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My Favorite Snack: No-Bake Protein Balls

Let’s face it, my biggest dilemma most days is what can I EAT? I’m trying to make healthy choices and fill the belly with nutrients over empty calories, but one of the biggest challenges is finding something that fills me up longer than 10 minutes.

{It’s so weird that I had to force myself to eat with a quad pregnancy and now with a single, I’m wanting ALL THE FOODS!} 

I LOVED this recipe before pregnancy and love it even more now, because it’s filling and a good source of protein, but it tastes like dessert! The boys consider this a favorite and I love it for in between meal hold-overs, after sports, a little boost at breakfast, etc to help fill their bellies.

Best part? It’s simple, no-baking required, and uses ingredients I usually have on hand. Usually I make a TRIPLE batch of this recipe, because they keep well and we devour them! You can also tweak this recipe to your liking by adding your favorite add-ins (your favorite chocolate chips, coconut, chia seeds, etc.).

How sweet is this little delivery I received at my bedroom door over the weekend? These boys are so good to their mama AND their baby brother!

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What’s YOUR favorite filling Protein Snack for your family? 

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My Favorite Cookbooks for Answering the “What’s For Dinner?” Question

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I LOVE cookbooks!  I especially love when the author shares the stories behind the recipe, the traditions around their table, how they enjoy the meal, etc.

Some of my favorites for this have been Pioneer Woman’s and Shauna Niequists‘ cookbooks. It’s so much more than just ingredients, it’s like sharing the table with them.

On my continued quest to feed my {growing in size and number} family with healthy meals, I’ve invested in a few cookbooks over the past few months that I have absolutely LOVED!  They are new, but they are already getting creased, drip marks, and flagged with post-its.

Here are three that are becoming some of my most loved in my collection:

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime

This is my favorite PDub Cookbook so far! I love that it’s practical meals and ideas for what I struggle with most: “Whats for Dinner????” I also like that she included lots of 16 Minute Meals and Freezer Meals recipes too! My favorites so far that I’ve tried: Classic Pulled Pork, Potato Soup, and Fudge (what Fudge is TOTALLY dinner food!).

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100 Days of Real Food

I’ve found recipes on this blog in the past, but I really enjoyed it in cookbook form. Although we are already on board with a lot of the real food movement, it furthered my understanding and how to navigate making healthy choices for our family. I like that the recipes aren’t difficult or made with crazy ingredients just because they are healthy. Favorites so far: Cinnamon Apple Chips, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, and Homemade Chicken Nuggets.

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Great Food Fast

I became an Instant-Pot Head this month. Have you heard of an Instant Pot? I hadn’t either until several friends started posting about their obsession with theirs and all of these recipes they had made in 1/2 the time. You can make hard boiled eggs in 6 minutes that peel perfectly!

It’s not your grandma’s pressure cooker, plus it holds in the flavor much better than a slow-cooker. It’s super simple to operate. Here’s what mine looks like:

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I’m still definitely still an Instant-Newbie, but I’m looking forward to this cookbook to help me figure out some weekly dinner favorites that I can make quickly! Ones I’ve heard great things about and can’t wait to try: Perfect Pot Roast, Best Ever Macaroni and Cheese, and Real-Steel Cut Oatmeal.

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How about YOU? Any cookbooks you can’t live without? Do you have these three? What’s for dinner at your house this week? 

 

*The above has links to Amazon affiliates. If I make any loose change off of your purchases, it will go into the diaper fund, so thank you! 

 

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Easy Homemade Granola Bars

Easy Homemade Granola Bars


I was looking for something quick and easy to take to church for our Sunday school class over the weekend, and decided to try homemade granola bars, after seeing some easy recipes floating around Pinterest.  I adapted this one for our tastes and to give it more of a protein punch.  The boys were happy that I had a few leftovers to bring home for them to devour! I’m looking forward to making another batch for quick breakfast snacks and to send in lunches!

I didn’t expect them to be so simple and delicious to make homemade! 

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What You’ll Need for Homemade Granola Bars:

  • 3 cups of Quick Oats
  • A 14oz Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 T of Melted Butter
  • 1/3 cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup of Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 cup of Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter Chips

(The last four ingredients you can switch up/omit/add what you’d like!)

How to Make Homemade Granola Bars:

1. Preheat the Oven to 350 Degrees.

2. Grease Baking Sheet with Butter or Cooking Spray.

3. Mix Together Oats, Milk, Butter, Flax, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips.

4. Spread Evenly in the Baking Sheet with Wet Hands.

5. Bake 15-20 Minutes.

6. Remove from Oven and Cut Into Granola Bars With a Plastic Knife While Still Warm.

7. Eat Immediately or Store to Enjoy for Breakfast or Snacks!

What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast recipe? 

 

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