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Thrive Market Top Picks

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Sorry I know I have been away for a while. I took a week off to get away with the hubby and we are also in the middle of revamping the website. I cannot wait to show you everything we have been working on. But until then I thought I would share with you one of my latest obsessions, Thrive Market. I love getting all my healthy pantry items delivered to my door, and they always have fun promos going on so I get to try new items all the time. It can be a little overwhelming at first so here are some of my top picks to get you started.

I have been making a morning smoothie or potion as I like to refer to it, for the past 3 months as my breakfast. It’s become somewhat of a ritual mixing all my powders and butters together. Sometimes I have my coffee as my potion as well, and when I do that I add this Vanilla Ghee. It’s seriously so heavenly you could really just eat it by the spoonful. It’s great in baked goods too!

Maca Powder is one of my favorites. I love the caramel flavor it has naturally, and it’s great to add to my morning potions or smoothies as it’s a great natural energy booster.

Ashwaganda is one of those buzz words recently. It’s such a powerful thing to add to your foods with not only immune boosting properties but it helps with physical and emotional stress.

Bone Broth is such an amazing thing to have around the house especially during cold and flu season. When anyone in my house starts to show the first signs of getting sick I gently heat up a bit of this bone broth and it’s not only soothing but a great way to kick that cold!

Avocado oil is a great neutral tasting oil and I have been using it more and more to cook with. This one is a great value and it has super cute packaging which I am always a sucker for.

1| Vanilla Ghee /  2| Maca Powder  /  3| Ashwaganda  /  4| Bone Broth  /  5| Avocado oil

Coconut Aminos adds such great flavor to my asian inspired dishes and sauces. So yummy and the kids love it!

Maca Maple Cashews make the perfect snack on the go, and you can feel good about what you are eating as they are covered in maca powder. Yum!

Both my kids love these Seaweed Snacks and they are so easy to have on the go. I buy them in bulk to save money.

I love finishing my dishes with these Sea Salt Flakes. So yummy!

This All-purpose cleaner is super cheap, works super well and is non-toxic. What’s not to love?

Since we started making our own cashew milk, buying good quality, inexpensive and organic cashews has become a must. These go in every order.

6| Coconut Aminos /  7| Maca Maple Cashews  /  8| Seaweed Snacks  /  9| Sea Salt Flakes  /  10| All-purpose cleaner  /  11| organic cashews

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Mom Monday {Kitchen Hacks}

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As parents, we are always looking for the quick way to get things done, the simplest. I thought I would start sharing some of my kitchen hacks that I use regularly to get things done quick without compromising on health and nutrition. This is one I just recently started doing and it’s a total game changer. We get a CSA basket every 2 weeks and we always end up with an excess of greens. I typically throw away the beet greens, because I know I just won’t get to using them. Well the beet greens a few weeks ago were so pretty I couldn’t bear to throw away so I threw them in the vitamix with some water, froze them and voila, instant smoothie cubes. They are so easy to add to our morning smoothies, without having to worry about washing and trimming the greens on top of everything else that has to get done in the morning. The perfect short cut. I also have kale and swiss chard cubes now in the freezer. So great!

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Easy Green Breakfast Muffins

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I discovered green muffins from The Tribe a few weeks ago, and have slowly been perfecting my own spin on them. Infusing them with superfoods and adaptagens. They are so delicious and both my kids LOVE them. They are great to make ahead and then have a quick grab and go breakfast, especially on those mornings when you are short on time. We had a super late morning today in fact, and I just grabbed a few of these and we ate them in the car on the way to school drop off. Not picture perfect, but we do our best, right mamas? What i love about these is that the greens are raw, so you don’t have to cook anything in advance, and they are super easy to throw together. I love that they have so many health properties and a great way to start your morning. Here’s the recipe, adapted from The Tribe, with my own superfood twist.

Health properties include immune support, stress relief, digestive health, heart health, energy boost and tons more. With the combination of the Reishi, Tocos, Chia and Flax you have a winning combo here my friends!

 


The Perfect Baked Fries

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Ok confession time… I have tried too many times to count, to make baked french fries in the oven, only to be utterly disappointed. They came out soggy, stuck to the baking sheet, and, let’s be honest, were not very good. Who’s with me? I finally discovered the trick to the most perfect, crisp, fabulous fries every time, without fail. Here are 3 easy steps to making these delicious fries that the whole family will love, trust me!

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In the Kitchen {warm lentil salad}

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I have been finding new ways to use all the persimmons I have been getting in our CSA basket lately. This is by far one of my favorites. I served it warm, but it totally works room temp too. Start with the perfect lentils recipe. You can make a big batch ahead of time to use throughout the week, just reheat and toss with persimmon and shallot and you are good to go.

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Mom Monday {5 easy party ideas}

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I thought I would share my favorite ideas to kick it up a notch the next time you throw a party. Whether it be a shower, a birthday party or you are just entertaining, these ideas are super simple and can really make a big impact.

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1. Try decorating your wooden utensils with washi tape, paint or glitter, photo via Sugar & Charm

2. Serve food in mason jars or weck jars, photo via Camille Styles

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3. Serve your drinks in fun glasses like mason jars or copper moscow mule mugs.

4. Use kraft paper as a table runner. Try chalk pens to personalize each seat or decorate the paper with a pattern.

5. Create unique spaces to eat or lounge. Think pillows on the ground with low tables.

 

 

Mom Monday {A new normal}

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It always encourages me and helps motivate me when I learn about people like Helene of French Foodie Baby. As I was feeding miss Piper her favorite new food discovery, fresh figs and blue cheese, I realized Helene’s mention of “a new normal” was not only exciting but I think possible. Here is a blurb from her great post : “I guess my point is that by practicing this in your home with your family, by giving thought to mindful eating, making it a parenting priority to give your children a lifelong love of a good meal, by embracing the process of cooking as something that ultimately, and in many different ways, makes our lives and that of our families better, by not giving up in the face of societal pressures, you are part of this movement as well. Your children might just consider any other way to nourish oneself an abnormality.” I love that she mentions societal pressures, because those are definitely my biggest obstacles. But knowing that what you are doing for you and your family is invaluable to their health and well being makes it worth it. I hope you will be inspired to try a few new recipes with your family this week like these delicious fig bites.

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To make these fig bites cut the top step off the figs. Slice an “x” on the top and then use your fingers to pinch the sides of the figs to open it like a flower. Place a bit of soft blue cheese such as Cambozola inside and serve immediately or even better, bake them for a few minutes so the cheese gets nice and oozy! Enjoy!

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