My Beautiful Birthday Chocolate! Had To Blog It!

You have got to check out this ahhmazing chocoate.  I have never seen anything like this in a box of decadent yum yums!  But first, a little birthday background…

Whoa….the big 5 0 came so fast, that it is hard to believe!  Just like how everything else in life comes so fast! For my 50 years, I asked pals to pay it forward instead of gifts.  I asked that they do something kind and I am hopeful that I will have 50 acts of kindness to share.  We are about halfway there! It has been so cool to hear about the different and unique ways that my friends have been paying it forward.  I will share in a future blog post once all of the 50 acts are collected.

So, my dear long-time friend, Jan (we were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings 25 years and more ago) did a beautiful act of kindness (more on that in that upcoming post)…and…she surprised me today with a delicious delivery of the most beautiful chocolates that I have ever seen!  This might be one of my favorite gifts!  Ever!  So incredibly cool!  And yep, the chocolate is good, too!

I decided to quickly blog about it because I am guessing that a few of my readers will want to know about the clever company, out of Austin, Texas, that creates such unique confections.  They serve up chocolates in all sorts of shapes, sizes, objects and more.  Love it!  So here is the information to have when you want to give a truly special, stunning and scrumptious gift!  Custom chocolate pieces?! I’ll take it!

Maggie Louise Confections can be found here at this link here. I know that this won’t be the last time I see her chocolates, as I plan to give these beautiful boxes of incredible confections as presents the next time I need a gift idea that will be cherished and remembered.  So fun!

 

Back To School Stress Busters

As seen in my KTVK 3TV segment that aired today at 10am.

Back To School Stress Busters

Sophomore is the big word around our house this year.  With a high school 10th grader and a sophomore in college, I now have a lot of back to school seasons under my belt.  A new school year brings excitement and stress.  We have found that the less stressed our kids are the better they do in school. Thinking about this got me thinking that I should share what stress busters have worked for our busy back to school family through the years.  Take a look and try these ideas for less stress and more success.

Food Fuel

Food is fuel especially with kids who are balancing school work, extracurricular activities and growth spurts.  I will admit that there have been hectic mornings when my kids only ate a bite or two before they rushed off. At some point, I told them no more skipping breakfast.  When kids become preteens and teens, it isn’t always easy to get them to wake up early and sit down to eat.

So here are some healthy ideas that work for both breakfast and/or after school snacks.  Grabbing fast food between the final school bell and practice, rehearsal, tutoring or whichever activity is on the calendar, is not wise.  I know at times we all must do it, but those empty calories that are loaded with sugar are not doing today’s kids any favors.  So, plan on the weekends and have some tasty and nutritious foods on hand.  Here are some ideas…

*On the run honey banana bun – This is my name for a quick meal/snack that is a healthier option than a typical white bagel.  To make my version, use Ezekiel Sprouted English muffins or bagels.  Sprouted bread is a healthy option because it is made from sprouts rather than white bleached flour, so the body easily digests sprouted bread.  With bread made from white flour, the body metabolizes it into sugar which makes insulin spike, which can contribute to inflammation in the body.  This is certainly not good for growing kids. Easier to digest, sprouted bread also contains beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  It must be kept refrigerated because it doesn’t have any preservatives, which is another thing I like about this bread.

To make the bun on the run, we toast the Ezekiel Sprouted English Muffin and then spread a good all-natural peanut butter on top (look for a brand that only lists peanuts as an ingredient).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we add manuka honey and banana slices.  Let’s talk about manuka honey because it is expensive, but it is the gold standard in my opinion. 

