Back to School M&M Energy Bites

Back to school is almost as exhausting as summer break is. Clothes shopping, hair cuts, school supplies, all the wants needs and demands of four little girls. I need some quick energy in my life. Here is a great recipe for easy M&M Energy Bites for both mom, dad, and the kids that will give you some quick energy to get your day going.

You probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard now for this delicious snack.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup M&Ms
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
Once chilled, roll into balls.
Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Healthy Back to School Morning Breakfast’s

I’m not sure where you are but I’m counting down the days that all four of my girls are going back to school. This summer has been crazy with all of them home for the summer and me working from home. I’m sad at the same time my last little one is off to school where has the time gone?

School clothes = check

School Supplies = check

Haircuts = weekend before school

Backpacks = check

Healthy School Breakfast …. see my favorites below.

 

Mermaid Toast

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice bread
  • 4 drops Chlorophyll
  • 4 oz cream cheese or yogurt
  • ½ tsp spirulina powder
  • Carrington Farms Crispy Puffed Quinoa

 

Recipe:

  1. Toast your favorite, better-for-you bread.
  2. Combine 4 drops of chlorophyll with 4 oz of cream cheese or yogurt
  3. Combine ½ teaspoon spirulina powder with 4 oz of cream cheese or yogurt
  4. Spread cream cheese or thick plain yogurt on toast
  5. Sprinkle with Carrington Farms Crispy Puffed Quinoa
  6. Channel your inner mermaid and ENJOY!

Carrington Farms Berry Chia Smoothie Bowl

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 cup frozen strawberries
    1 cup kefir or probiotic yogurt drink of choice
    1 Tbsp + 1/4 tsp Carrington Farms Chia Seeds
    1/2 banana, sliced
    1 dried fig, sliced
    1 strawberry, sliced (or fruit of choice)

 

Directions:

  1. Blend frozen berries, 1 Tbsp chia seeds and kefir to a thick consistency, for about 20 seconds.
  2. Pour into a small bowl and layer fruit and remaining chia seeds on top. Bring out your favorite spoon and enjoy this delicious smoothie bowl with probiotic benefits!

 

Both super simple, colorful and have your children ready to take on the day.

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Gluten Free Stuffed Peppers All in One Meal

 

I admit… not all of my kids are lovers of veggies but this simple recipe is sure a hit at our home. One of my oldest twins doesn’t care for any color pepper so I just scoop the inside out and she is happy, plus I get to eat the pepper. I love that they’re getting everything in one too, less clean up for me after a long day of work.

 

Ingredients

2 yellow bell peppers

1/2 lb ground beef 90/10

1/2 cup long or short grain white rice

1 – 28 oz cans tomato sauce

14 oz water

1 lemon; squeezed

1 onion; diced

4 tablespoons paprika

1/3 teaspoon salt

1/3 teaspoon pepper

 

Instructions

Cook rice as directed.

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees F

 

Remove seeds from peppers and ribbing.

 

 

 

Chop onion and mix with rice and ground meat. Add salt and pepper.Stuff the mixture into the peppers.

 

In a casserole dish, place in peppers. In a bowl mix together tomato sauce, water, lemon juice, and paprika. Pour over peppers.

 

 

Bake for 1 hour until meat is cooked and pepper is softened.

 


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Bringing it Indoors with Heluvu Good! Cheese #HeluvaGoodSummer #IC ad

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! Cheese as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

 

 

 

We all know how good cheese and crackers are for a quick snack when you’re out and about. But, what about those days when it’s too hot to venture outdoors? For my family, cheese is still a go-to option. My family loves grilled cheese panini sandwiches and I love buying the Heluva Good!® brand because there are so many great options to choose from. This allows us to mix and match flavors for a truly gourmet grilled cheese that takes literally minutes to prepare.

 

 

Speaking of flavors Heluva Good!Block Cheese comes in the following flavors:

  • Colby Jack
  • Pepper Jack
  • Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • White Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • White Sharp Cheddar
  • White Mild Cheddar
  • Muenster
  • Monterey Jack
  • Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • Colby
  • Mild Cheddar

 

 

 

For grilled cheese sandwiches, you want to opt for flavors that melt really well, such as Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, Muenster, Monterey Jack, and Colby. Try mixing and matching the flavors to create a flavor combo that your family loves.

 

I created a Turkey Panini for lunch that my family loves and it only took a few minutes for a delicious melt in your mouth sandwich. Just look at how that cheese melts, it was truly delicious.

