Waiting For My Rainbow Baby

I even tested three times over the next week or so, just to make sure. My first few signs of pregnancy were pretty common; starting with nausea, extreme fatigue and crankiness. Bless my poor husband as I know I can be a handful. I decided to download a pregnancy app, so I could start charting the details early and keep track of our progress. After plugging away all of my pregnancy updates, I looked into some of the discussion boards and noticed many ladies mentioning the term ‘rainbow ... Continue Reading

Gratitude

So I’m having one of those days where my toddler is being, well, a toddler. I try to put her in the gym daycare and she throws a fit. I get twenty minutes into my workout and get called through the intercom to come to the childcare room. Vivian is having a rough day it seems. Then while trying to put her down for her nap she is being extremely fussy, kicking and crying. By this point, I’m trying hard not to lose it. I decide to stop the routine and feed her an early lunch. Now, repeat the ... Continue Reading

Chocolate Covered Stuffed Strawberries

My husband and I are not big on celebrating Valentines Day. Personally I feel that you should express your love throughout the year and not on one predesignated day where flowers are mysteriously super expensive and cheesy love cards are shoved in your face. I do believe it is a great excuse to make one of my favorite desserts, chocolate covered stuffed strawberries. I could make these any time of the year and be one happy camper. You can choose any kind of chocolate for this recipe. Adding ... Continue Reading

Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich

Looking for a quick breakfast idea? Try this open-faced sandwich that takes just minutes to make. It is much more satisfying to eat than a bowl of cereal in the morning. Grab a couple pieces of toast; add some cheese, scrambled eggs and avocado and voilà! I absolutely love to eat this after my morning workout and it's great that my toddler will eat it too. I just omit the toast and I feel good about providing her a healthy breakfast as well. Continue Reading

Chocolate Chip Cherry Bar

Want a healthy snack that is easy to make, even with a screaming toddler pulling at your leg? I'm not an Olympic star by any means, but making anything with a cranky toddler seems to be quite the feat. What should take thirty minutes can easily turn into an hour and a half, on a good day. It's moments like these that I really want to turn around and just grab something premade, probably fully processed with of a ton of junk I really don't want my family to consume. So grab your food ... Continue Reading

Crumb-Topped Blueberry Zucchini Bread

This has to be one of my favorite quick breads, coming in first place with banana nut bread trailing in second place. Combine zucchini with blueberries and you have one super tasty bread. The fresh blueberries add a sweet and somewhat tart taste and the shredded zucchini keeps the bread moist. Using whole-wheat flour adds just the right amount of nuttiness and the chia seeds give it a great nutritional punch with Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and ... Continue Reading

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Looking for the perfect meal to ring in the New Year? After a little hiatus from the blog during the holidays, I’ve decided to share these stuffed acorn squash recipes worthy of a main-course. Not to mention that it’s a wonderfully healthy option to go with that “let’s get healthier” New Year’s resolution. Acorn squash is tender and delicate, with a subtly sweet and earthy flavor, making it the perfect platform for buttery, brown sugar dishes as well as salty or spicy ones. The ... Continue Reading

Caramel Walnut Apple Crisp

One of my favorite things to cook when the temperatures get colder is apple crisp. It fills the home with the smell of apples and cinnamon; it just makes me want to cuddle on the couch by the fire. I make this every year, and have never wasted a crumb, not one! This is by far my favorite combination of ingredients, and with my sweet tooth, I have tasted a lot of apple crumb recipes. The slightly sweet and gently tart granny smith apples pair well the crunchy topping of walnuts, oats, flour, ... Continue Reading

Roasted Winter Squash with Chickpeas

Being raised by a vegetarian mother, as well as having friends and family who are vegetarian, I’ve learned to be creative when it comes to preparing meals without meat. This latest creation combines butternut and acorn squash, both of which are very versatile. They resonate with an autumnal, pumpkin-y flavor and can be made into risotto, soup, salads, side dishes and even a main dish. Acorn squash, also called pepper squash, is a starchy vegetable and a rich source of carbohydrates and fiber. ... Continue Reading

Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Fries 

Ok I admit it I love sweet potatoes. My husband on the other hand has a bit more of a savory palate. So I decided to use white sweet potatoes, which have a milder and less sweet flavor than the orange sweet potato. Surprisingly, sweet potatoes contain a variety of different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, such as, Vitamins C, B3, B5, and B6, manganese, potassium, and copper; they’re also high in fiber. This makes me feel a little less guilty about letting my toddler eat them. After all, ... Continue Reading