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Clean Eating Recipe: Sweet Potatoes

I totally LOVE sweet potatoes!  You can buy them frozen BUT if you make your own you are not only saving money, you know what’s in them.  Our Clean Eating for Beginners group is focused on step one this week….  adding in real fruit and veggies to every meal.

 

I like to get a bag of these organic sweet potatoes from Costco.  They are $7.50 for 10lbs so .75 cents a pound.  At my local grocery store the price was $1.25 per pound and that wasn’t for organic.  So this is a good deal.

 

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Here are a few recipes on how to eat up these yummy things!

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Sweet Potato Fries :

1. peel and cut 3 potatoes into fry strips

2. place on baking sheet

3. drizzle with 2 T oil (olive oil or melted coconut oil) and stir to coat the fries

4. sprinkle with sea salt or cinnamon

5. bake at 450 for 15 –20 min (depending on how thick you cut your fries and how crispy you like them)

6. flip and repeat 

7. eat ‘em while they’re hot!

 

Sweet Potato Chips :

1. wash and slice 3 potatoes into about 1/4” chips

2. put chips into a ziploc bag and add 2 Tbsp olive oil

3. toss in the bag until they are all coated with oil

4. add in choice of spices (sea salt OR cinnamon OR cayenne pepper with chile and garlic powder for a kick)

5. mix it all up

6. place in a single layer on a baking sheet

7. bake at 425 for about 20 min (depending on the crispiness you like)

8. flip and bake for another 20.

 

Baked Sweet Potato :

1. wash and poke potato with a fork

2. wrap in foil

3. bake at 424 for about 30 – 40 min (depending on how big it is)

4. slice and drizzle with honey.  Yum!

 

Sweet Potato Cubes :

1. wash and cut into cubes

2. lay in a baking dish/pan in one layer

3. drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil OR melted coconut oil

4. sprinkle with desired seasonings (sea salt, cinnamon, or pepper)

5. bake at 400 for 15 –20 min

6. flip or stir or shake then bake another 15 – 20 min.

 

These recipes are SO easy and you can change it up a bit to make them sweet or salty.

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Clean Eating {step 1} Add in more Fruits and Veggies

The easiest first step to clean eating is to simply add in more fruit and veggies to every meal and snack. When I grocery shop I try to hit the produce section first and load up.  A good goal is to add 2 –3 veggies to every dinner meal and eat one fruit and one veggie as a snack for each member of your family.  This will immediately add in nutrients to your diet.

What about organic?

This was a question I asked myself too.

Below is a list of fruits and veggies.  One side is called the Dirty Dozen and the other is the Clean 15. This list is from a report from EWG (Environmental Working Group)

The truth is….some fruits and veggies are safer at the grocery store than others because of pesticides added.

By choosing to buy organic from the Dirty Dozen list, you are choosing a more clean product.

The Clean 15 is considered safe and clean to purchase non-organic.

If this is overwhelming for you, remember that clean eating is a lifestyle.  You don’t have to change everything overnight! 

Focus this week on simply adding in more fruits and veggies to your meals and pick one or two from the dirty dozen side to swap out to organic.

 

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Clean Eating for Beginners: Tips for Success

Simply put, clean eating is eliminating processed foods and sugary drinks and base your food choices on whole foods and pure water.

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Here are a few Clean Eating tips for success::

 

1.  Develop a mindset that clean eating is a lifestyle, not a diet.

Some of us can just flip a switch and immediately do a huge kitchen overhaul overnight and others of us will make changes more slowly.  Either way you do it, it’s important to start with the mindset of creating a healthy lifestyle.

Imagine if you made just ONE clean eating food swap a week?  That is 52 changes in one year.  I would call that success!

2.  Keep a journal on what you eat.

This will allow you to see the changes you have made and the ones to keep working on.

3.  Menu Plan

Planning out what you will eat will ensure success.  This will save you money and time too.  I like to plan and shop weekly. 

4. Food Prep

After I grocery shop, I wash and chop up the veggies and fruit for the week.  Huge time saver!

5. Read your labels

Get in the habit of reading food labels before you buy.  A good rule is 5 ingredients or less listed.  Also, make sure you can pronounce the ingredients.  Avoid food with MSG and corn syrup added.

6.  Allow yourself to ‘fail’

Got busy one night and ordered pizza?  Let it go.  If you are a clean eating beginner, all of this can be overwhelming!  I know for us, we have ate certain ‘bad’ foods for almost 20 years.  It’s going to take awhile to change all of that. And that is ok.  Another way to look at it is follow an 80/20 rule.  Strive to eat clean for at least 80% of the time and let the other stuff change more slowly.

 

7.  Find a buddy

Accountability is the best way to ensure success plus it’s way more fun!  Grab some friends and make one change a week together.  You can also join us on our private Healthy Mama facebook group and have several hundred buddies.

You can do this!  I am learning right along with you and I hope you will join me on the journey.

If you have tips to add to this list, please share in the comments below!

