Archive for November 2013

Whole Foods Wednesday

Good morning!  The sweetest recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth without all the added sugar and oils:

Banana Nice Cream

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen EARTH University Banana Chunks, or 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened soymilk
  • 2 tablespoons smooth almond butter or peanut butter

Method:

1. Put bananas, soymilk and almond butter into a blender.
2. Purée, turning off the motor and stirring the mixture two or three times, until smooth and creamy.
3. Pour into two bowls and serve.

Enjoy!!

Source: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/banana-nice-cream

Trader Joe’s Tuesday

Good morning!  Not sure about everyone else, but in my house Mexican Food is a FAV!!!  This one is simple and quick.

Taquito-lada Casserole

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package TJ’s Taquitos (Beef, Chicken or Black Bean & Cheese)
  • 1 jar TJ’s Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups TJ’s Shredded Sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2 can TJ’s Sliced Black Olives
  • 3 TJ’s Green Onions, white and green parts, sliced
  • 1/2 can TJ’s New Mexico Hatch Chiles
  • 1/2 cup TJs Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend to garnish

Method:

Preheat oven to 425°F. While oven is heating, place taquitos in a 7×10 baking dish and pour over entire bottle of enchilada sauce. Top with Sharp Cheddar. Sprinkle with Green Onions, Olives and Chilies. Place in oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Mexican Cheese Blend. Allow to cool for 2 or 3 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

How to Be Organized for Road Trips With Kids

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that could mean ROAD TRIP!  Here are some good tips from a Major Mom Liberator to help get you thru it!

Have you ever taken a family road trip and once you got home you thought to yourself, “I will never do that again!!!!”

Traveling with kids, especially long distance, can be trying at times. I have taken quite a few road trips alone with my two daughters.

One of my most educational trips was when I decided to drive my two daughters, ages 1½ and 10 months, on a 3500-mile drive to visit family. I made sure my older daughter had her sippy cup, plenty of snacks, books, toys, and her blankie, all within easy reach for her. You would think I was well prepared–the kids have everything they could possibly need, right? Unfortunately, no. I did not plan for the less obvious situations that came up.

The bottomless sippy cup meant stopping every 45 minutes for restroom breaks. The snacks and books led to cleaning up throw-up…who would have known my daughter would be prone to carsickness! Too many toys was a threefold experience; they gave my toddler something to throw at her younger sister, led to her screaming for the toys that dropped on the floor, and with having toys in mass, she grew bored of them in a matter of minutes.

Hopefully you can take a few of my live-and-learn travel tips to help you plan ahead and make your trip a smooth ride for you and your family.

  • Limit what everyone drinks to keep bathroom breaks to a minimum.
  • Stagger toys and activities for the kids to keep their interest going and to avoid boredom.
  • Be creative with activities for car sick children. A favorite for younger kids is “I Spy.” (One person spies something green and the others have to guess what it is).
  • A popular choice is portable DVD players. Make sure the children use headsets so you can talk or listen to music instead of having to listen to movie after movie on the long drive.
  • Plan ahead for the chance of a car sick child by having a kit of plastic bags, wipes, paper towels, and a change of clothes.
  • Have a first aid kit readily available and stocked with children’s medicine…which is super hard to find at gas stations in the middle of nowhere!

 Happy Road Tripping!

Whole Foods Wednesday

Good morning!  Here is a good recipe for any of those extra pumpkin seeds you may have hanging around:

Whole Grain and Pumpkin Seed Granola

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/4 cup millet
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup raisins, dried cherries, chopped dates or other dried fruit (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Combine dates with 1/2 cup warm water and let sit 10 minutes. Transfer dates and soaking liquid to a food processor and process until they form a thick paste.

Combine flaxseed meal with 6 tablespoons warm water. Whisk together, and let sit 5 minutes, until thickened.

In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, millet, sesame seeds, cinnamon and ginger. Pour date paste mixture and flaxseed mixture over oat mixture. Mix well, stirring until evenly coated. Spread on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and crunchy, about 40 minutes, stirring a couple of times during the baking process. Let cool before stirring in raisins. Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days, or keep in the freezer for longer storage.

Enjoy!!

Source: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/whole-grain-and-pumpkin-seed-granola

A New Take on Healthy Perfumes!