But first before you read anymore…. this is very important…

***NEVER EVER give honey of any kind to a child under 1 year of age.  There are potential botulism risks associated with a child eating honey their first year of life. ***

Now back to school aged kids.  I first heard about manuka honey from my mom, who really knows her nutritional stuff, let me tell you! She did warn me about the price (ranges in price from $18 to $26 a jar…I know!!). Then when my daughter was ill (and was a lead in a big downtown Phoenix community theatre play, so we were stressed!) our pediatrician told us to give her a spoonful of that stuff a day!  I was awfully glad that I had purchased a jar to keep on hand because it really did help her heal faster from the virus she was fighting.  We have also found that our allergies are better with regular consumption of manuka honey.  Manuka honey truly does have medicinal properties, which is one reason our pediatrician recommended it for my daughter.

Next, we top the bun with banana slices.  Bananas provide potassium, magnesium, fiber, vitamins and protein.  Eat them green because as they ripen and turn yellow, more natural sugars will be digested.

So, with this banana honey bun on the run, my kids get the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from the sprouted English muffin, protein from the peanut butter, allergy fighting properties from the honey and potassium, magnesium and more from the banana.  And this is easy to take on the run, satisfies a sweet tooth with a much better option than junk food and is filling.  We love this option!

*Mom approved mixed berry yogurt – Yogurt is good for the gut, but oftentimes is loaded with added sugar.  To create a good naturally flavored yogurt that my kids will eat and that I approve of, I buy plain full fat yogurt.  Buying it full fat means it is less processed.  Then to sweeten it myself, I add vanilla extract, cinnamon and berries and either mix or blend.  If your child still wants it a bit sweeter, then add stevia.  Try it because this way your family is getting the good bacteria from yogurt without all of the added sugars.  Top with nuts or granola for crunch and protein.

For more food ideas and recipes, check the food section of my blog at managedmoms.com.

Get Organized for Success

An organized kid is a less stressed kid and I think that is true for adults, too.  Teaching them good organizational skills young sets them up for success later when high school coursework and college exam prep skills become crucial.

With so much academic work and calendars done online now, be sure to keep a back-up at a glance weekly calendar handy.  So, every week we write down what assignments are due, what tests are scheduled in addition to after school activities, appointments and more. Then on Sundays our family meets to go over the calendar so that we are all on the same page.  This avoids that inevitable night before when panic sets in because a child suddenly remembers that a project is due the very next day.  Most of us Moms have been there with this stressful scenario! We also work well as a team and are more supportive of each other when we discuss every family member’s different commitments for the week. Finally, an at a glance weekly wall calendar also serves as a back-up in case the computer goes down or an electronic calendar device is misplaced.

And the absolute best thing about doing this through the years is by the time my kids were in high school, they had learned to be organized on their own.  So, less nagging from me because they began to automatically use the organization tools that we practiced when they were younger.

I also love the Lakeshore Learning Store Keepsake Learning Portfolio that I showed in the segment.  A nice large expandable folder to save treasured school projects or organized files for your kids to use.  Great tool! These sell at Lakeshore Learning store locations for $19.99 each.

For more back to school get organized tools, see my blog under Family Matters.

My Fun Favorite Back To School Stress Buster Ever!!

A few weeks into the hustle and bustle of the new school year, spend an afternoon brainstorming and planning fun plans for fall break week.  Then once the plans are in place, whenever the kids feel overwhelmed, remind them that the fall break countdown is on with October just around the corner.  Like adults scheduling a vacation week, this incentive gives the family a date to look forward to and an incentive to work towards, which reduces stress and encourages hard work until that fun week break arrives.

The travel section in my blog is one of my favorite sections, so be sure to check that out for fall break ideas. Some you will find include…

*Classy Cabins AZ – In the lovely Flagstaff/Williams/Grand Canyon area, check out the beautifully furnished Classy Cabins AZ that are available to rent for a terrific family vacation.  I really like that these cabins are a mom and pop run business that is their passion.  Classy Cabins AZ owners, Steve and Amy Sorenson, custom build every cabin and then personally furnish and design each one, too.

College tour to UT Austin with our son.