 

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Clean Eating for Beginners

I have been learning so much personally about clean eating and have been making baby steps, so to speak, about food choices in our pantry and fridge.  Clean eating is a lifestyle that can lead to preventing diseases, remove icky toxins from your body, lose weight and just feel better. The biggest challenge is just getting started and knowing what to replace with food items you have always used.

 

Simply put, clean eating is eliminating processed foods and sugary drinks and base your food choices on whole foods and pure water.

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Sounds simple right?

 

Uhhh…actually, it can be a hard switch if this is opposite of what you’ve always done.

 

For me, many questions came up like…

Do I buy only organic?”

Can I still eat dessert?”

What about baking?”

How do I start?”

Will it be expensive?”

How do I get my kids (even teenagers) to like it?”

How do I meal plan?”

 

Maybe you have asked these questions as well?

 

I invite you join me on the journey to clean eating.  Let’s grocery shop together.  Let’s make healthy food swaps together.  Let’s learn to budget and save money together.  Let’s meal plan together.  And let’s be leaders in our home with healthy food choices.

Step 1: Add in more fruit and veggies

Step 2: Swap soda for water

Step 3: Swap refined sugar for natural sweeteners

Step 4: Swap seasonings, oils + salt

Step 5: Swap white for wheat

Step 6: Protein (plant + animal)

Step 7: Whole Food Supplements

Step 8: Dairy (and non-dairy)

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Happy Eating!

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The Pumpkin Patch

Fall is not complete without a visit to the pumpkin patch.  Although, my oldest did not go with us this year….he is not as excited as me anymore.  boooo.  Having moved here to AZ from the beautiful northwest makes fall pretty different.  No changing leaves and apples and sweaters and boots here.  But there are farms so off we went to enjoy the season in a new way.

Schnepf Farms was on my bucket list to visit so we chose this for our pumpkin patch fun.  They had a ton of activities!  We spent 3 1/2 hours there and we got tired out before we could do everything.  We did the hayride, 2 corn mazes, petting zoo, jump pillow, swings, roller coaster, slingshot game and kettle car races.  Palm trees at the farm was a first for us.  It seemed strange to us northwesterners.  They had a few food booths, but honestly I was a bit disappointed by the lack of pumpkin and apples dishes…like none.  darn. 

We had a blast.  Weather was good and I for sure want to come back sometime to visit the farm bakery and u-pick fruit and veggies.

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Did you go to the pumpkin patch yet this year? 

 

My Favorite Healthy Mama Snacks

I have an afternoon snack around 2 or 3 pm.  Something with protein, for sure, to keep my hunger in control and give me the right nutrients.

A group of us mamas were talking the other day on our private Healthy Mama. Happy Living facebook forum about healthy snack choices.  In the moment of hunger is when it’s the hardest to make a healthy choice.  So it is a good idea to have several ideas ready when hunger strikes.  Especially ones that you can take with you.

Here are my top favorite healthy mama snacks:

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1.  Apple Slices + Peanut Butter

My favorite apple is the Fuji.  Crisp and sweet.  I use organic peanut butter, but my favorite splurge is Justin’s Honey Almond Organic Peanut Butter.  SO good.

2.  Hard Boiled Eggs

I have an egg cooker and it cooks 7 in under 15 mins.  Sprinkle with a bit of salt and yum!

3.  Hummus and sliced cucumber

To help me with portion control, I buy the individual serving cups of hummus. 

4. 180 Chocolate protein snack bar.

Tons of protein, no artificial sugars or flavors and …did I mention chocolate?  I keep one in my purse at all times to avoid grabbing an unhealthy snack while I’m out.

5.  Almonds

I love the Emerald 100 calorie packs.  I keep one of these in my purse too.  Again, for me, it helps with portion control and it’s easy to grab for on the go.

 

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

 

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5 Steps to Clutter-Bust and Tame the Stuff

It took me less than a week to fully unpack my house when we moved in a few months ago.  Seriously!  My secret?  I had already purged a TON of stuff the year before.  A year and a half ago we were preparing for our US RV Tour and had to go through each and every thing we owned.  Even our paper files.  That was hard!  We were downsizing like a crazy family to see what would fit in our 37 ft bunkhouse 5th wheel and what would fit in our 5 x 10 x 10 storage unit. 

I know most of you are not going to have that lifestyle choice pop up BUT I did learn quite a bit from that major purge.

5 steps to clutter bust 

Most of all, I love how much more simple life feels. 

There is less to take care of, less to clean and gives us more time as a family.  Before, I felt stressed with the visual clutter. 

Simple just feels more peaceful.

I followed 5 basic steps to clutter-bust and tame the stuff ::

1.  Empty

I went room by room, space by space. 

For example, when I worked in the bathroom, I did the cabinets together and then the drawers together. 

Completely empty the space of everything! This gives you a clean slate to work with.

 

2.  Clean

Now that it is clear you can clean the space.  Wipe it down, get rid of the dust and dirt. 

