{Nourish} Mix and Match Morning Muffins

Mix and Match Morning MuffinsMornings are hectic in our house and I know I am not alone. The start of the school year has shaved an hour off our morning routine and let me tell you, I am feeling it. The thing that has suffered the most? Breakfast. My solution? Single serve cakes for everyone. And, while these taste utterly decadent and delicious you’ll be happy to know they are equally as nourishing and satisfying. These mix and match morning muffins have kept me semi-sane. Healthy, hearty and super yummy, they are easy to make and easy to customize to please your crowd. Plus, they are naturally gluten free, grain free and low in sugar. And, we LOVE them. You will too! Continue reading “{Nourish} Mix and Match Morning Muffins”

{Nourish} DIY Chocolate Nut Butter

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Move over Nutella, there is a new spread in town! News Flash– Nutella, though decadently delicious, is really not great for you (sigh). The first ingredient is SUGAR which is followed by palm oil and finally hazelnuts–I could go on. This is not great considering your nut butter should be made with NUTS first and foremost and it should only contain minimal amounts of sugar–if any! So, one of my young cooking class clients, a 9 year old girl, LOVES Nutella (really all things chocolate–who doesn’t?). We recently worked together to recreate some of her favorite treats and this was the result: a nutrient dense, low sugar version of the super sweet spread! This revamped version is equally as delicious as the original and way better for you. Bonus–like most of my recipes–its really easy because there is rarely time for anything but easy! Continue reading “{Nourish} DIY Chocolate Nut Butter”

{Thrive} Back to School Conscious Living Tips

photo-1416339684178-3a239570f315 We are winding down back to school week with a few tips to make this hectic time of year a bit more manageable and fun! If you have not had a chance to check out the “Fridge Worthy School Lunch Cheat Sheet” from earlier in the week we suggest you do! It is  a lifesaver! Print out the chart and then read through the following tips and you should be armed with the tools you need to make “back to school” a bit more joyful!
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{Nourish} Back to School: Fridge Worthy School Lunch Cheat Sheet

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When my son started preschool last year I had a minor panic attack at the thought of packing him a healthy lunch. Up until this point he ate whole food based meals, like dinner leftovers, for lunch everyday. He had never had a sandwich or wrap yet that was my go-to idea of a school lunch. Add to that the fact that his school was nut free and I felt paralyzed. I’m not kidding–I felt totally inadequate and overwhelmed, especially considering the fact that I cook for a living. Once I stepped off the ledge I decided to get organized. I put together this useful chart which includes a list of his favorite foods. I used the list to help with my weekly shopping and simply mixed and matched items to create his lunches. Honestly, this list was a lifesaver for non-school meal days as well. It allowed me to keep his meals balances with proteins, healthy carbohydrates and fats and whole foods centric. Bonus: I didn’t have to think to much come mealtime. I peeked in the fridge and at the chart and then pieced together his lunch. I even use it to pre-portion and pack healthy snacks for the week.   Here is a basic chart to get you started–change the offerings based on the season and or your kiddos likes and dislikes. Happy packing!  Continue reading “{Nourish} Back to School: Fridge Worthy School Lunch Cheat Sheet”