*For teens schedule a college tour getaway – some of my best memories with my now college aged son, are the college tour trips we took.  It is beneficial to see and tour the university and the city that college resides in that your child may be considering.  And it is a fun vacation with a trip that motivates your student to keep working hard to achieve their goals.  So fun! I have college tour articles and links to several in my blog that include UT Austin, UCLA (will be published next week), TCU and more, so check my blog with the search word, college tour, to bring them up.

*Staycations are always nice, too.  I have reviewed almost every local resort in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area and I also did a write-up on a Tucson property, too.

Just look under the travel section of my blog to see the different resorts with links for booking.

So, food fuel, get organized tools and upcoming vacation break planning are our most successful back-to-school stress busters.  What are yours?  Share in the comments section as we like to share what managed mom tips make our manic lives less stressed!

Happy new school year.  Wishing you and yours a successful one!

 

Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, who is today’s Freebie Friday winner??  What did our winner win? Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Kathryn Moroz from Phoenix, AZ!!!

(winner drawn through random.org)

Congrats to Kathryn! Kathryn wins three sweet mom gifts.  First a big and cool coffee mug that not only has a heartfelt message about motherhood, but also changes color when hot water is poured in the cup.  So fun! She also wins a pretty bling bracelet that shares a special motherhood message and she also wins my #1 recommended homeopathic medicine cream, Boiron Calendula Cream.  My own mother swears by this stuff, too.  For cuts, scrapes, chafing, minor burns, sunburn and more, this is the perfect cream to have in her mom first aid kit arsenal!  

Congrats to Kathryn for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

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A big thank you to Boiron for the Calendula Cream and to Teresa’s Creative Gifts for the awesome Mama mug! 

 

 

Test Fork: Purple Carrot Plant Based Meal Service

As I blogged a few weeks ago, I have been trying to eat plant based foods about 85% of the time.  So far, so good.  And I do notice a difference in how I feel when I eat clean.  Much better in every way!  I decided to put my taste testing fork to work with a trial run of Purple Carrot.  Like many other meal service plans, fresh ingredients are delivered to my door and I do the slicing, dicing and cooking.  Unlike many other meal service plans, Purple Carrot delivers meals that are exclusively 100% plant based.

Pictured copied from Purple Carrot website.

This fits my new 85% plant based lifestyle, so I tried Purple Carrot.  Here is my review and the recipe I prepared, a Kale Cesar Salad with Crispy Butterbeans with Everything “Bagel” Croutons.  Did I like it? Tasty? Easy to prep?  My opinion of the overall service?  Read on to see what my test fork determined.

Let’s start with a picture of the entree.  Below is my finished dish.  It lies on top of the handy recipe card that comes with the ingredients, similar to most meal service plans.  Repeat or reject recipe?

I would definitely say that this is a repeat recipe!  The homemade dressing was delish and perfectly flavored the kale.  And the croutons…yum!  I will talk more about the specific flavors in a bit.  Let’s take a look at the food and prep. 

Here are the ingredients for the recipe as they came packaged to my front door. I especially like the little round containers with the white lids.  Easy to rinse out and throw in the recycling bin keeping our green lifestyle in tact.  Speaking of green, the kale is just beautiful and perfectly fresh.  The cute square loaf of whole wheat bread will become the homemade croutons. 

The nicely sized recipe card was easy to follow and took me step by step pretty effortlessly as I made the salad.  I appreciated the nutrition info, too.  

Look at that lovely green kale!  As instructed by the recipe, I gently massaged it with my hands. I had never heard of that tip prior to reading it on the recipe card. It makes the kale softer with a less rough texture. It worked and I am happy to know this kale tip now.

Yummy capers for the homemade dressing!

Look at the eye catching asparagus and red onion. I was now thinking that this salad was gonna be good.

This Caesar dressing is looking good…and it was! Flavors came together from the capers, tahini, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and more. Really good!

For the “Everything” Bagel croutons…they went from this picture above to this one below…

Guilty as the recipe card charged, I did eat a handful right off the pan. Couldn’t resist!

