Thursday, October 28, 2010

drum roll please...

and the winners are... Kendra @ My Bliss Equals This
and
Kimberly @ Davis Daily Dose
I am emailing you NOW!
Congrats to the winners and thanks to all of you for entering...
I have another review/giveaway coming up VERY soon!!
stay tuned...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

a seriously DELICIOUS, healthy creation!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway HERE!
Boy, was I happy to taste DELICIOUSNESS as soon as this popped out of the oven!!
This was a hit with the entire family and my vegetarian neighbor too :)
Just wait 'til you try it yourselves! Move It Momma's Spinach Lasagna
You'll Need:
1 medium onion-chopped
6 cups thawed frozen spinach OR 10 cups fresh spinach
1 1/2 cups 2% mozzarella shredded cheese
2 tbs. parsley
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper-I'd add a bit more!
1 egg
2 egg whites
1 15 oz part-skin ricotta cheese
1 15 oz fat-free ricotta cheese
3 cups butternut squash-peeled and diced
1/2 jar of roasted garlic tomato sauce
12 oven ready-whole wheat lasagna noodles-
-I find those at Target(Market Pantry brand!)
fresh grated parmesan cheese
Heat skillet with cooking spray, add onion and spinach, saute about 5 minutes or until onions become transparent. Seperate bowl, combine shredded cheese, parsley, salt, pepper, egg/egg whites, and ricotta cheeses, then add that bowl mixture to the skillet w/ spinach mixture!
Stir to combine and remove skillet from heat.
Meanwhile, place diced squash in microwave safe bowl,
cover and cook for about 5 minutes or until tender.
Spray pyrex w/ cooking spray and line bottom with 5-6 lasagna noodles, then THIN layer of sauce, then layer of spinach and cheese mixture, then layer of butternut squash, layer again until you have two layers of noodles and top with parmesan cheese.
Cover and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes!
**WARNING:**
This was DELICIOUS!
It was easy and because there were so many veggies packed in there,
I was able to layer less of the noodles and MORE of the "healthy" stuff!
The squash gives it a sweetness that is soooo good!
We had this for leftovers today and it was EVEN better!
Now, go and try it for yourselves...
and a workout tip:
Try finding a group of friends or a friend to exercise with each day! It will give you motivation like crazy and you both can chat, share stories and it'll pass the time like you won't believe...a nice evening walk is PERFECT this time of year, give it a try and tell me what ya think!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

being featured AND a giveaway!

I am BEYOND excited to be featured in the Nestwork this week!
I love Mama Hen with her precious posts and sweet comments
and if you haven't joined the Nestwork,
you should head on over and tell her that Lets Move It Mommas sent YOU!
If you're a new follower,
THANK YOU and WELCOME to my healthy living blog.
I hope you'll stay a while and read some previous post
and maybe get some good exercise tips and recipes while you're here :)

AND in honor of being featured,
I am hosting a fabulous giveaway...
remember THIS post?
Well, the publishing company was so thankful for my shout out,
they sent me LOTS of these books to give to YOU!
That's right, 2 of my lucky readers will get a "Nutrition In The Fast Lane"
catalog with nutrition facts from over 50 of the most-popular restaurants!
This book is the perfect size to keep in your car,
so even when you're on the go...
you'll hopefully make a healthy food choice when dining out!!

Mandatory Entry:
Make sure you leave a valid email address with your comment,
so that I am able to contact you if you win :)
1. Leave a comment telling me why you'd like this book
2. Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me that you do,
or if you already follow, leave a comment telling me!
*Both must be done in order to be entered into giveaway!
Giveaway will close Wednesday, October 27th at midnight! GOOD LUCK!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

did someone say, Burrito?!

Well, here ya go...
You'll need:
6 carb balance tortillas- I used Mission
1 lb ground turkey
2% shredded cheese of your choice!
1 can black beans
1 can refried beans
Topping options: salsa, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce
Brown turkey meat, drain and rinse black beans.
Spray Pyrex w/ cooking spray!
Heat oven to 375 degrees too!
Layer tortilla with layer of refried beans, black beans, cheese
and then turkey meat, seal off both ends of burrito
(so the goodies don't spill out!) and lay open side
down into pyrex and repeat until all filled.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until tortillas are slightly brown and crispy!
*I also put on high broil for about 2 minutes to get 'em extra crispy :)
Serve with any of the topping options listed above
and the serving is ONE burrito (keep portions in mind!)
I served them with sliced avocado-YUMMY!
These are VERY filling and DELICIOUS too!
My boys love them, but I don't make their burritos crispy,
I layer and make them quesadilla-style, just fold 'em over and enjoy!
Variation: If you like taco salad, you'll LOVE this...
Use same carb balance tortilla and roll up a ball of foil, lay tortilla over the foil,
bake for about 20-25min or until crispy, when you remove from oven,
they should be flipped over and be shaped like a "taco bowl"!
Fill w/ above ingredients and ENJOY! It's a nice way to repeat this meal
by changing up that one, simple step...
you'll think you're eating a totally different meal :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

be prepared!!!