 

 

 

Personally, I love shopping at Walmart for the Heluva Good! Cheese because I can find so many flavors and get a great price. If you’re already doing your grocery shopping at Walmart, why not add some cheese to your shopping list? If you’re an Ibotta user like me you can save on Heluva Good! Cheese too with this limited quantity Ibotta offer

Heluva Good! Cheese can be used in so many different recipes. Whether you’re making a classic, like a grilled cheese sandwich, or trying a new recipe you’re going to love all the flavors you can find.

 

Turkey Panini

Easy Turkey Panini 

  • Sara Lee Honey Roasted Turkey
  • Tomato
  • Spring Mix
  • Heluvu Good! Cheese Block
  • Your Choice of Bread
  • Butter
  1. Choose your bread. A panini can be made with Italian bread, ciabatta, focaccia, sourdough, or any kind of bread you like. …

    Spread butter oon the inside of your bread. …

    Add Heluvu Good! Cheese 

    Add your filling. … 2 Oz of Turkey, Tomato, Spring Mix 

    Close your sandwich.. and place sandwich either in pan on onto panini machine and grill. Cook 5 to 7 minutes. (If using a pan, press sandwich down with a pan lid. Cook sandwiches about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until bread is toasted. 

    Enjoy!!!!

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5 Cheap Hacks for Healthy Summer Treat

 

Summer has arrived and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep the kiddos fed. While meals may not be a problem, what about snacks? Do you have healthy snack ideas in your arsenal? Ice cream and popsicles purchased from the store can be loaded with fat, calories, and questionable ingredients. Thankfully, you can use some cheap hacks for healthy summer treats.

 

  1. Freeze Yogurt Cups

 

Do you have some yogurt that is getting close to expiring? Poke a popsicle stick into the cup through the lid. Freeze for at least 4 to 6 hours. Once frozen, dip the cup into hot water to loosen the yogurt and pull it out. You’ve got a yummy treat that your kids are going to love.

 

  1. Make Fruit Kabobs

 

Do you have trouble getting your kids to eat fruit? Make it fun. Cut fruit into chunks and skewer it on a kabob stick. You can even add a couple fun treats, such as marshmallows or miniature candy bars. You could also drizzle the fruit with chocolate sauce. Chances are you’ll have no trouble at all getting your kids to eat this fruit.

 

  1. Cut Foods Into Fun Shapes

 

If your kids are small, they are going to love this. You can cut so many different foods using cookie cutters. You can make fruit flowers, bear-shaped luncheon meat and cheese, or even dinosaur-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Just have fun with it. You can even get your kids involved.

 

  1. Create Your Own Smoothie Pops

 

In the morning when you’re making your smoothie, make an extra batch and pour the mixture into popsicle molds. This can be a great way to sneak some extra veggies into your kids diet. Plus, you’ll be making smoothie bars that would cost a fortune in a health food store.

 

  1. Play Food Bingo

 

Want to get your kids to eat more healthy foods? Create bingo boards featuring the different foods. You can then offer your kids snacks throughout the week that feature these foods. If your kids eat the right foods, they can win a prize. It’s just a fun way to get your kids to eat healthier.

 

Summer doesn’t have to be a constant fight to get your kids to eat healthy. There are so many fun hacks you can use to get your kids to eat healthier. Whether it’s cutting foods into fun shapes or playing food bingo, you’ll love these cheap hacks for healthy summer snacks.

 

 

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Frozen Banana Granola Pops

 

Bananas are not just for the morning they can be great snacks in the summertime too. I love freezing bananas and making it into ice cream and for a special treat you can whip up Frozen Banana Granola Pops with this healthy recipe.

 

I make sure to have bananas on hand all the time, who knows when the kids may want a banana milkshake, sliced bananas, and strawberries for lunch or a peanut butter banana sandwich.

 

Ingredients:
4 bananas
3 tablespoons Viki’s Banana Walnut Granola
6 ounces dark chocolate chips or shards
8 popsicle sticks

Directions:
• Peel, cut bananas in half crosswise and insert Popsicle sticks.  Place on a parchment-lined tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 3 hours.
• Place Viki’s Banana Walnut Granola into a shallow dish. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over slightly simmering water, over low heat, constantly stirring. Pour the chocolate into a tall glass.
• Dip each banana into the chocolate and roll in the granola straightaway. Place on a parchment-lined tray.
• Serve immediately or wrap individually in parchment paper or plastic wrap in the freezer.

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