#momlife, clean eating recipes, kid friendly recipes

Granola Bars *no added sugar*

Soft-Baked Cinnamon Granola Squares

Makes about 12-16 kid-size servings

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

• 1 1/2 cups rolled oats

• 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

• 1/4 cup honey*

• 1/4 cup of almond flour

• 3 tablespoons of nut butter

• 2 tablespoons water

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1/8 teaspoon baking powder

• 2 tablespoons chia seeds or flax meal

1 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.

2 Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and blend well. Pour out onto the center of the prepared baking sheet and use your hands to press thin, about 1/4-inch thick. Bake for 15-20 minutes, remove from oven and let cool completely on the pan. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 1 month either at room temperature or in the fridge.

*For kids under one, you can substitute brown rice syrup.

Note: For softer bars bake for 15 mins, for crunchy bars bake closer to 20 minutes

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My daughter will be different

You are a woman so you will struggle with your weight your entire life…This concept was driven into my brain from a young age. I watched TV shows that showed woman constantly trying to lose 5lbs or trying some crazy diet to get “skinny” for their date or what have you. I watched my own mother try diet after diet and fluctuant in weight her whole life. As I got into my teens I participated in diets and workouts with my friends and family members because as a woman this is what you do. I struggled. I toyed with every eating disorder throughout high school but wasn’t convinced they worked.  I did juice and tea cleanses, spent hours at the gym, drank nothing but coffee and ate one meal a day for a long time.

Why??

Because I didn’t know anything different. Because this is all I had learned and all that society supported.

Until now. Now I know. At the age of 25 I finally have a healthy relationship with food, my body and exercise. I have found balance. I did the research and I put in the effort every single day and you know what? It freaking works. My lifestyle is so easy to maintain that I have no doubt in my mind that I will be doing this for the rest of my life.

Because of my lifestyle I know my daughter will be different. She isn’t going to grow up seeing her mom struggle. She won’t hear me say I am having a “cheat meal” or that I am going to “give in” to bad food because that is not a game I play. She will see my consistency and know THAT is the way to success. She will see me workout every single day and eat healthy every single day. She will know that just because others choose to struggle it doesn’t mean she has to. She will have the answer to weight maintenance in front of her every single day.

This is the reason I stick with it, this is what pushes me on days I “just don’t feel like it”. She is the reason and her future is what drives me.

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Steps to creating easy, simple, healthy baby food.

I feel like with all the latest products on the market now “homemade” baby food is seen as strenuous and extremely time consuming but in reality as long as you eat relatively healthy yourself making homemade baby food will save you money and keep your baby healthy and happy! All of my baby food concerns and answers on how to freeze or refrigerate items were found in this book 

For the most part I followed these simple steps: 

Step 1. Roast or Steam vegetables according to any recipe you find on the web. Depending on the type of vegetable the baking and steaming times differ. I usually just made extra of anything I was eating that day. 

Step 2. Put cooked veggies in blender and add filtered water till you have a puréed consistansy. 

Step 3. Put purée in one of the three items pictured below. 

Food pouch-found on amazon
Silicone Freezer tray-can be found on amazon
Glass containers with plastic lids-bought at target. Safe for freezer and fridge
Use the book or the internet to find how long food can be stored in the fridge or freezer. Label storage container. 

Fruit for the most part has to be cooked for little babes so I would throw pears, or apples in the crockpot with water AND NOTHING ELSE, on high for 4 hours. Throw in blender afterwards and serve or store. You don’t even have to peel the fruit. 

I still to this day (my daughter is 1) don’t offer a ton of fruit to her. I would rather her get the same nutrients from the vegetables I feed her. 

I had to do a silly about of research to find this simple way to make baby food so if this helps at least one mom I am happy 😁 

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A Mommy Mentor?

 

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My amazing neighbor that helped me survive motherhood.

I think when you get pregnant you should be assigned a Mommy Mentor.

She tells you what to freak out over and what is normal. She shows you what you will actually need when you have a baby and what will just sit in the closet. Why is it that we are all having to find answers on blogs, social media and websites in order to find answers that other moms could answer in seconds?

It is so much harder to find women that will support and encourage us instead of judging and shunning us these days. I was lucky enough to have neighbors and a couple friends reach out to me during the first couple weeks after having Ellie. It doesn’t matter how many episodes you watch of “bringing home baby” on TLC, it is NOT the same. Thankfully these women were all a text or phone call away from answers I needed to calm my anxiety.

As I am meeting more and more moms I am finding this was not the norm. I would have lost my freaking mind if I didn’t have these women. They were so supportive and encouraged me to be vulnerable and ask questions and CRY WHENEVER AND HOWEVER I WANTED TO!

Anyways….I have a point. We all can be mommy mentors. We can all choose to support one another no matter what beliefs, opinion or politics we believe in. YOU have to be the one to take the first step, don’t wait for moms to come to you with questions. Make it a priority to reach out to new moms even if its just to listen to them vent. We all know talking to our husbands/ loverssssss is not the same.

We all know how crazy motherhood makes you so lets talk about it! How do you do this in a non-awkward way?

There isn’t one, just do it! Imagine how great it would have been to have the support when you were a new mommy and OFFER IT! I make it a point to message any new mom I see on Facebook, I don’t care if we haven’t talked in 10 years or ever, I always make it a point to be there for them if they need it. I am not an expert AT ALL but I sure as hell know what crazy feels like and its always better to be crazy together 🙂