While the croutons baked, I prepared the butterbeans, which would be the protein that tops off the finished salad. 

The very best part is this picture below of my teen daughter’s plate.  A clean plate because her palate was pleased, which pleases this Mama.  We do eat some meat and we definitely make sure that we are getting our protein, but it is so wonderful to see us eat more plant based foods. Purple Carrot makes this goal much easier to accomplish, so for that reason, as well as others, I highly recommend this plant based meal service plan.

Several plans are offered and can be seen on the website here. I chose the 1 – 2 person three unique meals a week option at $68 a week or $11.33 per plate.  I think that is a good value because we receive healthy clean whole foods with the recipes and without needing a grocery store run.

The Caesar salad dinner was delicious with the pleasing taste of crisp asparagus and the yummy crunch of the croutons topped it all off nicely.  The beans weren’t my favorite ingredient, but they were good enough and provided protein.  The dressing was scrumptious and may be my favorite when it comes to a good Ceasar salad dressing now.

I am anxious to cook and try the other two recipes that came in my box this week that include the Elote Bowl (I am a big corn fan) with Lime Chickpeas dinner and the Quinoa and the Seitan Gyro with Shaved Artichoke Salad and Tahini Yogurt.  Greek is good!

My test fork is seeing purple and I raise my fork to happily recommend Purple Carrot.

A Plantar Fascittis Guide

Whenever I blog about my own medical experiences, I always get a good response from my readers, so when I received an opportunity to share this information about dealing with the frustrating plantar fasciitis foot condition, I was happy to do it.  I suffered from this painful ailment a few years ago and by following some of the suggestions below, I have been pain-free ever since.  I was able to avoid a cortisone injection and healed my own foot with the help of a physician and several at-home remedies.  You can see my personal story here.

If you have experience with this painful condition, share your story in the comments section. Wishing all of us healthy feet!

Courtesy Of: FeetRemedies.com

 

 

 

A big thank  you to Feet Remedies for sharing this sponsored infographic.  Wishing all of us healthy happy feet! 

Cool Back To School Giveaway Winner!!!

A big thanks to all who entered our drawing for the cool back to school functional and fun giveaway!  It is hard to believe that a new school year is already upon us!  We Arizona folk go back either now or in the next few weeks!  So to kick-off the start of another school year, we did the drawing with the names of all who entered for these cool prizes….
This cool kit has school supplies and a few fun anti-stress items thrown in the box, too!  Today’s winner receives 5 folders in pretty bright colors for class/subject organization, a college ruled notebook, a fun giant over-sized pencil, a numbers necklace (this makes a nice teacher gift) and several fun classic toys from the unique and awesome A Great Life website, which offers fun and educational toys like the Speed Cube.  The Speed Cube is like the next generation of the Rubik’s Cube.  

So let’s announce the winner!  (Winner drawn through random.org)….

 

Annabelle Mendoza from Avondale, Arizona!!!!!

Yay!  Congrats to Annabelle and thank you so much for following managedmoms.com!!

We also want to thank the always wonderful, Teresa’s Creative Gifts for providing the over-sized real working pencil and the pretty sterling silver pewter overlay numbers necklace.  Be sure to check her online gift boutique when looking for presents this school and holiday season. She always has the good stuff!

And happy back-to-school season now, soon or in September. It all gets here so fast!  Here’s to having a good year ahead and hoping that soon you will have all of your busy back-to-school shopping and stuff checked off your list.  Happy New School Year! 

Functional & Fun Back To School Giveaway!

Hard to believe but some of our friends had their first day of school today!  Lucky for us, it isn’t my kids’ first day back yet, but the Chandler schools went back today.  Happy new school year to them!  My daughter starts back on August 7th and my son resumes his studies at ASU on August 17th.  Both will be sophomores, one high school 10th grader and one in college.  Time just flies!

