change”

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HOW TO MAKE COCONUT FLOUR COOKIES MADE WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND PEANUT BUTTER

Hey Everyone! So this is Tasty Tuesday Tip and I have a new recipe for ya. Where my cookie fans at? I know y’all are out there. Anyhow, have you ever heard of coconut flour? I never bought it before, but my husband brought some home the other day. Of course we are also looking for new recipes and ideas to make some tasty treats.

What is Coconut Flour?

Coconut Flour is a soft, naturally grain and gluten free flour. It is gluten free and made from coconuts.

This recipe includes peanut butter and chocolate chips and you can also try almond butter or non dairy chocolate chips. This is a very simple recipe that offers a healthy alternative.

Ingredients

1/2 cup peanut butter (can use almond butter)

1/2 cup regular sugar (light brown sugar or coconut sugar)

2 tbsp oil (I used vegetable oil because it was on hand, but use coconut oil)

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 chocolate chips (or use dairy free chips if you needed to)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place peanut butter, oil, sugar in a bowl to get ready to mix. I used my mixer to mix until smooth and add eggs and vanilla and mix again until combined.
  3. Add baking soda,cinnamon, and salt. Then add coconut flour. Mix until becomes a dough(I used a spatula to mix).
  4. Use a small scoop or spoon and portion dough onto the prepared nonstick cookie sheet. Use fingers to slightly press dough down, will not spread when baked.
  5. Bake for about 7 minutes and let cool for about 3 minutes. Place on wire rack.

Enjoy!

Monica

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MY TOP FOOD STEAMER—3 TIER KALORIK STEAMER Review

Hey Everyone! I love quick, easy and simple meals. I have talked about this steamer before. This Kalorik 3 Tier Steamer is great for making healthier meals. It offers a rice bowl and 3 transparent, stackable basket which allows you to make several foods at once. I love the rice bowl and how easy it is without using three different pots/pans, I can use these steamer instead. Also includes a drip tray and extra water can be added during the steaming process easily. Healthy way to steam.

This steamer is very easy to clean with the removable parts. I like the fact the clean up is easy because if you cook, you must also clean, right?

Rice Bowl

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HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO EAT BEANS

Hey Everyone! Today here is one quick way to get your kids to eat beans. Well…it worked for me, so give it a try. My 2 year old is still at the picky stage with certain foods so my husband had an idea to try to get him to eat his beans. Check out video to see what did. Don’t forget to check out Tasty Tuesday Tip for more recipe ideas.

Monica

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HOW TO MAKE A TROPICAL MANGO SMOOTHIE

Hey Everybody! Tasty Tuesday Tip!!!! Who loves Smoothies? I love a good smoothie. Smoothies are a great healthy way to get your day started or whenever you like to drink them. If you are looking to increase your intake of fruits, smoothies can give you what you need. In addition the nutritional benefit.

Mango: Lowers Cholesterol, helps with skin, boost immune system, helps maintain healthy heart

Pineapples: Helps with sinus/common cold, aids in digestion, supports the immune systems

Almond Milk: Dairy Free, low in calories, good source of calcium

All you need is 1 cup 1/2 of pineapples, 1 cup almond milk and 1 mango. Check out how to cut a pineapple.

Of course I had to use my Nutribullet to do this smoothie. Added the pineapples first.

Next add mango.

Add milk.

Attach to your Nutribullet and blend!!

Enjoy!

Monica

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No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars–4 Ingredient Oatmeal Bars

Hey Everyone! Who doesn’t love chocolate right? Well how about a healthier way to eat chocolate. This No Bake is really tasty and offers 4 simple ingredients that anyone can make. I always keep oats on hand because I know I can do a quick and simple recipe with it. Oats, Honey and Peanut Butter has always been my go to items to make a quick energy snack. In this particular recipe I added a little chocolate to the mix and the results are awesome.

Many times it is easy to grab something from the store when you need something between meals or for someone to grab a chocolate candy bar, but we know there are lots of additional calories and sugar that you may not need. When you make it yourself, you control what you add and in most cases it will be healthier ingredients. These bars can be made very quick for your kids and stored for later.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup oats, 1/3 cup honey, 1/2 cup peanut butter(melted), 1/4 cup chocolate chips(melted)

You can definitely do more. You may want to add more or less based on your liking as you mix these together. Melting the peanut butter and chips makes this recipe pop!!! It coats the oats quite well and you can taste it in every bite. After you mix well, add to a container and press down with a rubber spatula and place a lid on and pop in the freezer. Cut into squares and enjoy!!!