*the picture below is from a handout I used with my P.E./Health students to help them understand a well-balanced meal and what it should look like :) I always strive to give my family the BEST, most nutritious meals, but I am TOTALLY aware that things get crazy and life gets in the way, and there are days when this ideal
"picture-perfect" meal doesn't make it to our dinner table!
Anybody else have those days??!
So, when the meals aren't "perfect", I try to make sure our fridge and pantry are FULL of nutritious and delicious QUICK SNACKS!!!
The BEST suggestion I have for making snacks
nutritious AND quick/easy is to...
*PLAN AHEAD!!!
*Seperate snacks into a baggy -this way you watch PORTION CONTROL at those moments when you're hungry and are likely to eat more than usual...
(I try to do this on Sunday, so we're prepared for the week!)
some good snacks we enjoy :
-10 grapes and sliced cheese
-1/2 banana with 1 tbs peanut butter
-celery sticks-cut up with peanut butter
- oven roasted turkey slices with 2 tbs. neufatchel cheese
-1/2 whole wheat sandwich thin w/ 2tbs. of my EASY hummus spread!
-romaine lettuce or spinach wrapped with slice of turkey and small cut of 2% string cheese-I roll these up and cut them to where they look like pinwheels or "fake" sushi and the boys LOVE 'em!
-roasted almonds-check the serving size before putting them into the bag!
-Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal-a great snack that's full of fiber and protein!!
I always have FRESH FRUIT cleaned and sliced...and to make it fun, I use skewers and make cheese and fruit kabobs! Use any fruit and layer, one piece of fruit, one piece of cheese and alternate-makes it fun and gives kids the perfect portion on a STICK! and to really kick it up, use a cookie cutter to make cool shapes with the cheese!!
These pre-made snacks will stay good for the week, and I make a couple of each...that way when ANY of us want a quick snack, its MUCH healthier than grabbing a bag of chips, cookies, crackers, or any other not-so-healthy snack :)
What's your favorite HEALTHY snack?!
I am SOOOO excited to have a feature for Healthy Kids, Happy Families event hosted by Kim @ Chubby Cheeks Thinks....head on over HERE and check it out! the button is on my sidebar too!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

fresh OKRA deliciousness!

I LOVE OKRA, but always have a hard time finding ways to prepare it,
especially in a "healthy" way!
Then I found these and they are DELICIOUS...just wait 'til you try 'em!
You'll Need:
3-4 cups fresh okra, finely chopped
1 c onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 black pepper
1/2 c water
2 egg whites
1/2 all purpose flour-(I used half whole wheat, half reg. flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 c cornmeal
2 tbs flaxseed meal
1/2 tsp garlic salt
*Mix okra, onion, salt, pepper, water, egg white in a bowl.
Then stir in all dry mix into okra mix and combine!
Heat just enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of your skillet-
(I used very little oil and they turned out YUMMY, so don't over do it!)
Drop spoonfuls into skillet, allowing to cook 2 minutes on each side, until browned.
Remove from oil and dry on paper towel!
These are YUMMY...watch out!
**and it was such a SNEAKY way
to get my boys eating their veggies!
I might try baking these next time, but we NEVER fry ANYTHING,
so I figure every now and then isn't that bad, right?! RIGHT!
My husband and boys LOVED these, they have great flavor
but make sure you watch portion control, these can be addicting :)
I served them with grilled chicken and turkey sausage without the skin!!

ENJOY!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

I'm trying this!

Fall is my favorite time of year...well, that and Christmas!
However, most of the holiday traditions involve F-O-O-D, right? RIGHT!
So, I've been looking at ways to create the best holiday meals in their HEALTHIER version, if possible. I am excited to share some of my healthy creations with you VERY soon, but for now I will link to this amazing blog I found with her "light" creation for Pumpkin Oatmeal Bread! YUM, right? I'm her newest follower and can't wait to see more of her delicious, healthy recipes! I think I might try using whole wheat flour instead of regular and see how it turns out and as always, add 2 tbs. of flaxseed meal for added omega 3's AND fiber!
I'm trying it out and I'll let ya know how it goes!!
Keep in mind, Fall is a great time to get outside and get MOVING! It's great weather, which gives you a lot of options on ways to get motivated as a family!
What we're doing:
Making a habit of walking as a family after dinner AND making sure we involve the boys in our workouts...we want to make sure they SEE first hand, the importance of EXERCISE!

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