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3.  Sort

Now it’s time to deal the the stuff dumped on the floor in a pile.  Take the time to sort and downsize.  This is the time to decide how many rubber bands, shoes, tubes of toothpaste, tupperware…(you get the idea) you NEED. 

Make 3 piles : garbage, donate, keep. 

I did not completely purge my entire house at one time.  I actually went through everything twice in a year.  This allowed time to make decisions on items that I didn’t know the answer to.

 

The first time, if I could not decide right away that I wanted to get rid of it or keep it, then it went in the keep pile.

 

I found with the second purge, the decision was easier.

 

My son has cloth bins for his toys that go on the shelf.  For him, we dumped the bins and took one away.  Then we said the toys had to fit in those.  It was easier for him to make decisions on what to keep and what could go.

 

4.  Organize and Container-ize

Next, you need to organize the keep pile.  Put like items together in a way that makes sense for you.  I love using bins!  They go on sale often and are easy to store things away.  I put some of the toys in the closet to play with at special times.  I put seasonal clothes in bins.  The dollar tree has some great items as well!  I organized my entire bathroom with bins from there.

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5. Reassemble

Time to put it all back.  Personally I love seeing SPACE between the stuff.  It brings me peace. lol

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Have you ever de-cluttered your entire house?  How did you do it?  Any new tips?

Here are a few of my favorite cleaning tips too!

 

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Hear My {Live} Work from Home Story

I have gotten so many questions and emails since I posted about how I earn money from home.  So many other mamas just like me are wondering how I did it through blogging and social media marketing, that I have decided to host a free webinar!

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I want all mamas to have the opportunity to be at home with their babies, help out with family expenses, pay off debt or whatever your dream may be.  If you are at all interested in earning an income from home while blogging, using social media or even local events, then I invite you to hear my story.  What I do is not for everyone…but what if it is for you?

I am inviting you to get a peek into my story.

Live, Thursday, October 3 at 8:30 PM CDT

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You will get to meet some of the women I work with and hear their stories and what it is like to work with me and our marketing team, Project Dream.

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September {family picture recap}

The month flew by!  Here are some of our family high lights.

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Caden started playing the trombone in the school band.

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We were outside a lot!  We just love our neighborhood.  It has great sidewalks and a nice park.  Plus our street is gated and safe to play in the street.

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I finally hung pictures on the wall!  It’s feeling more like home.

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We experienced our first Arizona monsoon! 

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Caden finished reading the whole Action Bible.  He was SO proud of himself and I am too!

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One Sunday we took a few floaties and went to the lake.  It was a beautiful day and a great way to cool off in Arizona.  We are bringing our raft next time!

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On one of the many Target runs (we live dangerously close).  Caden keeps me giggling all the time.  He is such a goofball.

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I started decorating for fall.  These cuties were made by my 2 older boys when they were each in 1st grade.  I love to save and put out the kids’ seasonal artwork.

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Scorpion Hunt Hike with Usery Mountain and Ranger B was our September highlight!  We took black flashlights because they glow and counted over 50.  This one was big!  Most we saw were just little.  I thought I would be a bit creeped out, but it was really fun.  We will do this again for sure.

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And just like that…..we are on to October!

What were your favorite family highlights of September?

My Laundry System {keeping up with a family of five}

Laundry is never ending isn’t it?  As soon as I empty one basket another is getting filled up.  Especially with 5 of us.  It took me a few years to find a system that worked for us, but I’m glad I kept trying because this really helps me stay on top of it.

my laundry system for a family of five

I have 3 boys and they each have their own bedroom. 

I have a hamper in each room for dirty clothes. 

I keep two hampers in the master closet.  One is for whites. The other is for darks.

Then in the laundry room on top of the dryer I have a basket for dirty towels and cleaning cloths.

My system is really simple.  I do one load of laundry every morning.  Start to finish.  Some days I do two, but almost always it is just one. If I am going to be gone during the day, I make sure to start is before breakfast and put it in the dryer before I leave.  Then I just ‘fluff’ dry it at night to fold.

Here are a few of my secrets and how my system gets played out …

Each of my boys have only have 8 outfits.  We seriously pared down on our stuff last year due to our 6 month road trip and I don’t think I will ever go back!  However, I will say having boys may make this easier.  Also, my boys only wear sport shorts (their choice) year round…even before we moved to a warmer climate.

My two oldest boys are teenagers and do their own laundry.  { can I get a woohoo?! }  Since they have enough for a weeks wear, they do their laundry once a week.

We each only use 2 or three towels a weeks for showers.  Now someone of you use a clean one everyday and may cringe at that, but it works for us.  We hang them up so they dry completely and then they get thrown in one of my morning loads.

This system just really works for us!  The baskets are never overflowing, we have clean clothes and I don’t have the job of laundry hanging over me constantly.

I have had several people ask me what the natural laundry products are that I use.

I use Shaklee brand.  They are a concentrate and last quite awhile and are cheaper (and safer!) than Tide.  I ran out before my order came and I bought an grocery store brand and my youngest son was immediately itchy.  The chemicals irritate his skin.  Plus I just like to know that I am using safe products. 

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