So simple right?

Remember Small Steps equals BIG Change!

Monica

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR PURPOSE-MOM TALK

Hey Everyone! Today on MOM Talk Thursdays, I want to talk briefly about Purpose! This is a word we hear all the time and many don’t even know why they are here. Being a mom, you are probably like me. As mothers, we wear many hats and at times we can find ourselves getting lost in the shuffle of things. We do for everyone, but have you ever stopped to think about what is it that you are passionate about or what is it that you really what or are called to do. Being busy with “stuff” does not necessarily mean you are moving in purpose.

Let’s look at this example: If you had a comb in your hand, what would you do with it? What was it made for? Was it made to hit? Was it made to scratch your back? The answer to these questions are “NO”. What is the purpose of that comb? The purpose of that comb is to use on “hair”. Now you may do many things with it, but it is most effective when it is used to do what it was created for. You may be reading this and you do many things, but you are most effective doing what God created you to do.

I remember some years ago when I was working at a community health center as a Nutritionist. Many days I was feeling so drained and heavy not from the job so much but what I saw from being at the job. God began to open my eyes and I had a burden for so many young ladies in my community. There are times when God will show you things that others may not see. This burden or passion that may be in you to act is not for someone else, it is for YOU! I soon realized that it was not for me to put it on someone else or complain because others were not acting, but it was for me to take steps and make a change one step at a time. Soon God dropped something in my spirit to write a book which was not something I thought I would do, but I knew I had to put something out that would be a help to ladies who may have never heard the Gospel of Jesus or wasn’t even raised like me, in a Christian home. Writing my 1st book was the beginning of me moving in my purpose. This 10 Day Devotional was written for young women to know who they are in Christ and to lead them to a relationship with Jesus. Honestly that’s the first step in understanding and walking in Purpose.

You are not just a mom, but you are a Woman of Purpose & Destiny. God created you with greatest in you. Grab the my e-book and be encouraged and share with others who need to know they were created for more!

Blessings to you! Share with someone who needs just a little motivation and encouragement. Remember, You are not JUST a MOM, but a Woman of Purpose & Destiny!!

Monica

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Amazing Benefits of Eating More Fiber

Hey Everyone! This is Your Nutrition 90 Second Video on benefits of fiber. Do you eat foods that are good fiber sources? Do you know what fiber is? Do you know if you are getting enough? It is important to maintain a colorful diet full of fruits and vegetables, beans other healthy sources.

So don’t skip on the fiber. Check out this quick video & Enjoy!!

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AWESOME 2 INGREDIENT PIZZA DOUGH (SUPER EASY)

Hey Everyone! Happy Tasty Tuesday Tip!!! Before I get started if you are into quick and simple recipes don’t forget to check out my recipe book, Tasty Tuesday Tip . Quick, easy and healthy is the name of the game right now for me! I am always looking for a way where I can be budget friendly in the kitchen and also save. This crust recipe only requires two ingredients and when I tell you it is delicious, it is. Pizza is one of those foods that everyone loves, but why not make your own? We eat homemade pizza once a week, but we were always buying crust from the store. I said I wanted to make my own crust cause of course that would save money and it can be done anytime. My husband came across a way to make this simple crust and I was all in!

The other day, when I first made it, I did a vegetable pizza and I was I so shocked how good the pizza was and it literally took minutes to prepare. These days I don’t do much cheese so I only sprinkled a little parmesan cheese on it and it was awesome. You can be as creative as you want to be. Are you ready to see what ingredients it takes to make this awesome pizza crust?? Guess what?? This pizza is a stove top pizza. You don’t NEED to put in the oven.

Here is what you need to make this crust: 1 cup self rising flour & 5 ounces of yogurt(any kind is fine). I mixed the flour and yogurt together first until it started to form a dough that you will knead for a few minutes.

After kneading dough, use a classic wooden rolling pin and flatten out until you get size and thinness you desire to fit into your skillet. I used the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet which I love for making this.

