{go green}

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Green juice that is! I have an Omega juicer, and LOVE it! I try to juice at least a few times a week, but with the winter we have been having I haven’t done the best at having fresh produce on hand. It’s probably been more like once or twice a week, but better than not at all. I’ve tried lots of juice recipes and I like quite a few, but my favorite {and my boys’ favorite} is always green juice. My usual green juice always has kale or spinach {or both}, cucumber, parsley, lime {or lemon}, celery, ginger {if I have it} and green apple. Kale is becoming a very popular green, and rightfully so as it is full of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K and is one of the healthiest foods in the world. There is another green that I like to add to my juice that often gets overlooked, and that’s parsley. Yes, parsley! It is also full of antioxidants like kale, and is a good source of iron. Parsley is packed full of healing goodness, and is a food that has the ability to neutralize carcinogens. Parsley tops the charts as one of the healthiest foods, right next to kale!

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20140227-104009.jpgHave you gone green lately??!!

Peace Out,

Nicholle

{on a quest}

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I really, really, really like quest bars. I am getting low, so this morning I placed an order and now I have my favorites on the way! I’m trying out the NEW Cookies and Cream flavor, can’t wait to try it!!! What other flavors did I order? My all time favorite {and my boys’ favorite, close with cookie dough} is White Chocolate Raspberry, I always run out of this first. Always. Then it is a close second and third with Apple Pie and Double Chocolate Chunk. Three of my favorite Quest Bars with a new flavor to try, let’s just say Tuesday will be a happy day for me {delivery is Tuesday!}. They have SO many  flavors, from peanut butter and jelly, cinnamon roll, chocolate brownie, to vanilla almond crunch, and about everything in between. You are bound to find a flavor you can’t live without! I buy my quest bars from Amazon.com, I’m a prime member so I get free 2 day shipping on them. I’ve priced them out other places and so far this is where I can find the best deals. A box of 12 ranges from $24 to $30 {with free shipping}, depends on the flavor {newer flavors are generally a few bucks more}.

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As a busy mom, a quest bar can really help me out when I need to eat something ASAP and have not prepped! For my son with SPD, chewy things are great for him{chewy foods help calm his brain!}as is protein, making quest bars a perfect fit. He loves them, and I love that they help him and are not a piece of candy {tootsie rolls are recommended to help him if he is having sensory overload, now we turn to a quest bar}.

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If you are on the lookout for a protein bar, or an on the go protein packed snack, I highly recommend Quest Nutrition and their crazy good protein bars. I have yet to try their pasta or Quest Cravings {chocolate peanut butter cups!}, but I imagine I will.

Are you on a quest?

Peace Out,

Nicholle

{tasty tuesday}

One thing that is really important to me is my family sitting and eating together for supper. Probably because I was raised that way, I have tons of great memories that come from my family sitting around the dinner table as I was growing up. We all took a break from the day and came together to share a meal, almost every night. I want my boys to grow up and remember how nice it was to have that time with their family.

Here are a couple of recipes that I have recently made. Besides being tasty, they were both quick and easy! Supper from start to finish in under 30 minutes, and even better not very many dishes to clean after! {I hate washing dishes, HATE it!}

First up, Italian Wonderpot from Budget Bytes. This was really good, next time I would love to add grilled or baked chicken and maybe some artichoke hearts {olives would be great in this too, but I’m the only one that likes them}. Head over to Budget Bytes for the recipe!20140211-093620.jpgMy boys love orange chicken, so when I found a recipe for Skinny Orange Chicken I had to try it. This recipe is from Gimme Some Oven and worth giving a try!

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Any recipes you have tried recently that were keepers? I’m always on the search for quick, kid friendly meals, that are also full of nutrients! If you have one, send it my way!!

Peace Out~

Nicholle

{baked oatmeal}

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My family loves baked oatmeal, and I love to make it! Besides the fact that it tastes amazing, as a busy mom it is quick and easy to make. You do have to plan for it, as you prepare it the night before and then bake the following morning. I love this part, though. It literally takes about 10 minutes to prep the night before, and then in the morning you have no mess and a great breakfast! Put it in the oven for 30 minutes, done, that’s it! I created this recipe trying to make a healthy version of baked oatmeal. I used applesauce and a mashed banana instead of oil, protein powder to up the protein and help sweeten it, and some fresh raspberries because why not?!?! {clicking on the recipe below will make it larger:)}

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This recipe serves 12, the macros for one serving are {calories: 114 | protein: 5.8g | carbs: 17.7g | fat: 2.2g} If you try this recipe out, let you know how it goes! Leave a comment, or load a picture on instagram and tag me @mom4everboys and #mom4everboys and/or #bunsandguns {next time I will be adding more protein powder to this!}

Don’t be afraid of carbs, healthy complex carbs are a must in a balanced diet!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{new blog}

It has been a while since I have done a blog post, darn near two years! I am just setting this blog up, so hang in there with me as I make some changes here and there until I get it just how I like it. And knowing me, as soon as I have it how I like it I will change it up again! 

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Until I can get more posts up, check me out on instagram @mom4everboys where you can see what I’m up to on the daily. From morning HIIT workouts, to my weight lifting, food, food, and more food, and of course my super cute boys!

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Have an AMAZING day!
Peace Out ~ 
Nicholle