So to kick-off the new school year season, we are doing a cool back to school fun and functional giveaway today!This cool kit has school supplies and a few fun anti-stress items thrown in the box, too!  Our winner will receive 5 folders in pretty bright colors for class/subject organization, a college ruled notebook, a fun giant over-sized pencil, a numbers necklace (this makes a nice teacher gift) and several fun classic toys from the unique and awesome A Great Life website, which offers fun and educational toys like the Speed Cube.  The Speed Cube is like the next generation of the Rubik’s Cube.  

We also want to thank the always wonderful, Teresa’s Creative Gifts for providing the over-sized real working pencil and the pretty sterling silver pewter overlay numbers necklace.  Be sure to check her online gift boutique when looking for presents this school and holiday season. She always has the good stuff!

Want to win this cool back to school box of goodies for your kid….or maybe you are a teacher and can use these supplies?  It is simple! Simply, email your name, address (so we know where to send prize) and email address to [email protected]  All entries must be received by this Thursday, July 27th by 8pm Phoenix time.  Winner will be drawn through random.org and posted on this blog Friday morning.  Good luck!

And happy back-to-school season now, soon or in September. It all gets here so fast!

Living 15 Again…There’s Something Special About 15

Here we go again.  My second born is at that age, 15 1/2 and everything is changing so quickly now.  I remember this time with my son. Getting a driver’s permit and actually enjoying  the time spent teaching him to drive (except for a few white knuckle moments) and knowing that on his 16th birthday, we would see a lot less of him.

Turning 16 with his keys to freedom, a car!

What I didn’t know is just how fast it would go from there.  Dating, first job, SATs, graduation, leaving for college!  A whirlwind.

Exciting.  Scary.  Wonderful.  Bittersweet.  All these words fit this extraordinary time in both a teenager’s life and in the parent’s life, too.

And now it’s happening again…slow down time.

Please.  Pretty please.

But time does not and the only time that time seemed to stand still was when I delivered these babies.  During the hospital stay, I checked out of the outside world, stopped listening to the ticking clock (except to time feedings) and was completely tuned in to time with my infant.  I was utterly consumed with my new little life.  I was instantly head over heels in love.

Driving, dating, SATS and all of that seemed galaxies away….hundreds of years in the future.

I am back in the passenger seat again.

But those days….yet again…my final teenage Mama ride is here again.  My girl is moving through these last few months of 15 so quickly now.

Just like that.  A magic trick.  Now you see a little baby.  Now you don’t.  Now you see a kid.  Now you don’t.

Now I see a cutie pie teenage girl before me daily.

Lunch with my girl. She drove me there. Cherished time.

Soon I won’t.  I know how fast it goes from here.

15 is pivotal.  So pivotal.  So good.  So hard.

So all of the above.

And this particular time for Mamas of almost 16-year-olds is a special and scary time.  A lot comes with that photo card that makes the kid an official legal driver.  Daily questions.

Can I go here? Can I go there?  What time is my curfew?  Can I pick up such and such?  Can I have some gas money?  Don’t worry, Mom and Dad….I know I am running late, but I won’t speed.  Can I have a later curfew than last week?

When I wrote about my son getting his license four years ago, the paragraph above wasn’t in my article. Because I hadn’t experienced those questions before.  I hadn’t yet experienced the joy and pride of watching him drive off.

And the fear.

Ugh.  Again so bittersweet.

Life gets easier for Mama when they drive.  But if you think you will now get caught up on lost sleep from all those years before….well…think again.

Now you get to worry from the comfort of your own bed when you wake up at the exact moment the clock turns to their curfew time.  And if they are late, you don’t want to text or call them while they are driving.  That is always a tough decision to figure out how long to wait before you call.

And then it is no fun punishing them for being late on a curfew.  But consequences matter.  And consequences still stand.  And now Mama has a big currency.  Taking away the car.  Hopefully when this happens they learn quickly to follow the rules of this new road to keep them safe.  And Mama sane.

But I don’t have to go there yet.  Soon, but not yet.