Once dough is placed in skillet and brown on one size, flip over and place sauce on the brown size. The other size will now have a chance to brown while you add toppings. I love this idea. It prevents dough from being doughy, but it will be crispy! Top how you desire.

I added sauce, raw spinach, left over chicken and dash of parmesan cheese. Once you add toppings of your choice, place a top on top of skillet so heat can melt cheese if you added cheese etc.. Turn off heat on stove. Remove onto a plate and enjoy! So super easy and good. No soggy crust here.

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3 Key Benefits of Drinking Smoothies

Hey Everyone! If your desire is to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet, a smoothie is a great way to go! I love smoothies and it’s a quick and easy way to get nutrients in–drink up. I love to take my NutriBullet and put all my colorful ingredients in and let it do the work. Don’t forget grab you this blender if you don’t have one, to make your own tasty smoothies.

WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF DRINKING SMOOTHIES?

#1 Fiber: Many people do not get the recommended amount of fiber daily which is around 25-35g per day depending on male or female. Have adequate amount of fiber in your diet helps with you feeling fuller. In addition to feeling more satisfied more fiber aids in softer stools and normalizes bowel movements. Have you ever been constipated? You may want to check your water intake and also how much fiber you are consuming. Drinking smoothies gives you lot of additional fiber.

#2 Antioxidants: Protect against cell damage that Free Radicals cause. Free Radicals can damage cells and cause stress and lead to different medical issues. Foods that are good sources are those that you can put in a healthy smoothie including strawberries, blueberries,kale, pecans and spinach just to name a few.

#3 Immunity: A diet high in fruits and vegetables helps in building one’s immune system. The immune system helps our body defends against viruses, bacteria and foreign bodies. Therefore, adding fruit and veggies that aid in helping immune system are great to add to your smoothies. (Ginger, Kale, Orange, Apples, Peppers, Mango, etc…)

Not only are smoothies great in taste, but that are packed with nutritional benefits that you need to keep you going strong! If you didn’t drink smoothies before, now is a good time to build your immune system and take steps toward a healthier you. Remember I always say, “Small Steps equal BIG Change”.

Monica

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Top 3 Kitchen Appliances

Hey Everyone!!! Today I want to share with you some of the appliances I use in my kitchen. I am a big fan of saving time in the kitchen. Therefore, I make use of appliances that will help me do just that. Being a mom of 4 kids, I don’t want to be in a hot kitchen in the heat of the summer too long, so I need a way to get a good meal on the table in a good amount of time. These are three of the products I love to use for not only saving time, but also healthier meals as well.

Kalorik Steamer

This Steamer is very simple to use and a time saver. Not to mention, I can get a whole meal in it. Also what I love about it is that instead of using different pots for steaming certain veggies, I can put them in the 3 level tiers. It is literally ready in minutes and easy to clean. If you what something that will allow you to eat healthier, easy cooking, easy clean up, I recommend this steamer to you.

Bella Air Fryer

This air fryer was given to us as a gift and I think we use it everyday. Another great appliance that saves time and energy in the kitchen. Cooks food well, but without having to add every fat from a lot of extra oil (such as deep frying). If you don’t have an air fryer, you have to get one. I always make homemade fries with my air fryer. Also you can use it to just reheat food instead of using the microwave. This fryer is my best “kitchen” friend…lol… It’s hot out and the oven always will produce extra heat!!! Get you an air fryer.

Nutribullet

I bought a Nutri bullet probably about 4 years and I love it! Makes making smoothies a breeze. Another great appliance to have for healthier options in the kitchen. If you want to do a smoothie use this blender. I even make my oat flour using my Nutri bullet. I have not had any issues with it and it is still going strong. This is a great appliance to add and does not take up much space either.

Monica

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Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net

Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women

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MOM TALK(Establishing a Routine for your kids)

Hey Everyone! If you are a mom of especially smaller aged kids, it can really be difficult to establish an early morning routine for your kids. I have four kids(including a 1 month old and my mornings can get a bit hectic. Most mornings my kids are up around 7:30 am and guess where they go? That’s right, my bedroom. They are literally sitting up in my husband and I bed looking us in the face talking about how hungry they are. Does anyone else morning start off this way? Come to think of it, my day ends almost this way, but my kids ask what will they eat in the morning.

