On those crazy busy nights with the kids, THIS pasta recipe is our go to!
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I don’t know about you, but when things get busy and the “to do” list gets full, our healthy eating habits tend to go out the window.
Last year in particular, I was basically flying by the seat of my pants and it didn’t feel good at all. We hit up the drive-thru and local pub more than we should have, and I had major Mom Guilt over what we were feeding the kids.
This year I’m determined not to get to that place again. So far so good!
I finally feel like we have a system in place! With three kids in hockey, two with extra curricular jobs and one in gymnastics, it’s a good thing! This year is going to be our busiest yet!
Today, in partnership with Catelli Pasta, I’m sharing my four strategies for keeping it healthy, while still keeping it real (because hey, sometimes the gongshow is inevitable right?)
Hope this helps! And hey, if you happen to have any tips and strategies that help keep you on track with healthy eating, be sure to share them with me!
As things get REALLY busy, I’m going to need all the help I can get!
Ladies, we're one week into the school year... how the heck are you making out?
I have to say, the first week was a bit of a blur for me. My daughter had her first day of JK on Friday, and honestly, the only thing I could think about was not letting her know how anxious I was about the whole thing.
The good news is, the day went great! Even though there were a few tears in the morning, she had an amazing day and was so excited to go back this week! Her big brother helped with that! (Did you see my first day of school post on Instagram? It still melts my heart!)
Now that we're back into the groove, I am REALLY starting to think about getting back into routine - including how I am going to handle healthy school lunches this year!
A few years ago I threw in the towel when it came to making my stepsons lunches, and passed the torch onto them. I was sick and tired of the healthy food I packed coming home untouched. Quite honestly, I don't blame them. I had a different idea about what a healthy lunch should include than what they were used to, so the backlash should have been expected #stepmomproblems
If you haven't read it yet, you should definitely check out one of my most popular posts: My Biggest Stepmom Lesson Came From A Lunch Box Brownie
With Reese starting school I've found new energy and am really looking forward to instilling those healthy eating habits early on. I'm even hoping they are going to rub off on the rest of the crew.
A few week ago, I sat down with my good friend and Holistic Nutritionist, Natasha Bell of The Healthy Ginger to talk about all things healthy school lunches.
Guys! This chat gave me just the motivation that I needed, and truly changed the way I think about the importance of healthy lunches for kids.
If you don't have time to watch the entire video, Natasha summarized a few take-aways for us!
Have fun with it! Seriously, mindset and the way you think about it is everything!
Use social media, Pinterest + old cook books for inspiration (doesn't need to look "pinterest worthy" just use this as a way to get those creative juices flowing).
Focus on including more quality whole foods that come from your own kitchen.
Get your kids involved whenever you can! Consider taking some input on their favourite foods, take them grocery shopping once in awhile, get them to chop up some food or if they are smaller just talking about food while they pack what you have prepared is a great start.
Challenge their pallets with different colours, textures, shapes and sizes.
Know where to grab some quick, easy, healthy and school safe snacks. I love Costco.
Invest in some quality lunchware - it lasts forever and makes packing the lunch much more fun!
If you're not already be sure to go follow Natasha on Instagram and Facebook - if you're looking to amp up your families health this school year, she's your mama!
It's time to remove the guilt and anxiety we all feel when we don't measure up to unreal expectations that we've set for ourselves! We need to stop comparing ourselves to how we think everyone else is parenting! It's time to just be real!
Seriously, Mac & Cheese is one of my favourite things in the world!
It's comfort food at it's finest!
As promised over on my Instagram Stories, today I am sharing the recipe for our all time favourite comfort food.
There have been times (many times) when I have woken up in the middle of the night with hunger pains for this stuff!
I will admit, I often cave and find myself in the kitchen scarfing down a bowl at 2:00am. Calories between 1:00am and 5:00am don't count, RIGHT?
Okay, so here's the recipe. You can find the original recipe HERE - I've made some tweaks to the one below. You can't go wrong with either!
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) VELVEETA, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked
1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Breadcrumbs (about 1/4 cup)
HERE'S WHAT YOU DO
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in medium sized pan on medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour (about 2 minutes) stirring constantly.
Gradually stir in milk.
Add the VELVEETA cheese. Stir and Combine.
Add the cooked macoroni - Mix it up!
Grease square casserole dish with butter (I use a paper towel and wipe it all over the dish)
Spoon the macoroni into the pan; sprinkle with cheddar cheese
Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs (use as much as you need to create a nice crumble) Sprinkle over casserole.
Bake 20 min. or until heated through
Hands down, this is the best chili we've ever had! Try it, you'll see!