It’s a busy life these days, isn’t it? Especially as we’re gearing up to finish out this school year! We’re always running to an important event, toting along the littles in our lives, and, although they normally go with the flow pretty well, every once in a while a drink or a snack is needed. If proper planning has fallen by the wayside, frazzled caregivers find it easiest to run through a drive-through and grab something for the hungry monsters, and while that meets the need in the moment, it defeats the purpose of raising healthy kids in the future!
I worked my way through college as a nanny for triplet boys, plus their baby brother. Snacks were a BIG deal! And the bigger the boys grew, the bigger their snacking appetites got! Sure, it was nice to have milk and cookies ready for them after school…but there are so many more healthy options that really are a lot more FUN! Today I want to share with you three options that can be as healthy but still as easy as you want them to be! Are you ready?
- Apple, Peanut Butter & Granola Sandwiches
What you need: green or red apples, peanut butter, granola
First of all, let me take a quick second to congratulate Stephanie Phelps! She’s the winner of the Stubb’s BBQ giveaway! Wohoo for Stephanie!
You may remember a post earlier this year here on the blog called “Basic Tips to Get Started with Aqua Aerobics”. (If you don’t remember it, feel free to review it by CLICKING HERE!) Since we’re headed for COLD again, it’s a great time for a follow-up post, don’t you think?
But what does aqua aerobics have to do with domestication? Well, I’m glad you asked!
The first rule of domestication should really be to take care of yourself, because if yourself isn’t taken care of, how can you take care of anyone else? And aqua aerobics is a great way to take care of yourself so you can be fit and healthy and have lots of domestic energy…especially in the cold winter months that are ahead!
Kaitlin Gardner from An Apple Per Day would agree with me, I’m sure – that, of course, is why she’s today’s guest poster! Let’s see what she has to say…
If you’re a regular reader here on the Road to Domestication, then you know that, from time to time, I enjoy sharing stories about amazing people who have created an amazing product, or business – people who have taken an idea and really just RUN with it and started something incredible! I share these stories to inspire YOU to pick up the ideas that have been left behind in your life and run after them!
Today, we meet Mary.
I’ve known Mary for about 13 years now, and although she’s one of the smartest women I’ve ever met, I’ve never seen her do anything like this before! It’s pretty amazing! Have you heard of “salad in a jar”? Maybe you’ve seen it on Pinterest, something like this?
Well, Mary has taken “salad in a jar” to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL!
Mary has created four kinds of salads (complete with custom dressings) and two kinds of snack cookies (everything with all-natural ingredients). She “jars” the salads, and customers order them via text, Facebook or her website. Then she delivers them!
Can you imagine? Being able to reach in your fridge and grab a fresh salad in a jar to take to work with you for lunch? Or even come home after a long day and grab a salad for each member of your family, totally prepared, right out of the fridge, for dinner?
Check out our interview!
My cooking preferences and tastes vary far and wide. There are certainly days when I enjoy creating a 5-course meal from scratch! And then there are other days when I don’t want to stoop to the health level of a drive-thru…but I don’t have a ton of time to work in the kitchen on dinner! For days like that, Foil-Pack Chicken was created!
I honestly don’t remember where this recipe came from! But I’ve modified so much about it that I think I’m pretty safe to call it my own at this point..so we’ll leave it at that.
What you need:
Tin foil Cooking spray Boxed stuffing (I use chicken flavor, and one box splits well among 4 chicken breasts)
Chicken breasts (one per serving)
Frozen broccoli florets (enough for a handful to go along with each chicken breast)
Shredded cheddar cheese
How to prepare:
Pull one sheet of foil for each serving (approximately 1.5 feet long) Spray each sheet with cooking spray. (You could also put a bit of olive oil or a pat of butter there. The purpose of this is to make sure the stuffing doesn’t stick to the foil, so whatever non-stick method you use will work!) Stir together the stuffing mix with about 1 to 1 1/4 cup water and let it sit until the water absorbs. Split the mixture into four parts and spoon it out on top of each non-stick area. Place chicken breast on top of stuffing mixture, then a handful of frozen broccoli florets, then a handful of shredded cheddar. Drizzle ranch dressing on top of the “mound” you’ve created, then sprinkle bacon bits on top of that. It should look like this:
I love that it’s so colorful! Do you know it’s good for you to eat COLORFUL food? It is! Continue reading
In my quest to keep us as healthy as possible these days, I’ve been paying close attention to the recipes I try out. Less gravy-covered, cheese-smothered, carb infested things. More clean foods, more preservative free foods, more sugar-free foods. Follow me? So when I came across a recipe for Zucchini Lasagna on Pinterest, I KNEW I had to try this one.
1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced thinly (I actually used one-and-a-half)
1 box of mushrooms, sliced (more or less to your liking – and I didn’t add these in because my hubby HATES mushrooms)
1 (24-ounce) jar of marinara sauce
1/2 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese (optional) – can add more or less!
3 cloves garlic, minced (I used 1.5 teaspoons garlic salt instead)
Salt and pepper to taste