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Cinnamon Oat Mango Bites

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I really enjoy mango and just found a large bag of frozen mango in the back of my freezer. Instead of making yet another smoothie or throwing it into yogurt, I was trying to think about other ways to enjoy mango. So I came up with this. It’s similar to a healthy apple crisp, but with mango instead. And since they are bite-sized, it’s perfect for the whole family!

 

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup low fat milk
  • ¾ cup mago, cubed

Directions:

Mix together oats, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder and grind together in food processor to create a fine flour. Add in egg and milk and mix to create a batter. Bring a lightly greased skillet over medium heat. Dip mango cubes into batter and place on skillet. Allow to brown evenly on both sides. Serve warm and enjoy!

 

Tip: This batter can be used with any fruit, so try out banana slices, apple slices, or even pineapples!

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What’s Better than PB&J? Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes!

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My Recipe for the Welch’s Recipe Contest

I was thrilled to be asked to participate in Welch’s Recipe Contest looking for family-friendly recipes by RDs. I love Welch’s 100% Grape Juice and was brainstorming ways to incorporate it into recipes other than the typical smoothie or popsicle. And then it hit me- PB&J in a new way! Well to be honest, my first idea was a banana grape muffin. I loved how they came out, but my family wasn’t as thrilled. So, I scratched that idea. Then my husband actually came up with the PB&J idea and it hit me- Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes with Grape Syrup! How could you not love that? And, thankfully, this time the recipe was a hit!

Not only are these pancakes simple to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, but they are also packed full of protein (thanks to the extra boost from the egg and Greek yogurt) and are even gluten free!

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Pancake Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup 100% Welch’s Grape Juice
  • 1 ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, melted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 cup 100% Welch’s Grape Juice
  • 1 Tbs plus 1 tsp cornstarch

Directions:

In a food processor or blender, quickly grind rolled oats for 30 seconds. In a large bowl whisk egg and add in yogurt. Stir together and add in melted peanut butter, juice, and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients until smooth. Add dry ingredients into liquid, stirring consistently, to create pancake batter. Heat a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Pour ¼ cupfuls of batter onto skillet and cook until bubbles form on the surface. Flip with a spatula and cook until browned on the other side.

While batter is cooking, pour 1 cup grape cup into a small pot over medium heat. Add in cornstarch and stir frequently for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool, stir every 30 seconds until mixture thickens into a syrup consistency.

Pour the grape juice syrup on top of the pancakes and serve warm. Enjoy!

Disclosure: I received coupons from Welch’s for a complimentary purchase of their 100% grape juice products for this contest.

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Slim Down with Smoothies

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Now that it’s getting hot outside, you may be tempted to head out for ice cream. Instead, give a delicious homemade smoothie a try. Packed full of antioxidants, fiber, and protein, but much lower in added sugar and calories; it’s a great way to fill up while you slim down for bathing suit season.

Here’s a great recipe created by my fantastic intern Kelly Sloan 

Refreshing Green Drink

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen or fresh diced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 large cucumber, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups water or coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid for a thin consistency. Enjoy! Makes 2-3 servings.

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The Work-Life Balance

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I get asked a lot from friends that don’t yet have children or those who are stay at home parents, “how do you do it?” “How are you able to work so much and get so much done while still finding time for your family?” Well the truth is, I have no idea! I don’t feel like I ever get anything done and I am equally amazed at the parents I know who are able to accomplish so much more than me. Or those who juggle multiple children (or twins Ah!) at once. I have no idea how you all do it and I am always amazed to see how you make it work.

 

I am incredibly blessed to have a flexible schedule as a self-employed mother. This allows me to have two days a week where I “work” from home with Joey and work the rest of the week at my office. On my work-from-home days, little ‘real’ work gets accomplished! What has worked is that I no longer attempt to complete any activity I can do when Joey is awake when he naps. His naps are so rare and so inconsistent, that I have to take full advantage of them. So, I no longer workout when he sleeps. Instead, Joey & I either exercise together or he goes to the childcare room at the gym while I workout.

 

When he eats, I work on cooking meals and snacks from him as well as preparing dinners, etc. He is a slow eater and enjoys food, so typically I can get an actual meal prepped and prepared during this time. However, on days when he isn’t feeling well, he won’t eat, so I don’t cook. Those are the days where a bag of pre-washed salad and precooked chicken is my friendJ When he naps is when I answer emails, write, make work calls, etc. As much as I can accomplish in the brief 20 minutes or he allows me (I have learned to work fast and multitask!). However, because no matter how hard I try, he has no consistency to his naps, it’s hard to schedule any real work related activities on the days we are home together.

 

I am lucky enough to live very close to my family, who are huge helpers with watching Joey on non-daycare days. With my work, my schedule can change day to day, so having this flexibility is a lifesaver. Of course, when I don’t have another childcare option available, I try to get Joey to be as quiet as possible when I do need to do work while he’s awake. He very loud in everything he does, so this is definitely a struggle. For instance, take this picture of the result of Joey “coloring” quietly while I was on a work call. Thank goodness for washable markers!

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Juggling work and motherhood is definitely a balance. What is comes down to is just focusing on priorities. Some days the house isn’t clean. Some days we eat take-out. Some days I am so tired I just need a nap instead of hitting the gym. But I just try my best. At the end of the day, all that really matters is that Joey knows how loved he is and that he is well cared for. Everything else just falls into place. Some days it’s very frustrating, but most days it’s incredibly rewarding. I wouldn’t change it for the world!

 

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