Monday, September 28, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 9/28-10/4/15

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Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals20 Meatless THM Meals, 25 Bean Recipes, 38 THM Salads and Dressings35 THM BBQ ideasmy 20 favorite THM soupsmy 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks and my 30 THM snack ideas. Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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For those of you following our moving story, we finally have a rental and will be all moved in this week. We have temporarily been living with my in-laws who have been very gracious hosts. So it's another chaotic week for us getting everything out of storage and moved into our new place. Whew! I will be so glad when this is all over and I can dive more into blogging again. I have so many new recipe ideas in my head just waiting to be made!

My meal plans are always FREE and available to print at anytime. All breakfasts, lunches and snacks are portioned for one unless otherwise noted. All dinners are portioned for 6.

Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with 2 T. peanut butter and sweetened with 1 t. Sweet Blend with water to drink (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup and fresh veggies on the side with water to drink (S) pg. 112 in the NEW THM cookbook or pg. 292 in the OLD THM book
S - (3) Pay Off Day Candies with water to drink (S) pg. 381 in the NEW THM cookbook
D - Sweet & Spicy Stir-fry with water to drink (E)

Tuesday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with 2 T. peanut butter and sweetened with 1 t. Sweet Blend with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - Sriracha Egg Salad with fresh veggies and Cider Pop to drink (S) ***I'm doing 4 eggs (so multiply the ingredients by 4) and it will make enough for a full lunch for two days.
S - (3) leftover Pay Off Day Candies with water to drink (S)
D - Lentil Soup with water to drink (E) pg. 89 in the NEW THM cookbook

Wednesday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - leftover Sriracha Egg Salad with fresh veggies and Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - (3) leftover Pay Off Day Candies with water to drink (S)
D - Southwest Chicken in a Crock Pot with water to drink (E)

Thursday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil with strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup with fresh veggies on the side and Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 117 in the NEW THM cookbook or pg. 294 in the OLD THM book
S - (3) Pay Off Day Candies with water to drink (S)
D - Dirt-E Rice with steamed broccoli on the side with water to drink (E)

Friday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Swirl with water to drink (E) pg. 250 in the OLD THM book
L - Salad with (2) hard-boiled eggs dressed with olive oil and red wine vinegar and water to drink (S)
S - small handful of almonds and a few strawberries with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies on the side and a Bai5 Bubbles Grapefruit to drink (S) pg. 327 in the OLD THM book

Saturday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil with strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - out
S - cheese stick and small handful of almonds with water to drink (S)
D - Taco Salad made with ground beef and taco seasoning, 1/4 c. of Spanish Brown Rice, sour cream, lettuce and cheddar cheese with Black Cherry Zevia to drink (S Helper)

Sunday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Swirl with water to drink (E) pg. 250 in the OLD THM book
L - Trim Zuppa Toscana Soup with water to drink (S) pg. 86 in the NEW THM cookbook
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - leftovers 

Have a great week!!!
 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 9/21-9/27/15


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Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals20 Meatless THM Meals, 25 Bean Recipes, 38 THM Salads and Dressings35 THM BBQ ideasmy 20 favorite THM soupsmy 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks and my 30 THM snack ideas. Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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Well after a hectic and crazy week of moving, I'm back at the meal plan this week. Last week I ate less than stellar and felt it too. It reminded me of why I love Trim Healthy Mama and this way of eating. It makes me feel good!

On Saturday I received my NEW Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook and you guys, it is BEAUTIFUL!!! I literally spent an hour and a half pouring over the recipes. If you have not ordered yourself a copy, do yourself a favor and get one. It is such a great cookbook.

As a reminder all of my breakfasts, lunches and snacks are portioned for one, unless otherwise noted. All dinners are portioned for my family of six.

Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with 1/2 000 Strawberry Greek Yogurt with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with fresh veggies with water to drink (S) pg. 112 in new cookbook, pg. 292 in old book
S - cheese stick and small handful of almonds with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Cowboy Grub with water to drink (E) pg. 59 in the new cookbook

Tuesday:
B - Snickers Hot Chocolate with 1/2 000 Strawberry Greek Yogurt (S)
L - deli turkey on a low-carb tortilla with lettuce, onion and mustard and fresh veggies and 1/2 a green apple with water to drink (E)
S - 1/2 green apple with 2 T. peanut butter with Cider Pop to drink (S Helper)
D - White Chicken Lasagna Soup and small side salad dressed with red wine vinegar and olive oil with water to drink (S)

Wednesday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup with Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 111 in the new cookbook
S - Vanilla 000 Greek Yogurt mixed with 1/4 c. blueberries with water to drink (E)
D - Hearty Two Bean and Lentil Chili with water to drink (E)

Thursday:
B - Strawberry Big Boy Smoothie (S) pg. 414 in the new cookbook, in the old book this smoothie is called Big Boy Smoothie on pg. 242
L - leftover Hearty Two Bean and Lentil Chili with Cider Pop to drink (E)
S - cheese stick and small handful of almonds with water to drink (S)
D - Rich and Tender Stew with water to drink (S) pg. 38 in the new cookbook

Friday:
B - Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Salad with two hard-boiled eggs dressed with on-plan Ranch with water to drink (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP) ***I'm making a double batch and will eat the other half for snack tomorrow.
D - Pizza Casserole in the crock pot with fresh veggies to eat and Black Cherry Zevia to drink (S)

Saturday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with fresh strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - deli turkey on a low-carb tortilla filled with lettuce, onion and mustard with fresh veggies on the side and Cider Pop to drink (E)
S - leftover Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - Grilled Chicken Breast with Quinoa Salad with water to drink (E) pg. 232 in the new cookbook

Sunday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with 2 T. peanut butter sweetened with 1 t. THM Sweet Blend with water to drink (S)
L - Out to eat
S - cheese stick and small handful of almonds with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D - Chicken and White Bean Spinach Soup with water to drink (E)

Have a great week!!!
 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 9/7-9/13/15

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Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals20 Meatless THM Meals, 25 Bean Recipes, 38 THM Salads and Dressings35 THM BBQ ideasmy 20 favorite THM soupsmy 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks and my 30 THM snack ideas. Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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Well friends, summer is over. Boooo! Ok well not total boo because I do love Fall, but I love the easy breezy days of summer. But alas, it's back to school and work for many of us. We kick off our homeschool year tomorrow, so I will be utilizing my crock pot A LOT this week as the first week of school tends to be hectic. We are also getting ready to move in about a week and a half so things are getting crazy over here! Having a meal plan is going to save my sanity during this move.

As always all breakfasts, lunches and snacks are portioned just for me unless otherwise noted. All dinner are portioned to feed my family of 6.

Printable Meal Plan
Printable Shopping List

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Swirl with water to drink (E) pg. 250
L - Deli ham on a low-carb tortilla with mustard, mayo and lettuce with fresh veggies on the side with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - cheese stick and small handful of almonds with Bai5 Grapefruit Bubbles to drink (S)
D - Burgers on the grill (no bun), roasted cauliflower, broccoli, onion and red pepper, small side salad with Italian Vinaigrette Dressing with water to drink (S)

Tuesday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with strawberries on the side with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - salad with sunflower seeds, Feta cheese and leftover Italian Vinaigrette Dressing with water to drink (S)
S - Fruity Blend Yogurt with water to drink (E) pg. 251
D - Cabbage Rolls in the crock pot with broccoli on the side with Cider Pop to drink (S) pg. 312

Wednesday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - leftover Cabbage Rolls with strawberries on the side with Cider Pop to drink (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP) *I'm making a double batch and will eat the other half for snack tomorrow. Store it in the freezer and take it out of the freezer about 10 minutes before you want to eat it.
D - E Italian Style Chicken in the crock pot with 1 c. brown rice mixed in with water to drink (E) pg. 313

Thursday:
B - Pumpkin Pie Shake (S)
L - Deli ham on a low-carb tortilla with mustard, mayo and lettuce with strawberries on the side with water to drink (S)
S - leftover Cottage Berry Whip with water to drink (FP)
D - Mama's 3 Bean Chicken Chili in the crock pot with Cider Pop to drink (E)

Friday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, green peppers and onions mixed in with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with strawberries on the side with water to drink (S) pg. 292
S - Light Vanilla Greek Treat with 1/4 c. blueberries mixed in with water to drink (E) pg. 251
D - Pizza Casserole in the crock pot with fresh veggies on the side and Blue Sky Free Mandarin Lime Soda to drink (S)