So yeah, there is something about 15.  It isn’t the start of the teen years with 13 or the official driving age of 16 or becoming a legal adult at 18.  15 isn’t a celebrated number, but it is a rite of passage time.  I didn’t get that the first time around when my son was 15.

It was all about him soon turning 16.  The countdown.

This time I am not counting down.  I am completely and 100% in the present.  I am all about 15 this time around.

15 is special.  15 is sweet.  Your 15-year-old is still with you a lot, learning how to drive and moving one big toe to the edge of the nest.  15 turns to 18 so fast that it will make your head spin.

Oh 15…you are the sweet one.  Sweet 16 for them, but 15 is sweet for the parents.  The last of that phase.  16 signals much more independence.  And it is right.  And it is good.

But I will greatly miss 15.

I am cherishing these days with my girl behind wheel WITH me BESIDE her.  So much will change this fall when she turns 16.

Here we go again and this time I have the pain of knowing how fast it goes from here.

So parents reading this piece.  My tidbits of advice.

It is a little unsettling at first, but cherish teaching them to drive.  Turn off the radio and listen to them, their driving questions and other topics that come up.  The more drive time put in, the more relaxed and experienced that teen of yours becomes.  And you, too.  Then casual conversation takes place.  They start to really talk to you at times, to open up.

Cherish that time.  Enroll them in professional driving lessons.  Then let them drive you all over town.  I do this when the pro driving teacher gives me a good report and tells me that they are freeway ready.

Cherish 15.  I know it is hard on some days.   VERY hard, I know.  I have raised both a boy and am nearing the teen years finish line with a girl.  I know it is hard on some days.  I repeat.  Very hard.  Tearfully hard.  Fights.  Hurt feelings.  Harsh words exchanged.  All normal. Hard but a part of them pulling away as they assert their independence.

To navigate the roads without you in the car. 

To navigate the roads ahead that life will take them without you right beside them most of the time.

And don’t you just want to jump in front of that moving car called life and point them in the right direction?!  I do! I do!  I do!

But 15 is the beginning of the end of being able to always do that.  15 is a big beginning for them and a beginning of really letting go for you.

Not easy.  Not for the faint of heart.

Parenthood is not for sissies.  Especially when they leave 15.

When my son proudly passed his road test with a 100% score in 2013, we celebrated.

And then he surprised me.

He asked me to please take him home so he could then drive off without me.  Ouch.  But I understood.  And I remembered doing the exact same thing to my mama in 1985.

I also remember thinking in 2013 that I had four years left before I had to go down this road again.  I had no idea that those 4 years would feel like 4 minutes.

Taylor Swift nails it with her 15 song.  It is a pivotal year.  Everyone thinks 13 or 16 or 18.  All big years.

But there is something about 15.  A time that sports a kid that is a combo of sweet, salty and spicy.  Hormones. Teenagers.  Change.  A lot for a teen to take in all at once.  A lot for the parents, too.

Deal with the salty.  Understand the spicy.  Cherish the sweet.

Communicate with your kid.  Listen to that soon-to-be 16 year old.

Oh 15…can you hang around a little longer with my girl?  Oh time, can you please slow down?

Time is telling me no again.  No way.  Not happening.  Sorry Mom.

My daughter is very thankful that I don’t have the power to slow down time!

Sigh.

I think I will go ask my daughter if she wants to take me on a drive now….me and my heart.

Bittersweet 15.

Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, who is today’s Freebie Friday winner??  What did our winner win? Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Gail Tabb from Mesa, AZ!!!

(winner drawn through random.org)

Congrats to Gail! Gail wins a yummy snack box from the awesome vegan, gluten free and super tasty Nana Joes Granola line!  I love Nana Joe’s and I blogged about all the different ways the scrumptious granola can enhance a recipe or be a meal in the morning, too.  Great and good stuff! I am pretty impressed with the wholesome and real food ingredients.  Plus, I adore that this stuff is handmade in San Francisco! So Gail gets her own box to try Nana Joe’s for herself!  She also wins a pretty bling bracelet that is sold at Teresa’s Creative Gifts  Be sure to check out Teresa Creative Gifts on Facebook to see the many unique items and gifts that are available.   