Your Yeoman would like to welcome Kate Kristen as one of our contributing bloggers!  Kate is a military spouse that resides in D.C. with her husband and son, Carson (and what a cutie he is!).  Kate runs Spouses in the City, is a social club created to encourage positive friendships and giving back to the community.  A gal after our own hearts.  We look forward to reading her post and happy to share her stories, fun information and yes adventures!

Homemade Scented Body Lotion

I love starting my day with a yummy scented body lotion. It brightens my mood in the morning and leaves me feeling refreshed! Funny thing is I used to do the same thing with any one of my 15+ perfumes I would spritz all over me, but considering they are not so healthy I had so find an alternative. Ugh was it painful to say bye bye to my perfumes! What could I possibly switch to that would not deprive me of my favorite part of my morning routine or break the bank?

TA DA…unscented body lotion, body oil (durning winter) and favorite essential oil equals your own customized non-toxic scented body lotion! There are a lot of unscented body lotions on the market free of parabens, phthalates and other yucky stuff along with essential oils from the purist source and often times even organic. The best part is if you mix up the body lotion, body oil and essential oil in your hands you can customize your scent daily! I am a different scent a day kind of girl and choose my scent based on my mood. Happy = floral or citrus, stressed = earthy or lavender, tired = peppermint or something minty, etc. I found that by collecting a variety of essential oils, I can easily change up my fragrance repertoire and stay out of the poor house. It is simple, easy and a refreshing treat!
Here is what you need…
  1. Purchase an unscented body lotion. I like The Honest Co.Nature’s GateDesert Essence.
  2. Purchase an unscented body oil. (for dryer skin or during the winter season) I use Honest Co.
  3. Purchase your favorite essential oil or snag a few to keep your scent options open. I usually buy my essential oils from Mom’s Organic MarketWhole Foods or you can give these online retailers a try…Amazon.com or Young Living.
Here is the how to…
 
  1. Squeeze a quarter size of body lotion, a pea size of body oil (if using) and two to five drops of your favorite essential oil in the palm of your hand and rub together.
  2. Slather all over, take a deep breath and enjoy your yummy scent!

*If you prefer to mix this all up ahead of time you can buy a BPA free plastic lotion bottle, mix 1/8 of the bottle with body oil (if using), the rest of the bottle filled with unscented body lotion and add 15 to 25 drops of your favorite essential oil. Remember, you can always add a few more drops, but you can’t remove them. :) Take a little out with a q-tip, rub on your wrist to test the intensity of the fragrance.

Life really is about enjoying the little things. I never realized how much something as simple as homemade scented body lotion could brighten my day each morning. Definitely goes to show how much our sense of smell can affect our mood. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to perfume I hope you give this a try and let me know what you think!

Cheers | Kate

Trader Joe’s Tuesday

Good morning!  Here is the perfect soup recipe for those Pumpkin lovers!

Savory Pumpkin Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp TJ’s Olive Oil
  • 1 container of TJ’s Chopped Onions, Garlic & Shallots
  • 2-3 TJ’s Organic Gold Potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 box TJ’s Pumpkin Soup
  • 2 cups TJ’s Organic Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tbsp TJ’s Cumin
  • TJ’s Salt & TJ’s Pepper to taste
  • 1 package TJ’s Fresh Organic Sage
  • 1 cup shredded TJ’s Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 cups TJ’s Tuscan Kale (stems removed)
  • 4 small TJ’s Tiger Stripe Pumpkins (optional serving bowl)

Method:

Add olive oil to a medium pot on medium high heat. Stir in onion, garlic & shallot mix and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add potato and brown for another minute, then add pumpkin soup, chicken broth, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 sage leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove sage leaf and add cheese and kale and cook another 5 minutes. To prepare the pumpkin serving bowls: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, cut a large circle around each pumpkin’s stem, remove the top and hollow out the seeds. Gently add the pumpkins and stems to the boiling water with a slotted spoon and blanch for 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook the pumpkins. This will sterilize the inside of the pumpkin and will help keep the soup warm. Carefully remove the pumpkins and stems from the pot and drain the excess water. Ladle each serving of stew into a pumpkin, garnish with extra cheese and sage, then serve immediately. Do not store stew in pumpkins overnight.

Enjoy!!