Trader Joe’s Fall Finds

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Okay, so I am just going to be honest, I love Trader Joe’s! I mean who doesn’t, am I right? Trader Joe’s makes healthy eating and finding unique tasty items a breeze! A while back I did a blog on My Trader Joe’s Must Haves, so with fall creeping up on us quickly now’s the perfect time for me to share some of the amazing fall finds I snagged the other day! The whole family is sure to fall in love with these items! Continue reading

August 2018 Macro Recipes

Bobby’s Stuffed French Toast with Strawberries & Cream

MBH bobby's french toast

Ingredients
 

Base:
cooking spray
12 pieces Sara Lee 45 Calorie whole wheat bread

Batter:
6 tbs egg whites 
1 cup skim milk
1 t ground cinnamon
1 t orange zest
1 t vanilla extract 

Filling:
1 1/2 cup fat-free cream cheese
3/4 cup strawberries, sliced 
1 tbs orange juice
1 t vanilla extract 

Directions

1. In a small bowl whisk together the batter ingredients 

2. In a small bowl place the filling ingredients and mix with mixer on low speed. 

3. spread filling on half of the bread slices. Top with remaining 6 bread slices and press edges to seal

4. Heat griddle or pan over medium heat.  Dip sandwiches in the batter for a few seconds on each side.  Cook sandwiches until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes each side.
 

Nutrients
6 servings
20g Protein, 2g Fat, 30g Carbs
 

* You can also serve with powdered sugar and syrup (not included in macros above) Also if you want to use butter instead of cooking spray add-in for that as well.

Instant Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup

MBH cabbage soup

Ingredients

1lb 93% lean ground beef
salt
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cups chopped cabbage
5 cups beef broth
1 8oz can of tomato sauce
3 cloves garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
2 (14.5) cans petite diced tomatoes
black pepper
1 cup uncooked brown rice
 

Directions

1. Put the instant pot on saute and brown the ground beef.

2. Once no longer pink add the onions for a few minutes.

3. Then dump the rest of the ingredients plus salt and pepper to taste.

4. Put the Instant pot on 15 minutes high pressure making sure the steam vent is sealed. 

5. Once 15 minutes is up, then quick release and serve.  
 

Nutrients
8 Servings (1 1/2 cups)
183 Calories
16g Protein, 4.5g Fat, 19g Carbs, 11.5g Fiber


 

Misty’s Strawberry Milkshake!

Strawberry Milkshake

Ingredients

1/2 cup Halo Top Strawberry Ice Cream 
1/2 cup frozen strawberries 
1 banana
1/2 skim milk
*You can also add protein powder and/or collagen powder to increase the protein.

 

Directions

Put everything in the blender and mix it up! Then ENJOY

 

Nutrients
1 Serving
11g Protein, 2g Fat, 53g Carbs, 7g Fiber


 

Shredded Pork BBQ

MBH finished pulled pork

Ingredients

Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Pork
1 package of Pork Sirloin Tip Roast
seasonings of choice 
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 
1 cup Stubbs Original BBQ Sauce 

 

Directions

1. Place all the ingredients in the Instapot. cook high pressure for 70 minutes and let it slow release for 15 minutes. 2. Shred the meat and mix with the liquid. (*Shredding tip….using a hand mixer to shred meat quickly)

3. Serve!

 

Nutrients
1 Serving
22g Protein, 2g Fat, 7g Carbs
 

*I cooked Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice and steamed broccoli making this a super easy quick meal.


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Back to School! Bento Boxes for the Win!

And they are off… I cannot believe it; my boys are officially in 2ndand 4thgrade! The first day of school went as expected, it was a bit of a heartbreaker. We recently moved resulting in the boys going to a new school this year. My youngest is not a fan of change and the whole move has been rough on him to say the least. The first day of school was accompanied by some tears, fortunately he has a wonderful teacher who turned his day around! My oldest made things a little easier on my mommy heart by going into the first day of school like a champ! Ultimately, we are all excited to see what this school year has in store for us!

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With the first day of school under my belt, I want to share how I pack the boy’s lunches! As a mom I know this can be a daunting task, so here are my tips & tricks to transform it into a rewarding one! I mean what’s better than knowing your kiddo is eating a well-balanced and nutritious meal at school?!

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You guys, BENTO BOXES ARE WHERE IT’S AT!! They are perfect for keeping foods separate and making it so easy to pack all the right stuff. I plan ours out by protein, fruits, veggies, fat, and a little treat! I have one kiddo that is sweet and one that is salty, so I pack each box a little different. Just incase your wondering, I got my Bento boxes from amazon, I added the link if your interested, click here.

Did you know that micronutrition is healthy for kids too? Of course, their numbers are going to be different, but protein, fats, and carbs are still super important. I do not track macros for my kids, but I do try to make balanced meals based on the guidelines. Below are some great ideas you can try!

MBH back to school blog PROTEINMBH back to school image carbsMBH back to school blog image fatsDon’t let packing lunches bring you down. Get creative and have some fun! I promise your kids will love having fun and nutritious lunches at school! They will be the talk of the lunchroom! I always love sharing my favorite tips and tricks. Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the greatest things you could ever do for yourself and your family. I hope some of my favorite Bento Box ideas will become some of yours too! Good luck this school year!