Congrats to Gail for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

If you are not a subscriber, subscribe now at www.managedmoms.com.  Simply subscribe to the website by filling out the area in the right-hand column that says “subscribe to managedmoms.com.”  Being a subscriber means that you simply get a notification email each time we run a recipe, article, beauty tip, coupon and more.  We don’t share your email address with anyone and you are automatically entered in the weekly Freebie Friday drawing for your chance to win a cool prizes.  Join our free managedmoms.com email subscriber list to stay up to date on healthy family friendly recipes, beauty news, travel tips, parenting talk and more.

 

 

A huge thank you to Nana Joe’s Granola and to Teresa’s Creative Gifts for providing such nice prizes for our winner today! 

 

Nana Joes Granola Perfect For My Fab 50s Lifestyle Change!

Manic:  Me thinking about turning 50 next month! 

Managed:  With this milestone birthday on the horizon, I have decided to try to mostly eat plant based foods.  I am not going 100% vegan, but I am striving for 85% to be realistic with my lifestyle.  Plus, eating this way helps our bodies, earth’s animals and the environment as stated in this interesting Medical News Today article.  My thriving and healthy 72-years-young mother also eats mostly vegan and this lifestyle has served her well.

My mom with my girl at my daughter’s Wizard of Oz performance last month. Told you my Mama looks good!

I am certainly not criticizing meat eaters as I do occasionally enjoy a meat meal as well…which is why I am striving for a 85% change. Plus I will still have dairy from time to time as a decadent chocolate malt or coffee ice cream cone are a must have at least once during the hot summer!  Call me fickle, but partially vegan is my goal for now.

Great example of my plan…mostly plant based lunch…but with wild salmon.

I started the gradual dietary switch one week ago and I already feel a positive difference!  I was having bad allergies, left leg and ankle pain and sinus issues.  Not to mention bloating and a sluggish feeling after eating some foods.  I do believe in everything in moderation and after reading countless accounts of folks who went vegan, and marveling at their improved health, vitality and energy, I have decided, at almost 50, to give this mostly vegan lifestyle a try.  I am loving it so far and just in time for me, I discovered the awesome vegan, gluten free and super tasty Nana Joes Granola line!  Who says you can’t have treats on a healthy eating plan?  With Nana Joes delish granola, a little good sweetness can be added to breakfast, snacks and more.  Love this stuff! Check out my tasty breakfast vegan makeover today that I made in 10 seconds…so yummy!I replaced cow’s milk with almond milk (I truly taste no difference) and those sugary processed cereals with the Nana Joes Trifecta Blend Granola, which only has 5 grams of sugar (per half the packaged serving, so I used the one bag for two separate meals). This combo filled me up and I felt energetic and satisfied.  I am pretty impressed with the wholesome and real food ingredients.  Plus, I adore that this stuff is handmade in San Francisco (my hubs and I honeymooned in the City by the Bay 🙂 )

They also have granola bars, too. I am a fan!  My personal favorite is the Swell Bar with Coconut, Almond and Cocoa Nib.

Gonna have this snack tomorrow when I take a reading and snack break. Readers…another fab 50 accessory!

I highly recommend Nana Joes for your healthy gluten free and vegan go to breakfast, snack, smoothie ingredient, dessert topping and more.  I love how her versatile this stuff is, not to mention super delicious, too!

Have any of you gone vegan or semi like me? Share your experience in the comments section and I am wishing all of you good food, vibrant health and joy!  Those are my goals as I dive into the fabulous 50s next month!

 

A big thank you for the Nana Joes samples so I could test it out!  My opinion about how much I love this granola line is 100% my very own.