Clean Eats in the Oven

It’s been a little over a week since we started avoiding processed foods & ingredients we couldn’t pronounce.  I wish I could say that I have more energy, but I don’t.  It’s not the foods fault though…my son doesn’t sleep.  Apparently it doesn’t matter how well I eat or how much coffee I drink, I’m constantly in a zombie-like state.  Oh the woes of motherhood lol

Anyways, I’m excited to share some easy, clean recipes that my family has fallen in love with!  When we first started this clean eating journey, my husband & I were most worried about our snacking habits.  Potato chips were and still are our go-to snack of choice.  Making our own chips was so much easier than I imagined; time consuming, but easy.

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I literally just sliced potatoes with my mandolin, let them soak in water for 20 minutes to remove excess oil & lined them on a baking sheet.  I brushed them with melted coconut oil & sprinkled them with sea salt.  I let them bake on high (400 degrees) until they started to brown, about 20 minutes.  I can’t wait to try this with sweet potatoes!

I love to bake & I’ve found some pretty tasty, all-natural recipes for breads & muffins that my family has fallen in love with!  Click on the links below to try them out for yourself!  When making the muffins, I substituted almond milk & vanilla Greek yogurt rather than nonfat milk & plain yogurt.  The texture was a little drier than the muffins we’re use to, but they tasted great & there was no guilt!  I also doubled the recipe, since 6 muffins would not have lasted long in our household.

Lemon Blueberry Muffins – Courtesy of Amy’s Healthy Baking

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Low Sugar Zucchini Bread – Courtesy of One Strange Herd

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Jumping on the Clean Eating band wagon

When my son first started eating solid foods I made everything from scratch.  I utilized my Baby Bullet to make healthy concoctions and only used fresh local produce & organic grass-fed chicken.  However, as time went on and he got older, I got lazier.  Maybe lazy isn’t a good word, more like exhausted, overworked & time constricted.  I found myself cooking with canned vegetables & boxed pastas more often and offering my husband and son chips & store bought muffins as snacks.

Over time we started to feel weighed down from all of the processed foods we were eating & snacking on.  On top of that, both my husband & son have sensitive stomachs and were taking medicine to cope.  We had to make a lifestyle change….

Eating clean seemed like such a fad to me.  Every time I turned around people were saying they were clean eating, or going vegan.  How ridiculous!  Or, was there something to this “eating good, feeling good” thing?  After doing some research we decided to jump on the band wagon.  We decluttered our cabinets & filled our fridge with fresh produce & lean meats.  It hasn’t been easy or cheap.  My kitchen is a madhouse from all of the prepping, cooking & baking.  Dishes are scattered across the countertops because the dishwasher is constantly full.  But, knowing that my boys are getting the vitamins and healthy fats they need makes it all worth it. 

Of course, I’m not giving up my wine & there will be times we go out to dinner or decide to make nachos.  But at the end of the day, I’m hoping that by avoiding most processed foods we’ll gain more energy, manage existing stomach conditions & get the nutrition we need without taking supplements.

Wish us luck!!!

Favorite Thing Friday!

Despite the fact that I’m a SAHM & most of the days seem to run together Fridays are still one of my favorite days!  Maybe it’s the kick off to the weekend, the possibility of sleeping in the next day while my hubby handles the little man’s breakfast, or getting together with family & friends, either way Fridays are the prologue to a fun adventure.

To start the weekend off on a positive note I’ve decided that every Friday I’m going to share one of my favorite things.  Be it something new that I’ve tried or something I can’t live without, it will be something fun that I’m excited to share!

My new favorite thing this week is Bai Bubbles – a flavorful, antioxidant drink with only 5 calories!

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I came across this beverage while making a quick Target run last night.  I wanted something besides Red Bull to give me energy, because lord knows I need all the help I can get.  I took it with me on my morning walk & I am obsessed!  Not only does it taste good but it’s naturally caffeinated & has 1 Net Carb per serving!  The best thing about it is the slogan on the side of the can:

“BEHOLD FIERCE FRUIT FLAVOR.  IT’S LIKE AN EXOTIC KICK IN YOUR MOUTHPANTS”

Bai has three different products in various flavors all of which are infused with a “secret superfruit”, the antioxidant-rich coffeefruit.  To learn more about the products, where you can buy them or recipe ideas visit their website http://www.drinkbai.com/