The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating

IMG_0496.JPGYears ago I read an article about how the average American family eats the same 9 meals for dinner on rotation. This fact has stuck with me for years and led me on a quest to expose my family to as many new dishes as I can (without driving myself crazy, of course). However, in the years since, I have spoken to and even worked with many families who don’t love experimenting in the kitchen as much as I do. Continue reading “The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating”

Homemade Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

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We all know it. The chocolate hazelnut spread that has become a cult favorite across the world. It’s sweet, creamy, contains antioxidant rich cocoa, and skin loving vitamin E from hazelnut. It’s been advertised as having “simple, quality ingredients” and a great way to start your day. It’s got to be healthy, right? Continue reading “Homemade Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Spread”

What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch #9: All Green, No Food Dye Needed

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This year my kids’ Spring Break was quite early, with spring not even officially beginning until next week. And it just so happens that our last day of break fell on Day Light Saving Time. Needless to say when Monday rolled around we were all missing that extra hour of sleep so very much. In order to brighten up my kids’ first week back from break, I decided to whip up a fun themed lunch for Saint Patrick’s Day (minus the corned beef). I am not typically a “themed lunch makin’ kind of mom,” but I’ll use any excuse to get those nutrient rich green foods into my kids! Continue reading “What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch #9: All Green, No Food Dye Needed”

Very Veggie Soup

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For the past 2 months, Monday nights have been soup nights at my house. I love that I can make a big batch of soup in the morning during my meal prep and it gets even better sitting in the fridge while I am busy running the kids to after school activities until I am ready to reheat it for dinner. My girls love all kinds of soup, but my boy is much pickier. Either he doesn’t like the texture, or the color, or he suddenly hates every vegetable in that particular soup. It’s a challenge to make him happy with soup for dinner, let me tell you. Continue reading “Very Veggie Soup”

What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #8: Bento Box Noodles

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Is it just me, or is January the time of year when parents are officially over lunch packing? I know I am. Maybe it’s because most of the colorful fruits of summer and fall are out of season. Maybe it’s the cold weather or the fact that it gets dark at 5pm that has drained me of my creativity. Whatever the reason, I just don’t feel motivated to create fun and interesting lunches the way I did back in August. Continue reading “What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #8: Bento Box Noodles”

Pressed by KIND: Flavor Reviews by a Plant-Based Family

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As a mom who is constantly on the go, I am always on the lookout for snacks that are convenient and quick. While fresh fruits and veggies are always my first choice, they don’t tend to do well when stashed at the bottom of a dance bag and left for week or more. Side note: have you ever found a forgotten banana under a car seat? Yea…me either… Continue reading “Pressed by KIND: Flavor Reviews by a Plant-Based Family”

What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #6: Pizza “Lunchables”

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My 2nd grader came home from her first week of school with so many things to share (including pink eye…yuck). She was so excited to tell me about her classroom, her teacher, her new friends, recess, and what all of the other kids ate for lunch. She is very observant in noticing that while many of her friends bring cookies and candy in their lunches, it isn’t healthy. However, one concoction piqued her interest so much so that she wondered if I would make her a healthy version; the Pizza Lunchable. Continue reading “What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #6: Pizza “Lunchables””

What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #5: Back to School Edition

School Lunch Title.JPGSchool is back in session (at least here in Texas), and I am back in that lunch-packing groove. This year, I am packing lunches for 2 kiddos and Husband on the daily. That means everything must be prepped en masse times 3 with enough variety that everyone is happy, but not so varied that mom looses her marbles. The added twist this year is that there are new “snack rules” at my kids’ school that dictate that all snacks must contain no nuts, be mess free, and be in single serving sizes. Continue reading “What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #5: Back to School Edition”