Saturday:
B - (2) Pumpkin Muffins with Sweet & Spicy tea to drink (S)
L - High Protein Mediterranean Salad with water to drink (E) ***This salad is HUGE! It can feed my family of 6 easily for two meals. I'm adding one cooked and diced boneless, skinless chicken breast to it as well. I don't have any flax oil so I will be using all olive oil instead.
S - 1/2 c. of 0% Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with 2 T. peanut butter and 1 t. THM Sweet Blend with Cider Pop to drink (S)
D -  Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup with water to drink (E) ***This makes about 10 servings so there will be leftovers. Also, I leave the pasta in for my kids, but I pick it out for myself and reduce the oil to 1 T.

Sunday:
B - (2) leftover Pumpkin Muffins with water to drink (S)
L - leftover High Protein Mediterranean Salad with Cider Pop to drink (E)
S - 1/2 c. 2 % cottage cheese and strawberries with water to drink (FP)
D - leftover Minestrone Soup with water to drink (E)

Have a great week!!!
 


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Homemade Sunscreen ~ Does it really work?


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For the last couple of summers I've wanted to make my own sunscreen but never got around to it. So why didn't I just make it? I'm not sure really. Probably a mixture of my own laziness, still having sunscreen already on hand and not enough education as to what the best way and products to use are to make my own. I was so excited when Emily from Raise Them Well approached me and asked if I would like to try out their Kid-Safe Zinc Oxide Powder and give an honest review. I knew this was my time to make the sunscreen and put it to the test.

At first I honestly had no idea what I was supposed to do with zinc oxide powder. I was so thankful when Emily informed me that anyone who orders it also receives a FREE eBook full of recipes on how to use it. You guys, this book is so great! There are recipes for multiple types of sunscreens, lip balm, acne cream, diaper cream and more! I can't wait to try out more of the recipes. Most recipes only call for a scoop or two of the powder, so it will last a very long time. This article about the importance of using zinc oxide powder was very helpful too.

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(I did not have beeswax granules, but after grating this chunk of beeswax by hand that was leftover from another project I was wishing for the granules. Do yourself a favor and get the granules!)
 

I chose to make the Quick and Easy Sun Barrier. True to it's name it was very quick and easy to make. All you need are three simple ingredients: Raise Them Well Kid-Safe Zinc Oxide Powder, coconut oil and beeswax (granules are best). Seriously that's it! If you use traditional sunscreen go read the back of the bottle. There are WAY more than three ingredients and how many of them can you pronounce. Scary isn't it? I felt instantly better about lathering my kids up with this sunscreen than those we had previously been using.

Here's the recipe to make your own sunscreen:


The sunscreen took me less than 10 minutes to make and I decided to store it in this cute little Ball jar. It filled one and a half of  these little jars. You can use any kind of container, just make sure it has a lid. It is a solid, so don't use a container that is intended for liquid sunscreen.



The next day we were headed out to a friend's pool so I knew this would be the perfect test. I put it on about half hour before we left because with it being coconut oil based I wanted to give it enough time to soak into their skin.


Upon arrival, the kids jumped in the pool and didn't come out for another two hours. I was little nervous because in the instructions it said to reapply every half hour for maximum coverage, but my kids are like fish and nothing matters to them other than swimming when they're the pool. I'm so happy to report that no one burned! This stuff really works! Now I will say my kids already had a base tan, so if they didn't I would be sure to reapply every half hour, so if you or your kids burn very easily make sure you keep up on the reapplication of it.

Now that I've seen just how easy homemade sunscreen is to make and how well it actually does work I will NEVER go back to using the chemical filled sunscreen we had been using.  If you've ever wanted to try it, do it! You won't regret it. This is a new staple product in our home and feel confident using it on my family.

Now here's the best part! Raise Them Well wants to make it as easy as possible for their Zinc Oxide Powder to get into your hands so you can protect your family naturally. They are offering a $10 off coupon for my readers from now through September 10, 2015. This is a fantastic deal! With the coupon it makes it only $7.99!!! Just use offer code DARCIEZO when you checkout. You will also receive by email (the account that is linked to your Amazon account) the FREE eBook full of recipes using zinc oxide powder. If you're trying to make steps toward living a more natural life, incorporating an all natural sun screen is a big move in removing toxic chemicals from entering your body.