What I come to realize is that making an effort to establish a routine for my kids is at least a good start in getting them to do the things I would like for them to do. One day recently I decided to print out a morning routine check list to see how the kids would respond. I noticed that when they had to check off what they needed to do before that ate breakfast, they were more willing to just do it(with minimal compliant, I didn’t say no complaint… lol). They even made it out of a competition to see who will finish first. I told them that they will not eat breakfast until they had their check off sheet complete.

What this will teach them is to be more responsible and to have some type of responsibility. Does it still get hectic at times? YES, but you still establish some type of guide for them to go by. So, I am still working on this myself, but like I always say, “take small steps”.

Monica

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net


Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
Click link for book:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/monica-gary/one-day-at-a-time-10-day-devotional-for-teens-and-young-women/ebook/product-23095912.html
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Quick Budget Friendly Tips for Meal planning

In this video, I will share simple tips for eating on a budget. In this pandemic, many are eating and cooking more and saving money is at top of many people’s list. Just using a few practical tips you can save money and still prepare meals each day for your family. I am a mom of 4 children, so there are 6 of us in the house so I definitely have to have a plan as it relates to meals and snacks. It can be a challenge at times, but it is possible. If you are in need of some quick meals grab Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book.

Small Steps Equals BIG Chang

**********Books************

Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net

Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women

Click link for book: http://www.lulu.com/shop/monica-gary/one-day-at-a-time-10-day-devotional-for-teens-and-young-women/ebook/product-23095912.html

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Tasty Tuesday Tip (How to get kids to eat plant based burgers)

Hamburger, Burger, Sweet, Bread

Hey Everyone!

Quick Tasty Tuesday Tip: Make your own plant based burgers! You will save more money and its budget and kid friendly. When we do burgers, I normally do ground chicken burgers but last few times I’ve done white bean burgers and used a 50 cent can of beans(made 6 patties). So today was burger night and I used pinto beans instead..it wasn’t the choice but something happened to the white beans. Anyhow the kids have eaten them before but not with pinto but hey beans are beans to them๐Ÿ˜„. Oh yea I didn’t have bread crumbs , so I had some cheese garlic croutons that we weren’t or hadn’t eaten and my husband had the idea to just crumble them up to add to bean mixture and it worked!! So the verdict is in…. Small Steps equals Big Change!! Keep taking steps. Kids can be very picky but when you are consistent..their taste will slowly change.๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š #tastytuesdaytip

Monica

Books
Tasty Tuesday Tip Recipe Book http://www.steps4change.net


Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women
Click link for book:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/monica-gary/one-day-at-a-time-10-day-devotional-for-teens-and-young-women/ebook/product-23095912.html


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Tasty Tuesday Tip (How to Make Oatmeal Cake)

Hey Everyone! I have never heard of “Oatmeal Cake” before until my husband says that he came across a tasty recipe. My initial thoughts were, “there he goes trying to make something again”, but this right here is really good and does not taste very sweet, but it is really moist. It gives you the feel of a carrot cake but without the carrots!!

If you follow my blog post and recipes, you will know that I love to keep oats on hand because it can be added to recipes and also makes a great base for many snacks! So if I run out, I have to get more quick. Not to mention its healthy and adds a great fiber source as well. So if you going to eat cake, why not add some healthy benefits, right???

My 2 year old ate a piece and he was saying, “I want some cake!”. It was funny, but I know he loves to eat and if you say its cake, then that’s a no brainer. Let’s get to how to make this awesome cake!!

Ingredients:

*1 1/4 cups boiling water

*1 cup quick cooking oats

*1/2 cup butter3/4 cup packed brown sugar

*3/4 cup white sugar

*2 eggs

*1tsp vanilla extract

*1 tsp baking soda

*1/2 tsp salt

*1tsp ground cinnamon

*1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

*1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

1. Pour boiling water over the quick oats and let stand for 20 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking pan.(see pan I use)

3. Cream the butter with sugar until light. Beat in eggs. Then add oats and vanilla and mix well.

4. Combine baking soda, salt, cinnamon and flour. Mix until combined. Add raisins to flour mixture and coat well.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until tester inserted is clean.

Enjoy!!

Monica

***********Book************

Devotion from my book, One Day At A Time Devotion for Teens & Young Women

Click link for book: http://www.lulu.com/shop/monica-gary/one-day-at-a-time-10-day-devotional-for-teens-and-young-women/ebook/product-23095912.html

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